Sorry I'm so late at getting this post up, we ducked up to Spotlight to grab some of their new mushroom print fabric - don't walk...RUN to Spotlight and grab some if you're into Japanese prints...it's just such nice quality, so thick and lush.
Thanks to my two little assistants - the winner of the sewing RAK is Judith Hunt and the scrapping RAk winner is Ann Lederhose. If you could both email me (email@example.com) your addresses I will post them out on Monday :O)
Sharmaine just tagged me as I was doing this post, so I'd better answer it now before I forget (I'm really hopeless with tags).
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet, current car) Muffin CRV
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream, favorite cookie) Chocolate Brownie
3. YOUR FLY “GUY/GIRL” NAME: (first initial first name, first 3 letters last name) M Goo
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Whale
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Joy Franklin
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters last name, first 2 letters first name) Goo-me
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink and add” the”) The Red Tea
8. NASCAR NAME: (first names of your grandfathers) Nat David
9. STRIPPER NAME: (favorite perfume, favorite candy) Beautiful chocolate (LOL)
10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s and father’s middle names) Barbara Audley
It's the school disco tonight, so we've been hair straightening, nail polishing and arguing over what Bella is wearing. I thought a dress would be nice - but she wanted to wear black tights, black top, black nail polish (which we don't even own!) and her fluffy knee high boots. Well, that wasn't happening - so we've compromised - the black top with a pair of 3/4 jeans, summer shoes and pink sparkly nail polish. We're both happy!
Hooly dooly - 70 comments in my last post! I've really enjoyed reading little bits and pieces about everybody - I'm sorry that I don't have that many RAKs/give aways for everyone....Everybody's name has been written out and put in the appropriate hat ready for tomorrow's draw (I'll get James and Bella to draw out in the morning and post here then) :O)
Before I go, a little of last night's sewing - arggh I didn't realise just how much fluff cutting out towelling can make, my knitted cardigan and my navy mat were both coated with bits of white fluff - just to line one little doll nappy. I'll be cutting on the floor boards next time and wearing a cotton top!
These are actually for monkey - a night time pair to wear to bed, every monkey needs a night time nappy right?! But monkey went to school with Bella today so Baby born had to be my nappy model for the photo.
A little tissue holder for Bella and monkey to share - I'm in love with the monkey fabric!
The fabric was from Patchwork on Central Park. They have some really nice new Japanese fabrics in store at the moment. The mushroom one is available from spotlight too (how cool is that!) but I bought it before I saw the catalogue.
Also - Retro Mummy (my favourite Japanese fabric shop) is having a sale and a lot of the Japanese fabrics have been reduced to $5 (a quarter) if you are looking for some cute fabric. This is an Aussie shop but Corrie ships worldwide (I think - I think? I am pretty sure).
Meet Bella's new monkey. My Mum came across her at a garage sale last week and the new member of the family hasn't left Bella's side since. She came with us to the movies, she eats with us at the table, goes to bed with Bella and now has her own car (some box work that Bella did for her).
Last night Bella told me that this monkey really needs her own set of clothes, so I started by stitching a nappy for her using the free tutorial pattern here. It's a great pattern, really fast (5 minutes to cut out and 5 minutes to sew). For the monkey I didn't add a seam allowance when cutting but I'm going to make a couple more out of towelling and fabric for Baby Born and I can see that the seam allowance will be needed here to make them fit nicely. This morning I sewed the little top and head band - excuse the ever so wonky stitching lines, I was going like a mad thing on the sewing machine!
The fabric was from a pressie that Clair sent me (thanks Clair!).
I hope you like the RAK's/giveaways that I've put together below. My stats have gone really high over the last couple of weeks so I'd love to know who's reading my little blog out there :O) Just leave a comment by Friday night (tomorrow night) and I'll get Bella and James to draw out a couple of names - I'd love to know a bit about you, where you are from, what crafts you enjoy etc.. when you post in the comments.
There are two - a scrapbooking gift (including a few very small pieces of fabric) and a sewing one - don't forget to tell me which one you would like to be in the draw for in the comments.
I really love the Jenni Bowlin bird rubons in this pack and the MM Christmas accents.
A few different pieces of fabric, sorry that they don't all match together nicely, I would have liked them too but it didn't work out like that :O(
A couple of layouts that I did for the Aussie Scrap Source Blog challenge that's up at the moment - We R Memory Keepers Taglines.
This layout is of Bella on our Queensland holiday. I've listed her most favourite things from the holiday. The second layout is a photo from our camping trip at Easter time - farout can you believe it's only 3 months until Christmas!!??
