Monday, March 17

it's another party and I'll cry if I want to...

Miss Whizzme had four, yes 4, birthday parties on the weekend.  Three of them were on Saturday, so we went from fairies, to disco and then appropriately pyjama's and there hadn't yet been a tear from her.  Mr Whizzme and I however, were feeling a little shattered.  Then Sunday we attended the much talked about party for a certain girl who will should be cast in the next High School Musical.  This was a little more relaxing (for me), and involved a good dose of gossip, party games, party food and air-conditioning.  There's nothing like having a sweltering weekend of birthday parties to bring parents to their knees!  Miss Whizzme breezed through on a sugar loaded, party induced high.  I'm still waiting for the crash....

I also managed to draaaag myself away from Ravelry to get washing done, stuff put away and Miss Whizzme's own party invitations prepared and posted.  It is lucky really that she is the only one with a social life in this house otherwise we would need a social coordinator. Hope you all had a good weekend. Off to take some photos....

Friday, March 14

new obsessions

I went to bed way too late last night....

Not that going to bed late doesn't happen often, but this was really late!  You see this week I finally got my Ravelry account and thanks to Sylvie I now am on Goodreads too.  This has meant that all my spare time (and more) has been spent sitting at my beloved mac.  My eyes are on stalks, my skin is sallow, my brain is fuzzy and I really should have been doing;
  • Miss Whizzme's birthday invitations
  • Contacting the plumber
  • Putting the washing away
  • Photographing the clothes for eBay
  • Photographing the new stock for etsy
  • Putting away all the stuff covering the dining table
  • Writing my Easter cards
  • Mending my summer dress
  • Finishing the ironing
  • Buying some groceries
  • the list could go on, and on, and on

Wednesday, March 5

busy work

I have been spending a lot of time with busy work. You know - that work you do when you are studiously avoiding doing something else you should be doing?! Busy work is actually one of my core skills, and I like to show off this skill all to readily. So, most of the weekend was spent busy working all my craft related stuff that has been scattered throughout the house, into neat, like-with-like containers.  All sewing needles in one box, all embroidery thread in another, bobbin's in the nifty bobbin holder,  sewing machine bits in a special sewing machine bits box. It is such a cleansing process, and most certainly needed to be done. I mean, it was way more important than those things burning permanently into my to do list. Way more.

Last night it was the books in the house turn.  Of course I started this task at 8.30pm. But now all the knitting books are together, the sewing books are together, the quilting books together, well, you get the idea.  When I had finally finished, even I had to admit that there probably weren't too many books left that I still needed to add to my collection. Phew luckily, I hadn't admitted this out loud.  Because today the post man delivered this little hoard which I had quite forgotten about.  
Still a few spare spaces left to squeeze them into.  

Now onto making some skirts, oh the possibilities Alison has given me...
To do list? What to do list?!

Sunday, March 2

look what's making a comeback


for those of you in the northern hemisphere you may have had one of these kits made for you, I have only read about how wonderful these ready to make children's clothes were. And, now they are coming back, with a new contemporary feel.

As their web site explains each kit comes with:
"All the cutting lines are printed directly on the fabric, so all you have to do is choose your size, then cut out the appropriate pieces.
Thread, buttons and any other haberdashery are all included.
All you need is a sewing machine and enthusiasm!
Kits can be put together by both the beginner and experienced stitcher alike.
All our kits come with simple, step-by-step illustrated instructions to guide you through the process.
You will soon also be able to download duplicate instructions here.
Part of our work-in-progress is developing an online video library that has quick films demonstrating tips and techniques. Please check back soon, or join our e-letter to be updated of news."

Russian Doll Dress by Annabel Waterman is divine, and the design is meant to be coloured by the child themselves. However, I'm waiting for the adult skirt with Rob Ryan's touch

If you still want to know more Joelle from Four Corners went to the launch.