Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Bit of Sewing Time....


Over the weekend I got a chance to whip up a couple of skirts for my little princess......

All I did to make them was cut a 12' x 32' rectangle out of some fabric from my stash, stitched the 2 12' sides of the rectangle together to make a tube, hemmed the bottom, stitched on some cute trim then hemmed the top and inserted some elastic. Too easy!!!!
I'd say it's about a size 2-3... I got the super cute trims from Reprodepot about 6 months ago and am so happy with the quality that I can't wait to head on over there again to buy some more of their trims...
Seen as though my little girl is pretty obsessed with putting things in pockets at the moment I added a pocket to the one below...

Next on the sewing agenda is a couple more of these aprons and some light weight pants for Spring...

Thanks for all of the advice on the gates from my last post... After changing my mind several times I've finally come to a decision... I'm going with the less-fancy option of the gate in the first pic, with the added swirly bit on the top of coarse.. I can't wait to pick them up this weekend from Mum's and when I do I'll show you all some pics!!!

Take Care... :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Slowing Down A Bit.....

I finished that cardi that I started a couple of weeks back but am yet to take a pic of it all sewn up so this one of it finished and ready to be sewn up will have to do for now... :)Isn't that green just divine??? I used the same yarn that I did back here and loved every minute of it... It's so super soft and lovely to knit with....
We started pulling down and building a new fence around our farm house last weekend and I'm finding alot of my spare time consumed by this task so the knitting has slowed down for now.... I'm getting some specially made gates from my Mum's engineering business and from her many designs I'm finding it hard to choose between these 2.... I'm leaning more towards the first one as it was named after my little princess 'Connie' but I think it may be needing a little swirly thing added to the top like the one in the second pic to jazz it up a bit... The second one is good too but maybe the mesh down the bottom needs to be on the diagonal like the first one.... Decisions decisions???? I'd love to hear what you think??? Any feed back would be great!!!!!
Take Care and have a FANTASTIC weekend!!!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Still Knitting....

I still can't believe that I've now finished 2 knitted projects bigger than a scarf or beanie.....
This little 5 hour baby sweater (even though it took me much, much longer than that!!!) is so super cute I can't wait to knit up another one.... I knitted up the 8-10pound baby size (it's about the same as 3-6 month, my baby was 8 pound and there is no way that this would of fit her at birth). I finished it off with a little red velvet ribbon, next time I'm thinking a couple of buttons at the top would be pretty cute too...
I've now started on another cardie and can't wait to get it finished... If only the knitting bug had struck back at the start of Winter, not at the end... LOL!!! Oh well, just think of all of the cute Summer things I can start knitting soon.... Take Care :)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Knitting Bug....

With babies popping up (or should I say out?? LOL) every where at the moment the urge to pull out the knitting needles has stuck again... This time I've actually finished something bigger than a scarf or gloves... It's this cute little Debbie Bliss Shrug.....
Now I'm a pretty novice knitter at the best of times but with the help of You Tube and a few handy 'how to' video's it was a breeze mastering this super easy pattern by Debbie Bliss...

I started this shrug on Tuesday night and finished it last night, talk about instant knitting gratification!!! Seen as though the knitting bug has well and truly made it self at home I couldn't help but cast on this little number this morning before work.... It's going to be a gift for a girlfriend who's due to have a baby girl in a couple of weeks... Her colour preference was red, not pink, RED!!!! I can't wait to see how it turns out...
Just one last note before I sign off for today.... I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration and support that all you bloggers out there offer each and every day. If it wasn't for this 'network' of supportive people I really would find it hard to focus on a daily basis like I do....Take Care and THANK YOU!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Growing Challenge....

I've decided to join in with Melinda's Growing Challenge.... The #1 rule of this challenge is to grow 1 additional type of fruit or vegetable from seed than you did last year.... Now for those that have never grown any fruit or veg before, ever, well that's OK, there's a huge support network over at Melinda's website for gardeners of all skill levels.... The aim of this challenge is to get people growing more fresh fruit and veg at home....
Isn't this a fantastic idea??? With the growing cost of living these days why not ease the pain by growing your own produce.... I've had a veggie patch for as long as I can remember and the flavour of your own home grow fruit and veg is AMAZING!!!!
This year I've decided to have a go at growing green squash from seed. I came across these fantastic Jiffy Pellets (or seed raising pots) at my local hardware shop the other day and just had to give some a go..For $5 you get about 24, that's pretty good value don't you think????

Seen as though my hands were already dirty from potting my seeds I decided to plant 1/2 a dozen of these trees (I bought them from here for $1.80 each for those interested) outside the boundary of the house yard.... It's a bottle-brush and is among the hardiest of Australian native trees. This is a must, the hardiness that is, for where I live. Our annual rain fall out here is usually only about 6 inches (which translates into VERY BLOODY DRY!!!!!) LOL!!! Once they're established they should have beautiful red flowers through the months of Spring which will be great for attracting birds.

In amongst all of this 'planting' yesterday afternoon I couldn't help but snap this shot of Fog (our dog) keeping an eye on a potty lamb for me.... All of the potty's are back out in the paddock now but still like to come and visit me at the house in the afternoons....

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and in some way or other manage to get your hands dirty... Take Care :)