So I needed (truly) some fabric to make the skirt for Saturday night and I didn’t have a big enough piece at home (truly I needed 2.6m) and I’d been inside for 2 days solid, and I had to drop Bounce to school and The Atlas to work.
Thing is spotlight happened to have 40% off everything – what’s a girl to do??
Can I remind you I have been supremely good at making things from my stash of fabric this year, in fact I have hardly bought any!
I’ve decided I want to wear some colour this spring – as you know I NEED colour in my wardrobe *wink*
Not sure what to do with the canary yellow chiffon but it is SO lovely. I bought 2m – ideas anyone?
So what has accidentally jumped into your hands when doing a totally legitimate shop recently? Go on make me feel like I’m not the only one.
As a footnote 2 crazy children are currently running around with ‘their’ pieces for a project I have promised them. Bounce chose his pieces at the shop. He also liked a ‘colourful dolphin one’ but I may have distracted him with some other cool choices.
I found Flip’s piece in this state tonight – The Atlas has taught him to play solitaire and he’s loving it. You know the way we used to play it before we had computers and ipods? Grandma would have been so thrilled, she was partial to a game of solitaire.
My fabric cupboards that is!
Grandma and Grandad gave me spotlight vouchers for Christmas and then I got sent a $10 voucher in the post for my birthday as well.
So I had a little fun
Then when I took it all to the counter about 4 of the fabrics were even cheaper than the tags!
So I spent $3.69 of my ‘pocket-money’ and with my vouchers and got all of this:
Which will become -
4 dresses (I’ve decided I need to wear more dresses)
Some summer PJs for my wee men
And something for a quilt I plan to make Flip this year.
At least this should give me some things to make for ‘Make My Week’ over the next wee while.
Yay! I think that’s pretty good for what I spent!
On Monday night I completed Challenge 23 and took my lovely sister out for dessert. We followed it by an evening looking at clothes at the local Polytech students fashion show. Lots of fun.
Yesterday I received a parcel from the lovely NarniaMum who decided to give something away every week of her birthday month. These are my gorgeous and inspiring treats.
Spotlight also sent me a voucher so today I went shopping and got this gorgeous selection of fabric which will eventually become a top, dress and in a quilt.
I also made this little hand puppet the other day with Master 4′s assistance. We call him Harold. Master 4 drew the face and I stitched over his drawing. We have had lots of fun with him already and he perfectly fits Master 4′s hand.
I have also completed 2 baby feely mats which I am pleased with. Photos tomorrow.
Here is the new fabric.
Here is a plan.
And hopefully before too long there will be something to show for it.
It will be good to do some sewing.
Today I completed Challenge 15 - because my lovely husband suggested a family picnic at beautiful Mona Vale. Now technically the challenge is having a picnic in a friend’s garden but as I consider God a friend and the whole world is His garden (nicely tendered by the council – thank you) then it works for me.
Aunt, ‘Uncle’, Ma and Pop.
Enjoying the sunshine.
And celebrating life together.
I also shopped for fabric for another challenge. I had a great time with the colour scheme they gave me and finding fabrics that will work with it.
It feels like ages since I’ve shopped for fabric it was nice to be there. Photos tomorrow.
Yesterday was windy and sunny. Just the right kind of weather for drying scarves. These scarves are destined for the dancing box at music group. Yes it does seem a little tragic that all these lovely scarves are just for our music group but nowhere near as bad as the fact that it cost about half what it would to buy the same number of boring chiffon squares for dancing, new.
So for the grand total of $35 we have 23 new scarves. Which I think is pretty good instead of 18 scarves for $58!
Last weekend I made a relaxing brown rice eye mask for a gift for women’s camp. The idea comes from the Crafty Minx book. You heat it up in the oven or cool it in the fridge and it has relaxing herbs in it too. I should really make myself one.
I may have also purchased some more vintage sheets. Here they are in various states of getting clean.
Tonight it is felt making and some baby gifts to put together too. Busy, busy I have a project that HAS to be finished and in the post next Friday – maybe then I’ll have a bit more time…. Perhaps!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t yet!
Today was all about movement. My little men and some of their little friends went on a gymnastic adventure.
I love the way movement can be captured so randomly in pictures.
