Christmas wishes to you all, may your day be filled with love and joy and filled with squeals of delight! And if you can’t be with the ones you love, love the ones you’re with.
Well it was a wonderful weekend, very busy but I enjoyed every minute of it. Hubby and I both collapsed into bed that night exhausted.
The Xmas dresses went down a treat and looked very cute on the 5 little girls, the oldest three enjoyed having dresses the same! I also got the pillow cases completed to go with the quilts I made for the twins back for their birthday.
The weather was wonderful and it was a very pleasant day. So nice to see the grandchildren getting on and playing together so well. The laughter of children is one of the best sounds in the world.
So a few more days at work before I take a well-earned break for the following 11 days. I think it’s time I did some sewing for myself as I do have a drawer full of lovely fabric from Tessuti that I’d love to make up…. Yummy!
I know it’s a bit sad to wish away the week but it’s been a very hectic one this week and I’m looking forward to the weekend for so many reasons. Firstly I have a couple of little things to finish sewing for Xmas (surprise! surprise!), I’ve got 2 days off work which is always a plus, and most excitedly my family is gathering on Sunday for our Xmas celebrations!
They will all be here for breakfast before the g-children start decorating the Xmas tree. This will be followed by gift giving, which includes a lucky dip option this year for the adults. The boys are then heading off for youngest g-son’s indoor soccer game while the girls are going off for manicures and finally we gather together again for a late but leisurely lunch.
Its going to be a busy but good weekend. I hope yours is too.
You may recall that I mentioned how keen I was to do more shirring. Well I’ve now finished the 5 shirred Xmas dresses and am very happy with the results. Of all the tutorials I came across during my research for this project I found the one on Jorth’s blog was the best for working out volumes of fabric and basic construction. I must say some of the others were very confusing for such a simple dress. So if you want to make one yourself visit her blog :- http://jorth.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/shirred-dress-tutorial.html.
I must confess I did make some modifications of my own. I decided to French seam all the seams for a nice neat finish and to add extra strength. I also did away with the elastic casing across the top above the shirring; I don’t think it needed it and I replaced that with my super tiny hem instead; you can see my test one on my previous post. I also decided to do bow ties over the shoulder instead of a single piece and I made a border around the bottom of the 3 bigger dresses; that was a result of underestimating how much fabric I would need rather than a brilliant idea! (I do have a habit of buying fabric before patterns and then trying to squeeze it all in). All in all I’m very happy with the results. Still think that tiny hem is exquisite.
I do hope they all like them; I know I do 🙂 So onto the next thing.
When I’m not sewing I do enjoy visits from my grand children. But sometimes they leave things being after their visits; I’m sure this happens with other grand parents as well!
Recently one of my grand daughters left behind her precious ring. It was left under a chair after she left.
But the other elephants liked the ring as well and wanted to wear it too.
They started to argue about it. And luckily kindly Buddha stepped in and said to the naughty elephants “this is not your ring but belongs to Ali, I shall look after it until she returns to claim it.”
Ok I have now finished the 3 rompers and the 3 Eva dresses. Each of the little girls like them and I’m happy with the results. The problem with making things as a surprise is that you don’t get to try on before you finish. While the dresses fit very well, I’ve noticed that the girls need to stand very straight with arms pointing over their heads to get them on; it’s a bit tight in the shoulders. Once on they are fine. It’s going to be interesting to see how I can adjust to cater for this.
Oh well journeys always have some bumps!
So onto next project and this will be Xmas dresses for the 3 girls and 2 babies. I bought some beautiful Xmas fabric from my favourite patchwork store, Calico Patch at Gold Creek, and will be making 5 little dresses following the Shirred Dress tutorial courtesy of Jorth’s blog: http://jorth.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/shirred-dress-tutorial.html
The one thing I really enjoyed with the Eva dresses was the shirring on the pockets; first time I shirred and am wanting to do more! I did the first one yesterday for one of the baby girls (6 weeks old), so very tiny and very cute.
I don’t know about you but there is just not enough time in the day. So many plans, so little time! And then I read an article today about minimalism and it got me thinking. Our lives become so complicated and we put too much pressure on ourselves to achieve: be the best wife, mum, employee let alone person. I too easily work long hours and then wonder why I’m tired each night when I get home and just drop in front of the TV and then into bed. Sound familiar?
And what’s it all for? Things? And usually things we just don’t need or could be held onto a little longer before replacing.
Last weekend I noticed that it was not the things that brought me joy. Watching my grandson play soccer, having dinner with my son and his family, enjoying each other’s company, watching the joy on my granddaughter’s face when blowing out her birthday candles and then the sparkle in a baby’s eyes when you pick her up and cuddle her. This is what makes life a joy!
Admittedly we need to work and pay our bills but we need to be able to balance…. Life’s too short.
Anyway a quiet night tonight and an early one. So tomorrow I’ll work hard but then leave at a reasonable time. And who knows I might just get stuck into my next sewing project 🙂 I have some beautiful Christmas fabric that will making some lovely little outfits for the girls!!!!
The past two weekends have been special because both of them have centred on family events. We had a special birthday last weekend which resulted in the coming together of all my brothers and sister for the first time in over 5 years. We gathered together on the NSW Central Coast with us coming from all over the country and the world. These times, as is obvious, are too infrequent and were especially important to my mother; even more so that the birthday boy!
This weekend we celebrated the baptism of one of our newer members of the family! This also resulted in our family coming together for the day. I so enjoy seeing my grandchildren excited about being together and revelling in each other’s company and I especially love having my children together.
I delivered the long-awaited quilt to my oldest grandson this morning, a little late but now he joins his twin sister with his own Nanny-made quilt, made especially for him. I do hope he enjoys it! Maybe that is why it is so wet and cold here today – give him a reason to snuggle up in it!!! What do you think? Pretty neat I reckon
And the 2nd of the 3 little girls got her reversible dress and romper today as well! I’m happy with the result and the 1st of them wore her dress this morning; enjoying it which is very satisfying as any sewer would appreciate. So now that the celebrations are over this weekend, I’m back to the machine to get the 3rd of this set done. Besides it is too wet and cold to do much else!
I’m having the day off work today. I have a tradesman here this morning and of course that’s why I’m at home ;)!! But being a person that doesn’t miss an opportune time to sew it’s a perfect day. I started my 2nd romper during the week and will get that finished today plus another little dress for my 3rd 3 year old g-daughter. Once I get some measurements from the 2nd 3yo I’ll get that one going as well. They are delightful little girls and they enjoy being together so much; I really enjoy their giggles as only little girls can do.
So off to the machine in my beautiful sewing room – have a great day.