Dolly Love

Dolly Love





With the last two posts being all about my wonderful family, I thought I’d better hurry up and post about something I’ve made lately.  Which, to be honest, has been hard to come by since I’ve been crazy busy with life lately.  But, here’s my latest.  FINALLY.  A dolly quilt and pillow for the Rosebud’s birthday.

I found the little cradle at a local online vintage and secondhand store.  It had a little dolly in it when I picked it up, but it was channelling a little too much ‘Chucky’ (hair was falling out, no clothes, crazy eyes, a little beyond redemption…) and I didn’t want to give the Rosebud nightmares so I left it with the lady.  I think the cradle must be at least thirty years old…?  Possibly older?  The enamel is peeling off everywhere, but I think that gives it a bit of old world charm.  I love vintage.

The little quilt and pillow turned out exactly as I had hoped.  I’m really happy with it.  It’s got cotton batting in the quilt, so Rosie’s little dolls will be warm in winter and cool in summer.  Just perfect for our climate.

The Rosebud loves it too.  She’s been tucking ‘Bubba Boy’ in and pulling him out, feeding him, tucking him back in, rocking him to sleep.  I love how she’s progressed into imaginative play now.  It’s lovely to see her pretending like that.

Bubba Boy is actually a she, but every doll is now a boy since Lewis arrived.  “Good girl, Bubba Boy” she says as she plays.  Too cute.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Here’s my latest work in progress.  A quilt! The Japanese floral will be the backing, with a two-tone herringbone front. As I don’t have a long-arm sewing machine, I’m going to have to hand-quilt this one. Eeek. That’s a LOT of work. Hopefully it’ll be ready in 3 weeks………….  But I’m sure the person it’s destined for won’t mind if it’s a little late.

Lovely lavender

Lovely lavender

My house smells DIVINE at the moment.  I used to think these were so ‘granny’.  Lavender sachets?  Ugh!  Once upon a time I wouldn’t have been caught dead with these in my drawers.  And maybe they still are, and maybe I’m getting old; but maybe, just maybe, I’m learning more and more to appreciate the beautiful things in life.  Like your smalls smelling of lavender.

The girls

The girls

Meet the girls.  They’re a fun bunch.  Down to earth.  Ready for action.  They enjoy their food too (note the lack of waistlines).

They’re not perfect; but if you can look past their pigeon toes and stubby fingers their little faces are sure to put a smile on your face.

Here’s Pearl… she’s bright and bubbly, and never lets a rainy day get her down.

And Phyllis…  she’s sweet, and fun-loving.  And is always up for a ‘cuggle’ with the Rosebud.

Then we’ve got Gertie.  She’s got a cheeky streak (you can tell by her smile), and loves a good practical joke.  But she’s really a kind-hearted lady who loves to cheer you up if you’re having a bad day.

And finally, here’s Agatha, or Aggie for short.  Aggie’s a hard worker and is always up for an adventure.

***Softie pattern by 60piggies.

Long awaited long johns

Long awaited long johns

Well, hello there!  Remember me?  Been a while hey.  There is a reason I haven’t posted about the new baby (yep, that’s the Rosebud and Bubba-Lewey – isn’t he gorgeous??), or about any of the sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free food I was supposed to be eating by now……. it’s a good reason, I promise!

There’s a story to tell, but I’m finding it hard to get it out of my head (and heart) and onto the computer screen.  But I figured I really needed to get back on the blogging horse, so to speak, so thought I’d show you some pjs I just finished making for the Rosebud.


The poor kid has been wearing odds and bods for pyjamas since last winter.  Basically since she grew out of all the onesies I bought for her before she was born.  Bad mother.

So I thought it was high time I did something about it.  These are made using knit fabric I’ve picked up at the op-shop over the past few months, as well as some fabric remnants I snaffled out of the Spotlight remnants bin at $2/m, so all up, these pjs probably cost, say, $10??

Back – Cloud butt 🙂

Made By Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee was the pattern for the tops and I just traced around a pair of skinny jeans for the bottoms – long john stylie!

I was feeling a bit adventurous when I started out, so did a bit of knit appliqué and short sleeves.  Sounds daring, doesn’t it 😉  By the end I was just pumping them out.  Next project puhlease!!!!

The Rosebud loved them – “Oh, wowee mummy.  Oh, yepplease!”

I wish I look like this when I wake up.

These ones remind me of something from the 80s.  Bad colour combo.  Very bad.  Not impressed with these at all.  Can you tell I was ultra-bored by the time I got round to my fourth pair of pyjamas?

I also picked up two tees at Cotton On for $5 each.

So the Rosebud can mix it up a little 🙂  And because she will, undoubtedly, spill something down the front of her top within the first five minutes of putting it on.

Awwww, sibling love.

Did I mention he’s gorgeous??!!

At ease with an ocean breeze…

At ease with an ocean breeze…



I don’t know about you, but for me, packing for a few days away is nearly as bad as packing for a 7 week overseas holiday.  No matter how organised I try to be I am always running around at the last minute like a headless chicken, mentally ticking things off the ‘Must Do Before We Leave’ and ‘Absolutely Must Not Forget’ lists.

There’s a bit of a running joke in our household about how I always manage to pack badly for myself.  For example, we got married in May.  May = end of Autumn = cool weather.  No brainer.  For our honeymoon Daniel organised a house in Byron Bay.  At the beach.  But, in my un-beached mind, beach = hot.  No matter what season, and despite the fact that Byron Bay is in northern New South Wales.

So I packed for Summer.  And, in true end-of-Autumn fashion, it was cold and wet.  And there I was, in my slappers and jeans (one of the few warm things I did manage to pack), trying to keep warm while berating my new husband for not telling me it was going to be cold.  He did say, after all, that we were going to the beach.

This time I actually managed to pack for myself without forgetting anything.  And I even managed to make a new hat for the Rosebud the morning before we left.  Nothing like a bit of last minute sewing to get the juices flowing.

See that look on her face?  That pretty much describes what she thinks about the hat.

But I like it.  And, at 15 months old, that’s all that matters 🙂  I used the Oliver + S Bucket Hat pattern and widened the brim (like here) to make sure all that beautiful skin was well protected.  And I added a pom-pom edging for a bit of pretty (like here).  The great thing about this hat pattern is that I’ll be able to make one for the little boy that will be joining our family around Christmas time.

Wife-made Strudel Quilt Pattern

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