Monday, November 30, 2009

Eye Spy ... A Christmas Wish

Oh crap, how did I not get back here for a week. Caleb has been sick with gastro and the rest of us have been feeling pretty average too. There is the usual end of year run up madness too.
On the week-end I found time to clean out the wardrobe, it is so good having Mum here as I can actually find time to get some things done. Once I threw out the clothes that didn't fit and that I didn't feel good in and I wasn't ever going to fit in so "stop beating myself up about it" - there wasn't a lot left. I have got these gorgeous Colette patterns coming though and some cute strawberry fabric so I can actually enjoy the thought of summer. I am so excited - even if I am adding to my to-do-list. Promise to be back much sooner, and I am working through the Google Reader, even though it looks like Caleb is sick again.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shopping + Sale

I was listing madly last night and filling the Etsy store. Check it out if you wanna and mention the blog in notes to sellers and I will take 10% off and free shipping for the next week. Please note it is in US dollars but the price will be the same in Aussie $ so let me know and I will send you a correct invoice.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Eye Spy ... Joy

So many things to feel joyful about. The market went well and we sold quite a few different pieces and I am madly trying to list the rest in the etsy shop now.
I am joyful to have lots of time now to sew without deadlines and looking forward to getting into my LONG list of to dos.Glen's fabulous support, sometimes he still gets me by surprise at how much he believes in me. I love the pre-market shot of him with his coffee.
Joyful at my beautiful and crazy babies - love them so much, that is how that get to drive me so insane too.
So joyful at my beautiful boy nearly turning 5, this one is tinged with sadness. Preparing for the party and he is so excited. Gearing up for Prep next year more excitement with a little in trepidation.
Poppy is the light of my day and the darkness of my night too - the joys of a 2 year old with the will of a champion. Every day she drives me nuts and every day she gives great cuddles.
Joyful at Christmas around the corner and 2 weeks off, unheard of at our place and with no plans and no place to go I can't wait.
A great place to live, food on our table, hobbys that I love, blogging, crafty friends, all sorts of great stuff to be truly joyful about and sometimes it is hard to stop and really appreciate it.
Next week I think Eye Spy ... A Christmas Wish might be fun and thanks to AussieWaffler for last week's theme. Can't wait to see and as always you can join in anytime, just add your link after you have posted below so we can all find you and it doesn't matter what day of the week that you do it.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Finishing Touches

It has been all about the ironing, finishing off the last few dresses and getting all packed into the car for the Mathilda's market tomorrow. I think that the finished yellow skirt is my favourite this season and I am secretly hoping I don't sell that one. If you do pop in make sure you come and say hi. I can't wait to pop around and see all the other great people too - I already have the mental shopping list.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I finally finished a week-end somewhat happy with my progress, all the skirts are sewn I just need to add some buttons and ribbon and trim the threads. I also got the rest of the rabbit pinnies finished and some new Russian doll ones too. On the home stretch before Mathilda's on Sunday at Hawthorne. Can't wait.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Signs of Summer

We finally got some beautiful weather on the week-end - not too hot, not too cold. You can smell summer looming in the air. There may only be a small courtyard but we make the most of it. Poppy would sleep out here as well if you let her, as you can tell by the cheesy grin and ice cream smile.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Eye Spy ... adventure

Once I sat down and thought about this one I realised that I didn't have that many 'adventures' I have planned a few and through fluke or circumstance they haven't followed through. I have no fear about diving head first into life changing decisions but maybe I am too practical for adventure - then I have been reading some posts from my favourite blog people and I realise that I am on the best adventure I can have - as long as I take a deep breath and dive in for all it is worth - and enjoy the ride with my crazy family and all the joys they bring. This photo of my babies, nearly 18 months ago and around the time they first started to interact together. How the time flies.
I am hoping that Tara, (I do love the Waffler) can help out with next weeks and a big thanks to Louise for this weeks theme. Can't wait to see and as always you can join in anytime, just add your link after you have posted below so we can all find you and it doesn't matter what day of the week that you do it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Creative Space

