Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lilys party dress

This is the dress that I made for Lilys party.

Happy 1st Birthday Lily

Today is Lilys 1st birthday. This is the 4th 1st birthday that we have celebrated, as we have 4 children, and it will be our last as we are not planning on expanding our family any further. So it was not only bitter sweet for my baby girl is growing up, but an end of an era for us too as we are now heading towards the next stage of our lives as a family. Looking forward to this.

Lily has been different to the other children in many ways. When you have kids its hard not to compare one child to another, but Lily has been quite different! She sucks her thumb for starters, she is still being breastfed (the others I fed till I was preg again), her hair is shorter (hasn't needed cutting nor can it be put into clips). Similarities are... she is another climber! Out of 4 kids I was hoping that there might be one that didn't climb on everything possible. But no, we obviously breed children that know how to climb onto the chairs, tables and other things that they cannot get down from, before they learn how to walk!

She was born via c-section (after 2 emergency and no VB there is no chance of me ever having a VB) and was found to be an undiagnosed breech (she was breech at 37w, at 38w she was head down- over my leg- and then at 38+ she flipped back up again, but the midwife, just prior to the op thought she was head down!). She didn't breathe straight away, and by the time she was on the table they had the mask on her as she was quite blue- I think she was actually asleep and thats why she didn't breath. After they woke her up, the anaesthetist was saying to me "she isn't little" and I was thinking "what do you know... your an anaesthetist not a midwife". Well after a cuddle she was out and being weighed my husband asked them to weigh her again! She came in at a whoping 3.8kg, which after having 3.2, 3.3 and 3.5kg babies, was a lot bigger! And she was still managing to flip from side to side in my belly!

After she was born she didn't look back, she slept alright, sleeping 8h overnight from about 8wo, and gaining weight like a good breast fed bub!

Milestones included rolling at about 7mo (which is a change from 3mo as Mitchell did), commando crawling at about 8mo, cutting her first teeth at 9mo, cross cutting her top teeth. Now she is standing unaided and wanting to take her first steps!

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my little Lily May. Your perfect in so many ways, and we are so blessed to have you in our lives!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mitchell starts school in 7 days!!

Well my first school boy starts school in 7 days! He will be going to the local Christian school, so hopefully they will allow such a chairbag as the one that I have made. We will be going for the literary and mathematics assessment this Thursday (standard procedure for preps - 4) so will ask then, but if not then happy to have this at home and admire my handy work!

Am a little worried that you cant see his name enough, but when I outlined it in coloured thread it looked really wrong- although the theory had the right intentions. So i ended up just sticking to black. I think who the chair bag belongs to is pretty obvious when it looks like this.

For some reason its a bit out of focus :(

Cute dress/ top and little bag for a very deserving (and tough) little girl

Soon it will be Niamhs 1st birthday. I will post her blog closer to her birthday, but for just a short story, her mum went into pre-term labour at 23 weeks and thus was born very premature. She is now turning 1!

Anyway I made her a little dress and bag combo. She is still very tiny so I dont think this will fit her till she is over 2yo, but thats ok.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fabric Addiction!

I went shopping today, but I think I went a bit overboard and might have to sell some of the fabric :( but never mind I still had fun shopping. Amy Butler Daisy Chain
The yellow flowers if by Kathy Hall
This one is al la Spotlight but its still lovely.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

1950's style skirts

These skirts are so easy to make when you have a rolled hem option on the overlocker. Prior to that the skirts were not being made as I feared heming them.

When I take some pics while I sew I will post a tutorial on how to make them. they are really easy as they are basically just a circle with a circle cut out for the waist. Then added ribbing for the waist band and hemed using the rolled hem option on my overlocker.

These ones are actually for a gift, I hope the girls like them!

Some sewing "lier lier pants on fire!"

I really need to get blogging more, I find myself getting quite jealous of those who get to blog their every creation! But lately I have been spending more time creating than blogging, so here is my effort to blog.
I am actually quite happy with my efforts. They are not actually as tight as they look in the photos. I was going for a pair of baggy shorts, but as my kids are quite little (Mitch is a size 2 in shorts and 3 in pants and he is 5yo), baggy ended up looking just too big. So I actually had to bring in the pattern by 2cm, and then let it flair out after the bottom back the the original size. The front pockets are a but of a stuff up, but next time I make them I will be sure to fix that up. DH would like me to put a zip in but I think they look find without the zip just with the elastic waist.

Now I need to get sewing on Mitchells chair bag that will be in the same flames fabric and black. Not sure if I should do the whole front pocket in the flames or just applique his name WDYT?