Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you have had an enjoyable relaxing day with your family. I have had a very busy week, hence the lack of posts, but will fill in the blanks shortly. For now it's off to bed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another birthday

Happy birthday to my mum for today. We had a lovely lunch out with some friends at "Taste" at the Bahai Centre in Hobart. I had never been there before and it was really peaceful and relaxing. The food was lovely (perhaps a bit on the small side as serves go), but still tasty. Sophie especially loved her little strawberry cupcake and of course had to help herself to my flourless chocolate cake. I think we have another chocoholic in the family!

Sophie found this lovely window seat as soon as we arrived and Steph had given her a little gift box with coloured paper and stickers to keep her occupied, which she really enjoyed.

A close up shot of Sophie enjoying her cupcake.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Birthday - The Big Six!

Today marks the anniversary of my daughter's 6th birthday. I truly can't believe she is 6. Last night I made some cupcakes for her to take to school and they we're a big hit.

She received some lovely presents yesterday from her party and of course a collection of items from us today.

1. Pair of Pyjamas
2. Pink Clock Radio
3. Smiggle Pencil Case, Gel Pens and Sketch Pad
4. Walle Painting Canvas
5. Wizard of Oz Book with Ruby Slippers Necklace
6. Tickets to stage production of "Wizard of Oz" in Hobart 2010 (she is very excited about this!)

Emma absolutely loves the Wizard of Oz at the moment so when I heard that a stage show was happening I just had to get tickets.

She had a play date this afternoon with a friend from school and then we headed out to dinner for fish & chips and to catch up with my mum, who's birthday is tomorrow.

Emma wanted to dress like "Dorothy" so she wore her blue checked school dress, red sparkly shoes and her hair in plaits. She also carried a stuffed dog in a doll's baby carrier, as if it was "Toto" in his basket. Here she is enjoying an ice cream after dinner.

Happy Birthday Emma! :) xox

Little Choopie Secret Santa

I received a lovely little parcel in the mail today from Little Choopie. I was lucky enough to find one of the Secret Santa presents on the Little Choopie website a couple of days ago and was very excited to open the parcel. This is what I found.

A lovely card and parcel wrapped with a beautiful red ribbon, and a hand written note - "Merry Christmas from Little Choopie Secret Santa".

And this was the present, a lovely set of spotty hair clips. What a lovely surprise, thanks Amanda.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another busy day

After a late night out (got home at 1am - catch up and some "Guitar Hero" with good friends!), we headed off to Kidz Bizzzz Playcentre in Kingston for my daughter's 6th birthday party.

It was a great day, as the kids ran around had a lot of fun, followed by food and cake. Emma received a lot of lovely gifts - creative crafty kits, books, jewellery and a lovely summer dress. I've spent the afternoon doing some of the activities with her - rubber stamp kit, bracelet making and stain glass window decorations.

I've also cooked some cupcakes for her to take to school tomorrow. I still need to ice & decorate them though. I am not sure if they will be any good though, as I have used an "egg free, dairy free" recipe (due to allergies in her class). I've never cooked with this recipe before and the consistency was quite different to a normal cake batter. I'm sure the kids will like them all the same.

On a different note I had to post a picture of the reversible cross-over pinafore top I made again. I had a lovely phone call this afternoon from a friend who saw this top today, being worn by little Ruby. She liked it so much she rang to order one as a Christmas gift for her great niece. I am very excited because this is my first sale and custom order. It's lovely to know that others like my creations.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Today I .....

.... made my daughter's birthday cake - the Number "6". I am really happy with how this turned out, especially the vine, leaves and the chocolate lady bugs. This icing is a lovely rose pink, but the cake also looks rather Christmassy with it's red & green decorations.

I'm looking forward to the party tomorrow, as this is the only bit of organising I have had to do. We are going to an indoor play centre which will keep the kids entertained and they provide all the catering & lolly bags as well. A great idea for this busy time of year. The best part of all is there is no cleaning up!

Last Night I .....

.... made these button hair ties as gifts for all the girls who are coming to my daughter's 6th birthday party tomorrow. I hope they like them. It will also serve as some advertising about my business as I haven't really told many people yet, so it will be a good talking point.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Rocky Road - yum!

I made 2 trays of Rocky Road last night which was enough for 12 bags. These will go to Emma's school teachers, Sophie's carers at childcare and other family & friends. I will have to make more though, as we have already eaten a bag ourselves! I also intend to make some star biscuits.

This weekend is "busy baking weekend" (apart from other things), tomorrow I will be baking Emma's birthday cake - the "Number 6" and cupcakes for her to take to school on Monday. A busy weekend ahead indeed :)

Here's the Rocky Road recipe if you'd like to make your own - very easy!

