Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Press Summer Starter

A few weeks ago MrMoo and I walked 10km in The Press Summer Starter.

I was a bit dubious going into a "fun run". Running / dodging scooters and prams is not fun.

I really wanted to ace the training for this, since I only trained for 2 weeks leading up to a 14km at the beginning of the year which I ran alright in. I wanted to see with proper training what I was capable of!

Unfortunately. Life. That thing that gets in the way of good intentions. Sickness, busyness, holidays. Training was put on a hold and a week before the event we re-assessed our goals and decided to go into aiming to have fun and spending some time together.

We borrowed an extra buggy so we could both push the girls, went for a quick walk the night before the event and that was about all the preparation we had! Oops.

[[That's MrMoo there with the buggy. What a hottie.]]

And you know what? It was actually FUN!

The organisers had a different live music station every 1km, and on most of the lampposts inspirational messages. There was selfie stations and dog water bowls along the way. The girls sat happily the whole way. It was a great atmosphere!

And then we hit the bagpipes about 2km in played by two young boys.

Bagpipes man. Back in my home town they are played at nearly every funeral. I cant shake a feeling of emotion and grief when I hear them, and from that point on I had a lump in my throat as I walked the course.

I felt like crying nearly the whole way, there was just so much emotion around, walking next to my fellow cantabrians, down broken streets with joyful families waving us on in their dressing gowns. *gulp*

Surprisingly, I have continued to exercise following the summer starter, I have been for a few walks and runs since, and I hope to work on my fitness and strength over the summer time too.

It feels good to move, to release the days stress, to work my lungs and feel my muscles stretch. My body and mind feels much better for it.

Thanks Press for putting on such a great event!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mindless Sewing

Welp. It appears I'm not much of a "relaxed sewer". So many of my IG friends rave about their love for sewing straight line after straight line, letting it relax them with mindless sewing. 

I've found through this scrappy quilt that I loathe mindless sewing. I find myself grinding my teeth, hunched over, trying to sew as fast as possible, and then becoming frustrated that my last hour of sewing produced only a small square for a very laaarge quilt. 

Um. Sucks. 

I do love sewing, and I feel like it generally releases tension in me (unless I'm unpicking). But I think I need instructions, steps, different lines to sew, things to piece together, garments appearing before my eyes, satifaction! Ah yes, that all sounds SO much better than teeth grinding mindless sewing.

But alas, I plod along with my scrappy quilt, its not getting any smaller so that's something to take comfort in.

I have also started a luggage weekender bag (which is an insane pattern. The most complicated thing I've ever attempted.), and am re-doing all the cushions at Kindy, so I've got plenty to help me procrastinate from this mammoth scrappy quilt! Hehe.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Baby Shower Dress

I told you I had made yet -another- Savannah Dress, they are just so easy you see.. If you're sewing for little girls, I can definitely recommend it!  This is my 5th time making it *cough*. I need to get out into the pattern world more.

Anyway, can I toot my own horn when I say I think this one is the best yet??! 

I gave this as part of a baby shower gift a few weeks ago. The baby shower was unlike anything I had been to before! WE knew the gender of the baby, and the new Mum walked in and found out what she was having when she saw us all in pink! Crazy huh!? The Dad managed to keep it a secret from her for about 10+ weeks! 

Along with some other goodies, I sewed this dress up for her little girl the night before (the fastest I've been able to make one)! 

I had been to a clothing swap that weekend and found a dress using this fabric, but the elastic had gone in the dress and I couldn't wear it, so I thought I would turn the skirt part of it into a wee girls dress! There was -just- enough to make it work! Thanks to who ever ditched the dress, I hope you like what I've done with it! :)

The hem of the dress had a pre-made ruffle in it which is an adorable detail on a little girls dress so I kept it in.

 And the wooden buttons and size labels (not pictured) I got from Pattern Postie. I love fun buttons and size tags are really helpful on handmade gifts!

I can't wait to see this little girl (arriving soon!) toddling around in the sunshine next summer with her dress on! 


When I'm giving clothes to a new mum I always give a Size 1 - I figure the little people are in them longer, and there always seems to be an abundance of baby clothes, but not much given for the bigger sizes. Do you have any rules you follow like that? Leave a comment and let me know! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

More Zipper Practice [stuff I've made]

Two wee zipper pouches to go with two baby shower presents. Handy for all sorts! All the pads, the pain killers, the make up, the snacks, the... everything! 

And, little pouches perfect for zipper practice! These ones were much faster and easier, but definitely prefer the method of putting them in with the wee bits of fabric at each end like on this one. So much neater and nicer that way :)

The Green one had an interfacing lining, the red one has cotton batting and was quilted together.  

I used an invisible zipper for the red one because it's all I had on hand, but one of these days I'll learn how to insert in invisibly. Hahaaa! (oops, and forgot to topstitch the red one!) Off to search Pinterest now for zipper inspiration...

[[Other Stuff I've Made recently]]
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