Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last Minute Gifting

Today I finished wrapping up my gifts using last years Xmas paper.
However, I decided to wrap my niece's present using this lovely fabric instead.

I used the The Purl Bee's tutorial . It took me about 15mins all up and I used some twill ribbon that comes with the fabric I buy on-line. I think it looks really cute and special.

Oh how I love Christmas time.
I probably won't be back until after Christmas so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year holiday! Thanks for all your lovely comments. I read every one of them with glee and I am always so happy to see that I have new followers. I hope that next year I have more time to dedicate to sewing and inspiring others however that may be.
Cheers, Kim xOx

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Amy Butler Birdie Sling #2

Hurrah, I've finished the bag I keep talking about!
It's a special bag for a special sister who is always there when you need her.
While my littlest one quietly slept nearby in the afternoon and my other two were soooo bored they fell asleep watching t.v. I worked as quickly as I could to finish this.
At the start I was sewing with a baby in my lap!
The body of the bag is Michael Miller Paula Prass Summer Soiree Black Nosegay.
The band and handles is Moda Basic Grey #30168 and lining is Cherry Blossom by Chris Chun.
I can't remember what the pocket fabric is, will have to check the selvedge if you're interested.
Here is the bag all sewn up and pulled inside out. That was the fun part. Then squishing the lining back inside the bag was good too. As you can see I added a long pocket as a drink bottle holder cos she likes to go to the gym. I also inserted a zipper (not seen) on the larger pocket on the other side. AND I inserted a magnetic clasp just for good measure. You can see there's a button though as I had to cover up my first boo boo and I wanted the bands to match.

If you've ever attempted this bag and got a bit stuck on making the gussets I took a pic for you to see. It's the same method as making boxed corners but you just sew a curve instead of a straight line. In my last bag I made the curve much smaller as my pockets managed to get in the way but this time I stuck by the 4" length on either side of the triangle. It made the bottom much smaller but the bag is quite roomy.

So to wrap this baby up and tick that one off my Xmas list.
Only 6 days to go! What are you still doing here :P

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Shiny... Happy

Finally, our tree is up. This years theme was pastel pink, aqua and silver.

New bargain shoes for myself while I was Christmas shopping.

New mug for my morning tea that always makes me happy.
It also comes with a ceramic lid because you know it's not unusual to have cold tea around here.

Hope your weekend is as good as mine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Slowly but surely

This week I took joy in seeing the beauty of nature.
These are the tops off strawberries and they were so beautiful I had to take a snap shot.
I had some other capsicum top lovelies too but they are uploaded by nephews who have loaned my camera on another machine. Grrrrrrrrr.
Are you all busy making your Christmas presents?
I made a start on the Amy Butler Sling today. Don't know when it will get done but I will aim to have it done by mid next week???
Things have been crazy around here. I've seen three dr's about Little J as she has constant unsettled periods in the late afternoon/evening. It's driving us mad.
Everything seems so much worse when there is crying.
They all don't think it's reflux and the last dr just said "She's colicky"
That's it. Colic.
I've decided not to fight against the wills of God and just take each day as it comes.
I shall be a stronger person for it, yes?
She's on Infacol and I might try Infants Friend as many mothers have found it works well.
So for now bloggy peeps posting will be something that only happens when I get time.
I hope you are all getting the time you need and think about what you want to get out of this Christmas for Jesus is the reason for the season!
God Bless.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A short birth story

A short version of my labour day :
As this was my 3rd baby I was quite curious as to how it was going to happen. I've heard both the horror and the good stories. My last one was very fast and drug free so I was hoping for the same.

My 39th week rolled around and I was getting a few pains and Braxton Hicks during the day. I didn't think anything would be happening until 4pm. The pains were getting strong and I had to stop for them. After 45mins of this I call the labour suite (sounds glamorous, doesn't it?)
The midwife said I could come in so I kick hubby into gear, who took his time getting ready.
It only took us 15mins to get there and didn't have one contraction the whole way. Once I got out of the car though I had to breathe and swing through one leaning on the back of the car.

We got up to the reception and after sorting out our files our midwife Stephanie takes us to the labour room. Our hospital (Westmead) is state of the art, has a brand spanking new labour ward and maternity ward. However, I just wanted to jump into the shower. I was surprised to hear that I was already 9cms dilated. I wanted to have a hot shower but there were other plans in store for me.

