Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A bit of Ikea loving

today, my monday craft girls and myself ventured out to Ikea to buy some material. As you know i have an issue with buying material from the regular material shops, as any material that i like usually costs close to $30 a metre. Ikea, between $5 -$10 metre, and its super wide.
It was good fun, and the boys had a great time, andwere very well behaved, well as well behaved as two small kids can be in Ikea.

Monday, September 28, 2009


My mega press setter... any one needs some press studs put in?

My Peter AlexanderSheet
My cot sheet i bought today which i am going to make into another top soaking, of course i didnt think to take a picture till it was already in the nappysan....

Things have been quiet on the Op Shop side of things. Not because there hasnt been things to buy, but more because i have been busy. Busy doing what im not sure, just busy being me. To think of all the bargains that i have missed!
Anyhow,yesterday i went to craft day, and finished my top that i had been making and wore it yesterday. I want to wear it today but its too cold, but was very happy to hear that tomorrow is going to be hot, so it will get another outing.

Today at the op shop i bought, what i thought was a doona cover, but its a queen sheet, but it turns out to be a Peter Alexander sheet, so am going to buy some white, or dark blue sheeting material and turn it into a doona cover.

Did i mention that i bought myself a press setter. It was cheap, and silly me was checking the letterbox each day for it. I laughed when it arrived... It weighs more than 15kgs, and is very large, but boy does it put in press studs super fast. Now to think of all those things that i can make that have presses on them... oh the possibilities.... i also bought some bamboo material and some PUL and have made tom a night nappy as he wants one that can be put in the wash and used again. Who am i to argue

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Boxy Bags

The house was tidy!!! the kids were asleep, and the husband was out. The TV was off, there was a free dining room table, and the sewing machine was easy to get to. It was meant to be.
I found a tutorial here for these cute and very very ver fast to make bags. They are not lined, and take about 10 mins to make. In the tutorial they pfaff about with sewing the corners, but as you will know thats not me, so i just did it without anyof that and they came out fine. I think next time i will put a lining in them,but they are oh so cute, and it means that i could buy some nice material and get heaps of them out of 1/2 metre.
This blog has been on a bit of a sewing/crafting bend of late. Well, the material still is all from the Op shop,.. and so are the zippers actually, so i think working it out, these bags cost about 50c each to make.! I love it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Fast and the Furious, handbag style

What do you do when you have two super active boys, and the crafting bug strikes... Get them to make capes for their dog, and give me 15 mins to make a handbag. Yep, 15 mins from start to finish.
Its super dodgy, i used upholstery fabric, 20cents worth, the lining cost 15cents, but its definently a bag that i will make again, with different fabric, and take a tad more time.
Ben kept running away with it, so i guess its his ...

what a morning!

This morning i awoke thinking that the world was coming to an end. The sky at 5.50am was red... I mean red. I have never seen anything like it. I turn onthe TV to see that its a duststorm, the likes of which Sydney have never seen.

This is a picture taken at about 7am out my front window. Its amazing really, apart from the fact that breathing is a bit of an issue!

Op shop loving this week i picked up these Dr Seuss books, all practically brand new, for $1 each. Tom thinks Wacky Wednesday in particular is the most hilarous book he has ever seen. I really enjoy reading that one to him. Also "Put me in the Zoo " was a book i remember reading when i was younger, and he thinks that ones pretty good too..

And lastly, here are some of my choc bikkies that tom cooked for us. He wanted the strawberries because they looked nice, not because he likes them..

Had to include this photo as well. Tom doing some reading. He tells me he's going to be an electrician when he grows up. Wonder why?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pillowcase style top,

This is what i made today at Jo's house... Sorry the pics very small, but i cut it from somewhere else. I bought this material from the op shop, its about 8 metres worth, in a bundle of material for $5. i need to tighten the elastic a bit, but it came up surprisingly well. I surprised myself. Jo and i are very much no rules sewers,... i dont like patterns, they take up too much time,. dont like measuring once again takes too much time, so i made this up, and im sure it will be ok!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

head over to blog for a chance to win... she does have lovely stuff.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


mmm. i didnt choose for the photos to be centered.. oh well. Here is my benny on the purchase of the year. $5 from the oppy for this climbing frame, with slippery dip, and the two cross pieces, you can attach a hose to and have a bit of sprinkler fun. both kids love it, and its a big hit when friends come over. they attach another slippery dip to it and have races....
Couldnt help but add this one in. Tom in a crocodile suit, which he insisted on wearing on that stinking hot sunday that we just had. Loves it

and one more of my $5 loving...... and benny poking out the top, testing it out.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Op Shop Fun

All this week there hasnt been much at the Oppy to buy, which i suppose is a good thing, seeing as we have too much stuff, but still i go every day.

First of all here is a pic of my benny on one of the few things i actually bought new, for his birthday,.. He loves it

Here it Tom with a Maisy tea set, which both of them love, and we have already had numerous tea parties.

Here they are washing them clean.

And i also got a wooden farm set, which is a huge hit if you gauge it by the number of fights it has caused over who is going to use the winch next to haul up the hay bales. photo of that to follow.