Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New books

With the book depository 10% off this month, i took the opportunity to purchase myself a new book. This one from Kay Whitt.
I am hoping it will arrive tomorrow as one of the kids books arrived today. Then I can get started making some clothes for myself.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Helicopter Party

Well Charlie has turned 2, and apparently he can get up to more mischief now that he is 2. Well actually technically he wasn't quite 2 when he got up to the most mischief. The night before his birthday party he decided to play with the bike chain and get his finger jammed/crushed in the chain - well mainly because his brother was pedalling it backwards while it was leaned against the wall. I honestly thought he was going to lose his finger - of course Steve and Mum had gone to get Fish and chips hadn't they - so I frantically rang our neighbour who whipped down and demanded a wrench which is actually easy to find in our house thank goodness, and he managed to get the finger out. So a trip to the doctor and a bit of strapping and he's all ready for a second birthday party the next day. So this is actually where the real post begins. He is mad about Helicopters - or "choppers" as he calls them. It just so happened that one flew over head on the morning of his party and his little ears prick up and off he runs yelling "chopper, chopper, chopper " you get the picture. So a helicopter party was in order
I made a rather lame cake - just a square turned helipad with Steve's remote control helicopter on top. - I know lame eh....

Anyway I made some cute cupcakes and some chopper pops (need to do a tutorial on those - super cute eh) and of course all the other cute party food.
We hired a Quad bike - simply because hiring a helicopter proved to be a bit harder than a Quad.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

KCWC day 4 and 5

Got lost in transit... I got so busy and ran out of time to post.
But here are some pics for you - a Merino hoodie that I made Charlie. Isn't he just so darn cute.

I also made Mum a set for her kitchen for mothers day and couldn't blog about it till she had it - which happened while she was up for Charlie's birthday - something else I need to blog about - oops
so here it is - a double ended pot holder copied from the one I have here - but changed slightly to a round end rather than a hand shaped one - easier to do the bias binding on. I even quilted the pot holder. I also made her a matching tea towel. I used a layer of insul-bright as the batting on the pot holder.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

KCWC day 3

Sorry I am a wee bit behind thanks to the lovely blogger being out of action for a couple of days.
I spent some time this week making a wee Dinosaur top for Jack to give to one of his friends for his 5th birthday. It is a lovely soft blue merino and I printed a "rhino dinosaur" in the words of Jack on the front.
Jack's wee friend is mad on dinosaurs. He absolutely loved the top. :-) And it should keep him nice and warm on these frosty autumnal days.
Sorry about the shocking shadows.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Soup Project

thanks to the lovely Blogger having a meltdown - I am way behind on my normal KCWC posts so thought I may as well post this while I am at it. Then I will post the rest of my KCWC stuff.
I have been a part of the S26 Soup project lately. Soup is a website where you can be a part of various trials and samples. I was lucky enough to be picked to do the S26 trial and seeing as my darling little boy won't touch cows milk this was the perfect trial for us. It was quite interesting watching his response as he has mostly been on the same 2 formulas since birth mainly for fear of trying a new one and him not liking it. He took a suck and then looked at me like "what is this?" then took another taste and then guzzled the bottle.
It's definitely something that we would buy again and I love the little ready to go milk cartons for when you are going out. Although the little sachets are also great for taking out places. Charlie is nearly 2 but is quite attached to his bottle. Jack was the same but finally decided he'd had enough just after 2 so will be interesting to see if Charlie does the same.
They also sent us a wee cookbook which was awesome - with lots of recipes with S26 in them, great if you have picky eaters and need to get those nutritional bits into your kids diets.
Thanks Soup and S26!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

KCWC Day 2

I didn't have much of a chance to get much sewing done yesterday -
but I thought I'd share with you
the Heidi and Finn hoodie
that i made Jack a couple of weeks ago.

It's the first time I have made the Heidi and Finn Urban Hoodie pattern.
I LOVE the style but found that the sizing is really small and the arms are really
skinny. I had already been pre-warned about the sleeves so I cut them quite a
bit wider. I made Jack the size 5 -
he is 4 and it's quite short on him.
I will make another for Charlie and see how the size 3 is on him at just about 2.

I used some fire engine buttons made by a friend Nicci Buttons by benji.
They finish it off so beautifully - Nicci makes the most amazing buttons.
I have some Robot ones still to use and then have plans to get
some more especially some of her dinosaurs and i might need to
persuade her to make some helicopters for Charlie.

I made it with a lovely soft Charcoal coloured terry backed knit and a
red, black and grey striped lycra as the lining. I used a black ribbing on the sleeve
cuffs and the bottom cuff.
And of course buttons from buttons by benji.
It also has a gorgeous wee fire engine Applique on it - this is thanks to my lovely
friend Claire and her wonderful embroidery machine

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 1

Well day 1 of kids clothes week saw me spending a few hours finalising things for a Fashion parade that was held last night at the Musterers Hut. I have sewed about six outfits for this in the last week and the kids did an awesome job - it was a showcasing of different clothing designers from around the area. I had 3 kids and sewed 2 outfits each for them. They looked gorgeous. Now of course i took photos right - ummmm ooops NO. I forgot my camera. Typical I was in such a rush to get out the door I forgot to take it. However there were lots of people there taking pics and have asked a friend to forward some on to me. So as soon as I receive them I will update this post. The oldest wee girl (A) was wearing a Two Little Taniwha red merino hoodie with her own skinny jeans. The other wee girl (K) was wearing a Pink merino top with apple print and a double layer skirt and red merino leggings. The wee boy (J)was wearing a green merino hoodie with a helicopter print on it. Both merino hoodies were lined in the hood with a stripy Cotton Lycra and i also used this to bind the arms and the hood.
The second outfits were (A) a pillowcase dress with her own leggings and a pink merino top with a ballerina print (not that you could see the ballerina). (K) was wearing a retro round yoked dress made with a gorgeous Michael Miller cord and a lovely Aqua cord to match. She was wearing the same wee pink merino underneath and some Aqua and cream striped merino leggings. (J) was wearing a merino top with a Robot print on it. Now you are probably wondering why my boys weren't up there modelling - well Jack plain refused to do it and Charlie is just a bit little yet.
Stay tuned for pics.... (providing it's Ok with the kids parents ;-))

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Kids clothes week

I am going to try and take part this year.
All I have to do is commit to sewing kids clothes for at least 1 hour a day.
Not so hard eh.....

The only thing that will throw me off is if I get called in to work.
I'm looking forward to it.