Monday, March 31, 2008

Eggs, chickens, rabbits and leaves!!

Here I am..... over here, yes it's me - I'm back!!

Actually I haven't really been anywhere. It's school holidays and I have been just a tad busy with the children. And we haven't really done anything in particular but I do have a few bits and pieces to share with you.

First of all I have a couple of Easter photos.

The Easter Bunny left lots of yummy chocolate in the garden........

Easter loot

.. which Daphne thought was completely fantastic!

Mmmmmm choccie

Then we enjoyed a delicious lamb roast and chocolate cake at Mum's with the family.

Easter Cake

And speaking of bunnies, our friend Sophia got a lovely white rabbit for her Birthday so we decided to give her a little soft one.

A birthday rabbit for Sophia

The pattern is from here. Very cute and very easy! Happy 8th Birthday Sophia!

Rabbit softie

On the sewing front I have been mainly doing some hand quilting on the train quilt. As the lovely recipient's Mummy reads this blog I can't show it to you. Hopefully they won't have to wait too much longer.

I also made some aprons for the Stitches and Craft show to demonstrate how one pattern can be done in several different ways.

Apron

And for any Melbourne people who would like to know how to make a simple apron - look here. I'm doing an apron workshop!

Aprons 1 & 2

Simple apron No 1

Cathy is also running a workshop for her lovely children's clothes which is going to be hugely popular if the interest at the shop is any indication.

So did I tell you it's the school holidays?

Did I tell you it's Autumn?

This ......

Autumn Fun

...... is what you do when it's school holidays and Autumn!!

autumn fun

And Florence and Kathy who tagged me recently, I haven't forgotten and I will get to them soon I promise!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Party Time!

Wow, so much to tell you but where do I begin?

I think I will start with the slumber party on Saturday night.

A cherry themed slumber party. Five eight year old girls and my two oldest daughters. Fun!

They arrived at 5pm, made pizzas, ate icecream, played outside, watched a movie and giggled endlessly.

Making Pizzas

Their party bag was a little denim tote lined with cherry fabric with their initial on the front in more cherries.

Chloe's party bags

In it we put cherry earrings, cherry lollies, cherry note pad, pen and a little elephant stamp and stamp pad.

Chloe's party bags

The girls were thrilled.

Chloe's party bags

The earrings were a big hit and apparently make one look like a teenager! They even got teased by the nine year old boy next door over the fence.

Checking out the boy next door!

They thought it was 'the best party ever'!

The morning after

I have also had the most wonderful few days at the Stitches and Craft show. The stand was amazing and the staff just fantastic!

Stitches and Craft Show

I got to meet so many of our clever local crafty girls who were not only inspirational but just completely lovely.

Living Creatively

And I can't believe how many craft bloggers came in for a visit over the four days. Friday was like a huge ongoing blog meet and I was able to put a face to so many of my favourite reads.

Our bloggy visitors

We saw Jo, Tamara, Stacey, Corrie, Jodie, Annie, Donna, Tracey, and Kellie. And we shared the stand with Jenny, Fiona, Angela, Kristin, Kris, Amelia, Virginie, Bianca and other amazing crafty girls.

We were even brave enough to be interviewed on stage every day and some of you may have even caught us on Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Friday morning.

Interview time

Interview time

It was a really wonderful and rewarding experience in so many ways and I'm just so glad to have been offered the opportunity. We also got such positive response regarding 'Audrey and Maude' our new sewing pattern concept and loads of inspiration for patterns. Better get on with it then!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Some stuff to show before the Show

It's a busy time and I haven't really had time to post. There is so much happening at once. First let me show you some finished work.

Being a lover of all things aprony I decided to participate in the Sassy Apron swap. The first theme was Spring.

I finally got my apron finished after being interrupted by several family illnesses and other dilemmas. I have had this gorgeous fabric for ages and always wanted to use it for an apron.

Spring Apron

It makes me think of the green of new growth, the beautiful pink blossom trees and the blue, blue skies of Spring. Teamed with the teapots I think it's quite a cheerful little apron. I sent it off with some cute Easter cookie cutters.

Spring Apron

I finally get to show you a bag I made for my gorgeous girlfriend Ros.

Ros Birthday bag

It's similar to the one I made my sister-in-law for Christmas except I used linen, rounded the bottom and added some yummy liberty and spots.

Ros bag detail

Happy belated Birthday my friend!!

Ros bag interior

And now I have some special news! This is a very exciting week and I have been madly sewing in preparation for the Stitches and Craft Show where I am joining several other craft bloggers on the Living Creatively stand.

I'm joining forces with the very lovely Cathy of Miss Marzie fame who works with me at Amitie every Tuesday sewing up gorgeous samples for the shop.

And why are we there.............?

Cathy and I have decided to get together and develop a range of simple sewing patterns for aprons, bags, children's clothes, and quilts. I know a few of you have discovered our venture via Miss Marzie but to all those that don't know.... look out for AUDREY and MAUDE.

You can come and see us and lots of other local crafty ladies demonstrating various craft activities. Cathy and I are also being interviewed about the concept of Audrey and Maude, craft blogging and how we met through an apron swap.

So if you are a local pop in and say hello.

Stitches and Craft Show
Caulfield Racecourse
Thursday to Sunday 10-5
Living Creatively Stand on Level 1

Saturday, March 1, 2008

My lucky leap day girl!

Yesterday Chloe had a Birthday.

Chloe's Birthday

And she doesn't get many of them being born on the 29th of February.

Yesterday she turned 2!

Chloe's 8th Birthday

No really, she had her 8th Birthday and I can't believe it's been 8 years since this beautiful little person entered our lives.

Birthday Candles

She is such a sweet, clever, generous and kind girl and we're so proud her.

Happy 8th Birthday gorgeous girl.