Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Creative Space: Luma Plush

How cute is this little guy?! 

I made him using this tutorial here. He's a wee bit wonky and hand stitching isn't one of my strong suits so his eyes are a little bit funny but I had heaps of fun putting him together and it just gives him character (at least that's what I'll keep telling myself).

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ever Wondered What A Meningitis Rash Looks Like?!

Well here it is ....

Sorry the photos not very clear.
In other words it's a petechial rash which as well as being a possible symptom of meningitis, can also be caused by vomiting. Thankfully for Riley, since it appeared only on his face, that's all it was though we took all the right steps in getting him seen to straight away just in case. This also included a hospital visit which was all a big adventure for him and since he'd perked up by the time we got there, we didn't have to stay for very long (earlier in the day he had been running a really high temp and had been extremely lethargic) before the Doctor pronounced him fit to go home under orders to bring him back should the rash spread, but he was fairly certain that whatever Riley had was just just another ordinary bug that he'd picked up from Kindy.

Oh the joys of having a preschooler!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Scrapping: The Week Thats Been

We had a rather interesting week last week involving a hospital visit (more on that in another post) ....

Anyway, here are a couple of my layouts from last week:

Credits: Modern Fresh by Lauren Bavin
Credits: Season Of Love Value Collection by Jeanet Almhøj
And my Round 3 layout for the DET Contest:

Credits: Funky Teenscape Value Collection by Nicole Young

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Creative Space: Boy Bag

Riley was quite taken with my buttercup bag that I blogged about here. When I first showed it too him he promptly took off with it and started filling it with cars!

Now I have nothing against boys playing with handbags but I decided to make him his very own boy bag (so I could have mine back).

It was super simple to make and I love how it turned out. Riley was fascinated by the magnetic snap on my bag so I added one of those, as well as a couple of  'car' size pockets (that boy loves his cars).

And here he is modelling it for me (this is BIG as these days he never stands still long enough for me to take photos of him). I think the strap could have done with being a bit shorter but overall it looks good and it was quick to make too which is always a bonus.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Scrapping: The Week Thats Been

It's really boring around here at the moment. The weeks are going so fast and we've been following the same routine everyday. I guess the good thing about that is it's a very well practiced routine which makes it easier to get out of the house on time with minimal rushing around.

At the weekend we did a bit more birthday and Christmas shopping and it's all coming together nicely. I just have a few more things to get for Christmas but I'm waiting until after a certain little boy's birthday.

Here are a few of my layouts from last week:

Credits: Altered Journey Page Kit by Elizabeth Weaver
Simply Summer Value Collection by Erica Belton
Endless Summer Titles by Lauren Bavin

Friday, September 16, 2011

DET Contest Round 2

Now that Round 2 of the DET contest is finished, I can share with you the layout that I made for it ...

Credits: Walk On The Wildside Value Collection by Meryl Bartho
Bring on Round 3!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Creative Space: Buttercup Bag

I've had this pattern and tutorial bookmarked for ages but it wasn't until I saw how well Juliet's bag over at Tartankiwi turned out that really gave me the push to try it and of course I bombarded her with my 101 questions before getting started.

It took me a long time to finish. Not because it was hard but because I wanted it to be perfect and I was scared of mucking it up. So its been sitting, half finished in my sewing room for the last couple of months until I finally plucked up the courage to finish putting it together and as it turns out I had nothing to worry about.

I did make a few little changes/additions:
- I used light weight interfacing on all the outside pieces of the bag.
- I used heavy weight interfacing in the handle. (If you're like me and hopeless at sewing handles, a good tip is to use applique adhesive which will stop the layers from moving as you sew).
- I opted for a cell phone pocket rather than the square pocket, using this tutorial.

I had also planned on sandwiching the handle between the layers rather than sewing it on afterwards but once I'd sewn my outside pieces together I noticed that my side seams didn't quite match up and sewing the handles on the outside covers that up nicely, phew.

Its definitely not a very practical bag because of its size (who needs practical anyway?) but I just love how it turned out! Now all I need to do is plan a night out so that I can use it.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Scrapping: The Week Thats Been

This week I submitted my layout for Round 2 of the DET Contest. As usual it was a nerve wracking experience and I'm glad to have gotten it out of the way. Now we're just waiting for the results to see who's moving on to the next round.

I'm also starting to really get organised for Riley's birthday (a month and a half away now!) and Christmas. I have a whole heap of stuff already on layby and now its just a matter of getting the little things - books, DVD's, etc.

Anyway, here are some of my layouts that I did last week:

Credits: Oh Boy Ahoy Page Kit by Nicole Young
Credits: Urban Teen Value Collection by Robyn Gough
Credits: Summer Country Page Kit by Teresa Loman
Summer Country Add On Pack by Teresa Loman
Summer Country Paper Set by Teresa Loman

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Creative Space: Dress To Skirt

(Unfortunately I was too impatient to get stuck into this project that I forgot to take a before picture of the dress).

So, let me paint you a picture ....
Knee length, white, halter neck dress, with floral embroidery that I bought um maybe 6 years ago now? I have no idea why I bought it as I've never been a dress person and I can't actually remember ever wearing it.
Up until earlier this year it was hanging forgotten in the back of my wardrobe when I decided to have a clean out and it was relegated to the clothing bag in the garage where it has been waiting to be taken to a clothing bin.

Well, we have been having some gorgeous warm weather lately which always gets me thinking about summer clothing and I got thinking about this dress and that it would be so easy to turn it into a skirt (I much prefer skirts).

It has a simple elasticated waistband and is super comfy. I'm not sure that I like it any better as a skirt (it wrinkles easily, I'm not really a floral person and who wears white when they have grubby kids anyway?) but I'm sure it will get some wear (even if its just around the house).

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Scrapping: The Week Thats Been

The DET contest has started!! I can't believe how quick the lasts 6 months has gone and DET 13's term is already coming to an end. Being current DET I'll be joining the contest in the 2nd Round. I must say that I'm feeling a little bit intimidated as the 1st Round gallery is looking amazing. Wish me luck!

Here are a couple of my layouts from last week:

Credits: Club Digital September 2011
Credits: School Days Mega Kit by DSP Designers

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Creative Space: Fabric Bookmark

I had an exciting package arrive the other day .... BOOKS! And lots of them thanks to the latest book sale at Mighty Ape. I love books but I don't often buy them and when I do I very rarely buy them brand new so I'm feeling rather spoilt.

And to  go with them I whipped up a quick fabric bookmark (my new books would have made my old bookmark look shabby!)

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