Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Makings

This year I decided to tackle a few cookies. I had made a shortbread version and we ate them all.
This chocolate one was featured in the Coles Christmas cooking brochure and it looked very good and I had most of the ingredients on hand. Even hubby got into the action and was helping to cut out shapes. They came out rather nice but not as chocolatey as I would have liked. I will have to track down a better recipe next year. I did like that it was a white chocolate icing too.

Some nights I get to sit at my sewing table while they're all asleep and I fiddle around.
I decided to iron up the hem and do some hand-sewing (which I dislike). But that meant that this Oliver + S
blouse got made-up and finished in time for Christmas mass. It's really cute but man, there's a lot of buttons at the back. I would have prefered a zipped version.

The children got into the decorations and the tree is a mess but what-evs.
Here is the littlest adorning decorations fashioned by his sister from a headband. I had worn it across my neck which was rather fetching if I must say. Lol.

These simple cushions (there's one camouflaged in the back) were made up from some Ikea pillowcases I hardly use. I love love love the floral print and it has a really soft cotton feel. A very quick project because I lopped off one end of the pillowcase and sewed in an invisible zipper late at night. I will have to post more about invisible zips because I became much more of an expert this time around and I have some things I learned to share.

Anyway, have a very Merry Christmas and thankyou so much for stopping by. Please be safe these holidays and may you be blessed this wonderful season.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tis the Season to be Jolly

This year I wanted to go on a Christmas House Lights trip. Hubby wasn't really interested but caved in and drove us around after I got the older two ready. The young ones were asleep hence the scruffiness.
Anyhoo.... I picked a few addresses from our local paper and went to this amazing house who won the competition. It was awesome. So many lights, so many things to seeeeeeee.
You know even a well dressed house will amaze children and adults alike. The kids adored it.

The main house even had their own Santa and he took a few pics with the kids. I think I even like these ones better than the one we took at the mall. Elijah isn't even crying. What a good baby.

They had three windows dressed up like this. It was so cool. There were houses with lights lit up inside and little moving ornaments. Like.Wow. We moved onto a nearby street (how I love you gps) and saw a few more houses before the kids were sleepy and yeah, I was too.

Can you tell i am into the Spirit this year? Why not? I'm not heavily pregnant or carrying a newborn this time, Yay! AND to top it off, today I found out I am the winner of one of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaways.
I won and chose the Built by Wendy Simplicity pattern from Jmday.

Now that's something to be jolly about.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Baby's Bib

Each Monday I get to go shopping and leave a few little ones with daddy.
It's nice to have that time to grocery shop but it still takes a few hours with some browsing of my own inbetween. It's nice to have a bit of one on one time with Miss 5 as she's usually tagging along.
She even packed the grocery bags into the trolley at Woolworths for me which impressed the checkout chick and mother next to me. Start them young I say and you'll have them doing these things for you for a while.

So I normally take a list with me and sometimes the list is still on the fridge.
I told hubby I needed some bibs for baby and he said "Why don't you make them?" I did try before when I had my first son but they didn't turn out nice. I did try to find the right set at the shops because I like to have a plastic backing and for them to be a good size. This boy drools like a fountain. There were none that were suitable and within a decent price range.

So last night I traced out one of his big bibs and trawled through my stash to find the elusive PUL I've been stashing for many years now. I bought it when I had my first with the intention of making cloth nappies but that never eventuated. Now I have enough PUL to make about 6 bibs! Yay.
I cut out the blue flannel and just used one piece of PUL for the back. I bound it with white bias and sewed velcro to the tops. Voila! one very nice bib.

I think he likes it too.

Friday, December 9, 2011


Well the tree and the lights across the back wall are up so we're just about ready for the Season.
Two yeara ago I put up the lights by walking barefoot and pregnant on the t.v unit! Crazy huh.
This year I put it all up and the lights didn't work. Wth?
Back to Kmart for new set of icicle lights and back up on the unit again. We got a new star as well.

This year I left the teachers' presents as last minute. I had some spare wine bottles from a wedding in the cupboard and Little Miss going to Kindergarten Next Year made up these ThankYou cards with my help. I stuck a little ribbon in the back to 'hang' the card on the wine bottle. Genius, I know ; )
There's also a big box of Cadbury Favourites in the pack too. The cards have a cute little poem about teachers in it and I'm sure her teachers will adore it.

The littliest turned 6months old yesterday. Wow, how.time.flies!!!!
He thinks sleeping through isn't his cup of tea so I am yet to enjoy a decent night's sleep.
He loves his food though and we're starting with potato and mushy stuff. No teeth yet.

I've made some Ottobre pants but the zipper pull flew off and I can't get it back in the teeth.
Did you know Ottore patterns Do Not Include a Seam Allowance? I found that out the hard way. At least I used some cheap fabric before starting on a nice denim.
It's suppose to rain all December so I might need pants this Christmas Day. I'm sussing out the shops but (so funny) I picked up this nice singlet which turned out to be a crop top. What??? Where's the rest of it? Young fashion. Where am I suppose to find something decent? Perhaps Target.

We shall seeeeeee.....

Friday, December 2, 2011

Shopping for Christmas


I really enjoy the Christmas season. We took the annual Santa pic and it turned out smaller than the past few years so we were disappointed. The older kids put on a fake smile and the other little ones didn't even smile. I opted for the cheapest set we could buy and perhaps would have liked to be more picky about taking a better picture. They're not really helpful at those photo places. At least it was like having a family photo and we can update our wallet pics again. I put this smaller one in my new diary, which I got from K-mart again this year for a budget price of $4.

I'm pretty sure my kids can't read my blog so I will go ahead and tell you that we've splurged on them this Christmas. I didn't want to get them any old toy that they'll play with for a day and then have it left on the floor for me to stumble over. I wanted them to have something which would lean to the educational side so I decided we would get them a LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (breath) ,... each! If we were to only buy one I'd never hear the end of their arguing.

They already love the iPod, which we don't have, so they are really going to love this gadget/toy/whatever. I just hope they get to learn things and it goes to good use instead of just gaming. Target seemed to have the cheapest price so after I dropped the kids off at preschool/daycare I went up with the other two littlies and got the last pink one and one green one. That way they'll know which one belongs to whom.


Our local shopping centre were also giving free tote bags for every reciept of more than $10 in the centre so I came home with two of these cool bags which are made of hessian and lined with some kind of plastic adhesive inside. They fit a lot of my groceries in and I'll keep them in the car so I don't leave them at home.

I did some more Christmas sale shopping at Cotton On Kids, picked up some jeans and bought this cute bag. The proceeds will go towards their charitable work. Yay.

This gorgeous dress is for my niece and it's an Origami dress from Myer. Just beautiful and at 25% off it was only $29.95.


Lastly I picked up a skirt for myself. This is from Temt and was $13 (with 30% off storewide). I should be able to pair it up with a Cotton on blue polkadot knit singlet and Target black slingbacks.
I love finding a good bargain and when the kids are behaving it makes for a stress-free shopping experience.

I hope you're finding your own bargains too. Time for me to tidy up the sewing room so I can get a move on with making a few things for Christmas like an iPad case, pants for my little boy who's growing up too fast, and totes for teachers. But perhaps first, finding out what that darn smell is coming from the back kitchen.