Monday, December 31, 2012

Take a Bow 2012

As 2012 closes today, I am looking forward to the year the lies ahead for my little family.

Ella turned 5 at the beginning of the month, not sure how that happened. Remember my little girl when the blog first started


She thinks she is all grown up and she is ready to go to school in the new year.  I have found her school visits to be quite surreal that I am the mum of a school age child.  I am excited for her to be going, but quite nervous as well. I am sure she will thrive.

She has been well and truly spoilt this year. A quad bike for her birthday from her Uncle Mike


And an iPad for Christmas - how times have changed.



Harry, apart from the wrist breaking,  we have turned a corner with his hearing.  He had a checkup with his ENT and the best news we could have been given.  His grommets are still stuck in his ear canal, but they are OK and not doing anything anymore. There is no more fluid in his ears and he does not need to go back to the ENT for 2 years.  He still has his hearing issues, but it does not effect his daily life and his speech has exploded.

He had his plaster removed early December. He was a trooper having it taken off and took it all in his stride



We are grateful that the weapon has now gone and pets and people are safe once again.

He is a little monkey, so I am sure this is not the last of his scrapes



The house, well it is coming along slowly.   I am a little discouraged at the moment with it.   We finally made it through council and started the 'construction phase' on 31/10/12 - the day that Harry broke his wrist.  We have now been under construction for 62 days and only had tradesman on site 14 of those days.  When we first started we were promised the frames complete and waiting for bricks by the end of November and fully bricked and half the roof on by Christmas.  We had a slab only by the end of November and currently we have frames completed and waiting for brick layers.


I have no doubts that we will have a stunning house at the end of it, and it will be worth the wait and the anguish, but it is hard to see it sit there day after day without anything being done to it.  If you have a look at the top storey of the house - back right, that is my sewing room. I cannot wait to get in there - the view is lovely and looks over the backyard

Talking of sewing, my machine and I took a break from each other. I think it is not having the dedicated space to sew that was putting me off.  A week before Christmas my sewjo came back with a vengeance and I have been sewing up a storm.   I have since made 6 dresses for Ella and a couple of iPad covers (all of which I will blog soon) however, it is my WIP quilt that has caused me just a little bit of pain this week.

Yesterday I decided to baste and finally finish my flying geese quilt. It has been sitting in the linen cupboard for months.  The basting it was OK.


The quilting not so good


I took my eyes of quilting for a second and ended up with the needle through my finger.   Yes it hurt and I am glad I did not see it happen or it would have been worse.  Mat had to pull it out with a pair of pliers - that hurt more than actually doing it.    Thankfully all it needed was a bandaid and I went back to finish the quilting.  I am up to hand sewing the binding and I will blog it when it's done.

Well that is my year.  I hope you have a good new years eve no matter what you do.  We are out tonight, with the kids I am sure we will not last until midnight, but that is OK - I would rather the sleep anyway.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Anyone For Badminton????

I dusted off the sewing machine!!! It has been gathering dust for over three months. On Tuesday night I suddenly got the urge to sew.  I didn't have anything traced or cut out, so I had to do that before I could sew.   Tuesday night I traced off and cut out the Oliver and S Badminton Dress and cut out the Oliver and S Swingset Tunic.

I have never made the Badminton Dress before. It is one of my patterns that I have bought with an idea in mind, and then in the time that it takes to arrive I am onto another idea and the pattern sits there unused.

The reason for making the dress was this fabric


I bought it some time ago and love it, but was not sure what dress it would suit.  I went through quite a few patterns which I didn't think were right and then I found the Badminton dress which I had basically forgotten about.


Oh My Goodness - how do I love this dress.  Firstly it is a size 3, but I have lengthened it to a size 4. My little girl, she is growing now, but has not filled out at all. I probably could have stuck with a size 2 and lengthened to a size 4.


I love the flutter sleeve detail. I have never made a sleeve like this before, but there is nothing to worry about as they are simple.


