Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You are invited....

Well you aren't but 8 lovely young ladies are - to Chloe's 9th Birthday party. After having no idea of what I was going to do, Chloe and I came up with a few really good ideas.

Chloe's invitation

All she wanted was her friends over for a few games and nachos and tacos for dinner - easy!

Chloe's invitation

Chloe's invitation

We're just adding in a few extras! I will give you a full debrief after the big event!!

Chloe's invitation

And here is a little something I made for my brother for his birthday - again, I find it hard to know what to make or even buy for men!

Duncan's cushion

I do know his wife really liked it!!

And here's what I have been spending a lot of my spare time doing.

Busy working

I'm making some bits and pieces to donate to the The Toy Society and handmadehelp.

And of course, I'm working on some special new patterns which will hopefully be ready for the Stitches and Craft Show. Now THAT you definitely are invited to!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Can you help?

I haven't felt like posting for a bit because I'm not quite sure what to say. As I'm sure you are all aware our little state of Victoria has just suffered the most horrific bushfire disaster we have ever seen.

We are all in shock and just so incredibly sad that so many people and homes have been lost. I think this post goes some way to explaining it. But it's unimaginable really. These photos took my breath away and just made me cry.

I know many of you out there are thinking of us and it has been lovely to receive kind emails from people checking to see if we are all ok.

I am about an hour's drive away from most of the fires but know of many people who have been affected. We are all busy trying to think of ways to help and here a just a couple that you might like to consider too.

A collection of wonderful auction items are here.

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Rainbow Comfort Packs for children.

The Toy Society are collecting handmade toys.

Bushfire Quilt Project

Meet Me at Mikes have a good list of all that's going on.

And of course they need money and every little bit helps. You can donate here.

A little prayer wouldn't go astray either for those who were lost, those who survived and all those who are still fighting the fires that are still burning.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Grrrrrr - boys' toys!

I don't have any boys so when it comes to buying them gifts I can get a bit stuck.

But when we received the invitation to my nephew's dinosaur themed 3rd Birthday party surprisingly I knew exactly what to make.

Ages ago I bought some fantastic fabric from Spotlight and wish I'd had the foresight to buy heaps more. It is waterproofed and absolutely brilliant for little bags.

So I made him a special dinosaur bag!

Dinosaur bag for Angus

And bought a heap of little dinosaurs and trees to go inside.

This guy was the biggest and scariest.

grrrr

I told him to hide!

Boo!

These went too.

card and soaps for Angus

He loved it all! Ahh the satisfaction of getting something just right!