Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011


2011 has been a frantic year.  I have made so much that I haven't blogged - mostly knitting.  I've made 7 pairs of socks for a start and three cardigans at least that haven't made it here and sewn some cute things that went immediately into use and I missed my chance.  Plus pattern tests and clothes for Maya and myself.  I have a new overlocker and a dress makers mannequin now too.

2011 was that year of changes with Maya starting school and leaving a big hole in my day,  Callum off to middle school and Ayden finishing Yr 12.   It all ended successfully with the kids all happy with their achievements.

Just like Kate,  I'm hoping 2012 is the Year of Happy.  We will see.  More changes with Ayden off to Uni and I guess he will leave home at some point.  Work will have redundancies. A big contract for Matt.  Kane's last year at Junior School.  Matt's best mate is moving to Melbourne. I hope I will take some long service leave and we will all do something exciting for my 40th birthday too.

Thank you all for reading my blog.  I love every comment and each friend and opportunity it has given me.  Wishing you all a Happy 2012 too.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Butterfly Quilt Tutorial ~ Sew Mama Sew


Back in 2009, when I designed this quilt,  I had so many requests to buy it or a pattern for it.  I thought it might be a good time to write it up as a tutorial for Sew Mama Sew.


It's a cot sized quilt which is surpisingly quick and easy to make and can be made from scraps, fat quarters or charm squares.  This quilt was gifted to one of my sisters this Christmas.  If you would like to download the tutorial and make the quilt,  it can be found here at Sew Mama Sew.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Puppet Show Shorts and the Pocket Placement Tip


The Oliver + S Puppet Show shorts are just my favourite.  I can't resist the detail and the way they come together.  Maya wore them today to the wildlife park and it isn't the best photo,  but these shorts suit her perfectly - and I made them from a scrap piece of fabric too.  Because they only go up to a size 5,  I had to grade them up to a size 6.


I read the best tip on pocket placement on Carmel's blog here and the ladies at Sewjourn asked me to reblog it here.  It works for any pattern with the pocket sewn to the outside and just so simple - cut the pocket placement out on the pattern, and use the negative space to line up the pocket and pin it into place.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas 2011


From all of us at this monkey house,  wish you a joyful and safe holiday.  Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sewing for Christmas


A few hardmade gifts have been made this year.  For my almost 6 year old nieces, these skirts from Ottobre Spring 1/2011 which are full and twirly and hopefully in colours that will suit both girls with co-ordinating tops.  For my two year old niece I have a Kitty bag designed by Melly & me.


Last weekend it was my niece Ruby's 2nd Birthday and these Make it Perfect Bloom shorts where whipped up in a hurry.  These are one of my go-to patterns and are just so cute.  Hopefully I'll manage a pic of Ruby wearing them too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Milestones..


Yes,  I'm still the bad at blogging.  The working year is nearly finished but I still have a big deadline to go at the "real" job.

It's one month since Ayden turned 18.  Such an exciting and hectic time.  Right at the end of his Year 12 exams and a few days before he went of to schoolies week.  We reserved a table at a local restaurant for Ayden and his friends,  and sat a bit away on our own table while they all celebrated.  It was so good to see him with all his mates and to look at how grown up they all looked. Some of the kids there had been friends since prep.  Amazing.  So now we have an adult son,  who seems to plan to go to see every band and music festival he can drag his mates to for the entire summer.

Friday was results day and I was so nervous for Ayden.  His results were great and he knows he will be able to go his choice of engineering degrees and work in the environmental field. Ayden has overcome literacy problems and to achieve an A+ for English was a huge achievement. Fantastic to see his name in the paper on the high achievers list.

And Maya's snake costume... I guess the school was looking for a way to have 45 prep kids involved in the Nativity play.  The way it went was that Santa went to the forest, and while he was there he told all the animals the story of Christmas.  Maya was one of the animals.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Snake Costume...


I sort of can't believe that I am blogging the snake costume.  When I say that I am hopeless with costumes I really mean it.  They always seem to come at the last minute.
So when school sent a letter saying Maya was going to be a snake in the Nativity play I was a bit confused to where snakes fitted into the Nativity and how I would make it.  Even google images and Jodie's stash of costumes didn't help.


So some cheap, stretchy velour style fabric and a lengthen boys hooded top pattern from Ottobre, my overlocker and some felt applique and Maya has a snake costume that she loves.  It came together quickly in the end (a good thing!) and Maya wore it yesterday for the play.

She did tell me in the nicest way that her snake tail was a bit stumpy and looked like a lizards tail...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Teachers Gifts 2011


The poor blog has been a quiet with a major new web design project on at the real job.  I haven't even blogged Ayden's 18th birthday.  I keep singing in my head "bad bad blogger" in the tune to the kids show "Big big babies"

Before these go off to their new homes tomorrow,  I thought I should blog the gift bags I made for Kane's and Maya's teachers.  Each year I make an embroidered bag for the teachers as a bit of a keepsake and I have to try and remember who has had which stitchery design with various kids having the same teachers in the past.


For these I used a stitchery pattern from Hatched and Patched and added a box of chocolate.

Now off to finish the snake costume that Maya needs for the Nativity play.  A snake ....

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