Yesterday was just gym clothes so this is a bit more bloggable!
Still with the stupid poses, right? LOL
The dress is TEMT vest: Target Leggings: KMart Hair band: Facebook, but I am not recommending her. I'm wearing it because I fought so damn hard to get her to finally make the right sized band. Now to decide if I wear my bright pink ballet flats or black...
It's November?!? Around these parts, it means it's time to start thinking about the holiday season. This includes, but is not limited to: Christmas, School holidays, New Years Eve, a kid turning 7 (!!) one turning 5 and my 30th! All within the next 3 months. This can be quite hectic. I love it, don't get me wrong! I adore planning, plotting and gift giving! One event at a time, starting with one of my faves: Christmas! Fa la la la la la la la la! First thing I do every year, apart from shopping, which is year round, is Christmas Cards. This has gotten harder with every child we have added to the family. Seriously, to go back to one child for photos, would be so easy! Shutterfly makes this job a little more bearable! We used them last year for our cards and it was so very simple. I just uploaded my pic, chose the background, had them printed and delivered. You can even have them delivered to your family for you! Too easy! This year I am loving on this reindeer card
this joy card
and this "tag card"
(Click on the cards for links to the website.)
I have also previously bought their photo books, which are just beautiful quality and great gift ideas too! They also sell other holiday products like gifts and the usual greeting cards.
Because I wrote this post I get some free Christmas cards and I have 25 free cards to give away to 3 lucky readers! Leave a comment for a chance to win!
Well, it's the end of October now. I made it to 24/31. Not bad, really! There is a winner to announce and for the first time I have ever witnessed Number 1 won!! That's you Karen of And so I sew. Congratulations!! Email me your address and I'll pop a parcel in the post for you. xx Hopefully I'll have some crafty stuff to show you next time, and it wont be 6 months from now either! LOL
I don't know if you all know this but after Pepper was born I treated myself to a Canon 500D camera and a couple of lenses. I did a beginners photography course with Clair Bremner and since then have tried to use my camera more. I'm still not that great at taking photos but I am trying. I try to pick up the camera instead of reaching for my iPhone. This isn't always easy of course, our house has terrible lighting. I've joined with Meika in a photography challenge for November, the list of photos to take is in my sidebar and I am going to give it a go.
I know this is an American thing to do this time of year with Thanksgiving around the corner, but having lived there for a year AND being completely in love with the whole holiday season thing, I think this would be a fun thing to do. It would also fill out some of my blogtoberfest posts!! It's a list of 100 things I am grateful for. I don't think it'll be all in a row, one per day, but I will be sharing with you 100 things I am grateful for. Shauna is also doing it here.
Linking up with And, so I sew today to bring you a funny from Lovechild. Lovechild stayed with us for a few days, and sat in the dicky seat in the back of the station wagon. She cracked us up by referring to it as "the fairy back." "Do you want to sit in the fairy back with me?" meaning of course the very back. Totes adorbs!
One tradition I have implemented with my children is that every year on Christmas Eve, they get a new pair of coordinated pjs. Since 2009, I have made all (I think!) of the pants and generally applique a shirt.
This year's pants will be made from this flanelette I bought from Etsy. I loved it and bought it in May I think! You gotta be prepared. I am hoping to get them made soon!
Do you call it yarn or wool? Does it matter? LOL I had been eyeing off this skein of yarn in my gorgeous friend Celia's store for a few months, then she had a sale! So, of course I had to buy it. I just have no idea what to make from it! I am leaning towards a cardi for my Pepper, I just need to find the right pattern.
Not long til Christmas now! We all know how this time of year flies by. End of school, warmer weather and so on. This time of year always makes me think of those less fortunate than us and makes me want to help them more than ever. This year I am participating in Operation Christmas Child, where you fill a shoebox full of stuff for disadvantaged kids all over the world. And I've just signed up to make (at least) one stocking for kids in foster care in the US. Sign up here. I'll be posting by the end of October overseas, if anyone in Australia would like me to post for them, let me know!!
Are you participating in any special things this Christmas?
My first book parade costume! Hunter is in his first year of school and decided to go as Harry Potter, which thankfully is an easy costume to make. I googled for the instructions and hit up spotlight for some cheap cotton fabric. I also bought a cheap pair of glasses and painted a stick. The patch was just printed on paper and sewn on. Hopefully the robe will last for next year!
I joined Ravelry a while ago and found this gorgeous Debbie Bliss bolero which I adore. It's so easy to knit up, just watch the sizing because apparently it runs a bit big. I think I knit the 12-18mth size on 5mm needles for this one but it's been a while.
The pants are just made from fabric from Spotlight that I fell in love with. I was shopping for something else at the time. I traced another pair that fit Pepper well. Girlfriend's got big thighs!!
What I wore Wednesday (a few weeks ago when I thought about joining in, but didn't actually join) (oh and before I started the 12wbt)Cardi: Old Navy Jeans: The perfect trouser jeans from Old Navy Shirt: Thrifted Shoes: CMUK. I won them!
Then when we finally got some sunshine, I went to town. Chalk town. The kids helped of course and got right into it. I played with them this time instead of standing back, observing with my camera so I only got a few pictures of it, but here they are. Definitely something to keep in mind for those boring summer holidays coming up soon!
My baby girl turned one in June this year and I planned a big PINK party for her. My first ever pink party, and let me tell you after 3 boys, I was looking forward to it! I made her party dress using this tutorial and of course, the Sherbet Pips fabric. It's so girly and lovely!
The cake was a vanilla cake with vanilla icing. I really wanted to do a ruffle cake but it was too time consuming so this was the next best choice. :)
I also made mini cupcakes with 100s and 1000s in the mix and my first ever sugar cookies. And they were a hit so hopefully I will get better at them and they will look better at the next few parties!
I kept the decorations pretty simple and pink. lol Tissue paper flowers, lanterns, bunting made by the ever talented Leoni and balloons. For what is a party without balloons?