Wednesday, January 27, 2010

First Day AOK!

Master O started prep yesterday and my goodness it went well! Not that we were expecting any other outcome - he has literally been busting to get to school since Kindy finished last year.

It was such a wonderful day. I didn't even get teary. I think it hit me this morning when I dropped him off ("Mummy, I'm so excited about my second day at school!") and as soon as we got outside the classroom he put his bag away and said "Ok bye mummy! You can go now."

My baby is no longer my baby! But it's all good - I'm so glad he's had a lovely first day.

And here are my lovely kids waiting outside the classroom.

The beginning of a new era.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I've done it!

To begin our Year of Health, I joined up with Weight Watchers again. I'm seeing results and I'm happy to say that I have lost 1.5kg over the past two weeks.

So I'm pretty happy about that.

Also excited about exercising again - got the Jillian Michaels dvd for Christmas and I've actually enjoyed doing it. Didn't think I would but it is manageable and she's actually really good to listen to :) Well, I never!!

Onwards and upwards!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I bought this pattern a while ago because it was so darn cute! It is a Shmerpi and the pattern is by One Red Robin, or Jhoanna Monte. I love that she is Australian too - she lives in Melbourne. Have a look at her blog - it is full of lovely goodness.

Anyway! I made a Shmerpi for one of my beautiful nieces who is turning 8 on Sunday.

I used op-shop purple fleecy backed tracksuit material for the body, acrylic felt for the face, heart and pocket tabs. The lovely clothes were made from some lovely fabric I got in a Crafty Mama's swap from Lissylou.

Here is the Shmerp looking pensive and bit nervous about meeting her new owner. Or that could just be my still-to-be-developed embroidery skills :)

Although she does look kind of happy in this shot, don't you think?

Arms crossed and very nonchalant.

Just hangin'.

I really enjoyed making her and I hope that Miss O loves her to pieces. The clothes were really easy to make and go on easily. This is such a lovely pattern. The only thing I would change in the instructions would be to stuff the legs AFTER sewing the front and back together, as instructed for the arms. The pattern pieces actually imply this, but being the stickler that I am, I followed the written instructions, not the markings on the pattern. Do you know how hard it is to sew the front and back of a softie together with two incredibly well-stuffed limbs sandwiched in between! It took me many, many, many goes to get it right. So if you have this pattern, are going to buy this pattern, or borrow it from me (Julie ;) ) then heed my warning!

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

OK - I have decided!

I'm sewing this top at the moment. I had a top last winter that is a similar style and I love love loved it to death! Saves me having to pick it apart to make a pattern.

Love Hot Patterns - good size range from 6 - 26. I'm making an 18 and it looks like it might be a bit big but we'll see. I'm using a piece of tomato red t-shirt material that I bought from an op shop - not sure when or how much - but it is just a test run. If I like it I have some nice stuff to make it from :)

What are you going to make?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 Challenge

I'm entering my friend, Carolyn's, blog challenge!

Off you go! Go to her blog and sign up!

January's challenge is something for yourself. Hmmmmm . . . . thinking cap is on!