Monday, 31 December 2007
Thursday, 27 December 2007
I know it's not craft related but I'm not too sure that anyone reads Austy's own blog so I thought I'd post his pic here. I took this today so he's actually not looking for santa, but cross at me for not letting him sit in the boat while his Dad tried to start it... I am mean! But I told him he could go in the boat IF he had a sleep, which he refused yet again and after the third attempt to get him down we gave up and the boat got taken out the front without the boy. So he just looked from the window sadly... aww .. how can I resist smothering this gorgeous boy in kisses every day?!
He cheered up when I let him come in the bathroom and help me clear out cupboards and drawers, although the boat would have been much more fun. Hopefully we can get it fixed so we can head up the river next week and let Austy have his first ride and a little play on the kneeboards (not attached to the boat of course!).
Monday, 24 December 2007
With that said, now I'm off to open two VERY big boxes as the jolly man dropped them off early so that I can play before I have to abandon them in the morning :)
Friday, 21 December 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007
And the final outcome - an Everlasting Wondersoaker that has already been getting a workout with the warm nights we've been having lately. The photos were taken after a few washes so the wool has started to felt already. Unfortunately it's very easily felted, even with the most gentle handwashing. However it is a little big so it can handle it and it will just become more leakproof like the capris I made with the same wool (which are now heavily felted shorties just through normal use and gentle hand washing). I dyed the wool with landscape dyes from the muted primaries kit.
I used the same pattern as for the stripey denim police car shorts I made recently, but added a little cargo pocket that I made up, based loosely on a pair of Osh Kosh shorts of his that I love. I would have copied the OK pocket but they were neatly folded in his drawer and I didn't want to wake him. So I attempted it from memory, and think it works well to add some interest to the lower part of the shorts. I made them shorter too as they were almost long pants on him last time.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Then I decided to spoil myself with one of these:
I have a new quilt I'm working on too, so will take some photos of that to show you next week.
Thursday, 29 November 2007
But here it is, the "This Little Piggy" doll quilt, for a DIN05 girl who is now 2!! I went a bit freestyle on the borders - heaps more fun than straight lines!
Actually, she turned 2 last Sunday, the same day my own little prince hit that milestone. Here is the birthday boy in his birthday finery (a little shirt I made him for the occation) although he had a sore throat so wasn't a very cooperative model.
He did get spoilt though, lots of Thomas, junior mechano, clothes, and other toys. And here is my lame attempt at making a Thomas cake. I was unwell all week preceding his birthday and for half of this week too, so this is the best I could do. It tasted good though! A rich chocolate cake that we thought gave Austy a tummy upset, but on Monday the doctor told us that no, it's not the chocolate cake but a virus Austy had that did that. So we let him have a nice big piece that night! (All he got on his actual birthday was a nibble after we thought the taste test Saturday night caused the trouble.)
And Down Under Quilts have finally released the winners of the blankets of love challenge, so I think it's safe for me to share my finished quilt now. Nowhere near as good as the winners, but I am all inspired for next year now!
For some strange reason only some of my pics enlarge when you click them, and today it won't work. So if you want to see them bigger, go to my flickr account - link in my side bar.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Here's the pretty pink wrapping fabric, that was tied with a pretty silver ribbon holding a little handmade card to the pressie:
I have tonnes of photos (can you tell I got carried away?!) but I need to get to bed some time tonight and blogger takes too long to load them all. Just about every teddy, doll and stuffed animal in the house had to try it out ;)
Check out all the other gorgeous mini quilts here Everyone did an amazing job. It is certainly a pleasure to be a part of this group as I can tell they have a lot to teach me!
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
Here is the moment you've all been waiting for! (Tee hee)
My EB Doll Quilt swapee has finally opened her gift, and the winner is.... Natalie! & Jai of course, after all it is his name on the label ;)
So there you have it in all it's glory, the teddy "Bug Collector" quilt.
Keep your eyes peeled as I am currently on a vendettor to catch my post man and make him hand over my quilty parcel from AJ too!!!
Monday, 5 November 2007
But DH had no faith in me, and told me to go and buy her a "real present" so Austy and I went out on Friday morning and picked out this tea set while DH played golf. I had already named the quilt, and wanted a little tea set to go with it. I nearly came back empty handed, until the sales lady steered me away from the super pink girls toy section (that seemed like a totally different world to me!) and into the much safer toddler section, where the Fisher Price musical tea set smiled at me and yelled "pick me, pick me!" It was perfect, and even kept Austy amused while I clothes shopped, as he kept pressing the teapot and singing along "I'm a little teapot, short and stout..."
So here they are, Elizabeth, Austy and second cousin Mackenzie celebrating together on teh little quilt I gave her.
And a few of you were wondering what happened on dress-up day... Well it poured with rain here, and DH isn't all that good with the camera indoors. Austy was all hyper from being trapped indoors, and made it even harder for him to get a good shot while I was at work (he only goes to childcare for the afternoon session just before DH leaves for work). So here is about the best shot we have for now, waiting for a nice sunny weekend when we can play dress-ups again and I can get snap happy myself.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Monday, 22 October 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Yesterday we had Mummy and Me time at Hazelwood Park, a beautiful spot to feed the ducks, not one annoying pidgeon in sight (at our local park the pidgeons outnumber the ducks and leave nice little "gifts" on the pram or on us!) and to stroll through to the playground area. Enough room for Austy to walk by himself without danger of getting out onto the road. We were delighted to see a new family of ducks - Mummy Duck, Daddy Duck and 8 little ducklings, about 1-2 days old. So sweet!! And two little black ducks among the bunch. It made my day to see them in all their fluffiness.