Back To School Roundup

Liz wrote this at 13:11 :

School starts back this week - just 2 more sleeps.

DD is in year 1 this year, so needed a few extra items - an art shirt/smock, and a pencil case. I looked quickly online for a pattern for an art smock, but couldn’t find one that I was happy with, so I pulled out my Enid Gilchrist books and flicked through. I found one that was roughly the right size, so using DDs measurements, drafted up a rough pattern. I didn’t get it quite right, as when I sewed the sleeves on the neckline was rather uneven, so the casing for the elastic is far from perfect. But it will work and that is all that matters.

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It is sewn from an op-shop bed sheet - a lovely thick cotton. The sleeve bottoms and neckline are gathered with elastic to make it easy for her to get on and off herself.
I think by the thumbs up it is satisfactory :)

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Listed on the year 1 booklist is a pencil case, but I didn’t want to buy one as they are not very nice quality at all. I also wasn’t sure if she would use it, as DS didn’t when he was in year 1. So I delved in the stash to see what we could come up with. This fabric was a remnant from SL, and the zip is a very old one that was given to me. I like that it matches almost exactly to the green :)

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Packing the school supplies in bags to take to school, I noticed DS’s pencil case from last year had started to get holes in it. He asked very nicely if I could make him a new one. So we picked some red corduroy (from the op-shop) and a bright blue zip from the stash.

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Nice and shiny and new, all ready for school.

Cheers!

Kings Park Visit

Liz wrote this at 13:36 :

We decided to take a picnic up to Kings Park today, as the kids haven’t been up there since they were quite small. It was very warm, but also a lovely day out.

We started with a walk around the parkland, stopping to watch the water fountains, and play at the waterfall.

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Then it was over the elevated walkway, looking out over the river and the city.

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We then drove up to the playground and had a picnic lunch. Cooling off under the water sprayers before we headed home.

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A lovely summer day!

Cheers!

Super Dooper Quick Christmas Present Roundup

Liz wrote this at 14:08 :

(coz I forgot to do it before now).

For the kids, they both received a mummy made outfit. Ottobre shorts for DS, with a Farbenmix Hilde t-shirt. Ottobre tee and Farbenmix Carolyn skirt/leggings combo for DD. All fabrics are from Crafty Mamas, also the ribbon embellishments.
EDIT: The Otto patterns are: shorts - 1/2004 #24 (I think they were pants, but I made them shorts, in a size 134).
DD’s tee is 3/2010 #31 in a size 116 - I found it is on the small side, or intended for a very slim child.

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They also asked for a set of beanbags - so I did 4 sets, so my nieces received a set each too. Except I was a little overzealous making these, I made the outer with velcro so they could be removed and washed - never, ever, again!! That was pure madness - though they will be easy to wash :)

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For my younger cousins, and another young family member, I made covered journals. Super happy with these. The bigger ones are A4, and the smaller ones are A6. Embroidery designs are all from Huups.

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A lanyard for a great Aunt. I was unsure of the colours in this before sewing it up - but it is just perfect for her.

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And lastly, a Keyka Lou Half-Moon Bag in Meadowsweet fabrics. This was for my Aunty and she loved it! So do I :)

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Cheers!

Hello 2011!

Liz wrote this at 10:13 :

Here is a picture to hopefully make you smile - it makes me smile (and look at those busy bees in the middle).

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I have no lists of what I have achieved to post up - it is not that I don’t want to, I do, but that would involve sitting down and looking through all my photos. Maybe I will make a tally list this year? I am good at lists lol
I have been really enjoying reading other bloggers lists of crafty stuff they have completed in 2010, some people complete so much. Which makes it feel as though I haven’t done much, but I know I have so maybe I need to go through it all, even if it is just for me. I will leave my progress list up for a bit longer, maybe, to jog my memory :)

I hope you all had a merry time welcoming in the new year last night. We went to a friends house and had a great time, but I didn’t stay up until 12, I went to bed and read my book instead - but did hear some nearby party people doing the countdown, and then the fireworks, so that is good enough for me :)

Cheers!