Monday, May 25, 2009

Too Many Projects...

I have been working on lots of projects since my last post - haven't had time to blog! Here are some of them - my first item made from the new stash of fabric... It's meant to be a brooch, but it's huge, so perhaps it could go on a hair band or tote bag. You never know - I might get brave and wear it to a craft show where that kind of thing doesn't stand out so much! The tutorial is here. I also prettied up an old hardcover notebook, as the one I usually carry around was full. It is my ideas book - for jotting random thoughts, quotes, recipes, layout ideas, website addresses etc. (BTW, if anyone knows where I can get some hardcover notebooks with blank pages instead of lines, please let me know. Been looking for ages.) I am really happy with it - it's so pretty it makes me smile! It's mostly made with Bella bits and pieces. Then there's the apron - I am transported back to the 50's with this one. The gathered skirt makes me look as big as a house, so I won't be modelling it anytime soon, but it's great. A real domestic goddess item! It's reversible too - twice as many groovy fabrics to look at. I altered mine a bit, but the general idea is here. I am also re-vamping a lampshade and noticeboard for around the house, and finishing a curly desk calendar for the benefit of my two youngest, who are constantly asking what day it is. Pictures of them when copmpleted... What with those projects, a couple of birthday cards and a full-time job, it's no wonder the kids' rooms are a mess, the carpet needs vacuuming and the garden is overgrown. Oh well, our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy, as they say. Till next time, take care all. P.S. "My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint." Erma Bombeck

Monday, May 18, 2009

Family Camping Adventure

We have finally made it! The youngest child is now 5, and we have been camping as a family for the first time. I never wanted to take the kids as babies or toddlers - too much "stuff" to lug and not enough maturity (the kids or their Dad!) for me to really enjoy the experience without stress. But now, woo-hoo! It was only a weekend at the lovely (and close) Elanda Point, but great anyway. The kids had a ball in the water and out, we saw lots of wildlife (many birds, a goanna, kangaroos and an echidna), they got to toast marshmallows, run and play with friends and sleep in the tent (Brrrr - thermal underwear on the way from eBay already). It was a lovely weekend, but far too short. We will have some improvements and additions to the equipment by the next time we go, so roll on Family Camping Adventure no 2 - mid-Winter!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers' Day

What a lovely day! Breakfast in bed... Cuddles with the boys, pressies...
Handmade cards and pictures from school...
As well as a couple of hours shopping and getting a haircut (it's amazing the things I appreciate doing alone these days...)
Picked up some new fabrics for my stash - should see me through the next few sewing projects. ::Bliss::
P.S. A thought for all the Mums out there - "Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic ontrollers with ease." - Lisa Alther. Don't we know it!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More monsters...

The monsters I made for my neice and nephew (4 and 1)... I tried to give them a different personality each, so I made a few changes to colours and positions. These two are also different to R's. Very happy with them all - they are so cute! Thanks for the link Deb.
P.S. "A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. " Grace Murray Hopper - so sail in to your next project! I think mine will be a funky apron - never tried one before, but they look great...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sewing for the kids...

Once promised, must deliver! Last week I made these requested items for F and R. Since then have also done 2 more monsters for my sister's kids as well (very huggily accepted yesterday) - photos of them to come soon. The monster instructions are here, and I like the way you can make it any size you like - just set your photocopier and go!

My thought for the day - "Just because it's only 'stuff' doesn't mean I can't appreciate it while I have it. " Starline Hodge


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