Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Popcorn Bloomer and Blouse GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Popcorn Bloomer and Blouse GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

This is so gorgeous and just the right size for Miss I!
Thursday, July 24, 2008

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Marina who has a lovely blog Wink Designs and has just had the most gorgeous baby girl! (almost as gorgeous as my 2!) So here goes...

What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was only 16 years old! I was in year 10 and although I thought I was very grown up I really had no idea! Nothing exciting to write about that really!

5 snacks you enjoy (in an ideal fat-free world)

Chocolate! Cheesecake! Chocolate! Brie Cheese! Chocolate! (did I say chocolate?!) oh and timtams!(chocolate really!)

5 snacks you enjoy (in the real world)

Phili on toast, mango, melon(watermelon and rockmelon), Chai latte, and probably chocolate too!

5 things you'd do if you were a billionaire

Build our dream home on our dream land (a few acres with gorgeous views) with my dream craft studio!

Buy a holiday home in Fiji and maybe another in Europe

Set up investment accounts for our girls (boring I know but my husband is in finance and wouldn't be happy if I missed that on out!)

Employ someone to do my housework! (more time to use my dream craft studio and spend time with my family!)

Travel the world first class and staying in the best hotels but still have days/weeks of really getting out among the local people! (family friendly of course!)

5 jobs you've had


maths and science tutor

collecting medical data for a PhD student

Cherry picking/sorting (sooooooo boring!)


3 habits you have

Staying up too late! (I love the quiet of the house when everyone else is in bed but always regret it when my girls wake me up in the morning!)

Biting my nails when I am nervous or stressed (you can tell how I am by the length of my nails!)

Leaving things to the last minute ( I have a list of things to do today which have to be done TODAY as I have left them so late!)

5 places you've lived

Lismore (I was born here)

Bristol, UK (worked there for about 8 months but came home to have Miss E)

Hobart (where I live now and have for most of my life!)

5 things you have to do today

change nappies (not the highlight of my day!)

bath children

feed baby

go to postoffice


5 people you want to know more about

My ancestors - I always wonder what they were like, If I am like any of them and what life was like for them!

One of my best friends boyfriend - She is living in the UK and I have never met him...I am yet to give my stamp of aproval!!

...I can't think of anyone else!

I would like to tag Pink Lizzy. She is always making new and wonderful creations! Head on over and check out what she is up to today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vintage Sheet Swap Update

Just a quick one to see ask those who haven't emailed me or put their emails in their comment to please email me so I have everyones contact details. I will email out my address soon.

And if you haven't signed up and are still interested there is still time! Drop me an email or leave a comment in the original sign up post!

I think last count we have over 20 participants so it will be exciting to see what everyone finds!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Op Shop Finds

I have had my mum visiting for the last week and a bit and I thought I would take advaintage of the extra pair of hands with the girls and take a trip to the op shop.

I was quite happy with my finds and left with a tea set for Miss E (probably a picnic set), some vintage sheets and pillowcases, 4 vintage knitting pattern books and 2 childrens books all for $14.90!

Miss Buttons

Isn't she just adorable!
Not bad for one nights work! I purchased this pattern a few weeks ago from here and I love it! I will definately use it again. Elsa loves her too. She took her to bed.
Sunday, July 20, 2008

This is...what makes me happy!

My girls, my husband, my family.

Even getting up for the 3rd time in one night to feed Miss I, when she smiles I am happy! Knowing that my family is happy makes me happy!
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Win this quilt!

WOW! Hows this for a give away!
Made with gorgeous Ginger Blossom fabric. Go have a look at Old Red Barn Co!

Ava Rose, Ginger blossom and more!

I thought I had better do another post pretty quickly so I don't scare too many people off coming back to my blog because of the horrible spider below!

This beautiful fabric deserves a post all of it's own anyway!

This is Ava Rose and she is just beautiful! I am going to use these to decorate my girls room. You know a couple of quilts, cushions, bunting, fabric boxes etc. Oh and this is just a small FQ pack I ordered from Fresh squeezed fabrics to see what they look like (and I am in LOVE) I have a HUGE parcel of all the range coming from the Fat Quarter Shop!

I ordered these few prints from the Ginger blossom Range when it first came out just because I liked it. I really had no idea what I was going to make with it but have now decided that I would like to make a floor quilt for Miss I to play on so I ordered a FQ pack with some other prints. (also from Fresh squeezed fabrics )

Oh I also got this pack of 1/2 yards. I think I will make this bag with it. We are having a bag challenge over in the EB Newbie Sewer group so I have a month to get it done!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This is...


I only joined 'this is...' last week and my very first post is late! I kind of forgot about it as I am not in any routine of doing it! Anyway here it is.

This is...what gives me goosebumps! (and not the good kind!)
Oh, I hate even having to post this picture! How that person can hold that spider in their hand I have no idea!!! I really am completely terrible with spiders!

Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Swap

On one of my blog browsing afternoons I dicovered oh Fransson and the swap she was organising. I would have loved to have taken part but I was much too late. So...I have decided to organise one through my blog and Essential Baby for those of us who missed out but think this is a great idea!

Register your interest below in a comment or email me at by the 31st July and I will send you my postal address. You then send me as many FQ's (18" x 22") cut from vintage sheets, pillowcases etc as you like along with a self addressed prepaid satchel (for those in Aus(3kg or 500g depending on how many you send). Anyone outside of Aus who would like to take part please email me so we can work out what the return postage will be) by the 31st August and in the first week of September I will send and assortment of FQ's (as many as you sent) back to you!

Sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths in 100% cotton or linen are preferable. Please no pre-quilted fabrics, solid colours or licenced characters
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Oh so Cute!

Pinata Pinafore GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

All you ladies with little girls have to go over to Grosgrain and see this little dress! So Cute!!
Monday, July 7, 2008

I LOVE this jumper!

It's it gorgeous! I love the lace pattern on the front and it is surprisingly easier than it looks! It is called Persephone's Tunic and I purchased the pattern from here.

I finished this much about ...hmmm... a month and a half ago! I really should get those sleeves finished to Miss I can wear it. the weather here seems to have finally hit winter (Yay! there is snow on the mountain!) and a jumper is just what she needs.

...So, when I have finished my swap beanie (which I am yet to take a photo of! Sorry!) I will get those sleeves finished!

Oh and I have a heap more tutorials to add to the list! I don't think realistically I will ever be able to make everything in the list but it is nice to have them all there to inspire me!
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ice Cream Social Frock Giveaway!!!!

Ice Cream Social Frock Giveaway!!!!

I LOVE this dress! It is so bold and so pretty! I think it would look just gorgeous on Miss E!
Friday, July 4, 2008

Tutorials Galore

Am I the only one who has HEAP and HEAPS of online tutorials or free patterns bookmarked or in their favourites! I have so many I really don't know where to start and I forget exactly what I have there!

...So I have decided to do a tutorial list in my blog as a way to organise it all and also so the rest of you may be able to find something special in my list that you haven't come across before. I was inspired by Lisa over at the Princess and the Monkey and her list of Tutorials.

So here goes!

Bags and Pouches
Zippered Lined Pouch
Pen Case
1 Hour bag
Jordy Bag
A-line Jordy Bag(based on Jordy Bag pattern above)
Boxy Red Bag
Clutch Purse with Antique pin closure
Cutout Handle Tote
Grocery Tote
Hobo Bag

Gingham Purse
Little Boxy Pouch
Lotus Bag
Messenger Bag
Signature Style Tote

Lindie Bag
Cherry Blossom Bag

Tiny happy Bag
Cosmetic bag
Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket
Spring Bag
A-Line Bag
Mini Duffles
Triangular Cosmetic Bag
Putting a Zipper Pocket in a bag
Hip Pockets Purse
Fold Away Tote
Wandering Sack
Singlet Style Shopping bag
Basket Bag
Kids Easy Beach Bag
Sleeper Bag
Mini Duffel Bag
Box Bag
Reversible Shoulder bag
Pleated Tote
Wrist Bag
Hip Mama Diaper Bag
Grocery Bag
Fabric Shopping Bag
Purse Organiser
My First Purse
A Bag out of Old Jeans
Mini Tote
Pleated Tote
Little Shopping Bag
Classic Tote
Nice Big Shoulder Bag
Kiddie Messenger Bag
Basic Purse
Amy Butler Yoga Bag
Change Purse
Quilted Wallet
Piggy Bank Purse
Plastic Coated Tote
Vintage Pillowcase Lunchbox

For Kids
Button Shirt to Toddler Dress
Matching Pants (for above dress)
Childs Sleevless Top
Elastic Waist Pants
Fabric Teapot
Peasant Blouse
Shirred Dress/Top
Childs Smock Top
Crayon Roll
Crayon Roll 2
Pillowcase Dress
Pillowcase Dress 2
Coloured Pencil Roll
Ruffled Skirts
Twirly Skirts
Kimono Wrap
Sunny Day Dress and Top
Bath Mit
Elastic Dress
Eddie Cap
Super Hero Cape
Tiered Skirt
Washcloth Puppets
Fairy Wings
Pettiskirts 2
Notebook and Pencil Holder
Pencil Case Roll up
Hair Clips
Simple Ruffled Skirt
Kids Pants
Halter Top/Dress
Summerlin Dress
Kidlet - Wall Pocket Tidy Tote
Wrap Dress

