Saturday, March 30, 2013

Possum Magic Celebrates 30yrs; Giveaway!

"For 30 years Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted children and adults alike. Mem Fox’s lovable characters, little Hush and Grandma Poss, together with Julie Vivas’ exquisite illustrations, weave a story of pure magic. Continuously in print since it was first published by Omnibus Books in 1983, Possum Magic has been embraced as a timeless Australian tale.  Let’s keep it in publication for other generations to enjoy!" - Scholastic

When I read this story to my children they were captivated by the beautiful pictures. I really enjoyed the story about invisible Hush and his adventure across Australia with Grandma Poss. It's a lovely read and my eldest can read it to her brothers and sister.

We actually do have some possums visiting in the evening. They love to climb the big Jacaranda tree and scurry around looking for food. The kids watch them with fascination although they do leave poo bits in the cubby house (ewwww).

In honour of this milestone Scholastic have kindly sent me three copies of the deluxe edition to give away! Just leave a comment and tell me if you've had the chance to read Possum Magic or any other Mem Fox books to your children.

Winner will be drawn April 9th 2013.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Look 6128

I had seen that Spotlight had a New Look pattern 50% off pattern sale. Since I am in need of a good skirt pattern off I went with the little ones and decided to on this pattern. If you're a Spotlight member you get an extra 10% off on top so it was awesome to pick up this pattern at under $5.

So I was all excited and found the rare denim piece I've been stashing away since the last pair of terrible shorts I made (while I was preggies with number 4). It was just enough to eeeck out a size 10 which was very promising in my mind since most skirts I find in size 10 are on the larger scale.  

Moving forward after a day or so of feverish sewing while some kids slept and others were at school I was nearing the finish line. (I still have the zipper and waistband and hems to do). Then I decided to try it on. My heart was beating and pulse racing (I've always been a tad melodramatic).


I didn't like those front pleats that seemed to emphasize my belly, which still doesn't protract even after having said number 4 baby. The rest of the skirt was fine and if I sucked in my breath I could possibly go for the size 10. I really liked the pockets (my first ones!) but I think either the denim was too thick or I'm over exaggerating. I have this thing about my belly. It bulges out of everything and is the last place I lose weight.

After chomping down some Lean Cuisine (excellent choice; it was a delicious cracked pepper and chicken Steam one). I decided I couldn't bear to go ahead with tackling the zipper. I just hated those pleats. In the picture it doesn't look too bad but you know us girls, we know when something doesn't look right. Hmmmm.

What to do.......
tear out the waistband and remove pleats?
finish off and let it 'grow' on me?
try the pattern using a lighter weight material?

Your thoughts?

*stay tuned, giveaway coming up next

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sprucing up the kids room

This is the my eldest girl's side of the room. Complete with plastic bag for those nights when her nose goes a bit crazy and she sneezes a billion times before she falls asleep. I wanted to sew up something so I decided to make up a cushion for her. I used some fat quarters from Spotlight (bought when they were on sale) which is very useful and a great size. 

I couldn't resist those ballerina's. They are too cute. I have a matching ballerina shoes fabric which is next on the cushion list. That cushion goes to the other daughter. I followed Martha Stewarts cushion instructions (with zipper) but I rushed so there's a tiny bit of ripple at the end.

At least the Thai basil is growing in the bath garden, if not much else apart from grass. The mint is growing too but not in abundance as I'd like. I have some Italian basil just waiting to be made into pesto and some parsley is growing kindly for me too.

 Oh and a few weeks back when Ikea were having a sale on these drawers I snatched up a set of these Malm 6 drawer units. I had to enlist the help of the staff as I had my 20mth old boy trying to escape the confines of the shopping trolley. Interestingly enough, the two boxes fit into the Kluger plus a Kilby bookshelf! One of the boxes had to go into the front passenger seat. The poor guy had to stop and take a breath because it was 60kgs but I helped him Tetris it into the front seat. Hubby helped put the frame together and I made up the drawers the next day. I love it. For the great price of $239 I love how the drawers slide smoothly and they are pretty spacious enough to hold the clothes for both the older two children. You can call me flat pack queen!

On top of more bargain hunting, I picked up these shoes from K-mart. From far left there are the navy canvas shoes for the 20month old which fit really well. You know how hard it is to find shoes that will accommodate his wide and high instep feet. Then the white ones were on sale for the 6yr old and then a $5 pair of teal eyelet shoes for me. Yes, $5!!!

I've had some really interesting times of late which includes a trip to the private hospital to have a bead extracted from 3yr olds right ear, a bout of mild tonsilitis myself, the great poo cleanup after the youngest got in there with a hair brush ( trust me; it was ugly) and then he decided to face plant on the cement at the in-laws with lots of blood to boot. So, clearly, I'm looking forward to some quiet time and a lot less drama.

A cup of tea? Yes please.