Monday, April 27, 2009

When I grow up I wanna be pottymouthmama

I have had the fabric (a Spotlight gem) and this pattern for a while but had shelved the project thinking it was too summery.

But then I stumbled upon pottymouthmama's blog on the day she blogged about the shirt she made in her sewing class and was re-inspired all over again.

I extended the line of the shirt into a mini-dress because I don't do jeans anymore. Love it. Brown tights and my brown boots and I'm all set for a comfy winter.

Sewing Monday

Sewing? On a Monday? Oh, you thought Wednesday was my sewing day? Well, it is. And now, SO IS MONDAY! Oh yes. So I officially have two child-free days per week. The catch? Well, I have to drag myself into my sewing room and slave away creating and making for hours and hours on end for two whole day every week. I know, tough gig! I'll be sewing stuff for the Gilles St market. 6 months of pester power worked and I've been offered a permanent spot at the best market in town.

And my goal? Well, I just wanna sew really. And sell enough stuff to pay for 1 day of childcare for both kidlets each week (and maybe even a cleaner if things go really well). Lofty ambitions. I'm not doing it for the money I'm doing it for my sanity. I've done my time as a SAHM.

I had a stall the Gilles St market once before and discovered that I was out-funkied. Also, there were a lot of people selling lovely things for kids so I've decided to move away from little girl skirts and into clothes for big people. Clothes that I would want to wear (think comfy!).

Clothes like this:

And if I pull it off I get to live the dream - making money doing what I love. If you saw Insight last week you'll know what I'm talking about.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Yesterday's furniture moving frenzy created a cozy reading nook in the living room. We've been going there to de-grumpify. Usually we go outside to the trampoline but the weather has taken a dive. My two love to read (and I love to read to them provided it's not Angelina Ballerina for the millionth time) so this will be our foul mood go-to for winter.

i only keep chopping off my head because i can't seem to make a normal face when i'm having my photo taken....

Retail therapy also helps a foul mood and I'm in search of a new winter coat so Abby and I trawled the shops today. No luck. So I've been searching for a good coat pattern instead. It's possible I'm over-estimating my sewing skills but I can always head back to the sewing school for a bit of help and it'll still be cheaper than forking out the $495 for the coat I have my eye on.

And finally, Chris, Abby and Rory shipped off to the in-laws for dinner so I could sew and read my new favourite blog. Aaaah. Now I'm a happy mummy.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anzac Day - One to forget

And the award for world's grumpiest kids goes to - my two. Gee, did we have a crap day. We should've just sat in the rain watching the parade because at least then we'd all have a reason to be in a foul mood.

We're doing a mini-reno in the kitchen which involves changing all the door knobs and a new paint job. I've settled on Dulux 'straw' but Chris is not convinced so we went to Bunnings today and got a sample pot of 'peach tint' and 'salmon pink'. We could've saved ourselves the $8 per sample pot because I know we'll end up with straw walls. My powers of persuasion are great.

So great I convinced Chris to rearrange the furniture again today. I think it's a change of seasons thing. So my spur of the moment decision to move the tv to a different corner had us moving both couches, the dining table, 2 bookcases (and all the clutter that goes along with that) and cleaning and mopping the floors. Lucky we move the furniture so often, cause I think we're breeding new life forms under our couches.

Needless to say we all needed a rest and some Anzac biccies after all that. Painting tomorrow.

This is the kitchen now:

It was just plain cream when we moved in and I painted the pink feature wall in my post baby haze. I've grown to hate it and we've all had our share of pink cupcakes so it's time for a change. I like change...and I can't holiday. So paint it is.

OK time to recover from the day and test out our new tv-couch configuration with a movie, some wine and some choc.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fair trade clothing

My sister took Abby and Rory to the zoo in the rain yesterday so I finished her anna tunic. She liked mine and kept borrowing it (grr!) so I offered to make her one of her own. I'm always happy to trade sewing time for babysitting.

The tunic looks great on, but not so hot on the hanger. And I'm still convinced Amy Butler used Jane Jetson's wardrobe as inspiration for this design.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Watcha Wearing Wednesday?

I don't participate in WWW because Wednesday is my sewing day and I'm invariably in my trackies. Abby's looking funky though...
Op Shop Bonds Cardi
Xmas present t-shirt (I don't buy white!)
Skirt by mummy
Garage sale leggings
Sandals (her second pair for the summer. She/we lost the first pair)
She had a little bit of help from her 'stylist' with this outfit. You should see what happens when I let her dress herself..........

