Monday, 29 September 2014

Some time to sew...

Over the last few months while I've been working full-time my spare room has quickly become a dumping ground for all things miscellaneous. With my current contract coming to an end this week, I've decided to take a few months break before my next work engagement, and reclaiming this space as my craft room is high on the to-do list. However, yesterday I managed to get in and at least clear a pathway to my sewing machine... and oh, how it felt good to sew again!

I managed to get a few things worked on... a bit of progress on Alex's quilt as well a start to a library bag for Alex which I'm hoping to finish next weekend. And I'm happy to report I managed a finish!! 

All the way back in March I showed you the start of a cushion cover for the son of a good friend of mine, however with full-time work this along with all my other sewing projects was put to the side. Finally it's done, complete with his initial hand-stitched in the corner: 

I'm really happy with how it turned out (the main component is a disappearing 9-patch but other than that I just made it up as I went along)... and it was lovely to see him so excited when he received it today!

Until next time xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A perfect fit

I have a dear friend in Canberra who is an amazing knitter and oh-so-quick! I recently headed up to Canberra for a couple of days... on the Tuesday I texted to set up a catch up, on the Wednesday I was asked about Sofia's chest measurement, on the Thursday I sent through the measurements... on the Friday we had coffee and a gorgeous, specially made knitted top was gifted to Sofia in celebration of her birthday. It's even been knitted with yarn dyed by my friend!

The colour... perfect. The finish, perfect. And of course, the fit, perfect!!

Trying to take a photo of (a slightly sick) Sofia wearing it... not quite as perfect...

Finally got one I was happier with... She's getting to be so quick these days, and easily distracted!

To read about this top from my friends perspective (including a link to the pattern), head over to Ruth Plus Two.

Thank you to an amazing friend for such a lovely and special gift :)

Until next time xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

She's one!

Poor Sofia has been struck down with conjunctivitis, so it's been home for a couple of days for us. To top it off, this morning I noticed two new teeth cutting through her bottom gums... needless to say, she's been getting lots of cuddles.

During her happier (or napping) moments however, being off work has given me a chance to catch up on some of those "home" things that continue to get pushed to the side with the business of daily life. And of course to sit down and blog!

The month feels like it's flying past... I can't believe it's already been two weeks since Sofia's birthday! On the 13th we celebrated her first birthday with an afternoon tea party followed by a family dinner. I made her a white chocolate cake (recipe from a Woman's Weekly cook book) and decorated it like an owl... inspired by a Woman's Day 'Kids cakes' magazine pull-out. Here's what mine looked like:

Owl birthday cake

Sofia was particularly keen on getting into the freckles...

Dressed for the occasion, I don't think my little one-year-old minded being the spotlight of attention :)

And now that she's one... no time to waste! A set of wheels, some study, and she'll be set for life...


Ok, so maybe she needs to grow a bit more... maybe reach the pedals before I let her loose into the world.

Not much on the stitching front of late, but hopefully some things to share soon should time allow!

Until next time x

Friday, 8 August 2014

Some birthday stitching and more...

Again it's been awhile since I posted, it feels like so much has been happening but not much worthy of blogging about (work, home, children, work, home, children - you get the idea!).

It's a certain little girl's birthday coming up this week, so I've been trying to get some stitching done at night to finish off a little cross-stitch for her. It's a Somebunny to Love pattern that I fell in love with from issue 202 of The World of Cross Stitching. This is where I was at a couple of nights ago...

Since then I've done more work on the bunny's dress. Bunny is holding a daffodil, and there are a couple of balloons that are supposed to trail the presents... but they may or may not be on my finished product depending on my time over the next few days (which is looking somewhat limited unfortunately).

Weekends have also been filled up with a bit of organisation of the house... there is a corner of my living room that's slightly out of the way and perfect for a "kids corner" however was becoming more of a toy dumping ground which was starting to annoy me every time I walked past...

