Saturday, 28 January 2012

Nosey Parker In the Neighbourhood

Diary of a Flutter.Kat

Today I am linking up with Kat over at A Mumma's Time to Create for her Nosey Parker in the Neighbourhood Linky Party! I have missed the first couple of blog posts, but thought I would join up from now on. Number 3 is all about sewing, so here goes!

1)  How long have you been sewing? Are you a first generation sewer or was the knowledge handed down to you? Basically tell us about your journey...

I have only recently picked up sewing, roughly about 6 months ago, I have always wanted to sew, and have had a little sewing machine for about 7 years which I probably used about 7 times! I just never had enough confidence to sew anything. When I had my daughter Emelia, I became aware of the handmade community and would buy pretty outfits from WAHM's for Emelia. I have always been very crafty and started out making pretty headbands and embelished singlets/onsies, then after joining pinterest and seeing all the tutorials for making gorgeous clothes, I decided I would give it a go!

First 2 Dresses I made!

2)  Where do you sew?

I am very lucky to have my own sewing space. It used to be our Theater room, but as we never used it I claimed it for my sewing room! It is quite a nice big room, with lots of space to stetch out!

3) What does your sewing room/area look like today in it's real state. Take a picture of it if possible and show it to us real :)

I just re-arranged my room, to give my self some floor space, as I have recently taken up quilting and I needed some room to lay out my quilts.

 My sewing desk, with My lovely Brother, My old Janome and My Pfaff Overlocker

Cutting Desk (With loads of rubbish underneath - still need to sort it out) And Fabric Stash... NEED to sort this out as well

View from the door, my current stock getting ready for Market Girl

Other view from the door! Ironing board in the corner

Purchased Clothing ready to be sent off

4)  What is the first thing that you made which you were really proud of. Show us pics of your favourite project.

Well I showed you a picture of the first little Dresses I made, but I will Show you a few things I am proud of!

Little Christmas Dress I whipped up one afternoon for my little Miss!

Ruffle Bum Playsuit, this is made from my very own pattern! not bad for someone who had only been sewing for a few months!

Cute little romper!

5)  Do you always stick to the "rules" when you sew, or are you more improvisationally minded?

Bahahahahaha RULES??? I NEVER stick to rules, if there is a quicker/easier way of doing something I will find it haha. I am ALWAYS changing patterns to suit me.

well I hope you have enjoyed this post!


Thursday, 26 January 2012

latest creations

Just a few of my latest creations!

Size 3 Harlow Dress

Size 4-5 Harlow Dress

Size 4-5 Harlow Dress

Size 6 Twirly Skirt and Matching Top
Size 3 Harlow Dress

Size 2 Milly dress

Size 3 Lily dress

Size 1 Lily Dress

Size 1 Paperbag skirt and top

Custom Milly Playsuit

Size 2 Lily Dress - For Monkey over the Moon Auction

Bec xxx

Monday, 23 January 2012

101 things to do with my Toddler

 Miss Milly is really growing up, and FAST, omg it was only a couple of months ago she had cute chubby baby cheeks, but now she is little Miss Independant, and oh boy does she keep me on my toes! She is so much fun though, most afternoons we cuddle up together on the bed or the couch and have lots of giggly bouncy fun!

BUT as she is growing up I really need to find things to stimulate her, and keep that clever little brain learning. We read her lots of books, she LOVES books, she will sit on your lap and listen eagerly and when the story is finished she wants you to read it again! Some of her favorite books are ones with lots of animals and babies in them, she will point at the animals and say "bird" or "eooowww" (cat)

She also LOVES singing and dancing, she will stop mid-play if an add come on telly with music background and dance along! hehe too cute! But most days Im stuck for what new things I can do with her. When I was on Pinterest the other day, I saw someone had pinned "101 things to do with your toddler: so I followed the link, and was taken to this blog.

