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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 pre…

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 gorg…

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???

To Do List

That's us: me, Little Miss, Little Man and Daddy, (newphew in law in the corner).

I'm officially on maternity leave! I get one year off with a portion of it being paid leave. Hurray!
There are so many things on my To Do List:

Number One: A pair of Pajama's
I've decided to join Sew Mama Sew's Sept. Theme.
I've stashed a pj pattern for about a year now which is perfect for this summer.



Number Two: Things for Baby I want to make some terry cloth burpies, carrier canopy, finish the quilt and knit a baby beanie. Number Three: Things that can wait. Summer gear for the toddlers, curtains, cushion covers, whatever else I'm fancying in blogland. I have to say it's so relieving to know that I don't have to get up and head out to work. I stay up at night tidying the house while they are asleep. I write in my diary and sometimes read a parenting book. It's therapeutic to write down your thoughts. I've read it does help you deal with emotional issues etc. I use to…

Barbie takes the Cake

Someone turned three just recently!





So I made her a Barbie cake. It's my first cake made from scratch.
I used a Dolly Varden tin to bake the skirt using this rich mud cake recipe.
It tasted soooo delicious and even though I was stretched for time to decorate her cake I think it turned out quite nice.

Now to suck up all those silver and pink cachous that are scattered on my kitchen floor.

Me... 34 weeks and feeling rather huge. No motivation to sew as I have 'nesting' bouts of energy and would rather pick up toys and tidy the house. I will have to sew up some comfy pyjamas for the hospital I think so maybe I'll join the Sew Mama SewPajama Party Sew- Along!

Sounds good.