Wednesday, 24 June 2009

I will be glad when this week is over...

Gosh what a crappy week. We have been hit by a nasty viral / flu thing that had myself and the other half bed ridden for two days. Thankfully we both didn't get it at once. The girls have tonsillitis and the littlest man seems to have escaped this one. Fingers crossed. I can honestly say I have never felt sicker - 39 deg temps, hot and cold shakes. Nasty. I am back on deck today and at the least the kids will get some decent meals other than fruit, toast, cheese on toast and tinned soup. I was too sick to even have any mothers guilt with what they were eating!!

On a brighter note..for those that haven't already seen, Little Munchkins has a great giveaway over
here. I would love to win the Sandbox pants pattern. I have a couple of O+S patterns to try out and even got some lovely material in the mail last week..but more about that when I am feeling better.

And here is another wonderful giveaway...I would love to win one of her Tilda skirts.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair

I left the little people behind for the weekend (with their Dad) and headed off to Sydney. Such perfect timing and planning on my behalf...The Sydney Craft and Quilt Show was on...Yay! So Mum and I hit the fair. There was so much to look at and so many people...

I picked up a cute Big Owl Pattern from Hot Possum and a gorgeous Flower Brooch Kit from the girls at Prints Charming. I really liked the scarf kits they had put together but by the time I decided I wanted one they had sold out! So I had to suffice with some covered button instead. I had planned to buy some fabric but nothing really jumped out and grabbed me. Although their was lots of beautiful liberty and Japanese fabrics but I think I had better use some of my stash first.

I really loved these gorgeous knitted dolls by Annie at
ak traditions. I so wish I could knit....
I also like what Jane at
Be Be Bold had done with the oliver + s patterns. She had made up most of the patterns in beautiful Japanese fabrics...Oh my. I had to hold on tight to my credit card. I didn't spend too much time looking at the quilts but what I saw was pretty spectacular.

On Sunday my sister and I headed out to the Bondi Markets. Lots of interesting goodies. I got this handful of lovely large vintage buttons.

On the sewing front I finished a little vintage vest for the little man. It was a kwik sew pattern that I found at the op shop some time ago. The only problem was that the size 2 was way too small in I added an extra 2 inches on and top stitched it for detail. You can barely tell. I struggled with attaching the ribbing to the v neck. The instructions weren't really specific. It took several un pickings before I finally realised what I was doing wrong. (Some times I think my brain is mushy after 3 kids). It looks so cute on. I will definitely be making more. I just need to find some better sources for knit material.Spotlight and Lincraft are pretty hit and miss and the last two knits I have bought from Spotlight have had small holes in them! Has anyone got any ideas where I can buy quality knit from?

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

I Heart Tilda

Finally something sew worthy to blog about. Last night I finished the Tilda T-shirt dresses for the girls from Otto 6/2007. I love them. It was such a lovely thick knit to work with and so much easier to sew than the knit I used in my first attempt. I also used a ballpoint stretch needle this time and I think its made a world of difference. It was the first time I have banded a neckline. I was worried about this..but it was so easy. I was too lazy to set up the machine with a twin needle so I just top-stitched around the neckline twice. The girls loved these so much that they had to wear them today to preschool. Fingers crossed that they don't come home covered in paint.