Cloud House Robe

Little M had a surprise when she woke up this morning because I asked if she would like to jump on the bed. But when I told her that she has to wear this robe to be allowed to jump on the bed, she was a bit hesitant because it’s summer here in Melbourne at the moment and it was a hot morning. I know… I’m a bad mother. But the power of being allowed to jump on the bed outweighed the thought of having to wear the robe so Little M agreed (after lots of persuasions).

MADE developed a Cozy House Robe tutorial based on the Beach Robe pattern, which I love because it is so versatile. You can choose to add a hood, to have long/short sleeves, and to have full/partial tie. But I did my own adaptation and made it with some knit and fleece fabrics that I bought from my local Spotlight. I do have to apologise as I never seem to know or remember the name of the fabrics I buy from Spotlight but I will try to find out the next time I go there again. I ended up making it a reversible robe and I added some cloud appliques to match the fabric. The size range on this pattern is quite big so this is a loose fitting robe, which is fine with me as Little M will most probably grow into it by the time winter arrives. But over the past few cooler mornings, Little M was proud to be wearing her robe especially when I had mine on as well. Oh my mini me 🙂

Cloud House Robe | mini bow

Cloud House Robe | mini bow

I love making clothes that are reversible as it makes me feel like I’ve made 2 pieces of clothing at the same time! For my Cloud House Robe, I used a clouds design knit on one side and pink fleece on the other. I sewed some cloud appliques with white thread just to add a little extra personal touch to it. And for the tie, I used the pink fleece fabric and top stitched it with baby blue thread. The sleeves are cuffed, which is great as I will be able to change the length of the sleeve as she grows. Some things I would change for future reference are the length of the robe (Dana did suggest to make it longer for house robe) and I would lose the bias binding for a cleaner finish.

Cloud House Robe | mini bow

Cloud House Robe | mini bow

Cloud House Robe | mini bow

Cloud House Robe | mini bow

The 52 Project (2014) – 2/52

petit a petit and family and i seam stressed are a couple of bloggers I follow and this year they are participating in The 52 Project. Jodi from Practising Simplicity created this project to document the memories of her children’s year. As I juggle between work, family, home, and my hobby, I sometimes feel like the days fly pass too quickly. I often go through that “I can’t believe my child has grown so much” days and just miss the good old days. I feel that this project will help me capture these memories so every week in 2014, I will be taking a portrait of Little M. By the end of the year, I will be able to look back at these photos and realise the change and growth she has gone through, but also create a unique keepsake journal for myself! I’m slightly behind but who cares! It’s never too late to start! Will you be joining me?

“A portrait of Little M once a week, every week in 2014”

2/52 | mini bow

Enjoying the simple joys in life – rolling around on the grass.

Hot air balloon lantern

Having only one child and a lot of time in my hands, Little M is obviously very spoilt. For her second birthday last November, I planned a hot air balloon themed party for her at a local indoor play centre. The party wasn’t flash and everything was organised by the venue but I really wanted to add a personal touch to the party so I decided to hand make hot air balloon party favours. I found this beautiful hot air balloon mobile idea by Craft Schmaft and aha! I was immediately inspired to make a hot air balloon lantern for each child at the party. The best part is that Craft Schmaft sells hot air balloon fabric panels and there are a lot of designs to choose from so I was able to make unique designs for each child. All the panels of the hot air balloon have been beautifully designed so I just have to cut them up, sew them together and decorate it. I must admit that being an amateur and having to sew for 16 kids (whilst working 4 days per week and being a procrastinator), this process did end up taking a lot longer than expected. Did I mention that I had to order extra fabric panels because I screwed up 4 balloons :(. Thankfully I am blessed with a good friend, Danielle who ended up bringing her sewing machine over to my place and spending her Sunday afternoon a week before the party to sew (rush!) and to get these favours ready with me. Many thanks Danielle!!! Here are some photos of the hot air balloon lanterns.

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The wooden sticks are from Spotlight and I attached some gold mini hooks from Bunnings to hang the balloons. The mini baskets are from Pink Frosting and I filled it with a cloud shaped biscuit baked by Burnt Butter.

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Both the kids and parents loved the lanterns and most importantly for me, my Little M loved it too! Now she puts her little dolls (specifically Peppa Pig and George) in the basket and takes them for a hot air balloon ride. Too cute!

Here’s a photo of her 3D hot air balloon cake, also made by Burnt Butter.

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Make mistakes

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year everyone! What is your new year’s resolution for 2014? Every year I wish for a better year, to get fit and healthy, to grow in my career, to spend more time with my family, but do all of these really mean anything? No, because I was too afraid of change and facing my weakness. This year I stumbled on a quote by Neil Gaiman that really resonates with me. I need to start making new mistakes and face my fears! I need to stop worrying that the things I do aren’t good enough or aren’t perfect (because I’m a perfectionist and if things aren’t turning out according to plan, I spend too much time on it or give up). I need to learn that by making mistakes, I will learn from them (hopefully) and I will get better (one day…).

So this is it. This is something I have never done before. I fairly new at sewing but I want to make more things and I want to learn that they don’t have to be perfect. I want to make more things for my daughter, my family, my friends, my home, and myself. And I want to share my journey with the world. *Gasp* This is such a scary thought and already I’m feeling so exposed but I want to stop worrying that I’m not good enough. So this is it. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Welcome 2014. Bring it on!