I stood in the shower waiting for the hot water but all I could feel was cold water. It was doing nothing for my pain relief. Steph had warned me that it would take it's time. She had left the room for a minute when I had a contraction and felt this pressure down there. I immediately hit the CALL button and a student midwife came in asking what's up. Hubby was standing there watching me, not believing what was happening.

"The baby's head is coming" I almost shouted. Steph came in and asked the same. The student midwife gave her the news and Steph confirmed it. "Turn off the taps" she said.
"Do I have to?" I thought in my mind. I really wanted the warmth of the water to alleviate the pain. Reluctantly, I turned it off and began to groan with each contraction, clutching onto the hand rail. I felt every sensation of my baby making her way down. To be honest it's like giving birth to a watermelon.

"one more push for the nose" Steph said. I complied and waited for the next contraction. Then out came her head. Steph has pushed my leg to the side. I gathered myself up and tried to breath deeply and slowly knowing that the next part would also be intense. This will end soon, I told myself. Be brave. The shoulders started to come out and I was asked to breath through them. The stretching was intense but I just let my body do what it needed to do.

"You're doing great Kim" Steph said. Words of encouragement that was definately needed and appreciated at this time. I felt my body push her out and finally my little baby girl came out screaming to the high heavens. I looked down to see a tiny little arm. How beautiful and gorgeous. I reached down to hold her. I was happy to announce that it was indeed a girl. Hubby got to cut the cord after I stepped forward onto a clean towel.

Speaking of her.. she's calling out to me so I must be going.

Thanks for your kind words and congrats. I've read them and been so happy to know I could share this with each of you. Children teach us a lot about ourselves. Our limits, our pleasures in life, how to cope with ups and downs and what happens when we don't cope.

Take deep breath. This too.. shall pass. I will get more sleep, eventually. I will take time out for myself without guilt. I will make time to connect with each member of my family. She'll go to school soon. He'll go to school soon. He'll be out of nappies soon. She'll grow out of her reflux. Do I have a grey hair yet? Haa haa. LAUGH. Because if you don't. You'll certainly cry.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FMF Giveaway

I've never bought any of the Flea Market Fancy range. I discovered it and then it went out of production :( There's a petition on trying to get it printed again. Click HERE to sign up.

If you head on over to Sew Take a Hike you can enter into another great giveaway.
I am really hoping they do print Flea Market Fancy again cos it's just a wonderful selection of yummy prints. My favourite are the seeds and I would just buy them in all the colours.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Soul food

Hello people. I'm still here. Still sane. Not much to show though I did try to make a camera cover and failed miserably. If you know of a good tute let me know.
Hubby bought me a new toy. It was on special so he decided I should have it.
When I saw how shiny and black it was I was in love. Now I can blog in bliss.
On the kiddies front I am doing well. We've reached the magical 6weeks and settling much better. Bub was colicky but is doing better since I've been watching what I've been eating. No acidic foods, less caffeine and stuff that gives you wind.

I took them all out yesterday to a community expo and it was heaps fun. It was easier than I thought. Craft tables do keep them busy. We had the good 'ol sausage and bread and I caught up with other mums who freak out when they meet all my kids. So nice to connect with others you know. Good for the soul.
The boy had fun running away from me in the school play field. Luckily I had Little Miss go fetch him which she delightfully did and called out "I got him" when she grabbed his hand. She'a gem for sure. I won a lucky door prize too which makes me feel special.

Oh, I may have hidden my giveaway in my last post. But you had to be a good reader to see my paragraph about it. I'll have none of that skimming blogs thankyou! Hee hee.
That being said.. thankyou to my TWO commenters: Melinda and Cherri! It's too sad to just pick one so you BOTH win. I'll see what I have in my stash for Cherri so please send me your addy's so I can post out goodies for you!

Life is soo busy but really good. Retail therapy helps! Hope you're ticking things off your Christmas list.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Madison Lamp Review + giveaway link

This is one part of my creative space. It's newest addition is my new lamp.
I was sooo excited when Buyster Lighting sent it to me because I find it quite hard to sew with the eco globe in the ceiling. As I try to do some sewing in the evenings I really needed good lighting.

The Madison lamp is a one light desk lamp in a black finish.
It uses a standard (not bayonet) bulb up to 60W.

The best feature for me is it's spring-reinforced adjustable arm.
I can bend the head and the arm so it shines directly at my needle so I can see where I am sewing. This is particularly great when I am doing appliqueing.

