Thursday, March 31, 2011

Too cute and cold!!

My youngest daughter is turning 3 soon and is obsessed with the water. She is very aware that we have said she can join her brother at Saturday morning swimming lessons when she is 3. Recently she found this swim set that I bought at the end of season sale and had to try it on…

Children in goggles are so funny – I had to laugh and grab the camera when she came out with these on. It’s the eyes!

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If only it were beach weather, but no it’s too cold!! SORRY I was distracted…

My new phone was also feeling the cold as I continued in my scrap use today making a warm and protective cover for it. I just made up the pattern, but the elastic loop makes it quick and easy to slip out to answer/use.

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I’m organising my sewing room and needed a container to hold all the pens, scissors etc on my desk. So I made this with the same left over fabric. I just covered an old tissue box with the top folded in:


The scraps are left over from this quilt which I finished on our weekend away…


There has been more scrap action here, but I’m really getting over scrappy strips. Will show you more progress soon. It’s my birthday on Saturday, so I think it’ll be a day of cutting into yardage!! I bought a new rotary cutter blade today to add to the joy…Yay!

Happy stitching!


Krafty KJ

PS. Janelle there are plenty more of these left -overs coming your way!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Shopping

Whilst browsing at my Favourite Online Bookstore, I came across this…

Sewn Toy Tales

Sewn Toy Tales by Rosalie Quinlan and Melanie Dekker Hurlston of 

 Melly and Me 


It just happens to be published right before my birthday, so I saved DH the trouble and have pre-ordered it ;) You too?

With Love


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Kinder boy is 5!

In the weeks leading up to school going back my little boy turned 5! It happens so quickly; the sleepless nights and kissable newborn cheeks, the introduction of solid foods, transition to cot and then bed and now it’s off to kinder. As he is one of the oldest in his class (being a January baby), he was well and truly ready for long kinder days.

The night before kinder began, he remembered that I said I would  make him a bag out of the tool fabric Janelle sent me… why do children seem to remember such plans when there is so little time left to fulfil them? At this time I was also not well and barely coping with life. But a promise is a promise, so a very simple bag was whipped up and finished in the minutes before we had to leave. A pocket on the front for his hat was a prerequisite.


Here he is with his kinder bag ready to go – couldn’t even stay still enough for the camera to focus!

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We love you gorgeous boy!

Thanks Janelle for the fabric inspiration – one day the quilt to match might happen too.


Happy Stitching!


Krafty KJ

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back in the land of the living!

It has been some time since I’ve had the space in my life for blogging or really anything else other than survival. It has been an exhausting time – not even the energy to think about a sewing project.

It’s good to be back! I continue the sewing room battle – order will return… some time!

I finished binding our camping quilt by the fire on the long weekend and it is now in it’s new home, our caravan. There were a few fights over who would have it on their bed the first night, so I look forward to many memories associated with this quilt.


Kylie and I went away a couple of weekends ago and had a lovely time. For me it was a weekend of finishing quilts or quilting them. I spent four hours sorting through my scrap box which was overflowing – how that weighs me down sometimes!



I cut strips  for the full four hours until I could strip no more!



BUT, more on that another time…


Happy stitching!!


Krafty KJ

Monday, March 7, 2011

We have a winner…

Congratulations to Anita L who is the lucky winner of the wheat bag!


Drawn from the old button tin I was gifted recently and I’m currently sifting through.  I have a strange addiction to old buttons, here is a shot of my button collection, stored in an old wooden box my grandfather made.  Both my children have spent many hours sifting, sorting and playing with these buttons while I sew.


Till next time, keep smiling

Friday, March 4, 2011

brrrrrr, it’s a giveaway

It was freezing this morning in Melbourne, as I type the rain is pouring down outside and the hot chocolate is sitting by the computer ready to thaw my frozen fingers.  Janellybelly and her family have been sweltering in above 30 degree temperatures for over three weeks so it may seem crazy to those on the other side of the country to be doing this giveaway!!


Today I made up a few more heat bags and thought I would send out the toasty warm love with a giveaway. So if you would like to win this lovely heat bag to warm up your toes this Autumn leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Monday afternoon.  I may even add a few surprises to your parcel ;)


snuggle up with a loved one and keep warm peeps xo