Tuesday, June 29, 2010

School Holidays Week 2

I know, I know it's not school holidays anymore, in fact this is week 3 of Term 2 already - where does the time go?

Week 2 of the school holidays was nowhere near as busy as week 1, which was really nice actually. I do like school holidays, even though I have 2 at home instead of one, but it's great to be able to lounge around and not race out of the house first thing in the morning.

Sophie still had childcare on Tuesday & Friday as usual and we had our heat pump and panel heaters installed Thurs/Fri which came just in time. It has been so lovely to have the house at a fairly constant temperature, especially on those chilly mornings we have been experiencing in recent weeks.

I did have a day in town on the Wednesday when I took the girls to see the free Magic Show at Centrepoint. It was a lot of fun, although we have seen it before, but I don't think the girls even realised it was the same act!

Josh helping out "Elio the Magician" with his act.

My niece & nephew were there too, and Josh ended up on stage helping the magician - so funny!

Afterwards we headed into the new Fullers Bookshop for some lunch, before buying a book each and then popping next door to Spotlight for more sewing supplies.

That was the week gone and the holidays over for another term.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tea Zine Submission

I have been busy completing my addition to Isis's Tea Zine - a Teacup Brooch Tutorial. This is my first ever tutorial and I'm very happy with it. I even had my husband read through it and he said he could make a brooch based on my steps & photos, so that's a good thing.

Here is a photo of the finished product.

Isis hopes to have the Tea Zine finished and available for sale in her etsy store in the coming weeks, so I'll let you all know when it's available.

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth

Seeing as we are celebrating the Queen's Birthday and enjoying a public holiday today, I thought I'd check out madeit.com.au for some queen related items. They are all very cute I think. Just use the search word "queen" for a closer look at these and more handmade goodies.
Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday's Child Central

I just love being organised, it's part of my nature and the way I have always been. We are very lucky to live in a new home with lots of storage space, so just about everything has a home behind closed doors. There were a few things that didn't quite get finished before we moved in and some things which are still waiting to be completed - shelving in my linen cupboard was one of them.

Here is my linen cupboard.

And here is what it looked like until yesterday. Basically without shelves it was just somewhere we put things that wouldn't fit anywhere else but there was also a lot of wasted space, which really annoyed me.

My lovely mum wanted to do something for me, to help out with Sunday's Child and I had been wanting to have shelves installed in the cupboard for all my linen, which now fits well in all my laundry storage. But then I thought the space would be a great location for all my supplies, fabrics & sewing bits & bobs. She kindly donated some money for me to buy these shelves. I went out and bought them yesterday, came home & pulled everything out of the cupboard & was all ready to set them up, only to find that I couldn't find a hammer (the only tool required). A further rummage around in the garage and I found a mallet which turned out to be a better choice anyway. So not that long later, the shelves were up and they fitted perfectly!

I then spent the better half of yesterday evening, collating all my supplies, fabrics etc from the laundry & around the house, into the new shelves. So now I have everything in one place, more space in the laundry as a result and ...

.... my sewing drawers on wheels fit perfectly in the cupboard too. So now when I'm finished sewing, I can pack the machine onto the drawers & wheel them into the cupboard, close the doors and it's all packed away! Thanks Mum xo.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

School Holidays Week 1

Here in Tasmania we are currently on school holidays, so I have both my beautiful girls at home with me. This past week has been quite busy as not only have I been trying to keep the girls occupied but I also had lots of sewing & preparation for the Barn Market which was a great success.

I decided to break the week up into times for the kids & time for me - sounds easy! It pretty much worked and I also spent most nights busying myself at the sewing machine.

Sophie at Childcare

So here's the rundown of the holidays so far:

Friday - Took Emma to the movies to see Shrek #4 Forever After, whilst Sophie was at childcare. Followed by lunch & quick bit of shopping.

Saturday - Last swimming lesson for the term, followed by trip to my hubbie's work site in Pelverata, lunch in Huonville then dropped the family home before heading to a "Learning Ladders" Party - Children's Books & Educational Products

Sunday - Church then home to do some sewing

Monday - Dropped car into be serviced, spent the morning shopping in town and then caught the bus home - great fun, the girls loved the bus ride and I think it was the highlight of the day for them.

Tuesday - Home day for Emma and I (more sewing for me), whilst Sophie was at childcare

Wednesday - Was heading to visit my husband's 94yr old grandmother with a freshly baked date loaf, however hubbie left the keys in the car overnight, which drained the battery flat! Luckily RACT didn't take long to arrive, and get the car running again. Unfortunately I had to be in town for haircuts for myself & Sophie so we had to cancel the trip to Nanny Dot's. After haircuts we headed to Kidz Bizzzz Play Centre in Kingston where the girls ran off all their energy - slept well too!

Cooking with Daddy

Thursday - My mum came and took the girls out to visit Nanny Dot with the date loaf, stayed for morning tea, then headed to the park. Gave me some time to get lots of applique tees done.

