Getting caught up in life

Well I say!  I've been gone a while!  I have thought almost every day about writing a post but haven't quite got round to it.  I've popped in to a few blogs every so often and have really missed keeping up on the blog grapevine.  So here I am, I'm back in blog town!  There is so much that has happened over the last couple of months that I hardly know where to begin..  Perhaps I'll give a brief overview... 

The last time I wrote I was cleaning the house ready for my parents and sister in law to arrive.  Well the house got cleaned, they came, we had a wonderful time and they left five weeks after arriving...  They bought me some lovely goodies from back home

I went to a festival just outside Byron Bay; I hired a camper van and drove there from Brisbane (having flown to Brisbane from Melbourne)At the last minute my Mom decided to join me - hoorah! a road trip with my Mom.  It rained a LOT but we had great fun and I got to tick off another of my thirty fabulous fun goals for 2013.

I got a new job and am loving it!   It's a change of career for me and I am really enjoying the challenges of learning new processes and meeting new people.

I've also got my craft on on a few occasions.....

I made a quilt for a new little babyI have never done free hand stitch writing before, but as his name was only short I had a go and it worked out really well.

 The parents didn't find out the gender of the baby so I thought this 'Gumnut Baby' fabric would be a good gender neutral colour scheme.

I also made him a little name bunting to go above his cot.

And I wrapped it up in brown paper with blue ric-rac ribbon

I have also been making a couple of hats for my youngest niece

I made this monkey hat from a free pattern and with the thick yarn I used, it only took me an hour or so to make.

I made this hat from the 'Tegan baby hat' free pattern I used here.  With the scarf I just cast on 30 stitches and knit stocking stitch, adding a slit in the scarf so that the one end can be slipped through.  I am going to line the scarf with some nie soft fabric because I think it's a bit too itchy for a little neck.  It reminds me of a shetland wool jumper I can remember being made to wear when I was little *shudder*.  I found that the Homepride Man's head is the perfect model for my niece's head size!

And over the summer I wore my Saltwater sandals at every opportunity!  I just love these shoes sooo much, so much in fact that I bought myself another pair in dark brown (I am wearing them as I type)

So there is a very brief run down of what I've been doing.  I have some other makes I am keen to share, so I will most definitely be back soon.

Happy Saturday!


    thefemalemunich said...

    I'm glad to see you blogging again :) I love the gumnut baby fabric- childhood memories! x

    Vintage Sheet Addict said...

    Welcome back...look like you've been busy having fun! :) x

    Caroline South said...

    Good to see you back. I love your makes, that baby quilt is gorgeous and love the little hand stitched name. Very cute hat too. xx

    Susan C. said...

    Welcome back!....ummm my daughter who is 20 by the way, loves the monkey hat, where can I find said freebie pattern?
    Glad you had a great hiatus and intrigued ( read nosey) about new career...do tell!

    Jo Shedden said...

    Great to see you back! What a brill lot of crafty things you have been making! Love it all. Oh and those saltwaters are just lovely! Jo xx

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