It has a heavy desk mount is not too heavy and not too light :: so it stays in place where I need it.
The only thing that it needs is an extra tightening screw for the head so it stays firmly in place when you twist it to shine where you want. I found that it would not stay where I wanted it to and adjusted the arm to accommodate.

It would be even better if it came in other colours, as black is the only option.
Other than that it's terrific, affordable and compact.

Now back to daydreaming about my hand-made Xmas list... speaking of which I will be giving away some of the fabric below.

One lucky reader will recieve half a metre of each of these fabrics (not the skirt) and little goodies. Just leave a comment and I will draw one winner out on the evening of Sunday, 22nd Nov EST. Everyone welcome to comment.

There's also a Mega Giveaway over at *Make it Perfect*.
You better get in because you'll serious regret the chance to win fabo prizes!

Better go, screaming baby in the background. You know how it is...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seeing the Light

Meet Madison.
She's coming my way to show me the light at the end of my blurry tunnel.
I'll be reviewing this lamp very soon thanks to
Buyster Lighting.
They have a huge range of lighting ranging from various lamps, ceiling fans, downlights, and wall lights. It would be a great Christmas gift for yourself or a friend.

It is very important for sewers and crafters to have the right
Especially when I (use to) have time in the evening to sew. I can't tell you how much I need this lamp. Those free bulbs we have just aren't bright enough and I have to squint to see the needle.

Speaking of lights at the end of tunnels I have decided that instead of pencil cases, I would make Nintendo DS cases for my nieces and nephews. These game devices seem to be the third arm they are always carrying around and they are always being misplaced.

Must go browse for fabric, methinks there'll be some extra for a giveaway next post.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Plans for Xmas

Gratuitous baby photo.
I noticed little curly eyelashes this week.
Are you all busy preparing for Christmas yet?
I know that if I don't start now I will be doing late night shopping and last minute things.
So far my head is just a jumbled list of "little projects that could"
This year I have decided to make pencil cases for the young kids. Last year it was pencil colour rolls. I might even get around to making some coin purses and Amy Butler bags. It means I should gather up supplies and scrummy fabric.
Little Miss decided she wanted a little red riding hood so that's added to the list.
Litte Boy has no idea about Christmas yet but we'll get around to something for him.

The little koala is just loving being snuggled in this easy to make sling.
All you really need are medium or large size sling rings and about 2metres of fabric.
Sew up one end into the pair of rings and voila, the most comfy sling for bub and mum.
Stay tuned. A little birdie told me there's a giveaway coming up!
So what are your crafty plans for Xmas???

Friday, October 30, 2009

Time Wasters

She: The one who takes up most of my time but gets cuter by the day.
Her: Who keeps me on my feet and wants to see the baby all the time.

Him: The mischievious of them all and makes so much mess. Oh so much.
The other night my hubby's niece (niece-in-law?) came over for a sewing favour. We sat for a few hours, both dreary-eyed while I finished piecing together a lovely blue satin dress for her Home Ec class. I could have shaved off about half an hour but I screwed up with the invisible zipper, TWICE! The first time I twisted the second part so it couldn't zip up, the second time I finished and then realised that the zip should have gone all the way up to the bodice instead of starting underneath the bodice. Such cursing needed to be had (in my head of course). Once it was all finished there was a huge sigh of relief and I could start my sewing itch being scratched.
Once you scratch, of course, you need to keep scratching until you are satisfied.
So many things I want to do. I'm going to have to make a priority list.

First-off: that Amy Butler Sling for my other sister. The first one I made is continuously getting rave reviews from strangers who ask where she got it from. My sis says I should make more and sell them. Perhaps but who's got the time?? Where do I get the time?
Secondly: I really love seeing the knitted projects that our northern friends are producing so much that I would like to start some knitting. It's crazy I know since we're only just coming into summer but if I start now then it will be done by Winter. Yes?
*Wishful thinking*

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Japanese Books and a True Up link.

I love all things Japanese. I couldn't resist taking advantage of how well our dollar is doing and let my fingers do the walking on yesasia.

The book pictured above is New York Style for Kids. It has the cutest designs for the little ones. I can't wait til Little J is old enough for me to start on some of them for her.

Above is Girly Style Wardrobe. I've read rave reviews on this book and I can see why. The dresses are beautiful and perfect for our upcoming summer.

