Friday, December 10, 2010

The effects of Clincals and study



It has been a while since I made a post. This is because I have been studying for end of year exams and I have had 8 weeks clinicals meaning not allot of time to blog but I did sneak in a BIT of sewing time. I made Zoobee's Christmas dress, she wore it to her child care Christmas party. Also a tea pot cosy so there are going to be a few pictures.


My teapot cozy a wonderful friend gave me some of her stash. I had no idea what to use

it for but my tea was going cold studying so I caved in to my inner Nana and had to make a cozy. It was a perfect match. Right way up a cozy for my big pot. And you can see the beautiful Geisha


My troublesome tea pots.




Zooebee's Christmas dress Yes its an Enid Gilchrist pattern and vintage fabric. She wore it to her child care's Christmas party .




She even didn't mind Santa this year. He was a bit skinny though hehe.




The infamous pattern that I don't have.




The walk-away dress I really don't see what all of the fuss was about. Yes Its an awesome dress but I had it done with its corresponding muslin and no pattern just before a 1.30pm lunch.
This dress is the first real thing I have made for my self. Really, after reading and googling all over the blogisphere looking at it and how people made it and fought with it I thought I would give it a go I am pretty darned happy with it and yes i made it and a muslin in time for a 1.30pm lunch. Not working too hard with it. I am chunky in the front big tummy and big boobs, I decided not to put in the front darts.

I am pretty happy with it, and it is totally wearable. The fabric for the dress is a Japanese print called "sevenberry" and I got it from Rathdown Remnants in Brunswick. OMG it was like I had died and gone to heaven Sooooooooo much fabric and ohh so cheap the dress cost me $15 in fabric there is 4 1/2 meters in it. Well somethings have to be worth waking up at 4 am.

Clinicals make me so tired and some days I don't even get to see my little one. Some times getting only 4 hours sleep. Coming home when the family is asleep and leaving before they wake up is not fun but it will be worth it in the end, I guess. Still I reckon most people would think I am studying sewing hehe.
It has been a cool start to summer hence the long sleeved tshirts under every thing.












Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Never Ending Cherries!

This dress did not come off for 3 days I had to wash it the second night and it went right back on her she even slept in it.
Two peasant tops looks awesome with jeans one for her and one for her little cousin.
The hat finally killed the 2 meters of cherry print and I still have enough left over for embellishing other stuff.

That two meters went far! the dress is an Enid Gilchrist foundation dress, I just lengthened the skirt by 4 inches! some styles are classic. The hat is only the second i have ever made not perfect but very useable and She loves it!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

No more annotations just some sewing.



It has been a while, uni had me going mad with an annotated bibliography. Now thats done I just had to let out some steam. So over the last few days I made, 1 Enid Gilchist dress, 2 petti skirts and 3 peasant tops.
After all the rain can't help but show off the green grass all around too.







Oh I saw some Canteen bandannas today while in the super market so I made one pair of blue monster culottes and one tiered pink heart twirly skirt. Both use 2 bandannas each.


I am still no good at putting my pictures and comments together. I will learn this medium too. Zoobee is wearing the bandanna skirt and one of the peasant tops. I think the pink and purple petti skirt looks better than the black and red one. A couple more tops and summer will be sorted :) for tops that is........

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thursdays sewing





A red blood cell cant party alone now can it?
What a day I had. I some how got an urge to make cells and microbes so So I made some red blood cells I think they turned out ok you see you cant have just one of them. Yes I know we need more than just red cells but there are a few viruses and bugs I have my eye on too.





Well I was on face book and Claire distracted me with this tute http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2010/08/a-wee-wonderfuls-world.html So I had to make a couple of them too.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Peanutt



Peanutt today is a bit sore and sorry for her self 4 days post op.