The only place that I have detoured from the pattern is the hem. It is supposed to be scalloped. I am not sure if I like the scallop detail. I did cut out the additional pieces, but when I was sewing the dress, I decided to leave it as a simple straight hem. I am glad I did.

Ella loves it and wanted to wear it to Nanny's today. I am glad that I got pictures of it the minute I cut all of the threads off it, as this suffered an untimely accident and was covered in pink medicine that Ella decided she did not like.

As Ella always like a picture, here are her modelling shots. Cheesy photos here we come.








We will finish off with a decent one - which doesn't make her look freaky.









Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Animal Crackers in My Soup

A couple of months ago, before my sewing machine started to gather dust I took a day off work. I had planned it so that the kids would be at daycare and I would have the day to myself where I could sew to my hearts content and not have any interruptions.   I managed to knock out two pairs of O+S Sleep Over Pj's

The first pair which I am showing you today was for Harry.  This is his first pair of mumma-made pj's and I am happy to say that he likes them.


The main fabric is from Spotlight. I love this fabric and it reminds me of the song 'Animal Crackers' the contrasting fabric is a Michael Miller stripe that I have had in my stash for quite awhile. 

Size is 2T - there is quite a bit of room in them, so I know they will last for awhile.  I have again left off the pockets. There is two reasons for this, and both of them are laziness related.  One, I do not check pockets when I wash. I have enough problems with Mat and his need to leave tissues and pens in his pockets. I can't take the pockets off him, but I can leave them off kids clothing.  Second bout of laziness, is I can't be bothered to go to the extra effort to make them. 


Are you shocked about how big my Harry boy is getting???? I am and I look at him every day.  At the moment he is nearly at the same weight as Ella, who will be 5 in less than 2 weeks. 

Anyway I thought I would show you some of Harry's self choreographed modelling session. He may have a future career, if he grows a bit taller than Mat or I (modelling is in my families gene's, even though it did skip me)

Having fun - party boy
Working hard on the iPhone pose
Zoolander eat your heart out


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Did You Miss Me????

Can you believe that it has been 3 months since I posted anything????

My machine has been gathering dust.  I want to sew, I need to sew as Ella has grown out of her dresses and is requesting new ones, but I have lost my sewjo.

Things have been hectic lately.  You would think that I am building the house myself, but I am just over seeing everything. I never realised that building a house would take up so much time and energy. Really that is all I have been thinking about for months.

We received development approval at the beginning of October. It seems that it has been a delay after delay since then and even though we should have a slab down, we are still waiting without much taking place.

I have a build blog if you feel like following along. If you don't, then that is OK, but I thought I would keep all my updates on the build in one place so I don't clog up here if you don't want to read it.

What else has been happening?

A couple of weeks ago Harry broke his wrist. He did a good job and broke both bones, which required setting in theatre under a general anesthetic. How did it happen?

According to his hospital discharge report "mother says child fell out of car"  makes me feel slightly like a neglectful mother.   We were watering our plants at the block of land and he was playing in the boot of our car and he fell out. I will add that it was stationary at the time.  He landed on his hands.

We ended up going to a small community hospital near us, where they xrayed it and then told us we had to go to the large childrens hospital for it to be set. For the journey to the hospital they set it in a back slab


The back slab lasted the car trip to the childrens hospital, only because Harry was asleep. As soon as we got to JHH hospital he ripped it off and kept it un-supported for the next 7 hours while he was waited to be operated on.

My little boy, he is a trooper.  He cried when he broke it, but it only lasted a few minutes.  He allowed Dr's and Xray people to touch it and he didn't complain or cry.    Everyone thought from the angle it was broken, but from his lack of pain, thought it must not have been, until they saw the Xrays.  

He broke his wrist at 11:30am and didn't get operated on until 10:30pm at night. His pain threshold is amazing, I am sure it has something to do with all the trouble and pain he has gone through with his ears.

Waiting to go into theatre
He was a happy little boy all the way through.


Luckily for me, he didnt have the same reaction this time when he was coming out of the anesthetic. He slept it off until the next morning.


