Friday, August 28, 2009
It was Caitlin's 10th birthday today. I can't believe our youngest is into double digits already. She was super excited about this years birthday and has been counting down for a month. Instead of a party we are all going to Auckland Zoo plus one of her friends. Caitlin has always been into animals and even used to let grasshoppers crawl all over her when she was really little. Choosing a friend to take to the zoo was a bit of a dilemma as she has quite a group of close friends . After school today we had an impromptu afternoon tea with 4 girlfriends. I whipped up this cake this morning before work then decorated it this afternoon with a few lollies (actually quite a few lollies). The afternoon tea then stretched into dinner ( homemade pizza) then birthday cake for dessert.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Finished this Tote Bag today. It's good to get this bag finished as I've been working on it for some time now. I knew what I wanted it to look like but it took a while to figure out how to put it together. I kept putting it aside in the "too hard pile" as you do. Its the first time I've made something like this from scratch with no pattern to go by so I'm feeling pretty proud of my achievement. Its a nice casual bag made from my quite large collection of batik fabrics. As I wasn't sure whether it was going to turn out how I had envisaged I used fabrics that I wasn't too attached too. So maybe next time I might use some designer fabric. I think it could do with a couple of pockets inside and maybe a matching make-up bag.
As you might have noticed I've been 'renovating' my blog. I really wanted to have 3 columns but now that I have I'm not entirely happy, so it's still a work in progress. Any tips and hints would be gratefully accepted. Been playing around with 'html' but don't really know what I'm doing. Big learning curves happening around here. Have also added my photo so you can put a picture of me (and my girls) to my words.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
And of course I HAD to get some more "Heather Bailey" fabrics. These are all from her 'Pop Garden and Bijoux range except for the one hiding at the back which is from her first range 'Freshcut'. I actually ordered these from her website ( along with some 'trash ties' and some scrapbooking stamps) and had them sent to our friends in Reno, Nevada where my husband stayed for a few days. This way I saved on shipping costs a bit.
This week I'm looking forward to fitting in alot more sewing than I have been able to lately. Oh and more blogging time. I hope this extra long post made up for my absence over the last week!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Ahhh the first signs of spring. This is my favorite season in my garden and I love to pick these flowers for displaying inside and to enjoy their perfume. I love all these spring flowers, especially the tiny green dots on the snowdrop petals. They are all so dainty and full of beautiful heady perfume. I can smell the daphne in my garden from about 10 feet away. If I were a fabric designer (in my dreams) these flowers would be my inspiration for a spring fabric collection.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Drum roll please................ The top is complete and I'm pretty pleased with it . So is Caitlin ! I'm not sure whether to put a border around. I'm kinda liking it as it and I want to break out of doing borders for all my quilts. It's bright, sunny, cheery and fun. This quilt contains 3 vintage fabrics that I got from my Auntie. I would say they are from the early seventies or late sixties. Oh and at the top right hand corner you can see Caitlin's cats tail which is kind of appropriate.
Now I have two quilt tops to quilt which is a first for me as I usually don't start another quilt till I'm finished the quilt I'm working on completely.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Have been doing a little bit of hand sewing at night. These are little felt heart ornaments that a friend asked me to make and this is the third one I've made for her. I think I'll have to christen them the 'Jayne heart". Can you guess her favourite colour? I'm not good at doing nothing while watching TV so hand sewing keeps my hands busy and makes for a more productive evening. I have other ideas for these hearts but I'm not ready to reveal them yet plus I need more hours in the day to do all the ideas swimming in my head. I'm feeling a little frustrated with my lack of time lately.