Friday, October 24, 2008

pincushion madness

I have always been and avid lover of the magnetic pin holder due to the picking up ease, but recently I have noticed the elves in this house have been moving them around.

I have 3 sewing machines with screens on them and I don't fancy having a magnet put too close to cause them any damage.. not to mention the laptop and the computers inside the machines.. eek
So today, as promised, I have photos of the Dear Fii pincushion. The pattern is available for download here..

A lovely chocolate linen for the bottom. Then my little elves transferred some pins into the new softie!.. Can you tell we are just a little bit pedantic!
Then this morning I decided that for years now I have been admiring the Heather Bailey pear pincushion. Of Course, I am a full on DIY type and made my own pear pattern.. That's when things looked a bit 'pear shaped' he he he... I should have taken a photo next to something else so you could see how HUGE it turned out!!! I didn't think of leaves until nearly finished so just pulled them on over the stem!.. I also poked a little pocket of rice in his bottom to keep him standing nice and tall.. I reckon there is enough stuffing inside him for a small pillow.!!!
Onto the next thing..a coffee and some serious planning. Next weekend my sewing group are having a lock in/out.. A child free weekend of sewing and chatting!!! yippeee..

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Elephants and Monkeys

Well, I nearly feel human again after a daring weekend in Melbourne.. We needed to attend my niece's birthday in Melbourne at no other places than the Melbourne Zoo.. Just to paint a nice clear picture, We live about 3-4 hours from Melbourne... So the journey is long and painful, especially knowing that by the time you hit the city traffic there are 3 squirming little bodies that have just contained themselves for way too long!!

The birthday girl with my 3 kids..

Because of the weather and the deteriorating yields, dh was busy doing contract windrowing so it was a superwoman job... Yes, 3 kids, no Melbourne driving skills and the anxiety of all the issues that were likely to arise and the knowledge that I would be dealing with them alone was not at all exciting let me tell you!!!

But I toughened up, packed the car, bought the kids a toy each and some new colouring books and off we headed.. a 2 night stay out in the nether regions of Dandenong and we have survived, we saw the animals, we blew out the candles and of course we saw lots of roadworks (which are a highlight to a 2 year old who has been raised driving diggers and bobcats!)

I didnt get to the Sisters market which was on the wish list, but after 3 hours at the zoo, the kids were asleep before I drove out of the carpark.

The highlight was seeing a baboon with a bottom that looked like a rainbow, and also a monkey that scratched his bum and then sniffed his finger.. (continually!)

Now this week, once I catch up on the washing from the 3 days away, I plan to make a pincushion, designed by the one and only Dear Fii....

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A new baby in the house...

I have a new baby in the house, he is very small and precious.. His name is Murphy!.he is a tonkinese.

Miss G and I went for a lovely drive on Saturday afternoon to Echuca to collect our new edition. I still havent recovered from the 8 hours of driving ( at least it wasnt labour) and then there has been the disturbing meowing in the middle of the night, accompanied by the very loud purring in the ear before snuggling up to the feet under the doona...

The kids are in love and are so surprisingly gentle..especially Master (nearly)3.

I have finished another bakersboy in my favourite colour and this time I added some leaves to the flower. I like it.

I have had so many queries about where I got my labels made that I have posted this link to their new website here...

Whilst hunting through a drawer for something I came a little box of swapcards from when I was a young primary school girl, dont even ask how long ago that was..! My girls had a great time sorting through them.
Life used to be so much simpler, these days they all want a DS so they can play with a pretend dog.. we used to have these 40cent cards and valued them like nothing else.. I still remember building up my Sarah Kay collection, they were very very highly regarded cards.. I thought they were so cute I took some pictures, Yep, I probably am a bit loopy today. I am sleep deprived due to that new baby..