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Happy 1st Birthday

29th Dec 2007
A new life
A blessing
:: Happy Birthday Michael! :: One whole year ago I pushed you out without any pain medication. As I lay there with my eyes closed I envisioned a flower opening. The midwife wanted to give me an episiotomy. What? Already? After the first one with Little Miss I really didn't want another one this time around so I gathered up my energy and pushed really hard. After 20minutes of pushing you came out as quiet as a mouse. I held you on my chest and said "Hello little one" Now you're not so little and you find many things funny. You laugh at Peek-a-Boo. You have a light brown patch on the back of your head along with four teeth. You've even taken your first step unassisted. So, here's to many more years of cuddles, fun, laughter, and LOVE. ~Happy Birthday My Son ~

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

It doesn't feel very Christmassy around here (it's Christmas Eve already here)but after you've wrapped up some presents there seems to be a little excitement growing.

That's my sewing corner and my new (old) set of drawers for my crafting/sewing station. I'm soo excited, can't wait to cram it with little bits that I won't be able to find later ; )

I managed to get Little Miss into her tunic this morning with the turtle neck I made before from the same book. We popped over to our neighbours and gave them a box of chocolates and card. I was relieved we came back without a toileting incident as we're training in underwear.

I think she looks very cute in it even if it is a tad bit long.

Have a very Safe and Happy Holiday. I hope you all have a terrific break or just enjoying some special time spent with loved ones.

Japanese Tunic

When I saw this in my pattern book I didn't think much of it.
Until I saw it made in a beautiful plaid fabric from the Japanese Couture Addicts site.

I bought this nice check fabric from an Asian fabric store. It was cheap and it's very light cotton.
Perfect for our summer down here in Australia.

Oh and I figured out why the shorts didn't fit Little Miss. Can you guess?
I forgot to add the seam allowance when cutting out the pattern on the fabric.
You see, all Japanese patterns DO NOT include a seam allowance. You have to add a 1cm allowance and check that some parts require more.

I decided to cut out the 120cm tall size. Little Miss is only 90cms but this would give her more room. Plus, I also didn't add a seam allowance either in this pattern.
I ended up with this. It reminds me of a school girl's uniform / tunic.

Above: Front and Back Views

Tiny little fake pockets. I figured out the easiest way to do this (is to not follow the book).
I took my two semi-circles for the one…

New Haircut

Here's my new hair cut (and new sunnies to match)
I was reluctant to cut it short for a long time for a few reasons:
a) I didn't think my face could handle short bangs b) I imagined having long tresses like Angelina-Jolie and the infamous c) My husband doesn't want my hair short
But, I got fed up with it, I didn't care how it looked and I let my brother have his long awaited bob-cut. Well, I love my hair now. I shake it to feel it's lightness whenever I can.
It is now sooooo much easier than having a ponytail or bun each and every boring day. People seem to say that it suits me and hubby likes it too (bonus!) Also on the plus side: Showers are faster and so is hair styling.
"How do I style my hair?" I asked my brother, the hairdresser "Shake it" he says "Oh" I say and laugh with my sister
I don't think I'll ever have long hair again...

Barcelona (Work) Skirt

Ok, this was one of the easiest projects I've done and it would be perfect for a beginner. You can finish it within a day if you had toddlers or say 2 hours if you had kid-free time.
I really needed a new skirt to wear to work (I'll start part time on Monday) and the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt pattern seemed the perfect one. Don't mind my daggy home singlet.

To start off I bought some Cavalier Garberdine from Spotlight only because it reminded me of what we used for Home Tech back in high school. At $7.99per metre I couldn't go wrong, even if I did. There were more expensive versions of this black but I thought I'd stick to my budget and buy the nice stuff once I'd worked out this skirt. I totally forgot to buy a matching black invisible zipper and ended up putting a beige one. With that in mind, I thought to myself 'wouldn't it be nice to take some pics for everyone to see how I went with the zip, since it's a contrasting colour?'
So here goes...

And the winner is...

