I have now made all 4 kids one of these pictures for their rooms. I really love the little cars - this cutter wasn't as easy as the butterfly one to use as I had to just hope for the best as to what was going to actually be on the cut out. I could actually see precisely what I was going to get with the butterfly one. Live and learn ...
Megan gets back today! Yay! And she will find her pretty pink and girlie butterfly picture waiting in her room for her, my worry is that she would have preferred little Jolly Rogers on hers ... alas, it doesn't matter how much I try, my Megan will never be a 'girlie girl'! :)
And the most exciting news is my big boy, Benjamin lost his first tooth last night! You can not imagine the fever pitched excitement in our home! Well perhaps you can ... take a look at this face .... :)
This face cracks me up every time!
Have a great day ... we are off to blow the Tooth Fairy takings at the local lolly shop!
I just couldn't help myself I just had to show you this fun, easy & quick crafty thing to do before I go to bed. I first saw this at Kirsten's who directs you to Ali Edwards where you will find the original directions, her blog really is terrific - take a look!
This would have to be one of the quickest things I have ever made - only about an hour to do. I used a Carla Craft paper cutter of a butterfly and a magazine - as I am a self confessed magazine junkie there was NO WAY I was going to use one from my collection so I bought a Notebook mag and chopped it to pieces! They are raised slightly using double stick mounting tape and there you have it!
Hey it's 1.45am and I have finished my first project for the day ... or is that 1.45am and I have finished my 4th project for yesterday???
well that is when I actually get to sleep ... last night I crawled into bed at 4am. We celebrated Easter with the kids today a couple of days early because Megan left to spend a few days with her Dad this afternoon ... and it would not be Easter with out our big girl.
You know it never gets easier saying good bye to her ... and undoubtedly it is ten times harder for my poor baby. Poor Megan was excited at the thought of spending some time with her Dad but still had puddles in her eyes when she kissed me good bye & I caught a glimpse of flash of anxiety when he told her she would be staying a day longer than she had anticipated ... :(
Anyway we had an absolutely lovely morning! I love the excitement that the kids experience on these days and all of the anticipation of the lead up to the occasion.
I have a deal with the Easter Bunny not to deliver too many chocolate eggs because inevitably these delicious treats would end up lining the walls of my coronary arteries! To compensate for this we put together a package of goodies for them - this year their packages included; books, a craft activity, a Nintendo DS game & some P.J's that I made for them this last week ...
As you can see, particularly from Joshua's face they were very happy with their loot. I made the pants form a Newlook pattern (6421). I machine appliqued the design on the shirts, which I had bought from BigW for $8. I don't usually make clothing for them or anyone ... although I do make costumes for their parties. I have no idea possessed me to come up with the idea for these ... but I'm pleased I did.
Before I head back to the machine I want to thank everyone who commented on Jessie's quilt and to all the lurkers who took a peek ... you have suitably stroked my ego to a point where you have given me the confidence to make some more of my own designs! Thank you again so very much!
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter with your families ... when ever you should be celebrating this lovely family time of the year.
It's finally finished! I started this quilt along with 3 others, 4 weeks before Christmas with unrealistic plans to have them all completed for Christmas morning ... so this one is only 79 days late & the other 3, well who knows?.
I like to piece the backing to add a bit of interest. I also added a rainbow on the label. I used O-sew-soft as the batting for the first time in this quilt. I found that it bearded a little or really it was more like pilling that you get on clothing, which I haven't experienced before with other battings. I have already sandwiched the other 3 tops using this batting. After this I don't think I will use it again unless I find it's performance improves. Mind you no one else would notice it other than me!
So what next? Something for Easter for my little bunnies, then I plan to complete the machine quilting on Joshua's Christmas quilt so that he can finally ditch his cot quilt. I'm also looking forward to giving the Fabumotion a good work out.
I used it a little on the finishing touches of 'Rainbow Lollipops' and I think with a little practice it will be fantastic to work with.
We have a kinder BBQ & a festival to entertain us this weekend ... providing my sweet Joshua can stop vomiting ... this heat is not such a good choice of time to get sick!
In the words of a dear friend "I must learn to run faster". Only kidding this is fun plus its a good way to meet you guys!
I was tagged by a new to blogging (not unlike myself) mother / daughter team (how cool is that? My Megan has plans for a blog where she wants to review children's books ... but more on that much later). I must admit I had not visited them before but it was a lovely surprise - craft, food & books - go take a look at Sarah & Lisa at spoonfullofsugargirls they're great.
