Wednesday, July 1, 2009

nouveau lengthens too-short pants

bit of a mouthful that title ... but anyway, the little one, who is three, is still wearing jeans in a size one. they're a great fit on her, but getting too short in the leg - you know how it is. i scrounged around the local op shops but didn't find anything satisfactory. so i scrounged around at home, looking for some material i could use to sew her new pants, when i came across a whole bag of trims i stashed away for some reason (still haven't found the reason, though). i swear it was a lightbulb moment when my eyes happened to rest on that superb blue fabric whilst holding a handful of trims in one hand. i'm pretty chuffed with the final result. as the little one would say: "hooray for mummy!"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

upcycle lean cuisine

Hannah's current lunch box is highly unsatisfactory. It's plastic and already the top bit is broken. She can't take it in and out of her school bag by herself as it has no handles and is too wide. I was going to buy a Tupperware lunch set for her, but then, strolling along past an op-shop - as you do - I spied this Lean Cuisine insulated lunch bag. It was just perfect for her. Except that it has mould spots - which didn't come out in the wash - and it says 'Lean Cuisine' on the front. So, I decided to upcycle it! Using this lovely fabric by Michael Miller called Candy Dots, a bit of sewing, a pair of pinking shears and a hot glue gun, the luchbox now looks fantastic, is water-resistant and totally functional! As long as she doesn't lose it, I think we can get at least three years of wear out of it. And all for a grand total of $5. Whoo-hoo!


Hannah turned six last Wednesday and to mark the event, I decided to throw her a proper party - one where she was allowed to invite her friends. We played loads of games and had heaps of fun. I did very nearly break my back decorating the deck, but it was all worth it. The day was fine and sunny with a good breeze. The kids played the games - gamely - and were awarded with (lolly) prizes in paper dumplings.

first sewing project in the new house

I sewed this little bag for one of Emma's little friends from playgroup. She turned two a couple of weeks ago and I thought a pink girly bag might delight her.

Monday, May 25, 2009

recipe for friendship scarves

Whipped up a couple of scarves for the girls this afternoon. (I was supposed to be packing, heh-heh...) For something that was made up on the spur of the moment, they turned out brilliantly. I think I can squeeze in one more for myself before it's time to cook :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

no longer babies

where has the time gone?

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Another year come and gone and we are all still replete with feasting and relaxing, both time-consuming activities. I've given myself the best present yet: my driver's licence, whoo-hoo! It's wonderful being able to go places and do things for myself without having to wait on anyone. The next challenge is to get a job, any job. Wish me luck!