Friday - Sophie went to childcare and Emma headed off with my mum & friend Steph to the nursery, followed by lunch at Citrus Moon in Kingston. Meanwhile I finished off sewing on buttons, doing up swing tags & packing all my goodies ready for market.

Saturday - Spent the day at The Barn Market, where the girls came to visit, they then spent the afternoon at the shack with their cousins.

Sunday (Today) - Day off for everyone!

Sophie at Church with all her dolls

So that's the week so far. I have a few things planned for this week, but unfortunately we will be at home Thursday & Friday whilst we have a heat pump & panel heaters installed. I'm not complaining though, as I can't wait - no more cold winters (not inside at least).

Hope everyone in Tassie is enjoying their holidays and you all have a great week!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Another Great Day at The Barn Market

Well it was a cold & drizzly day but that did not dampen the spirits of the many happy customers who stepped out to enjoy the Barn Market at Rosny today.

I had a great position in the entry foyer right next to the Bellerive Bakehouse - very tempting. And of course I had to go home with some yummy fresh bread rolls & a marble bar cake.

There was a steady flow of customers the entire day and a big thank you to all those who came to visit, including family and friends - especially those lovely customers who purchased Sunday's Child items and had so many lovely comments for me.

I met several new stallholders, some of whom have been at markets before and others who were making their debut such as Aimee from Greentree. Next to me, just inside the barn was Edwina from Little Snoring who sells the cutest pocket pandas and gorgeous gumball necklaces. There was Sarah from If Only I Had Chocolate whose taggy wands & loopy balls are always a hit, Emily Snadden from Emily Snadden Designs with the most devine range of jewellery and Jacquie from Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree with her gorgeous range of rings, brooches, necklaces & more.

I also met Tameeka from Hoot Hoot Skirts who also runs the Civic Homespun Market in Launceston. Tameeka drove down this morning with her family, especially for the market and it was lovely to meet her. Tameeka is on the hunt for a new venue for the Civic Homespun Market and I think I might just have to make a trip to Launceston in the near future to be involved, so stay tuned!

My "market buddy" Courtney from Silver Nutmeg & A Golden Pear Designs was there with her daughter Indy and her ever changing array of children's clothing, accessories & gifts. I just love the way she changes her stall setup at every market!

It was also lovely to meet Luisa from Dance in My Garden. I have been following Luisa's blog for sometime now, but this is the first time we've met. Luisa makes some beautiful bunting, heat packs, drawstring bags and other lovelies.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and successful day, as I did, and it was wonderful as always to meet such a great group of friendly, inspiring & talented stallholders. Everyone is so passionate about their craft and it's wonderful to be able to meet & chat with so many like-minded people.

Helen & Miriam do such a fantastic job of organising the market, and they never forget their stallholders - even including a little noodle box of goodies as a thank you gift. Their respective husbands are also a great support and extremely helpful to all the stallholders and customers alike - my congratulations and thanks to you all!

And just a little heads up, they are organising an even bigger and better event for August - a "Christmas in Winter" Market on Friday 20th August (6pm to 8pm) and Saturday 21st August (10am to 3pm). So put it in your diaries now!

Time for a well deserved cuppa and some marble cake - mmmmm! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tees, Tees & More Tees

I have been busy this week, re-stocking my existing designs (and adding a new one) of applique tees for boys & girls. These are all long sleeve, priced at $30ea and available for purchase at The Barn Market tomorrow.

If you are unable to get to the market and would like to purchase any items you see here, just drop me an email and we can organise payment via Paypal. I am also happy to do custom orders, so keep that in mind.

Hope to see some familiar faces tomorrow at the Barn Market. I have an entry spot just inside as you enter the market, so you can't miss me!

Girls Tees - Classic Car, Red Pinspot Bird, Floral Poppy

Boys Tees - Robots & Rockets (New), Classic Car & Red Spot Circles

Close up of the "Robots & Rockets" Tee with Button & Ribbon Embellishment

Boys Tees - Mini Cars with Button Embellishment

It's on again & I'll be there

It's the Barn Market #3 and it's on this Saturday (that's tomorrow) 5th June from 10am to 3pm.

This is where Sunday's Child made it's debut back in February at the inaugural Barn Market and I'm very excited to be there again.

It's going to be another fabulous day full of lots of talented arts & crafts people selling their wares including: adults clothing, children’s clothing and accessories, homewares, stationery, jewellery, fabrics, and lovely gift ideas. And, of course, there will be some aromatic coffee, delectable hot food and scrumptious baked goods on offer as well.

There will be a variety of buskers on the day, both inside and out and a BBQ run by the Clarence High School Band who are fundraising for a trip to NZ. So make a trip to the Barn Market tomorrow - it's a great day out for the entire family. For more info you can visit the Barn Market blog.
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