Friday, 25 September 2009

Electronic meltdown!!!!

Why is it that when one thing breaks down it acts as a catalyst for everything else to go belly up!

Last week it was my sporting a lopsided lens which i need to physically pull out to make it work and then it truly is a case of pot luck as to weather its in focus or not!

Now this week my laptop has decided the stop working...Yup!.... Just stop!.... It doesn't want to play!
Oh it teases you!.......For about 2 minuets......The exact amount of time it lakes to boot up, and just as the wifi connects and Internet is about to switches off!
One minuet it was humming along nicely, feeding me my blogg/ facebook/ ebay addiction, happily distracting me from fulfilling any house work duties, or giving undivided attention to the Whirlwind (well Macca Pacca and co' are such great babysitters!, She hardly even notices me!)
The next its all.......
''computer says No!''

The only conclusion we can draw is that the battery needs replacing. In other words ......
''Its quiet literally knackered! ''
I have actually worn out my 9month old laptops battery! Is that 'normal' ???? Surly not! And it will now cost me £50 for a new one!!!!!!!!!
What is the point in it having a plug i ask?..... why does it need a battery 'and' a plug?.....Am i the only one who doest understand why, if the battery goes, you cant just plug it in!!!!

And then there's my sewing machine! It has started making some scary banging noises!....I don't want to think about it too much!......I'm hoping that if i ignore it, it will just go away!!!

On the plus side i am having a new phone delivered tomorrow, yippee! Its a Nokia N( sumatorother!) It has a 8mp camera.....that's almost as good as my proper fact it is a proper camera, which is the main reason i chose it, and it has wifi (coz lets face it, i don't actually need a phone, as no one ever rings anyone anymore, its all windows live and facebook right!)
So hopefully by the end of day tomorrow i shall be all multimedia'd up and wont have to wait untill gone midnight of an eve, to get my mitts on Neils hardware......oooh eerr Mrs!

In between tearing my hair out over hardware, i have been stitching up a fair few pairs of shoesies this week. These ones ( for a gorgeous little lady named Mai) are my favourite......

I love the bright contrasting colours of pink and orange and the way the flowers soften the effect of the stripe. I have started lining them in felt again, and today i bought some fleece to try out as it is much softer, although i am wondering if it will make them too bulky?...... We shall see!

x K

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Sleeves Glorious Sleeves!

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE This swing coat i made for the Whirlwind. it is another wholegrainbaby pattern (remember the dress) i must say Varenias patterns are so simple and easy to follow! This was my first ever attempt at sewing on sleeves and they are PERFECT even if i do say so myself. The only issue i had was i made if in the 1/2T size but it is a little on the snug side for Roo who is 18mths, so I don't think she will be in it for long! That obviously means i am probably gonna have to buy MORE FABRIC to make another!..... oh what a shame!

The action shots..........

And The great thing about it is its reversible!...2 jackets in 1!....... love it!
Please excuse the grainy pictures! The whirlwind has broken my good be fair she had had to suffer me shoving it into her face for about half an hour, and she finally lashed out knocking it out of my hand and breaking the lens! Im gonna have to start dropping some subtle hints for a digital SLR in time for Christmas, although i may be pushing my luck having just been treated to the overlocker for my birthday!

On that note! I finally got the tension sorted, so she is sewing like a dream now.........
I whipped up this little top in the week and the seams are all perfect! ......

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Monday, 14 September 2009

Adventures in overlocking. Part 2

Take one 50p top form the local Oxfam...........a few snips and tucks...........a few snags!.......Try and get over the fact that your new overlocker hates you!!..............
And Voila.....................One sleeveless smock top for the Whirlwind.......Lets try and forget it was supposed to be a sleeved dress and just praise ourselves for frankly getting this far!!!!

A couple of action shots to model........

The problem I seem to be having trouble overcoming is the tension..........My stitches still seem too slack, no matter how much I tweek the overlock thread! Oh and how do i secure the ends of the stitches? on the sewing machine I just go back and forth to secure the ends, but I have no idea with the overlocker, so the Whirlwinds new top will probably fall apart after about 5 mins!....But i have a book on order........'Sewing with sergers: The complete handbook of overlock sewing'. I'm hoping this will help!.....Feel free to leave any advise or pointers!

x K

Friday, 11 September 2009

Adventures in Overlocking! Part 1

So The big day came and went on Wed. I am now 32 years old!.........How the hell did that happen??????

Well I cant complain too much as i did get THIS LITTLE BABY from my lovely man..............

I have been lusting after an overlocker for aaaaaaages now, I have a thousand and one ideas/creations bursting to get out....Just need to figure out how to use it first!.....Surprisingly it was not as difficult to thread, as i had been led to fear it would it! I just need to practice a bit more with the tensions and widths before i brave it for proper use.
I was also treated to a trip to Ikea, where i was actually allowed to hang out in the soft furnishing section for more than 5 seconds, and got to choose these treats.........

The whirlwind already has impeccable taste and produced these for mummy........

Neils mum also came up trumps finding this lovely fabric.......

I was Quiet spoilt really as there were lots of other lovely treats from friends and family...... Oh and flowers

Now i just need to pull my finger out and get creating, I have some shoes and squeakers going to a baby/toddler sale tomorrow in our local church hall. my name is going down for a few school Christmas fairs and i have signed up for the big Christmas Craft fair on 29th November in the Castle hall, so i am going to be very busy! I'm really looking forward to it all as its about time i really threw myself into the whole thing......Cath Kidston watch out!!!!!


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The Neighbours will think we have mice!

Finally! A few supplies i ordered eons ago have arrived!
New labels.....
50 squeakers.....

So finally i can Finnish making these.... they have crinkly ears and squeaky tummy's :-).....

And These.......

They have squeaky heads!....

Am working on a lot more, and a few more new items for the shop!


Thursday, 3 September 2009

On yer bike luv!

No 17month old should be without THE LATEST fashion accessory of the moment!

''who me!''

Wear it at 8am in the morning whilst prancing around in your pants!

''Sorry I'm just not dressed for this photo shoot!''
Whilst watching TV..........

'If i ignore her and focus on Timmy..........She will eventually go away!''
And at the breakfast table!............

''You do realise i have a mouth full of weetabix!''
''Ok, ok, I'll say cheese just this once!''
''Right that's enough pictures now mum!''

x K