Modified Lazy Susan by Brownie Goose (haha again, yes I know I make this pattern obsessively, but damn is so versatile) – I wanted a faux cap sleeve so I altered the pattern over the shoulder a little. Love how it came out. I think there will be more of these in my future. The skirt is just tiered – bottom strip is selvedge width, top is a little under – with what were originally indeed to become cushion covers, but it looked good with the bodice. Leggings are from Cotton On.

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Quilt top, 10×10 charm squares, well, mostly. Some are 10×9 as my cutting was dodgy. Lots of favourite fabrics, so its a hodge podge. I decided it wasn’t big enough so added a parallelogram across the middle. Wee Wonder fabric. It pained me to cut into it but I’m glad I did. I quilted with a old wool blanket and a floral flannel sheet for the backing. I’m hoping it will make a nice quilt top for her bed to see her through the next few years.


I still need to trim it up and bind it (and make the binding first) but the quilting part is done. Ok, admittedly not all that well, the lines are wonky and random but it’ll do. Its going to be a birthday gift I think, to go on her bed as its almost single quilt size. For her birthday it’ll be this and new curtains as her main presses. 

I was inspired by Sally at Wonky Patchwork and all the beautiful things she is churning out in the run up to the festive season. Seriously if you don’t read her blog already then go and check it out. Its great. She has the best ‘can do’ and ‘get up and go’ attitude and its contagious.

Also, bothering to put the walking foot on before quilting, and using a possibly unhealthy amount of spray glue – totally awesome.

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Walking through the bush with a new friend. I got to reconnect with a wonderful friend. 15 years melted away in moments. And my girl, well, she’s got a new idol, and a great one at that.
Map reading on a walk with mama. Just don’t mention to her that the map she’s reading isn’t the one for the woods we were in. Bless her.

This Moment

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


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Breaking the rules a little to mention why this pic made my ‘this moment’ – because I took it out running. Part of my run every night thing Ive got going on. And seeing it was an affirmation that I was doing the right thing.


Also GIVEAWAY WINNER .. Lisa @ Big Little Tales Congrats! My little lady also declared that everyone should get a picture from her. So I’ll email you all for addresses please 🙂

In a Day

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Just a day. Its started as nothing special. Then we made strawberry friends.  I used freeze dried strawberries, wow, so tasty. And I added chic chips to the recipe. Because seriously, what don’t choc chips go with? Damn they were good – and gone in less than 12h. 

Madam made jelly, its her new thing. LOVES jelly. She objects violently to the idea we could put fruit or yoghurt in with it. Nope, she wants plain old no frills jelly. Little tip – use half a packet and pour into cupcake cases (we use cheapie $$ store ones). It makes less t=so they don’t spoil. They are a perfect serve and fit beautifully into a lunch box.

The park was warm and welcoming. She played for ages, happy by herself with me sitting nearby, occasionally invited to join in her games. These days I love.

This Moment

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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Don’t forget the giveaway in the previous crafting post 🙂

Some Crafting and a Giveaway




We have been doing lots of crafty bits this holiday. There has been a real change in madam being able to actively participate in making things, rather than watching and occasionally helping me. The letters we bought from the DIY store, just card letters, I cut up coloured tissue and left her to it with some white glue. Of course there had to be glitter added. After that I just sealed them up with a coat of modpodge (to stop the glitter shedding over everything) They now have pride of place above her bed – I hung them as a surprise while she was at preschool, and she was delighted when she saw them. The cutest “go my goodness, I made those!”.

She also chose some fabrics from my stash to put in the hoops, just to add a touch to her room that she really selected and chose. And one that we can change and alter as she wishes. The birds on the lantern wire she found in a sale bin. The lanterns she’s had for ages, they act as her night lights. I sort of wish I’d chosen white ones and she could have stuck coloured tissue on herself, but we can always do that another year.


