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“A portrait of Little M once a week, every week in 2014″ 6/52 | mini bow

We found some of daddy’s old paint set from when he was young and guess what? It’s still in good condition! Here’s Little M and daddy doing painting in her grandparents’ house in Malaysia. Excuse the photo quality as I didn’t have my DSLR with me.

To find out more about The 52 Project, please see my previous post.

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”

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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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