 His cast was initially too high up his arm, so it had to be cut down. They tried with plaster scissors as they didn't want to scare him with the saw.  I told the nurse that he was deaf in his right ear (broken his right wrist) and he wouldn't care.  He was a trooper again and even watched the whole thing.


As he is a typical little boy and loves water, they have given him a fibreglass overlay to try and keep it in place. Happy to say it is still in tact


The purple cast matches his Vans trainers.  We have since been back to have it re-xrayed and it is healing well and he gets his cast off in 3 weeks. Until then it is a weapon and everyone (including the dogs) has received a few whacks from it.

Next post I will update with some pj's that I made for the kids - this time I assure you it wont be 3 months between posts.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lady in Red

When I was 16 I worked in the local fish and chip shop. The radio would be set to 2WS FM, for those that don't live in Sydney, it is a radio station of easy listening music.  One of the songs I remember well was 'Lady in Red', it came on quite a few times a day. 

That song entered my head a few times whilst making this coat. It is the Oliver and S Secret Agent Trench Coat.


I have owned the pattern for awhile, I don't know why I didn't make it earlier - actually I know why I didn't make it sooner - it was the tracing of the pattern that put me off.  I don't know I go through moods where tracing the pattern seems a lot of effort, and this pattern has quite a few pieces. Actually I think tracing and cutting take nearly as long as the sewing part.



I was a little bit worried when I was making the coat that it would swamp Ella. It is a size 3T, but during its construction it was looking very boxy and I was set on it sitting in the wardrobe until she filled out a little bit.


I am pleased to say that it doesn't look boxy now that it is finished. Ella loves it. She has been wearing it all day and wants to wear it when she goes to gymnastics (she doesn't do gymnastics, but I am sure she pictures those that do gymnastics would wear a coat like this)  I love the trench with the skinny jeans and ballet flats - will be lovely for spring.


One thing I did was sew the belt to the back of the coat along the back centre seam. I am sure if I didn't the belt would be lost in no time.

One of the things I love about Oliver and S patterns is their finishing. This coat is no different. As the coat is not lined, the pattern suggests using bias binding to finish off the seams. I wasn't going to bother, and was going to buy red thread for my overlocker, but I am glad I went to the extra effort with the bias binding. I love the red polka dots.



The fabric - well it is my $3/m denim that I used for Ella's Figgys skirt. This coat does use a bit of fabric. I think I used about 2 metres, which is quite a lot for a small coat.

Luckily I bought another 3 metres, as I am loving the coat so much that I bought the pattern in the larger size and I am going to make one for myself.

If you haven't made this coat already, you need to. I think the most tedious part is the cutting out, sewing it is really simple and it comes together quicker than you think it will.




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Do You Hear an Echo?

Today was one of those days when you want to sew, but can't be bothered to make anything big. A quick and easy project that doesn't require any tracing. So a new pattern was out of the question, as that would require tracing. As it is only 24 days until Spring, I went to a tried and tested pattern the Oliver and S Sketchbook Shorts. I have made this pattern more times than I can remember.



These shorts are so quick. I think they take about an hour from cutting out to cutting threads - a great quick project that look pretty good as well.


The fabric is from Lotta Jansdotter's Echo line. I held off for months buying this fabric and when I finally did quite a few of the different prints had sold out. Lotta's new line Bella is due to come out soon and I wont be so slow in buying it.

Have you noticed my new photo wall. Not so white as in the old house. Got to love a rental house, light pink/beige walls and berber carpet, my kind of heaven.


I love the little taxi tag. I usually use this as a tag inside Harry's clothing, but this time I thought I would put it on the outside this time.  I only bought one roll of this tape, but I should have bought more, as Typo no longer sell it.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Hat is Back

Thanks for your comments about Harry's missing hat.  I think Becanne's  comment was priceless about putting up a poster for the hat and adding my contact details in case anyone wanted to purchase one.  What a genius idea!!!

