Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beginning school

It has been a busy couple of days this week with the start of Year 2 for Bella at school, Liam had registration day for "proper" soccer (hello early morning winter starts on weekends.. ick) and finally today, he started kindergarten. How did THAT happen?!? 

Dean had a work from home day so he could see Liam off to school and my parents came to see him climb those big stairs for his first time, but of course he took it all in his stride. It is so different being the 2nd child, he's been going to "school" for 2 full years to drop Bella off and pick her up, he knows where everything is, has met the Kindy teacher many times before, knows how car line works... there is no shyness for the 2nd child. Well not for my boy anyway.
... and apparently not my baby either... poser.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Australia Day

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The weather outside today might be blowing a gale and pouring rain all day but Australia Day was spent in the sun. Riding bikes, eating ice blocks and catching up with friends. Happy Australia Day Happy Australia Day
We also made a trip to Ikea Saturday morning for some bits and pieces including some chalk for the kids to test out our new chalkboard....Chalkboard Chalkboard Chalkboard the back of our new pantry no longer bare but a place for the kids to draw and for shopping lists to go.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Merryville mat

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Merryville playmat
Stash busting for a present for a new little one coming to Dean's workmate

Merryville playmat
Some Michael Miller Merryville print on one side and navy and white small polka dots for the back with quilt batting in between. I hand stitched a running stitch in quilting cotton around the edge to keep everything in place.

Merryville playmat
A simple playmate for the new little boy arriving today.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Apple skirt

Some of the last of this pretty little navy blue apple fabric (from Spotlight) sewed into a self-drafted skirt pattern for Bella.

Apple skirt
Apple skirt
Apple skirt

Simple waistband and a zippered side for my long-legged, small-waisted girl who is near impossible to get a good fitting skirt ready made.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Round in circles duvet cover ... the beginning

Round in circles duvet template
A self-drafted dresden piece...

Round in circles duvet
and a nice pile of Saffron Craig fabric purchased a couple of years ago cut into some strips...

Round in circles duvet
made into a rather large dresden circle, the start of a duvet cover for hubby and my bed. Plans are for a plain background, probably off-white and the circle as the centre.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Red washi

My blogging is not as often as I like, and my sewing even further in between, but finally some time spent in front of the sewing machine over the last couple of days and time for show and tell.

The two biggest had a sleepover at their Nanny and Poppy's which meant that Eva and I had the WHOLE day to ourselves. Little miss requested Peppa Pig and I was more than happy to oblige while I disappeared for some sewing time, starting with a Washi dress ... a popular dress for very good reasons.

Washi dress
Washi dress lining
Washi dress
Washi dress
Washi dress elastic casing

my only modification was to omit the shirring in the back and sew a casing made from bias binding to the inside of the back and insert elastic instead.

I will be making more of these, the tunic version and the maxi version too. Lucky I went and re-stocked fabric at Spotlight the other day.

Friday, January 11, 2013

One week

Moving time Eva's 1st day at daycare Moonlight Cinema Sydney
It's been a week of firsts and fun... moving into our new house, Eva's first day at daycare and going to the Moonlight cinemas in Centennial Park.
1st home project
and today, while the kids were on their new see saw they got for Christmas for the 1,000 time, I started on my first project around the house... transforming the back of our new pantry.... wait and see.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


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January :  A trip for hubby and I to Hayman Island

February : Eva started furniture cruising

March : Family trip to Fiji and my baby turned 1

April : KCWC

May : Some sewing for me

June : My big girl turned 7

July : More sewing and knitting for everyone
August : More sewing, SEW Craft Retreat and hubby had a birthday

September : My boy turned 5

October : Our Halloween party

November : Getting ready for Christmas

and finally... December

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone. 2013 is shaping up already to be exciting, we are only 2 sleeps away from our big move into our new house. It's brand new so there are a few things I still need to organise to be done like picking which curtains/blinds we want, but it's very exciting. Except being surrounded by boxes... thats not so exciting, but it's not for much longer. Hopefully I can get the sewing room box unpacked quickly and get back into some crafting...