Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

From my Family to yours, Merry Christmas!!
It has been hectic, in the most fantastic way, best Christmas EVER!!
Despite the fact that this is the only photo that isn't too blurry to look at, of any or all of the girls, and it was taken on Christmas Eve lol!.

See? totally hectic!!
Things have been too much around here this last week or so, but I will be back in a few days to do a proper post with actual craft type things, even if they aren't all my own ; )
 Drive safely and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I made this......

Mini table top ironing board, it is around 16" square, and is made from MDF, with a layer each of aluminium foil, ironing board felt, and topped off with some cotton drill from my stash.

Another Phone case, This one is Mark's. Black linen inside and out and velcro instead of button closure.

A coin purse for me, whipped up really quickly.

Another Handbag for me, this time the Small Satchel  from Keyka Lou, I used Grey linen for the outer and a bright green polka dot for the lining.

Stuffed full of my other Keyka Lou accessories!

Pinwheels for Imee's quilt are coming along nicely, I've started joining them together now.

And a "Anda" dress for me! It was quick and really easy, I can see a few more of these in different fabrics, getting made before the summer is out!

My new profile pic, I thought I'd pop it in here too. I'm pretty sure this is the only photo I have with me and all   the kidlets, grubby bunch, love 'em to bits!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree....

Christmas wouldn't be the same without our tree. So many memories, in these ornaments....

One Christmas in the very late 80's, my Nan made this, My cousin got one too, Not sure if she still has hers, but I love my Peg Doll ornament, and it makes me feel like a little piece of Nanna and Poppa are celebrating right along side us!

My wonderful Mum gave me this angel, for my first Christmas after I moved out.

This beautiful lady, was another gift from my Mum, a few years back, my cheap and nasty tree was looking, well nasty, I was pretty upset about it. This ornament and some paper crafts with the kids gave me back my Christmas spirit that year!

Our 1st Christmas, another gift from my Mum! I love these guys!

Charlotte's Ornament , Which was actually purchased for her 2nd Christmas, because I was too broke for her 1st, I had the guy engrave "2001" anyway!

Imogene's Ornament, She adores her Booty, and is so careful with it each year.

Laura's, from 2006. She thinks the Teddy looks funny!

An Angel for our Abigail May, My 4th daughter, At the top of the tree, closest to the stars, One of only a handful of things that were her's. 2007 was a hard year.


Jocelyn's 2008 Ornament, I Loved the idea of sleep when I bought this one!

and Last but not least, Charlotte made this last year, I really love it!

The Baubles have come off already, Miss Jocie was playing with one, and popped the whole thing in her mouth!! Luckily she spat it straight out, then Mark held her while I quickly stripped the tree of the rest of them, Hopefully the year after next, we will be able to put things down low again and put the baubles on!

I'm almost finished my Christmas Shopping, but I still have to wrap everything, eek!
How are your Christmas preps going? Do you have special ornaments?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Miss Jocie is One!!

It was Miss Jocie's first birthday yesterday! Here she is pleased as punch, covered in Vegemite in her p'j's, and yep her present is wrapped in Christmas paper!!

She got this trike, it is supposed to grow with her till she is 3 or so, I hope so!! It has one of those parent's handles at the back, hoping to use it on our walks/bike rides. (excuse the mess in the background, that you probably didn't notice until I pointed out!)

I decided at 5pm the day before that the trike wasn't "enough". So I stayed up until 11:30 or so sewing up this dress and a pair of matching bloomers, Despite her face in this photo she really did love her dress! She was a bit worn out at this stage! The dress is the "flower girl dress" from Weekend Sewing, The bloomers were the "ruby bloomers" from the same book. The dress has a lot of modifications to make it wearable.

She was a little wary of the flame!

But didn't hesitate at all to chow down on her mud cake!

I have a feeling that she really liked it!
And yep, it was store  bought, unfortunately we have had a bug doing the rounds, so we didn't have as much fun as we normally would have. I would have done a post on how much I love her, and how special she is too us, and how much I enjoy watching her grow and change, but I'm in tears just thinking about it.
Needless to say, Jocie my darling you are loved!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Babies and a Bag.....

Aren't they adorable? No official names yet, but leaning towards Queenie for the green, and Caspian for the grey. They are approx 12 weeks old, and the girls adore them! Jocie was making kissing noises at them earlier!! I must admit, I never thought I would turn to mush over a pair of Budgies, but mush I am!!

