Wednesday, December 1, 2010

As time goes by

There's so much going on at this time of year and throwing a baby into the mix just makes it so much more exciting!

I am loving being a Mum and I am not actively seeking to get back to work yet, but I have been really excited by a couple of lovely opportunities that have cropped up. Fortunately I have managed to postpone the projects until next year, but it's great to have the time to mull over the briefs now and think about how I can approach them when the time comes.

Not that I have any time to get through a full article, but I am LOVING flicking through this collection of magazines.

Little One Baby has become a bit of a favourite and I'd love to get Jade's nursery featured in there one day - if I ever finish it!

One thing that particularly caught my eye in the latest edition is this skirt.

I hope to find a pattern for something similar and see if my Mum might make me a couple for Christmas. I'm not normally a skirt wearer but I like that this is a long one down to the ankles.

I've finally joined the local Mother's Group and we've met a couple of times in the last few weeks. So far they are a great group and I hope it eventuates into one of those good groups who stick together. I am so keen to meet some locals and get involved in the community.

Jade is starting to sleep through the night a bit now, and it's got me thinking about getting her into a better routine for her daytime naps. Then again as long as she's sleeping at night then I figure we are pretty lucky!

I am looking forward to getting the Christmas tree set up soon, and I guess I'd better think about making a start on the pressies. I am a notorious last minute shopper, but I don't think I can get away with it this year!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Out and about

A couple of weeks ago we ventured out of Bendigo for the weekend to attend an exhibition in Melbourne. It was Jades first big weekend away and traveling in the car. She did very well and it has given us the confidence to get out and about a bit more with her.

The exhibition was the graduation work of students completing a three year part time course in textile design out at Box Hill. The work included some stunning pieces by my very clever sister. I found it hard to edit the images so I've just included them all!

I'd love to hang these mobiles in my house, but I think I'm going to have to fight for them as I'm not the only one who wants them!

Look at the detail!

These are also part of her collection. The door is my favourite... oh and the gate!

Love this splash of colour in the butterfly.

I can't wait to see what you do next Jo and I'd love to get you do create some work for Jade's nursery. I bet I'm not the only one who'd love to commission your work! Good luck with whatever comes next for you. x

Monday, November 8, 2010

Beautiful gifts

Two weeks before we told our parents we were expecting a baby, my Mum finalised a trip to Europe with her sister. It turned out that the trip would take place two weeks after our due date. Poor Mum! So two weeks after Jade arrived, Nanna was off to Europe! I know it was tough for her to be away with a new baby in the family, but she called us every week and found some gorgeous gifts for Jade in my favourite city - PARIS!

She knows my taste so well! I can't wait to frame some of these cards for the nursery wall. The round cards are by an illustrator called Anne-Isabelle Le Touze and the post cards are by an illustrator called Corinne Bittler. I LOVE Corrinne's art. Mum could not decide which cards to buy so she bought the whole range! I just love them!

I can't wait for her to fit into these! I wish they made grown up sizes in tshirts - I'd wear them for sure! In the meantime I might frame them or hang them on display in her nursery!

Check out this bag and the cute little toys! What a lucky girl!

And I could not resist adding a Jade pic to sign off with - too cute, hey?

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Catching up

I am typing this with one hand as our gorgeous girl sleeps on my lap. It's too easy to spend the hours just gazing at her. She is so amazing and I can barely believe that she is real, and that she is ours!

When I was pregnant everyone tried to warn me that during the first few weeks and months your time will be so consumed by caring for your baby that even brushing your teeth or having a shower is quite an achievement each day. I thought this must be an exaggeration but it's just so true! Any time that I do get I'm under pressure to SLEEP!

It's been 9 weeks now and I am just starting to feel more like my old self (partly thanks to longer sleep periods at night now.). This means feeling more confident about getting out of the house and more motivated to catch up on some of the things I've been neglecting.

So, we have finally organised some thank you cards for everyone who sent us gifts and cards following the birth. I wish I had time to design the cards, but I thought these were quite a nice simple design to get the job done!

Now the next challenge will be to actually write them up AND get them in the post!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Already 3 weeks old!

