I realised that I hadn’t blogged the Oliver + S final dress for the social. It’s the fat quarter of Heather Ross bikes that has been stretched to it’s limits. The strips are just on the front which I sewed first and then used as a template to cut the back out in one piece.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Not sure how creative 64 triangles cut and re-sewn are? These will be the corners on each of the panels for Poppy’s quilt and am just over half done. I have been giving my multi-tasker a huge work out.
More creative peeps at the always lovely Kirsty’s – I will save you from my initial bad glue puns
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
… but if that is the worst daughter thing I have done in 32 year that isn’t too bad? Done by the fabulous Holly at Voodoo Ink, should finish healing in 2 weeks, still pretty red and raw now.
Before I went I had to take the kids while I voted – Caleb asked what we were doing – I said deciding who was the boss of the country. Caleb’s reply –” But you are already the boss Mum are you just going so that you can make the speech?”
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I have been crossing lots of unfinished projects off my list and was getting a little excited until I wrote a list of new projects and filled in 3 pages.
While organising summer plans I found this vintage pattern and was thinking of the playsuit - what do you think – is it too babyish for a 3 year old?
More creative spaces at Kirst’s
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The doll quilt for the Down Under Doll Quilt Swap is 99% finished and ready to go in the post. Overall I was really happy with it though there is a bit more wonk than I would of liked. I hope my partner likes it and it isn’t too busy. Thanks so much to the lovely Kate for organising and including me.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I am having a moment - it is feeling a little self indulgent - all the embroideries finished! For some reason the quilt top part is making me nervous, not quite sure why. The best cure may be to jump right in. I love the linen base, it was quilter’s linen from Spotlight, the creases though make it horrid to photograph.
Patterns from Comfort Stitching
Pattern from September House
I can’t pick a favourite, fingers crossed they all work out together.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
My computer died on Friday so I haven’t had much room for creative. I really want to finish up the 90% jobs floating around before I get into some summer goodness (lots of sketches and not much more) and actual QUILT CONSTRUCTION – woo hoo. The embroidery panels should all be finished tonight then wash, iron and sewing.
More creative goodness at Kirst’s temporary house of wonk.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
One of my favourite internet ladies – Sophie – has tagged me in a happy 10 things meme.
1. Of course the family, but especially when you get the glimpses of the friends that Caleb and Poppy are becoming. These usually come in between bickering but those moments are gold.
2. Sewing, goes without saying, but when we head out and each of has a little mama-made I really love that, especially if someone takes the time to give them a compliment.
3. Swimming – the laps have been non-existent for a while now, but the swoosh in the ears. (To clarify, Ian Thorpe is not worried, I just do breathstroke in the ‘nana lane’)
4. Hanging out with my crafty friends, in computer land or at Perle’s or any other excuse really. I feel really lucky to of found a great group of people that I normally would of never found. I hate that at the mo’ there isn’t enought time to blog and comment as I would like.
Spearhead, the kids love it. We have been making an effort to turn off the teev and listen to some tunes instead. I have to figure out how to download some tunes (so techy I am)
6. Colour – always, can’t stand being dressed in all black.
7. A cup of tea, some stitching and alone time. Half an hour on the mornings of Poppy’s child care and I feel re-newed, especially if there is a Baker’s Delight scone too or a lamington.
8. Sweet – tooth – no explanation
9. Seasons – I love being cold in winter and hot in summer. One of the reasons I love Melbourne so much.
10. Community – We have been in our house over 4 years (not bad for a renting) and the longest I have ever lived in one place. Familiarity is nice for a change, the local people and places, even though it isn’t ours it is home.
I know there had been quite a few tagged – so if you haven’t had a go – you so should, it is nice to have an excuse to think about what makes you happy and grateful everyday. Thanks Soph x
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I was thinking there hadn’t been much creative since last week - the day after the circus Caleb got a horrid cold and conjunctivitis and has lovingly shared it with Poppy and me. The stuff out of noses this week could stunt double for Jaba the Hutt (though I haven’t been moved to whip out my gold bikini and hair buns). We are slowly on the mend now but we finally got around to making a dinosaur badge that he has been asking for for ages. He loved them so much that as you can see they have grown into a collection (he is a boy who loves a collection!) Yesterday when he told me he was going to make dinosaur badges with his son it seemed even more special – there is a lot to be said for felt, safety pin and some cardboard.
And of course, some embroidery on the couch is perfect when you are feeling under the weather. This was aided by Glen taking the kids out on Sunday morning for me to have some time – it has never happened before, but sooo good. Brownie points for him, which he used all up when I showed him said embroidery to be asked what was it! Can you tell she is blowing a dandelion. He suggested adding some yellow so you can see it better – what do you reckon? I added a little texture to it as well.
For more creative spaces pop over to Kirst’s, the house of luova sankari (see you aren’t the only one that whip out a little Finnish, lets hope the translator was nice to me)
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Let me share with you some mum lessons from last week. At the school there was a circus performance involving all the kids. I had concerns – I did – but don’t want to tell of him of defeat before he has even made it to the battle lines.
I also had concerns about the group swimming lessons through the school and he has handled them like a pro so I didn’t want to sound like a nagging mum at the teacher about how I don’t think he can do things – I want to be the cheer leader on the sidelines.
I should of asked lots more questions about the organisation and never of taken Poppy for a 2 hour performance that finished 1 1/2 past her bedtime. Super proud – he did his routine a la hula hoop like a pro, but they didn’t sit back with the parents and stayed in their class groups, seated at the front so you couldn’t see them, especially when you are up the back trying to convince the un-impressed 3 year old of the exciting merits of yet another poi performance.
Let just say the finale was not only the kids that did a great job, but also the mumma who had to go on stage pick up child having meltdown with other child on hip screaming who had hurt him as she was gong to get them. What the teacher thought was stage fright was complete sensory overload (Asperger’s kids are quite sensitive) and over 2 hours of dance music and lights was too much. By the time we got to the car he couldn’t even open the door and put on his seat belt and was shaking and sobbing.
So ask more questions if you are concerned. Don’t feel like you are being a pain because the teacher doesn’t mind. And make sure the video gets your best side as you make your impromptu entrance, look forward to getting a copy of that DVD. I should of known better.
Once I got him off stage I reassured him how amazingly proud I was of him – and I really was. He did a great job and when I spoke to him the next day, when he had a little bit of time, he told me that he really enjoyed doing his performance for everyone. I am glad he got to have that moment, next time I will just organise to have him sit back with me so we can leave when he is ready – live and learn.