I have the giveaways/RAKs ready for posting on here (I'll do that tomorrow once I take a pic). I've made up two - one for scrapbookers and one for sewers :O)
It's quiet here - Rich has gone to Sydney for a few days (training course) so I'll be jamming in lots of scrapbooking/sewing each night. Just about to sew up some really easy peasy nappies for Bella's monkey toy. I'll share the tutorial link tomorrow once I see how they go - I think they will be super for all the baby born dolls out there :O)
Have a good night.
Last night's stitching. Some little tissue covers to pop away for Christmas presents. These are so super easy to sew - I used Belinda's 5 minute tutorial and added some ribbon along the edges. They seriously do take 5 minutes!!
I forgot to share a pic of some yummy fabric that I bought, designed by Melbourne based designer, Lara Cameron. It's so thick and yummy..not sure exactly what I'm going to stitch with it yet though. Lara also has a really cool tutorial for a tissue box cover on her blog at the moment to check out.
We trotted off to the movies yesterday to see Evan Almighty (which we all really enjoyed). James' asthma went considerably down hill in the afternoon though and so we had a little visit to the after hours doctor. He has another infection brewing, so more antibiotics for that and some redipred. His morning and night preventer meds were increased when he had his first round of bronchitis just before the holidays started, so we were all disappointed that with all the ventolin and his stronger preventer that his asthma was so severe yesterday. He has been on three puffs every two hours...hopefully today once the other meds kick in we can bring that back to 2 puffs every four hours, but this morning his chest is still quite tight. It's frustrating when I've tried to keep him out of the cold/wind all holidays and also ensured that he hasn't been overexerting himself etc.. etc.. Today was their first day back at school after the holidays, but he's snuggled on the couch at the moment..maybe tomorrow - we'll see.
Oh yes, and more Japanese craft pics. This will be the last of the pics - there are loads more in the book but I mustn't share the entire book on here :o)
I got to have a play with the new Paper Trunk papers and stamps (Batik range) for a challenge over on the Aussie Scrap Source Blog. They are the most gorgeous papers, so luscious and thick in texture and being a 'red and chocolate' fan of paper I really did love working with them. The alpha stamps are cool too, I didn't have any nice large alpha stamps so I was a very happy camper to be able to add these to my scrapping stash.
You can check out the other layouts by everyone else here.
Now, more Japanese craft pics :O)
And...this will be myself and Kama this afternoon when we hit the shops looking for outfits to wear to Miss Bonnie's christening:
This carefully wrapped package arrived in the mail late yesterday - a present from the lovely Nicole. I won a RAK over on her blog last week, the goodies are so delightful and very me with the red spotty felt (how cute is the birdie tag!). That got me thinking about the huge amount of blog kindness that goes on out there in the big ol' cyber world. I've received so many gorgeous and heartfelt gifts from many blog girls across the country in this last year so, as a thankyou I'm going to do a couple more RAKs/giveaways on my blog too (next week).
Back to Nic's RAK for me - it's scrummy hey! Thanks so much Nic, I love it :O)
Here is a bit of free linky tutorial love too - I will update these in my sidebar over the next day.
I think there are a couple of new ones in my side bar too that I forgot to mention on here. Some of these links are from Lissy - she always emails me THE best links!!
Also in the post - this scrummy yummy bag that I bought from Melly and Me - from their Etsy Shop sale that they're having at the moment (the link is on their blog). This also came beautifully wrapped with a handmade card - I am a big sucker for packaging!
I'm sorry - just one Japanese craft pic for today - Rich has our camera at work and it takes too long to scan...but tomorrow I'll share more :O)
P.S. Sarah has some scrummy new stamp sets on her blog for sale, the designs are gorgeous :O)
We've been having a play with some paper mache. James and Bella have been slowly working up layers of paper on a couple of little bowls - still a few more coatings to go before they can paint away.
Last night I did some more stitching on Oscar's bag. I can't decide whether to use a nice red/white spot fabric inside the bag for the lining or whether to go for a light blue denim to match the embroidery...what do you think??
Be prepared for Japanese craft photo overload here over the next couple of days due to my little poll results :O) Which is fabulous really because I might not have a lot of crafting to share over the next week as I have a lot of scrapbooking projects that I need to catch up on for next month's Tarisota including a limited edition and teckni.
Today's pics from the book......
Slowly stitching Oscar's tote bag for Christmas. This was inspired from a pic in my new Japanese craft book 'All your kids need'.
I was originally going to do the applique (see the other photo below from the book) but I couldn't locate the fusible webbing last night (and I have no patience whatsoever) so I started stitching some simple designs instead. Perhaps not as sweet as the original project, but I'm hoping it will look okay when I'm done.
