Saturday, December 31, 2011


Wishing you all a happy New Year!
2011 has been an interesting year. We've spent most of it riding out the Christchurch earthquakes and working through the challenges that they bring. In between such events we've been lucky enough to carry on life as normal (or as normal as you can under the circumstances).

There are going to be some exciting changes for our family in 2012. All will be revealed soon.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Sewing Project for 2011

I'd been wanting to try out this tutorial for a while. I made my bag using some of the left over fabric from Riley's Christmas pillowcase.

This was such a nice, quick and easy project. A great way to end a year that has seen my sewing improve in leaps and bounds.

Stay tuned for more sewing projects in 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Family Photoshoot

Since we have my brother staying with us at the moment we took the opportunity to have him take some photos of the 3 of us. Riley is less than enthusiastic about having his photo taken at the moment and it took a lot of coaxing to get him to smile but in the end we got a few good shots and some super cute silly ones too.

And of course I couldn't pass up the chance to get some photos of me and Riley too (we don't have many of those as I'm usually the one that takes all the photos).

♥ Love my boys 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas. Our day was mostly relaxing and peaceful with the occasional tantrum from one very over excited little boy. He was initially more excited about the chocolates hanging on the tree than what was underneath it!

Remember the sock monkey that I made for Riley a while ago? His first comments when he pulled it out of it's bag were, "What?! Monkey's don't have stripes!" I couldn't help but laugh at his tone of voice.

We had a minor battery emergency. I knew I'd forget something! We managed to scrounge together a few batteries so Riley was able to play with some of his new toys but we'll need to pop out tomorrow and get some more.

Every year we get a photo of Riley wearing a Christmas hat. This year he wasn't being very co-operative so I ended up bribing him with trifle ....

Merry Christmas Everyone

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas is almost here!!

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Shaky Afternoon

Here's my little boy zonked out after the magnitude 5.8 earthquake this afternoon. I think it's the shock that does it because he had the same reaction to the big one in Feb.

He was rudely awoken by the magnitude 6.0 about half an hour after he'd fallen asleep. I have never seen him move so fast. One minute he was fast asleep the next he was in my arms and clinging to me for dear life.

Much love to the people of Christchurch x

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pin Real Life: Crinkly Owl Toy

A last minute gift for a special little boy ....

Inspired by this pin

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Giimmo Night Light

Aren't they just the cutest things ever!
Riley's fear of the dark has escalated in the last couple of weeks. He already sleeps with his bedroom door wide open and the hall light on so I thought it was time to try yet another night light. 

Riley chose the little hedgehog and it is just too cute! I love that it has a rechargeable battery so there's no need to plug it into the wall or worry about having the right batteries. Riley knows that it's not a toy and is content (for the moment anyway) to leave it sitting on his bedside table. The light is bright but without being overpowering like some night lights and it uses an LED light which doesn't emit any heat so perfect for kids.

I'm sold. I love it (maybe even more than Riley does).

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Cards

Last year I ran out of time so Riley ended up decorating our Christmas cards (see here). This year I've been a little bit more organised and made (by made I mean bought a pack of plain cards and decorated them), some super simple cards using some basic Christmas shapes and a bit of ribbon.

I love how they turned out considering they took no time at all to do. Simple yet effective.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Getting Answers ....

Riley has always had a stuffy nose from about the time when he was 6months old when the Dr put it down to the change in seasons. He also snores like a freight train but it wasn't until this year that he started having problems with his ears. Not ear infections but the continuous colds that he has battled with all year have been causing a lot of fluid build up which has been affecting his hearing. We had been to the Dr about it before and his ears were given the all clear in September.

On Tuesday Riley failed his B4 School hearing check as I suspected he would as his hearing had gone down hill again. So back to the Dr we went and as it turns out he now has glue ear.

The Dr has put a referral through to the hospital and we should be seen by an ENT Specialist sometime in the next 3 months. My sweet boy needs grommets and his adenoids removed.

I'm just glad that his speech is really clear and well developed for his age. So far his lack of hearing doesn't seem to be affecting him at all but it is incredibly frustrating for me especially when I'm already dealing with some trying 4 year old behavior.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Traditions

One of the things that I like to get for Riley each year is a Christmas themed book and we give it to him a week before Christmas so that we have some time to enjoy it leading up to the big day.

This year I've added something extra and made him a super cute Christmas pillowcase thanks to this tutorial here.

I think so far this has to be one of the easiest and quickest things that I've ever made and I can't wait to give it to Riley on Sunday.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recipe: Strawberry Jam

We have an overabundance of strawberries at the moment. In fact we have so many that I decided to make some strawberry jam.

1kg strawberries, washed and hulled
6 cups sugar
1 1/2tsp tartaric acid

Lightly crush strawberries in a large pan. Add sugar and mix well.

Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Add the tartaric acid and boil rapidly for another 5 minutes.

Pour into sterilized jars and store.

It seemed a little too easy so I wasn't sure how the jam was going to turn out but I needn't have worried because it is perfect and so delicious! It gets Riley's seal of approval too and now he wants jam on everything.

Find more recipes here.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Creative Space: Embroidery Hoop Bag

While browsing Pinterest the other day I came upon this great pin which then led me to this great tutorial for embroidery hoop bags.

I love to organize and I can't believe how simple these are to make, I only wish I'd discovered them sooner! 

Cute and functional, what's not to love?! I used some ribbon to attach it to one of the trolley's in my sewing room.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pin Real Life: Embroidery Hoop Art

I LOVE Pinterest (you can find me here).
As if I need another time waster but there are just so many cool ideas to look at and it's such a great way to find inspiration that I just can't resist. Particularly useful around Christmas maybe? When you're struggling to think of gifts for people ....

I put together some embroidery hoop art, which is currently hanging in Riley's room, after seeing this pin.

So easy and so cute!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

November Makes

Here are my crafty makings for November ....

4. Mitten Ornaments

Linking up over here

Fresh Sewing Day

Friday, December 2, 2011

Loving Reclaiming My Sewing Room

For the last 4 months my brother has been sleeping on the floor (literally) in my sewing room .... however he has finally moved on to bigger and better things in Auckland and I can once again walk around my sewing room without tripping over things! Oh it feels so good to have my own space again! His leaving was also a good opportunity for me to get in there and have a good clean out.

Ok, so I have a confession to make .... I'm a hoarder. I keep random things on the off chance that one day they might be useful for something but most of the time they just get shoved in a drawer and forgotten about.

Anyway ....
My brother moved out and I chucked out a whole bunch of stuff. I don't think my sewing room has ever been this tidy or organised.

Loving. It.
What are you loving this week? (Link up with Paisley Jade here)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Creative Space: Advent Calendar

I have been wanting to make an advent calendar for ages! There is so much inspiration to be found on the internet that I spent way too much time trying to figure out how I wanted to make it that I almost left it too late. I don't like rushing things but I'm still pleased with how it turned out (the photos don't really do it justice).

I used the left over fabric that I had from making Riley's stocking and spent quite a few nights in front of the TV perfecting my chain stitch ....

I've loaded up the pockets with little chocolates and hung it well out of reach of grasping little fingers.
(I have made the pockets big enough so that in future years I can fill them with other things - notes, stickers, small ornaments etc).

Let the countdown begin!

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.