Monday, January 29, 2007

Some pics from Australia Day

I took the camera this time so I could show a picture of me driving the boat. Though I am only going snails pace for the camera, as I refuse to drive the boat or waterski while pregnant (which is a shame since the water temp was just beautiful.
You can see my friend Avril, Wayne and Jalisa's hat.

This is Jalisa and Opa (my Dad) sitting on the disk, since she refuses to touch the sand.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

2 baby outfits

Boy - blue velour and lime binding.
Girl - Mauve with grey marle binding.

Nappy change roll tutorial

Cut 1 - 62cm x 20cm (pockets)
Cut 2 - 62cm x 36cm (inside and outside)

Cut 1 - 62cm x 20cm
Cut 1 – 62cm x 36cm

1. Apply interfacing to one of the larger pieces – this will be for the outside. Pin the other piece of interfacing right side to right side of fabric and sew one long edge of fabric. Flip the interfacing over and iron on as usual (this method will provide a neat finish for facings as well).

2. Using tailor’s chalk, mark lines of pocket pieces as follows – 16cm from edge, 15cm from chalk line.

3. Place pocket on inside fabric piece, matching lower edges and corners. Sew up the two pocket seams over the chalk lines.

4. Baste two lengths of ribbon, cord or thin tubes of fabric to one short side.

5. Pin right side of outer piece of fabric to right side of inner fabric/pockets. Sew all four sides, leaving a good-sized gap so that you can turn. Trim corners.

6. Turn right side out and use crochet hook or chopstick to round out corners. Fold seam allowance in gap to inside and topstitch all the way around.

Fill your nappy change roll with goodies and away you go!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Our relationship is over!

I am so over you at the moment. We always did have a hot and cold relationship. Sometimes you can be so nice to me. At the moment I simply cannot stand you. You are so clingy and don’t let me breathe. Sometimes you are not in the least bit flexible when I need you to be, and other times you are so flexible it drives me crazy.

You are so good when you are hanging with your friends. But the more I think about it, the more I realise that I like your friends better. So I am going to stick with them. Polyester - the only thing you are good for is thread and fleece.

I will take pictures of my new skirt soon

Monday, January 08, 2007

Nappy roll

A few times on our holiday we went out without the nappy bag (we normally keep it in the car if we go out) when Jalisa needed a change. SIL keeps a small PVC bag stocked with a few nappies, wipes, bags and a little mat. Being obsessed with sewing as much as possible, I decided to make a roll with pockets for all the stuff...fabric will probably look familiar. I wanted to use something I am not *too* attached to incase I stuffed up the measurements.
Open - it has three pockets
Rolled up and closed. I was lazy and so looked through my ribbons and found this velvet one that goes well with the print. I can't believe it has taken me so long to think of making something like this. I guess before I had Jay I did not really have to time to make everything.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Holiday purchases

The leaf print cotton on the left is to make this dress - *maybe* for next summer, no promises though. The paper doll fabric will make something for Jalisa - a bag maybe. The muslin is for another baby wrap, maybe for SIL's new bubba. I did also buy some white interlock knit in preparation of buying some procion dyes!

I also bought this pattern - and I am excited that I actually have a piece of fabric in the stash long enough for the skirt project (perfect for the CM January theme challenge of crafting for oneself!)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Back from the coast

What a fantastic holiday...apart from the cold and miserable days - the last couple of years have been extremely hot so it was really weird spending most days dreaming or chasing the girl around.

Some changes that we made this year - a huge tent and a new site (next one over under more shade). We bought some more chairs and shade cloth too.

This is the back of the site - no more cars parked under the tent. The unused playpen makes a great child barrier for part of the time. Next year the gap will be covered with the shade cloth that we bought, so no more pesky rain coming in under the tarp.
First walk on the beach - where Jalisa discovered a great dislike for the sand. We also found blue bottles washed up on the beach, so while it is a sunny day it is not a great day for swimming. That is my dad and Wayne in the picture too.
We did have a couple of hot days - I thought this picture was funny as she went down on the mattress fully clothed.
Jalisa's first ride at the fair. For the most of the ride, she had both hands off the wheel so she spun around for the most of it!
It was such a great holiday compared with last year. Jalisa slept like a dream and was happy to go visit her cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We were comfortable (albeit cold) and had just the right amount of time to relax, shop, play - plus Wayne did most of the cooking.