Tuesday 26 August 2014

A Winner!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know how supported you all made me feel by the number of entries the giveaway I ran over the last week received :)

It put a smile on my face, so thank you!

So the winner has been emailed...but I thought I would announce it here too :)

The winner is - Tasha W

I can't wait to see the nappy bag you create with your new pattern :D

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Saturday 23 August 2014

Blankets for both my little monsters :)

Hi everyone,

Ages ago, I purchased a desert roll from Big W with plans on somehow adding it into the quilt I have in progress for the Small Little Monster.  Then, I found some of the panels I had already sewn together (jelly roll race style), a few weeks before I was due to deliver, and I decided to make it into a cot blanket for him instead...

It was a nice quick sew with the pre-cuts :)
And of course, as soon as the big little monster saw it he decided he needed one too :P
So...I started looking for patterns that would be quick to put together as I had to finish it before the baby arrived!  I settled on the Layer cake lemonade free quilt pattern from the fat quarter shop.

But...I didn't ave a layer cake laying around, so I had to make my own!  I used all the fabrics I have been collecting for the big little monster since i started sewing...and I managed to only have to repeat ONE fabric :)  you have to be pleased with that :D

And I managed to finished it with 3 days to spare prior to the belly monsters arrival :)

P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway to with the Nappy bag pattern!  You can enter here.

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Tuesday 19 August 2014

A secret project revealed...And a GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone :)

Before the belly monster arrived, I was very busily working on a project that I had to keep secret :)
But now I can SAHRE :D

I was lucky enough to test Samantha from At Home With Mrs H's new nappy bag pattern!

Unfortunately for me, I had to sew it up on the loner sewing machine :(  But it came out great, and if I was being really honest...I have actually been enjoying sewing on the loner :P

Back to the nappy bag...I have really liked using it since the belly monsters arrival.

Packed and ready for its first outing :)

This nappy bag has A LOT of pockets...

This is a hidden zipper pocket inside the back slip pocket.

A pocket on the front of the bag with a magnetic button closure. 

Inside the bag there is a large slip pocket, a divided slip pocket and a zip pocket.  
You should also be able to see 2 elasticised bottle holders.

There also are 2 elasticised pockets on the outside of the bag, 
these are for bottles or whatever you want to put in them really :P

And here are some lovely pictures of the back and the front of the bag...

Back of the bag 
(can you see the slip pocket it has a hidden zip pocket inside!)

Front of the bag

I have been enjoying this bag for a few weeks now and I am looking forward to the time when I am able to get to the sewing machine and make myself another one :)

I'm also REALLY pleased with the fabrics I chose to make this bag in - mainly as hubby isn't embarrassed to carry it around :D

This is not the 1st bag that I have made from one of Samantha's patterns and it certainly wont be the last as her instructions are always incredibly well written and are so easy to follow.

Now to some great news for YOU!
Do you want to make your own nappy bag?  Or have you been eyeing off one of Samantha's other bag patterns?  You have?!  Well now is the time to shop, as Samantha is offering 10% off with the code ATHOMEWITHMRSH10 in her etsy shop.


Samantha has been so lovely! She wants to offer one of you lucky readers, the chance to win a copy of the nappy bag pattern!
To win you will need to enter through the rafflecopter widget below :)

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sunday 17 August 2014

babies babies babies...2

Hi everyone,

I said in a recent post that there were a few babies on the way to some of my friends houses!  For a few of them this will be their second child (like me!), and the other day I came up with an awesome gift for both the toddler and the soon to be mum to 2 :)

As you may have seen on IG, facebook or even mentioned in this post...I have been busy preparing activities for the little monster to do when the belly monster arrives and I'm busy feeding etc.  So I made double of a few of these activities and put them in a little zipper pouch I made and gifted this (along with a blanket I made for the baby) to the expecting mother.

The pouch I made :)

The pouch contained the following:
1. Notebook
2. Stickers
3. Shoe picture (source)
4. Dinosaur lacing card (source)
5. Dress me up paper doll (source)
6. Road picture (source)
7. Make your own crown (source)

I added a note that said the following:
"Sanity Saver
 Just add:
1 x matchbox car, 
1 x box of crayons, and 
1 pair of shoe laces."

The mother was very appreciative of this gift and thought it was a great idea :)
I'm quite pleased :D
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Monday 4 August 2014

babies babies babies...

Hi everyone,

I have quite a few friends expecting at the moment.  Here is another gift I made one of them recently...

This baby has been born into a Japanese/Australian home, so I felt my fabric choices were extremely appropriate :)

Hopefully the family and the new baby boy love this blanket as much as I do!
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