Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mothers Day present

I am trying to decide what I want for a mothers day present. I originally thought that I would like to do a nice order from an Etsy store for some fabric, but I have also been thinking about an Ottobre subscription. Craftymamas is currently offering if you purchase a subscription for $85.00 you can get a free back-issue of your choice. I think I may go for this. What back-issue to choose? At least this gift I will be able to keep receiving from it for the next 12 months.

Oliver+S Sunday Brunch Jacket

I did it! I bought the pattern for the Sunday Brunch Jacket. I am really looking forward to making this. The pattern difficulty is "advanced beginner" so I am hoping that I will be able to make it.

Yesterday I got to work early and so I was able to leave and go to Spotlight at Castle Hill. I have not been there in months and it was nice to go there and to have a look around without Ella getting annoyed and bored. Plus it was nice to be able to walk around the aisles without the pram bumping into everything. I must say that they have cleaned up Spotlight and it was a nice place to vist - still a bit devoid of many nice fabrics, but I still managed to buy some things.

For the Brunch Jacket I have bought 2 demins - one is light weight and it was a clearance fabric for $8/m and the other one is a little heavier for $13/m. I am going to try the leighter weight one first and see how that goes and then go to the heavier one afterwards. I also bought my favourite pink polka dot fabric - I bought it for the lining and then I was looking on the net last night and realise that it is not lined. So I am going to see how I go about lining the jacket as i think that it will finish it off nicely and you will be able to wear it open.

I ordered the pattern on Tuesday afternoon, so hopefully it will be waiting for me when I get home tonight or tomorrow. No sewing tonight as we are going to MIL's for dinner. So I will have to start tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Oliver+S Storytime Pyjamas

I received the Oliver+S Storytime PJ's pattern yesterday. I was really looking forward to this one. I had bought the fabric for it last Thursday and due to the weekend, it took a couple more days to arrive.

When Ella was asleep yesterday I cut out the fabric and when Mat was watching the football last night (in between The Biggest Loser Final) I put the kimono top together and then this morning I completed the pants.

I am pretty happy with how they have turned out. The sleeves are a little long and I am going to shorten them and add binding to them. This will just finish it off. The only thing that I am annoyed with on the pants - is that there was an ink mark on the material and to cover it up, I put an applique flower on it. I was really hesitant to do it, and I dont think that I should of. Does not really add to the garmet - really just awkwardly stands out, plus with the legs already being stitched, I cannot add any others to it.

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be to make, and I used a lot less material than I thought I was going to, so I have heaps of yellow tracksuiting material and the flannel binding I have enough to make another pair of pj's - so it looks like Ella will have quite a few pairs of pj's this year.

I am pretty happy as this pattern I learnt how to make pants and tops, and use material that it more stretchy than the cotton that I have used before. I am now debating what pattern I should try next. I am thinking another Oliver+S pattern - this time the Sunday Brunch Jacket. I am wondering if it is a little ambitious for me. Watch this space.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Dead camera

My camera is still dead. Mat and I went on the fuji website last night and found out that you have to send the camera to Fuji and they charge minimum $120.00 + parts. With the problem being a zoom error, I would say that it would cost close to fix to what the camera is worth, so we are not going to bother. So I will be without my camera for a while until I can save up for a new one. I have still got my old Fuji that my MIL gave us back, but it is really crappy and I am really dissappointed when I take photos with it.

6 weeks!

I am 6 weeks pregnant today. I have booked my scan for 9th May - Saturday week. I will be 7 weeks and 5 days at my scan - so I am sure that there will be a heartbeat then. Last time my scan was 6 weeks 3 days and there was a heart beat, so I am hoping that you will be able to see that everything is OK. I remember my first scan last pregnancy, we were on holidays at Fingal Bay and we drove down to Hornsby for the scan. I was petrified that they would tell me that there was nothing there and that it had all been a joke. I am worried this time that they will say the same thing.

My morning sickness has gotten a little worse. Eating in the morning does not seem to agree with me. I think it is the dairy that is making me feel nauseaus (sp?) I am feeling so much better than I was last pregnancy, so I am convinced that we are going to have a boy. The tiredness has kicked in. I am finding it hard at work, and about 12pm I feel like I need to have a lie down as I feel like I have a hangover. Most nights I am falling asleep at 8:30pm (or before)

Friday, April 24, 2009

'Make it Perfect" Flipsy Skirt

My latest sewing project is the "Make it Perfect" Flipsy Skirt. When I stayed in Sydney on Monday, I went to a quilting shop in Dural that stocked the pattern. I hadn't planned on buying fabric, as I thought that I had enough to make it, but when I went in..... I was in trouble.

