Monday, April 1, 2013


2013 is here well and truly.  This is my family's year of health.  I start a Whole 30 eating plan tomorrow.  I am doing this with Mr Beaded Lady and my next-door-neighbour.  You can read about the Whole 30 plan here.  Basically it is based on the Paleo Diet and I am quite scared!  Seeing as I am doing it with two other people I'm sure it will be fine.

Here's to a healthier me.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Sewing list for Miss E

Miss E loves skirts and dress, not too fond of shorts and pants.  So I would really like to whip her up some lovely simple dresses to get her through the holidays and beyond.

Here's my list for her . . .


And how cute is this??

Source: via Kathryn on Pinterest

I have lots of doilies, so this one should be high on my list!

This one could use up some old tshirts lying around . .

I think she would love this . . .

And last one . . . .

That should keep me busy :-)

Sewing list for me.

And hello again!  After another long absence, I am back on my blog and all inspired to get into the whole sewing thing again.  Our final ever renovation/extension has been completed and I have my own little room in which to craft away the coming September/October school holidays.  What better way to get back into blog-land than to make myself a list of sewing projects?  So here goes in no particular order . . .

Number 1
I need to finish this shirt from Hot Patterns.  I made a practice one a couple of years ago and I love it.  Time to make a real one!
Number 2

I think this top looks really simple to make and could be quite flattering. Only one way to find out!

Number 3

Another wonderfully easy to follow tutorial that I'm hoping will get me churning out a few work shirts.

Number 4

This one I'm thinking could also be a work shirt if made in nice enough fabric.  What do you think?  Otherwise I'll be churning them out in a few different colours ready for summer.

I will post pics as I finish a project.  Only 5 more sleeps till holidays!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I just won!!

Wheeeee! I just won a double pass to see Jen Wynter's show - The UNEXPECTED Variety show!!

I am beyond crazy excited! Big thanks go to Bris Style and to Jen for giving me the chance to win :)

Off to organise baby sitters!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Big Boy is 7 tomorrow . . .

. . . . and I just can't believe it. Where has that time gone?

Here he is in the Special Care Nursery at about one week old after a bath. He stayed in there for five weeks before he came home. He was born at 32 weeks and came home when he was just about due!

We've had our share of concerns and worries due to his prematurity, but he just goes from strength to strength. A beautiful heart and a beautiful smile. My beautiful boy.

Happy Birthday my lovely little man!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Goodness gracious me!

I don't know if you all are fans of "Hattie and the Fox" but it's one of my kids' favourite books and whenever I exclaim I think of it! We Love love love Mem Fox in this house. You can read all about her here. But I digress . . .

It's been nearly a year! Yes! A year! Where has that time gone? What have I been doing? Are you still out there? All questions that I ask myself on a regular basis.

Well, since you asked . . . our family home has had a massive renovation (September-October-November 2010), the usual Christmas/family stuff happened (December/January) and then I went back to part-time work for the first time in 7 years! Holy Moses and wasn't that a shock to the senses? But I'm recovering well and I should be able to start having a life outside work again soon. How is it that two days a week has taken so much out of my time? It's supposed to be part-time, people! But I suppose that is the nature of teaching - your brain is in teaching mode during term and it takes up a lot of energy. Plus, I think I had forgotten how challenging Year 9 students can be. Oh, but funny! I tell you I just laugh from morning to night -that hilarious brand of teenage angst. (You do know I'm joking, yes?)

Amazingly, I have found some time to do some crafty things. During the June/July holidays, a local shopping centre had this deal - $5 to make your own stuffed bear. So we went along and the kids chose a bear skin each and the lady there put it over a big hose connected to what actually looks a lot like a fairy floss machine. The kids stepped on the foot pedal and Voila! The bear skins were filled with lovely soft fluffy filling. The hole in the back of the skin had threads already there that were just pulled up and knotted to close the hole. Very clever. Also very clever were the little outfits they were selling for $10 a pop! I refused to buy the outfits so we went home and made our own.

E's polar bear was definitely a ballerina so we made a leotard and a twirly skirt for her to dance in.


And Oscar's bear became an army doctor.


For the doctor's coat I used Enid Gilchrist's dolls' clothes book and I just winged it for the mask and hat. Also drafted a pattern for the polar bear's leotard and it is just a simple two layered circle skirt with elastic waistband.

Oh, it's good to be back!