Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Geranium top

I made this little top for a friend a few weeks ago using the geranium dress/top pattern and some fabric left over from a quilt I made them.
I can't say enough good stuff about this pattern - I've made it a couple of times now and i love how quickly and easily it comes together. And I just adore the clean finish you get inside - gosh that Rae knows what she's doing.
Anyway, this was my first time making the top length - there were a couple of advantages to this. First, you can cut the lower portion (skirt bit) from a single fat quarter (in this size - 9-12 months) at least. Second, our tiny girls are starting to crawl, so I figured this would leave their little knees free for easier scooting about =)
I am really happy with how this turned out (in case you can't tell ;-)), and have fabric picked out to make a couple for miss A to keep.

Sunday, November 02, 2014


Wow - I can't believe it's November already! All of a sudden I've been off work for 10 months, and my tiny girl is scooting around the house and trying to stand up! And spring is well and truly here - we are having loads of gorgeous sunny Canberra springtime days, and some warmer ones too! It's the kind of weather that really makes you want to be outside - not just because we spent winter bundled up in the house, but also because those warm days remind us that summer is just around the corner and soon we'll be spending days inside hiding in the aircon!

The change of season also means it's time for the warm weather clothes to come out, and I'm finding my wardrobe is coming up a bit short this year (even more than usual!) - last year I was in my third trimester, so depended on the couple of maternity skirts and tops I had, and the year before I spent half of our summer in the northern hemisphere winter. Plus, this year I'm home rather than at work, and of course my body is different than it has been before. I haven't found much that I fancy in the shops, so this month I'm hoping to sew up some washi dresses - I've seen so many I love and I really hope it suits me and I can whip up a couple to get me through the summer.
I'm also planning to make a few things for Amelia's wardrobe - now that she's not growing out of things so quickly (and I have a new niece we can hand things down to when they are too small). We are spending so much time outside, and even though she's covered in sunscreen, a hat and we stick to the shade I still worry about her delicate baby skin. So i have a few patterns for long sleeved tunics that I'd like to make in some light fabrics for those times that I know we'll be outside for extended periods.
The other reason I'm excited about sewing at the moment is, of course, the Bimble and Pimble Sewvember photo a day challenge! I had a lot of fun playing along with the Makers' Collective daily photo challenge, so I'm really looking forward to this one! Today's prompt was sewing space, and it was very inspiring to see everyone's set-ups! Pop over to Amanda's blog if you'd like to find out more.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What's in your... Book pile?

Today the lovely guys at The Makers' Collective are asking us join in their new link up by sharing what's in our book pile. Here's mine:

All the way underneath there is the October issue of the Simple Things magazine. I love these magazines and have a subscription that is almost finished, which is a bit sad but I just don't really get a chance to read them.

Next are a few kiddy things - a finger food recipe book for babies/toddlers, since miss A thinks eating off a spoon is, well, for babies; The Tales of Beedle the Bard - we've been reading this together, a chapter every few days; and two of our favourites - Where is the Green Sheep? and the Very Hungry Catepillar. We have two copies of each of these two so we keep one copy on my bedside table to read in the morning.

Then my current novel (and cute kitty bookmark!), the Vampire Lestat - book #2 in the Vampire Chronicles series, the first being Interview with the Vampire (and oooh, I just saw a rumour that they are having another crack at making this into a film). I decided to reread the series from the start when I heard a new book in the series was being released this month (maybe today I think?) - Prince Lestat.

I also have my diary/planner nearby - I'm trying to be more disciplined in using it because I am so unorganised - and my Kindle too. I have a couple of books loaded on there to read when I'm done with my vampires =)

If you want to join in the fun and share what's in your book pile make sure you pop over to the Makers' Collective to link up, and to have a sticky beak at everyone else's book piles too =)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New knitting

I can't remember if I've talked here about how my love of knitting is back big time since I had my daughter - funny how having a tiny adorable person to knit tiny adorable things for has reawakened the passion =)
I've made a couple of milo vests (which I adore - I can't recommend the pattern highly enough!), and some little cardis, and next up is a little sister's dress in some pretty Lucca fino, which has been hanging about in my stash for ages. I love how it's knitting up, and I t's so nice finally using some of the pretty yarns I've been collecting for that one day when I had a super special little girl to knit for.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Daily photo challenge

There are always loads of daily photo challenges running on Instagram, but I have never managed to be organised enough to play along. When my friend Mikaela from the Makers' Collective (formerly Canberra Creatives) announced that there would be a photo challenge to celebrate the announcement of their new name and launch of the new website I just couldn't resist.

