Saturday, September 27, 2008

All ready for the big day tomorrow

Cake done

Pinata stuffed

Lolly bags filled

Now all I need to get a good night sleep so I can actually enjoy the party and not collapse in a heap half way through

It's official

My little baby boy is now one.

We had a lovely day, Andrew and I took him to Myuna Farm in Doveton, which has a petty farm so he was able to pat a rabbit, guinea pig, lamb and kid goat. We were also able to feed goats, deer, llamas and an alpaca. We then came home and he had a big sleep and then had a family dinner with both sets of grandparents and his first cake. Next is his party on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Baby Dear Jane

I had always wanted to do a Baby Dear Jane quilt, the original Dear Jane quilt was made in 1863 by Jane A Stickle, and all replica quilts are called Baby Dear Janes. More information about the original quilt can be found here. My local quilt shop started Dear Jane classes last February, so I decided that was to good to be true and started my quilt. To date I should, if I am keeping up with what we are given in month in class I should have 145 out of 169 centre blocks completed, my count to date is 69 so I have a bit of work ahead of me :) Since starting the project I have had Bastian and spent 3 weeks in hospital and almost 3 months bed/couch ridden due to pancreatis. Mind you I am enjoying working on the quilt and realise that it is not a sort term project so wont be upset if it takes me more then the estimated 3 years to complete.

Here is a grid showing all the blocks completed to date. I intend to re-post this image every month showing the extra blocks that I have completed since last time, along with my tally shown as 69/145 (169) centre blocks, 0/0 (5) triangles, 0/0 (4) corners where the numbers in brackets are how many there are in total, the first number how many I have done and the second how many I should of done as per my monthly class.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Backpack for Baby

As part of the Granny's Magic Bag Block of the Month we are also make 4 projects that sort of link in, so far we have made a frog pyjama pillow, two eggs with legs to hang on a wall, and a backpack, so far I have sort of finished the pyjama pillow and tonight I finished the backpack. I am quite proud of it actually :p

He is a big boy now

I posted some pics in a earlier post of some material, webbing and clips that I bought to make a cloth high chair for Bastian, one one evening later here is the final result.

Isn't he a cute model :)

This is how it looks when not containing a baby

And this is the back, I need to get a second set of plastic buckles for the lower strap, this one is used to secure the chair to the set while the top one comes from the front to hold the child in place, this only works on children that are going to sit up straight, for a baby that isn't sitting up yet unaided it wouldn't work

And this is what it folds down to it is about the size of a small paperback novel, perfect size to fit in your nappy bag for times when you are caught out unexpected, plus some dining place have very grubby high chairs that look like they are never washed, this is when it will come in handy.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Month 3 done

I have finally finished the third block of Granny's Magic Bag Block of the Month that I was talking about here.

Now I just have to finish off months 4 - 6 which are all in progress at different stages and start month 7 and I will be up to date with it.

Spotlight is a bad bad place....

The closest spotlight to me is about as old as I am and over 2 storey with no lift, just stairs and one very narrow old escalator that you have to ring a bell to have someone come and change the direction of it if needed. For that reason I tend to not shop there often since having Bastian.

However... only a 45min drive away is Fountain Gate with is lovely newish massive single storey store, however with a small child a "quick trip" over to there is a thing of the past so when I do go I tend to make it worth my while. The results of my latest trip are

Materials and other bits to make a cloth high chair for Bastian, I love the colour

A pattern and material to make him one pair of shorts, white with blue stars and anchors and two t-shirts. I wanted to make some more adventurous patterns but was talked out of it until I make these three items.

Material to make these retro style bibs.

We are getting a new big Spotlight to replace our old crappy one in Nov this year, not sure if that is a good thing or not....