Crowns for my princess's

I found these crowns from a blog I follow a little red ribbon and followed the link from there. These crowns were designed by Jessica of Juicy Bits. I love Gretel's blog, she always show cases really cool tutorials, so much cool stuff to make out there.

I got the girls to pick out there colours, of course Emma went for pink's but Amelia surprised me by picking blue and orange.

The reason I haven't taken a photo before now is that we have lost Emma's crown twice this week.

I had to go back to play centre and I found it hidden away in some random handbag, it was a miracle I found it.

This is Amelia wearing her little beauty ( please forgive the yoghurt down her top) but she wasn't interested in posing for me, So...

I got my other willing model.

and she loved it and did a good job!

I think she has claimed this crown now,

and plus it goes with her blue top!!!

Go Finger Food

This is what I like to see, my little darling starting finger food. I've been looking forward to this moment, ooh so much easier!

I love it when you can throw them a piece of toast to keep them happy!!

This hasn't photographed well, but this is the front of the dress, very plain and simple.

I was going for simple but effective. I started the night before the party. I adapted the pattern on the fabric - there's pen marks all on the inside so I hope it fits ok.
This dress was filled with so many mistakes. I just couldn't get my tired head around it. I used the outer fabric as a facing but it didn't work so well with the button placket and the denim was too thick in that area. It was just disaster after disaster but I finally got around it in the end. Who would know such a simple dress causing so much confusion. I blame it on the sleep deprivation!

Emma's First Face+

This is my 3 1/2 year olds first ever picture of a face. Man am I impressed. I was sitting next to her, both of us with a piece of paper each and pen in hand. I say to her draw a circle, now 2 circles, a circle for a nose and then a smile. My picture was a straight forward generic round smiley face and this was her own interpretation. I didn't even direct her, she even put dots in the middle of the eyes, which I didn't. Then she added some hair.

I think we have a little budding artist on our hands. I just can't get over how this is her first ever attempt. I might even frame this one. Can't you tell I'm a proud mama!!

Some Firsts

Well, we have moved! We moved 2 weeks ago and I still haven't unpacked everything. I have no idea where my phone charger is? I haven't set anything up yet. Every time I try to sort out stuff, I have two little pairs of hands behind me re-sorting them into their own piles. I am getting frustrated by the minute and I seem to get the minimal bit done each day. I wake up each morning with the attitude of ' right this is gonna be the day' but true to form each day is the same as the next.

The worst thing is I have told myself that I can't do any sewing until I have all the house sorted and I am just aching to use that machine. So yes tomorrow is gonna be the day......

So in a cheats way, I thought I would show you a series of firsts. I looked back in my photo albums and came across these wee beauties.

I made these a couple of years ago for my soon to be born niece Nina. They are fabric pictures backed by self made cardboard boxes. I used pictures from a wall frieze I had of Jan Pienkowski who did the Meg and Mog books. That was one of my favourite books when growing up.

The sad thing is they never received them because they got stolen in the post. I made up a whole package with handmade goodies of a knitted hat and booties, bibs and these pictures. I was absolutely gutted, so to compensate this tragedy I made 2 more pictures of the cat and mouse but I liked the originals better.

...So some little hoodlum out there has got these pictures, I hope they gave them to someone who likes them and they are being looked after?

The next is my very first quilt I made. Not such a great picture but I couldn't be bothered getting the quilt off the bed which probably needs a good wash and is a bit worse for wear. Wee little Amelia loves it and is always dragging it from room to room.

I made the pattern and designed it myself. Originally it was meant to be a duvet(doona) cover but I measured it wrong so I backed it with polar fleece, which is great cause I can throw it in the wash and dryer.

This is the first and only dress I have made for my girls. I whipped it up the night before Emma's 2nd birthday in a mad rush as usual. Now it is just a dress-up but that was the intention any way. I will start making them real dresses soon. Emma is always asking me for one when she sees me sewing. I'm really looking forward to doing one.

and this is one of my favourite photos of Emma playing with it on in the wood shed. I took the satin sash off because it just ain't that practical!

The pink stripe chair

Emma(16 months) and Amelia at 1 week old

3 1/2 months later...

Just couldn't resist this one, Emma giving Amelia a helping hand!

A little over a year later, a month before Holly was born.

Just taken a couple of weeks ago Emma 3 and Amelia 2.

There is a little story that goes behind this chair. When Steve's Nana died all the grandchildren had one choice to take something to remember their grandparents by, ranging from a car to anything in the house. Steve quickly took first choice and that is of this chair.

It was his grandfathers favourite lazy boy chair. Steve adored his grandfather and since he thought this chair was so special to Percy he wanted it as well. The original version was of the oatmeal coloured variety, lets say it wouldn't of won an award for the best looking chair but it was oh so comfortable. I convinced Steve to get it covered and I pain stakingly took ages to choose a fabric( I was 8 months pregnant, couldn't make up my mind plus I didn't know what I was having). He was getting very annoyed with me but finally I decided on this pink multi coloured stripe(it wasn't cheap). It arrived a few days after having Amelia and I think it is absolutely devine, I just love it. Oh what a difference a little fabric can make!

And I can tell you it was the best breastfeeding chair ever. I've spent many a night rocking and feeding in that oh so comfortable chair. Down below was my original chair I purchased for breast feeding. I made the cushions for it though the back one isn't tied on yet in this picture but this chair just didn't quite cut it in the comfortable stakes!

Thanks grandad Percy!!!