Would you like to see more photos of this Japanese craft book? Would you, would you?? Or not :O) Because I found this spiffy little poll that you can pop on your blog and thought I'd give it a whirl for fun. So, please vote, because it is my first poll and all ... I promise not to become addicted to poll adding on here.
Somehow the poll has ended up a few extra categories other than YES/No - lol - oops!
P.S. If you are reading this post in bloglines, the poll won't appear - you need to go to my actual blog if you'd like to vote :O)
This morning we got up early (well, early for the school holidays) and headed to McDonald's for breakfast. I had my usual weetbix and milk before we left, but James and Bella were hanging out for pancakes with syrup and butter. We don't really go to McDonalds anymore, so this was a real treat for them both. James doesn't like most of the food there and the nuggets seem to bring on his migraines, but the pancakes went down very nicely.
Last night's stitching for Bonnie - the house from my new Softies book.
The kids had a fabulous time flying the kites yesterday! Here are some photos from the day.
I've been wanting this new softies book (available here at fishpond.com.au) since it was first released a little while back. But, I admit that I've been hesitating because as pretty as it looks online, I really wanted to see inside the book before buying.
Yesterday we took a drive up to Book City in Hobart and there was the Softie book sitting on the shelves. It's beautiful, it's scrummy, the patterns look simple and straight forward (I love simple and straight forward!) and now I have it in my hot little hands and can't stop drooling. James wants me to make him the lizard and Bella can't decide between one of the monkeys and a zillion other things.
Last night I started work on two projects. A little house softie out of my new book to go with Bonnie's birthday present next month and a denim bag (with the red embroidery) that I fell in love with out of my Japanese Craft Book from Jade.
James bought a 'how to draw' book from Book City and the two of them have been drawing/sketching and haven't really moved from the table since we arrived home (except when I dragged them up to Spotlight this morning lol).
Which leads me to my fabric purchases from Spotlight. My sister bought some of these prints yesterday and I fell in love with the strawberry print as soon as I saw it, so off we toddled today to stock up.
I'm not sure what I'll do with the skull and crossbones one, but Bella was begging for it so we bought 1/4 metre to keep for a rainy day.
I love this last one!! It's really really lovely in real life, much nicer than the photo.
Okay, see you tomorrow. We're off kite flying now with a friend and her children - that's kite flying with her home made kites (yep, she made kites with her kids in the holidays, cool hey!)
I'm finding these really little pencil and notebook holders really easy and quick to sew. Once I had my fabric cut out last night, it one only took about 20 minutes to stitch up. This one is for Oscar (my great nephew) for Christmas. Those pencils in there are just dodgy old ones that I had and used for the photo- I'll buy a nice new packet for him :O)
I really love this sweet little bear fabric.
Speaking of Mr Oscar, we had him and Bonnie up for a play yesterday. He spent his entire time in the cubby house - or club house as he called it.
Today we went to the local market where Mum had a stall. I scored this vintage linen table cloth which will be shortly chopped up for a sewing project :O)
Oh, and here are a few more shares from my new favourite book from my previous post.
That's what I was saying yesterday when the postman arrived. This beautiful Japanese craft book arrived from the lovely Jade after I won a RAK giveaway on her blog. It's THE most beautiful book I own. There are so many beautiful bags and ideas for kids inside (ISBN978-4-579-11133-6).
So, last night I had a list as long as my arm of things I wanted to stitch from the book. After being inspired by Jude's early homemade Christmas gifts, I decided to have a go at One Red Robin's notebook/pencil holder tutorial. I've been wanting to make one of these since I first saw the tutorial and well, Jude got my butt into action - so here's my first Chrissie present to put away for Bella. I'm going to make a few more too, one for James, Oscar and maybe my two teenage nieces, I just need to decide on my fabric choices. They were super easy - this one only has a slot for nine pencils (it's supposed to be 10) because I didn't quite have enough width in my fabric, so I had to cut it down a bit.
I'm actually going to buy some nice scented pens (if I can find them) and put in the pencil slots and ofcourse a notebook where I've got her mini album sitting.
The idea for the little felt monkey face came out of my new Japanese book. I wasn't sure what glue would hold felt nicely without showing through, so I stitched the monkey in place. Does anybody know what sort of glue would be suitably to use?
Here's a pic from the book:
Some other beautiful mail that arrived yesterday - a RAK from the gorgeous Petrina. How funky is this paper for scrapping, I adore the red and pink combo. Petrina screen printed these herself, I wish I was that clever.
Some new favourite photos from today of the kiddies:
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.