Monday, November 23, 2015

#30blocksin30Days Update

Hello! Is anybody out there? I haven't blogged here for over a month, and that might be my longest break from this blog ever.

Life has been busy and I've been spending a lot of time over at And Sew We Craft not to mention sewing a quilt block (most) days for the past almost 30 days.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can find my list of 30 blocks here.

I'm a little behind on schedule, only 3 days actually and I hope to be all caught up tomorrow. But I thought I would share a few progress shots of my blocks.

So there you have it, my progress so far. I am hoping to have the quilt top all finished early next month but who knows when I'll get to quilt it. I'm hoping to do a 5 x 6 layout with sashing so this will be the biggest quilt I've ever quilted. And it will be all MINE! 

When was the last time you made or done something for yourself?

I'm linking up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday and And Sew We Craft for ASWC Together. 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days for my 30th Birthday!

Okay, I wanted to do 30 days of something to celebrate my upcoming 30th Birthday (it's on November 28th for those of you playing at home) I had all these ideas and then thought why don't I just do something completely outrageous and wild like make 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 DAYS!?!

Note that my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek right now! The only thing wild and outrageous about making 30 quilt blocks in 30 days is the thought that I might actually keep up to date and finish them all!

Anyhow, I'll be posting my updates daily over on Instagram and it would be cool if you wanted to play along. I'll be using the hashtag #30blocksin30days

And here is the list of blocks that I'll be making:

1. Tic Tac Toe by Blossom Heart Quilts
2. Ribbon Star by Fresh Lemon Quilts
3. Another Star Block by Fresh Lemon Quilts
4. Two Colours Star block by Fresh Lemon Quilts
5. Churn Dash Block by Cluck Cluck Sew
6. Patchwork Wheel by Don't Call Me Betsy
7. Be good to your heart block by Diary of a Quilter
8. Disappearing 9 patch block- here's a fab tutorial if you've never made one.
9. Radiant Ring Block by Don't Call Me Betsy
10. Friendship Hexagon Block by Don't Call Me Betsy
11. Divide and Conquer Block by Don't Call Me Betsy
12. Magic 8 Ball by Blossom Heart Quilts 
13. Quatrefoil by Clover & Violet via Blossom Heart Quilts
14. Homebase by Blossom Heart Quilts
15. Another 9 patch because we've hit the halfway mark and I'll need something easy!
16. Starflower Block from Ellison Lane
17. Cross Block Tutorial from Ellison Lane
18. Tic Tac Toe by Blossom Heart Quilts- Yes Again! This block is SO easy to put together
19. Make an improv block- There are no rules it just need to be 12.5 inches unfinished.
20. Economy Block finishing at 12.5 inches unfinished- this post from Cat Bird Quilts has the calculations for this block size. 
21. Sailboat Block from She Can Sew
22. Dutchman's Puzzle from She Can Sew
23. Friendship Star from She Can Sew
24. Snowball block from She Can Sew
25. Rolling Diamonds from Knotty Gnome Crafts
26. Woven block by Sew Happy Geek
27. Churn Dash Block by Cluck Cluck Sew- I know AGAIN, but you could make a churn dash plus block instead...
28. Wonky Star Block- There are two tutes for this one, a vid from Missouri Star Quilt Co and a written tutorial from fibre of all sorts
29. Radiant Ring Block by Don't Call Me Betsy- Yeah, yeah, another repeat. Have you even tried to find 30 blocks that you'd like to make???
30. Birthday Cake block by Fat Quarter Shop! I'll be changing this block a little because I want to make only 12 inch blocks, but it seemed a fitting block for the final day!

And Yippee that's the end. Happy Birthday to ME!

So I'll be kicking this thing off on Thursday the 29th of October so I'll be finished the day before my birthday. I'm trying to be realistic here as I really don't think I'll have time to sew ON my actual birthday so I figure I best plan for that.

So... wish me luck! I think I'm gonna need it.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sand, Sea and Emus- Lots and lots of Emus!

Beware: Photo OVERLOAD!

Last week we got a way for a nice break to Exmouth. We've been there before and it's a nice short drive for us compared to most other places we get to. And even though we've been there before we STILL haven't seen everything that there is to see there. This trip we checked out Turquoise Bay, The Turtle Center, The Lighthouse (again), Learmonth Jetty to go fishing, Bundegi Beach (B went fishing and the kids and I swam) and the water park.

