Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Dress

Thought I'd be diligent and upload a picture of Matilda's dress that I've made for the wedding.

It's a New Look pattern 6693 (View A) and I used Aqua Ribbon Dance (Stonehill Collection by Donna Wilder) to make it - reasoning that if I was going to buy this readymade in a kids boutique I'd be unlikely to get much change from $100. And I ended up getting the fabric in Spotlight's finish the bolt sale at a discount!
The dress has passed the twirl test and I will post pictures of Matilda in it once we get back from the wedding and associated travels!

Tonsils haven't killed me (yet)!

Well I am finally emerging from my 4th lot of tonsillitis this year. I have been having a good week and then a bad week and this is a good week (so far)! I have been checking out my usual blogs but haven't really felt inspired to write anything here (since pictures of me lounging sick on the couch in my pj's aren't really that flattering)!

I have been crafting durig the good weeks - I made the invitations for my sister-in-law's wedding. I have been debating about making these for people other than family, perhaps as kits that the happy couple can assemble themselves (which is what I have done for the three sister-in-law's weddings). People I talk to about this think it's a fabulous idea - I'm just not sure...

...I have sewn a dress for Matilda to wear to the wedding and also whipped up a pencil roll for Matilda to keep her amused when we are on holidays to attend the wedding!

I am also about to enter into a self-imposed craft-free zone (apart from a couple of indulgences). My course notes have arrived and I am officially back studying to complete my Masters degree (as of Monday). I have two more subjects to do to complete my course and I have to do them this year since it will be 10 years since I started it (but I have also lived overseas for 3 years and had two children in that decade so it's not as slack as it sounds)!!
I couldn't help myself - I have signed up for a virtual Quilting Bee which starts in March which should be fun. It's not my month until January 2011 so plenty of time to decide what I want and I like the idea of being chllenged with my quilting since I have yet to sew anything that isn't a square!

We have also been getting into our garden. I have been trying to get rid of the blackberries but have been unsuccessful since we have just picked these from the garden. I'll wait until they've fruited and then continue on my mission. Kelvin did seem to enjoy his mouthful of berries!

Anyway, things are probably going to be very quiet around here for the next little bit - especially since we'll be out of the country for a few weeks to attend Meg and Ben's wedding.