Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Geranium tunic #2

The little geranium tunic I made for a friend was so adorable that I knew I wanted to whip up a couple for miss A - I'm certain I've said it before, but they are just so quick and cute that I couldn't resist. This little one was made from two Kate Spain prints - the bodice from the range Daydream, and the skirt from Honey Honey. I made the 12-18 month size so she has some room to grow, and since it's a tunic we should be able to get away with it for a bit longer too.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Felt christmas tree

Ok, so since our kitties arrived I've been trying alternative christmas tree set-ups - wall stickers, mini tree on the table, anything they couldn't climb/destroy (except last year when I was very pregnant and those nesting hormones said I just had to have a tree) but somehow I had never come across this GENIUS idea - felt tree!

The tree part is just a tall triangle of dark green felt - the kind that is sold on a roll. Mine is 90cm tall (just because that was the width of the felt) and 80cm almond the bottom. Then I just cut out some simple decorations from coloured felt - I traced around a glass for the circle baubles, and around cookie cutters for the other shapes. I'll stick this up on the wall, but you can see A was quite interested in it on the floor (I laid it out on the floor to take a photo and she came scooting over as quickly as her little hands and knees could move her).

It is just so clever - since felt sticks to felt kids could decorate and redecorate as many times as they like, and you could make the decorations as simple or fancy as you liked - and they would be fun for kids to decorate. Next I think I'll cut out some christmas light shapes and sew them to ribbon to make a mini string of lights. It's the kind of thing my sisters and I would have loved faffing around with year after year (after year), and I hope A gets lots of fun out of it too =)



Monday, December 01, 2014

Advent 2014

It's no secret around here that I love advent, and that I love books. So of course I think the idea of a book advent countdown (where you wrap up 24 kids books - maybe with a christmas theme - and read one each night up until christmas) is totally genius. 24 books is a bit overwhelming to start off, both for me to find and also for A's attention span, so this year we decided to do one book for each week of advent. Here's our little pile - along with A's gorgeous new sock monkey reindeer buddy (handmade locally by Miss Creative Designs)

It was hard to narrow it down to 4 - there are so many gorgeous Christmassy board books available! We let A choose which book to unwrap, and then read it together =). This week's book is 'Father Christmas Needs a Wee'! (yes we love a bit of toilet humour ;-))

The first week of advent also means a trip to the Scandinavian Australian Association's annual Christmas bazaar to pick out an advent calendar and a few other bits and pieces =) I do love these gorgeous sparkly advent calendars - this year's features teddy bears.

And so it starts to feel a bit like Christmas - if only the weather would cool down a bit so I could make my puddings! Xo


Sunday, November 30, 2014

In November I am reading...

So, that should really say 'was reading', because wowsers - November is over! Loads of reading in November, which just makes me so happy! Some of my reading has been traditional books, but it has largely been because of my kindle. I can't remember if I said this last time, but my kindle has actually changed my life! I should have listened to Jo and bought one years ago! I wrote a little bit at the end of October about what I was reading, when I joined in with The Makers' Collective 'what's in your...' link up (which is still open if you want to join in!)

I did finish reading the Vampire Lestat, and I am planning to keep on reading through the series before I read the newest on - prince Lestat - which is on my christmas wish list. I found it really interesting to re-read this and Interview with the Vampire after not having read them for so long - it was nearly like reading them for the first time again. I wrote a bit more about it in my reviews on goodreads if you're interested

I also read the second and third books in the Throne of Glass series (by Sarah J Maas) - I read the first one back in October, and have since discovered that there will be six books in the series! Gosh I am really enjoying them so much, especially the two I read this month. The first book had a bit of inevitability in the story line, but there are so many twists in these books that I really haven't seen coming, but then make so much sense - I think the writing is quite clever that way! Anyway, I can't wait for the next one to come out next year.

For now I've just started reading the collection of Throne of Glass novellas - short stories about the same characters but set before the first book in the main series. Next on my list is The Raven Cycle books - another young adult series I've heard good things so I'm looking forward to it.

I'd love to hear about what you're reading if you'd like to share in the comments - I always love a good recommendation! =)


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 =)