I found the Sandi Henderson fabric that I llllooooovvvveeee and had only seen it on Etsy and thought I would have to do an overseas purchase to get it.

At first, I was a little dissappointed with the pattern as I thought that there would be a pattern in it, but there was just printed instructions. However, there is no need for a drafted pattern and it is a very easy skirt to make, and I loved making it. You can tell the difference using beautiful (good quality) fabric and Mat even commented on the skirt.

As you can see by the photos, the skirt is reversable. I started off loving the skirt with the Sandi Henderson, but I think my favourite is the second fabric skirt (which I cannot remember the name of)

You will have to excuse the crappy photos, I still do not have my camera back.

I also did the 'applique' top - there should be a second one for the set, but I cannot find any white long sleeve t-shirts.

Now that I have made a million and one skirts, I want to try something different and learn some new skills in the process. So I have bought the Oliver+S Storytime PJ's pattern. By doing this, I will learn how to make pants and tops.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.

Yesterday when I got to mum's place, I was told by Ben that Ella was watching the TV and there was Humpty Dumpty and Ella was watching and when he fell off the wall and fell into bits she started screaming. She would not stop crying until he was put back together again. I was surprised, as i knew she watched the TV, but I did not know that she paid that much attention to it and would understand what was going on.

I put a Dora episode on for her later and did not realise that it was Dora that she had been watching. Sure enough when they got to the place where Humpty Dumpty was on the wall she started crying immediately. I picked her up and tried to comfort her telling her that it was OK. She would not take her eyes off the TV and stopped crying as soon as he was put back together. Even later I tried to show her it again and as soon as she saw him the tears started again. So that Dora episode is one to be deleted.

Monday, April 20, 2009

5 weeks pregnant

I am 5 weeks pregnant today. Well, I think that I am anyway. I am off to the GP this afternoon for a referral for a scan to find out the Due Date.

So, as this will probably be my last pregnancy (I am pretty sad about that) I thought that I would document on a week by week basis, how I am feeling and as I get further along, some belly shots (as I only took a few at the end last time)

Today, I am feeling OK. I have small bouts of nausea, but I have not felt the need to throw up or gag. I am feeling a lot better than i did last pregnany. I get tired, and find that I have about 8:30pm deadline and then I have to go to bed. Midday is also a time that I feel like I am fading.

At this time, I think that the baby will be a boy. This being, that I do not feel sick this time around. Last time by 5 weeks I was so ill.

So that it is. Nothing more to report. 2 more weeks until the scan and then we get to find out the true due date and whether there is a heartbeat.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I'm pregnant!

As I wrote in my post on Monday, I am pregnant. This is a shock to me as last time to get pregnant with Ella it was alot of heartache and tears and clomid. This time, I feel like we really did not put in the effort to get pregnant and it just happened when we werent expecting it. I guess that this feels what 'normal' people feel like when they get pregnant - without all of the help of doctors etc.

So lets get down to the nitty gritty. I was not temping properly. I could not be bothered to take my temp, so I am not sure when I O'd and I cant remember when we actually 'did the deed' but the only thing is, I think that I ovulated earlier than I have ever done before.

I thought about 5 days before I actually tested that I may be pregnant. My body does play tricks on me and I have thought that I have been pregnant many times before and it has not happened.

These were my symptoms

1. I got a pimple on my chin - one of the ones that are under the skin and really painful and then I got on next to my nose. I got a lot of pimples when I was pregnant last time.

2. My hair started falling out when I brushed it. I lost quite a bit of hair when I was pregnant last time and it did not stop falling out until Ella was about 5 months old.

3. My gums bled when I brushed my teeth. I usually only get this when I have a new toothbrush - or when I am pregnant.

4. I felt nauseaus. I have felt like this many times thinking that I have been pregnant, and I a couple of times before I have even gagged a couple of times, but have never been pregnant, so I really dismissed this symptom.

5. My temperature (even though I was not recording it, was very steady. It was 36.99 for three days in a row and this never happens. Once it goes over 37.0 degrees, I know I am pregnant.

