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Little Pouches - Gift idea

I'm pretty sure I am getting better at making zippered pouches.
This lovely number took two days to do, only because I had other things to look after.
It's made of a pretty Flower Sugar fabric I bought from Sarah and Quilt Fabric Delights a while ago. I never got around to using it and I'm glad I decided to cut into it.


I'm loving how the zipper ends have come out too. I figured you do have to sew right through them to make them look neat. I think the grey zipper works fabulously with the white, pink and blue.



Inserting the zip is pretty easy too. Just make sure you keep the raw edges in line with the zipper edge and keep your seam allowance consistent and you'll be right.
I made this pouch using my own pattern. I did screw up one part where I didn't box the corners correctly so I had to snip off some more of the edge and re-sew.
Luckily I made it quite big so it came out a decent size.


Little Miss 4 has already stashed it up with some cool things.
I'm thinking you…

It's beginning to look alot like...

I put up the Christmas tree yesterday. There was a big mess of toys strewn all over the floor but I've culled most of the toys (or hidden them out of view).
Gee, we've accumulated alot of toys in the past few years. It's time for me to let go.
We're bound to get more this Christmas anyway.

What I would like in my stocking this year is some yummy fabric.
Lucky that there are lovely bloggers who are willing to give some of them away.
One of my favourite blogs is by Corrie of Retromummy. She is giving away a fat quarter set of Rosalie Quinlan's Broderie. How cool would that be?

I would be making some much needed cushions and try making some camera cases and purses. The one I made below was from this tutorial by Sew-Mad Mama. I made it a bit too wide but it's fine and it will do. I now have a great appreciation for crafters who sew these small objects. I find I don't do a great job.

Babies are a cryin'
I gotta get going.

Ciao for now.

Have you seen my cucumber?

I've been admiring the greenery of our vegie 'bath'.
In actual fact it's an old iron bath that hubby filled with dirt and I've been pottering about trying to see if I can't grow something .... anything... without killing it.
I wasn't successful last year but I am trying harder this time around. I've even detected what the weeds look like and pick them out daily.

While the kids were at day care I planted whatever seeds I had on hand.
You can see tomato trees above. I am thinking about re-potting them individually so I can stake them. They are looking pretty healthy but whether or not they fruit is the big question.



That's a cucumber plant in the corner. I had picked up a pot from Franklins (of all places) as I was curious. I split it and they were looking good until one of them decided to stop growing.



But lookey here! My pride and joy. See that cucumber?! It sprouted and grew and grew!
Hubby hasn't seen it since it was a wee one but he's going to b…

Fixing : Canon IXUS 70 mode

My apologies for the blurry pics but my phone camera doesn't do macro very well, even though these were taken with the macro setting.
The other day before we went to the farm my little, let's say "destroyer" of a son, took out the camera and managed to break the slider which switches the modes of the camera from shoot, video and playback. It worked but was permanently on review/playback and I couldn't take any pictures.

Today I decided to open it up and see if I could fix it. Who needs a man, really?
After scouring the internets for a while there wasn't any information that was helpful so I stumbled through this myself. It was easy and I didn't electrocute myself.
I thought I'd post this to help others with this dilemma.


Upside down pic of the camera with staple hanging out of the piece you need to 'switch'


It's actually very simple. Using a small screwdriver take out the side screws and the bottom. I was not successful in using a bigger screwdr…

Little Pleasures

Today I woke up and felt like scones. 3 cups of flour later here are the left overs.
Some of them rose like the leaning tower of Pisa. I didn't place them close enough together.
But they tasted good and were not as flat as I use to make them.
I figured that if I just patted them down with my hand (instead of using a rolling pin as if I were making pizza dough) then I'd end up with luscious fluffy scones. Turns out I was right.
I used the recipe from Taste. Very good recipe.


Yesterday I couldn't walk past this cute little handbag. Black is boring so I opted for this Slate colour. Strandbags had 25% the Cabrelli brand and this was a much needed little thing. I had one given to me but it frustrated me to find my mobile.
Hopefully this one won't swallow up everything in it. For $22 bucks, it's a good investment, yes?


Then I finished up some invisible hems for my sis in law's friend at work.
I must say I am getting better at this and it hardly shows on the outside.
It's …