Friday, November 30, 2012

Mr Frost's Present

Callum has had a big year in Grade 6.  Only four days too go and they will all be off on camp at the Mornington Peninsula.  I'm quietly celebrating that I won't have any school shirts to iron for the next two months.

This week was the Middle School Visual and Performing Arts showcase too.  Callum's painting is the one at the top, above him.  It's beautiful with a lot of texture, great perspective and detail.

It got to the very last minute but last night I managed to make this gift bag for Callum's teacher, Mr Frost.  Mr Frost is leaving this year and he has spent the past two years as Callum's Learning Mentor.  He is one of those fantastic teachers who is especially good with the boys.

The bags quite tall,  around 11" tall plus the handles.  I used some of my very hoarded Maze and Vale fabric,  linen and text fabric from the Authentic line.  It was a bit hard to give away!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Candy Kisses ~ Baby Quilt

The second quilt I designed for Let's Stitch event for Quilt Fabric Delights was a pretty quilt for girls to go with my Animal Parade quilt for boys. Of course either quilt design could be made for anyone!  I love the fabric together and it's a quick quilt to piece for when you need a go to gift pattern.

Just perfect for tired little teddy bears

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Maya's Ayashe Blouse ~ The Dayo Costume

It was The Junior School Showcase Performance today, with Maya preforming Dayo and The Adam's Family Theme with the Grade 1's.  Kane played the flute on Liva da Vida Loca and We Will Rock You,  and sang Electricity from the Billy Elliot sound track with the Grade 4's.

Their school is very big on Performing Arts, and I am always so happy that my kids have a lot of confidence on stage and public speaking due to this focus.  The Showcase was amazing.  However I do have to make a lot of costumes.

Maya's costume brief was a skirt below her knees and a blouse.  I borrowed this skirt from Lara which was perfect. Thank Lara!  For the blouse I used the Ayashe Blouse pattern from Figgys Patterns with the front tie option and elasticated waist.  This version is just a poly cotton from Spotlight.

The blouse looks very nice on Maya. It's sweet and pretty and has some nice detail.  It is a bit short and I will add length for Maya next time,  particularly as Maya doesn't like anything against her stomach. It was a struggle for her to pull the skirt up to compensate.  I also found the pattern a bit brief.  I mucked up the first collar I sewed and then changed it to the bias tie as I didn't have time to mess around.

Saying this,  I was at Sewjourn with the girls (hooorayyyy!) and this was duty sewing,  not what I had planned.  I really like the look of the Ayashe blouse so much and it is the style I like to dress Maya in.  I will make it again and see how the next version goes. There are also other variations to try.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Animal Parade ~ Baby Quilt

Each day I have been checking on the Let's Stitch online event at Quilt Fabric Delights.  My first pattern was up on Thursday for the Animal Parade ~ Baby Quilt.
Sarah has a quilt kit available for this pattern too, and its available along with heaps of other patterns by joining online ~ it's definately not too late.  Have a look at the first weeks patterns here too.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lucky Stars ~ Review

Recently I was offered an opportunity to review some products from Lucky Nuts.  Fantastic!  We use them already at home and they are a staple in our pantry as a key ingredient for the healthy muesli Matt makes.  Knowing that the nuts are grown in Australia too adds to their appeal,  plus the kids are big fans of deserts with almond meal.

With Christmas coming up,  I was inspired to make these Hazelnut and Orange Shortbread Stars.  I hadn't baked with Lucky hazelnut meal before so I was keen to give it a try.  These biscuits come highly recommended by my family.  The kids had so much fun making them and they taste great.  The hazelnut meal is delicious and the touch of orange just pops.  A recipe booklet with 45 recipes for Christmas can be downloaded from Lucky here. 

It was thumbs up from us, and these biscuits will definitely be on my making list for Christmas and what's left of this batch will be off this weekend to share with friends!

This review was not a sponsored post,  but a review of a product sent to me as part of Product Talk for Nuffnang. Read more here

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tidied up

Last night the last bit of binding was sewn down and tutorials written for two quilts for Let's Stitch.  I love them and there is still time to join at Quilt Fabric Delights

The ends were woven in on shrug number three,  for my niece Jada who is 6.  Maya is modelling looking a bit scruffy on the weekend. It felt strange to knit with black wool for a little girl as Maya never wears black except for her school PE uniform.  If she is like me she will wear it a lot as a grown up though.

And I finally mended Kane's Santa and Maya's Cassy Cassowary toys.

Doesn't it feel good when all those jobs are done!


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