Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Katie Updatie - 19 Months

(all the words you love to use)

Katie Po-Tatie, It's been 9 months since your last Katie Updatie, I have felt the need to make another marker for you for when you are older, if you ever want to look back and revisit your childhood.

You are such a special wee girl, Katie. You capture so many hearts; with your sweet cheeky smile, giggles and cheerful parroting of words and phrases. Its really hard not to fall in love with you.

You spend your days with me and Milla; We visit parks, friends homes, church groups and shops. You especially love the time of day post 6pm once Milla is in bed, you take full advantage of some Big Sister Free time and pull out every single toy, read almost every single book and interact with your Dad and Me till your hearts content (or until we ship you off to bed). You love to have "bunny" in your bed, and will suck your thumb until you fall asleep. You LOVE sleeping.

You have a fiercely independent streak and you're currently figuring that out and testing it. You often don't want to hold hands or to be carried anywhere and will say "no!" and "down!". You'll say "YESH!" to any food on offer, particularly bananas, they are still your favourite and have been for a long time.

You're figuring out words and babble constantly throughout the day. You love to hold things up and get my approval on your pronunciation. You'll hold out a carrot and say "rart?", I'll say "Car-rot" and you'll reply happily "rarot!" and stuff it in your mouth. Carrot, mission accomplished.

Along with Bananas you also LOVE slides. Its your favourite thing at a play ground and you love playing on our little plastic slide at home. "shlide!" you say when you spot it out the window!

You also love having your photo taken and when a phone or camera is pointed at you, you pull the funniest cheesy grin ever!

For a long while over summer you were terrified of large bodies of water and wouldn't go near paddling pools or baths. Just in the last few weeks you've been back to enjoying bath times with Milla, it so great to see you two working together and having fun in the bath again.

After bath time, you really enjoy brushing your teeth. You're always the first to the bathroom when I say "Girls, teeth time!". You come running with your hand outstretched for the tooth brush.

You continue to be a transporter, as you have always seemed to be. You love playing with little things, putting them inside things and carrying them around to a new place, getting them out, laying them in rows, putting them back in. Its exhausting to watch you play like this, it takes so much patience on your part, but you love it and it really floats your boat. You love handbags, baskets, buckets and containers and anything you can carry things in!

Katie you are an absolutely stunner. With your golden strawberry hair and olive skin. You are a beauty!

Your favourite friends right now are Eda, Nina and Wes. You see them throughout the week, at creche during Womens Group, at Toddlerock and at Church on Sundays. They are your favs to play with and you all get on so well. You such good friends, and you are one too!

You also love old men. Especially any of your 3 Grandads, you'll snuggle up to any of them, along with Vynnie and Dawn.

But most of all, you love Dad, Mum and Milla. And we love YOU Little Katie. You bring the sunshine into our home. xxxx

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scenes From Our Weekend


Camilla has a secret handshake with her Dad. This weekend it finished with him kissing her thumb. She likes to complete any thumbs up or hi-fives with kisses. I was able to sneakily snap one of them on camera, but I cannot give away any more details of the secret handshake. 

A special moment from the weekend was making a surprise trip to the botanic gardens; running through the flower patches, playing on the swings and slides and finding feathers on the ground. 

It was perfect (even though we were boiling hot and starving). Some times you can still see magic even though your stomach feels like its eating itself. 

I like adventuring with our little Moo2 tribe. 

Delilahs Dress

Last week my little niece turned ONE! Yay! She celebrated this milestone with her family and little friends at a Teddy Bears Picnic party (much like Millas Teddy Bears Picnic Party, but Delilahs looks way cooler!)

 Since I couldn't be there to celebrate, I sent over this handmade dress for her!

I've made a lot of these dresses over the last year, and this is the best one I've done (aside from the little bit of wonky topstitching around the neck line. Grr. Annoy!) (I think every time I say it's my best one)

It was my first time using a fabric other than cotton too. I can't remember what its content was but it felt like maybe it had some spandex in it? It has a slight stretch in it and was quite thick anyway, I lined it with cotton so It wont give any more.

I walked past this bolt of fabric on the counter top about 10 times, and eventually the ladies were saying "just take it!" and they were right, once I had my eye on it I knew that it was perfect, but I was scared of the stretch!

It gave me a little more confidence to tackle a knit fabric project soon.

Delilah, happy birthday little Princess! I can't wait to see you in your new party dress in the summer time! 

Love, Aunty Soph xx


Monday, March 30, 2015

Ladies Pixie Coat - Pattern Release

After I made the Big Little Pea Coat a few years ago, I told Lisa that if she ever designed a women's coat I would love to be one of the first to make it! So here I am, showing of the very new-just-released-today Ladies Pixie Coat pattern

Lisa's Big Little patterns are so easy, they really are for beginners with no button holes or zips to worry about! 

I have made two coats already, out of super warm vintage blankets. The first is for me, and then Lisa adjusted the pattern and the fit based off our recommendations to the pattern. 

With the pattern updated to include a larger hood and longer arms I made another for my friend Georgia, who is modelling it below. 

The actual sewing of the coat only took one night and was very easy to put together. The pattern comes with a tutorial that includes step by step instructions and lots of photos of the process. 

It's hard to go wrong. But if you do, there's a pattern group you can join on Facebook and theres many sewers there who can supply inspiration and answer questions, along with Lisa (the designer) herself on hand. 

You can buy the Womens Pixie Coat with included rounded hood and regular collar options in sizes 6-18 from the Big Little Etsy shop.

For today and tomorrow the pattern is 25% off using the code LADIESPIXIE

Check out the other patterns on offer while you're there (like the Kids Pixie!), all designed in New Zealand by a Kiwi Mum! 

I'll definitely be making this coat again, it's been tested 10 times over so you know it will fit and work well! I just need to find another perfect woollen blanket to use! My coat is affectionately called the "blan-coat" in our home. 

Lisa, thank you so much for creating such beautiful patterns for children and women! I love your work, and can't wait for the colder weather to kick in to snuggle in my warm coat! 

And Georgia, thanks for letting me make you a coat and force you to model it for me without any warning! 

My Big Little Pea Coat for Milla
More of my Sewing
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