You've got to love those first thing in the morning, still in your pj's surrounded by your birthday presents photos! Little Miss Jocie, adored all her mummy made presents, especially her ruby doll!
And her Daddy made cradle has been an absolute hit!!
Here she is wearing her mummy made dress, holding ruby, and a super cute hand knitted 'hello kitty' made by her Great Nan, I suppose birthday photos with Christmas trees in them are just part of having a December birthday, adds to the excitement I think!
We finished off a very busy day with a super yummy Choc mousse cake!
Shes pretty awesome my littlest girl, cute, sweet, funny, (and compared to miss Laura, impeccably behaved!).
So there we go, that's it the end of the baby days in our house, I'm so unbelievably sad about that, yet also deliriously happy at the same time.
Sorry that post's are still few and far between, I'm crazy busy finishing all the Christmas sewing!! I'm not sure if I'll get to fit another post in before the big day, so if not, take care and have fun in the lead up.
First up a very quick doll quilt, which will also be for Miss Jocie's birthday (3 weeks to go!)
I used some of my vintage sheet f/q stash, and an old bassinette sheet for this.
I figured it was as good a time as any to have a go at feathering....... So they are no where near perfect, but it was my first go, and really not too bad!
Next up, Kristy requested circles, pieced, appliqued etc, and this is what I came up with, both blocks are appliqued because I'm a sook and chickened out of piecing circles lol!, They came up well, And I'm kinda disappointed that they have to get sent back!!
In general ramblings of my life, I took Charlie and Imee to see Harry Potter 7, Deathly Hallows, last night, to say it was awesome, amazing, fantastic, wonderful etc still wouldn't really cut it, I LOVED it!!! We are big fans here!
And tomorrow night I'm off to my 10 year high school reunion, yep class of 2000, (please don't do the math!)
I'll be back soon with hopefully some more Christmas sewing done!
Another pressie for Miss Jocie's 2nd Birthday, I'm getting it done early so I can get back to Christmas sewing! This gorgeous girl was made using a free pattern by the wonderfully talented Jhoanna from One Red Robin. I'm sticking with Jhoanna on this one and naming her Ruby..... Unless Miss Jocie has other ideas lol!
A shot of the back so you can see the gorgeous hedgehog fabric!
We also had some Daddy Make happening on the weekend, with a doll's cradle being made for the soon to be 2 year old, pics to come once its painted!!
So its been 5 days since my first concert, Sarah Blasko, and to be honest I just don't know what to say! It was amazing and awesome and I loved every second of it, but I feel rather overwhelmed and almost like it didn't happen at all, I always end up feeling like this after a big, anticipated event, surely I'm not the only one?
I also had some rather exciting news this morning, My big girls have been accepted for an out of zone placement at a new primary school, We are so relieved! For the first time in 3 years Imogene may make some friends!! and Charlotte will be reunited with her bestie, and both will hopefully learn that friendships last longer then a day or two at best! They will also be at the same school as my baby sister, which is another bonus, instant friends rule!! And that's not even getting started on the advantages of going to a school with actual real policy's and plans in place! Things are looking up in the mummy makes household!!
I'm going to see Sarah Blasko!!!!!! And to top it off, this is my first ever concert!! And we are taking my little sister (almost 16) and its her first concert too!! We are also taking Marks best mate.... Im pretty sure he and Mark have seen more then a few in their time though!
Imogene's Feliz for Christmas! Its hanging a little funny in these photos, but its fine on.
I'm seriously needing a break from ruffles, I did the back ruffles with a ruffler foot, scary looking contraption it is! I just couldn't get it to gather the right amount for the bottom hem ruffle though so I did that using the zig-zag over perle 8 trick. It worked quite well, but boy oh boy, I would be very ashamed if someone had been recording me!
I wasn't intending to add a ruffle to the bottom of the overdress, but when I had finished it *really* needed it. As above I couldn't face any more ruffling so I picked up some cute pre-gathered trim from spotlight, and sewed that on, I really like how it turned out. But it still needed something!
So I used the left over trim and a self fabric button to whip up a quick flower broach. It looks good in a few different spots too. Overall I'm very happy with the dress, The pattern was easy, even though I forgot to add seam allowance, but that didn't matter, it actually turned out a bit big, thankfully the ties pull it in, and it does mean it should fit for at least two summers. The joys of the slim built children!
This is Pam's October block for the Australasian Bee, she requested flying geese, with a preference for different sizes in each block. This was my first go at geese, and I feel like the regular geese are pretty good, the tall ones however are a little 'quirky', hopefully Pam will like it, and as the others are adding their blocks to Flickr I can see its going to be a very bright, fun and beautiful quilt.
So next month, November, is my month for the Australasian Bee, I ummed and ahhhed for months trying to figure out what I wanted, finally settling on the spiderweb block, using my vintage sheet stash, with each block using a different modern fabric in the 2nd ring. I used this tutorial. Im almost ready to send out the packs, and I can't wait to see them all together!
Done using the Quilt as you go method for Rose in the Bee Seam Piecing Downunder Bee.
I'm also working on my other October blocks for Pam in the Australasian Bee, but flying geese are doing my head in lol! And.... I'm starting to assemble fabrics cause November is my month for the Australasian Bee, I'm so excited!!
We have had the most disgusting week in our family's history. 8 long horrible gross days of the worst Gastro bug that I've ever been unlucky enough to witness. Massive amounts of weight was lost, huge amounts of food went uneaten straight to the bin, so so many loads of washing *sigh* Its over now.
Anyway... above is Miss Jocie's Birthday dress, a little early (2+ months!) Made from a pattern by Dear My Kids the Reversible Tunic Top/Dress, This is the dress version. I chopped 3" off the sleeves to make them 3/4, and didn't add the elastic, I wanted them looser for our hot aussie summer.
As I have come to expect from Karen's Patterns, this dress went together easily and beautifully, and the finished product makes me feel like a professional!
A couple more phone pouches, the blue/grey is for my besties birthday, the Beatles was requested by my baby brother (almost 16!) for his camera.
And Mummy dearest requested a cushion to match her quilt for her birthday last week.
I couldn't resist the adding the hexies to the back, those things are addictive!!
And speaking of addictive, Ive now been without sugar for 1.5 nearly 2 weeks, and going well.