Wednesday, January 30

Believe - Celebrate Back to School Dinner

 With our word of the year Believe we celebrated the end of the holidays and start of the new school year.
Requested dinner was burritos 
 The words hanging from the ceiling

Strawberry cake was also supplied as per request

 and now back to school

Tuesday, January 29

New project

Off at spotlight today looking for a gift I stumbled on this - half cross stitch half tapestry but end up with a cushion. All wrapped up in a neat little bag this is my new project on the go.

Monday, January 28


This is a great book that I picked up from a pop up shop on Phillip Island. You can see it is from the Haby Godess whose has online sales here.

It is a New Zealand based book with patterns for 10 pieces from different designers included. What is also lovely is the history included in the book, a real domestic and retro feel. I am keen to whip up a few of the things in here so stay tuned. Maybe once the kids are back at school.

Saturday, January 26

Australia Day

The flag was raised and the BBQ on in true Australian Fashion

Friday, January 25

Reunion Playgroup

 These six women spawned this tribe of kids - (and there are 4 missing!!)

We had a little reunion of our playgroup. Nine years on the original six little babies and very nervous mothers has changed to a tribe of 15 kids and firm friends - albeit a bit more tired and older.
Thanks for a lovely day ladies and a great nine years.

Thursday, January 24

Drape Drape - fail and save

I got me some Drape Drape books from Book Depository. I got books 1 & 2 with 3 due in March. They arrived just before Xandy's birthday and I was desperate to make something. Ms G was sewing so I joined in to make No 13 loose drape tank top pictured below.

It was a massive fail. None of which are Drape Drape's fault. 
1. I am hippy (not in the 70's sense) so extra fabric around my bottom half is not always flattering
2. The pattern suggested rayon double knit and in the picture it is a light weight fabric. Mine is not.
3. I used the fabric against the grain to get it to fit. Bit lazy and wanted it done quick. This is also why the white top has a lemon contrast stitching. 
All my own fault. There is also no pictorial evidence of how terribly bad this garment looked before. After however it looks like this:

 I wanted to wear it to the beach today so I took the extra fabric under the arms and did a vertical line of stitching at the small of my back. The fabric is almost an inverted pleat. This takes the volume from the sides and plonks it on my bum where it is much better to be. In the end I was happy and wore it to Smiths beach for a play in the surf