I promise not to turn this blog into a photo fest of images of our gorgeous new little girl, but I just had to share this cute pic! (Taken before I had anything PINK to smother her in! I can't believe I've become a PINK lover!! Must be the hormones.)

A quick thank you to everyone for your best wishes on the safe arrival of Jade. We are still settling into our new life and I am recovering well following a VERY long labour and eventual Cesarean delivery.

No doubt things will be a bit quiet on the blog front while we focus all of our energy into our beautiful baby, but I hope to keep things ticking along here whenever I get the chance. I still have her room to finish off and some artworks to create!
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Little Ray of Sunshine

Raymond J (husband) posting on Danielle's behalf to welcome our new edition to our family.

Introducing Jade Amelie born 10am this morning, 8lbs 5 oz.

Danielle had to stay in the hospital for precautionary reasons but I thought that I would take the opportunity to welcome our beautiful daughter to the world.

Our lives will never be the same


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

As good as it gets today

I needed to get out of the house yesterday, so we went out for dinner to my favourite Thai restaurant. The green curry chicken is amazing....

But I paid for it a bit over night with my first experience of what I guess is Braxton Hicks. The pain was so random that I did not get much sleep, so it's another quiet couch day today.

I think the nursery will have to be finished off AFTER the baby arrives...hopefully soon!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nursery update

I've packed up the sewing for a bit, but not before finishing off a few more half started projects.

I wanted to create these bags to hang off this gorgeous "MOOSE" wall hook feature that we picked up in IKEA some months ago! It's one of my favourite features in the room and we finally attached it to the wall. We've also added a blackboard feature underneath the MOOSE which is just crying out for some scribbling!

I'm also keen to add more grey and orange to the room, and this has been helped by a beautiful gift of a brand new pram from my husbands parents. Oooh and check out the cushion that I made for the rocking chair. It's backed with the orange spot fabric I used for the drawstring crocodile bag, so it's kinda cute!

You can see that I STILL don't know what to do with the windows! Curtains? Blinds? Wooden or coloured venetians?

We've also finally hung the lantern in this room, but I have about another 4 to hang at different levels around it to create a cluster.

This week I want to focus on getting some things hung up on the walls. My lovely husband offered to pick up a blank canvas for me that I've been meaning to create for above the cot. I asked him to get something about the size of two A3's joined together and check out the ridiculous size that the shop assistant sent him home with! (Below, right image!)

I'm torn between daunted and up for the challenge to have a go at one this size! I've never done one before, but maybe if this is my focus this week it might take my mind off counting down the days to our baby's arrival!!?

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Friday, August 13, 2010

39 Weeks.....and counting.

Forgive the headless image, but I just wanted to share another belly pic! This was taken last week. Yes, I managed to get out of the house to celebrate the 12 month anniversary of our big "tree change" from city to country life!

We treated ourselves to lunch in Echuca - something we did 12 months ago to celebrate the actual move, so it was amazing to think that a year had already passed us by.

It's been an incredible 12 months, and we have not regretted our move for a single moment. Raymond J has landed a local job now and finishes up in the city on Friday next week (the due date for our baby's arrival!) I know that the chances are we will go past this date, but it's slightly nervous timing for us both!

At least he doesn't start the new job until late September so it will be lovely to have some home time together when the baby arrives. We will finally get the chance to become "locals" after a full year of us both continuing to work in Melbourne.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Creative Space

TA DA! Finished (slightly wobbly) cloth book! I was starting to worry that I would never finish this off after all the hard work of creating the pages, so I spent most of yesterday trying to solve the construction issues!

I still want to hand paint a title on this cover (went with the cat as I already had some sketches drawn up).

Um...too lazy to come up with a new character for the back I opted for some text! (Cheating I know!)

Here's a bit of sneak peek at the construction process!

Don't forget to check out other creative spaces over at Kootoyoo today.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Um....these were packed in our hospital bag for an emergency energy boost during labour, but how on earth is a 38 weeks pregnant woman supposed to resist raiding the bag when it comes to chocolate!