500g Chocolate, melted (I used Cadbury's Dairy Milk)
200g Marshmallows, chopped (I actually used about 100g of Mini mallows)
2 x 55g bars of Turkish Delight, chopped
1/2 cup Unsalted Peanuts, chopped

1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
2. Pour mixture into a lined slice tin and refrigerate until set.
3. Use a warm knife to cut the slice into small squares.

You can substitute the turkish delight with glace cherries, red jubes or raspberry lollies. You can also substitute the peanuts with rice bubbles for crunch if you are allergic to nuts.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Little Choopie Made with Love - Secret Santa

"Little Choopie Made with Love" is running a Secret Santa Giveaway for the 12 days of Christmas. Today is day 10 and to be the lucky winner of a secret item from their range, all you have to do is head over to the website, sign up as a new customer, then search through all the lovely products until you find the "Secret Santa" logo (as below). You don't even pay for postage, it's all FREE!

And guess what - I found today's Secret Santa - yeh! I am very excited and will post a photo of my present when it arrives. Thanks Little Choopie.

Special Birthday Present - Reversible Cross-Over Pinafore Top

This is the latest addition to my collection, and I think it's the best yet! This particular pinafore top has actually gone to a little girl who just turned "1" - Happy Birthday Ruby. I will be making more however.

I decided to have one side in a neutral tone and the other a lovely red and white print - quite Christmassy but can be worn any time of the year. Ruby's mum loved the red fabric (it's her favourite colour and her daughter's name is "Ruby"). I love the way the applique bird turned out and I even made a matching birthday card with fabric balloons. I added one of my new swing tags and wrapped it in lovely brown paper with a beautiful red ribbon.

Ruby's mum was very impressed and just loved it and I can't wait to see little Ruby in the top.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oh, I almost forgot....

I almost forgot... whilst looking through my recent photos I realised I hadn't posted a picture of these lovelies.

I purchased these cute "Babushka Doll" decorations from Notions at the recent Homemade Market in November. I realised I hadn't put them on the Christmas tree, so I have fixed that, as of today.

Don't you just love the packaging - just like a Christmas Bon Bon!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas is Here

I finally got the Christmas Tree and other decorations up around the house this afternoon. I know it's a week late, but better late than never right?!

It now definitely feels like Christmas is upon us. I especially love sitting at night with all the lights down, looking at the lovely coloured lights on the tree. We only have a small tree (about 1 metre tall), because when I bought it a few years ago I had a tiny house, no floor space in the lounge room and a toddler. Now we live in a much more spacious home and both my girls are older now so they don't tend to want to pull the decorations off.

I would love to have a larger tree but it's a want not a need at the moment, so I will probably wait until next year to upgrade.

I started my Christmas cards today and hope to get them all mailed out by the end of the week. I have also wrapped all but 3 Christmas Presents & the girls "Santa gifts", so I feel pretty organised.

I am trying to get as much done as possible, because this weekend will be taken up with cake making on Saturday, my daughter's 6th Birthday Party on Sunday, followed by her actual birthday on Monday. It's then my mum's birthday on Tuesday (15th) and then my sister-in-law's the following Monday (21st). It's a crazy time of year, but lots of fun.

I have some more photos of items I have been sewing (will post soon), which I am really happy with especially one item that I made as a birthday gift which was very well received.

That's all for now :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday at Handmade Hobart

Well we braved the wet & windy weather yesterday to visit Hobart's newest designer handmade market - Handmade Hobart, and we weren't disappointed. I must admit I did bribe the children into coming by promising to buy them a cupcake each from Maddie's Cupcake Creations. Maddie makes the most intricate decorations on her cupcakes and they are just works of art. Sadly the girls were that excited about them that I didn't get a chance to take any photos. She had an array of different animals and the girls chose the "butterfly" & the "sheep".

After cupcakes they also enjoyed a babycino from "Barista Sista". I took a photo of the market in action from the stage, which was nicely set up with tables & chairs to enjoy a coffee.

It is a great location at St Peter's Hall, cnr Harrington & Brisbane Sts, and the hall was full of lovely stalls and a bustling crowd. There was an array of stalls from jewellery, children & baby's wear & accessories, stationery, felt scarves, hand dyed/spun wool and of course cupcakes and coffee.

I definitely give it the thumbs up and congratulate the organisers. The next market is scheduled for 23rd & 24th January 2010.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Button Hair Ties

My self cover button supplies arrived and using some off cuts form the fabrics I made the reversible tops from, I have created some large button hair ties. I whipped these up really quickly and am very happy with them. I think I'll get the next size down also for some smaller hair ties. I also like the way they look on my new cards (photo taken with iphone again - not great quality).

Sunday's Child Business Cards

Well yes they have finally arrived - my business cards. They will serve as not only business cards, but garment tags and cards for my hair ties & clips. The colour of the red is more of a cranberry red but the photo doesn't show it that well (am using my iphone at the moment). The quality of the cards was not quite what I was looking for but they will be fine for now.