I love the caution, boldness and enthusiasm that seems to come naturally to little people.
I like what jumping can do for your hair.
I like a moment in time.
I like shared experiences
The other day we took a ‘farm’ visit. The drive was beautiful, the children loved it and I will confess there are days when a rural-ish, self-sufficient lifestyle seems so appealing. The I remind myself I won’t even put the compost out (it’s a ‘blue’ job) because it is ‘icky’ and I’m not a lover of animals or even good with plants….I remind myself my skills and abilities are more for the city and I feel at peace once more.
Tonight I am doing some cutting out.
I have chosen this fabric which I feel is an unexpected choice for what I plan to do with it. (I’m going for juxtaposition)
I also need to get into a couple of challenges in the next couple of days so I don’t end up with a backlog!
Well today my little parcel of randomness (challenge 2) arrived so now you can see what was in there! Very random as you can see – popcorn, a ‘love my peeler’ potato peeler, chocolate freddos, felt brooch, boy buttons and postcards.
Last night the lovely Deb was one of my crafty pals and she bought me this vision of loveliness. This was my reward from the talent swap I attended some time ago. I am SO into it. I love the vintage embroidery and the colours… Love, Love, Love. She is so clever!
After a wonderful evening of talking and cutting out tonight I am ready to sew! Here is a little taster of the colours you can look forward to seeing when the project is finished. Which I hope is soon!
It feels an age since I last posted (3 days will do that to a girl!). I’m blaming it on all the excitement of turning 4!
Today I completed Challenge 48- to get a takeaway coffee for a hard-working friend. This friend is supremely dedicated and she inspires me with her passion for her job.
Master 4 had some fun on an adventure to the sensory rooms in Christchurch yesterday. We had a gaggle (love that word) of friends with us and came home for cake afterwards. I mean you never can have too many birthday cakes!
Another friend had a birthday and I made her a peg pinny. Considering the amount of washing I hang out I can’t believe I haven’t made myself one yet but it’s always more of a priority to make clothes if I am sewing for myself.
Today I totally scored! First of all I discovered I was the winner of a giveaway! Can you believe it??? As soon as it arrives I will post a pic and a link to the very cool blogger I won it from.
Then and I’m not sure I should tell you about this in case you a/get very jealous or b/go there yourself and clean them out!..I went to ‘Creative Junk’ which is a sort of shop in Christchurch with all sorts of junk BUT I got a whole big bag of fabric samples for (drumroll here) $5. Are you jealous???? One piece alone had a $129m price tag and there was about 0.5m there.
I also stuffed into my bag a hessian sack, a retro crochet book for a friend, some patterns and a little tub of foam chips to do collage with the boys (so I am not totally selfish!). Yes it has been a happy day.
Then…this afternoon the mama doing the 100 challenges with me came over and someone had gone to our church with an old suitcase full of fabric for us. So I have another pile of fabric to use. Please still love me at this point and don’t be too jealous!
Tonight I have lovely friends over to practise sign language with. I love today!
Tomorrow I will draw the giveaway so you still have time if you want to enter.
Tonight we had ‘Plymouth Pie’ which is another one from Sophie but from her 3rd book. It makes a big pie – too big for us in one setting, but I like that. It is nice to make a pie including the pastry it feels like something rustic and special even though it is really very simple. I like the way it looks. I like its depth.
Today I went shopping to get the fabric to make Master 1′s quilt. I may have also found myself a couple of Mother’s Day treats! I finally went into the store ‘Bolt of Cloth’. Ohhh, it’s nice. I could see myself parting with a lot of money there. For today I picked up a couple of little snippets of loveliness which will one day be a quilt for our grown up bed.
Unfortunately it means I have to wash the fabric. I hate pre-washing it is SO boring…. Actually I confess I hardly ever do it but with very lovely, 100% cotton it really would be foolish not to.
I also saw a new and VERY exciting idea which I plan to carry out imminently. I will not spoil it by telling you before it happens but it is, hopefully, going to be awesome! Interested????
I leave tonight as I started with a photograph my lovely husband took from the plane on the way home last week. NZ’s beautiful Aoraki, Mt Cook. Sometimes it is important to remember that when we are faced with a mountain the view from the top may well be breath-taking when we arrive.