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.