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I’m BACK!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Well hello everybody long time no blog.
I just wanted to pop in and let you all know I am still around. I have had trouble updating the blog due to timing as I am now 24 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy has stripped me of all my energy. Personally, I feel it is unnatural to work full time, be pregnant, have a toddler and also wish to pursue extracurricular activities such as sewing and blogging. Another thing that stops me from being able to update the blog was my own indecisiveness. I didn’t want to blog about things that weren’t actually happening or I haven’t fully decided upon. So let’s visit what has actually happened.

As mentioned previously, I am pregnant! My husband and I fell pregnant with our second child after 9 months of trying. I know this isn’t a lot for other people but we had such great success with Audrey, it came as a bit of a shock. 

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I also contributed my free time to a creative endeavour which was published by Style Me Pretty I was approached by Mornington Peninsular photographer to be part of a styled feature.

It was also featured by Ivory Tribe

I was only 7 weeks pregnant and in the thick of extreme fatigue when I put together this wedding stationery suite.

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 I was pleased with the results as I’m sure all the other people that contributed are. All credits are in the 2 links above.

Photos – Michelle Pragt of In Photography

If you are a bride to be do not hesitate to check these people out especially if you are located in Victoria. If you’re interested in my services then distance isn’t an issue.

With what little spare time I had left I dedicated it to sewing as the sewing bug has hit me. It has been extremely frustrating though to try and sew with a toddler around. It is also quite dangerous without anything between the toddler and the sewing area in terms of a barrier. She is an opportunist and will grab the pins, scissors, fiddle with the overlocker, play with the iron cord, etcetera, at any given chance. But I love her to death and she’s the reason why I sew.

Here is a look at some things I’ve made.

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But the biggest thing to come out of being pregnant and wanting to sew all the time is – What are we going to do with our house?

We currently reside in a 2 bedroom house. We have decided to stay put and live with what we’ve got. Doing an extension to include more room is just not something we can do at the moment with our financial situation and not something we will see happening in the next 7 to 10 years. With another child on the way and my desire to sew, we are in desperate need of room. We have finally decided after months of deliberation is to convert our garage into a usable space. We looked at all sorts of other options like knocking down the garage and removing it. Having something built externally and craned in or put together on site.

Jenny Rose Innes on Instagram posted from her builders, a new endeavour there pursuing with outbuildings which are built off site and brought in. I was keen to go ahead with that until I had more people look at my existing garage and comment “why don’t you just fixed the garage the way it is?” And that is the direction we will head in.

The garage is 3 metres by 8 metres giving us 24 square metres of usable space it just needs a facelift I have had a builder come around and quote. Still waiting for the quote but I will go into this further in another blog post.

Another thing that is happening around our house is we are changing the disgusting ugly terrible aluminium windows back to the former western red cedar windows.

To match what was there already there but sadly removed by people that clearly have no taste. I now need to get a quote on putting lead light in the front 3 windows that face the street to match my neighbour’s bay window and other houses in the area from the same era.

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You could say I am in nesting mode but the truth of the matter is nothing will be done before this baby arrives. Typical! I have made peace with that and have just moved on.

Another thing that has been happening around my house is gardening. I planted spring bulbs that gave me a beautiful display in my front garden bed which has now finished flowering.

We were all so sick to death of having plants in the black plastic pots we bought them in years ago, we have now repotted all our plans into terracotta pots.

We planted out the garden bed that goes part way along the length of the garage with iceberg standard iceberg roses, buxus and lavender. We will extend this garden bed to be deeper as it appears the roses don’t have quite enough room. It is a narrow garden bed.

The great thing with knowing we are just going to stay in the house the way it is means we can now renovate it to completion. We were too hesitant to do any renovations because anything we did do would be affected by an extension later. It would be in effect a waste of time and money but now that we are just going to have a 2 bedroom house with the studio, we are quite happy to finish everything off. Such as the second bedroom, the large laundry and the gardens. This gives me a lot of excitement and I feel very creative. It took a lot of time, discussions and number crunching to get to this decision but I feel this is the right decision for us at the right time.

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Want to dig up this ugly slopey concrete and lay down a stone patio.

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Don’t let the flakey paint throw you. Just received a quote to replace the glass on the windows in this room and fix the sash weights as the windows will be heavier and THEN, we will get them painted. They are actually in great condition. It is just flakey paint.

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A metal shed that I want to remove and replace with a cedar cute cottage shed. Mint and rosemary going crazy! Neglected mother in laws tongue in the background. . . I don’t really like this plant and guess who gave it to me. . . GUESSSSS, you will never guess!!!!