Well, it's now Sunday evening here in Australia. I've been really pleased with the comments and so happy that you like the shorts and my blog. I couldn't wait until I could type out those names, put them in a box, give them a shake and let Little Miss pick one. So, the winner is trinitylou!!! My sympathies for the others, I wish we all could win every givewaway. I ,myself, have not won one yet so I know the bitterness of not winning.
On something totally off the topic, I gave my hair the CHOP yesterday. You know how it is. You have long hair for such a long time and then you have children. Then, all you do is tie it up in a ponytail every day. I've been wanting to chop it off for a while now and finally decided it was time, plus I'd had enough and didn't care whether it suited my face or not. I'll post a pic of my new hair do later. Off to find a contact for trinitylou...

Linen Spot Shorts Giveaway!

Entries now closed.

Today I decided to make some shorts for Little Miss Two +3mts.
*edit: now part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day. Click on the hand for the list.
I found inspiration from the French site for Japanese Couture Addicts from the Sassy Girls Clothes Japanese book I own. Yes, it's a mouthful. I just wanted more time and luscious fabric.
I really love the plaid tunic and I have always admired the shorts that were made from the pattern. I had bought some double-sided gingham from Leslie (as you do) and had no idea what to make from it. It's like a linen blend and being double-sided I really did want to make use of it. However, double-sided things are not to be... for now.
I digress, I made up the shorts in the usual size (the smallest - 90cm Toddler) and guess what? the darn waist was too small!!! About 10cm too small to be exact. I don't know how or why the pattern is like that. I yanked off her nappy and it just fit. I squished her into it. What a shame. Even hubby…

Lil Cowgirls Lamp

I bought these lamps when we first moved into our home. They matched our walls and were a plain beige with a slightly greenish tint on the base. They also started to come apart. I bought this Michael MillerLil Cowgirls fabric a while ago just for this project from Quilt Fabric Delights. I traced the template for the lamp and glued it in with fabric glue. I think a spray adhesive would have worked better. I should have added a little more to go over the edges. It's been sitting near my sewing machine for quite a while. I mulled over how I would finish the edges. Since it's quite round, the bias I cut wasn't working well. It would wrinkle a little as I pressed it into the edges. Then I bought some frilly edging to put on the bottom but I'd underestimated the length and you know my pet peeve about measuring[blush]. Finally, I used the Ric Rac I bought a few weeks ago. I decided to have some of the edge stick out so that it hides the unfinished edge of the lamp. I used the fa…

Colour Pencil/Crayon Roll

Oh wow, I actually started and finished my first Crayon roll for my niece.
The tutorial is wonderfully published at Little Munchkins and it was sooo easy to make.
How could I botch it up, you say? Well, see the white Ric Rac on top?
That's to hide the selvedge that I included on the inside fabric. D'oH.

I thought it was going to disappear within the seam allowance but it didn't. I think the ribbon could have been shorter so if you're out of the full 40cm ribbon, don't worry, it goes around twice, so even if you had 30cm that would be fine.

Anyway, moving on, I really love how easy and pretty this project was. I have to make another one for my other niece. Lucky for me the CrayolaTwistables were on sale at Target so they were only like $4.49 each for 12. I had the fabric in my stash so it was a really inexpensive gift.I used a blue/white dot on the outside and a pretty flower fabric for the pocket from Spotlight.

There should be more completed gifts in the upcoming weeks.

Blog Finds

Found another competition giveaway at Simplify by Camille Roskelley.
I've been drooling over quilts lately. So beautiful.
Christmas is inching it's way over here and I've not cut out patterns or anything. My fabric (pictured) has arrived from the U.S. They're for my skirts. The pattern for that is on backorder but on it's way to me as we 'blog'. I am so in love with them. Both by by Heather Bailey, the first is Bijoux Tiles and Pop Garden.
To tell the truth I've been busy with some study in Children's Services. It's been taking up lots of my 'spare' time (whatever that is). I've learnt quite a lot about children's development and I'm a lot more confident in the child care system here in Australia. Which reminds me, must look for a place for Little Miss for preschool.
I've been putting it off. I need to visit a few places and put her on a waiting list.
I found a free bag pattern at Oh Fransson. Elizabeth is sooo talented. I love t…

Craft for Cambodia

This is a little something close to my heart. I haven't heard back from the lady about my last post about crafting for charity so I decided to go ahead and do something on my own.

