"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cool corduroy

Don't you just love corduroy? It's cosy and soft and warm and...it's funky! The weather is starting to get cooler and I am determined to make rather than buy my daughter's Winter wardrobe. So much cheaper and so much less pink!

This pattern is a winner! So many good things about it:

  • It's easy to make- all one piece, no front and back
  • It's comfortable
  • It's reversible- 2 outfits in one (yay!)
  • It can be worn by itself, with a T-shirt underneath or with a skivvy and tights when it's chilly.
  • No need to pull it over the head- just wraps around, crosses over at back and buttons at shoulder.

My model wasn't being very cooperative so you'll just have to use your imagination!

The reverse side
The back

I think I'll be making more of these. I'm just deciding whether or not I will sell them. Not sure yet. I found some cute corduroy and cotton colour combinations at Spotlight this week. What do you think of these? 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Funky pants- great for Autumn

My 3 kids seem to have inherited my love for the Saturday afternoon nap! This afternoon, they all slept for over 3 hours. YAY! My husband enjoyed some guitar playing/ listening to music/ surfing the net, while I got into some sewing of course. I have been dying to get my hands on this fabric since I bought it at Sew Beautiful last week. My friend from work recently gave me some patterns she used when her daughter was young. I made these pants using one of the patterns. Thanks, Jen! I am happy with how they turned out although they are a bit long and need tightening up in the waist. Hopefully I will get to that tonight. Whipped up a matching headband and voila! I think they'll be great with a T-shirt in Autumn and a skivvy and cardi for Winter. I'm quite looking forward to the cooler weather. I have a heap of corduroy just waiting to be made into something gorgeous. So much fabric, so little time!

Monday, March 7, 2011

So cute I-spy bag

March is madness in our family!  We have my son's 5th, nephew's 4th, brother's 30th, cousin's and friends 21sts plus a wedding! Oh my!
Thought I'd better start early with the gift making. For my gorgeous Luke, I have made this I-spy bag which I saw on a blog somewhere. You basically sew a clear vinyl window into a square of fabric. Sew it to another square of fabric. Add special things you have collected and photographed. I used letter beads, charms, buttons, paper clip, 5 cent coin, small key, googly eye etc. Fill with mixed coloured beads (or rice). Then you make and laminate little cards with the photos and names of the objects you want the child to find. Attach to the bag through a small button hole.

I love this project because:

 * It is easy to make and quick
* It doesn't use much fabric
* It's a great gift for a girl or boy
* It's educational
* It's personalised (Luke has to find his age, J for Jonah etc)
* It's fun collecting all the special things to put in it
* You can adjust the level of difficulty depending on the age or ability of the child
* I think Luke will love it!

There are 36 things for Luke to find

This is the back. How cute is this fabric?