Wednesday, April 27, 2011

School Holidays and our Easter Break

School went back today much to the disappointment of my daughter.  I think she just had way too much fun over the school holidays.  Well, it was her Birthday for a start, and a party at the park (and lots of prezzies) and then several days of playing with all her new things. 

She got some great presents with lots of crafty things for her to do.  One of them was a pattern and material to make 'Bitty Bug' which is another Bit of Whimsy Dolls design.  Again this was a simple pattern and Samantha just loved deciding what fabric she wanted where.  After I pieced the fabric together for her she did everything else herself and just left me to hand stitch the last bit closed and stitch the face for her.  So she was very pleased that she could do this all herself and she loves the results. 

Here's her 'baby' as she now calls it!

We also managed to see the movie 'Rio' with a couple of her friends and then we also had a lovely day at the beach with her Mama & Papa too.  I just love the beach and so do the kids.  Luckily it's only half an hour from home. 
Our Easter was fun with lots of chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns.  The kids and I actually made our own hot cross buns this year too.  Nan & Pa also came up from Melbourne to have a 'sleepover' for 2 nights Easter Sunday and Monday which the kids thought was just fantastic.  

I did get a little bit of sewing done - I made a Little Ninga (Melly & Me design) while Samantha was making her Bitty Bug.  My son also helped to stuff him.  These are so gorgeous and suit boys of all ages.  My son ended up claiming this one and now takes it to bed with him every night!
I have got a few other things to show you but you'll have to wait until my next post as this one is getting a bit long! 
Until next time, happy sewing everyone!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Easter Everyone!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter and a safe holiday break.  Hope the easter bunny bring you all lots of yummy easter eggs! 

These cute little easter bunnies I made for the kids last easter (you may have seen them on my blog before).  They are from Homespun magazine (Vol11.3).

Happy sewing and I'll be back after the easter break.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

FNSI - Mother's Day Project

It was the Friday Night Sew In last night that Heidi holds once a month.  This is a great way to get us all together for a 'sew in' and complete some of those unfinished projects.  Pop over and have a look at what everyone else has been doing.  Just click on the link HERE
Now I have so many projects on the go at the moment it was hard deciding what to work on!  In the end my Mother's Day Project won. 

This is a sewing project I am putting together for the kindergarten class when they get back from school holidays.  They are going to make little softie hearts to give to their mum for mother's day.  The back of the heart is felt and the front is fabric with heavy iron on interfacing on the back.  I have then attached a small heart with a button and then used a small hole punch to place 'sewing' holes for them all around.  They will then use a plastic wool needle and wool to sew them together and then stuff them with polyester filling.  I managed to prepare 6 last night - plus the sample - so now only 18 more to go!
Happy sewing everyone!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Guess who just turned 7?

My daughter turned 7 this week - can you believe it!  Where has the time gone!  Here she is wearing the mermaid top I made for her and jewellery that her friends gave her for her birthday.  Looking very grown up - isn't she! 
And here she is modeling the hat I made for her too.  It's the same pattern I used for my sons hat the 'Lazy day hat' by Make it Perfect.
We had a lovely party for her at the park with all her friends and luckily the weather held out for us.  They had a great time running around playing tiggy, playing on the equipment and blowing bubbles, and of course eating birthday cake!  Here they are at the park just before her friends arrived.
We then had a lovely night out with the family at the local RSL club where they have a great playroom for the kids.  They played in there most of the night with some other kids that they made friends with.  She had such a great day and loved every minute of it, it makes me want to be 7 again too! 


Saturday, April 9, 2011

A couple of small things..

Just a couple of small things I've done this week.  After receiving my book 'In the life of a bag' by Anni Downs, I just had to make something from it.  So I whipped up this lipstick case in no time at all. 

Cute isn't it - and usefull!  Very easy to make and will make a great mother's day present.(hope your not looking mum!)  I'll have to make a few more of those.   I also did this little applique on a top for my daughter - as it's her birthday next week.

The design is by Kellie Wulfsohn from 'Don't look now!' and is done using raw edge applique.  The original design was for a cushion and was in Homespun magazine (Vol 11.12) so I decided to reduce the size and put it on a long sleeve top.

Happy sewing everyone!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I'm back!

Sorry - it's been a little while since my last post, but I have been working on a few secret projects.  One of them in a Kitchen Hot Pad Swap which I just finished last night - so it will be in the mail on Monday (sorry I can't show you any photo's yet as it is to be a surprise for my swap partner).  This has been a fun and simple project - but something that I hadn't made before.  Cheryll holds these great swaps on her blog so pop over and join up as she has just started another one for a kitchen hand towel. 
Sandy is also holding a swap for a Zippy Purse so if you want to have a go at that pop over to her blog and join up here.  Also a big THANKYOU to Sandy from Cookies & Cream Craft for my lovely parcel I received in the mail this week.  I was lucky enough to win this beautiful book 'In the Life of a Bag' by Anni Downs from Hatched and Patched in the raffle Sandy was running for the Japan Quake Appeal

Here's a little look at some of the projects in the book - I think I'll make the lipstick case first, but maybe the birdcage keyring holder or the small notepads...there are just so many lovely projects. 

Sandy also stocks these in her online store - so if you want to get your hands on one, click here to visit her store. 

Thankyou Sandy!

Until next time, happy sewing everyone!