Ooops, life got so busy around Christmas that my blog got a little forgotten.
Anyway I hope you had a lovely Christmas period, celebrating with family and friends.
I always have great intentions of sewing heaps of things for Christmas but when I actually get to December I remember I am delusional if I think I have extra time to sew during Christmas parties, end of year things etc etc.
However, I was determined I was going to get AT LEAST ONE THING DONE!!
So I made a couple of little dresses for two nieces from patterns I picked up at Lifeline.
I have decided that buying 2nd hand patterns are the way to go....they cost me 50 cents and were already cut out! Bonus!
Obviously a little girl in the 1970's had a dress made from this fabric, as it was still tacked to the pocket pattern piece! ha ha
I had bought some Liberty prints on sale so I added some soft chambray to make this...
(could really have done with an iron before the photo!)
Little self-covered buttons. Fiddly but cute...
And for the even smaller niece, a simple smock from a Liberty print and some spotty premade bias binding from Spotlight...
So its back to the grind tomorrow after 10 days at the beach with family. Unfortunately it was not really "beach weather" but nice to catch up with family as all my siblings (I am one of 5) and their families were there for at least a bit of the time. Lovely for the cousins to catch up and I enjoyed catching up on some summer reading (highly recommend Kate Morton's latest, The Lakehouse)
I hope 2016 has started well for you and you're having a great week.
On Saturday night we had our work's Christmas Party/ Farewell Party. So I spent most of the week getting my head around feeding 30 people or so...in the midst of our house/building site.
I tried out a new recipe - Mango, Raspberry Trifle. Easy to throw together, especially if you've made the custard before. Recipe is here http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/41641/mango+raspberry+and+passionfruit+trifles
The Farewell bit was for one of our staff, who's a bit of a grown-up kid. He is Lego mad, so I made him this cake...
Just a random picture of our cat, Willow. I read recently that black cats are the last to get adopted at shelters/the pound and the theory is it's because they don't photograph well for our Instragram/Facebook filled lives. How sad is that?
Our girl Willow came from the pound, and I think she appreciates her life now as she is happy to be carried everywhere, dressed up, made to sit in cubby houses. I appreciate her as she's the least demanding member of the family!
Sorry I've been missing in action. It has been very hectic around here, with lots of "extra" stuff to get done. Saw this GIF and thought it pretty much sums up my life at the moment!
On the last school holidays we headed off to travel the Great Ocean Rd. It was a lovely trip with beautiful scenery, even if it did involve lots of driving...4500kms approximately. By the end we had a very low tolerance of any "are we there yet" type phrases....ha ha
We saw lots of fields of canola as we whizzed past.
So after a quick overnight stop on the way, our first place to visit was Ballarat. After a quick detour here ..
We then headed off to Sovereign Hill...a recreation of a Gold Rush village. Great place to take the kids...historical, educational and fun!
There is an area to pan for gold, here's our haul...
Not quite enough to buy that private jet yet! *grin*
Then we headed off to see the beautiful scenery of the Great Ocean Rd.
Some environmental art...
Apollo Bay. We stayed at some self contained cabins there which were wonderful.
The Twelve Apostles. Unfortunately only 9(?) still exist. Huge amount of tourists were here at the same time as us...it was a case of "dodge the selfie stick"!
Bay of islands
Griffith Island Lighthouse, near Port Fairy.
And then we finished off at Halls Gap and did some of the walks in the Grampians National Park
If you are a bush walker it would be great to stay a week in Halls Gap alone, unfortunately we were only there for two nights and had to leave early the second day to head home.
Anyway, hope you're having a great week. I've have four quilts back from the quilters, so there is binding in my future......I hate binding! Any volunteers??
I am not much of a gardener, horrible hay fever gets in the way, but I have two very old rose bushes. They survive by their own skills but these are the blooms Gorgeous Girl picked. They are beautiful, and smell divine!