I was actually in the process of having a logo designed but have had to put that on hold due to financial constraints, but hope to get that happening again in the new year. So for now these will grace my designs.

Handmade Hobart

Yet another market has popped onto the scene here in Hobart, the aptly named Handmade Hobart. The market is at St Peter's Hall, Cnr Harrington & Brisbane Sts and runs Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th from 11am to 4pm.

I look forward to dropping by tomorrow and checking out all the goodies on offer. I have already promised my daughters' a cupcake each from Maddie's Cupcake Creations - yum!

Images courtesy of Handmade Hobart

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Recent Creations

I have not been as fast with the creating/sewing as I would have liked due to some personal issues and unfortunately have missed all the lovely Christmas markets here in Hobart.

Not to worry, I have decided to just put my head down and get stuck into it and work towards a new year market. So here are my first creations.

I have tested out a pattern for a reversible pop over top and am really happy with the results. I made two of them with the same fabrics and the great thing is that these can start as dresses and then become tops as the child grows.

I then made some applique bird tees with the left over fabric. The fabric is fused & top stitched, the legs are a zig zag stitch, there is a small wing in contrasting fabric and a button eye. My inspiration for this design was the lovely metal bird which I bought from a stall at Salamanca Markets earlier in the year. I also intend to create some hair ties/clips with the same fabric.

I know it's not much but it's a great start and I am very excited.

I am also waiting on some self cover button accessories & my business cards to arrive, so it's all happening. Never mind that it's my daughter's birthday in just over 2 weeks and then Christmas 11 days after that - yikes!

So many shoes ..... so little time!

I'm sure you'll agree, a girl can never have too many shoes. My youngest daughter just loves them (like her mum), and even wears her older sisters shoes for fun. Yesterday we went to town and I needed to replace her old pair of "sparkly pink shoes", which have seen better days. We found a lovely pair of shoes in Target which were also on sale and we couldn't decide on the pink or the silver - so we got both. On the way home in the car she wanted her shoes but couldn't decide which pair to wear, got very frustrated, started screaming and getting very upset, and then promptly fell asleep holding both pairs of shoes.

I think several hours shopping had taken it's toll on her, poor little thing and it was all too much. I just had to take this photo of her though - so cute!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Bro

Today I am sending out birthday wishes to my little brother Tim (turning 32 today). I won't get to see him or probably even speak to him this year unfortunately, as he is currently on deployment in the Middle East with the Air Force. He has been working 10-12 hr days, 7 days straight for almost 4 mths now. He will be getting a 2 week break at the end of this month and then he is due home in Feb 2010. So "Happy Birthday Tim", I hope you don't have to work too hard today!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wishes & Dreams for Baby Lily

I have been meaning to visit a certain baby & children's shop in Hobart for several months and today I finally got there. After Kindermusik with Sophie we headed to "Wishes & Dreams" in Moonah. I also had a good reason to go there as a friend of mine in Canberra has just had a beautiful baby girl last week - "Lily ALexandra", and I thought I might find an appropriate gift.

I bought a lovely "Oobi" shoe string strap tunic top & matching bloomers. They were really helpful and friendly and even gift wrapped my purchase.

If you're in the area drop on by and check out "Wishes & Dreams" at 57A Hopkins St, Moonah. Also just around the corner is another lovely children's wear shop - "BellaMac" on Main Road. Both the stores also have a play area for the kids, to keep them occupied whilst you are shopping - always a bonus!

Baby Lily born 20th October, 2009.

Present beautifully gift wrapped from "Wishes & Dreams".

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cauliflower & Bacon Soup

Allison over at The Lark has just unearthed the world's biggest cauliflower and is calling for "cauliflower recipes". So here is my contribution - "Cauliflower & Bacon Soup" from Better Homes & Gardens.

Cauliflower & Bacon Soup

1 brown onion - diced

2 garlic cloves - crushes

4 rashers diced bacon

Olive oil

6 x thyme leaves

1 litre of vegetable stock

300ml cream

Salt & parsley to taste

Fry off in large pot

Add half dozen thyme leaves (or dried thyme as substitute), keep frying until all softened

Add full size cauliflower - approx 750grms, cut up into small florets and add to pot.

Then add 1 litre vegetable stock

and 300ml cream, bring to the boil and simmer for 10mins

once tender, blend as coarse or smooth as desired

Add salt & parsley to taste

Mum's The Word

There are certainly no shortage of very clever "crafty" business women here in Tassie and the Tasmanian Business Magazine "Enterprise" has recently done a story on 3 of them - Gemma from Loz & Dinny also graces the cover. The other case studies are on Georgina Freeman of Baby Hoot who has now partnered with Harriet Bullard from Dick & Dora in a new venture - The Adventures of Dick & Dora. Susan Dryburgh of Black Eyed Susie is the 3rd case study and states that her aim is "to follow her desire to be creative whilst having the ability to be there for her family". It certainly is a juggle being a mum especially when you are running a business from home. My hats off to you ladies - well done!