For Baby
Itty Bitty Baby Dress
Bitty Booties
Cloth Baby Shoes
Felt Baby Shoes
Baby Sling
Soft Baby Shoes
Tube Sling
Mai Tei
Bird Mobile
Simple Baby Pants
Applique Baby Clothes
Simple Baby Hat
Baby Yoga Pants
Nursery Wall Decor
Baby Ball
Soft Baby Cube
Cosy Quick Blankie
Fitted Cot Sheets
Fitted Cot Sheets 2
Baby Leg Warmers
Fifties Bib
Bib with Sleeves
Fleece Hats
Baby Blocks
Baby Rings
Appliqued Onesie
Diaper and Wipes Case
Basic Bib
Another Basic Bib
Burp Cloths
Taggie Blanket
Baby Kimono
French Sewing Patterns
Japanese Sewing Patterns (Click on Green buttons to get pattern)
Simple Patchwork Ball

For Me (ie. womens clothing)
Peasant Skirt
Tie Top Tank
Eight Dollar Dress
Circle Skirt
Shirred Dress/Top
Maternity Belly Band
Maternity Skirt
Wrap Skirt
Serger Robe

For Him

Easy Retro Apron
BBQ Apron
Chefs Apron
Girls Apron
Quick and Easy Apron
Ruffle Apron
Dishtowel Apron
Reversible Half Apron
Kids Apron

Sock Elephant
Sock Dog
Sock Frog
Sock Monkey
Ruby Doll
Black Apple Doll
Sock Monster
Toddler Touchy Worm
Chibi Kitty and Rabbit
Felt Strawberry
Itty Bitty Oddity
Simple Monster Softie
Wee Bunny
Silly Girl

Knitting Needle Roll
Car Litter bag
Pin Cushion
Fabric Buckets
How to make a Yo-Yo
Fabric Covered buttons
Crochet Hook Case
Tissue Holder

Tissue Holder 2
Tissue Holder 3
Birthday Bunting
Toteable Towel
Camera Case
Ric Rac Dahlias
Sweet Greetings Portfolio
Reusable Sandwich wrap
Business Card Keeper
Lavender Eye Pillow
Water Bottle Carrier
Tin Can Cover
Needle Case
Passport Sleeve
Ribbon Dispenser
Ribbon Rosettes
Embroidered Covered Buttons
Zakka Style Owl Pennant
Wheat Sacks
Rice Heat Therapy Bags
Super Easy Key Chains
Amy Butler Silhouettes
Car Organiser
Headband Collection
Another Headband
Fabric Card Holder
Knitting Needle Case
Patchwork Pincushion
Fabric Flowers
Christmas Trees in Denim
Fabric Basket
Super Simple Camera Case

For the Home
Criss-Cross Coasters
Simple Coasters
Pyramid Door Stop
CD Coasters
Armchair Holder
Memory Board
Dishtowel Potholder
Corkboard/Wall Pocket
Storage Basket
Puppet Style Oven Mitts
9 Patch Doorstop

Wonky Log Cabin
Amy Butlers Nigella Quilt
Amy Butlers Lotus Quilt
Amy Buttlers Belle Quilt
Amy Butlers Charm Quilt
Amy Butlers Ginger Bliss Quilt
Bunny Applique Doll Quilt

Sewing How To's
Gathering with a Serger
Monograming Without an embroidery machine

Blossom Baby Dress

Baby Blanket and Ball

Embroidery Organiser
Embroidery Stitches
Embroidered Dishtowels
Connect the Dot Pillows

Other Crafts

Cardboard Playhouse
Paper Dolls
Glitter Playdough

Edited to Add-
5/7/08 - Kidlet-Wall Pocket Tidy Tote, Notepaper, Envelope, Plasic Coated Tote, Cardboard Playhouse, 9-Patch Doorstop, Vintage Pillowcase Lunchbox, Bunny Applique Doll Quilt, Fabric Basket, Super Simple Camera Case, Japanese Sewing Patterns, Monograming without an embroidery machine, simple patchwork ball, Wrap Dress, Blossom Baby Dress, Embroidery Organiser

The Toy Society

I came across this blog last week and I just think it is a brilliant and fun idea so I had to share it with you!
The basic idea of the Toy Society is that toys(softies) are placed in random places around various cities and whoever finds them gets to take them home and keep them! Just spreading softie love! It is happening in various cities in Australia and recently some readers from other countries have decided to join in! So head on over and check it out!

Pictures taken with permision from the Toy Society blog.

Knit, Knit, Knit

My week has been quite full of knitting! Well as much as it can be with two little girls to look after! I am taking part in a "We've got you covered" swap over on Ravelry in the Australian Knitters group and I remembered at the beginning of the week (or was it the end of last week?) that it had to be sent off soonish! So I went in search of a pattern and yarn! I happened to get the only man in the swap (I am pretty sure he won't be looking here so I think I am safe in saying that!) so I managed to find some thing I think is suitable. I decided on this pattern in grey with a couple of green stripes (two colours he said he liked).

Before I remembered about the swap I managed to finish Miss E's cable beanie. I am quite pleased with it as my first attempt at cables. They weren't nearly as complicated as I thought they would be. Miss E loves the hat! She has even worn it to bed a few times!
The lovely yarn is from Monsoon Designs over at Yarn Collective. It is lovely and soft!


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