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Good old fashioned dirt

Gee, 2 kids and a fly away husband can really get in the way of blogging. I've been trying to write this post since Sunday. Seriously, I need to have words to them about priorities.
We had some dirt delivered for our new veggie patch on the weekend.

I'm not sure why we're bothering. I'm from the 'dig-it-in-hope-for-the-best' school of gardening and so far possums/birds/the childcare bunny have eaten just about every seed and seedling we've ever put in. We had great success with our tomatoes and zucchinis but our existing veggie patch is looking quite sad.

What you can see there are the stubs of some broccoli plants, a pumpkin vine with no pumpkins, leeks that won't fatten up, and capsicums which get picked and thrown around the backyard before they have a chance to ripen (Rooooory!!!) We've also tried snow peas, onions, garlic, cucumbers, lettuce and baby spinach to name a few.

We'll get there. Because even though it seems like wasted effort (and $$) it's very satisfying to fill tummies with food from the backyard.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Camping, anyone?

I was following the directions for a women's blouse so I'm wondering how I ended up with a three person tent?
The fact that I was using a 1970s maternity patterns should've clued me in. Now I know what our mums have been complaining about. Back then it was all about hiding the bump.
I like the sleeves and the pockets and the neckline but I'm not really enjoying my new triangular proportions.
Anyway, I've figured out a way to make this top less balloon-y. I made some long ties which I sewed on at the sides and can tie up at the back. If I want to wear it tent-style I can just put the ties in the pockets. Ha! That'll keep people guessing.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oxymoron cake

Buoyed by the fact that I received two (yes 2!!!) comments on my last post, I'm back. Clearly, I was missed. I'm going through a somewhat tumultuous patch in my life at the moment and have found blogging difficult as I feel dishonest starting blog posts about my new Anna Maria Horner bag or tent top or whatever when life dramas are what's really on my mind. But I don't really want to tell the world about those so that doesn't leave anything to blog about!

A recipe is always a good place to start. This is the healthiest cake we make. It's yummy and easy too so it ticks all the boxes. And it comes from one of my ABA magazines. Mind you, my ABA membership is redundant as of this week when Rory decided I am no longer a food group he requires and that most of what he wants to eat comes from the fridge now. OK, well if you insist. I'll just go and enjoy my new found freedom at the Missy Higgins concert then shall I? OK.

Wholemeal Sultana Cake

2 cups SR wholemeal flour, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp wheat germ, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 400g sultanas or mixed fruit, 125g butter, 1 tbsp each of nutmeg and cinnamon, 1 cup of water.

Put fruit, butter, sugar, spices and water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, stir and cool. Stir in flour and wheat germ and then then eggs. Pour into a well-greased tin and bake at 180 for about an hour.

I'll be back to blog about the tent top and Anna Maria Horner bag later. Trust me, you don't want to hear about my life dramas.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A blue day

Sick and mopey today.

Not so sick I couldn't manage to drag my feet around the op-shop near my doctor, though.
Blue things a-plenty. Some fabric (ooh pretty vintage florals! Actually, they may not be vintage but I found them in an op-shop so they fit my definition of vintage), a denim dress for Abby, and a mum who was yelling at her child 'til she was blue in the face. And it's only day one of the school holidays.

Monday, April 6, 2009


My sewing room has been invaded by the olds (aka my babysitting, housecleaning, dishwashing, laundering, cooking, handyperson parents).

Sorry to disappoint the 3 people who read my blog, but I won't be blogging for the next week or so. I'm just gonna relax.

Friday, April 3, 2009

On the move

We have a walker! Who said child #2 learns to roll/sit/crawl/walk early to keep up with their older sibling? Rory wasn't listening.

Oh, and he didn't get the memo about learning to walk before you learn to climb either. He's been giving his mummy heart attacks for months with antics like these:

Pretty soon I won't be able to keep up with either of them.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Seasons out of sync

It's April. It's 35 degrees. It's odd. I'm over my summer wardrobe and ready to get on with winter.

Who am I kidding, I've already moved on. I wore leggings, one of my comfy tube skirts and a t-shirt today and sweltered. But at least I looked "autumny".

I recall I had the same problem last Spring when I sewed 4 Simplicity 7229 skirts and wore them depsite the fact that it was barely 20 degrees.
See? I even have pasty white end of winter legs to prove that it wasn't skirt-wearing-weather.

That's enthusiasm for you.
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