You can check out the article online HERE.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Big Bed!

My youngest daughter turned 3 in August and up until now has still been in a cot, partly because we have not had the money to buy a Tas Oak King Single bed like my other daughter's and partly because she is "my baby"! We have been getting a little visitor in our bed most nights (followed by her older sister), we are waking up stiff & sore and have just about had enough.

Today I mentioned this in conversation to my hairdresser who very kindly offered me her daughter's old bed. It is not quite my style however it may be sometime before we are able to purchase one so I accepted her offer. So tonight Sophie has gone to bed in her very own "Big Bed" - just like her sister. Hopefully we will all get a good nights sleep!

Here she is looking very proud in her new bed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fathers' Day

I know I didn't post on the day but I am just remembering what I've been up to over the last couple of weeks. Fathers' Day was actually quite a busy day as we packed quite a few activities in.

We went to church first thing in the morning (even though we turned up 30 mins late!), I then went to The Market at the Masonic Temple with my mum. I just love a good market and this is indeed a good one! I went to the last one in August, which was the same day I started this blog, and it was very inspiring!

My mum bought a lovely fabric covered journal from Little Loopie (I think that was the name), as a gift for a friend - the fabric was a lovely paris inspired print. I bought a cute appliqued tee from "Pinnigan" for my 3yr old. It jumped out at me as it was made with an Amy Butler print, which matches a lovely handmade skirt Sophie has in the same fabric. Once again there were so many wonderfully creative & clever stall holders at the market.

Whilst we were at the market, my husband took the girls to Princes Park for some "daddy time'. We then met up at Fish Frenzy for Fathers' Day lunch.

The afternoon was then spent down at Lauderdale with the extended family for an overdue get together. My husband's aunt from Sydney, was house sitting and invited us all for dinner. We caught up with 2 cousins and their children (there were 9 kids in total), who we don't see very often. It was a lovely afternoon filled with fun, laughter, plenty of food & wine and great company.

All in all a wonderful Fathers' Day!

Sophie spending a quiet moment with "Daddy".
She is also wearing the handmade skirt using Amy Butler fabric.

The Babushka applique tee from The Market.

New Logo Coming Soon

Ok, so I've been a bit quiet of late. I have actually been quite busy, and keeping up with other blogs I am following has made me feel guilty I have not posted more.

I am eagerly awaiting some initial concepts for my new logo and then I will be able to get some business cards printed - yeh! I have Andrea from Design & PR Girl working on them. She is based in Melbourne and I initially contacted her by email and then had a lovely chat on the phone. I really love her style and am very excited to see what she will come up with for Sunday's Child.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dust If You Must!

My mum sent me this by email it's dedicated to all women, especially those of us who are the Masters (or should I say Mistresses!) of high dusting and low dusting. Enjoy!


LADIES!!! Remember...a layer of dust protects the Wood beneath it.

house becomes a home when you can write 'I love you' on the furniture.'
I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect - 'in case someone came over'. Finally I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

NOW, when people visit, I don't have to explain the 'condition' of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice.

Life is short. Enjoy it!

Dust if you must .......
but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time ....... with coffee to drink , rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around, again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. And when you go - and go you must - you, yourself will make more dust!

Share this with all the wonderful women in your life.
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Play School Anyone?

Today, we had a day out at the Play School Concert at the City Hall. My mum (Gran to the girls), and her friend Jan and grandson Noah also came along.

There's something about Play School that even after 40 years, the songs and the props just never seem to date. On stage were Angela and Alex accompanied by Bill on the keyboard.

We had a great time and of course I had to buy a little something for Sophie - a Jemima Ballerina Doll and Book. We also enjoyed a coffee afterwards at the Museum Cafe. A great day out!

Angela delivering to "Jack & Jills" House.

Angela and Alex on stage whilst the children dance along.

Sophie and Noah enjoying a coffee.

Jemima Ballerina and a Star Balloon.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sophie's Birthday Party

We had a lovely afternoon tea party for Sophie's 3rd Birthday. I just kept it simple and had a couple of friends & their children over. The food consisted of honey joys, fairy bread, chips, fruit platter, sausage rolls, teddy bear cars (as requested by Emma!) and of course the cake.

We did have a game of musical chairs as a bit of fun, and then they just played together.

Blowing out the candle on the Butterfly Cake.

He, he, he!

The Famous Teddy Bear Cars, we seem to do these at every birthday party. I did notice that one teddy seems to be suffering a bit of
"road rage"!

More food.

A lovely new puzzle.
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