Saturday, 11 May 2013

mother's day 2013...

Mother's day has rolled around for another year, and like I said last year I want to take a photo of me and my darling child each year.

Here are some cute photos of our day playing in the backyard on a Sunny Sunday afternoon.

Then to finish, one with Dad.

You are the sweetest darling little girl Summah, and I love you to the moon and back.  I'm glad to be your Mumma and love the fun we have together.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

gift bag tutorial no.2...

Happy gift bag making!! these will be used at Christmas time for my gifts to friends and family, instead of traditional gift wrap. 

This week my kindness gift was given in one of these bags and it was a jar of homemade apricot jam...yummmy!!!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, 6 May 2013

an everyday knit top...

What started out as four amazing fabrics in a remnant bin
are now being created into winter clothes for me.
1. orange knit - long sleeve winter top, cost: $8.50
2. bronze/brown knit - top or leggings (if it's long enough), cost: $7.20
3. Black - a skirt, but maybe cushions for my lounge now?, cost: $8.00
4. Grey/black wool - front panel in a winter jacket, cost $12.50 (completed)

this is the back to my top

Next up on the sewing list was my orange long sleeve top, here is how I cut out my lay my favourite tops out or two in this case and cut around with my roller cutter. No purchased pattern required in here! as I watched my mother do the very same thing through out my childhood, I must have picked up a thing or too from watching.

finished product, from the front - I added a pocket to break up the orange, thinking about adding a bit more length in the front too, this will balance out the tail length.

back view, and Summah photo booming....(oops! bombing, mind and hands not communicating to well today :) )

If my daughter is going to photo bomb, why not get a decent photo of us both?! (at this point I noticed the neighbour was cleaning his camper van just above me... awkward!)

Off to make my leggings now.


Sunday, 5 May 2013

I made a jacket!!!...

I have completed my first lined, jacket without a pattern to follow, just logical thinking and playing around with ideas in my head.

The out come has been a success! 
When I say no pattern...I didn't buy one from the shop and follow it, instead I fished out two jackets in my wardrobe and used them as a guideline.
I cut out my pieces, and stitched away to every moment I had free with out Summah climbing over me or the cat for that matter.

How did the idea of making a jacket ever enter my head??? 
it was all because I visited a fabric shop last week, browsed the remnant bin and found 4 fabulous fabrics that I could make winter clothes from.

They were bargains, 3 out of 4 were less than $10 and decent sized pieces.
The front panel on my jacket was most expensive as it is wool this cost me $12.50. The black fabric on my jacket was $5, lining $5 the ribbing was an expensive wool cardigan that shrunk in the wash and I held onto it, and I'm glad I did!! 
A new winter jacket for less than $25 and no one else has one like it!

My new winter jacket, and yes I checked that I could fit a jersey on underneath to layer up.

On to the next new piece of clothing.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

a suitcase toy box revamp...

This week we are getting some new occasional chairs for our lounge and I wanted to disguise the toys that sit in the corner of our lounge room. 
I dislike messy looking toys, yet I am aware that I have a small child in the house, so I need to let her explore and play with them when she pleases.
Therefore I can not remove them completely from our lounge but at least I can pack them away tidy at night and now shut a lid on them, so when I sit and relax I'm not looking at a pile of messy toys.

This is the solution I came up with:

My two finished suitcase's, one for general toys and one for dress-up/doll's clothes, perfect solution to a messy toy area.

(I'm not the first person to discover the beauty of a fabric covered suitcase, there are many others, but these are mine.)

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