A flat pack, a trusty helper, my scrapbooking hammer (I should probably invest in a proper hammer!), a trip back to the shop as the flat pack was missing some bits, and wa-la! A shelving unit!

I'm really happy with the result -I think it really 'makes' the area into a designated "corner" as well as keeping things organised.

I'll hopefully be back soon to share the celebrations of this almost one-year-old...

Until next time xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

It's been awhile...

I've been mentally telling myself that I must update my blog for weeks now, but the days keep slipping past and still not blog post… I'm finally here, and have finally uploaded some photos to my computer to be able to share with you!

So where have I been? As I mentioned in my last post, I was interstate (Canberra specifically) for a couple of weeks back in April visiting friends, and when I returned home I launched myself straight into full-time work after being offered a position while I was away. It's been tiring getting back into the swing of full-time work while also juggling two little ones… And weekends seem to just fly past! I went back to Canberra for a weekend at the end of May for the wedding of a close friend, and the kids and I have enjoyed having visitors come and stay at our place over the last few weeks. Busy times, but also happy times… although limited stitching in between!

Last time I posted I promised some photos… Here are some better pics of the quilt I made for Alex for his 3rd birthday…

I love the backing fabric… the funny thing is, so does Alex and he often insists having it backing side up so he can see the cars!! The backing also shows my free-motion loop-the-loop quilting…. my first effort at this, and I'm fairly happy with the result :)

The other project I mentioned last time was a sample I stitched for Rosalie Quinlan. I stitched one of the blocks from her latest quilt "Simply Blessed"…

The sample was stitched in her "French" colour-wave version of the quilt, and I fell in love with both the design and the variegated thread supplied:

Such a pleasure stitching this block, and I was lucky enough to then receive the full pattern set for this quilt… can't wait to have some time (and energy!) to start this project.

I've managed to do a little stitching over the past couple of months, albeit very little… I've mainly done a few stitches here and there towards Alex's "A Boys Story" quilt, but I also made a bunting for my friend's wedding. Unfortunately I didn't get very many good pics of it, but here's a taste for what it looked like:

It had their names with a heart on either end, lined with coordinating fabrics to the letters and then topped with lace trim. It ended up being hung behind the bridal table.

Long post after a long absence it seems! I'll try not to leave it so long until I post again… It's Sofia's 1st birthday coming up in August and I'd love to complete a couple of small projects for that, but we'll see what time allows for!

Until next time xx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

So much to tell!

Sorry I've been somewhat absent of late, it's been a busy few weeks!

It's been a little man's third birthday…

And a little miss's baptism…

I was crazy enough to have a combined celebration at my house a few weeks ago. It was great to have to many family and friends able to join in our special moments. 

By the end of the party all the balloons had been pulled together into one bunch, and I just loved how they looked…

In the last few weeks I've been busy quilting…

And stitching…

Alex's little 'disappearing 9 patch' is finished, and it was the perfect gift for his third birthday. I've taken better photos of the finished quilt but will have to share with you another time as I'm currently interstate and just realised I forgot to upload the photos onto my computer before I left home!

The stitching above is now finished, and again I'll have to share pics of the completed block when I'm back home. I felt honoured to stitch a block for Rosalie Quinlan to be part of a sample of her latest quilt 'Simply Blessed'. I really enjoyed throwing myself into this stitching, it's a lovely design and the variegated thread I was sent looked beautiful against the cream linen. I sent Rosalie the completed block earlier this week, then quickly got myself and the kids organised for our little holiday… busy days! It's also looking like I'll be going back to work once I get back home, so that will be an interesting juggle of all things life! 

Here's a last pic of my cheeky children, snuggled up under Alex's new lap quilt…

Until next time xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Losing motivation...

I've been stitching away over the last couple of weeks and have made some headway with the stitcheries for Alex's quilt.

But I'm losing motivation… do you have times your 'mojo' just seems to disappear? I go to work on another project as a change, but then I feel like I really should be pushing through with this project… so I end up doing nothing.

Hopefully I'll be back with progress soon :)

Until next time x