Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Reasons I have been missing....

Ok... So I have sort have fallen off the blogosphere ( not to mention the rest of the interwebs)

Last post I talked about the waiting place, well I have finally left that horrible place.
I was waiting for a few things : A Letter, An Appointment and A Decision

The Letter, As reported in the last post was received and has now been acted apon and I am enrolled in Uni for next year (Happy Dance Time!)

The Appointment was soon attended, but let be elaborate..... A week before my birthday I found a lump in my abdomen and went to my Doctor..... A plethora of tests later and I was sent to a specialist (the Appointment) He sent me for more tests and decided the day he got the results that I had to have surgery the next week (the decision).
Now, I don't want people to react badly to this as that is the exact reason I didn't tell many people about it. The original prognosis was not good and the plans I had for the next year hung in the balance but I am very thankful that 4 weeks after I found it I was given a clean bill of health!

I was so thankful of the news that if I didn't have a fresh 7 inch scar on my stomach I would have jumped out of my seat and kissed the specialist.
So even though I am still healing and rather sore at times I am home and healing and don't need any ongoing treatments.
I am not able to sew much as I am uncomfortable sitting at my machine for too long,( so it will probably be a while until my next post)
Because of the surgery I missed a couple of things I really wanted to be there for but it can't be helped.
First, my lovely cousins Wedding, but the Quilt made its way up there anywayThe Wedding Quilt

Second, my good friends engagement party but the upside of that was I was there for the actual engagement, so.. YAY!.

And third, I missed my eldest Peskies Graduation from Primary School :( Videos were taken but its just not the same


So Thank you Everyone who helped my family when I was in the Waiting Place and Congratulations to my Jordan, who is growing up to quickly, also to my wonderful Nephew, Zach, who also graduated with Jordan. My only advice is " Don't grow up to quickly, you will miss being a kid when you are an adult."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So much and So little

I have been doing so much hand sewing!... I hate hand sewing!
There are times when I am quite happy to sit down with my quilting and do the last little bit knowing that the binding is nearly done and I will see it finished very soon but I am very fidgety at the moment.

You see, at the moment, I am stuck in "the Waiting Place". A fan of Dr Seuss will be acquainted with the Waiting Place for those that are not let me introduce you:

"The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting." (Thank you Dr. Seuss, I love your work)

I have been waiting for a letter, an appointment and a decision and sadly none of them are in my power to hurry up.

My letter, I am happy to say, did arrive and I am off to Uni next year. YAY!! My peskies are all in school now and I am going back to work on me. The rest I have to wait for.

So I sit in my waiting place and hope to leave it soon but until I do I will try not to fidget too much and finish some things that need finishing.

Here is a teaser, a Wedding quilt for my darling cousin, Kristy and soon to be cousin, James. I will put up more photos after the wedding (9 sleeps to go!)

So bright and full of love, just like them


Saturday, November 6, 2010

13 days to go!

On the 20th I will be turning 30! I decided that since I didn't get to have a big 18th or 21st birthday party I would make up for lost time and have a big 30th.

For those who don't know, I am a dance teacher when I am not being a mum or sewing/crafting/crocheting/cross stitching etc. I teach Swing, Aussie Rock n Roll and Lindy Hop so I decided I would have a 50s themed dance for my party and dance the night away.

It's a costume party so I have been busy designing and sewing Costumes for my girls and I, Tom has organised for himself and Moo.

But I had a problem....... Shoes!
I was originally thinking of buying them some proper dance shoes but the funds don't quite stretch that far, they range from $30 up to about $165 a pair and I needed 4 pairs:(



I decided to buy canvas shoes

and paint them in the style needed.


The kids shoes were $6 a pair, Toms were $8 and I already had the paint so I managed to get 4 pairs for under $30! YAY!
In their PJ's


Moos are painted like Brogues and Jayby and Miss Cs are Saddle shoes
Tom was going to have Brogues as well but decided that he liked the saddle shoes better.

Here are the ones I didn't paint but still got for a bargain ..... Mine!
They go perfectly with my dress and I got them online for $20, They are my 5th pair of brogues..... I think I may have an addiction ;)


I can't wait to see everyone in their costumes!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Kids clothes

Well,I'm finally back to sewing and I think I have caught up for the weeks I missed.

