Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

Goodbye 2012.  It's been another big year at this monkey house.  The highlight for me was our trip to Cairns.  Don't the kids look happy!

Let's hope that 2013 is a fantastic year for everyone.  Thank you,  every one of you, who visits my blog xx

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sailboat Skirts ~ Oliver + S

With the beautiful weather it's hard to get Maya to stop for a photo. When the Sailboat Skirt came out today I managed to grab a few quick pics.

The Sailboat pattern is another easy one from Oliver + S and the pattern includes a top, skirt and cropped pants. It is available as an instant download.  The skirt was a quick and addictive sew and something sweet and simple for Maya's summer wardrobe.  The top of the skirt has a sailor style buttons and is lined in a cute quilters cotton.  There is an elasticated back waist and a kick pleat for ease of movement.

I love white for Summer and made a second skirt for Maya.  This one has press stud closures - thanks Karen!  Maya says that she feels like a lady pilot in these skirts,  but I think she may mean an air hostess. 

The sailboat skirts are both made in a size 7 with drill fabric.  The pattern goes up to size 8 and I can see a few more versions coming from this pattern before Maya grows out of it.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My favourite books this year

This is the pile of books next to my bed waiting to be read.  I read a lot and fairly widely and will give most suggested books a go. This year I picked up my first Jodi Picoult book and have now read 8 of them, and also read all 10 adult Richelle Mead books too :) I just love discovering an auther with a backlist :)

I will put it out there that I have read every page of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and hated them. Oh well.  Since I was pregnant with Callum a lot of English and Irish chic lit has also been added to my reading list.  My life is busy and stressful and I love a happy read. Here are my library books,  a couple of books on loan, buys from the $3 books at Big W, my Jodi Picoult pile of books from the kids at Christmas, and the current chic lit.

With the end of the year coming up,  I've been thinking of my favourite reads - not books released this year,  but ones I have read this year and in no particular order

The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
To the Moon and Back - Jill Mansell
Those Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
House Rules - Jodi Picoult
This Charming Man - Marian Keyes

Read anything good this year?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas 2012

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and the happiest of holidays xx

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Seashore Sundress ~ Oliver + S

This dress is a real winner for Maya.  Like many Oliver + S patterns it takes me awhile to both fall in love with them, and then get around to making them.  With this one it was the button closures on the front which I didn't feel suited a larger child so well but it the end the cute red buttons have given it a pop.  Seeing a few older girls wearing this dress on Flickr too encouraged me.

The dress has been worn 3 times this week including a party and Santa photo's.  Matt also suggested that Maya wore it to a farmers market today too,  so even he must like it.

There are almost hidden pockets in the front of the dress which is softly gathered at the sides, a dropped waist and princess seams.  Maya is wearing a size 7 which is a good fit on her in a quilting cotton which I think is a Riley Blake print from a couple of years ago. The Seashore Sundress is also rated just one scissors and isn't a difficult sew.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Blackboard Fun House

Elisabeth at Eureka Patchwork emailed me back in July to see if I could think of anything to make with blackboard fabric. I can always think of something!

Unfortunately I got sick,  and then a whole lot of deadlines came and I got sick again and then more deadlines and I finally finished off the blackboard.

The fabric is a black vinyl that I sewed with my walking foot and used a rajah cloth to protect all the appliques when I iron them on. I designed the house so it could be hung over a door knob so kids could draw on it and be creative. The design features some fun fabrics for an "eye spy" experience.  The house measures to be almost 30" long.

I haven't written a pattern for the design but may do soon.  The blackboard fabric is available at Eureka Patchwork here

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mary ~ Nativity Play Costume

The last event on the school calendar was the carol service and Nativity play which is preformed by the Grade 1's and 2's.  Last year Maya was a snake and you can see the costume here.

I was a bit surprised when the letter came home saying Maya needed a costume to be Mary. Maya thought she was going to be a narrator!

The Mary costume came together very quickly with fabric from my stash.  For the dress I lengthened the Ayashe blouse pattern and made it with blue lawn that I had bought at a Spotlight sale for about a dollar a metre last year sometime. This time I made the pattern with no trouble at all and it came together very quickly. The scarf was a piece of rayon that I simply sewed a rolled hem on my overlocker that was held in place with a hairband.

Maya did a great job!  She isn't the natural performer and its a bit tricky for 7 year olds to sit up front of the Church service.  I will donate the outfit back to the school so any future Mary's can have the option of wearing it if they like.  Sewing a costume at the last minute is not the easiest.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mrs Drummond's Present

Today was the kids last day at school, and it was a very last minute crafting session to get Maya's Grade 1 teacher, Mrs Drummonds gift bag finished.   Mrs Drummond collect teddy bears,  so I looked for a stitchery pattern which featured a bear.

Mrs Drummond has also taught Kane so I can't double up on designs.  The teachers know that a hand made gift bag is on the way too.

I found the Ho Ho Ho Christmas Labels on the Red Brolly blog as a free download and used up a few of my red scraps and large ric rac to make the little gift bag.  The last of the school sewing finished for the year!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Grade 4 Graduation

Another grainy iphone pic to capture a special moment, which was lucky because I totally forgot my camera with the rush to get to the event on time!
It's hard to believe that the school year finishes tomorrow.  Last night was Kane's graduation ceremony before he goes off to Middle School next year.  I can't believe that our last son has finished at Junior school,  and I think his teacher Mr E will not know himself without one of our boys in his classroom...

The ceremony was beautiful.  The school excels at these events and every child shines.  They spoke about what they are looking forward to next year,  which is mostly the laptops, the big library, their own lockers and the cafe. The highlight was the kids version of "School Thing", their play on the One Direction "One Thing" with a bit of Gangam Style dancing thrown in.  Fun!


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