Saturday, April 16, 2011

Favourite Toys

My oldest son has a favourite Raffey!

He is old lumpy, floppy, ripped, torn and faded.  He loves him to bits.

He comes with us everywhere we go and we always are leaving him behind.  How many phone calls have I had to make to find Raffey?  Too many.  He is still with us and I have taken a picture to remember him by in case he disappears.


A Girls Day

A completely unexpected opportunity.

Having twin boys who are 3.5 years old means that I don't have a queue of people lining up to voluntarily baby sit. So usually we just say no to any event  that has not got a paddock for the boys to run around it.  This means we don't go out much.  Because  we have two boys the same age it means that it is usually very hard to get long term day care as they never have two spots spare.  But that was not the case yesterday.

So with the chance to put the boys in Childcare I jumped at it and took E on a girls day adventure.  We started off at the AQC in the city in Carlton gardens (I forgot my camera in all the excitement).  It was a very beautiful and sunny day so we spent some time at the Hochgurtel fountain  getting wet with the water spray.

We spent about 2 hours at AQC.  Thats a long time for a 4 year old and she did really well. There were only two emergency toilet trips (both occurring when we were no where near the toilet). 
I bought some fabric for the boys to make them the dinosaur that I have been promising

...and E saw the famous Melly and Me's Little Ninjas, which she just had to have  (more on Ninjas later).

I bumped into so many people that I know.  The girls from sewing,  my very old and dear school friend  and  Karen and Paul  from Somerset Patchwork.

I picked up some more  of Rosalie Quinlans Sweet Broderie fabric

and some great jacket patterns from Make It Perfect.  Did I mention how hard it is to find good winter coats for three kids.  So now I will make them.

In the afternoon I caught up with another of my long time dear school friend with her three children and we have cake and coffee.  We spent the afternoon together and as always it felt like only 5 minutes. 

A great day!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Things that I have been doing



The famous Hexagons



from the book Sew by Cath Kidston

Sneak Preview of things to come that I've been sewing:

Something for me

Something for the kids : 


Things non sewing:

 more blankets (for me)

See Attic 24 for this great pattern

A bit boring..all going to be blankets for my boys

Playing with my new machine

And plenty of things non crafty:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Block of the Month

How many of you are in Block Of The Month clubs?  Well I am in three.  I love them.  I would get into more but I find them a bit hard to find.  Well ones that suit my tastes.  Maybe I should create one of my own.  Though suspect I might only be the only member of the club.

The Adelaide Collection

The New Floral Sampler

Once Upon a Time

I need another challenge!  Well if you know me then you would know that needle turn applique is not my favourite.  But I just love William Morris and Michelle Hill quilts.  And the fantastic people at Patchwork by the sea and Honeysuckle Stained Glass and Patchwork are running these two blocks of the month.  The third one is from Honeysuckle as well and I love embroidery so I have to stitch all the Nursery Rhyme for Miss E.  This pattern is by Melly and Me (and she is another favourite of mine).

Hexagon update:

I have successfully sewn all the white hexagons to all the blocks (just the edge blocks to go) YIPPEEEE!!!!............... so now I am sewing diamonds on to the blocks.  Then I will iron them all...going to love that job!  They are very hard to iron.  Then the fun bit begins sewing them all together and watching it grow.  Will show some pictures soon