Thursday, December 23, 2010

Flower Sugar



You know you want it. Retromummy Corrie is having a terrific giveaway of Flower Sugar fat quarters. Just imagine having these at home.
I know I wouldn't want to cut into them but I am in serious need of new cushions, summer totes, clutches and all things pretty.

So head on over there now and get your entry in before New Years!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Messenger Bag


This is my first ever Messenger Bag and I am thrilled with it.
I was up last night after they were all in bed trying to pick out the best fabric in my stash for this project but I only picked out this lovely corduroy this morning.



I used the fabulous tutorial from Fishsticks and Fries.
The only moderation I made was to make it a bit smaller as it's for a young niece.
However, it's still quite big. But I am quite happy that it fits an A4 folder so they can even use it to lug around school books etc.

Here it is next to the A4 folder. The dimensions for the bag was a 39.5cm square.
I didn't even realise I had cut out a perfect square when making this up. I could not find the pattern for the flap though so I cut the width the same as the bag and length to 3/4 of the bag front. I used 1cm seam allowance for the sides and 1/4" for top stitching.

I was considering using some webbing for the straps and when I couldn't find it I just ended up biting the bullet and making it using my own dimensions so it would be 4cm wide.
I had some times when I didn't think I'd make it... all my measuring devices seemed to be hiding when I needed them and my walking foot, well, walked off somewhere but I did end up using it and don't regret the 10mins I spent looking for it.

So, what are you still doing here? Go and make one. You will LOVE it.

You could do it standing on your head ; )

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Buying - Yes - Crafting - No

I admit it. I love pink and it's variations.
I was never into pink as a girl but now I love it.
I had to get these from Spotlight.
99c for the top two and $5 for a 20m roll of the ric rac. Awesome.
I bought the light blue dotty panel to make Little Miss Four her own apron and gloves.
She loves to help me cook. I couldn't leave the store without the butterfly fq to cover a pillow for her bed. The scissors ended up being 50c! She can use them for crafting.
She starts Preschool next year. Phew.
I trawled the net for tutorials on how to make a cot sheet and I'll be making one for her.

In my garden : I was rather curious about this certain plant and I pulled it out and to my joy it was a carrot! So I am growing carrots too! It's way too small right now and I am hoping by some miracle that they grow to a decent size. We've already picked two more cucumbers and I see another on the way. This is the best planting season I've had.... ever!
I love my mum but she didn't teach me much about home economics.
I wish she'd taught me that if you fold your laundry as you take it off the line it saves you an incredible amount of time later when you need to pack and sort it! Most of it is wrinkle free when you take it off the line anyway.
Why I only figured it out this past week I do not know but at least now I know and now YOU KNOW. So do it. You will thank your lucky stars!



So HA! Here's to a great Christmas.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Too little time


If you're stuck for some stocking stuffers or gifts for Xmas I think
this Pink Diary is terrific. I spotted the National Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Diary (what a mouthful) at Target the other day and bought it for myself.


It's a Week to Opening on A5 so it's perfect for me to check out my schedule for the week.
Especially now that I am back to working part-time.
I've already pencilled in some apppointments and scheduled ultrasound.


The great thing about going back to work is working near a fabric store so I can pop down at lunch and pick up a few goodies. I love this soft cotton dobby. I'm not sure if it will turn into a dress or top yet but it was too good to pass up at $5 a metre. I also picked up interfacing for $2.40/mtr and some rope to make these irresistable on the go baby change sacks.



This week's been quite hectic and full of emotion.
I must admit that at times being a full-time mother is quite isolating, frustrating and darn impossible on some days. Luckily I've forced myself to whip up some desserts to wash away those hardships. I pulled the recipe for this yummy chocolate self saucing pudding from the Junior Masterchef website. It's missing the hazelnuts but everyone loved it. Even hubby really liked it.

I am thinking about Charlie/Reversible bags for the impossible to buy for nieces.
Whether or not I get around to making any is another question.
I don't know how mums of 3 do it and I take my hat off to them. It's hard work finding your own personal time or maybe I am just not looking hard enough? lol.

Have a crafty weekend,
Kim XO