Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010 ..


Goodbye 2010.   It's been a bit of a mixed year.  Lots of good - how can you help that with four kids?  Lots to smile about.   Some craftiness,  magazine projects,  tutorials up on Quilt Fabric Delights and Sew Mama Sew, two trips to Sewjourn and catching up with friends.  The "real job" was too full on this year but looking positive for 2011 and if I could,  I would just delete the month of June from 2010,  except for the bits of house reno we did then :)

I'm hoping for a 2011 where everything turns down a notch.  Where we get to stop a bit and enjoy what is going on around us.  A great start to school for Maya, a  fantastic last year for Ayden and that Callum doesn't get lost on the bus or lose his laptop as he moves to middle school and a happy year for Kane.  A good family holiday for us too is on the wish list.

Maybe a bit of time to sew and design for me too...

Thanks again for visiting me for another year!  Wishing you and your families the happiest of years - 2011 x

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spiderweb for Amy..


Just in time to make the December deadline for Around the Block II,  I've finished off this Spiderweb block for Amy.

Amy sent out fabric mostly from the Early Bird range by Cosmo Cricket with scraps in a fresh yellow, green, grey-blue and vintage red. We used a tutorial from Heather a la Mode. I enjoyed making this block as it is one that  I have been meaning to try, and much easier than I thought.   Amy's quilt should look fantastic when it is all put together.  Such a good block for a quilting bee.

Great to use up scraps and feature some novelty fabrics too.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Christmas..


Our Christmas was just lovely.  The buildup was frantic with Matt and I having work commitments until nearly the last minute but everything came together in the end. 

On Christmas Eve, the kids and I went for a Christmas lunch at my mums house,  about 45 minutes out of Ballarat.  A good break, then it was running back for Ayden to go to the casual job,  and for me to finish another report for work.

The kids didn't wake us up too early  :)  There were presents to open and so pretty excited kids.  After breakfast it was riding scooters on the back street.

"Where do snowmen go to dance?  To a snowball."  hahahahaha

After lunch we walked/drove/scootered down to the local lake to go for a walk and drive the remote control boat in the water.  A few ducks were chased ..  A perfect day. I was very ready for a walk!

We have eaten too much, caught up with friends and family and had a whole day off.  Our Christmas. I hope you all had a great day x

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas!


From me and my monkeys,  to you and yours.  We hope you have a wonderful, peaceful and safe celebration, Christmas or your celebration.   Thank you everyone for visiting my blog this year!  xx Rachel

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The last day, ever ..


Today was the last day for Maya at creche.  It ends our 16 years at the centre where we are their longest serving family.  I was a young mum aged 22 when Ayden started and now I'm a 38 year old,  older mum as Maya finishes.

Long term readers will know how much we appreciate this centre.  It's small, personal and every child is happy to be there.  So lucky.  There were tears this morning when we said goodbye and Maya handed over our flowers and card.  Not from Maya though,  she is excited to be going off to school next year like her brothers.


For each of the carers in Maya's room I made a little gift bag.  Stitcheries were designed by Bronwyn Hayes and Lynette Anderson.  Just the right size for a box of chocolates xx

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Win tickets to Tangled – New Disney Animated Movie Giveaway

Sponsored by Nuffnang

Keep reading for a chance to win $500 and movie tickets for a family of four!

My kids love a bit of a completion, so when Nuffnang asked me to write a post about boys verses girls, an ongoing theme in the new Disney Animated Movie - Tangled, we were so happy to gather some bits and pieces and go off to the lake for a boat race. Boys verses girls of course.

An old foam box was salvaged, and the kids used lots of bits and pieces left over from Christmas decorating projects and sticks from the park to make their boats.  Luckily it was a beautiful day in Ballarat and just right for a couple of hours at the park.
Of course,  Callum, Kane and Maya all though their boats were the best!  Maya managed to add a bit of tinsel and some flowers to hers just to make sure it was girly enough.

Ayden did give Maya a bit of help,  but her boat went just as well as the boys!  The winner was the first boat that made it to the other end, and we could get it out of the water. 

So much fun. The kids spent ages making their boats and sailing them. There’s nothing like a bit of healthy completion to get their imaginations going. Callum was the winner in the end – yay boys and nice try Maya!