Well, it's actually a guilt free raid as I feel like I have earned it today! So far I've managed to do the following:

- get out of my pyjamas and into some "proper" clothes (first time this week!)
- weeded the garden (small section!) I've no idea what's going on there - I have no interest in gardening....but the sun was out...the dog was enjoying being outside - so we extended it a bit!
- two loads of washing (only hung out one on the line though - I've run out of puff!)
- dusted the house.
- rearranged the shelving in our bedroom.
- scrubbed the bath.
- cleaned the bathroom.
- vacuumed the house.

Of course I've run out of steam now, but my next goal will be to leave the house for the first time in a week. We might go out for breakfast tomorrow morning - what a great excuse!

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Creative Space

I've taken a bit of a break from sewing to think about the nursery again. I want to do a large hand painted illustration to feature in the room so have started on some sketches.

Then I remembered this nifty toolbox that I wanted to paint so I decided to play around with applying some ideas to this little box.

I'm not sure which colourway or design to go with, but I hope to make a start on it today! I hope your day is full of fun and creativity too.

If you need some inspiration, check out some more great Creative Spaces here at Kootoyoo.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I am suddenly HUGE and finding it tougher to move around. The baby is so active, and my tummy is so tight! I have officially adopted that pregnant waddle and am reluctant to be seen in public!

I've also become really tired of late and have had a few couch days of just chilling out with some knitting and trashy TV. I have not been alone though, with our our dog Roxy becoming such a sook of late! I don't know if she's sensing some changes on the way, or changes in my behavior? I don't know, but she's become my body guard of late! I just need to teach her to use the phone in case things kick off when no-ones around!!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Creative Space

A quick thank you for all your words of encouragement! It's quite motivating and inspires me to try to get things finished off.

I've managed to complete three double page spreads now, but I think I just need one more page. The rabbit is my new favourite, but maybe I need a cat character or something to complete the series? I also need some front and back pages. Of course, I still have no idea how I'll sew it all together, but I'm sure when the time comes I'll work it out!

I have a few more half finished projects featuring these characters which I will try to finish off today, but next week I think I'll move to some painting and illustration work to go up in the nursery. What a luxury to have the time (for a little bit longer anyway!)
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Monday, July 26, 2010

A belly pic!

I've had a few requests for some BELLY pics and have been meaning to get one up here for a while. This is a few weeks ago and I'm already bigger than this now!

With only about 4 weeks to go, I'm starting to feel the effects of the late stages of pregnancy! I'm not wanting to venture too far from the house and my sleep pattern is already broken up with endless loo stops, painful leg cramps and aching hips! All part of the training for all of those sleepless nights ahead (and all worth if of course!!). The little flutterings of movement have become strong kicks, and my internal organs seem to be getting a bit of a bruising these days.

The nursery is coming along well, our bags are packed for the hospital and we seem to have most things organised should the baby decide on an early entry into this world....oh, except for the baby seat fitted in the car, a mattress for the cot, a change mat for the change table, the much STUFF for such a small little thing!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Creative Space

I got a little distracted away from the book project this week to see how this dog character would adapt into a different product. I've been working on some projects from this great basic book, and pushing the designs a little further.

This is my interpretation of the rattle. I had to put x3 bells in it as the stuffing really muffled the noise of the bell, but I think it's turned out quite cute!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Creative Space

After yesterdays fruitful afternoon of ideas, I decided to start these characters off in a small cloth book.

I made some templates of each of the character shapes, so that I can apply them to other things later.

I love my old Elna sewing machine. It's just been serviced and it sews like a dream. Basic, but that's just how I like it thanks very much! It's been so long since I've sewn that I almost forgot how to thread it up and adjust things like the tension!

It didn't take long for it to feel like old times, and I was soon zig zag stitching with the best of them!!

I'm looking forward to starting on the Bunny, and the Crocodile pages next. Of course, I have not quite figured out the logistics of stitching all the pages together yet, but will deal with that one later!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Character ideas

I've had to resist the urge to just dive into the sewing, as I also want to add some detail and characters to things. So I made myself sit down and do some sketching. Before I knew it I was "in the mode"! What a lovely afternoon!

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