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Another secret project ta-dah!!

I know I have been talking about all the presents I have been making and you guys must be thinking where are all those finished objects, well I can finally show you the 2nd gift I have been working on. I haven’t shared this with you for fear I was never going to finish it. When it comes to sewing and quilting I’m a terrible procrastinator but this particular project had more hurdles then just my laziness.

I first saw this style of blanket at Aesthetic Nest where the lovely Anneliese has even written up a wonderful tutorial to help anyone else who wants to recreate her beautiful  creation. It took me a while to actually start (that was the first obstacle) I would just keep going back to Anneliese post and gushing over her wonderful blanket, thinking can I, can’t I. And then finally my sister in-law fell pregnant and I knew I just had to make her a blanket.

So with her little one in mind I headed off to the fabric shop. Now I had no idea of the sex (we were lucky enough to be included in her news very early on) so I wanted a neutral colour and something that could work with any theme the mum to be decided to go with.

With that in mind I chose yellow. I’m not the biggest fan of yellow for babies its why I have always found out the sex of my kiddies and then proceeded to tell any one who cared haha. But I loved that star fabric and it reminded me of lullaby’s which I thought was perfect for a little one nodding off to the land of slumber. So I started following Anneliese instructions and laid my fabric out

I even cut it all up, making sure I cut the flannel on the bias so that it would make the desired chenille lines. And so far I had run into no problems I even started sewing my 1/4 inch channels up and down up and down, then I left it on the machine but I didn’t sit down for such a long time and when I did sit back down to it the tension on my sewing machine had magically changed itself. Of course I didn’t realise this and had sewn two whole lines before realising. So I then spent a lot of time unpicking and sewing on a little test strip but my tension would not go right. I decided to leave it a while. I mean that always fixes problems. I know we have a an old analog tv we still use to watch dvds in bed and occasionally it stops working, we just wait a while maybe a month and low and behold a miracle happens and it works again. It just needed a little holiday so with this hope in mind I hope my sewing machine needs a little rest.

A while when I return to my machine ok maybe a long while my tension is magically fixed and I begin churning out those lines but then I run out of thread on the bobbin. I wind a new bobbin and the tension is gone again. I wind another bobbin still not working, I do the leave it but it doesn’t work this time. I clean my machine I read every little thing I can find on tension but nothing seems to work and finally I think maybe the cottons too old so I head off to the craft store get some new cotton wind a bobbin and it works. I even run out and wind another bobbin and still my tension is on que. But like I said at the beginning this blanket had many a hurdle and if you thought that I was in the clear now you were wrong. I was about 5 strips away from finishing after hours and hours of sewing and the unthinkable happens my needle breaks and I didn’t have a spare. Another trip to the craft store, pop new needle in and begin sewing for the what seems like the millionth time. And I’m done I have sewn all those lines and it’s time to cut. I’m lucky in a moment of not looking at prices I purchased the Olfa Chenille cutter and it makes light work of all this channels and I’m done in no time.

It’s late at night I’m home alone and may have had a few wines and I am ecstatic at this point!! I’ve managed to get this far!!!! but then I’m so scared to bind it. So it sits and waits for the courage to well up in me and then I find this amazing tutorial and I have that a-huh moment and know I can do it.

It’s all bound and washed and dried and the ruffles  looking amazing. I’m so happy with this blanket. I can’t stop looking at it, patting the ruffles.

With all the obstacles I ran into making this blanket mainly due to my own stuff ups alright completely due to my own stuff ups haha, I loved making this blanket I really did have so much fun with it. My sister in law finally received it. After starting this blanket around the 4th week of her pregnancy and finishing in her 20th week she owns a ruffle blanket. She loved it and I just know that any little bubba would love to lay in all those soft ruffles.




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Christmas is here

This year Christmas is bittersweet for my family, we are blessed to have many wonderful gifts of life to look forward to.  We have trimmed our Christmas tree while listening to Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album.  B’s eyes lit up as he put baubles on our tree and little princess tried to pull them off, Mr C placed the star on top to finish off the trimming.

Christmas lunch is planned with one family next weekend and we also have more family for Christmas lunch on Christmas day.  Food and good company with loved ones.  Family together cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Baking will be done for friends and mulled cider will be made for us. Shopping will be done for all and we will do all our little family traditions one being

The Myer Windows

For as long as I can remember my family has been going to see the Myer Windows every Christmas. When I was just a little girl it was with mum and dad and my 2 sisters, than it became just us 4 girls mum, my 2 sisters and me, over the years the number who take part in this family tradition has grown, boyfriends have joined becoming family along the way, children have been born and added to the ranks.

And with the growth of family has been the growth of a tradition which has grown in our hearts and in size. What started with just seeing the windows now has become the windows dinner and a horse and carriage ride. The horse and carriage ride even has it’s own little tradition that one of us girls (me, Aurora and duchess) get to chose which carriage we will ride in.

Going to the Myer Windows is our family tradition, it signals the beginning of the holiday seasons for me, it symbolizes family and love. It is a tradition I want to pass onto my children. I hope that we are still doing this when they have their own children, I hope they enjoy it for as many years as I have plus many more.

But as I said this Christmas is bittersweet for my family, we have so many wonderful things to be grateful for, though there is a slight sadness in all our plans because this will be our first Christmas without our mother who passed away in March of this year.  But we will carry on her traditions she started and we will make her proud and show her how much we loved her by being together and happy.  We will shower her grandchildren in love just how she would of wanted, I will make sure Duchess has chicken not turkey for Christmas lunch, we will put on the funny bon bon hats and read the jokes and we will share love and laughter and hey maybe a tear for a wonderful lady who loved Christmas but most of all loved being with family.


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House Guest

This week we were lucky enough to have a little lady come and stay with us.

She is a very popular little lady

and we have been waiting a long time for her to visitus

so B was super excited when she came to stay

and she was a pleasure to have

she even offered to do a guest blog on my blog

Oh how exciting

so I now hand you over to our little guest

‘Hi my name is Ellie and I am an elephant

I like to go home with all the school children in prep

and they all write in my dairy for me

At B’s house I got to help him do his reader and I also helped his mummy cook dinner

We had Kofta curry and I liked it very much

On Tuesday B went to school

and his mummy thought seem I had been around a bit

a bath was in order

she used bubbles and everything

It was very lovely

(and I suspect she is slightly crazy taking photos of an elephant in the tub)

When B got home we went to Karate

He is very good

and I liked watching them do all their moves

It was very nice to stay with B

he even shared his slurpie with me

He gave me lots of cuddles and kisses

and even let me sleep in his bed

I was very sad to say goodbye

but now I’m off to the next little boys or girls home

hope it’s as good as B’s

Have a great weekend everyone




P.S B’s mummy said to tell you the next cardi is on the needles

P.P.S. She is also crocheting some little cuties she hopes to show you soon



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