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Joining Soulemama for ~ This Moment ~ A moment from this week that I want to pause, savour and remember. A special moment

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Breaking the rules ….

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We trucked our little family down to Dunedin for the weekend. Flu and all. We have been planning this excursion for ages and hubby has had fridays off for the last month so we can get out and about. Then we got ill. And stayed ill. 

We didn’t so much leave on friday morning, as we all fell out the door, pharmaceutical drugs and soothing drinks in hand. We remember most things, and forgot a few more. The drive down went well, its not a long trip. 5h door to door with a decent length stop to let the dog out, run on a beach and see the Moeraki Boulders. The bach (NZ terminology for holiday cottage) was old school, perfectly located – we had to drive across tidal mud flats to access it. An open fire kept us warm and soup filled our bellies.

The local Larnach Castle provided a welcome entertainment on Saturday morning – the weather was kind and the castle a calm oasis. I’m not convinced of its ‘castle’ status – I’ve visited larger family homes – but it is pretty! An afternoon on the beach followed with copious soothing drinks and comfort food in-between. Tight clad feet in rock pool paddling. Warm wool coat and bloomers.

Sunday morning broke cold, grey and drizzly. We went looking for penguins, leaving at sunrise to beat the incoming tides. We blew bubbles and looked at the rocks that provide the penguins a home. Didn’t see any actual penguins though. Back in the car we warmed up and headed to the museum and the butterfly room. It was warm and amazing and if your Moo – terrifying. Apparently butterflies are our little girls nemesis. She was horrified. Shame as her parents thought it was great!

The drive home was easy, a stop here for delicious food and a great play area. We were welcomed home by 3 cats all desperate to come inside and to a fire that somehow I’d remembered to lay ready for our return before we left on Friday. Perfection. More lemsip and an early night. A pretty full on weekend for us all, and promises to each other to return.

Excuse the mishmash of pictures, complete absence of editing on any of them. Lack of composition or balance. It was a wobbly point and shoot weekend, one which also involved sand and our RX100 – oops. Hubby took some decent shots with his RX1 but he’s still working through them. I’ll do a post with some of the better shots soonish.



Out walking, in the woods again. It was a breezy cheek pinking finger numbing walk. We held hands all the way.

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How to put a PeterPan collar on, well, almost anything!

The dress pattern in this tutorial is the wonderful Hattie from BrownieGoose. The collar is from the VFT Josephine. But you could use this one or this one. Or you can draft you own. I hope those links work. In some ways drafting your owns probably easiest. Just remember to leave the back opening where the dress buttons up.

Firstly cut your Hattie (or dress) and sew up the shoulder seams, if its a Hattie do the front pleat as well.

Cut out your collar (4 pieces – mirrored pairs). Your inner curve should match the neckline of the dress you are making and be the same length as well as same curve – allowing for seams. The VFT Collar fits the Hattie pretty perfectly, for a Lazy Susan I draft my own so the collar fits nicely against the boat shape neckline and right to the back opening.


I like to pop a little interfacing on one side of the collar fabric, its optional not necessary. I leave a gap without interfacing for the seam allowance as it makes it tidier and easier to turn (on this one I should have left a bigger allowance!)


Sew each collar piece right sides together leaving the ‘top’ or side that will be joining the neckline open. clip your seams. 



Turn and iron really really well. Now you have your collar.


Make sure you’ve done the back seaming and folding before you attach the collar. – I topstitched this down after taking the pic. I’ve not yet attached the sleeves (for the sake or speed – I was juggling work and a kid while making this tutorial)


Lay the collar onto the dress (right sides out) and line it up before pinning it on – ignore my reversed pleat – I was experimenting.


Sew it in place using a scant 1/8 seam allowance – see it looks pretty already! 


The back should line up with the folded over back seam – that’s where measuring your neckline length before making your collar came in at the beginning.


Right, now to tidy it up and leave no nasty seams showing. Clip off all the threads. Make/buy/steal/beg a little matching or contrasting bias tape – you only need the length of the neckline.

Open your bias tape right out and sew it onto the top of the collar – along the 1/4 fold line, with the right sides together (bare with me – this will (might) make sense in a minute). At the ends leave a 1/2 inch over hang.


Still with me? Now if you fold that bias over towards the inside of the dress you’ll find it will encase that nasty seam where we joined the collar to the neckline. I recommend playing about with this before sewing it so you get the idea in your head. It seems counter-intuitive until you’ve done it a couple of times. Once folded over your bias will be back to 1/4 inch wide and be encasing that raw seam. At the ends fold the 1/2 inch overhang back under its self to give a nice neat finished edge. 



So now we sew it down, right on the edge of that 1/4inch tape. Make sure you ease the dress as you sew so you don’t get any tucks or catches in it. From the outside this seam will be hidden by the collar. 


Ok, nearly there, this is so much easier to do than explain! see how that bias is sewn down and you can’t see any raw edges?



Grab your iron and press the collar so that the fold starts at the point the bias joins the collar – this will give a almost invisible seam and make it look tidy. In the pic below Ive orined a little to far into the bias so you can see where it will be. The bias should lie flat inside the neckline. 


Ok, thats it. Clear as mud? Have a go, its not that hard I promise.

Fairy Garden 2014

This is our little entry into The Magic onions Fairy Garden contest. Its the first time we’ve ever trie to build a fairy garden.

Its a little left-field due to it being winter here and all. I had hoped for some snowy garden pics but that wasn’t to be, so we for heavy frost ones instead. Its a real little garden, in the pot that our lemon tree grows in. Its just with -5 nights there not a lot flowering or growing!

The lemon on the tree is there for the fairies to take sips from, to go with their hot toddies and roasted chestnuts. The stones and furniture little miss helped make, especially the sparkly stones. We made the fairies a mid winter christmas tree and pompom bunting.

There is a little ladder that was left against the tree after the autumn lemon harvest and our little peg lady greets all fairy and elves warmly as the sun rises and they emerge form their overnight nest and burrows. In summer a little fairy steam trickles along the pale stones, keeping the tree watered and the fairies cool, but in winter its frozen up and shiney. 

There is a camp fire, wood stacked up by the cottage for burning and icicles hanging from the gables. The acorn bowls hold warming stew when the fairies are eating, cooked with flatbread over the camp fire. Little miss has also suggested they roast marshmallows for pudding and drink hot cocoa.









This Moment

Joining Soulemama for ~ This Moment. A moment format his week that I want to pause, savour and remember. A special moment