Friday, 30 September 2011

Homemade Western Hoedown

The 5th birthday of my twin boys is looming. Every year I plan a party for them. Every year I say that they are only going to have a party every 2 never happens.

I love planning parties. I love creating a really good memory for my children and for our guests. I can't wait until the boys are at school so there will be a lot more children at their party.

I always try to make everything myself....the invitations, the decorations, the food and the goody bags and most years I get most of it done (if I start early enough!) so this year will be no different...hopefully. One thing that I ALWAYS make though without fail is the cake. I love love love making the cake. I always ask the boys what cake they would like for their birthday and they always say "Dinosaur". Well, I have not made them a dinosaur cake yet. Not that I don't want to, its just that I already have a cake in mind when I ask them and I am a stubborn person so they get what I want to make. Perhaps I should stop asking them?? :)

This year I have decided to go with a themed party. It's new for me to do a theme but I really want to try it and hopefully I can pull it off. This will possibly be the last birthday the boys will have with all our family there as we are moving interstate early next year so I really want it to be awesome! heheh

The theme for the boys 5th Birthday Party is....... COWBOYS!

I'm super excited about it and have so many plans already flying around. I have even kindly asked my grandad to help me construct some furniture!

So far, I have made the invitations...

And some bandannas to give each guest when they arrive...

And what is a COWBOY party with a true cowboy hat?? Look what I found...

I've also found a few more hats for people as well as a great outfit that I am going to be wearing.

Next thing on my list is to make the boys waistcoats and chaps. I bought some great suede fabric to make them out of.

Stay tuned for more COWBOY party plans...

Friday, 16 September 2011

Short Jumpsuit.

A while back I purchased a Japanese Children's Pattern book. I love it to bits apart from the fact that it is ALL in Japanese....slight problemo sometimes but generally, its pretty straightforward with all the hundreds of picture diagrams they provide. They also give you heaps and heaps of full sized patterns in the book. It really is amazing and if you are into sewing like I am, then one of these books is a must. It costs $30 sent from Japan for hundreds of patterns. 1 pattern alone at Spotlight is at least $10. So it actually saves you money, money that you can spend on fabric if you are a crazed fabric buyer like me! heheh.

Anyhoo, I have had the book for a while as I said and I have read it from front to back (actually because it is Japanese, it's actually back to front) heaps of times but haven't made anything from it yet. Until now...

Summer is fast approaching and I really love short jumpsuits on kids and well, there was a pattern for them in my book. Yay, my first project from the book. In the book it looks like they use a knit fabric. I didn't have any knit (I do but they have a planned purpose) so I used cotton instead. It was easy to put together but the sizings were a little off. I think they are catered to little Japanese girls and not girls like Chels that have chubby little thighs, a very round bum and a bulging tum. Because of that, I left the elastic out of the waist. They are a great fit without it.

Perfect for summer and another item of clothing to add to Chelsea's summer wardrobe.

What are your favourite summer clothes?

Friday, 9 September 2011

Old me, new blog...

Hi all, This is my new craft blog. I plan to use this blog as one to post tutorials (coming soon!) and to show off all the crafty things I make and see. I will be keeping How did I get here..?? as well but using that blog as more of a family blog just to keep them separate. Please follow both as I will be updating both regularly.

More to come soon...