Thursday, 29 July 2010


OK this is a slighty off-topic post so I apologise in advance and promise to resume craft blogging soon. I've just come home from mothers group and one of those shopping trips that ends with upset children and an embarrassed and frazzled Mummy. As we were heading for the exit after grabbing a few groceries my almost 2yo decides to bolt for the door that leads directly onto the road. The millisecond I go to run after her, my 4yo pulls my arm and everything in my hand or hanging on it crashes to the ground, including a drink I was holding. I am momentarily halted before I can go chasing after the mischievous one, catching her a few metres from the door. I then race the 20m or so back with her under my arm to the 4yo and the mess all over the floor. Meanwhile quite a crowd had stopped to watch all of this as I was yelling at my naughty girl to stop repeatedly as I was chasing after her. A really nice older man helped me get everything back together. I thanked him and then hurried out to the car, glad to be going home.

I get home and about to post a comment on facebook, as you do these days, when I started to read this article along with all the comments posted by other readers. Suddenly I don't feel as angry at my kids or embarrassed. Just glad they are both OK and that we are free to live another day.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Items Completed 2009

Since I am removing this list from my side menu I thought I would add it in here so I can still keep the record of what I finished last year.

Bee Eater Longies (M/L)
Bee Eater Shorties (S)
Birthday Pinwheel Beanie
Birthday Swing top
Blossom Vanilla (L)
Blue Choc Vanilla (S)
Busy Bee Soaker Test Knit
Calorimetry x 2
Cherry Ripe Soaker (M)
Cot Bumper
Flower Garden Longies (S/M)
Hello Kitty Knitted Toy
Lavendar Cotton Shrug
Owl Skirt
Cord Overalls
Cord Pants with flowers
PJ Pants (Striped)
Recycled Jeans
Tiered Skirt (Pink)
Tiered Skirt (green)
Baby Block
Lacy Girly Fancy Hat
Mini Blankies (like Taggies)
Mini Boy Hat and Scarf
Mud Princess Juliette
My First Felted Bag
My First Kerchief
Brown Cord Pants
PJ Pants (Thomas)
Notebook Covers x Lots
Oriental Lily
Pinwheel Beanie Test Knit
Rainbow Mahayana Gloves
Riding Hood Sweater
Sewn headbands x 2
Sunset Curly Purly Soaker
Zoes Fat Quarter Skirt

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Sewing - Yay!

I've finally managed to get some more time at the sewing machine. Both kids needed new pants desperately. My little fairy has had a growth spurt and needed some new girly pants rather than her brothers hand-me-downs. So I made her a pair of wide-leg denim pants with floral corduroy cuffs (no pics, in the wash).

My little man requested "rocket pants with a comet Mum". So I looked around and whilst there were some OK applique designs I figured I would come up with my own for this. I drafted it on paper first then traced around each of the shapes with baking paper. I also freehand cut a star as the leg with the comet looked a bit "bare". I ended up just cutting my own pants pattern based on one I had used earlier because I didn't quite have enough fabric. He is so skinny and doesn't need as much width anyway so the legs are thinner than normal but I should have adjusted the bum a bit skinnier too. The pants were sewn up and they haven't been taken off for 3 days (though I am going to insist that they go in the wash tonight - but hey, at least he LOVES them).

Note: If you want to copy this for personal use that is fine, but please do not copy to sell.

And then of course I finished off the project bag for my colour swap. Very happy with this one though I wished I'd had some more pink or a matching teal blue fabric to line it with but with sick kids and then myself getting sick I haven't had time to get to SL. The pattern (if you can call a whole heap of scribble on a scrap bit of paper along with a very "rough" diagram a pattern) is very good in terms of the size and functionality. I am loving the one I made myself so I hope my swap recipient likes hers.

So I guess I ended up drafting a few more things than I had anticipated for this months June Sew-a-long Challenge but I am very happy that I did as I enjoyed every second of it and the projects turned out fabulous (well I think so anyway). In fact it has given me a bit of a "drafting" bug and I think I will be trying some leggings for Isla and some PJ pants for myself next. I figure it should be pretty easy to do both.