Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
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.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
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
Monday, November 30, 2009
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
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
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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
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 lighting.
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
Friday, October 30, 2009
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?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
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
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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
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.
It's a good time to enjoy some crafting.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
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
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)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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
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.
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.
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).