Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday : Remix #5

Today is the final Wednesday in May and therefore the final instalment of Wardrobe Wednesday - Remix Edition (where we were challenged to take one item and wear it 5 different ways). I’ve really enjoyed it.

Today I’ve been experimenting with pattern mixing (and also trying to stay warm! – It was frosssty this morning!)


We’ve been out most of the day, having just got home. This morning we went out for breakfast with Nana, then visited the local Fire Station with Noah’s preschool and then went to a friend’s place for muffins and a cuppa.

Since we’ve got home I’ve brought in the washing, taken out the rubbish and snapped off my WW photos – priorities huh?

I’m wearing – dress/ tunic (that I’ve remixed each week): Principals, grey merino (underneath): glassons, grey belted blazer/ coat: Jaqui E, scarf: Dottie (birthday gift), jeggings: Postie Plus, boots: shoe connection (birthday gift a few years back), bag: from Hope and Glory (birthday gift from my Dad)*


At the Fire Station Noah had a ball, he got to ride up front in one of the fire engines, although I think Nana (my Mum) had even more fun – see that last photo – the look on the fireman’s face is priceless!

I have to confess (with some embarrassment) that when they asked for an adult volunteer to dress in the fireman’s gear the thought crossed my mind that it would be a pretty awesome remix for WW… but my friend Tamara ended up doing it and looked pretty awesome in the suit!

And just to add even more photos to this already packed post – here is how I have styled this dress over the last  weeks:


Joining in with:

Jen x

* P.S. Thanks to all of you who consoled me on my lost bag – but I have good news! It has turned up! (Turns out the courier delivered it to my neighbours!?!) I love it – It’s perfect for carrying all my bits and bobs plus nappies etc. If you want your own see the link in outfit breakdown.


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Owls, spots and stripes

After getting the hang of sewing knits using my overlocker during the Kids Clothing Week Challenge, I decided to put my Spoonflower order* to good use, making more clothes for the kids using this and other knit fabrics.

The result:


When I saying for the kids, I really mean sewing for Isabelle – although I do plan to make Noah some owl tops (plus he keeps asking me for one). But first I have to draft a raglan tee pattern.

As you can see from the top photo the owl fabric on the little leggings has faded a bit, I made these about a week ago and they have been washed twice already, with a noticeable fade the first time, I hope they don’t fade any further.


Here’s the pants on my little model soon after I finished them. Brushing her teeth is pretty much her favourite pastime.

The pattern and tutorial I used is from here. I had to take about 5cm off the bottom and use a bigger seam allowance to get them the right size for Isabelle, but all in all I love the pattern – it’s such a great way to make a feature fabric go a long way.

The envelope tee pattern is from my Growing up Sew Liberated book.

Joining in with my creative space.

Jen x

(* Just to clarify (as I have been asked) I didn’t design the spoonflower fabric that I purchased, these are others designs, although I hope to do that in the future.)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Good and bad mail

Today was an interesting day for mail, mostly good – actually great.

I received a box of macaroons in the post from my sister


These are delectable. Thanks so much Holly!


My Spoonflower order arrived


I got a darling water colour of Noah’s knees – thanks to the very clever Dee and Noah for having award winning knees.


Also in my letter box was a jury summons. Not terrible mail and it is an important service, BUT this is my THIRD summons. I served once as a law student and found in interesting to my studies, the second time I was unable to do it/ had an exemption due to my job and now I’m hoping to be able to get out of it, due to having young children in my care.

This is not the ‘bad mail’. Today I was informed by Courier post that the parcel (birthday present) I was eagerly awaiting from my Dad is lost suspected stolen. So despite all this lovely mail (and a jury summons) I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth… perhaps it’s time that I went off and had another macaroon! Did I mention how delightful they are?

Jen x

Thursday, 17 May 2012

My Creative Space : Quilt blocks and a necklace

My mother-in-law encouraged me to join in with a quilt club hosted by Cherry Pie Bernina (Levin) – for some reason that link isn’t working at the time of writing this.

Basically you pick a colour theme and and then get 1 block at a time with instructions and hints on how to put it together. I was a bit late to start as I was busy with the Kid’s Clothing Week Challenge. I’m really enjoying trying some different quilt styles and techniques.


hmmm … I did iron them I promise!


… I blame these little curious hands!


I’ve just about caught up, just about to start my third block – a twin star.

In other crafting endeavours, I was asked how I made my necklace I was wearing in yesterday's Wardrobe Wednesday post.