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Teddy Bear Magnolia about to flower. I have 3 of these plants and I have just had them planted into MUCH larger pots before we decide where they will go in the garden and they are doing much better. I was scared they were going to die a slow death.

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Stupid bats came through last year when my neighbours had these trees in their yard and shat everywhere. That is what the marks on the garage are! But our neighbours removed those noxious trees! And this year, no bats!

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My little topiary collection! My favourite is Korean buxus! I love my standard bay tree too! Friends got us a bay tree seedling for our house warming and sometime last year I decided I wanted to train it into a lollipop and massacred it. Left a tuft of about 4 leaves on top. My husband was shocked when he saw it and a bit mad, I said, just trust me!! AND LOOK AT IT NOW!

(GOD I HATE MY BROWN COLORBOND FENCE! But I love them too. They are in good knick and there is no fencing dispute between neighbours that I have seen play out at the court house, so gotta be grateful)

Another future blog post will be year of the garden YOTG that will be 2016 when I am on maternity leave!! I can supervisor children and my husband can garden to his heart’s content. It’s impossible at the moment to do much on both of our separate weekends (me: Thursday and Friday, Him: Saturday and Sunday) as we are alone.

Really looking forward to maternity leave next year and I’m not going to do something silly like I did with Audrey and only have 4 months off. I’m going to enjoy my time with my family and hopefully have a year off.

 Thank you for getting this far and can’t wait to update you further.

A new dress for Audrey

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

I had a hiatus from sewing, but then the bug bit me again and I just had to make something.

My fourth geranium dress.

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I lengthened the bodice. I hand sewed the bodice lining down and I hand sewed the hem. This details are definitely worth it. So much nicer.

The lining is red linen cotton blend. The only fabric I could find that co-ordinated with the dress.

I added a round ruffle collar.
I really need to try using the rolled hem foot. I just folded this over, so there was no hem. But it is kind of bulky. Next time I will try that so it will only be single layer.

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Finished it off with self cover buttons. I didn’t have any buttons in my stash that were suitable. My arm was twisted, I had to use the self cover buttons I had been meaning to try!

They are sooooo pretty. I want to add them to EVERYTHING now.

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Ruffle collars are KING when mixed with cardigans

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The colour of the dress is a little hard to co-ordinate with other items! OPPS. What do you think she could wear this with? What coloured tights?? What kind of shoes. The red is also a reddy-orange situation too. Eek. This is why I am not really a fan of red. I don’t know what to do with it.

I’ve fallen off the face of this blog

Friday, December 5th, 2014

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”

Well I am here, I am trying.

I missed the blogiversary. It was November 24. FIVE YEARS of blogging and I haven’t missed a month. I am pretty proud of that.

 Some people blog twice daily, ha, not me.

So, what’s new with you guys? I’ve been reading your blogs (if you have one) and trying my best to comment.

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My daughter is now 19 months old (well nearly 20 months now) but here she is at 19 months.

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That was a fun afternoon. She sprayed my new camera and I totally didn’t care.

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If you follow me on instagram you would have seen this outfit that I made for Audrey.

I whipped up the red cotton linen blend shorts in an hour before her daycare Christmas concert.

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This is her wearing it. The top has plenty of growth room. It was a VERY hot day and it was the perfect ensemble for it.

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She absolutely ROCKED OUT at the Christmas concert! Her and the boy next to her. That was it. The rest were either shell-shocked, frozen, running away or howling!

What a little superstar! Can you guess the song? Ok, I’ll tell you.

Jingle bells! Duh!

Then the vomiting bug started for her that evening and then me later in the weekend! YAYSIES.

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I’ve made a start on my Christmas wrapping. I am doing blue and white this year.

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My calligraphy is getting better.

Here is my tree. I’m not 100% happy with it, but it will do. My daughter is always ‘jingle-jingling’ it. And I’ve put all the good decos on it. . . . .

It has a barrier around it, but pulls it away and walks behind it, waves and says “see ya” So damn cheeky.

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The photo is a bit overdone. I was just playing with my camera. There is NO photoshop here. Cross screen filter y’all. And not a instagram filter. An actual filter, one you screw onto the lens.

The exposure is a bit long. .  but yeah, like I said. Just playing.

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I’m currently stealing some days away in Byron Bay. My cousin is getting married tomorrow. Better run! Pre wedding drinks are on!

Toodles!