Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In Between..

So life has been pretty hectic lately. Loads of things on my to-do list, and I must admit to being a bit slack with the blogging.

But between kids, house, gym, business accounts, tax returns, online study and other general family commitments, the time to create and make hasn't been as readily available, as of late.

But in between all of this, I did manage to sew up this little summer dress for a market in August (more on this market a bit later)...

It was made using the 'Oliver & S - Seashore Sundress' sewing pattern, in a Size 5, and I bought a licence to make one of these to sell.

(Just a side-note for other market makers out there - did you know Oliver & S charge $6 per item for a licence to make to sell - not per pattern, per item you make from that pattern....thoughts??.)

It has cute little buttons at the top.

And adorable, little, contrasting pockets each side, for collecting & carrying little items.

Alannah has one, and it looks super-cute over leggings or just by itself, although it is a bit on the shorter side.

So with this market coming up on the 18th August, I have washed a whole lot of fabric all ready for cutting out into pants and bags. And I have a couple of things to make for Alannah for summer too.

I'm looking forward to making now that I've knocked a few big things off of my to-do list.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pin It! Make It! : Chocolate, Choc Chip and Zucchini Cake

I don't know about you, but I love being able to sneak something healthy into what is considered a 'treat' food. No, not to be dishonest about it - my kids know there is veg in this cake - but to just add a bit of nutrition into something so yummy.

And yummy this cake is.

Pinned here.
Original link is here.

The recipe takes about 3 medium sized zucchinis, which makes up 2 log cakes.
With the original recipe, there is no icing, but my hubby prefers all cakes to have icing (except for maybe my Orange & Poppyseed Loaf) so I just smoothed on a thin layer of basic choc icing.

The recipe is easy to follow, and I definitely think this one will be added to our family favourite recipes box.

A great pin!

How about you guys? Anyone been Pinterest inspired lately?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Creative Space : Finishing Off

Sometimes my pile of 'nearly done' items seems to scream at me 'finish me, finish me!'.

Well, I figured seeing as it is school holidays, it's the perfect time to finish off some of these projects, where it will only take 10-15 minutes maybe, to complete. Completely do-able in between kids and activities.

So, I finally stitched on these doilies to my red scarf..

And these two buttons onto this Urban Hoodie, which is for stock for Polkadot Lane...

I also finished off these pink pants.

And I just need to sew in the ends to these 3 beanies (2 indie slouchies, 1 fitted)...

Today we are off rollerskating, but afterwards I think I may get a chance to sew up an 'Oliver & S' summer sundress that I've had cut out since summer, and as I've got dinner already stewing away in the slow cooker, I'll be able to work on it for a couple of hours at least....well, I hope.

What are you up to today?

Joining in with creative people from all over, linking up here.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Little Pink Pants

I finally got back on my machine - yay!

Made these little pants for one of Levi's little friends..(using the 'nowhere man' pants pattern by Shwin Designs).

And isn't she just the cutest little owlet? I think so..


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grateful for : Quiet times with the kids and...


It's been a week since I popped in here.

School holidays are keeping me busy but it's always nice to reflect on the week for things to be grateful for, of which there is always plenty, so here goes with this weeks...

* Quiet time with my kids - this week's been really nice. We've had time together just reading our various novels (while Levi sleeps) and time painting together. It's been really lovely. (but there have definitely been completely crazy, noisy times too, just fyi)

* it! I love snapping bits of our day on my phone and am hoping that Mum & Dad join up soon, which will make it just perfect for sharing our daily life snippets with them, as they live interstate. (I'm 'polkadotlane' if you feel like meeting up on there)

* Good friends/family who offer to take my kids so that I can get to the gym during school holidays - you guys are the best!

* The itch to sew's been missing the past few weeks, but last night I felt the niggle to make something again...thank goodness too, as we have a market stall in about 6 weeks :-P

Linking up with Maxabella and her 'grateful' pals over at Kidspot's Village Voices.
Why not play along too?