It’s pretty simple really, I just got a long strip of fabric which I folded in half right sides together, sewed down the long raw edge and one end and then turned it in the right way. Then I tied knots and put beads inside or outside as I desired (I used beads of all sizes – they were just what I had.)Then I hand sewed up the open edge to finish.


You can tie it at whatever length you want.

I hope that makes sense Jess?

Joining in with our creative spaces – at it’s new home – check it out!

Jen x

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Good stuff (and a bit of drama)

Each year around my birthday I seem to wrangle not just a day of celebrations, but often a week if not an entire month (it kind of morphs with Mother’s day). This year I have been pretty spoilt.

We have just come back from spending almost a week down in Wellington. It was great to stay at my friend Rachelle’s house and to catch up with family. I also have received lots of lovely and thoughtful gifts… and I have a few more things coming in the mail, including this lovely bag which is part of the present from my Dad.


Also, while I was away some lovely (non birthday) things arrived including… this gorgeous elephant from Sleepy Heads which I won from a giveaway on the beetle shack blog.


And while we gone my Mum picked up this lovely photo taken as part of a school fundraiser…


So all in all lots of lovely things… but the last couple of weeks have not been without a fair share of drama.

The summary is that our washing machine broke down and Andrew had a car crash.. within about a week of each other!!!


The positives are:

* We have full car insurance and nobody was hurt in the accident. (biggest positive)

* My Mum is awesome and has been doing all my washing for me.

* Despite almost getting stuck down in Wellington (the car was due to be fixed last Wed but the auto electrician discovered the air bag hadn’t deployed properly requiring new parts to be sources and a whole lot more work), we managed to borrow a car from my brother-in-law, Toby and get back up here to the Hawkes Bay.

* Because we borrowed Toby’s car (which has bigger boot space), we were able to pick up a washing machine the day after our return and save the delivery fee, plus we found one on sale for $200 off.

* The washing machine couldn’t have come at a better time as when we got home on the Friday Isabelle ended up throwing up in her bed. Fortunately though she was fine the next day and also avoided throwing up on her brand new Sleepy Heads elephant (above.)


It’s amazing how much better I feel when I focus on the positives. I wouldn’t mind if our little run of dramas could end now though, but I’m happy for birthday month to continue for a bit longer.

Jen x

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Friday, 4 May 2012

30 things on my 30th

Today I:

1) turned 30

2) dined on pancakes and coffees for breakfast out with Nana and the kids


3) received a helium balloon


4) negotiated various custody disputes involving said balloon during the day


5) admired some new art, that I’d picked up from the op shop yesterday (on the right)


6) made cushions


7) admired the art work and cushions together

8) skyped my Gran and cousin in Christchurch


9) Started on Mount Washmore..

10)  …and then decided that most of the clothes could go straight in the bag I was packing to go to Wellington tomorrow

11) received lots of lovely texts, facebook messages and calls wishing me a happy birthday… including one from my husband, Andrew wondering whether my birthday was today or um, tommorrow?

12) missed my husband (Andrew is down in Wellington, we are seeing him tomorrow - its a looong story.)


13) Made mini bacon and egg pies for lunch (Noah, confused that they were made in a muffin tin dubbed them “pie-cakes”)


14) had a visit right on lunch time from my brother-in-law (Uncle Toby) who, knowing my love of feijoas, gave me some feijoa chocolate other goodies. This stuff is good.


15) blew out my candles and enjoyed the little cake my Mum had given us. This cake could not hold 30 candles.

16) Changed lots of nappies throughout the day

17) Deeply regretted allowing the kids to eat a large number of feijoas yesterday


18) created collages with the boy

19) cleaned the fridge : I put as many perishable items in the freezer as possible and binned anything that might be “funky” by the time we returned from our trip

20) Remembered how much I detest the word “funky” in any context; and realised that using it now would only make seem even older in the eyes of all the hip young people


21) ‘Dabbled’ in some housework


22) Fed Isabelle some more feijoas

23) Regretted it instantly


24) cooked macaroni cheese using alphabetti (there were also some numbers). I also used up some bacon leftover from the pies we had a lunch time.


25) realised that we had eaten bacon at every meal today

26) decided to embark on a detox/ artery flushing diet tomorrow (not really)


27) received a brief but lovely visit from a kind friend who gave me a thoughtful gift. (Thanks so much Anna!)

28) bathed the kids and put them to bed

39) wrote this blog post and giggled at my own jokes

30) realised that it sounds a lot like this:

ha ha! I had a great day! And I’m looking forward to catching up some friends and family in the next few days!

“May the fourth me with you!” (I’m pretty sure I invented that by the way!)

Jenny x