Monday, July 13, 2009

Becs Pay it forward Blogpost. A direct link.

Wallaby Creek: Pay it Forward

So that is the exact post I signed up for pay it forward through...

Paying It Forward

I signed up for this challenge through Becs Blog.

I will enter into a contract with the first 5 people who comment and then commit to do the same on their blog.

Just read below and if you feel up to the task copy the following into your blog and leave me a comment.

I am willing to post overseas (I am in Australia), but remember you must committ on your blog to do the same to others.

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love.

3. It’ll be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!

5. I reserve the right to do something strange.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.

7. Send your mailing address - after I contact you.

Welcome to everyone (yes you dear reader of my blog, even, especially, if I dont know you!).

I will make an effort to do something that you like based on what I see on your blog, BUT there are no guarantees.

So leave a comment and wait for me to contact you xxxxx

Thursday, July 9, 2009


For carla, here are three, there are heaps more but I have to do housework before uploading.

For checking out all the other baggies, go to AuntyCs blog and from there are links to all the other EB bag swap participants blogs.



Today is opening day for the EB bag swap. So many beautiful bags, INCLUDING the one I got from SUNSHINEDAYS!!
I must have written down something pretty specific because if I was going to buy a bag, this one fulfils all my dream features. The fabric and colours are beatiful, it has an abundance of pockets, including a large zipped one on the outer back. two velcro close ones on the outer front, a velcro close pocket each end of the outer of the bag, and inside, a huge interior, with one side having three pockets, the other two, with elasticised tops! I can not tell you how perfect it is for me. I know my family will agree when they see it too. And my husband will be glad to get rid of my current charlie brown bag. I like my CB bag, but everything gets LOST in it. Not going to happen any more and all my family will reap the benefits!!

And it is beatifully sewn. Its giving me a big complex as the bag I made (and it took all my effort) is not done nearly as well as the one I recieved. (but to my recipient, that was my best effort hun and I hope you like it!)

OK to pictures. (which never ever do justice to bags.)

Thats the interior.

Thats the front exterior. It has a messenger type flap over the front.

And I got a beautiful card too. Thankyou sunshinedays, you made me feel very lucky indeed.
(It was beautifully wrapped too...but I opened it before taking piccies lol)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Two pictures of the iceskating outfit completed and in action!

Just checking my new siggy!

The star is very similar to a memorial tattoo I have.

Glitter Text Generator

Friday, April 3, 2009

My first try at sewing lycra. (and no i dont have an overlocker)

Not perfect but not bad for someone who honestly has NFI what they are doing!

I am learning lots, thats the best bit!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gift for Sister in law.

Well its Deborahs birthday next Monday. I decided to make her something last night LOL. I have to post it by wednesday so it couldn't be a big project.

I racked my brains trying to think of what she would actually like and use, and I came up with a couple of ideas.
I think she might use is a makeup brush roll. So I found a great little tutorial, and made one today. Im really happy with it and I hope she likes it.
I am sooooo slow at this stuff! This little project took me a few hours (with a few breaks to be a mum) from beginning to cut the fabric to being finished!

Very Happy with it :) and I loooove the fabric! If I get time I will make her a matching makeup bag.
Many thanks to Summerset for the tutorial. Here it is:

A couple more attempts...

The thought of trying to make the top to the pjs was stressing me out! I haven't got much experience with knits at all, and none in the past 15 plus years!

So as a distraction, I made a little bag for Hannah, to go with her pjs, should she choose to wear them out LOL.

Here it is

Hannah loves it. She has taken it out and about with her a few times already.

So then my confidence was bolstered. I thought I would dive in and attempt the stretchy pj top...

Well, I found it easy enough to follow the pattern and to cut it all out with the right nap. I studied my sewing book and chose an appropriate stitch. I even practiced and was surprised how simple it all seemed.

But by the time all of that was done, it was midnight. And it had all been building up to me sewing the top together, so I made the decision to sew it there and then. I wish I hadn't!

Soooooo disappointed with the outcome. Turns out, I do not know how to sew knits.

Here is the result...

It is terrible. But hannah insists she loves it.

The sewing group on my mums group gave me lots of tips to try to improve my future attempts so I have not lost all enthusiasm!

So what does one do when they discover they can not sew knits? How about offer to make an ice skating outfit for Hannahs friend? By next weekend?


Also I bought a little bit of fabric the other day, and a couple of patterns. I will add them here when I get a chance.

OH and I decided to attempt essential babys april sewing challenge. It is to make a skirt. Looks simple enough (I hope)...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

First sewing in many, many years.

I never did sew a lot. But my mum taught me to sew and I made a few things in my childhood and teens.

Its been a good 15 plus years since I gave it a go. I was as surprised as my mother that when I went and dusted off her machine, I could thread it, and basically knew what I was doing!
So I think I will sew for a while and see if I can become proficient. (love that word)

Rushed out to spotlight even though we are broke, and bought a pattern and fabric to make DD12 some pjs. Finished the pants in two evenings, with the help of the crafty ladies on my online mums group.

Here is the result.

Pretty happy I must say.
The pattern cost 6 dollars, but has a variety of things to make in it, like a bag, some tops, slippers, other pants, other sizes. The fabric cost less than 4 dollars, plus the ribbon and elastic etc. So for about 12 dollars, I got a couple of nights entertainment, and DD got a pair of jammie pants. And I can get a lot more entertainment out of that pattern too :D
I haven't tackled the top yet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New attempt at a blog

Its been a few years since I blogged.
But here I am again.
I hope this blog highlights moments of bliss amidst the trials and tribulations of our home life.