We also had a tidy and ‘spring clean’ in the main room. Swopping sofas around has given her a much larger area to play/read – yes thats a cat in her chair. Ask the cat and she’ll tell you its her chair not madams. We use the back wall to hand the bits she’s proud of or wants to display – the fridge can only hold so much art!


My fabric mail arrived in the week, its been washed and folded ready for me to stare at it, to afraid to cut use it. I think some of the Heather Ross and Wee Wonder stuff I’ll keep until I have a really specific project in mind. The pink with gold birds will be her christmas dress. And apparently she wants the owls as trousers! Its arrival made me have a tidy in my craft room ….. Which led to me planning a new quilt and ……

a GIVEAWAY – wow so exciting, never done one before.


This is a pile of off cuts, pieces of fabric that I cannot use in my newest quilt. Some pieces are little scraps – the sort that are perfect for craft or log cabin style quilting. Some are bigger than fat quarter size. There’s batiks, Heather Ross, Michael Miller, Art Gallery, Sarah Jane and others. Its all quilting cotton. I cannot stand it to go to waste but its sat being unloved in my (messy but getting tidier) craft room.

So on friday next week I’ll put all the names of all commenters who fancy it in a hat and get madam to pull one out. 



She was working a ‘cash register’ apparently. It was serious business.

Pony Girl

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Yeah, I know. It’s a lot of pics of a pony. But seriously he’s cute. And a tiny bit broken at the moment, but we’ll gloss over that (and the subsequent vet bill). We headed up there to administer his bute and give him a brush – he’s staying with friends. Madam played with him, rode around, hopped on and off multiple times (seriously she was up and down like a flaming yoyo). She talked to him non-stop and it made my heart happy. The sun was warm and it was relaxing.
There was an elaborate game of ‘circuses’ at one point. He was a active participant. I’m not sure what his actual role was, she seemed to alternate between taxi to ‘get to the circus’, performing pony’ and gate attendant. It made my soul happy watching her, she was so content and it reminded me of myself throughout my childhood. The hours spent just ‘hanging out’ with the ponies. Riding made up a very small part of the days. 
She’s a really confident now and doesn’t have any worries. Yes we do usually wear a hat. 
In other news I’ve started to chopping up my scrappy fabric collection into charm squares – I’m wondering if anyone fancies a giveaway of all the squares/scraps that I don’t have use for? Its all designer fabrics, and the scraps vary in size from fat quarters (or slightly larger) to little pieces with specific designs on. 
I’m having a sewing room/craft space tidy and de-stuff in deference to springs arrival and did some of the house too today. 
A crafty based post tomorrow


Little notes from our days



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Some crafting, a top and shorts have made there way through the cut and sew process. The top is a Brownie Goose mash up, I altered the shoulder/sleeves a little. And the shorts are the Little Big Pixie Shorts pattern that I tested. Love them as they come together so easily.

We have been planting seeds inside and out. Kohl rabi in the trays and sweet peas to climb the trellis. And reading in quiet moments. Love my kindle. Ok, nothing beats a real book, but at the rate I read we would need a second mortgage just for books. And my patience doesn’t stretch to the library ordering in the ‘next’ book in whatever series I’m devouring.

Madam has really been into her writing and drawing this holiday, the drawing above she did totally by herself – I was in the shower. I came out and she proudly showed me her picture of daddy and his ‘name’ – she was upset that she ran out of room for the final ‘dy’ of Daddy.

We hit the theatre today. Such fun. A trip in with her buddies and a fantastic production of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. A modern edition with a rapping Goldi and the worlds funniest Humptydumpty.

I’m also trying to get back on the exercise wagon. I fell off it over a month ago. And when I say fell off, I mean jumped wildly away from it and ran in the other direction. Oh the pain. And the good intentions.

Tomorrow I promise a pictorial post of more interesting bits and bobs. Fabric mail, pony pics, shorts being worn and some other crafty projects that we’ve got on the go.