I have finished the wedding quilt top and have sent it off to the quilter as it is way too big for my little machine. I will post photos after the wedding as the final quilt is still a surprise :)
I finished Jordans Dress for my Birthday. I am very happy with how it turned out considering I didn't have a pattern.

Carmens dress is coming along too.
Finishing touches are just pinned on but it isn't far off being finished. Morgan decided that he wanted to go as a Greaser but only if Tom was too, I can't wait to see them (I left Tom to organise their costumes)

My Dress is nearly finished too but you will have to wait to see that one

I have also started making kids clothes for summer

I hate that kids fashions are becoming more and more like adult clothes. So I am avoiding buying them from the shops. I'm not a prude, I just don't think that boob tubes should be worn by anyone who doesn't have boobs (some who have them shouldn't wear them either) So I grabbed some new easy patterns and rummaged through my collection of patterns and went for these 3

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I can't believe it has been a month!

I am sorry little blog.
I have been preoccupied, I had a great weekend away with some wonderful friends and sprained my ankle in the process, 2 weeks on crutches and stepping into the swing of organising my 30th birthday has left me with very little crafting :(
Although.......
I discovered how to make origami Lucky Stars, They are so cute and puffy! I am planning on making at least 100 (which is, apparently, how many you need to be lucky) Procrastination, in Star form!

I really should get on to all the other projects I have waiting: Wedding quilt, Monster Bag, Rainbow Quilt and at least 3 dresses .......I just can't get motivated

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blanket Cubby


We are in the 1st week of school holidays so all my crafting has been replaced with stories, games and cubby house building.
Today we did the latter and my lounge room was transformed into a castle, then a jungle and finally Hogwarts.
2 of my peskies and their friends

I remember turning dinning chairs into the pillars of a great hall when I was a kid and love that the same games are played today, as I'm sure they were long before I was born and and will be long after I am gone. Some things are just timeless.
Careful or the wind will change and you will stay like that!


P.S I finished my nieces poncho and she loves it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Smeagol

I swear I have an extra child in my pusscat, he always wants to be with me when I am busy, always claims to be hungry, follows me around (even to the bathroom where he will sit in the sink until I finish my shower) , gives lots of cuddles and likes to "help":D
Today, I sat down to work on some hand warmers for my Mum, who is suffering from arthritis lately :( , and Smeagol jumped up on my lap for a cuddle. Unable to get comfy he then decided to sit next to me... on top of the ball of wool I happen to be using, but not only on top of it but on top of the end the feed is coming from so every time I pull the wool out to used it get a very dirty look and a pitiful "mew". So thank you Mr Pusscat for being peskie *sigh* and I'm sorry Mum the warmers may take a little longer to make than I thought :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birthday Time!

We have hit our crazy birthday time, does this happen to you? Between Family and Friends, We average a birthday a week until Morgans in January. So you will probably find I will be blogging about gifts that I make for people for the next few months :) I love making gifts for people. I love giving gifts and its better when I have an excuse.

We just had my Mums birthday yesterday
Happy 60th Ma!!

Next in line is my Niece. When she came over last week she spotted a poncho I was crocheting for Carmen inspired by Thornberry. (I made Carmens in blues and when I can either get it off her or get her to stand still I will post a photo.) My Niece picked some great colours that made me think of the gorgeous rainbow crochet that my friend Joyce has been doing lately.

Can't wait to see it finished, I love how bright it is. Lately I have been sitting in the sunshine just soaking the Vitamin D and crocheting to my hearts content. oO(If the crocheting tool is a hook and some people call crocheting Hooking, does that make me a Hooker? :P )

After that is Jordans 12th birthday, I can't believe she will be 12!
She decided she would like to have a slumber party with just a few friends(phew! I don't think I am up for a big party).
I made her invitations last night.
I made them in the shape of sleep masks :) I used paper we had in our craft cache (that is slowly taking over our house). I found a pattern online cut it out, traced it on to some card stock, Cut it out using pinking shears and then reduced the size of the pattern to trace onto the paper, I glued the 2 together with some ribbon on either side and put the party information on the back
Jordans favourite part is
I am really happy with how they turned out and it should be a very easy party.
I will give them a pamper pack instead of lolly bags and order some pizza, watch some movies and play a few games. Since it is Girls only, Morgan is going to have a sleep over with his cousins ( one is a boy, Zach, and the other is too little, Sophie) and he is so happy about that, I don't think he could cope with that many girls in the house :) I half wonder if Tom will run away too.