We only had 4 days so we tried to fit as much in as we could without making us all exhausted. We also spent a fair bit of time at the caravan park pool. The kids love the caravan park we stay at and so do I! It's nice and central, the pool is great and it also has a restaurant!

And now we are trying to decide if we go back to Exmouth for the Christmas school holidays or head over to Coral Bay. It's a tough choice ;)

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

{Review} Illooms LED Balloons

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Illoom Balloons

Caden recently turned 9 and we received some balloons to review just in time for his party. These balloons weren't just any old balloons but Illoom balloons which unlike the average balloon, Illooms balloons include an LED light in each balloon, which illuminates when activated by the easy-pull tab, lasting for up to 15 hours!

 Now unfortunately ALL of the photo's that I snapped of the balloons illuminated at night also included children that weren't mine, so I obviously can't share those photo's here BUT can I just tell you that a few things that we discovered when trying these balloons.

1. 9 year old boys love them! They told me that they were the coolest balloons that they had ever seen.
2. Even though they say the LED lasts for 15 hours ours lasted for a lot longer than that. Mostly 2-3 days. 
3. They aren't just fun at night time (see below)
4. And the balloon itself certainly lasts alot longer than a normal balloon (again see below) we have had them floating around the house for WEEKS with no sign that they are going to pop any time soon. 

The kids are already begging me for more packs of these balloons and I'll certainly be on the lookout for them next time I step foot in a Big W, Kmart or Woolworths store. 

If you're on the lookout for some they come in the following different types:

  • Plain Mixed (4 colours)
  • Girly Mixed (4 colours) 
  • Happy Birthday (4 colours)
  • Faces (4 colours)
  • Multicoloured Marble
  • Pink Marble
  • Flashing Alien
  • Flashing Gnome
And when I was checking out their website I discovered a HEAP of cool ideas to use them for like camping (lighting with electricity and batteries), pool lights and backyard lighting during BBQ's. 

What would you use them for? 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Bee Blocks #thebeehivequilts

I was so far behind in my bee blocks for my bee group with The Beehive Quilts but last month I got all caught up and for the past two weeks I've actually been twiddling my thumbs waiting for October's block to be announced.

I really don't know what's come over me! But anyway, I realised that I hadn't even blogged them and thought I'd better document them here or they didn't really happen :P

So here they are:

I don't have too much longer til I find out what this month's block is and I can't wait to get started!

I've shared more about my bee blocks both here and over at And Sew We Craft. You can find those posts here, here and here.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

{Review and Giveaway} tommee tippee® closer to nature® Express and Go

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature and Kids Business.

I've been breastfeeding Darcy now for just over a year, and whilst I could just transition him to cow's milk I would prefer not to and for a while there he was refusing bottles of expressed milk completely and would only feed from me, but now he will happily take a bottle from B and this allows me to have a bit of a sleep in occasionally or to go out at night without worry about him missing a feed.

We recently received the tommee tippee closer to nature Express and Go system and have been trailing it for a few weeks now.

I love that it comes with adaptors so that the pouches can be used with my Medela breast pump. It also can fit Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature, Ameda, Evenflo, Lansinoh, Philips Avent pumps.

The storage case fits perfectly in my freezer and I'm no longer worried about people moving my expressed milk on me or leaving it out of the fridge/freezer.

And well the bottle warmer is just a lifesaver when I've decided to go out at the last minute and B's got now defrosted breast milk to for Darcy. I've never used a bottle warmer before and let me tell you, I'm kicking myself right now! All those years of sitting and waiting while a bottle heats in a bowl of hot water that you had to boil the jug to get could have been prevented. Or even those phone calls from B asking how to heat or defrost frozen breast milk.

The bottle warmer is really easy to use and comes with really clear instructions.

And the sterilised pouches not only have adapters for a range of breast pumps, but they also come with a breast milk pouch bottle (pictured below)

And now for the the giveaway!

One lucky reader has the chance to win a Breast Milk Starter set valued at $44.99 (pictured below).

To be in the running to win this great prize simply comment below and tell me in 25 words "How will the tommee tippee closer to nature Express and Go System make your life easier?" 

For more information on the Express and Go system be sure to check out the following links:

*Giveaway conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents and closes midnight October 14th 2015 AWST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 5 days to respond with their postal address in order to claim their prize. 

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