Saturday, 31 December 2016

Festive Things

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Christmas day fun!

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Handmade Christmas gifts for the teachers. (Featuring this Angel printable from Caravan Shoppe and homemade gingerbread.)

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Soaking up the boxing day sunshine at Waimarama

Christmas day this year for us was a pretty subdued affair. In the aftermath of a busy last few months with kids’ birthdays and school and other break ups; a quiet celebration was just what we needed. We’d also just returned from a brief trip to Wellington for my brother’s 30th, so we’d managed to catch up with family members pre-Christmas anyway.

On Christmas day we unwrapped gifts, went to church and had a simple yet delicious lunch at home with roast lamb, new potatoes and lots of Summer fruit and sweet treats. We spent the next day, Boxing day, at one of our local beaches Waimarama, testing out the girls’ new saltwater sandals and building sandcastles, and have spent the last few days in the same relaxed manner, catching up with family and friends and with me stealing a few moments to sew!

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Wishing all of you a very blessed 2017 and wonderful holiday season!

Jenny (and family) xx

Friday, 23 December 2016

My year in Sewing {2016}

Yes, yes I know today is Christmas Eve, not New Years Eve… but I’m feeling a bit nostalgic and with a little free time to spare, being on holiday mode and all … so I’ve decided to post my annual sewing round-up now – hope that’s ok with you?!

2016 for me, definitely has been the year of less blogging and perhaps less sewing (although there are about 25 gazillion pairs of undies and a whole bunch of market sewing that would testify otherwise), but definitely less blogged projects than previous years – heck, in other years I’ve struggled to decide which of my numerous projects to choose for a couple of 9 square grids, whilst this time, I’ve struggled to fill them!

2016 in sewing (1)

Left to Right: (Top row:) Take Flight Dolman Top, The Clementine Dress (Middle row): Katie-pie Play Dress, Homemade Lego Storage Bag/Mats (Bottom row): Pipi's Bunny Hat, Pipi's Liberty Vest, Merino Singlets.

2016 in sewing (2)

(Top row): Noah's Lightning Bolt Quilt (still a work in progress), Isabelle's Ballet Cross Over Top and Ballet Bag, Wayfearer Shoes (Middle row): Isabelle's Solis Dress, Wild Things Bunny Shoes and Swan Pixie Shorts (Bottom row): A couple of unblogged projects, including far left a cushion cover collab between Noah and me and also (centre and right) Isabelle’s Ruemi Raglan (I tested this pattern for Little Kiwis Closet).

So that’s that! Not so much sewing for Noah or myself this year, but I’ve definitely put a few hours into that quilt of his, with plenty more to come! I have a few things I want to make for myself, perhaps a few maternity things and things for after – we’ll see.

Despite the significantly fewer items sewn this year, my passion for sewing still hasn’t waned! I’ve just found myself busy with family life, the admin work I do for my husband and the exhaustion of early pregnancy (which I’m glad to say has now passed!) And I also really tried to pick quality and need over quantity this year.

I plan to enter 2017 armed with beautiful fabric and lots of ideas (including a bit of new baby sewing) – So watch this space!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, one and all!

Happy Sewing,

Jen x

Want to read more? Here's the link to my 2015 year in sewing round-up!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Noah’s 8th Birthday!

I can’t quite believe that my firstborn is now eight! Noah celebrated his birthday on the 13th of December and I’ve just been reminded by my Dad that this blog is how he keeps up with our happenings, so I thought I better post about it before Christmas is upon us!

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We had a simple party for Noah on the Friday night before his ‘actual’ birthday with a few of his school friends. It’s such a busy time of year, so we kept it pretty low key with pizza, a DVD and DIY ice cream sundaes. I had a bit of a cake disaster, in that I’d intended for it to be 2 layers but hadn’t quite let them cool properly resulting in the destruction of the top layer… good thing the bottom was unscathed though, so it wasn’t a complete disaster! It still turned out pretty yummy, if not a little rustic! And Noah didn’t care!

The gift we gave Noah was a big Star Wars Lego set, perfect for our star wars and Lego loving guy! He spent most of the next day building it, with only a little help from me…. and that was only because I really wanted to help. (I guess as an adult you forget how much fun Lego building can be!)

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Happy birthday Mr Noah, we love you so!

Mum / Jenny xx