I love the way Mikaela has set up the prompts - the month has been split into 4 weeks-ish, and there is a theme for each week and the same 8 prompts for each day in that theme - the pic below makes much more sense!

So far I'm having so much fun thinking about how to reflect the prompts in my daily photo, and checking out the photos others have taken too. You can see my first week's worth of photos below. You can play along with the daily photo challenge any time - just tag @themakers.collective and #tmcphotochallenge. If you'd like to know more about the Makers' Collective you might like to check out the Makers' Hub open day on Wednesday 22 October.

And the fun doesn't have end on 31 October - on the weekend Amanda from Bimble and Pimble announced that she'll be hosting a 'Sewvember' daily photo challenge for the month of November - if you love sassy sewists and raptors do yourself a favour and check it out =)



Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In October I am reading..

...and reading and reading and reading. Because last weekend I finally decided I needed a Kindle.

Now, I love books - I will always love books. I love holding them, flick from one spot to another, the feel and smell of the paper. There will always be books that I buy hard copies of, to hold and to share and to admire on our shelves. But I also love to read, and over the last little while it has become clear that there were a few things holding back my reading that could be solved by getting into eBooks.

I have written before about how I love reading young adult fiction, and there is so so much around at the moment. The books are quick to read and few of them are 'stand alone' - everything is part of a series. And there is a lot more out there I'd like to read than I can find at my local library or bookstore. Take the Shadow Hunters books. There are 6 books in the mortal instruments series and 3 in the internal devices. The stories are so quick to read that even with only an hour or so a day to read they didn't take more than a week each. Each book is about 5cm wide and if I'm lucky I might get them for $10 each. That's nearly half a metre and nearly $100 for just a couple of weeks of reading entertainment. Suddenly I sound like the economists I work with, but I had really started to think that way, and to feel guilty about the idea of 'wasting' our money and space on books that I would burn through so quickly. I have also realised that while I have been wishing for more time to read, I have been wasting lots of time playing bubble games etc on my phone while I sit under a sleeping baby. With an eReader I can choose books that cost only a few dollars and they aren't taking any space at all and it is just as easy to manage with one hand as a phone! Win win win win =) Now I just wish I'd done it sooner!

So, what have I been reading? I've hopped straight into that young adult fantasy pulp fiction.

  • Beyond Our Stars has a very Divergent feel, and maybe a bit of the 100, and is about humans who have landed on a new planet they hope to colonise after the destruction of the earth.
  • Stolen Songbird is about a young women kidnapped by trolls in the hope she can break a curse cast on them by a witch. It took me a little while to get into this one, but by the end I was quite hooked, and now I can't wait for the sequel to come out next year.
  • Next up I'm reading the Throne of Glass books - a series of 3 about a female assassin.

As always, I'd love to hear about what you're reading, and if you have any recommendations. Also, I've updated my Good Reads account, and would love to connect with you if you're interested!




Thursday, September 11, 2014

I quilt :: slowly, slowly

I have quite a few quilts in progress at either the finished top or finished block stage - a product of the time that passed between me being confident and comfortable enough to cut into my beloved fabrics and then being brave enough to take that next step of quilting them. A couple of weeks ago I basted and quilted this one, the today is your day quilt, and this weekend attached the binding. I am absolutely the slowest binding sewer down in the world, so several two nights on the couch still has me only about halfway around. But that's ok with me - I find it therapeutic carefully making my way around the quilt - folding and wonder-clipping, fussing with each corner to try and get the mitre just right, and, in this case, admiring the perfect spottiness (no, not snottiness, but thanks autocorrect) of the binding (I do adore spots and stripes for binding!). I'm hoping to be ready to give this quilt to a friend on the weekend, so for now I'm just enjoying our evenings together =)