Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I made this skirt up last night and just finished it off for the Princess. It is from the free Grand Revival ruffled skirt pattern and was so quick to cut and sew up. My first attempt at ruffles and I was pretty happy with the results..
Friday, May 23, 2008
My Oliver + S Tea Party Dress has arrived and I grabbed the fabric yesterday. I decided to do a test run with the pattern using the Rose coloured fabric I bought and some left over Sevenberry fabric from my MIL's bag from Mother's Day and the match was perfect. The fabric went together so beautifully and the pattern worked so well, I've decided this is it and not the practice dress. (It's extra sunny here today so the photos aren't fantastic... not that they ever are... plus Miss Bella REFUSED to part with her sultanas for her photo shoot. Oh and excuse the bed-hair, she woke up only 5 mins earlier and I was busting to make sure it would fit!).
I got my Oliver + S Tea Party Dress pattern from Duckcloth here in Australia and they were super quick to deliver and free freight. Definitely will be back there soon. The patterns from Oliver + S are so adorable, I'd love to try them all. I received their newsletter yesterday and a boys range is coming later this year and just looks as equally gorgeous. I will be impatiently waiting their release.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
So while the kids were snoozing this afternoon and in between emails and phone calls, I cut up my own version using the exact same size but just put a loop on each end to loop over the handle bars of our Phil & Ted. I wasn't game enough to do my first zipper for the closure so I resorted to the old-faithful press stud.
We have a few Phil & Ted bags but they either hang too low when the 2nd kiddie is in the pram or are just not big enough to hold anything other than a mobile. Oh and I tested it and you can fold up the pram with it attached! Bonus. The Princess is at daycare tomorrow so Liam & I will be testing it out at the shops.
First the Princess had her swimming lesson which she is loving and getting so good, well considering what she was like earlier this year. Her private lessons have been fantastic and well worth the extra fees. After that we did what we seem to be doing alot lately, we headed down to Cronulla Mall for a trip to the library to pickup some books, then a stop at Michel's for a vegemite scroll and milk for her and a coffee for mummy while we browsed through our new library books.
While there we did our normal stop to check the post box and how excited was Isabella to find a parcel addressed to her! We rushed home to open it and found the most beautiful kimono jacket from PinkLizzy. How gorgeous is the colour! She is a extrodinarily talented mummy. When Isabella opened it, the first thing she said it was "my Birthday jacket Mummy"... she is very excited about her upcoming birthday!
After I managed to pry it off her, we did a bit of painting and some drawing for a couple of birthday cards for 2 teachers at her daycare having a birthday this month. Painting has to be her favourite past time. Don't tell daddy, but Liam took a shine to a tutu he found.
Thank goodness it is almost time for bed. Alot for this mummy with a very sore head for one morning.
From the other night... the Monkey in action. I'm sure he is part mountain-goat.
Oh and lastly a picture Isabella did of Liam on her magna-doodle thing. It has his face, hair, eyes, nose and mouth apparently. I was very impressed, probably her first drawing that actually looks like something :-). I only wish she had done it on paper and not the magna-doodle, but I'm glad I got a photo of it.
Monday, May 19, 2008
My little Princess is turning THREE next month. She is such a little person now and has such a personality. Just these last few months she has "got" birthdays, so when she went to her best friend Sam's birthday back in March she told me for her birthday she wanted a Tea Party. Isabella has just started coming up with her own ideas out of nowhere and I find it fascinating what she comes up with, so I must say I often comply!
So the past week has been designing and making teacup invitations and planning a tea party for next month to celebrate. Last night they were all finished ready to pop in the post today to all her little friends. On the sewing front, I HAVE been making things, just haven't had the camera charged/within reach to take the photos.
I borrowed the Softies book from the library a couple of weeks back and late last week Bella asked me to show her the pictures so I was reading her all their names and we came across one named "Polly". So.. "ohhh Mummy sew Isabella a Polly. Miss Polly Mummy"... etc etc etc repeatedly. So one night after she went to bed I made up "Miss Polly", and she loves her. There is nothing better than making one of the kids something and they actually love it!.
Isabella has told me that Liam needs the Monkey from the book, so he is next on my list.
I bought this courdoroy a couple of weeks back hoping to make a warmer style dress for Isabella and found this simple Simplicity 3489 pattern. For some reason on the inside of the pattern they call it a jumper?? Confusing. Dean thinks it should have pockets, either one big in the middle or a couple smaller on her hips. Still deciding.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
It's a secret but I have an obssesion.. tea cups. Well I don't indulge in my obsession, I just adore from a far, but this Mother's Day I received TWO to-die-for.
And this brand new Pandora bracelet with a Monkey and a Princess crown! Here begins the new obsession!
Decor8 recently had a post in their blog about Aussie blogs and whilst it took me a while, I visited them all. There are such creative Aussies out there! A few of my favourites...
http://kirinote.blogspot.com/ - fabric to die for
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The pattern is the free Nigella Quilt from Amy Butler, but instead of using the alternating colours for the background behind the appliques, I just picked a plain cream fabric that has white swirls all over. It came up as a lovely simple quilt which is what I wanted.
I used the mocked binding method which I don't think I'll use again. I thought I would save time doing it but it came out uneven in spots on the reverse. I am contemplating cheating and getting some ribbon and hand stitching on the back edges to cover up the un-even lines. Maybe.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Except for the past couple of days, Liam is a champion eater. He seems to like everything. Well everything I cook anyway, he isn't fussed on anything "bought" except the fruits. Isabella was just the same. Even when I get the expensive Organic yummy stuff, he still turns his nose up. But I make the exact same thing and he scoofs it. Oh well can't complain I suppose. His latest favourites are Minestrone soup and a yummy Lentil and Vegetable puree. We think he has a bit of a sore throat the past couple of days. He normally eats and eats but is grimacing with everything, so tonight I have made up some yummy fruit gel with gelatine sheets and some Apple and Cranberry juice. He should enjoy that tomorrow and if it is a sore throat I'm sure it will be a relief.