Sunday, 30 October 2011

Matching . . .

Today I have been cutting out and sewing. Fabric is just so cheerful and so are clothes for my little ones! This pink one has just been finished. Well, not the buttons and buttonholes. For some reason I am having trouble doing that bit. So far I have five dresses and one shirt sewn, but none are completely finished all for the same reason. My kind mother has offered to help me with that. Anyway, back to this pink dress! As you can see I used the offcuts to make a dress for a dolly too! I used this 'nakey baby' pattern and it worked really well.

As a child I always thought matching clothes made from cutains was the ultimate, (Think The Sound of Music) and I guess I still think that way. Dresses for my girls and a shirt for my boy. Hopefully I will put buttons on them and have some great action shots soon!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Little girl dress

Finished! Well, almost finished. It needs buttons and button holes and a good press but after that it will be finished. This is for my smallest girl and her sister has one cut out waiting to be sewn. I am hoping that this (almost) completion will inspire me to keep sewing. All my children have grown and the weather is changing so they are quickly running out of things that they can wear. I feel very anti shop bought clothes at the moment (you know, t-shirts for 2 year old girls that are shaped and figure hugging and boys ones with slogans all over them) and have grand ideas of making all three of them a completely handmade wardrobe. We will see.

Been sewing

I have decided that my small children need some quiet books to help in those situations where they need to be still and quiet. You know, church, dr's, etc. I started by pinning lots of inspiration and am in the middle of making some flats. It's good fun. Obviously much more fun than the clothes sewing a should be doing.

Sunday, 23 October 2011


Painting is one of my kids favourite things and we recently bought kitchen sponges with the purpose of cutting shapes for printing. I quickly realised they didn't care too much about printing perfect shapes and resisted the urge to 'help' them. It turns out sponge shapes are really great for painting with and everyone had great fun.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Fun for lunch

We decided we needed some fun for lunch today. In our house that usualy means a picnic outside! The weather here is quite warm at the moment so a picnic with the tent for shelter was a must. Sandwiches and strawberries, mmm yum!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cut, paste, laminate!

While I was pregnant with my first child I worried a lot. I worried that the pregnancy wouldn't stick, I worried that the baby wouldn't have the correct number of fingers and toes, I worried that he would be born too early, I worried he would be born too late. I worried about lots of things, including whether he would like making things with his mum. Luckily for me he stuck, grew 10 fingers and 10 toes, was born pretty much bang on time and is the best maker I have met in a long time. I am so blessed!

Today we got out a stack of old kids magazines and cut out good pictures, stuck them to card and then laminated them. So good. This is our making table after we cleaned up a bunch. And yes, the table is covered in sharpie drawings.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Pancakes for lunch

We eat pancakes quite a lot at our house. Several times a week. I'm not sure what it is exactly about pancakes that make them essential to our weekly survival, but they are. Generally speaking I am not that into food and cooking. I am very keen on food magazines and books, but that is to help me with that never ending job of 'what's for dinner'. So what I am about to do here is weird for me.

Here is our pancake recipe:

1 cup self raising flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
some sugar

This is the recipe my mum used when I was a child and I love it because I can remember it. I also love it because you don't have to seperate eggs or do anything else tricky. Just chuck it all in and whisk. The other reason I love it is they are yummy!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Sewing at Ma's house

My dream of sewing the other day stayed that, a dream. We are a house full of sickies at the moment so the sewing has been delayed a bit. Instead of being able to show some great new summer clothes, I am living in the past and showing a picture of my sewing from our holiday at Ma's house. My littlest sister had Mum's scrap basket down planning a project and the fabric was calling to me. It's nothing in particular, just pretty. At the moment it is on the kids little table being a place mat/doily type thing. Fabric just makes me feel happy!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Getting old

My tiny baby girl is lovely as ever and growing up very quickly. She had the best smile just before I took this photo, but as always it disappeared before I could capture it.
We just got home from a holiday to Melbourne and Ma's house. It was fun and very inspirational. So much so that after I have fed my baby am gonna sew. Wish me luck!

Saturday, 1 October 2011


The giraffe was running so fast he dropped his spots.