And the Bag, another Keyka lou, this time the "Charm School Handbag" I used the leftovers from Charlotte's dress and a green cotton lining. I love it, though there is a couple of mistakes, the pleats on the bottom on one side do not line up, and the handle openings are a mess, but most definitely usable!

And here is the lovable Miss Jocie, Midway through my attempt at getting a photo of my bag for the blog, she came and swiped it, then ran off!, cheeky thing!
I hope you all had a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's Hot & Not

Early December 2008~ Three Cheeky Monkeys!

  • My new DIY itty bitty ironing board.(pics coming)
  • Shirring, (yep Im banging on about it again) 
  • My little big brother's 18th on friday (WOW!!) I remember the night he was born so clearly! (I got my toe jammed in the car door on the way to the babysitters! lol)  So Happy Birthday Jackson!!
  • The start of summer, the start of the christmas season, the countdown to the end of the year!

  • My ulcerous mouth, it hurts. I really really need to boost my immune system.
  • Having to wait another week to put the Christmas tree up, A certain someone needs to turn 1 first!
More of What's Hot & Not over at Loobylu!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

4 Shirred dresses!!!!!!!

Ever since I got my new machine almost 2 years ago, I haven't been able to shirr, I have scoured the net several times, but never got the answers I needed. The frustration was extreme! Anyway last week, I found Amber's blog after she left me a comment here. I scrolled down a bit and then BAM!! this post. This was my problem! I followed Amber's instructions to the letter, and  Ta-Da!!!

Four Shirred dresses!!, From left to right: Jocie in a little yellow sheer dress with a purple ribbon halter neck (which came out too small so will have to make another for her!), Imogene in a cotton voile cheater cloth, which used to be a maternity maxi dress of mine! Charlotte in a nice hot pink poplin (? I think?!) and Laura in another cut down maternity dress of mine, actually you can see the original of this one all the way back here.
The relief I feel at having figured out how to this, is actually quite funny! The dresses for the big girls have been on the cards for several months, Charlotte's has been through a few sessions of attempts, but finally, finally I can make Shirred Dresses!!! Thank you so much Amber!!

I love this photo, Its so rare that they are all smiling, and happy, and loving each other at the same time. The biggest two suggested that this one would be "good for the wall, mum!" And you know they are sooo right!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

And the Winner is........

Congratulations Liz!!  
 Liz said...
I love living in Perth, as we are about the middle way between my parents and my in-laws, and my sister lives over the road. I love also having a park with a river running through it, just down the road.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's Hot & Not

  • Keyka Lou Patterns, I just can't help myself, they are addictive!!
  • Online Shopping, The lower stress levels are awesome!
  • All the interesting comments on my Giveaway post, There is still time to enter!
  • Packed to the Rafters, need I say more?
  • That my "Not's" are few and not serious.

  • Feeling off for the last 3 months, it sucks.
  • Dealing with icky kiddy phases that should of passed but haven't.
  • The state of my backyard, It is getting to the point of desperation.
Heaps more Hot & Not over at Loobylu

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Something for Mikaela......

Another Phone Case, this time for my little sister Mikaela's 15th birthday. The green polka dot is scraps from a school sewing project, I think she used it for a cushion.

And an Oval Envelope Clutch, completely reversible!

My attempt at a Kawaii style embroidery, Far from perfect, but cute all the same.

And the back. The fabric is black linen.

Pattern by Keyka Lou.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Phone Case's

One for my Mum.

Pattern by Keyka Lou

One for me!

I love the handy little pocket on the back perfect for my earphones!

Overall, just plain perfect for housing my brand new toy!!

I had to include this shot of Miss Jocie, (11 months!! how did that happen!!) She just had to get in on the photo shoot! She is walking everywhere now, and getting into everything!

I have some interesting things in the pipelines, more on that another time!! Don't forget to enter the giveaway! there is still one week to go!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Another puppy for Charlotte.....

This time of the 2D fabric breed.
It was my first go at doing anything like this I found the pattern at The quilted snail. I used a tutorial from Twiddletails for the freezer paper foundation piecing. This little fella, is destined for the back of Charlotte's quilt.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


In celebration of my 50th post, I thought I would give a little something away.
So here it is, 2 fat quarters of this very funky and bright "Spirographix by Benartex"
(The colours are most accurate in the above photo)

To enter, all you need to do is leave me a comment on this post, telling me a little something about why you like living where you do. (no need to say exactly where)
International entries are welcome, Make sure I have a way to contact you, either by email or via your blog. I will leave entries open until 7 pm AEST on the 26th November.
Good Luck!
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