So that was my symptoms, which I naturally kept to myself. I did not tell anyone that I suspected that I may be pregnant. I did not want to voice it, and then it not be true and then I would feel like an idiot. I was going to do a pregnancy test on Thursday 9th, but I had a quick look and did not think that I had any, so I didnt bother going to buy one. It was only on Monday, 13th, that I went and had a better look and I ended up finding one, which I did the test and the second line came up straight away.

Not a good time to be pregnant for me. Work is SHIT! I will be out of a job at the end of May and I am in an even worse position now trying to look for a job and being pregnant. What can I do, I need to work. I thought about telling Brian and Julie that I was pregnant and then they could not push me out, but everyone says that it will not work and they will fire me anyway. I have called Family Assistance and they have said that there is no other money that I am entitled to at the moment.

I have a appointment with the GP on Monday. I am not going to bother with a blood test this time around. I dont think that I need one. I am going there to get a referral to have a scan at 7 weeks, so that we can see a heartbeat and to check the dates. I am also going to get a referral for the 12 week scan and blood test.

So #2 baby on its way. Not a good time really, but very much wanted already. I am sure that we will find a way to survive and pay for this baby, we seem to always find a way.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm a big girl now!

Ella is becoming her own little person. It is really exciting to watch, but it is still sad that she is not my little baby anymore.

Her latest is feeding herself. She will not let me feed her anymore. So I cover her in a plastic bib that covers her whole front and then put the 'scoop' bib on and let her eat her heart out. She has been eating a lot more when she feeds herself than she has in a long time, so this is a positive step. I think I will need to but shares in Nappysan though - as I am sure we will be doing a lot of soaking.

The slippery dip

It is time to do some posting, and catch up on all the developments of Ella. Ella is asleep and Mat is watching the football, so a great time to post.

We got a little slippery dip and swing set for Ella for Christmas. She was not walking when we got it for her and so she used to go on the swing and have a lot of fun and we would hold her as she slid down the slide. Now that she is walking (and climbing) and after a lesson of showing her how to climb the ladder, she has mastered the slippery dip and will happily go down the slide, climb up the ladder, go down the slide over and over again. She is very chuffed with herself and will even clap herself at the bottom of the slide. Here are the pics from last weekend when she managed the slide and the ladder (on her own) for the first time. In these pics she is sliding down the slide on her tummy, but she has now mastered going down on her bum.

She manages to do the whole thing with a dummy still in her mouth!

More Sewing

Well, I have been doing some more sewing and thought that I should put some pics up of what I have created.

The first of the pics is from the skirt that I made for Ella. This was again the same as the first skirt that I made (being the twirly skirt) and it was made out of red flowered material with a black trim. I am pretty happy with how the skirt turned out. The only thing that I would like to change is that it comes up at the back and dips down at the front (which is a nappy issue)

After the skirt, I got of Burdastyle a waistcoast pattern. I thought that Ella would look very cute in a waistcoat and her pair of skinny pink jeans. I had to make the pattern a little smaller, but I think it turned out pretty well. I was also impressed that I used my 4 step button hole on my machine (which is the first time that I have actually used it) So the pics that I have are only of the front and back of the waistcoat, no photos of Ella wearing it yet.

The buttons are odd buttons that I had (spare buttons from clothes I have bought and kept) and I have covered them with the same satin from the back and lining of the waistcoat)

Finally, the the last skirt that I have made (I really have to start making things other than skirts - I know). The idea for this skirt came from one of the women on EB and the recent kids clothing swap that they had. I saw the picture of this skirt and I wanted to make one for myself. It is from Go Mama Blog and the skirt is Ottobre #4/2007, which I really did not want to buy the magazine to get the one pattern, so I thought that I would try and make it myself.

Funnily enough, when I went shopping at Spotlight (a few weeks after I had originally seen the photo of the skirt from Go Mama, I bought some material, that I thought was similiar to her skirt, only to find the photo again and realise that it is exactly the same. So, I am admitting to copying - not intentionally going out and purchasing the same material. I think that I have done a pretty good job.

I have also learnt a new skill, which is Box Pleats they are pretty easy. So happy the each of the things that I am sewing I am learning a new skill.

I will have to take a photo just of the skirt so that you can see what it really looks like. It will have to be washed first, as a little grubby from going down the slippery dip about 50 times.

My next sewing attempt (yes it is another skirt) but this time it is Make it Perfect Flipsy Skirt

Monday, April 13, 2009

TTC #2 - Cycle 4......

