Wednesday, 28 May 2008

still sick...

sick mummy with her loves

I am still feeling terrible. But have been rescued by my mother-in-law who has flown in to take care of us while my husband is overseas. Thank you Oody! My voice is almost gone so another person to read some of the 1,000,000 books that we get through every day is wonderful. It is handy that Oody is a teacher/librarian... How wonderful to have a wonderful mother-in-law!

Friday, 23 May 2008

food and fevers and forest friends...



I have been adding some new designs to my range, with more to follow over the next week or two.


I have a cold and I am not happy. I never get colds. Well, hardly ever and when I do they only last for 24 hours. Once I even had a 12 hour cold. All done and dusted in 12 hours. I think I am a medical miracle. However, this one is up to about 30 hours and seems to have set in. The killer sore throat was over in the first 8 hours, 8 more for general aches and and another 12 for just feeling miserable and feverish. The last 2 hours has seen the arrival of the runny nose and sneezing. Please be no more than a 36 hour cold as I have a child to care for and a husband who is about to go travelling overseas for work for a week. Please, cold god, be kind to this mother...


Have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

for the sewers or people who dream of sewing...



I just wanted to let you all know about a fab website called 'Zigzaggers.' If you have not visited the site, you should! As they say, they provide 'the low-down on used sewing machines, from crafty people with first-hand experience sewing on them.' I recently contributed a review of my machine (see the review on the Janome SW-2018E). Melissa of Tiny Happy also recently contributed a review of the machine that she sews her wonderful babies shoes, bags and clothes. I think this website is a great resource for people who want to buy an older, solid machine instead of a new more plastic machine.


If you have an older machine, I am sure Krista would love to hear from you. Go ahead and spread the word to your crafty friends.


Below are some buying tips I also contributed to the site;

As a crafter with an Etsy store I see a lot of topics on the Etsy forums about people wanting to buy a used or first sewing machine. For people starting and not having ever sewed try and borrow a machine if you can – from a friend, family member or some sewing schools rent out simple beginners machines. I remember reading in a blog about a place that rented machines – may be someone can add that link here?

Once you decide you actually like this sewing gig (and who doesn’t) I think you are on the money if you go for something old and reliable. A cheap new machine is often cheap for some quite obvious reasons. I have a tough-as-boots old machine that has been moved all over the country, a little abused at times, and I use it to sew all my clothes that I sell. I have seen the same machine on eBay for about $100.00 (Australian). I agree that eBay is a good place to look around but just be careful. Ask questions and keep asking until you are happy. I have noticed that some machines are ‘trendy’ or ‘hot’ in the sewing world so they command a big price. Just watch eBay for a while and you will see which ones they are.

Once you have an idea of what you like try op/thrift shops or ‘for sale’ pages in the newspaper (we don’t have Craiglist in OZ but the ‘Trading Post’ may be a good option). Also ask at fabric stores or sewing schools – people are often upgrading and don’t always want a spare machine.

My number one rule for buying a machine is keep it simple – don’t go for bells and whistles if you have no intention of using them. Fancy computer chips and gizmos can mean expensive trips to the sewing machine doctor. I like a machine that I can prod around in and not be afraid of reprogramming it into a rocket launcher or hedge trimmer…

Monday, 12 May 2008

skirts and princesses and crabs...




Back from a lovely get away to Melbourne (one of my most favourite city's in the world).


We went to the wedding of a very dear friend - what a gorgeous day it was. Before we left I made Minnie some new skirts for the trip and asked her what she would like on them - she asked for a squirrel on one and birds on the other. She wore the squirrel skirt to the wedding ceremony (I will be adding some similar skirts to my store soon). Minnie is not a quiet child and spent a great part of the service singing out 'Marcel is marry a princess, Marcel is marry a princess!' And indeed he did - she looked stunning. Sadly my photos are less than stunning...


The reception was the first night that my husband and I have had out without Minnie since she was born. It was my first night of drinking in about 3 1/2 years. I may have over indulged a little... We were staying at the hotel that the reception was held which meant I could pop up stairs and put her to bed. Thank goodness we had a babysitter that stayed the night and took care of Minnie in the morning (thank you Te Te) when we were feeling terrible.


We spent a lovely morning at the zoo with one of my closest friends - we don't get to see each other that often as we live in different parts of the country. But when ever we do it is like we have not been apart. Minnie was very excited about the trip to the zoo but was a little disappointed that she did not see any crabs! She had told her Gaddy (grandmother) that is what she wanted to see.


To make up for the lack of crabs at the zoo (obviously they need to rectify that) we went to the museum. They have a fantastic children's section but the real winner were the dinosaurs. Minnie was so excited to be there and walked around saying 'museum, hooray' every minute or so. It was very funny. I love that a 2 year old can get so excited at a museum.
It was lovely to get away but as always, we needed loads more time in order to see more friends and visit more places. Next time - I don't need an excuse to visit Melbourne...

Saturday, 3 May 2008

The hottest new fashion accessory...


bra cup ear warmers and lingerie neck wear...

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

rock on...


went to a gig yesterday. Yep, a gig at 10.30am and no, I didn't mean 10.30pm. Yep, it was a gig for toddlers. All week the excitement has been mounting as we were going to see the 'real Jay' not 'Jay on the 'tb (tv).'

Jay Laga'aia is a bit hit in this house. Jay is a presenter in the super brilliant children's television program 'Play School' and recently released a CD that has been played non-stop in my car for months. Jay is also an actor and has starred in a few movies including Star Wars Episode II. He also has 7 children and loves being a dad (yes, he is the perfect man but of course in second place behind my husband).

And for the mums, Jay is quite a looker...

The kids loved him and he was fantastic on stage. A lot of singing and dancing and he got down on the dance floor with the little ones. Minnie also got to go up on stage with the band - what a hoot. She had a great time and so did I. It was an hour of great fun and wonderful to see all those little people having such time. I have not been to a grown up concert since the before Minnie was born. My days of big stadium concerts and pub gigs is a distant flicker in my memory. I get excited these days if I see a good busker - a mini concert!

Next gig are 'The Wiggles' in May. I think that it may be too much for me seeing Murry in the flesh.