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