This bundle of 'My Favourite' by Kiyohara & Co could be yours!
It's part of a giveaway by the fabulous True Up blog. It's a blog on all things fabric and she even shares the same name as me! It's just the best eye candy so head on over there for your chance to win.

A HUGE thankyou to Melinda for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger award. I'm so humbled. It's nice to know I am making a little impact on the blogging world. I think there are rules that come with this award like nominating others? but right now I'm trying to use 'every spare minute' of my time constructively.

So, just counting my blessings each day. That would be three little healthy kids and a loving husband. Now if only I could steal some time to produce something crafty... soon enough.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Home Truths

I've been tagged by Cherri over at CherriBerri to reveal some True Facts about myself.

The rules are below:

Thank the person who gave you the award: Thankyou Cherri.
Post ten honest facts about yourself.
Pass the award on to seven others.

1. I hated Computer Science at school but my past two jobs are computer related and I love it so much.

2. I do not have a green thumb although I wish I did. In fact I can kill a plant within a week and forget I even owned it. I started some seedlings recently but haven't transferred them to a bigger pot yet. They are still alive as we speak... maybe there's some hope for me yet.

3. I really enjoy having 7 sisters and wished I could see them more often.

4. I love children but 3 is enough for now and we will try for our last one in the future. That is if I haven't lost my sanity by then.

5. I am a procrastinator. If I don't write it down I'll just forget to do it.

6. I met hubby at work and we didn't talk to each other for the first year until he had to help me. We fell head over heels and I believe it was destiny. Sometimes we do finish off each other's sentences.. (giggle).

7. I use to be able to read Greek when I studied it in the 5th and 6th grade. I would love to be a linguist.

8. I am still learning to be a housewife and tidy up the house!

9. I am a sucker for romance movies and I use to read a lot of science fiction.

10. I'm so proud of my children and the life I have with my family. We are very blessed and I try to remember that every day.

I'll add one more that I've just thought of. It's actually a quote that I read recently which I LOVE:

"A rich man is not one who owns the most, he is the one who needs the least" - Anon.

I'm not going to tag anyone since I've spent a fair amount of precious time on the computer already while bub is in my lap peacefully sleeping.

I hope you are having a great week so far. We're slowly getting there. Just taking it one day at a time. Soon enough I'll be back in business in no time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

She's here

Jacqueline arrived at 5.59pm on the 12th October 2009.
It was an intense but fast labour with only grazing as I had her standing up.
We couldn't be any happier and glad to be home already.
Little Miss and Little Man are adjusting quite well although they do tend to wake each other at night.

We are resting at home and enjoying the time of 'firsts' with her.
Not much else happening on the home front.
Minimal cleaning, nil sewing, nil crafting and no thanks to things that are busy.
It's a time to take things slowly and enjoy the peacefulness while it lasts ; )

Hugs and kisses from us.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nesting and A Giveaway link

Ironically this nest was found in our backyard. I am hoping it is a sign of good things to come.

Oh, I have to let you know that A Spoonful of Sugar is doing a Giveaway!
It's for a fabulous lamp that I seriously need. My eyes are getting worse!
So pop on over and leave a comment over there for your chance to win. Good luck.

So I've almost finished embellishing this once plain white nappy stacker.
I never did have one for any of the other kids and I'll need this one for the newborn.
I used the templates from Kellie at Don't Look Now. She has the most prettiest designs.
I just need to do the edging on each of them and hopefully it will turn out nice.

Little Miss has been busy with other cousins doing some painting.
It's a good time to enjoy some crafting.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Little Projects for Little People

I love this baby beanie. I bought the pattern book from Sandra Rose years ago on ebay.
This is the Eyelet beanie and it's so easy to make. I love how it looks like little diamonds.
I started it a few nights ago and while I dislike the long wait to see the midwife at the hospital it actually gives me time to knit. (I also finished hubby's Irish Hiking Scarf a while ago).

I am so spoilt! My prize has arrived from Nicole of Our Cozy Nest. Thankyou so much!
As much as I hate to cut beautiful fabric I will put these to good use. For now they will be admired in my stash.

The bassinet and cot are set-up, bags are packed and clothes washed so it's now just a waiting game. I hope bub arrives next week because my other two arrived in my 39th week.
So if I don't post next week or after that you will know something is up...

