Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Dolly" Ottobre 6/2008

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Pattern: "Dolly" dress from Ottobre 6/2008

Better shots of the dress Miss Eva wore yesterday. A simple style, and after omitting the zipper for a simple press stud instead and using the overlocker, a very quick project.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Today, Eva and I stepped out to Craft Group, and on the way home I realised we were showcasing "homemade/handmade" in a big way!

I wore my new top that I finished last night, Simplicty 2599. A great pattern with a really comfortable fit.

I rugged up in the cold weather with my Nimbus cardigan over the top, which I knitted last winter in Sirdar Denim Ultra

and topped with my Elizabeth beanie (ravelry link) in Bendigo Rustic also made last year.

Eva wore her "Dolly" dress from Ottobre 6/2008 that I made last night

  • Eva's pants were a gift from one of our neighbours which a friend had made
  • she briefly wore the beanie I crocheted for her (this kid HATES hats and shakes her head until they fall off)
  • she was wrapped up warm in her handmade blanket
  • and wore one of her embroidered bibs
  • we carried our homemade brownies in my Kristen Doran bag with Granny Square brooch
  • I worked on a knitted scarf for Bella for school and helped Kristen with some crochet
and of course Eva is a very special piece of homemade! We certainly had all of my crafting endeavors put to good use today, and with a stop at the craft shop today, I'm on to the next project tonight...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Baby

Don't let your brother near you if he has a book of stickers and you can't defend yourself yet.

She thought it was hilarious, but then this little munchkin is either asleep, feeding or smiling. Such a happy little girl and whenever she hears her brother or sister talking, she has the biggest smile on her face and tries to join in talking.

Hopefully our little one stays this happy over the next month, she has a few doctor and specialist appointments as well as a day in hospital under anesthetic coming up. Her big sister had one of the same procedures when she was 10months old, so while we do know what we are in for, having Eva being only 2 months old and all this talk of medicine and surgery etc. isn't much fun.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Two Months Old

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full of smiles and the occasional giggle

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simplicity 2586

Pattern: Simplicity 2586
Fabric: Cotton from Lincraft

Worn all day today, definitely comfortable. On this version, the only modification to the pattern was that I used facings on the sleeve and bottom instead of a standard hem, but when I make it again I would drop the waist down just a little bit and make the bust a tad smaller so that it wasn't so wide at the neck. Last thing I might make the matching tie belt since I have plenty of fabric left, and not quite enough to make anything else.

A day at home

On a self imposed "no leaving the house between school drop off and school pickup" day yesterday, while Eva had one of her lovely long naps in her bed I cut into some new Dr Seuss flannel from etsy and made Bella and Liam some new winter PJ pants.

Pattern: Burda 9766

For me, I finished a dress, Simplicity 2360 with some very soft cotton fabric in a lovely grey. A first for me, I even made a muslin for this dress last week to check the sizing after buying $55 worth of fabric to make the "real thing" which is a big step for me. It's all finished, just needs to be photographed. It's perfect for what is becoming my winter staple.. dress with leggings and boots and a nice big cardigan.

Other dresses that made my shortlist were the Simplicty 2586 pattern after seeing this version from Little Betty blog (although I have far too little faith in my sewing to splurge on Liberty fabric) and the Burda 02/2011 dress which I would love to make in a dark navy.

Today after Bella heads to school, I am taking Liam and Eva shopping and I think on my shopping list might be another dress pattern... I feel another day at home coming up soon for some more sewing.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

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Happy Mothers Day to all the Mum's and Mum's to be.

We spent the glorious Sydney day at my parents for a Roast after a morning with breakfast in bed (Green Eggs in Ham in honor of Liam's current favourite book), lovely handmade presents from Bella and Liam, the last Tiffany & Co initial for my necklace from Eva, and a gorgeous Oroton handbag from the whole family. Very spoilt by my gorgeous kids and husband.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Owl and the Pussycat

My little Eva has her very first artwork, a Heather Ross limited edition The Owl and the Pussycat print.

The pile of Eva's quilts behind the print will eventually be increased by one last one, a Far Far Away II lattice quilt I started a long long time ago.