Monday, December 31, 2007


We are back home after trekking around the countryside after the hottest Christmas ever. Thanks goodness Chris' parents and sister both had pools so that's were we spent a lot of Christmas day. The girls had a great Christmas - far to busy with their presents to look at the camera.
Afternoons at my parents were spent sitting around and in the blow up pool.
Some of the great handmade presents I bought from Etsy
Stoneware Ram from Seaurchin
Hairclips from Cutecumber
Baby Singlet from Jiah
Earrings from ESDesigns
Pendant from OrangePeelEnamel (ok it was for me - not technically a present, but I really wanted it)

We have all spent the last 2 days with a vomiting bug - it seems to have gone now, but that has put a stop to all our New Years Plans ( not that they were doing lots, but we were leaving the house for a change). I hope you have a wonderful New Year where ever you are and a fantastic 2008.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Jitterbug Socks

What do you do when you are meant to be packing for the Christmas trek around the countryside? Have a go at knitting some toe up socks using some Jitterbug sock yarn.
Much more fun than packing and thinking about a week away. Every year Chris and I say we are staying home for Christmas and every year we trek around the countryside. Maybe next year.
I'm not really big on Christmas, especially one where I can't even have a drink, but I'm going to make an effort as the girls are getting very excited. I finally felt a bit Christmassy last night watching the Christmas special of Rockwiz. So I might put some music on and face the inevitable packing.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Presents Finished

The Christmas presents are finished and wrapped. I can post pictures as my Nan doesn't read. Here are her finished socks.

A bag for Mum's birthday. She chose the fabric so it's no surprise.

Now I have two whole days to relax and get organised for our Christmas trek around the countryside.
I hope you all have a wonderful enjoyable Christmas wherever you are!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Girls, girls, girls

I have had a few days without a computer - I'm not sure what happened but it wouldn't turn on. Luckily it is all fixed now. This gave me lots of time to finish my Christmas sewing. Skirts and pants for the girls and my niece in lots of girly colours.
And our house is getting even more girly. One good thing about having an amnio was finding out for sure we are having another girl. I am so excited! I have two sisters and we all get on so well. I love to see Grace and Amelia playing together and so excited that they will have a little sister. The one good thing about not having a straight forward pregnancy is the extra ultrasounds and getting to see her more often.

Thanks to Shannon at Minifashionista some of my little curly haired girls are in Junior magazine this month.
I have just a few more Christmas presents to finish - I love the idea of handmade for Christmas I just wish I had of planned for it through the year.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Change Mat

I think posting pictures of things I need to do is a good idea - it make me get stuff done. I managed to turn the pile into a change mat for Madison. I haven't used chenille for backing before, but I definitely will be again and I think I need to try some bibs with it too.

Friday, December 14, 2007


The girls have a new cousin! Chris' sister Carolyn had a baby girl called Madison last Sunday. the girls are very excited about meeting her at Christmas time. In the absence of pictures of her here is a picture of one of the piles on the floor which could become something for her.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Socks for Noma

My Nan Noma loved the socks I made her last year, so I thought I'd knit some more for Christmas for her. I know I've said it before but Lorna's Laces Worsted makes the best bed and boot socks. I have 12 days, I'm pretty sure I can get the second one finished.
A new challenge for next year. I bought some Addi Turbos from Yarns Galore and this arrived in the mail yesterday.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Easy Skirt Tutorial

I have made a few skirts for the girls recently. They are so quick and easy to make so I thought I'd write a tutorial for the easiest two year old skirt. I have made a few that are all one fabric and some that have two different fabrics. This skirt fits about a 48cm (19") waist and the girls are about 86cm (33 1/2") tall.

1. Cut two fabric pieces - the top one is about 28" by 9" (sorry all my measurements are in inches as I use my quilting board and rulers to cut)
- the bottom is 34" by 5.25"

2. Sew the hems to make two circles and overlock or zigzag stitch the edges.
3. Increase your stitch length on your machine (I turn mine to 4) and with a long tail of cotton sew around the top of the bottom piece. leave a long tail at the end as well. Pull the top tail of cotton at each end gently to gather.
4. Pin to the top piece, matching seams and easing to fit.
5. Sew and then overlock or zigzag. I iron towards the top and then topstitch.
6. Overlock the hem and fold up and sew.
7. Overlock the top and sew down leaving enough width to thread through elastic and a small opening to thread it through. I like to top stitch as well - I think it stops the elastic twisting.

8. Thread the elastic through - I use big safety pins and sew it up. Then sew up the opening. The only elastic I use now is non roll ribbed elastic and for children's clothes I use 3/4" (20mm).

9. Finished!

Sunday, December 09, 2007


This gorgeous little rabbit arrived in the mail this week from Maggie of Maggierama. I sent her a curly haired doll a while ago and in return I got this gorgeous rabbit (which for some reason the girls think is a puppy dog).

The girls love their art wall - maybe a little too much. Anything that goes up with glitter, feathers, anything glued on gradually gets picked and torn apart until there is bits of it all over the house, but they love sticking their work up there.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A trip to the Wiggles

It seemed like a great idea 6 months ago. Tickets to the Wiggles in Perth - the actual concert was not too bad and the girls loved it. I just don't think I thought about the rest. I'm soooo glad I got Mum to come and help me get there and back. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I planned to do the rest of the Christmas shopping in Perth I hadn't done on the internet or made. The big shops were just too much for the girls especially combined with the chocolate milk we kept feeding them so they wouldn't scream at us constantly. Even a short trip to get more vegetable seedlings didn't end well. But we are home and they were so tired today they had a big nap which meant I could watch the end of this and not think for a couple of hours.

A couple of pretty packages from Aunty Cookie and Kirinco made me feel better too.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


I can't believe I only just discovered these little stick on thimbles this week. My fingertips are very grateful.