Thank you also to Tinsker who left a lovely comment offering to send me some of the same fabric so I could make another one. The generousity that is found on the www is really touching.

Luckily I didn't have to put up and posters at daycare - the hat was returned!!!!   I didn't realise until I got home after picking the kids up and noticed that it was back. Very relieved - I really didn't feel like making another one.

Now every blog post has to have a photo or two, so I thought I would post a couple of photos of my H man taken at the beach when Ella was in her pyjamas


I just love these photos - he is growing into such a boy now



What happened to my little baby?




Thursday, August 2, 2012

Its Black its White

Last weekend I finished my flying geese quilt.  I just need to square off the bottom and give it a good iron


I am thinking that it is a bit wide - it measures 157.5cm - 63".  I am not interested in having it as a quilt for the bed, so I am thinking it might be a bit too big for a snuggle quilt for the couch.  I am also thinking about backing - I like a solid rather than a pieced backing, and if I loose a couple of inches from the width I will be able to do this.  What do you think?


It came together easier than I thought it would, and I am glad I moved out of my comfort zone and tried something new.



Making this quilt has also been a learning curve and a revelation on how to correctly use a rotary cutter and ruler. Previously I would always use my cutting mat to measure. I couldn't work out how you would use a ruler to measure. When I worked it out - I was shocked how easy it was, and a little miffed that I had been doing it wrong for such a long time.  Hoping that this will help with accuracy.

Being a lefty, things are a little bit difficult for us, so if you would like some pictures and instructions on how I do it, then let me know.  I always find learning from a fellow lefty works better.

Monday, July 30, 2012

More Triangles

I have a thing with triangles at the moment.  I don't know what it is, but there are some beautiful examples that can be found on flickr and pinterest.

Here is one of my favourites.

Found at Blue is Bleu

On Thursday I bought a 60 degree ruler. I now I just have to work out what fabric I am going to use

Do I use a collection of my Kona and Bella solids


If I use all of these, the quilt is going to pretty bight. It can either work or look really really wrong. Or do I use...


My Kona Posideon fat quarter bundle.  I am anxious thinking about cutting this up.  In Australia when you buy bundles from overseas, they don't come wrapped up like this, they are flattened out to get into the envelope. This one was bought from Hancocks of Paducah (free shipping taken advantage of) and I was happy that is still came wrapped and in order.  I know it is only fabric, but it looks so lovely in a bundle.

So what do you think I should use?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ella in Pyjamas

Get ready for picture overload!!!

Today was a beautiful day. It is a lovely winters day, felt like it was over 20 degrees, with barely a cloud in the sky.  Makes me grateful for where I live




With such a great day, I thought it would be perfect for a pyjama photo shoot. Don't you always think of wearing your pyjamas to the beach.  Luckily it is only a short dash from the car to the sand, so we didn't get too many weird stares.




It was a little windy, a bit of problem when you hair touches your bum. Maybe next time we will remember to pack a hairband to keep stray hair at bay.  Ella found a way to overcome the wind issue




Jumping!!!





I finished these pyjamas a couple of weeks ago and it has taken me that long to be able to get some photos of them. Ella has been wearing them constantly. 

The fabric main is from Spotlight - it was the fabric that I bought when I broke my self imposed ban.  I don't feel too bad though, as I have used two out of the four fabrics that I bought.  The cotton is really soft and perfect for pyjamas. I am a little miffed that I only bought 1.5m as it was only $5/m.The contrast fabric Ella chose from Lotta Jansdotter Echo line.




The pattern is Oliver and S Sleepover Pyjamas. I love this pattern, it is really easy and relatively quick to make and it is really comfortable for the kids to wear to bed.




Both pairs that I have made for Ella have become firm favourites, and all other commerically made pyjamas are only worn if the 'Sleepover' pairs are in the wash.




This wont be the last that you will see of this pattern, I have already made a pair for Harry and they are currently waiting to be finished..... what are they waiting on? You guessed it BUTTONS!   They have only been waiting for a couple of weeks, so it is not too bad.