Over the last couple of weeks my beautiful puppy has had her dramas. She went lame one morning and as it had been raining allot here so the back yard was a bog and very slippery in places I thought she had hurt her foot. So off to the vet we went, a weeks worth of anti inflammatory medication worked really well until they ran out. Nutt went lame again. We did the repeat trip and had X-rays and a biopsy because there was a suspicious lump just below her shoulder The vet told us the news and we made a decision to amputate 2 days later. It's day 3 now post amputation and finally my Nutt has decided it's time to rest. Zoe however is vomiting today and yesterday... Woe is me.Add Image Woe is my puppy!I am the cuddle person
Peanutt last year with all her legs, who knew she had bone cancer growing then?
Her favourite sleeping position
having fun with Arden and a friend
When we first got her we went on the million paws walk for fun and because she came from the RSPCA.




Saturday, August 7, 2010

"Um" My Version




The Red Queen: And what is this?
White Rabbit: It's a who, majesty. This is... um...
The Red Queen: 'Um'?
Alice Kingsley: From Umbridge.
The Red Queen: What happened to your clothes?
Alice Kingsley: I outgrew them. I've been growing an awful lot lately. I tower over everyone in Umbridge. They laugh at me. So, I've come to you hoping you might understand what it's like.
The Red Queen: My dear girl, anyone with a head that large is welcome in my court. Someone find her some clothes, use the curtains if you must, but clothe this enormous girl.


Well if you have seen the movie and even if you haven't the dress the Red Queen give Alice is an amazing dress.

My oldest daughter asked me to make it for a party she promised to help and we did make the dress today after weeks of talking about it and studying it. The most painful thing was not all the gathering. It was trying to work out the over skirt and the top layer of the bodice. Though the bodice I feel needs boning now that I look at it she does have a corset hopefully that will give the bodice a better form.

After alot of searching andhunting for fabric or even ribbon like that daisy ribbon i was resigned to sewing the daisys on the ribbon my self then I found some fabric in my stash with daisies all in a row. Perfect !

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dolly Week







Four babies done and one more to make for my cousin. The mermaid challenge from a friend. I think it turned out Ok Love the gold thread scales.



Well it's back to uni next week for me and after a mess up with child care and a little concern about clinicals and being ready All is set for the big clinical attempt 8 weeks beginning in October, provided I don't get sent to far afield. Don't get me wrong I really love adventure but full time work away from home while wrangling a 3 year old in a motel room and working out her child care arrangements are more my idea of hell, than an adventure. So to set my mind at ease I have been making again here they are.





A little friend for a new big sister has gone to her new home. She is yet to be named. See how she matches the gift in the last post :)









A little "kid" doll for Zoobee a mermaid challenge and "Charlie". They all look pretty happy up there.
This is what I am doing with left over nappy making material isn't it pretty? This is made of cotton velour and it is one of Zoobee's favorite tops. Looks amazing with jeans.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rose red and Pink sheep


After and during the dramas this last week. Involving missing teenthing 16(found very fast thank you to the blue people) I did some more sewing and finished a marathon dress I have never hand appliqu├ęd before. So 8 sheep on the bottom of this dress are all done by hand a marathon for me.

I like my projects done fast because I don't have allot of patience. or if they are going to take time there needs to be at least an out line or a shape of things to come. thats why I DON"T knit. Now i am just too slow.

I also welcome new Robert's little cousin and i have made a few little somethings for her.




Looks like I am starting an Enid Gilchrist collection.My Ex MIL used to use these alot She never let me see them or even use them when my older children were small we really were cash strapped and I had access to her machines. I didn't like what she made back then but i think it was the way she embellished and how she used fabric not the patterns. These would have been useful to me way back then and would have saved money. Goes to show me that control was more the issue in that whole family.
My MIL now is sharing woman and with out her I wouldn't have access to allot of lovely fabrics and pleater to do smocking. I thank her that i can now smock and have confidence to free style allot of my sewing. Saving money and helping to make a tiny bit on the side.