Tangled is a new, 3D Animated Movie by Disney. Just love the trailer that you can watch here – I am going to enjoy seeing this with the whole family. Don’t we all love a dashing bandit?

Tangled is based upon the story of Rapunzel .  The teenage princess Rapunzel is locked up in her tower with her 70 feet of magical hair, longing for adventure.  Lucky for Rapunzel there is a swash buckling bandit who will take her off on a hair raising escapade.   A musical comedy with something for everyone, animated and in 3D!

Thanks to Nuffnang and Disney two comments will have the chance to win family pass (4 tickets) to see Tangled. Just leave a short comment telling me something funny that happened to you as a kid. Competition runs commences on Tuesday 21 December and closes on Sunday 9 January 2011. Don’t forget your email address.
To be in with a chance to win $500, on the Nuffnang Community Contest, write a blog post using your personal experience about the funniest boy vs girls moment you can think of. The most creative post wins $500. Competition commences on Tuesday 21 December and closes on Sunday 9 January 2011. A winner will be selected across the participating blogs, and sorry this is for Australian residents only. Full Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

What's happening?

I've been working behind the scenes like a mad woman!   On Sunday it was my youngest niece Ruby's 1st birthday and a chance to get together with my family.  I've only got a small family and the pic is it - everyone in Australia.  My mum and her husband Paul,  my sisters Chris and Liz,  their husbands Kevin and Jonty,  their kids Tiahni and Nate,  Harmony, Jada and Ruby,  Matt and I,  with our kids Ayden, Callum, Kane and Maya.  We were posed together to record a happy birthday for my grandma in England who turns 90 during December.

I decided to make clothes for all the kids,  except Harmony who is turning 12.  Thank goodness for Make it Perfect patterns as I made the girls Fab Frocks and Nate a pair of shorts with the shark raw edge applique from Toni's book.  Maybe it will be a bit warmer at Christmas and I will get some pics!

I'm still working on this santa sack for a friends new baby.  The appliques are made using a reduced version of the Wee Wonderfuls Gnome pattern.  I couldn't resist using some of the new fabrics by Rosalie Quinlan in this one.

Have you been to see Corrie at Retro Mummy.  Corrie has the best giveaway on for two packs of 20 fat quarters in the new flower sugar fabric.  Go here for a chance to win.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kris Kringle Gift ..

On Saturday night it was dinner out for the crafty ladies who meet at Annie's house each fortnight.   I just love it when I can catch up with this group of ladies who have so many different talents,  and to see what's new in Annie's very productive sewing room.

We each had to bring a Kris Kringle gift that was randomly picked.  I made this little gift bag featuring a stitchery from Cinderberry Stitches and it is backed with the same pink fabric as the handles you can see peeking out.  There was some red and green large floral fabric too and a ladybug pincushion,  designed by Rosalie Quinlan.

Thanks too for all the comments on my giveaway post.  A package was sent off today to Andrea at the Humming Cat!  Keep an eye on the blog as there should be a sponsored giveaway coming soon ...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The One Day, Christmas Giveaway!


I've been a bit blog-quiet this week with the ongoing Christmas events and trying to make enough hand made Christmas gifts.  There is a bit of a pile of cut out clothing for my nieces and nephew looking a bit neglected and a santa sack for a friends new baby spread out all over the dining table..

I thought I might say a bit of a thank you,  and also offer the chance to win these completed sitcheries which may give you a bit of a head start or help with last minute gifts.  The stitcheries are designed by Wee Wonderfuls and are available as a free download.  Mine are backed with pellon,  iron badly (sorry) and trimmed to 5" x 8.5"


Also there are these two Melly & me patterns,  both new,  for Rudy and Bonza and Beaut.

I'll draw the giveaway tomorrow,  Monday at 5pm.  Thank you Followers - if you are a follower,  please let me know in your comment and there will be two chances for you!   Just make sure I can contact you.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday in the sunshine ..

Today was the creche family Christmas picnic.  Santa arrived in a white vintage car,  and Maya wore her Fab Frocks dress designed by Make it Perfect,  which I made at Sewjourn.  Just love the pink and orange together on this one.

It was such a surprise when the creche staff presented us with this rose "Remember Me".  I was holding back tears when I accepted it.   Saying goodbye in a couple of weeks, after 16 years is going to be very hard.


Maya came home with a Charlie and Lola book from Santa.  She is pretty pleased too.

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