Saturday, March 28, 2009

I am a winner!!!



I am sooo excited! I haven't won any prizes in my life. Seriously.
I won this Twitter pattern from Melly and Me.
Aren't they the cutest!!!

I can't wait to give these cuties a go. One for each of my little ducklings.
Watch this space.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Freya Doll - our version



Say hello to Freya. Little Miss calls her Dolly.
It's my version of Freya from the wonderful Melly and Me range.

In the original version she is meant to have some fabric for her face, a smaller fringe and a different smile. I also omitted the wings.This is my version only because I am really just learning to embroider which is why her smile turned out a bit funny. I didn't have any material for her face so I left it as is. You can tell where it was meant to go by the faint pencil line which hopefully will fade.

It only took a day to create. So fast and fun.
Last night I finished her but I thought her head looked a bit strange.
This morning I figured it out, I had forgotten to put on the fringe so I did it this morning. She looks sooo much better now. Plus an added ribbon.

Little Miss really likes her so I hope she lasts.
She should last longer than the other Freya I made as I will make sure her brother doesn't use her as a teether. Gosh that was a sad first attempt. Hubby says this one is much better.
I agree.

Here are the front and back views.



Off to the NSW Playgroup in the park down the road today.
Yipeeeeee.....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Um... can you tell?



Today is Playgroup day. It's when a local group of mothers/fathers/care givers take their children and meet up with others and we have a big play together. Ours is located in the library in the community room. My daughter use to cling to me but now she loves to participate and do her own activities. Our facilitator is fabulous. She organises activity tables and themes for each week.

It has given my daughter more confidence when interacting with other children. My son loves to walk around and say hello to other children. He's not shy and particularly likes the girls. I love seeing the delight on his face as he plays with the others. He's very cheeky and likes to go into the kitchen and store room.

This week's theme is Green Day. Little Miss doesn't have anything green and silly me decided as a last minute resort that I would sew up a tunic for her. It shouldn't take long, right? Especially if I cut some corners? Baaaaad idea.... especially for one pregnant brain.

See what I've done wrong...
Is it really obvious?



I started it at 9pm last night. She was falling asleep so I started tracing, cutting and I decided to use bias binding on the neckline. It was curvey so I had to snip the bias after turning it to the back. It actually turned out alright.

Have you picked out what I did wrong yet?

Here is a close-up of the neckline. The pattern says to use interfacing for the collar.
It was getting really late and mistakes were sure to be made.



It turned out that the kids were too sick to go today.
They both have runny noses and last night Little Miss had a slight cough.
I hate it when the kids are sick so I'd hate it if I got other kids sick too.

I will finish the tunic and perhaps the 'upside down' flowers may not be too obvious.. yeah?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Colours of Autumn/Spring



I only ordered these a few weeks ago from the U.S. and they're already here.
My sister, who is a few years older than me, has asked for an Amy Butler Sling bag like the one I made for my other sister.

She picked the one underneath.
This is MODA BASIC GREY SULTRY POSH FLORAL CITRON GREEN.


Below is:
CLOTHWORKS CREAM OMBRE DAISIES CHERRY BLOSSOM


Last but not least, this will be a bag for myself.
CLOTHWORKS TEAL BIRDS CHERRY BLOSSOM BY CHRIS CHUN
I love the bird design.


I can't seem to shake this tiredness so I don't know when I'll get the time and motivation to start. Taking the kids out with me to the shops is a harder task now than it use to be.
Anyway, I'm sure the second trimester will prove to be more enjoyable and productive.
We're still enjoying the sunshine down here but mornings are much cooler.
The kids seem to be entertaining each other while I take it easy for the next few weeks.
I just really need it right now.
Hope you're all taking some personal time for yourselves too.

Sunday, March 8, 2009



I'm still deciding which project I want to start on.
There's the possibility of re-visiting the toddler tunic. Maybe a little girl's coat.
Maybe something should be made for the boy.

In the meantime, I settled on a pincushion. I can't remember where I found the tutorial.
It's just two circle pieces sewn together and then the embroidery floss to create the segments.
It's rather cute and easy peasy.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ottobre Knit Pants



Meet Little Boys new knit pants (minus waist elastic cos I ran out). I made these a while ago when I was feeling up to sewing.

The pattern is from Ottobre and were really easy to make. This is size 80cms without any s.a.

They're the pattern with the one big pattern that you cut two fabric pieces. You sew the inner leg seams first then you place one inside the other, right sides facing each other and sew the crotch part from the top to the other end. That's my favourite type of shorts/pants pattern. My boxer shorts are the same sewing method. I get really confused when I have to sew up fronts and backs of pants.


Here is the first pair I made for him. It's a really cute giraffe, elephant and tiger knit from Spotlight.


The ribbed knit turned out a little loose. I think they were meant to be more fitting against the legs but they still work well. He looks really cute in them. Now to figure out if I need to make a matching knit top.


Just aside - I watched him while we were playing The Wiggles - Rock-A-Bye-Bear. I watched in amazement as he did the actions. He did the clapping, the bowing, the turn and the finger to the lips! It was surprising, glorious and I was filled with pride when I watched him do it again in front of hubby. My 14month old is growing up and I don't want to miss these things that I don't even know he does!!!


My sewing motivation is very lacking lately. I don't know if it's the hormones, tiredness, or having two toddlers. That being said, I have taken advantage of free shipping that Hancocks of Paducah had this weekend and there is a whole lot of fabric happiness being delivered to me in a few weeks. It should at least tied me over while I get use to these hormones which sometimes drive me a bit mental.


I hope you are all taking care of yourselves, giving yourselves some time to re-gather your energy and *smile* cos it's all good. Don't take your health for granted and eat good food XOX