They give a load of great activities to do with you toddler, So my goal is to try all of these activities as least once! If I remember I will take photos, and then post the successful ones! Some sound like HEAPS of fun! Especially the last one hehehehehe
  1. Color
  2. Blow Bubbles
  3. Play Hide-and-Seek
  4. Peek-a-Boo
  5. Play Chase
  6. Do Finger-plays
  7. Sing a song
  8. Collect rocks in a basket
  9. Make an obstacle course out of cushions and/or furniture
  10. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets
  11. Go for a Walk
  12. Make a Car out of a Box
  13. Read a book
  14. Go to the park
  15. Finger-paint
  16. Play with Play-Dough
  17. Toss Bean bags into a Bucket
  18. Play the shell and pea game
  19. Dance to music
  20. Download games for toddlers from the Internet
  21. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes and bags
  22. Make a temporary slide out of a table leaf and your couch
  23. Roll a ball back and forth on the floor
  24. Scoop dirt or sand into a child's bucket (or use a serving spoon and bowl)
  25. Practice climbing by stacking boxes on top of each other (only with adult supervision)
  26. Put on a puppet show
  27. Go fishing with a yard stick and yarn
  28. Make a Horseshoe game
  29. Make a Shape Puzzle
  30. Play paper basketball
  31. Run through a Sprinkler
  32. Play with a bucket of water and a sponge (PLEASE WATCH CHILD AT ALL TIMES!)
  33. Make a Drum out of an oatmeal box
  34. Play with a kazoo
  35. Wash windows together
  36. Bang on Pots and Pans with a spoon
  37. Brush each other's teeth
  38. Play dress-up with stuffed animals and your child's clothes
  39. Stack canned or boxed food on top of each other
  40. Let child stack mixing bowls inside each other
  41. Make a playhouse out of a large box
  42. Let child play with a sticker sheet (make sure your child doesn't eat them!)
  43. Put stickers on fingers for finger puppets
  44. Play a musical instrument together- i.e.recorder, piano, etc.
  45. Go on a Smelling Hunt
  46. Frost Cookies
  47. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together
  48. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket
  49. Draw on a mirror with dry-erase markers
  50. Play hide and seek together- trying to find a stuffed animal or other object
  51. Have a splash party together in the bathtub
  52. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house
  53. Record each other on a tape recorder (great for scrapbooks or journals!)
  54. Make and try on paper hats
  55. Give a piggy-back ride
  56. Play "Horsey"
  57. Talk into an electric fan (it distorts your voice)
  58. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
  59. Collect flowers (felt, artificial, real...)
  60. Make a camera and go on a Safari
  61. Play games with frozen juice lids
  62. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
  63. Leave your phone connected and really make phone calls to relatives- let your child talk too
  64. String large beads onto or along a shoelace
  65. Squirt each other with squirt bottles
  66. Glue shapes onto paper
  67. Make sock puppets
  68. Make paper puppets
  69. Fill an old purse with toys
  70. Use a paper towel tube as a megaphone
  71. Make binoculars and go "Bird Watching" or "Stuffed Animal Watching"
  72. Put snacks in different fun containers (paper sacks, empty canisters, etc.)
  73. Act out a story from a book
  74. Walk on a balance beam- use a 2x4 placed on the ground
  75. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
  76. Sketch an outline of your child on the sidewalk or paper with chalk
  77. Paint child's palms with tempura paint and blot on paper. Makes a great card for loved ones!
  78. Put lipstick on child and kiss a mirror
  79. Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it
  80. Let child decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich
  81. Make a toilet paper barricade for child to go under, over, or through
  82. Do the Hokey Pokey
  83. Make a super-hero costume out of household items
  84. Do Knee-Bouncing Rhymes
  85. Play "Red Light, Green Light" saying "Go" and "Stop"
  86. Make a shoe-box train for stuffed animals
  87. Make a pillow pile to jump on (keep it clear from any hard surfaces, including walls!)
  88. Make an easy puzzle with felt and Velcro
  89. Make bracelets or collars for stuffed animals out of pipe cleaners and jingle bells
  90. Learn numbers from a deck of cards
  91. Play the matching game with a deck of cards
  92. Make a domino chain
  93. Have a picnic in the park, backyard, or living room!
  94. Play dress up in Mommy or Daddy's clothes
  95. Make a tin cup telephone and talk to each other in it
  96. Make a nature collage
  97. Mirror each other
  98. Make a "Mummy Mommy" with toilet paper
  99. Make a tape recording of short music selections and instructions to move in different ways
  100. Make and walk along a toilet paper trail
  101. TAKE A NAP


Im stuck.... I need inspiration... It just cant seem to get my mojo flowing at the moment, I look at all this pretty fabric sitting on my shelves, and I know I need to sew A LOT for some up coming markets, but I just dont know what to make. Its like Im waiting for some fabric to jump out and me and say

"make a size 6 Mia romper from me"

lol wouldnt that be awesome? If a fabric actually told you what needed to be made from it? Sometime I get a fabric and go - YES, I know EXACTLY what needs to be made from this - but at the moment all I have is piles of pretty fabric :-/

I think I just need to suck it up and sew.


Friday, 20 January 2012

New Logo

Those of you who have read my blog before will notice a little  BIG change! I have a gorgeous new header! Isnt it pretty?

I also have a new facebook profile pic, it looks like this : Milly and Mummy

and new business cards, swing tags, and pretty little postcards to write thank you notes to my customers!

Once again, my gorgeous friend - Kat - has done an outstanding job! Isnt she talented??

Thanks Kat for taking a crazy idea that was stuck in my head and bringing it to life! Its even better than I had imagined!
my pretty new logo

Bec xxx

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Vintage Finds.

I have rediscovered my love of op-shops! Recently I have come across some VERY good finds!
Sometimes you can go in and find nothing, but other times you come across some real gems! I was lucky this time!

sweet tea cups ($3.50)
Cutest little tea cup ($1.99)

Some patterns for children's clothing! I can't wait to make some things out of these! (they were 20 cents each!!! Bargain) and some zippers for me to practice on. (70 cents)

beautiful Doilies ($2.50 each)

A serving tray, it's not real silver, but it's sooo pretty! ($2.99)

A vintage cabbage patch doll for my Daughter! ($6.50)

Saturday, 7 January 2012

whats inspiring me at the moment

Sooo loving this fabric range right now

such beautiful soft girly colours
every time I see it I just want to make some thing pretty for a gorgeous little girl!

The Lucy Dress
The Mia Romper

I also love spending a ridiculous amount of time looking through Pinterest , it is such a great place to find links to tutorials for ALL sorts of things, plus its great for inspiration!

where do you get your inspiration from?

Bec xxx