Thursday, March 31, 2011


I was very pleasantly surprised to be included in an Etsy Treasury the other day.

'Smokin hot' by cynmb

Olivia, Fine Art Print


Glisten ACEO -- Japanes...


White Cat on Red Pillow...


Scallopini tank


Sakura polymer clay foc...


Arnold the retro red fo...


Vintage Garden Plant St...


SMOKIN HOT - Long Dangl...


Little Winter Pure Wool...


Oriental Red Enamel Cop...


Two Red Birds and Heart...


Adjustable Dog Collar -...




Chick-A-Dee Play Set in...


Lily Wrap Ring with win...


Smeared lipstick - Baby...


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

I don’t have a lot of things in the shop at the moment, and since discovering we are getting a two for one baby deal the whole Etsy shop business has taken a back seat, so it was nice to see that some of my things are still getting a guernsey!

I had good intentions of making some new stock for our winter, even to the point of having designs worked out and fabric sourced, but my energy levels just can’t cope with making patterns, grading and sewing on top of everything else going on at the moment.

Miss C will hopefully get a few new things made for winter but other than that it is mostly going to be baby sewing (and a lot of sitting around on the lounge when I get the chance!) for the next month or so.

I have given up on any kind of sewing for me until I find out what my body ends up looking like post birth, even to the point of not renewing my BurdaStyle subscription. I have barely looked at the last couple of issues and my subscription is due next month. So I am still debating whether to keep it going or not. And buying single issues is not an option in my area so, can I do without it for a year or not? But it is the only ‘luxury’ thing that I buy for myself so maybe I am going to need that bit of joy in my letterbox once a month?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dobbed in

Beangirl, in her infinite wisdom and taste, has deemed fit to tag me for a Stylish Blogger Award, and considering that I can no longer see my toes and when I turn sideways I resemble Mr Greedy more than Coco Chanel it is mighty generous of her.

So in the spirit of reciprocal blog back slapping, I shall gladly accept the said award and play along, but as I am a) incredibly lazy and b) not that interesting I am going to steal Beangirl’s answers to the seven required questions and just apply them to myself!

1) I do not have any tattoos and am not likely to get any. I do not have anything against tattoos and often think they look very nice on other people. It has just never occurred to me to get one.

2) I have never lived in a haunted house, and despite spending large chunks of my childhood calling ‘here ghosty ghosty!’ have never had a ghostly experience.

3) I am not afraid of any animals. In theory. I do not go camping, swim in the ocean or spend any unnecessary time in the wilds of Africa, so I have not in fact tested out this theory. I am quite happy to coexist with spiders, snakes and other creepy crawlies as long as they remember their place and stay outside and I can stay inside sewing, where it is nice and safe and animal free.

4) I can wriggle my little toe independently of all the other toes. I do not know if this is unique to myself as I have never asked anyone else if they can do it too.

5) I am not afraid of heights. I love heights. To the point that I will scream blue murder if anyone dares tries to take the top bunk when on holidays.

6) I don't believe in reincarnation either.

7) One of my favorite sandwiches is ham and cheese. Preferably toasted. I am happy to eat this every single day for lunch. I don’t really need variety in my lunches. If someone else prepares and serves it up even better.

The final part of the award is to nominate other bloggers to participate, but I have done this a few times before and I am running out of friends, so instead here is a shortlist of some the sites that I lurk around when I should be sewing or parenting.
Childhood 101
The Artful Parent

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dang and blast!

That’s the kind of title you get when you have been reading Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox every day for the last two weeks!

I could have called this post The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men, but seeing as I am not a mouse or a man quoting Dahl will have to suffice.

Despite being at preschool now for almost a month, Miss C has probably only been to three or four sessions. First up was a bout of gastro that went through the whole household and saw me being laid up in hospital overnight, which was no fun at all.
Then we at least managed to have one healthy week to squeeze in a birthday (Miss C is 4!) and the local Show (fair, fete or whatever you may like to call them) and then we all get the flu! Boo hoo!

And it is only this week that Miss C can get back to school and I can get back on my feet.

I did get to my local op shop though, and lucked on to picking up a total of 46 Burda mags dating from 1971 through to 1981! At first I saw a small pile of them and thought ‘You Beauty” and then turned around to find this ginormous pile, and all for the paltry sum of $5!!!!!!

I even had to call The Bloke to come and help me carry them to the car!

The chances of me actually making any of the patterns up for myself though are pretty small. I don’t really suit shirt dresses or zip front polyester pantsuits (although I did have a strong urge to dress like the Bionic Woman sometime in the late 70’s) but some of the kidswear is really cute and by golly just look at those recipes!!!!

I had completely forgotten how effective tinned pineapple and a glace cherry can be as a garnish!!!

And every single issue is complete with pattern sheets and English supplement! And seeing as how I live in a very small town that is three hours drive from the nearest city, I am still completely flabbergasted that something like this turns up in my local neighbourhood.

I am thinking that the original owner must have been pretty switched on to be a Burda subscriber (in German no less) in a country town in Australia in the 1970’s.

Now I just have to trawl through them to pick out the gems.
This could take some time.