It is a BFP! Oh my god - I cannot believe that I am actually pregnant again. EDD is 21/12/09 - 25/12/09 depending on O day (which I dont have a clue what it is as I did not temp this month) Will fill in more later - as it really has not sunk in yet.


Warning - this post is image heavy!

Yesterday was Ella's first Easter (well it is her second really, but this is the first one that she is old enough to partake in eating chocolate!) Ella got an easter bunny from Jane and Ron (her cousins grandparents), she has never eaten chocolate before and this was her first taste. I am sure that the next time that she eats chocolate will not end up as messy as this time.

Ella found a little plant pot - and used that to carry her bunny (or what was left of it) around.

"ohhh no... what have I done - look at the state of me"Lets say that Ella had chocolate coloured eyebrows and chocolate in her hair and she needed more than a bath when she got home.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I am a grot!

I have just found out that I am a grot! According to Julie (Satan) ,when I was on holidays, went on and on to the other staff that I am a grot. I had things in my bin that were not paper and the floor needed a vacuum. Last time I looked at my title, I was an Accountant, not a cleaner and it is not my responsibility to vacuum the floor.

Apparently I am go grotty that she had to cover my whole office with disenfectant spray. Poor thing!

Great working week!

It has been a great week so far!

Usually I dread coming to work. It is a mixture of having to come to work and being treated like a moron all day and having to stay away from home.

This week on the other hand has been a good week. When I got into work, I asked Brian what time Julie (Satan) was coming into work. 'she isnt coming today' - blow be over with a feather - she isnt coming in today. I am here, it is her job to come in and make me feel like a moron. I was sure she would come in seeing that Brian was going to NZ and would have to leave the office at 2pm. Who was going to make sure that everyone was working?

This morning when I arrived early, I was sure that Julie would be coming in. There is no way that she would leave the three of us on our own. The place would go to rack and ruin. Julie called in at 7:55am "ooops - is it 5-to-9:00am? - no Julie - it is 5-to-8:00am. "oh silly me" - OK, you are checking up. She is not coming in today...... "I dont have time, I am out and about all day. I am looking after my grandchildren" Thank god for that. So not having Brian is good - but not having Julie in, that is f***ing great!

An interview!

As I have posted before, I am in the process of looking for a new job. Time is ticking away and I have until the 26th May and then I will be out of a job. Nothing has been told to me as yet, but the powers here have been talking to people and those people talk to me, so I will be out of a job and Satan will be taking her job back.

I have been applying for jobs - I have had one interview for Maitland Council at the beginning of March, which I did not get. All of the other jobs that I have applied for I have not heard anything.

I decided last week that I should also apply for full time jobs as well as part time ones as there was more on offer. I dont really want to go back to work full time and put Ella in care more, but I dont really have a choice. Last week I applied for 8 jobs - being a mixture of part time and full time.

Yesterday I got a phone call about one of the jobs that I applied for. It is at Sandgate (so not too far) and it is full-time (which is a downer) but the pay is not too bad (more than I was told was on offer up here). So I have a job interview, which I am excited about. It is tomorrow at 4pm. Wish me luck. I would really like to get a new job and the extra money (working double the hours) will come in handy.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Dress

I bought a Sprout dress for Ella a couple of months ago. I fell in love with it when I first saw it. She hasnt worn it yet, but I was having a look at it, and thought that I could make it.

Before the EB skirt challenge on my first trip to spotlight, I saw the fabric that would be perfect. It was a yellow that graduated to orange and then to pink. It was really light weight and floaty.

I traced the dress and did a dummy run (which was less than successful and when I put it on Ella is was too small - so back to the drawing board. This time I made the pattern smaller, used lighter weight fabric for the dress (as my dummy run had been in calico) and with the lighter weight fabric for the frills it worked a lot better.

I had the peices cut out last week, but had not gotten any further than that, as the thought of hemming metres of fabric wasnt too appealing. Yesterday I was really inspired after everyones nice comment about my skirt, so I thought that I would get it done.

This pictures was taken inside - so the pink doesnt really show right.

This is a pic of the dress taken in the daylight to get a better picture of the colours. It turned windy and I could not get it to stay still, but I think it looks pretty good.

Ella is not as happy today as usually is. She is on a course of antibiotics that she has had an allergic reaction to.

One of the back of the dress

The only thing that I am a bit dissappointed in, is the second row from the top - it needed to be a bit longer than it is. I think that it is pretty good for my second garment that I have made.

Just one more of Ella - as I am a pushy mum