Little bo peep from Australian smocking and embroidery with someofthe fabric from my MIL's stash I think its much nicer than plain gingham.I am continualy amazed at how warm smocked dresses are in winter for a quilting cotton, and also how cool they are in summer.
This is for a little new cousin the red is a little pinker than in the pic but I hope it is loved and used. A little hat and pouch doll and a big warm taggy blankie.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Reflections or venting?

I haven't done much crafting but I have had my boys up to visit over the holidays. They bought a friend. All is good we have been having a lovely time I do miss my boys since I moved up here It was a fight that and Zoe misses them very much when they go to thier dad's place? I know from what my boys tell me and what my girls tell me its not easy for them there. The step mother yells and is very demanding their father works late most nights so they are left with her. I wonder why they just don't come live with me since they are old enough to walk. but they choose to go back each time.

Each time they come back their mood is sad and they are not the boys I left in their fathers care 3 years ago my boys didn't need to be reminded time after time to take care of their hygienic needs now my younger one (13) needs to be reminded to go to the toilet and wipe him self. Yes it's that bad! I still struggle with bed wetting but because of how often I have my boys I cannot get in to a pediatrician and their dad won't take them as it is not a problem for them, so they tell me in one breath, but in the next they are telling me how many mattresses they have been though because of his bed wetting. yet they refuse to do any thing about it and my hands are tied. My washing machine is tired after the holidays too.

Well any way the boys just moved in to their newly carpeted bedrooms(now to get the downstairs out) back to a room each and my son(16) mucking around with his mate puts him through the wall so now there is a huge hole in the wall. I couldn't yell and let them have it but I went really quiet there no point yelling and carrying on it only hurts my voice. I made Mr 16 ring Rob to tell him about it and apologize Mr 16 and friend will be fixing it tomorrow! He thought he was going to see a girl.

OMG are the girls today hussies or what this one is chasing Mr16 and Mr spare teen like they were the last men on earth she already kissed Mr 16 and gave him a chest infection (girl germs hehe) now he wants to go stay at her place tomorrow Oh boy I think she is a ladette from the comments she makes on the boys face book accounts. Time to tell Mr 16 about girls like that hehe.

Just saw Mr 13 and Mr "spare teen" dancing to Mario Brothers music how cute! That is the stuff that makes the crap worth it.

Rob went back to work after taking some time off just to sort things out the end of this extention process is getting on top of me there are tiles to get up and the stuff that we put down stairs has to go somewhere else including every thing down stairs so we can pull up the old carpet( its not that old!:'(!) and get the new carpet in then sort out the house again so its finished. I really wasn't ready for him to go back to working away. Ah well this is life and it goes on. I guess after everything I am one lucky lady, and I am loved even as I type these thoughts with Zoe asleep on me. next to the fire on this cold winters day.






Sunday, June 20, 2010



Here is my little one wearing her red birds dress, and another bog coat. Gum boots go so well with a pretty dress. I forgot to put on the sash but the dress really didn't need it, the hat is a disaster but it is the first I have ever made and it looks good in the picture haha.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Eek I'm going to have to work this out any way, here is Red Birds from Smocking and Embroidery
And a bog coat that looks like a really cute duffle coat there is more lol and this is what I did to prepare for exams. Any one would think I was studying dressmaking mot nursing!

Oh by the way I did get lots of preperation in the way of actual study done. So all should be good :)
This is a bag doll for my nieces first birthday The first one like this I have made the bottom is wool form the Creswick woollen mills the red is cotton velour and the face and hands are recycled tshirt. Zoe loves it so much i am going to have to make another for her but i don't have any more purple wool.



Well as promised here are a few pictures of the things I got up to whist studying for exams. Oh my
Well here I am It's been a while and lots of encouragement but I really hate journaling I do any thing to avoid it. Well I am mum of 5 grand mother of 1 a Division 2 nurse studying to become a division 1 nurse so I suppose there will be a little about that in here too. But mostly crafting,baking cooking and how I live my life. I will up load pictures of my latest crafts and things people have been wanting to see later today or tomorrow morning just to see how it all goes.