What have you been up to?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

More Fabric! (for clothes this time)

I know, I'm hopeless.
I love fabric. When I get an idea in my head to sew something, if I don't have the fabric I need, it is a very short trip to the fabric shop and I can never leave with only what I need, especially when they have a $2 fabric table!!

As children have a want to do, all of my peskies have had a growth spurt. To save them from running around in "ankle freezers" I decided to make some clothes. Off to the shops I went, with poor Tom in tow, initially just looking for some pin cord to make some pants but they tempted me with a $2 table and I stocked up on some nice cotton to make dresses for the girls.

I love clothes tutorials and there are some fantastic ones out there.
I already knew how to make the pants pattern and have done it so many times in the past but this blog is very clear if you want to give it a go. I got Purple and Fuchsia for my little poppet and Black and Red pin cord for my Jaybe. I have started the pants but all my peskies are asleep and they look much better when modelled.
But my favourite was the cottons I found:I have split the fabrics between the 2 girls (poor Moo misses out this time) and am on the look out for more patterns. I started with this one and modified it by adding an empire line gather for Jaybe
She is so hard to fit for clothes that I made a dress form of her a couple of weeks ago ( that's what the dress is on:) , I don't know why I haven't done it sooner. I recommend it to anyone who has trouble fitting clothes and doesn't want to spend $300 on a dress maker dummy.I started on Carmens too! I went with an A line dress pattern I had made when Jordan was little, I love it. I use it for so many different dresses as it can be adjusted many times over. I made these for Carmen from the same pattern, she has a long sleeve T-shirt on underneath but that is the joy of these dresses, you can layer them when it is cold and when it is hot they make nice sun dresses

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fabric!!!

I have had a great day! There was a new Spotlight opening today about 5 minutes away from my house, so of course I wandered around (and met my Mama there) for a sticky beak.

There was a wandering 3 piece band entering the shop just as we did so we got played into the shop, I always like to make a big entrance ;)

Quilting fabric was 50% off and another $40 off with a voucher I got sent the day before *happy dance!*


Not all of those are from today, I went shopping the other week, Lincraft also had a 50% off sale so I bought up then too, My cache was looking very anaemic and needed fattening up.

I think I can easily say that the cache is good and fat now. Some of those will be bags, some will be quilts and some will just sit there waiting for the perfect project for them. I love thinking about all the possibilities these fabrics could end up being, the problem is narrowing it down......
I shall keep you posted :D

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stationery

Yesterday the eldest Pesky, Jordan, got a letter in the mail from a new pen pal. She was so excited, She has been looking for one for about 6 months now and had thought she had found one a few months ago but it just didn't happen. Then yesterday, out of the blue she get a letter from a girl her age from California. She was almost turning back flips, and thanks to her gymnastics classes that was close to being literal.

We decided to head to the shops and see if we could find a nice writing set because the only thing that can make getting a letter better is if its on nice paper (that's if you're like me, I tend to keep a letter that someone has gone to the trouble of hand writing for me and the only typed letters I get are bills o_o)
I am sad to say that there was very little available. We were so disappointed, so instead of buying something that she didn't really like we decided to make some ourselves and Jordan spent her pocket money on 2 friendship bracelets instead, one for her and one to send to her new friend.

I dug out our Paper stash (something that doesn't get used all that often and is a left over from our attempted scrapbooking) and started searching.

Apart from realising we have a lot of paper with birds on it I found some great paper that would be very easy to turn into some writing paper
I love my little paper cutter, it has been so handy (especially at school photo time, because they never come home cut up)I picked it up at a craft fair, on special, for $5. I have since seen it in a shop for $30, gotta love a bargain!
This is what I came up with:

We will use other papers over the weekend to make some more writing paper that takes more then just cutting to create :) We will be making some matching envelopes to go with it. Jordan was very happy with it.
What are you up to this weekend?