I made it with the leftover corduroy material, during an episode of Play School today. Liv sat beside me, her little legs swinging back and forth, sticking pins into a skirt waiting for a ruffle (which is her version of 'sewing'). She kept me informed of her progress, giving me a running commentary... 'Yellow pin here.... red pin there.... Now I need a blue pin, Mum'. Every single pin had its precise place and she turned it around, and over, making sure she hadn't missed a spot. But then she asked for her scizzors! That was when she was given the very important job of sorting all my buttons. Disaster averted!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I had every intention of making a little yellow corduroy dress, with orange rick-rack trim and little crocodile motifs on the pockets (Liv loves crocs at the moment)... but something happened late that night and before I knew it, I was sewing on pink candy-striped bias ribbon, finding pink buttons for the pocket ribbons and making a pink monkey ruffle for the bottom. What can I say, except everything in this house seems to turn pink! I will definitely be making a second attempt at an Autumn dress...
She paints shoes on all the animals!
Of course, it's never too long before this happens;
She likes making rainbows on her hands;
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This week I am hosting a little Easter party for our Mothers Group, so I thought I would make some Bunny Beanbags for the kids to play with and later, take home in a goody-bag.
So using some felt, pinking shears (I love pinking shears!), fabric scraps and a bunny face cookie cutter, I came up with this these;
I have two more sets to make and then I'm done. Well, then I have to fill some eggs with toddler-friendly treasures, decide on a craft activity and bake some cookies. Oh, and clean the house!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
We had one of these cash registers as kids and I vividly remember playing shops with it ALL THE TIME. I recently saw one at our friend's Mum's house (Belinda!) and she confirmed how great a toy it is, having kept one in her private practice for years and years (She estimated it had had about 30 years of daily play) and it is still as good as new.
So, when I saw this one on Etsy, made in 1974 (same vintage as Nick!) for only $10!!! plus $10 postage, I just had to buy it for the girls.
It arrived yesterday (it actually cost the seller $25US to post it! I knew I had gotten a good deal). There has been a lot of activity in Liv's shop, amid much dinging of the register and clinking of coins. Good times!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I finally figured out the technique of sewing squares together to make something that resembles a patchwork. I saw a photo last week of the back of someone's quilt and it suddenly made sense (sew rows of squares, then sew those rows together... right. right?). So I tried it and it seemed to work.
Then I didn't know what to do with my tiny little patchwork so I sewed it onto a $1 calico bag from Spotlight, just in time for our weekly storytime session at the library today. I even managed to make it perfectly square (you can't tell from the picture above, because of the way the bag is hanging) and match all the columns up. Now, I just think it needs some new straps/handles.
'Does this mean you can make us a new quilt for our bed?' my husband asked.
Gosh I love him, for all his enthusiasm and encouragement...
'No, but I think I could make you a patchwork handkerchief!' I replied.
He wasn't keen, I wonder why?!?!?
I think I'll try making this Sweet Treat Bag next. My girls love cute little bags and purses. Don't we all?