Thursday, September 26, 2013

Angry Birds Party: Invitations

This year Riley has asked to have a birthday party and invite some friends from school. He's always been a bit socially awkward so it's really good to see him finally making some friends.

After giving it a lot of thought we decided to go with an Angry Birds theme and I have been busily collecting inspiration on Pinterest. The aim is to keep it simple, cheap and fun.

The first thing to do was to design the invitations and have them all ready to be handed out after the school holidays.

I love mucking around in Photoshop and seeing what I can come up with. Obviously the blank bit at the bottom is where all the details go and I added the black lines down the sides for the purpose of this blog post so it stands out from the background.

I'll have plenty more to share once the party is done and dusted.

Joining in with Show & Tell.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mood Board Monday: Metallic

Who doesn't want a little sparkle in their lives?? Here's what caught my eye in metallics.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Review: Toucan Can! by Juliette MacIver

Toucan can do lots of things!
Toucan dances!
Toucan sings!
Toucan bangs a frying pan!
Can you do what toucan can?

A tongue-twisting, ludicrous rhyme full of escalating hilarity and off-the-wall characters. It will have you tripping and flipping and dancing and singing.

I must admit that I am guilty of judging children's books by their covers, it's the illustrations that first draw me in and make me pick up a book and have a proper look at it. I think it's really important that the story and illustrations mesh well to form a complete picture. Toucan Can! is an excellent example of this.

The book starts off slow but rapidly picks up speed until it's just one big party. The illustrations by Sarah Davis, are colourful and quirky - a perfect match to the chaos that ensues.

The rhyming works well and the story is fun and engaging - we couldn't help but laugh at some of the characters antics.

Overall a very entertaining read and a wonderful addition to our book collection.
So what are you waiting for?? Pre-order your copy here.

Note: I was not paid to write this review. 
I just love books/reading and want to share my passion with you. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blank Tank

The weather is slowly starting to warm up and Riley is in desperate need of a whole new wardrobe.

Tanks are light and comfortable, perfect for enduring the Summer heat. They can also be worn under clothes in Winter making them a great all year round item to have.

I used the blank tank pattern which I bought a while back and since this was just a practice tank, I used one of Phil's old t-shirts. I wanted to see how well it sewed up and check the sizing.

It was really quick and easy and I love the method used for finishing the neck and armholes. I left off the patch pocket and I'm not a fan of the curved hem so next time I'll go for a straight one.

Joining in with Show & Tell.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mood Board Monday: Neon

I've never really been a fan of neon, but after putting together this mood board I can honestly say that I am a neon convert. It's fun and funky and when used in the right way, it can really make a statement.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Urban Hoodie

I have been sewing up a storm this past week and finally getting around to ticking some projects off my 'to do' list, starting with this Urban Unisex Hoodie by Heidi and Finn.

I love how it turned out. The fabric I used is a lovely soft ribbed fleece which I picked up at Spotlight for $6 a meter. For the lining I used scraps of navy jersey knit and since I didn't have quite enough, I used one of Phil's old t-shirts for the sleeves.

The buttons are supposed to be functional but I opted to use velcro instead - much easier for little fingers to manage.

I made the size 7 with the largest sizing for the hood. I wanted to try and make it large enough that he would be able to get some wear out of it next year as well, but it looks like it fits him pretty good right now.

Joining in with Show & Tell.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mood Board Monday: Green

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately so this week I've chosen to go with a style theme.

My current wardrobe mainly consists of black and grey, which is a good starting point, but I'd love to add some colour to it. Now green isn't one of my favourite colours but I did find a few things that caught my eye.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Book Review: Magician's End by Raymond E Feist


The dragons are calling ...

Civil war is tearing apart the Kingdom of the Isles, for the throne lies empty and rivals are converging. Having spirited his beloved Princess Stephane safely out of Roldem, Hal - now Duke of Crydee - must turn his attention to the defence of the ancient realm so that a king can be anointed by the Congress of Lords, rather than by right of might.

But the greatest threat may well lie out of the hands of men. Somewhere in the Grey Tower Mountains something not of this world is emerging. It will require that alliances be made between mortal enemies if disaster is to be averted.

Elves and men must stand together, ancient heroes must rise again, dragons must fly and Pug, Magnus and the other magic-users of Midkemia must be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice if the whole world is to be saved.

Magician's End is the final novel in an epic fantasy series which began over 30 years ago with the publication of Magician.

I have been reading (and loving) all of the Riftwar novels since I was a teenager and I am so very sad to see such an awesome series coming to an end, knowing that I won't get to read about any further exploits on the world of Midkemia.

As always there was barely a dull moment what with battles, magic and royal intrigue keeping things interesting.

Overall I felt that the book was a well written tribute to the series as a whole and all the characters that we have come to know and love over the years. It had the feeling of events coming back around full circle.

I can't say too much without giving anything away but if you are a fan of the fantasy genre and you havent read Magician, then I urge you to pick up a copy and give it a go. The series is long but every book is well worth the read.

Rating: 5/5
Note: I was not paid to write this review. 
I just love books/reading and want to share my passion with you. 

On a side note, recently I was lucky enough to win a signed and numbered limited edition proof copy of Magician's End - love it.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sweet Pouch Swap Round 2

My pouch has arrived safe and sound so I can now share it with you all.

I have a terrible time deciding what to make for swaps and they always get left until the last minute, hence the average, wrinkly photos (sorry).

I tend to over think things but in the end I decided that simple was best and I am so in love with that green top stitching against the dark grey. The pouch is lined with the same pink fabric that I used on the front.

You can't get much more kiwi than pineapple lumps and I chucked in some of the new Whittakers L&P chocolate as well.

Joining in with Show & Tell.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mood Board Monday: Black and White

I'd seen Mood Board Monday popping up around blogland and thought it looked like fun, so here's my very first attempt at creating a mood board.

Black and white is such a classic/simple style, one which I absolutely love so it was hard to only pick out a few things.

For this week, I decided to go with a home decor theme because they were the images that jumped out at me the most while I was browsing Pinterest.

1. Love this room especially the duvet / 2. I adore chevron and love the black and white chairs / 3. Love me some crochet goodness / 4. Gorgeous rug / 5. Such a pretty shower curtain / 6. Love stripes / 7. Super cute embroidery art.