Showing posts from May, 2013

13 in '13 Challenge

I don't know why it took me so long to find this book. It is a novel about War told from a very unusual angle. It took a little while for me to warm up to the unusual writing style but it is fabulous and whilst I didn't cry at the end (I was in the dentist's waiting room with Aden!!) the places it takes your mind and thoughts is....well scary and sad. I'll be passing this on to both my Mum and sister. I think they will enjoy it too.
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH. It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter…

Blogger Boogie.....Fail

Another Blogger Boogie fail...sorry Miss Dove!!! I'll try better for next week!

Today was a lovely day for bike riding. I was stuck inside with a tummy bug and writing report card comments. These songs were ringing in my head....get it....RING RING!!

Birthday boogie

You know that friend that you can not see for weeks and then your 'free day' aligns and you manage a catch up and a girly chat, while the kids play at your feet, and it is like you were talking to them just yesterday? I have one of those and she is kinda special.

I wish we had more free time to catch up, although we are now a car trip apart rather than a plane flight  and we do get to see each other more than we used to we still don't get to visit often enough for my liking!

I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids and if I didn't have so many sisters she would have been there for me too (I regret that a little. I should have made room for her too...sorry xx)

We share our lives, our ups and downs. We share our children when we visit and treat each others kids like our own. We share similar parenting styles (boys will be boys!) and we love to have a laugh and a gossip!

Today is her birthday and sadly it is not a 'free day' for either of us and so we wil…

Weekender Bag - progress - internal pockets and piping

Thanks for your help with the fabric choices for my weekender bag. I've gone with the first option, one of my favourites from Kate Spain!
Of course I can never follow a pattern properly and started arse-about with the lining! After reading many blog posts on the weekender bag and talking to some of my favourite experts in the sewing field, I felt that internal elastic pockets on both side were the way to go. I like the little zippered ones people are adding too but I think the elastic open pockets will be more useful to us.
I used Summer House by Lily Ashbury for the lining. Each of the internal pockets are a simple rectangle about 10" x 24", folded over 1/4 inch twice, to make a casing for 3mm elastic. Gathering stitches added to the bottom to pull it in. Iron a fold down the centre of each piece to match them up and pin all the way around. I sew my basting stitches very close to the raw edge so that it won't be seen in the final seam and I use a regular stitch le…

Fairy Tale Dress ups!

I totally had my work cut out for me to get these done in time!
Three 2am finishes in a row saw them all done......just! It was all my fault though I couldn't decide if we actually needed to go dressed up and then at the last possible moment, while in Spotlight, I decided yes we should! The $5 pattern sale certainly helped!

I'm super happy with how the boys outfits turned out but mine was a bit of a flop....well the hat definitely was! The instructions didn't even make sense so I winged it and was disappointed with the results. If I ever have to wear this again (or if anyone wants you borrow it you're welcome) I'll be making a cardboard hat and covering it in fabric to get the same look.
Despite 3 weeks or more of trying to convince Aden is go as a dragon to fit in with the 'Fairy Tale theme' he wouldn't budge. He had to go as a dinosaur!

He did make a pretty cute Dinosaur and had a great time playing/fighting with his cousin til it was dark and cold…

A new challenge and a fabric decision!

My sister turned 31 this weekend and my Mum wanted to go see 'Hot Shoe Shuffle' at the theatre for an early Mother's Day treat. So I packed up the boys and headed into town.

The show was great! It kinda makes you wish you could tap dance!

Aden was all set with his little Thomas suitcase, but on packing our bags for just one night I realised that other than our large suitcase we had nothing to take our clothes in!

Lucky I had obviously foreseen the future and had ordered the Amy Butler Weekender Bag the week before at 40% off bringing the pattern to just $13.40! It arrived on Friday and I'm itching to try it out! Oh and a little bag challenge I have going with some online sewing friends is great incentive too!

I have spent the last 3 hours reading and researching all the little tips, tricks and reviews out there in blog land.....and now I'm divided between the beautiful bags I've pinned on Pinterest and all the scary reviews about how difficult the bag is to…