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......
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, go camping in our vintage caravan, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & veg out at home.