I'm terribly excited.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wee Play Baby Quilt

I finished my first baby quilt in time. Phew. I thought I wouldn't make it.
I didn't follow any particular instructions which is why I came stuck in a few places here and there. I used one pack of a Wee Play Charm Pack, a dotty cotton print and one pre-packed craft size Warm and Natural batting.
Firstly, I really liked the idea of the disappearing nine patch. However, I also liked the basic
nine patch which, mixed in, isn't a good idea because you end up with bigger blocks using the latter method. Anyway, I trudged on and did my best to line them up (although I had to re-sew some blocks and use a smaller s.a)
Fast forward to a few months later I finished the quilt top and then I spent one morning quilting it. I have never quilted before so I decided the fastest and easiest way was to quilt in long wavy lines. I started from the middle and made my way to the right edge of the quilt. I had to use the Hyflex gloves as they helped to manouevre it around. I was not use to having that much bulkiness but was really happy with the result.
I binded it in the evening and voila! One really cute Wee Play Quilt.
Now come on baby. We're ready for you now.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Exciting Stuff

There have been a few exciting things happening around here.
I was thrilled to win another giveaway! Since hubby has banned me from on-line shopping for a while then these things are especially a blessing and very special! Ha ha.

Can you imagine my excitement when I decided to give shirring another go and it worked?
Oh my goodness. I had tried this about 2yrs ago and I could not for the life of me figure out why it would never work. Then, the other day I read a post about it on Jelly Baby Blog and watched the Threadbanger video on how to make a summer dress.

It looked sooooo easy. So I decided to give it another whirl. This time I did thread the elastic thread in the thread tension thing in the bobbin case. I started sewing and voila!! I was shirring with excitement in no time. It's a bit late to make a shirred maternity top since I don't have long to go. Perhaps a nice shirred summer top instead. Something to think about.

Of course, I had to show *hubby* the end result. He was pretty happy too which makes me happy. This is just my prototype. It's some left over cotton print that I made shorts with previously. It's now Little Miss's home pj top. It's very sheer so great for warmer weather.

I know you want to see my belly progress, right? 36wks, 5 days... 23days to go.

Can't wait. Very clucky.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Porcelina Butterflies

The days are quickly passing by. Weeks are churning slowly and I'm realising that my To Do List will not get done by a long shot since it takes a week to start and finish a project (at the least).
However, this has not dissuaded me into doing some projects while time permits.
Or when hubby hasn't trashed the hobby room with computer items and boxes, including unloading things all over my sewing table, grrrr, GRRRRR.

I digress, the skirt is from the Japanese book (pic in right side bar). First I cut the pattern in size 120cms and then decided that it was too long when I tried it on Little Miss.
So I cut the waist band part to meet the 100cms measurements. She is about this height.
I omitted the elastic casing as the waist part already was waist level.
This proved to be a hazardous idea as I didn't have enough fabric to make a casing as the ribbon gets in the way. I ended up adding a piece of extra material to make up for the shortfall.

I remembered that Heather Bailey created gorgeous outfits ages ago and I decided to applique some butterflies on a t-shirt so she could have a matching top.
I learned quite a few lessons from this project.
Firstly, read instructions carefully! Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 has two (2) liners. You peel off the first to apply it to your cut out fabric (shape), THEN you must peel the second liner off so that when you iron it onto your project it actually sticks.

Secondly, if you are going to applique on a knit fabric you should add some sort of stabiliser. In my case I used light interfacing. This makes the knit more stable so it doesn't pucker or bunch up while you are applique'ing. The left butterfly is without the interfacing and the right one does have it. It gives a much smoother result.

Thirdly, use a ballpoint needle for stretch fabrics. I did also use my Hyflex gloves (that I only found at Coles).
Lastly, Just take your time and enjoy it.
Pictures of Little Miss in it to come as she will be wearing it today.

Time for a nanna nap.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Our Cozy Nest Giveaway

The wonderful Nicole of Our Cozy Nest is giving away some goodies.

I am a bit biased about this giveaway because these goodies look so easy to make and it would be a nice present for the next bub.

She has a great tutorial on Moda Bake Shop for a ribbon block and blanket. It looks super easy so if you have to make a baby gift for an expectant mother you should go there now! I love going there as it's always updated with free easy and new projects from talented bloggers all over the land.
This hot weather is making me sooo lazy. However, I did make a start on a little skirt from my Sassy Girls Book (pic right) and hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow.
Can't dinner make itself???