Thursday, October 30, 2008

Old Quilt

The girls and I are back from a great visit with my sister. It is so nice to be able to let them be a bit free with their cousin on the farm
Jane has the first quilt I ever made and one I had completely forgotten about until the girls slept with it last night. I think I made it when I was about 16. So it has done pretty well for all those years considering I had no idea what I was doing and it is made from calico and cheap poly/cottons.

I have been debating what to do with the prices in my Etsy shop due to the dismal state of the Australian Dollar. Last week I dropped the prices and the shipping at Two Little Banshees and today I changed the shipping for my yarn so it is free within Australia.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Peasant Shirts

I know, I know more of the same thing, but they are so easy and quick to make and they look great. I whipped these up last night for my nieces. We are just on our way to visit my sister and celebrate my niece's birthday. The top one is for her and the bottom one (love this Liberty fabric) is for her little sister.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I seem to have neglected the garden all winter. The roses don't seem to care. I think they have thrived on my neglect.
The vegie patch however didn't and was all weeds a few weeks ago. Chris has slowly cleared it completely and now we are nearly ready to plant some new seedlings.
Eva has spent today laughing and smiling at her sisters as they dance and sing for her. She is always happiest when she can see them and interact with them.
I haven't made an echidna for a long time. The pattern just needed some fixing but I wasn't sure how. Today I had one of those aha moments and it was fixed.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Things I have wondered during the last week while sewing more bags:
How many loads of washing can fit on the washing line?
How much can 2 three year olds eat?
How much fabric can fit in my room?
What is at the bottom of my freezer and at the back of the fridge?
What is under the fridge?
How much can a six month old poo?
How much tap dancing on the wooden floor can I stand before my head explodes?
Where are all the tupperware lids?
How can I convince children to go to bed when it is still light?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mutiplying Peasant Shirts

I scaled up the peasant shirt pattern and it seemed to work. The girls were happy and insisted on wearing them even though it feels a bit like winter again today. This is such an easy pattern and so quick to make. I think I'll be making a few more this summer.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Peasant Shirt

A peasant shirt for Eva inspired by the one in Sew Hip. I was too lazy too enlarge the pattern in there so I just drew my own with shorter sleeves and it seems to fit quite well. It probably needs to be a bit longer. Love this fabric - can't believe i found it in Spotlight. Now to try and make bigger ones for the other two.

A new red doll - in the shop.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Where has the year gone? I made a caterpillar yesterday something I've been meaning to do since I made my first one in January. I was going to be so organised this year. Mmm, maybe next year.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Flower Arranging

Mum has been visiting which always means some help with the flower garden. The girls love picking flowers and arranging them in vases.

I have been experimenting with colours. These are drying and then I will wind them into balls and see how they knit up. I've also been experimenting with semi solids which I seem to prefer knitting with at the moment. Hopefully I will have pictures of them soon.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Orange Elephant

It was wishful thinking that I could read in the chaos, but I did have a look at Sew Hip and it is fantastic! I'm already planning a peasant blouse for Evie from some lovely Liberty I have.
For those wondering where I got the Marie Claire Idees - I got them here on ebay. She is a French seller who sells a lot of previous issues.
And because I don't have any other pictures here is a little orange elephant I managed to sew up yesterday.

Friday, October 17, 2008


I might just lay down in the middle of the chaos and have a read.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More Hats

I sized up the hat pattern I made for the girls. The Lotta hat I made last year needed so much altering before I could wear it that it was easier to make my own pattern up this time. I think there is a couple of people who will be getting these for Christmas (I can't believe how close it is!!). Meanwhile these are in the shop.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This and That

The craft room is jam packed full of 'stuff'. I have no idea what is in here anymore and the only way to find anything is to get move things out. So I have a plan to finish projects and get down to a manageable number of works in progress. Here is a few things finished this weekend.
A custom ordered baby quilt to go with this wombat.

Another gocco printed skirt - now in the shop.
I wish I could show you more of this, but it is on it's way overseas and this is all I can show for now.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Gocco Hats and a Skirt

The school holidays are over and Chris is back at work. Eva obviously didn't realise this and decided that 3.30 was wake up time this morning for a few hours. At least she is having a good morning sleep.
The girls chose some fabric for hats and skirts. Their taste in fabric is a little different to mine at the moment. At least they are happy and will wear what I make them.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Chris took all the girls out the other day so I could try soap making. I bought some ingredients from here and used these books. It is curing now so I'll let you know in 6 weeks what it is like.
Hair update: It has been about 3 months since I used shampoo or conditioner and I don't think I'll be going back. I went to the hairdresser yesterday and she didn't mention anything was wrong with it which is kind of unusual. In the past people would always suggest products to stop it from being too oily or too dry. I am a bit worried about summer though - has anyone any suggestions about what to do after swimming - at the beach and in chlorine?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


I finished plying this the other night. It is superwash merino from Sakina Needles. The colour I think was Fruit Salad. There is 110g and 270 metres. It is getting easier to spin thinner. I just need to keep repeating to myself predrafting is my friend, predrafting is my friend....

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Gocco Hat

A new hat for Eva with gocco flowers. You can never have too many hats.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Gocco Flowers

I've been experimenting with the gocco and printing on fabric. More experiments today and hopefully some sewing.

Saturday, October 04, 2008


I braved Coles yesterday with all three girls. I usually do all my shopping at the local store in town, but there are some things I just can't get there. So we went for a drive to the next town and I was prepared for the worst, but it wasn't too bad despite not having any double trolleys left. Grace and Amelia had their own shopping lists. Amelia needed tomatoes and strawberries and Grace needed kiwi fruit. I think you can guess their favourite colours.
We have never forced the girls to eat fruit - we encourage it, but have been happy if they at least try new fruits. I think a bit of reverse psychology helps. "You can't have any strawberries until you eat your sandwich". That kind of thing. I used to do this when I was teaching. Going to the reading corner was the ultimate reward even for the children with learning difficulties.
I managed a little dyeing last week and experimented with semi solids. This one I am keeping - it turned out just like it was meant to.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Baby Surprise Jacket

You have to love a pattern that states 'work will start to look very odd indeed, but trust me and press on'. So that is exactly what I am doing.
Thanks to Jodie of The Haby Goddess for featuring me on her blog this week!