Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Being new

Since we have moved to Sydney things have been up and down. With new friends for the kids and ourselves. Lots of new situations and always being the new person. New at school, pilates, finding new shops, new markets, new blogs, new home and cars. We have been very lucky and met some wonderful people and reconnected with old friends.

Some days it is nice to be new, people are friendly and invite you places and include you in activities.

Some days it is hard, really hard.

You just want to be yourself with people that know your idiosyncrasies. You want to moan about how hard things are and feel comfortable moaning. You want to share you hobbies, likes and dislikes.

Today I was invited to a sewing group and I am not going to go. Not because I don't want to join this group, but I just don't want to be the new person again today. I will sew at home and try next week perhaps, when I am ready to be the new person again then.

This is what I am working on at home.

A baby girl quilt for a mum at school. I hope she likes pink!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mathilda's Market

I went off to Mathilda's Market yesterday with Bron. We had a great time and saw some lovely things that people had made.  I'm haven't been to the Fox studio area since they have redeveloped it from the showgrounds. There is so much to do there - eat, shop and a really fun playground for kids. I think I will have to go back with the whole family one weekend.

I bought some fabric for myself and some for a friend who couldn't make it herself.

I got lots of info about crafters and I am looking forward to looking them up online!

Isn't that swimsuit lovely, the owner of the stall was wearing one while she was selling them!

I also bought a really cute pad of sticky notes. Too cute.

I finished my bunting and am happy with how it turned out. I have enough fabric to make another set too.

I'm looking forward to the next birthday party to put it up.

I love this fabric. It is modern, but still floral. Pinks and greens together always appeal to me and I am lucky to have two girls to sew for.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mathilda's Market

I'm off tomorrow with a new friend to Mathilda's Market. I have always wanted to go, but was never in Sydney at the right times. I will fill you in with all the lovely details and purchases soon!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Friends

I had a wonderful day at the Quilts for Queensland organised by Corrie. I met some other bloggers and crafty people. I even saw a mum from my girls' school who I didn't know was a blogger.

I am really busy with craft things at the moment. After attending a Polka Dot Daze's birthday party, I am going to make some bunting. Hers was lovely and I hope that I can achieve
something like that.

I am also working on a pillow for my little Monkey. After a trip to the craft shop together, she fell in love with a pillow kit and wanted to buy it, for me to make. I don't usually buy kits, preferring to make everything from scratch, but I bought it for her. Everything is included, even the needle! It is
looking lovely so far and is very easy.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Quilts for Queensland Day

I'm going to this tomorrow -
Should be nice to meet some other Sydney crafters.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


We are renting our home while we settle into Sydney and it is an old huge house with a pool.
However, it is very damp and came with a de-humidifier (should have been a clue).
So today when I went into my cupboard where I keep all of my craft things, I found mould on the sea grass boxes that I keep my fabric!!
I have now taken everything out of the cupboard, put the de-humidifier into that room, wiped down all the shelves and hot washed all the fabric. Wow, what a morning.
This is what the chaos looked like.
At least I now know everything that I have in there and I found some old projects that I really need to finish. I did throw some things out. It was very hard but I'm glad that I have let some things go.
Hopefully there will be some more room in there and the mould won't return! Fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Knitting continues

I have been busy with several project on the go.
I finished my scarf quite a while ago and have only just got onto blocking it. I always love this part of knitting, as it reveals the pattern so beautifully.
I really enjoyed working with this wool, it is soft and not scratchy. Just lovely.
I am also working on a quilt at the moment. After completing one each for my daughters, I am making one for myself. It combines pink, brown, green and yellow. I wanted something that I could pick up and then put away easily. It is quite complicated, but I am enjoying it.
I am enjoying the Sydney winter weather after so long in Auckland. It seems to be so much shorter. We had 25 last week, which was lovely!