Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bye Noughties

Goodbye 2009! Bye Noughties. Hello crafty '10

I'm saying a very hard goodbye to my decade of wanting more children, trying for children, asking for more children, having children, wanting more children. Sniff.

I'm going to enjoy that last year at home with Maya and look forward to the crafty year ahead. So much sewing to get done...

Have a great New Year and all the happiness for the year ahead.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I've finished puzzling out this new stitchery design.. ready to cut out, add some patchwork and make into a cushion. A few little details to go, then the pattern to write up.

Maya was really a bit hot today but she did strike a pose for me to show her dress. I've had this pattern Simplicity 5118 for maybe 3 years thinking that I would make a few things for her and thought I had better get going. The dress is a little short but still pretty cute.

The hat is from the Making Children's Clothes book too. It's the second one that I have made. The first one was a bit small for Maya (should have known, the kids all have big heads..) and was given to my niece at Christmas. I adjusted it a little and Maya picked out this owl fabric with an orange spot lining/reverse side. Very quick and easy to make.

Monday, December 28, 2009

SSCS Santas and Angels ...

I waited very patiently to open my Secret Santa package from Teresa! Look at the beautiful work I found on Christmas Day. All wrapped in fabric and in a handmade Christmas bag too. Lucky me!
And a close up of Teresa's beautiful stitching. A gift that will be part of my Christmas decorating year after year.
Thank you again Teresa and thank you Chookyblue. I just love seeing all the gifts that are popping up on blogs.
My package was sent to Mary Grace at Hooked on Needles who took some beautiful pics here

On Christmas Eve I also found this parcel at my door. My package did not arrive from the Hugs n Kisses Stitchers Angel and another Angel offered to make me a gift. Here is the cutest Christams apron which is also reversable (and has red polka dots - yay!), a weekend pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs and a decorator candle. And my angel says that there is more to come!
Thank you again Replacement Angel. I can't wait to find out who you are.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

From us to you ..

From my monkeys to yours, and from me to you

Have a wonderful Christmas with those close to you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

We love a bit of drama at our house ..

And what 4 year old doesn't? Just trying to take a pic of Maya in her skirt made from the "Making Children's Clothes" book by Emma Hardy! This skirt came together very quickly (or it would if I had the chance to make it in more than 10 minute blocks ...) It has a little gathered pocket and a red velvet trim with a small bow that can't really be seen on the pic. Cute for handing out the doves to the carers at creche today.

At lunchtime Kane and Maya went to Matt's nursery to let Smiley go. Smiley was a tadpole that the children in Maya's room at creche looked after for months, and he is now a little tree frog. He has been released into one of the wetland ponds at the nursery to live with the other tree frogs. Frog happiness.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Welcome to the flock ... Ruby Grace

Welcome, our new niece Ruby Grace who was born this morning, only 3 days late - a record! Congratulations Chris and Jonty and big sisters Harmony and Jada xxxx

And 12 doves finished for Maya's creche carers. Doves designed by Rosalie Quinlan and great for scraps!

Friday, December 11, 2009


Joy! My secret santa swap has arrived from the USA. My secret santa is Teresa who made this beautiful stitched ornament for me, all wrapped in the fabric you can see behind it. Thanks Teresa and Elf Chookyblue for this swap. The present for Christmas day has been hidden away from temptation .. Thank you!

Today has been busy with the last day of school. I've been to the big church service and walked a looooong way from the closest car park to hear Callum sing and Kane narrate. Nice work boys!

Yesterday was the school fair that supports the schools sponsorship of two overseas children. I think Ayden went just to show off to his old teachers how tall he is now. Callum and Kane managed to buy themselves two cans of softdrink each before I got there and were buzzing all night.

I took Maya and Ayden into the "real job" office at lunch time today so they can see this baby fruit bat who is being fostered by one of the staff from our Melbourne Office. It's 7 weeks old and drank from a bottle. The kids were pretty impressed.
I'm hoping to make something this weekend a book, Making Children's Clothes by Emma Hardy. Beautiful. I bought it here so cheaply with free postage to Australia.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I am a sewing machine ...

The Santa bags for Callum and Kane's teachers are finished. Santa stitchery designed by Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly. Just the right size for a box of chocolate. Teachers like chocolate don't they?

Around the Block - December blocks for Sheridan finished. Sheridan sent out such a great mix of fabrics in greys and greens with the them of "boxy" blocks using lots of squares.
A pile of mending was done too.

This is all pretty surprising as the weekend has been packed. Santa arrived at the creche picnic in a vintage car this year!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kris Kringles..

Last night was out-for-dinner-and-drinks for the Wednesday night stitchers who usually meet at Annie's place.

I only managed to hear that I needed a Kris Kringle present on Monday night, so there was some frantic stitching going on here, and some lunchtime and after work quick, quick machine-ing.

This little bag showing a stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan Designs, and some of Rosalie's very cute fabric too might pop up in someone's blog...

Lucky me. I picked out Kathryn's gift, a whole honeybun of "Sweet" fabric. I've got idea's already!


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