Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ellie the Elephant

Here she is relaxing on the front porch.

I deviated slightly from the pattern and used googly eyes as my hand sewing abilities are really bad so thought it best to hide as best as possible.

Also if I made this one again I would make the dress a bit long and the head a bit fatter.

Monday, August 25, 2008

She can't see

and she can't touch. Mainly because she has no eyes and no arms and she is also naked.

But this is my latest little WIP it's called Ellie the Elephant and it is from the Melly & Me design team.

Will hopefully have it finished tonight as I want to give it to a little girl at Jnr 's school who touched my heart the other week.

No one ever blogs the dud stuff

Well I am here today today to do just that.

The grand plan was to turn some of our organic home grown rocket and basil into some amazing pesto to give away to family and friends and have them all in a taste sensation telling us how wonderful our pesto was.

We failed...

It tastes like crap and we are blaming our variety of rocket for this failure.

So I had planned a lovely blog post of how we turned this

into this

It looks pretty though, shame about the taste.

Snr Hillbilly asked if we had any enemies to load it off to. So if you get a jar of pesto from us this week. Big smoochies to you from us.

Come on peoples dont leave me hanging here all by myself on disaster lane come join me. Make me feel a bit better and blog your recent disaster.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A GREAT Giveaway

Emma over at Sampaguita Quilts is celebrating her first year of blogging her quilts with a giveaway. We are fortunate enough at Chez Clampett to have 3 of Emma's creations. So I thought I would give Emma a plug and share the love of her quilty goodness.

She is an amazing artist and very very generous.

Happy 1st Birthday Emma's blog.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Love Ellie

That is my new label which I had made here by MommieMadeIt at Etsy. I love the label very much and cant wait to point it out to people who receive my 'gifts'. The flower on the label is the same flower I have as a stamp so I can coordinate cards and simple wrapping papers.

I have, with still over one month up my sleeve, finished my niece's 3rd birthday present. The whole gift except for the dolls bed (partly made by us and partly by Ikea) is all made by me.

I have made the dolls bedding, a shirred dress, Pj set, the obligatory crayon roll and a tote bag to put it all in.


The pj set - am really happy with the pants just need to keep practicing my applique skills.

Crayon Roll and Shirred Dress

Dolls Quilt and Bedding with a little pillow.

Friday, August 8, 2008

How to mend a broken heart

This is not a sewing tutorial but love advice from Jnr Hillbilly.

Conversation verbatim:

"...Mum if you have a girlfriend and she doesn't love you anymore it can break your heart. So if you have a broken heart just get a glue stick and put it back together..."

Gosh I love that kid.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

FINALLY....A post for Jo

She is ever so patient.

The little one in her bumbo for the first time today.

She thought she was pretty clever sitting up like that. I can see we are going to get a lot of use out of this lovely gift very very soon.

Have a nice holiday Jo.

4 months old

Almost to the minute as I type 4 months ago The Little One made her entrance into the world.

4 months of pure bliss what a delight she is.

Groovy Green Bag

I have so many things on my to do list this was one of them but with a plastic coat. I wasn't brave enough to do a coat this time but will try later.

The bag probably cost less than $3.50 to make as it was sale fabric ($1/m) so far more glamorous than those 99cent green ones.

I am going to attempt to make some more of these but a little smaller as gift bags.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Granny Clampett Celebrates

Her birthday at Chez Clampett.

We started the meal with an avocado and prawn salad on a bed of rocket with coriander dressing with lemon segments served in my lovely new stemless wine glasses how gorgeous are they.

Mains was Oysters Moscavitch (creme fraiche, smoked salmon and salmon roe), Oysters Kilpatrick (made with love by Baby Hillbilly with the help of her gorgeous mother), prawn & avocado platter, Sweetlip (emperor grass I think) and chips with a salad of rocket and parmesan.

All washed down with a lovely Grant Burge Merlot and finished off with the cupcakes sprinkled with fairy dust.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Chelsea Handbag

This evening I am the proud new owner of a beautiful (if I do say so myself) Amy Butler Chelsea bag which was made using beautiful Amy Butler Fabric from the Midwest Modern range.

I just did a little each night and found after each step I was totally enraptured with the process.

Tonight I finished it off and I am like a giddy teenager experiencing her first love (okay highly dramatic but I do love a good handbag)and I can't wait to make a red one.

Edited to add that my photography is almost as crap as my sewing so the photo's really do not do it justice (believe me when I say it is unreal ;-p)
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