Posts Tagged ‘boy craft’

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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Christmas Crafting


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I found this very cute toy soldier fabric at Spotlight and wanted to make some pillowcases for my six year old nephew. I stumbled upon the “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” book at my local library by Joelle Hoverson. It has the most amazing projects. You can see the amount of post it notes I have on the pages in the photo. This is a craft book I would seriously contemplate buying because it is just filled with cute projects. The tablecloth and napkins in it are calling my name right now!

The pillowcase was really easy to make. I wish my topstitching was a bit better, but I think I would try a different tecnique next time. I always seem to learn the hard way on the first time project.

I am going to try to finish up some rice bags as last minute gifts for some overseas friends and family. I bought one and use it all the time especially during winter in our freezing house. I found a great tutorial on the Sew Mama Sew blogand like the idea of the washable cover. I won’t stuff the rice in, just dried lavender and some instructions how to fill and sew off the inside rice bag otherwise the postage on rice bags overseas will kill me!

Happy Christmas crafting everyone. I can’t believe how quickly it is coming!

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We celebrated Rhys’ birthday party early this year last Saturday while it was bucketing rain. I am still recovering and will post some photos of the mayhem they created. We threw the party at the house we are going to bulldoze in a few weeks and let them paint the walls, floors, ceilings and each other. The boys went crazy! Primal is a good way to describe it.

The last two years I have made special t-shirts for the celebrations. This year he is obsessed with Speed Racer. I couldn’t find any Speed Racer fabric so I traced this design and embroidered it. It took about four nights to do and we put a number 5 on the back.

He loves it and can’t get enough wear out of it. I love that he indulges my sewing fetish. There are some more photos on Flickr.

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Melbourne was so fun! What a great city!!! The food and the fashion! Overall the vibe was so amazing. I loved how everyone dressed so individually and their clothes looked more like works of art rather than functional wear. When I think of Melbourne I think of the word “groovy”.

My girlfriend and I went to the Melbourne Design Markets at Federation square thanks to the heads up from Jodie at Ric Rac. So many cool designs and the place was heaving with visitors.

The photos above were presents for a good girlfriend who just had her third baby boy. I made a pillow for each of the boys. I had to sneak them out the door because Rhys had his eyes on that helicopter one.

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Entering into week two of school holidays and I decided to break out some serious kid craft. Rhys loves playing with kaleidoscopes at school. I checked out a book in the library on how to make your own at home.  The library book projects were a bit advanced for what I wanted and the materials hard to source.  I searched the Internet and found this video which was more our speed and the materials were at hand.

We started the project and there were a lot of hiccoughs along the way. The video makes it look so easy and it was not! I wish there was some audio with it to give you a bit more information. The video is just like  Martha Stewart making everything look so easy and fast. Ha ha.

The result was great and I have to say after learning the hard way the first time around, kaleidoscopes of the future will be easier. Big hit with my budding scientist and we all learning a lot.

Exhausted post zoo visit. It was crazy with pilgrims!  I have four, four year old boys coming to play tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

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I was a bit reticent to believe the oiled manila paper stencil suggested via Loobylu’s blog, but it worked a charm!!!!  Thanks a million for the tip on glue adhesive as well that I learned via Loobylu’s post.  I think I would have been locked up in the loony bin without the aid of that tool.   Got to love the goodness of blog crafting tips, tricks and suggestions!

I have posted submarine photos of the friend’s t-shirts at nausea on flickr. The oiled stencil is on there too if you are wondering what the heck I am talking about.


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Here are the photos of the pirate quilt. The design is called, “Party on Shark Island” and I purchased it as a kit from the lovely, talented ladies from Material Obsession. Those ladies are sorceresses with fabric. 

Emi’s Patch in Eastwood quilted it for me.

I love it and so happy with the results. More importantly, the little guy loves it and has it on his bed.

I had a hard time trying to capture all the detail on the camera, so more photos on flickr.

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