Archive for December, 2008


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We are leaving 2008 behind tonight. I feel really good about this years sewing projects. Albeit, I am comparing it to the year before when Sloan arrived and I felt so tired all the time I didn’t sew a thing, so the comparison bar was set very low.

Here is the latest project that is my New Years resolution. I made this airplane quilt for Rhys three years ago. I cut two quilts out at the same time: one for Rhys and one for his cousin A. Well, here we are three years later and I am finally pulling out the bag and sewing it together. I have been trying to set a goal of five or six planes a night and it has been going well. Now we are back in party mode I don’t think it is going to be touched during the New Years celebrations. Back to it soon though!

My other sewing resolution is I am trying to take a quilting class this year. Fingers crossed there is a space in the class I want and I can line up my babysitter at the correct time to make it happen. This is going to be my “thing” I do for me this year. I have a project that is going to really challenge me and I want to do it under the guidance of the quilt Yodas at Material Obsession.

I hope you have a safe, happy New Years. I will be traipsing out in the heat in a few hours with the family to sit on the harbour and enjoy the spectacular show that our Sydney puts on. Happy New Year and Happy Sewing in 2009 to all.

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I’ve hit the Christmas wall. Baking, cooking, shopping, wrapping, decorating…..done.

Here was todays project. Signing off for now to enjoy the holiday with the family. Merry Christmas.

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Not a lot of sewing, but a lot of baking and eating. This was my first attempt making a peach and blackberry pie. It was delicious and tastes of summer. I am keeping the sewing machine out on the table thinking I will steal a few nights to sew, but it just hasn’t happened. Too much Christmas joy and celebrations. Tomorrow we are hitting the City to see the big guy in the red suit. Say hello if you see me tomorrow. I’ll be the one dragging two wild kids around with a crazed look in my eye.

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Last Day Of Preschool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       What a great way to say good-bye to preschool:  Christmas haircut for Rhys and ice-cream at the beach.  perfectwaytoendschool There were tears (mine) saying good-bye to favorite teachers and lots of sweet Christmas cards were exchanged by the kids.  It was a great day with just a hint of biter-sweetness about the change ahead.

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The photos I took of the skates on my tree inside were less than stellar so here are the skates on the bushes outside.  I also cut out a few skates to glue together as ornaments as kid versions of the same concept. 

Rhys has one more days of school. Sigh. Christmas really is coming.  I think there is going to be a lot of Christmas kids craft once school is out.

Ornaments and instructions can be found here.

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With great sadness I returned the “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson to the library. I didn’t even peek at the other craft books they have as I need to finish a few ornaments before Christmas. I am sure I will check that book out again I loved it so much.

 The kids are really hard on the delicate Christmas ornaments right now so I opted for a flock of birds for our willow tree (pattern in book above).   It was such an easy, fun way to get ready for Christmas.  It was also a great way to move along some of the smaller scraps I had lingering in my sewing basket.

birdtreeNot all of the birds have perfect beaks, but the way they are being “treasured” by the kids I am okay with it. 

Mark was cleaning out the car tonight and found my missing Heather Bailey pattern for the strawberries!  So excited!  I just have a few skates to finish that I started to compensate for the misplaced pattern and the pent up ornament making need I had.

Rhys is busy decorating the tree and eating candy canes like they are going out of style.

He was back at school this week after his Chicken Pox ended.  We were lucky because it was a light case. Now we are waiting on pins and needles to see if Sloan will come out in spots. 


















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I saw this pencil roll on one of my favorite websites Pink Chalk over a year ago.  I even bought the pencils to make one at the time, but somehow in the moving house and Sloan’s first two years on this planet I never got around to it.   In her absence last week I managed to attempt the pattern!


The pattern is detailed in the book I can’t stop writing about, “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson.  The pattern was very easy to follow and I love the result.  I copied one of Kathy’s inspirations using a black and white print on the outside to juxtapose the burst of rainbow inside.   Kathy sells the pattern in her shop.

This present is heading over to the UK to a good friend of mine who is very artistic.  I hope she will enjoy it and she is a Virgo so I think she will like the super anal organizational quality of it. 

I will definitely attempt this again for the kids.  Fantastic present!

We are still surviving lock down with the Chicken Pox.  Poor Rhys has been suffering in the heat.  Thank goodness it is cooler today. 

I haven’t been able to sew as much since we came grinding to a halt here with illness.  I was ever so clever and bought some sweet strawberry kits and pattern from Heather Bailey a few months ago for Christmas crafting.  I can find the kits, but the pattern?  Geez I annoy myself sometimes!  I have been hunting for two days and going to write it off as something I am sure we will find when we move next year.  Sigh. 

I am reading a fascinating book right now called the “100 Mile Diet” which is about a couple in Vancouver who only eat food in the 100 mile radius of where they lived for a year.  It is a really great book and while I won’t follow suit, I will take on board what they are writing about and make some subtle changes in how we eat.  It has also inspired me to add more to our veggie patch in hopes we can grow just that much more in our backyard.

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Rhys had  a special sewing request for me. He found some fabric I bought for him when he was a baby and asked for a pillowcase.  I made it for him Saturday night as a surprise and he loves it!

pillowcaseWe’ve decided to put it to good use today with a suspected case of chicken pox.  The poor guy woke up with a rash on his arm and it has slowly crept all over his body!  We had a visit to our GP and she said she would put her money on it being chicken pox!  I know it has been going around, but he has been vaccinated so I was hoping we would escape it.  He will be home this week and probably next week as well!!!!!  AHHHHH



I did a lot of crafting while Sloan was away, so hopefully I can do a few more posts from lock down.  Here he is in all his calamine lotion glory.  Sloan arrived home last night just in time to get a good exposure.  According to the hand out the doctor gave me she should come down with them in about 2 weeks.  Great!  Perfect!  She just had her vaccination two weeks ago so here is hoping she will be okay!


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