I contacted Geraldine Cox of the Sunrise Children's Village in Cambodia asking her about how to go about donating some crafty things for the children in the orphanage.
I was really happy to recieve a response from her and she let me know that it was a good idea, however, some times their packages get stolen : ( so there was no guarantee that they would
actually recieve them.

My heart sunk and I was disappointed for the children but it also gave me an idea. It would be good to auction off items on e-Bay for this wonderful cause with 100% of the proceeds going to the Sunrise centre.

It is close to my heart because my family background is from Cambodia.
Dad (God bless his soul) arranged for us to migrate from the war-torn country back in '77. We didn't arrive in Australia til 1978 where we resided in …


I have seen a few things that come with the territory of 'blogging'. You probably won't have them all but they are helpful tools. Here are my two:
* Camera : comes in handy because, well, you will want to show people what's happening.
* Photoshop : so you can adjust those pictures you've taken that didn't turn out the way you want, or you don't have a snazzy camera like the rest.
I've been searching in earnest to find Photoshop tutorials because it's hard to use if you don't have to time or patience to learn. Finally, I came across Pioneer Woman, who not only blogs so beautiful and inspiringly, but she takes fabulous shots and is willing to share her Photoshop secrets.
I've just tried the tricks on my two photos above and I'm so relieved to say that each step did work on my version of the software (CS2) which usually never happens.
In the rose photo I blurred the background and did the hard light overlay. In the dad and bub photo I blurred the…

Got 15minutes to spare?

If you've got 15minutes of spare time you could try this...

No not laying around, it's what she's on...

We bought this change mat when Little Miss was born about 2 yrs ago.
It is now in this condition. Still clean but you can see it's tearing away from the foam.
We really put it to good use unlike other things you buy for babies.

I had a glimpse at a design from Amy Butler's Sewing for Little Ones. It was green and stripey and soooo.. well... Amy Butler, complete with an overhanging piece to include lotions etc.
I knew I could never replicate anything so pretty but I would at least try to do something decent, if not for me, for Little Boy who always requires a nappy change.

I had this material ready for my niece's curtains but that one would have to wait.
I promised I'd make something and here it is. The cover for the change mat.

So simple, easy, rather pleasing to the eye.

I was thinking of trying to sew in the panels to match the depths in the change mat however, I…

Shir, why not?

She doesn't call it Shir Madness for nothing. I found a shirring tutorial on Sandi Henderson's site PortabelloPixie. I thought, ok, why not give it a whirl?
Here are my tragic results.
I had to hand gather as no 'shirring' occured. Very difficult as thread breaks, elastic breaks, my patience reaches breaking point.

This is my next attempt where I tried to get my thread tension right. You can see that some lines have elastic that is a bit loose and curly. I tried to blast the elastic in an attempt to get some gathering happening but all I ended up with were wet blotches. I asked some 'blog' friends for advice but none of which worked for me. This included: using a tight tension = straight lines and straight elastic but no shirring winding the bobbin using the machine = no more needle thread getting jammed in my bobbin case but still no shirring using the longest stitch length = yeah, ok.. still no shirring Not to say that it won't work for you... it probably will..…

Animal Farm

So, so, so sorry that I haven't had time to show you anything new. I really want to create but well... it's the little things that get in the way. On a recent trip to the farm we had lots of fun. I even had some adult conversation. It was very refreshing to say the least. I should get out more. We don't have kangaroos or koalas in our backyard, honestly. You have to travel out into bushland to see any. Continuing with our love of wood cut-outs

Little rabbits
Ouch, I'm posting while he's pulling my hair and she's laying on me. I'll have to sew during nap time. I will really will try to get something made by tomorrow afternoon.

Spring Flowers

I just love love love love love roses. I had hubby plant a whole row of roses during Winter just under the front of our house. They are now flowering and I love their vibrant colours. I took out my trusty Canon and used my macro setting to take these. I wish I was a professional though. My pics just don't do them justice.
I think it's breathtaking views like these which inspire those wonderful designers like Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Michael Miller etc.


Kathleen of Grosgrain is opening up a new on-line store. Hurrah!!! I wish her all the best. She has a bright future ahead indeed. I wish I had half her talent!

I wanna win these skirts and tops!! Fingers, toes, arms, legs, hair, eyelashes... everything crossed.