Even thought I have been busy I don't really have anything new to show. The market stuff is coming along well and I am making lots of plans for Christmas and Caleb's birthday. I am looking forward to having more blog-time soon too. I picked up Poppy's basket on the weekend (I am still undecided if I should paint it or not) and hoping to fill it with some felt food goodies, starting with Myrtle + Eunice's fabulous sandwich. I really wanted to make Caleb a tee-pee as well, but I think that may have to wait until the new year for that one. I have ordered some new fabric to make Glen a shirt for Christmas, wasn't there some discussion I had with myself about pressuring myself less??
More creative spaces at Kirsty's.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Eye Spy ... A Gadget

Don't judge me for what I am about to say, but I am not really a gadget kinda gal. I don't have an I-phone, or MP3 player, I wish I had a fanicer camera even though I love the one I have, I use my mobile phone just to make phone calls with - crazy stuff I know.

This is by far my favourite gadget and I still haven't realised its full potential. I am sure it does a lot more good stuff than I give it credit for. It saves me so much time and I love the finish. My sole purchasing decision was what was on sale to Spotlight the week of my 30th birthday, so nearly 2 years ago and it has served me well.
I am hoping that Louise can help out with next weeks and a big thanks to Kellie for this weeks theme. Can't wait to see and as always you can join in anytime, just add your link after you have posted below so we can all find you and it doesn't matter what day of the week that you do it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

My Place and Yours - Blog HQ

As you can see it is a stylista's dream at Bug and Pop HQ. This is not only where the blogging magic happens but also my all day everyday drafting work space too. There is even a glimpse of pristine sewing area and it is all shoved into the corner of the dining room, we make our house work hard. All the pretty stuff on my desk was my shelf last week.
Check out Pip's HQ for more places and also the bestest Christmas stocking ever and thanks to Ninon, theme queen.
I realised I have been so busy that I haven't been updating our progress.
Caleb ended up staying in his own room in the end and doing quite well. He had his orientation at Prep this week and although he was pretty wired by the time he got home he asked if he could go again today. I am still working up to buying the uniforms - so proud. The vomiting only seemed to last one day thank goodness and touch wood missed the rest of us.
Poppy really enjoyed her day at child care too, so hopefully that continues. Unfortunately she couldn't go this week because of cup day so fingers crossed that she keeps up her enthusiasm for Tuesday. I am so excited for her that her interest in everything was stronger than her need to be with me all the time.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Creative Space

Working on some skirts with only 2 weeks till Mathilda's Market. This is the finished prototype, I so love the gathering foot on my overlocker. I wanted to add a little embellishment, so after testing some yo-yos and covered buttons I have decided on the crocheted lace and fabric button. The rest of the material is patiently waiting to be wonder-skirted. More creative spaces at Kirsty's

Monday, November 2, 2009

Eye Spy ... Shoes

I have so loved reading everyones shoe stories, it really interesting, walk a mile really is a valid saying. I don't have a great shoe collection, I have skinny feet and have a hard time finding any that fit, the irony is that Poppy has a super wide foot and a nightmare to fit too. My sandals that Glen bought for me as I hate shoe shopping so much broke last week and I have my eyes on these ones - all their flats are so cute, but I do love a red pair though.
I am hoping that Kellie can help out with next weeks and a big thanks to Anastasia for this weeks theme. Can't wait to see and as always you can join in anytime, just add your link after you have posted below so we can all find you and it doesn't matter what day of the week that you do it.

I am feeling like I need another week-end after my week-end. We busted a gut moving my beloved sewing room into the garage! and the kids now have their own rooms. It is really hard as Caleb needs to go to bed quite early but I can't put him to bed before his younger sister, but with them sharing she just spends the next half an hour before she drops off annoying him. Then tonight I hear Caleb crying he because doesn't want to be alone. Glen gets to spend his day off tomorrow moving them back in together and the other room into a play room. Did I mention we live in a 2 story town house - my legs are aching at the thought of it. Oh and Caleb decided to get a vomiting stomach bug on Saturday too. And Glen put his back out moving the fabric cupboard down the stairs mid-way through the first morning. What can you do - poor little munchkin looked so sad tonight.
I have been making some sewing progress though - here is proof as to why I haven't been around much.