Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Library bag

For the last couple of months Alex has been attending fan Early Learning Centre one day a week. The centre is connected to a nearby school, and it just happens that the day he goes is library day... the little class all get taken on the big adventure of heading to the school's library and selecting a book to borrow for the week. So naturally, I've been meaning to make him a special library bag... and finally, over the last couple of weeks I've had some time to get designing and sewing!

Alex chose the dinosaur fabric from my stash and I picked out some coordinating fabrics (can you believe, nothing new was purchased for this project!), then played around until I was happy with a design. 

I'm really happy with the result. I used Pellon wadding to strengthen it, and it's lined with a blue spot fabric and I hand stitched his name on it so that it (hopefully) won't get lost... at least not too quickly! Alex seemed pretty pleased with his new library bag and it was lovely to hear him telling anyone who would listen that mummy made it for him :)

Hmmm, lots of projects of late for Alex... may need to work on something girly soon!!

Until next time xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A big boy bed

I keep forgetting to share... Alex got his big boy bed last week!

He was so excited to see it all set up when he got home from childcare! His matching bedside was quickly filled up with his favourite cars... apparently I was being very silly suggesting he put his hats, belts, socks, etc in the drawers.

The bed arrived in quite a few boxes early in the morning and I set about pulling apart the cot then piecing together the new single bed... rather proud of myself for having completed it by myself.

Some new sheets and pillows, and the bed was ready. I dismantled the cot and gave it a good clean. So many memories associated with that cot... it's also a well travelled, having been in two houses in Canberra, before being taken overseas, then returning here to Tasmania! And now, with my baby boy growing up, it will go to another baby, that of a friend of mine due in November.

Until next time xx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

More time!

One of my new year's resolutions was to get my career back on track, and over the last five and a bit months I've been lucky enough to have some great opportunities within the workplace, albeit fixed term opportunities. Finally, a few weeks back, a breakthrough... I was offered a permanent and ongoing position :) A week later, I got another offer for a position I applied for earlier in the year! Decisions, decisions... of the best type really, so I can't complain. I think I've made the best choice, and while the position doesn't start until early next year I am looking forward to the challenges it will bring.

Until then, I have some time up my sleeve. My latest contract finished last week, so for the next few months I'm a stay-at-home mum again... my house will get the spring clean it deserves, the garden a spruce up, the kids some quality time and maybe a driving holiday for a few weeks, and (hopefully) my sewing machine will get a work out. So many projects I'm looking forward to getting stuck into and possibly even finished... possibly!!

Alex has his 'big boy' single bed arriving soon, which has spurred me into action... I'd really love to have his quilt completed by Christmas (how many times have I said that before?!). While I was working I didn't have all that much energy to stitch but on occasion the needle and thread would come out of an evening and I made some headway with the stitcheries on this project. Now with the opportunity to work on the applique and get to my sewing machine I can share with you two more completed "A Boy's Story" blocks...

A couple of close ups of the stitcheries...

Only two blocks left to do now! Then I can join the blocks and start the quilting process... already trying to decide whether to hand or machine quilt this one?

So while it was a bit sad to finish up at my latest job I'm rather thankful for some time at home, some time to stitch, and some down time with the kids... including some cheeky "mummy-son" dates with this little man...

Until next time xx

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