Monday, January 31, 2011

Baby Change Table Set

I've been wanting to cover the change mat for the longest time.
As I cleaned out some things today I found this Bubba Boo flat sheet for the cot which I rarely used and thought it would make a great fabric to use for the change mat.
All I did was lay the change mat on top of one side, flipped the fabric over to cover it and cut out one big rectangle.

The back of it is secured by some cheap sticky velcro.
I don't recommend it to anyone as it sticks to your needle and is icky!

Then it occurred to me that I could use the left over piece to make a matching pillow case cover.
The cuff part was already done so all I needed to do was sew two sides together to make a simple case. I think it has come out terrific and it didn't take that much time at all.

So if you have a spare flat sheet that you don't use, go ahead and cut it up.
The possibilities are endless.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The halfway mark

I still forget it's the beginning of the year. It's been a good start to the year with the birth
of my nephew and he's such a good baby. I think formula feeds have something to do with his 3-4hr sleeps. I've never had very sleepy babies.
This is me at 20weeks. I eat everything in sight and my back is starting to hurt. I'm getting baby kicks and we should be finding out the sex next week.
I can't believe I am pregnant with our fourth but I couldn't be happier or glad that I am pregnant now than later. I don't think I could cope if it was later.

In the meantime I made up this disappearing 9 patch block as part of the
Quilts for Queensland that Corrie of Retromummy has organised.
I'm not very good at preparing so the spare charm squares came in handy.
I'm not sure about my other blocks. I can't get my head around inches. I need a ruler with inches I think. Every block tutorial I've come across only has inches in measurements.
I am too pregnant to concentrate on these things.

I found this recipe for apple and cinnamon scrolls instead from Kidspot.
It's very easy. I love scrolls and these came out really yummy. I even used two plain granny smiths that I stewed in a pot with a bit of sugar and that was fine. Even Little Miss 4 stated she liked the apple bit. Wow! Bonus points for mummy then. Hubby liked them too and I beamed with pride as I told him I made them from scratch. I didn't let them prove for the second time after I rolled them up and they still came out fine. Next time I'll make up a double batch as these didn't last very long. Maybe I could make themn with ham and cheese?
If you have a good ham and cheese scroll recipe please let me know!
Why is it that when you start cleaning there seems to be more mess than when you started?
I'm sorting out my fabric stash into quilting, clothing and other categories.
I do have some fabric coming my way to make up some cushions so that should be my next entry.
In the meanwhile I'll be sorting out things as well as sorting out things in my head.
As part of a new goal for this year I want to be a better parent. A smarter parent who is less angry and frustrated. So I've been reading Steve Biddulphs book The Secrets of Happy Children. It's very good and has some great ideas on how to make life less stressful and how to deal with your kids. I wish he would write a book about The Secrets of Happy Parents! That would include getting more cuddles from hubby and cuddling the kids which in turn equates to less troublesome behaviour. I've been implementing some one-on-one time with them so the kids don't muck up too much.
I hope you're taking some time out to be a good mummy, wife etc and don't be so hard on yourself. It is a tough job but a bit of personal time for you and with the kiddies will make a big difference. Life could be worse so enjoy the good times and learn from the bad times.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year

What a year it was. Ups and downs that's for sure.
I like happy endings and that's what we had.

Mr Trouble turned 3 and we had cake on New Years Day.

Miss 4 had an accident with her cousins fire sparkle stick and burnt the side of her eye on Christmas Day. Luckily after some ice, paw paw cream and then vitamin E cream it has healed up nicely and the scab has fallen off leaving just the pink scar which I hope will fade in time.
Nothing makes you feel like the worst parent when your child has an accident that could have been avoided. You've been there, right?

We celebrated Mr 3's Birth Day by going to the beach for the first time since having our first baby. Hubby stayed in the shade while I played in the water with the kids and had a helping hand with a nephew. It was a perfect day and it really made my whole year.
Miss J really enjoyed the water too and kept screaming each time it came up around her waist.
It was funny and cute.

I made these pyjama shorts for him today using a very big mens shirt that I knew hubby would never wear. He wouldn't let me take a photo so this is the best you're getting for now.
I used the sides of the shirt as the side leg seams and sewed the two pieces together to form shorts. I also used the bottom of the shirt as the bottom of the legs. I am quite happy the way they turned out and will see if I can make some more for him to wear at home.
Happy New Year everyone. I am off to put him to sleep so I can rest too.
I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to some new projects this year, especially with a little one due in June!