Dragon & Bat Wings | A new Wife-made Wings add-on!

Dragon & Bat Wings | A new Wife-made Wings add-on!

The Dragon & Bat Wings Add-on has technically been available now for about two weeks now – this is currently the story of my life.  I’m late to most things, I’ve usually forgotten something, and my standards of dressing have significantly dropped.  Thankfully I live in a city where thongs are considered acceptable attire for most occasions.

But, as the saying goes, better late than never…

I am very pleased to be able to welcome this little addition to my pattern portfolio.  (Remember the other three? The original Butterfly, the Lacewing and the Bumblebee!)  It turned out pretty much exactly as I had hoped, which is a minor miracle considering post-partum baby brain. (Leo slept through last night for the first time!  It was his 5 month birthday gift to me.  So thoughtful of him really.  Let’s hope it continues… EDIT: It has not.) (more…)

The New Wife-made ‘Lacewing’ Butterfly Wings

The New Wife-made ‘Lacewing’ Butterfly Wings

I’ve been fiddling for a little while now with my Butterfly Wings pattern.  I’ve been playing with size and shape, and I finally feel like I have come up with one that I’m happy with.  It’s called ‘Lacewing’, and it’s a shape and size that I think works, and which I’m happy to say will be released into the wild soon.

Even if it kills me.

Wife-made Lacewing Butterfly Wings

Wife-made Lacewing Butterfly Wings
Now, I’m telling you this because I need the push to get it done, alright?  I need everyone to know that one is coming so that if you come back here in a month’s time looking for this pattern add-on that I’m harping on about now and it ain’t finished, well, I give you permission to REALLY, VERY, OH SO politely, send me an email (or DM or PM based on your social media of preference) or leave a comment, and gently enquire as to my state of mind and general well-being, and oh, by the way, have you happened to find the time to finish that pattern add-on you briefly mentioned a while back…?

Because this week.

This week I have been to hell and back on a river of vomit in a leaky raft, and I’m lucky I’m not curled up in the foetal position rocking back and forth in the corner.  It was this close.  I’m not joking.  This week started and ended with vomit.  There was also significant vomit on Wednesday, which happens to be the middle of the week.  Yes, this week was full to OVERFLOWING with vomit.  And I’m now done with vomit.  No more vomit thanks.  Please take your terrible smells and textures and consistencies and be gone.  Because I am done.

Oh, Xanthe, you’re saying… why, oh, WHY must we discuss revolting topics when there’s such beautiful images gracing my screen?  WHY??  I know, I’m sorry, I’m done now.  But please take my point as being, Mum life can get in the way, very rudely as it happens, of the things I would much rather be doing.  You know, like rather than cleaning vomit out of my car.  Or the bath.  Or a bed.  Or, sometimes, if I’m really really really lucky, a bucket or a toilet.

Wife-made Lacewing Butterfly Wings
Wife-made Lacewing Butterfly Wings
Wife-made Lacewing Butterfly Wings
What is a pattern add-on, you ask?  (Nice segue, Xanthe, very smooth.)  A pattern add-on is how I’ve decided to release the new ‘Lacewing’ elements of my Butterfly Wings Pattern.  It won’t be a full pattern and tutorial, not like the original pattern.  When you purchase the ‘Lacewing’ document you will receive the templates for the new shape (yep, that was a plural, you sneaky devil, you caught me out, so I’ll let you in on a little secret… there will be more than one template, but that’s all I’m giving away now…), as well as instructions for anything new that isn’t explained in the first pattern.  For example, I’ll be showing you how you can attach your straps in a different way!  And maybe a couple of other things, if you’re good.  I know, exciting!

So, to be clear, you will still need to purchase the Original Butterfly Wing Pattern & Tutorial to know how to fully construct the Wings.  If you have already purchased my original pattern (aren’t you just gorgeous!), it will simply be a matter of purchasing the new ‘Lacewing’ add-on, and if you’re yet to purchase my original pattern, you can purchase them both at the same time.  Easy as pie!

So, I have put my order in for a clear schedule (meaning I won’t have to wipe any vomit off my diary) for the week ahead so that I can press on to getting this new pattern out to you!  Prayers are greatly appreciated.  As is pie, which I am now craving.

Wife-made Lacewing Butterfly Wings
Credit:
Wife-made Butterfly Wings made using the Tilda ‘Painting Flowers’ line and a vintage embroidery
Modelled by Harlow of Harlow Ever After (@harlow_ever_after on Instagram)
Harlow is dressed by Evelyn Anna Handmade.
Photography by Sarah of My Heart Project (@my.heart.project on Instagram)

Marshmallow Recipe {You can thank me later}

Marshmallow Recipe {You can thank me later}

Marshmallow. Have you ever made it from scratch?  It’s the easiest thing to do, it’s fun, the kids love it and they taste way better than the bought ones!  So there’s four reasons why you should do it this weekend!  Other reasons include: Wagon Wheels.  S’mores.  Rocky Road. (more…)

Winter flus and a visit to The Farm

Winter flus and a visit to The Farm

We’ve had about a month of illness in our family.  A whole month of wiping snotty noses, dealing out doses of Panadol (and secretly hoping that it will encourage less waking and more sleeping), and very little sewing or anything else really.  I’m choosing to look at it positively and see the beginning of school life as an immunity-building exercise.  My mum said the sicknesses will slow down the further into school life we get, as we develop some resistance to all the horrible school-related bugs that are out there.  I’m praying this is the case because I don’t cherish the thought of spending months cooped up inside caring for up to five sick persons (myself included).

A trip out was definitely what the doctor ordered, and I didn’t take much convincing to head down to The Farm at Byron Bay for a catch up with my dear friend Sarah of Ric-Rac & Retro.  It was so enjoyable.  The fresh air, the delicious food – pork and fennel sausage rolls washed down with delicious kombucha, followed by house-baked cinnamony, sugary doughnuts and a Portuguese tart (which Sarah and I shared!) – and the company was most definitely a panacea for all the ills I had been experiencing.

A visit to The Farm at Byron Bay

A visit to The Farm at Byron Bay

A visit to The Farm at Byron Bay

A visit to The Farm at Byron Bay

A visit to The Farm at Byron Bay

Lewis was determined/busting to see the animals and would have been happy (as a pig in mud!) to stay and watch them all day.  Alas, the school run beckoned and our enjoyment was cut short.  If nothing else, I was reminded of the need to get out and do things more often, for this little boy’s sake, if not my own.  Another trip to The Farm is definitely in order, and I need to do some research on other activities for little boys in the Gold Coast area.

Off to the library

Off to the library

One of my favourite things to do on a Monday is go to our local library.  The kids love it, particularly Rosie.  We sit together at a tiny little table – kids’ size of course, so my knees are up around my ears…  And we read books.

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It’s fun.  It’s very relaxing.  It’s precious time together.  Perfect for a Monday, don’t you think?

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Despite how it looks in the photo below, Lewis also loves the library.  Because there are cool animal bookshelves he can growl at.  And a padded seat thingy he can climb on when mummy/the counter lady isn’t looking.

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Lewis also finds the library very relaxing.  I know this, because without fail, every single time, he does a poo.