So with this tag I have to list 7 weird or random facts about myself ... shouldn't be too hard as I am the closeted queen of weird. So here goes;
1. I love colour - bright, fresh & spectacular colour, pink, green, orange, yellow & everything that glows ... but I only wear black. (except for denim - I have used a bit of poetic license here!)
2. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love her strength, her gorgeousness, the shows witty dialog, the romance & occasional vampire / human sex scene (I'm really not as weird as this sounds! Honestly).
3. I rarely get to bed before 1am and lately it has become more like 2am. I love the quiet & solitude of those hours when everyone else in my generally very noisy house are asleep.
4. I'm left handed but eat right handed - not sure if this is weird or not but it is random.
5. I quote from Seinfeld like my step kids quote from The Simpson's.
6. My thumb joint bends the wrong way, see ...
very weird but great for hand-sewing!
7. I gain and loose 5kg each year ... this is just sad!
The next thing I had to do was tag 7 people ... which I am going to fail at sadly as I don't know many people ... two of which I will name but not tag as they are both going to be so busy this week with the Craft & Quilting Show that I will not hassle them but go take a look at what they are up to anyway these girls are on their way 'up' - the lovely Louise & crafty Cathy (both of which you all know I'm sure) - forgive the alliteration!
I do have three people that I will tag ...
Firstly there is Bronwyn. Bronwyn loves Whippets! and crafting and stacks of other stuff ... when you do stop by her site please leave a comment & make sure you let her know what beautiful embroidery she does ... and make a complete ass of yourself as I did as you see she bought the embroidery, arrrh, my speed reading is not so good. Sorry Bronwyn! I will be watching to see how that chenille goes though!
Next there is Jodie who has the most beautiful little blond daughter & can cook a mean Salmon Mornay Pasta Bake! And who is also a fellow procrastinator so is swapping a spring wall quilt with me as we both missed the deadlines for joining up with the official swap.
Last but surely not least I tag Kirsten who writes so beautifully ... even when using profanities! This girl has talent! Make sure you take a look at her post 'I am" dated 16th of February.
The last thing I have to do is list The Rules;
1. Link back the the person who tagged you
2. Post The Rules on your blog
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog
4. Tag 7 people & link to them
5 Comment on their blogs to let them know they have been tagged.
This has been a very wordy entry. So for those of you who have managed to stay with me, here are a couple of shots of what we did today ...
Luna Park! We had a fantastic time even though it was so very hot! I am adding this picture because Jessie managed to steel Meg's limelight ... mmmmm little sisters!
If you live in Melbourne make sure you go. We went because Moomba has become too expensive with 4 kids ... this was by far a better option. Minimal if any lines and a lot more cost effective (last year we spent $16 on each ride that the 4 kids went on at Moomba ... ouch!).
Enjoy your week!
PS. Jessie's Christmas Quilt didn't get finished ... maybe by the end of the week.
Yes my Bernina is home and better than ever before ... if that is possible! I'm so happy and have hardly put her down since I collected her yesterday (5 days late!). Even 'Tiger' is happy to see her ...
To me my Bernina is a fabulous sewing machine ... to Tiger she is one great face scratcher!
I did get quite a bit of Joshua's 'Jo Jo's Circus' quilt together during my machines absence ...
which is good and I will try and do a bit each day so this too gets finished eventually - Joshua is having trouble staying under his cot quilt in his big bed ... poor boy.
What do you think of these guys?
aren't they fantastic?! I found them in Borders yesterday and I think they are trying to tell me something, if you listen very carefully you hear them .... "we need to be in a quilt" ... but first I am going to finish Jessie's Christmas quilt which is my job for this lovely hot long weekend.
Have a good long weekend filled with family, sleep-ins & stitching!
This will be a very quick post and craft free I'm afraid. Megan's nanna & the other kids 'adopted' nanna sent the kids these fantastic socks while they were holidaying ... lot of lovely legs (well feet anyway)
Also last Thursday our teachers striked for part of the day so all of mine and Ben & Jessie's 'twin friends' were home playing so nicely until the school reopened - I felt like a mother hen with 6 little people holding my hands crossing the road to get to the school ... too cute!
And how could I go without a single craft photo so here is a sneak peak at my Journal Quilt - in it's very raw early beginnings.