Sunday, October 31, 2010

A sneak peek...

I was just checking our blog tonight to see what the other girls have been busy with when i realised how long its been since iv posted something myself! Its not for lack of not being busy with anything either! I'm working on a rather large (and by large i mean single bed size...which is large enough for me for now!) quilt! I was going to wait until the quilt was finished to show off the final product but really, who knows when that will be! So iv taken two quick pics, just a little sneak peek to keep you all guessing as to what the final product will look like!

OK so here's where i also admit that this is a Quilt Class that i have been doing at our local patchwork shop. Two full days of sewing....bliss (thanks mum for babysitting!) Although we had two full days there is still LOTS to be done on the quilt, the class taught us the basics of the pattern and now its up to us to finish it...eeekkk! My plan is to have it finished for my daughters first birthday, Jan 15th, only time will tell whether i get there or not :)

Till next time,

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Annika the Amigurumi Doll

Hooray, I can finally post again. I'd made myself the promise that I wouldnt post till I'd finished this project. And here she is:
Halle has chosen the name Annika, and she is already showing signs of being loved with Matilda's little red monkey finger marks on her dress!!
Annika stands about 35cm high, and the dress and shoes are removeable. A mental note to myself though, would be to make the dress and shoes with a larger hook if I was to ever make some more, as with a 3.5mm hook they are quite snug.

Here is a close up of the eye detail, while she was still dismembered.. :)

So lots of hours went into this doll, but its such a nice feeling to have it all completed. I may take a break from making any more dolls for a while, my project list is just far too long for me wanting to make another of these for a while.
And just incase you were looking for the link of the pattern I worked from, here it is again:


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Yesterday I tried my hand at 'refashioning' some old shorts I had into a pair of maternity shorts, using a few tips from the tutorial found here. Instead of using an old t-shirt for the band I used some old ribbing I had lying around and made a tube which I sewed onto the shorts after unpicking the waistband.

It was a suprisingly easy job and sure beats paying $40 plus for a pair of shorts that will only get a few months use!

The same could be done with a denim skirt or even jeans - the only thing to remember is that they have to be a 'relaxed' fit as you will have to wiggle them over your hips because they don't have a functional zip front anymore :-)


Monday, October 4, 2010

Craft Night # 2

We held our second craft night this past Friday night - my turn to host this time :-) We all managed to get a little bit done between yacking, eating and drinking (tea of course!) so that's always a good thing.

Sharelle sewed up a cute appliqued soft block for her little one, Henrietta was working on a gorgeous bag for her sister, Emma was making some great progress on her crochet dolls and I sewed together a flanelette baby doll for Izzy.

I thought I would share a recipe too of what we indulged on - a delicious lemon slice the recipe of which is courtesy of my sister-in-law Brenda. The photo is not my own because I forgot to take one but it looks fairly similar.


1 cup Butter
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Sugar

Combine and press into a slice pan, bake at 180 degrees (160 fan forced) for 15 minutes

Meanwhile for the top, combine with a fork:
2 cups of Sugar (I didn't say it was healthy!!!)
1/4 cup of Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 Eggs
1/4 cup of Lemon Juice

Spread over baked base and bake at 180 degrees (160 fan forced) for 25 minutes or until lightly toasted on top.

Dust with icing sugar and cut into squares when cooled (if you can wait that long!!)


Sunday, October 3, 2010

I have not been on here for awhile and so I thought I better put some of the projects that I have been working on. I think I said I was making bags for my family back in canada, so that has been what I have been busy with. almost done now. a few more to go and then start something other then making bags, I do still have to make myself one thou. That always seems to happen last. I have also been crocheting but will show you when I am done which should be soon. next on my list I have some gorgeous material and want to make a little dress for my little girl tess. I have not sown clothes since high school, so that has been a long time ago. hope to find some easy pattern and see how it goes. Looking forward to trying something new. these bags will be one there way to canada soon for my 2 sisters and the middle one for a friend of my sisters. She seen her bag and would love one and so who can say no:) I do know her and she is a lovely person. just hope this is what she had in mind. Have to finish the bags this week. My sister from canada with her little boy are coming this weekend nad so not much sewing will be done then.. so until next time..

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