Monday, January 24, 2011

My Mum the Hoarder :-)

Well the past week and a bit I have been staying with my parents helping my mum get her house into a little more order than what it normally is.  

To be polite to my wonderful mum, she is by definition a hoarder!  She is the most wonderful mother myself and my sibling could have asked for and is the kindest and gentlest grandmother I know.  She has just developed a problem with getting rid of things over the years since all the kids left home.  Don't get me wrong, she's not one of these people who keeps things to the point you can't get into the house but she has a particular liking for things in the sewing or craft area that she "might be able to use again."  Anyway, this past week and a bit I have been helping her clean out her laundry/sewing room and she has done an amazing job.  (I would post photos on here but it's not my home to share.)  Although not yet finished, the room has gone from something that didn't get used to a well functioning and hopefully, organised space she can use to create some of the wonderful things she makes (she is a brilliant sewer among other things).

I have also scored a bonus being here as I am able to go through the fabric she has collected over the years and take what I want, 2 big boxes full so far.  (If my sisters are reading this, I will take pics when I get home and I'm happy to share the love if there is anything you need.) 

I'm pretty proud of what mum has achieved as it's a huge task for her parting with some much loved things.  Dad has been pretty good too, staying out of the way building a stand for the front loading washing machine to sit on when it goes into the laundry.  I'm one lucky lady to have 2 wonderful parents who are also fantastic grandparents. 

I'm having a good time here helping mum get organised but nearly ready to head home.  The kids I think need to get home to their own beds and our own routine and we all need to see their daddy.  I also want to get home so I can get into sewing (now I have all this fabric to play with:-)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sewing with a Toddler

I find it difficult to sew when my kids are awake and up and about.  Thank goodness they both sleep at the same time each day and are both in bed around 7pm.  This is when I like to sew, although lately I haven't done ANYTHING.  I'm just waiting to get my sewing cabinet set up and I will be off and running again.

My son is very interested in my sewing machine and constantly asks to use it.  He will get the chance one day, but in the meantime, I have been trying to think of something I could do with him that was along the lines of sewing and would keep him interested whilst stuck inside during this wet weather.  So out came the cotton reels and disks I found at an op shop not too long ago.

My son was very excited about doing some threading but that quickly turned to frustration when it proved more difficult than I first thought.  The string wasn't thick enough and kept folding over.  I tried putting some knots in the end to strengthen it, but no luck.  I thought about needles and for obvious reasons, decided against that.  I had a brainwave and thought of my jewellery making things.  I simply grabbed a small piece of wire, bent both ends over and attached it to the string.

Once we had this sorted, the threading began.  He had a ball and it kept him occupied for a good 20mins.

The final result (it did get taken apart and re-threaded several times).

Bags, Bags, Bags.

Here are some bags I have made as gifts.  To be honest, when I had finished them, I didn't want to give them away.

Not sure why I chose green for the background!  This is by far my favourite bag.  I can't remeber the pattern I used.  I'll have to go searching and find it to put on here for those playing at home.

Now, a simple beach bag for my younger sister in law.

An over the shoulder tote bag for my mother in law.  I fell in love with the fabric for this and felt it would be something she would like.

I'll be back to post pictures of the bag and nappy satchel I made for myself, although I never took photos when they were new.  I'll have to take some now just for this.

Some Old Sewing of Mine.

Ok, so I don't have anything to share sewing wise at the moment, so the next couple of posts are of things I have completed over the last little while.

This is my very first quilt.  Not the best with stitches etc, but I was happy with the result.  It was made as a unisex design when I was pregnant with my first child.  I wanted something bright and couldn't find anything in the shops so I decided I could make something myself.

Each of the animals are appliqued on with blanket stitch.  Thanks must go to my husbands aunty who helped me piece it all together, add the borders and do the edge.

And so it begins.......

Well I have finally taken the plunge into blog land.  Perhaps I’m a little crazy! How long this will last for is anyone’s guess.  It could be a couple of days, weeks, months or maybe even years! 

I have been addicted to blogs for the last few months and love that I get so many great sewing and craft ideas from others that I would never have thought of myself.  I felt it was time for me to start documenting my sewing and craft efforts and some other bits and pieces in the hope others may find it inspiring.

This blog (Jamily Creations) is going to be mainly about my sewing, as I am planning on making a few things to sell at markets and the like.  (Although when I will eventually get enough stock made to sell is anyone’s guess, I seem to want to keep everything at the moment ;-)  I will add a few other bits along the way and hopefully link to other blogs I find interesting or useful.

Happy reading to everyone out there.