Sunday, June 21, 2009

Acquisitions & Back to Work

I'm back to work tomorrow after 9 months at home with Kelvin (and Matilda). I'm looking forward to it and look forward to drink a cuppa while it's still hot (probably with Jo) and going to the toilet when the urge strikes (and going by myself)! I needed some new clothes for work so that was my project for last week - clothes shopping, which I detest. I managed to find some great stuff and am happy about my new work wardrobe.

I have been reading the Wardrobe Refashion blog of late but can't quite bring myself to sign up just yet - especially since I will be having my lunch hours free to wander the shops and have precious little time to sew. But I do find myself looking at my existing wardrobe differently and have found myself wandering around Op Shops more than I used to. I bought some stuff during the week...

From left to right (top then bottom) - a doona cover and pillow cases (to be resized for a single bed), some pretty girly fabric (envisage a floaty empire-ish summer dress for Matilda), some very bright floral fabric (no plan in mind), a pillowcase with fun tropical fabric (maybe a summer top for me or a shirt for Kelvin), a cute vintage sheet in pink and green (not sure about it's final reincarnation), a couple of fabrics that I just liked (wil no plans) and some stripey trousers (to be restyled as trousers for Matilda and maybe a skirt too). Not sure how successful I'll be in achieveing these things but I can always dream!

Also, my jelly roll arrived from QuiltQua - some lovely primary colours so I'll have to decide on what they will become. This was a giveaway win -lucky me!

I'd recommend you head over to QuiltQua to check out their site - they have a great giveaway's page!

We've also been visiting family on the North West Coast. We spent an afternoon at Tasmazia with my Grandma. I managed to snap this cute picture of Matilda and Trev - Tilds is wearing my scarf and her new birthday coat, a very stylish child!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Matilda!

Matilda turned three today - doesn't time fly!

She has gone from this...
to this...She had a fabulous day with lots of mail, lots of phone calls and then a party with some friends. We braved the grey day and had the party at the playground around the corner. One of her friends came home and they played together all afternoon.She wore her new "Mum-built" skirt for her party (in the photo above). I made it from this tutorial and think it works reall well in corduroy for winter - toasty warm over stockings or leggings! And they ate "Mum-built" cake at the party - a giraffe chocolate cake (from the original Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Cookbook).

As for the tutu I made her - she happily unwrapped it and said "oh wow, another one"! Amazing the workings of a 3 year old mind.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Fabulous Giveaway!

I've just stumbled upon a very generous fabric giveaway at The Fabric Shopper.

They have teamed up with Whipstitch Fabrics and they want you to design your own fat quarter bundle! Choose up to 12 fabrics from the shop with a unifying element or theme to tie them together. There will be 2 winners! Each winner will receive her (or his) designer bundle. One winner will be chosen randomly and the other winner will be chosen by Deborah of Whipstitch Fabrics! The one chosen by Deborah will have her (or his) bundle put in the shop for sale as well!

So hop over there and have a go at designing you're own collection of great fabrics (although that will lessen my chance of winning but I'm happy to share the love)! Good luck.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Birthday Presents FOUND!

You've got to hand it to the curious Matilda - she found her birthday tutu yesterday (in my sewing room whilst I was pulling weeds in the garden and Trev was on the phone). I'd made them using the fabulous tutorial here (and the tulle is much, much nicer to work with than the nylon netting I've used before)!
I was really disappointed but she was ecstatic!

She also found the tutu I'd made for her Cabbage Patch Doll so they were both wearing these around the house for most of the afternoon.

Needless to say, they have been put away again (in a much better hiding place this time) until Saturday when she will have to unwrap them and pretend to be surprised!

Monday, June 8, 2009

SEWN giveaway drawn...

Well, 139 possible winners and the random number generator came up with the number 40.
Who's that you ask? Congrats to Laurie who will have a Prints Charming knocking on her door very soon!

Thanks to everyonoe who entered and to those who have joined up as a follower of my blog! I have just finished a tutu for my daughter for her birthday on Saturday, with a matching one for her Cabbage Patch Doll so will post about that when I get a chance. Dissapointingly she found them in my sewing room this morning and couldn't wait until Saturday so there will be photos!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Works in Progress

I have decided to make Matilda a twirly corduroy skirt to wear over the winter. I have been oggling this dress at Pumpkin Patch (and have been oggling at the price tag too!!)......then along came this tutorial and a combination of stash fabric and some co-ordinating plains and I'm hoping to have it finished by the weekend (just need to hem it and put in the elastic).
I have also decided to make a stacked coin cot quilt for a friends baby using the tutorial at The Moda Bakeshop. I have bought my fabrics and cut the coins and hope to spend tomorrow evening at my sewing machine joining these together. I'm using a mix of Prints Charming, Amy Butler, 3 Sisters and Anna Griffin fabrics which I'm loving since I couldn't get hold of any charm packs that I really, really liked. These fabrics are feminine without being to cute so I'm hoping the discerning mother-to-be will like the quilt. Decided to make a smaller quilt to practice my machine quilting before attempting my massive first quilt!! And Sarah has challenged me to a "Stacked Coins" quilt-off - just the motivation I need!
Thanks to everyone who has put their names in the hat for my SEWN giveaway (see previous post) - please remember to leave a means of contact so that I can let you know if/when you win!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The SEWN Launch Party

OK, this is my first giveaway since I started blogging a few months ago. I feel like I need to join in the generosity that is floating about out there in blog land and to help celebrate the launch of SEWN on 8 June 2009!

I will be giving away one fat eight's bundle - the winner will get to chose between an Amy Butler pack or a Prints Charming pack. I'm pretty new to quilting but I have fallen in love with both of these ranges and am about to start a "stacked coin quilt" that uses these fabrics, along with some Moda Aviary fabrics.

All you need to do to be in the running is comment on this post before the 8 June. Tell me a little something about yourself and also which of the two bundles you'd prefer! Happy to post overseas so the more the merrier!! Also, since I have precious few followers - join up and follow my slightly mundane blog and you'll get an extra chance to win!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lucky Duck

Yippee - I have just won my first blogging giveaway! I went a bit crazy last week, blog surfing after discovering the SewMamaSew May Giveaway Day. I've won a Moda Jellyroll from QuiltQua!! I'm very excited!

I have also been pretty interested in the SEWN Launch Party Giveaways at this link so maybe I'll have a bit of a lucky run?? I'm actually thinking about having my own giveaway as part of this and will think about that tomorrow when I head into my quilt shop of choice and pick fabric for the back of my quilt!

Yippee! Lucky me!!