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.