Monday, 30 March 2015

MUM'S IN BUSINESS: BETTINA LITTLE OLD SOULS

Do you ever find a couple things happen in a row that are strangely connected? On Sunday night Tamika sent me a link on Facebook about a Mother having a sickie and taking a day off for herself, along with the comment 'we should do this". Later that night Bettina from Little Old Souls sent me an email telling me I had won a copy of her book.


Okay universe what are you telling me?

Bettina's book: Mothering the Soul is a guide to help you find contentment and empowerment in Motherhood through nurturing your body, mind and spirit.

I downloaded it to my kindle on Sunday night and lay down next to Jarvis to read it. Is it helping? Well on Monday I finally went and got a massage. Tamika gave me the voucher for Christmas. Okay, I fully admit I still took Jarvis with me. He sat like an angel the entire time. So, I have not fully learnt to allow myself some 'me' time, but after one chapter I did allow myself the thought that I need to respect myself more.

So ask yourself this:

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by Motherhood?  Maybe a little bit resentful or frustrated by the lack of time for you?  Maybe you even direct those feelings towards someone close to you?

Do you feel like you have lots of things you want to achieve but there is never any time to follow those passions or dreams? Are you always putting yourself last?


If the answer is yes to even one for those I fully recommend you purchase Bettina's book and support a Mum. Here is a link to her book Mothering the Soul.

I will give you an update in the book once I have finished reading it.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

ROBOT SAROUELS AND ROBOT BUNTING

Last week was all about Robots. 


Two separate orders for robot sarouels, one for shorts and one for standard long ones. So I cheated a little, and use a fabric I love for both.


I am yet to work out the art of a perfect flat lay photo, so images do not do these justice. But that fabric is so cute. Shorts and sarouels were a teeny tiny size OO. Smaller than I normally make, but now I have requests for more from a certain daughter for her son. Tamika got excited cause she thought they were for Chester. Sorry Bubby, both for babies yet to be born.

The bunting, is a mixture of robots on one side and bright colours on the other side. Since I was making these up, (they take forever to hand cut and sew) I made double, so I still have one left. It is a double sided, handmade, three meter, eight flag, robot and bright bunting. $25 plus postage and handling.





Okay so does anyone have any hints on how to take a good flat lay photo? 


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

AN UNCLE AND HIS NEPHEW

I use to be worried about Jarvis being rough with Chester. I never thought to be worried about Chester being rough with Jarvis.


However, I find myself saying at least half a dozen times a day "Chester, gentle hands don't do that to Jarvis". Don't get me wrong, they adore each other, Chester shakes with excitement whenever Jarvis comes near him. I wonder what it is going to be like as they get older?

Monday, 23 March 2015

UP THE RIVER

Brisbane? Did you forget it is no longer summer? 


Some days it is nice just to take a lazy ferry ride up the river. 



Followed by one of us playing in the park and one of us laying in the grass. Which ended with the one attempting to be lazy being jumped all over.




Simple days, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Especially since my little man still loves to hold my hand. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

MOD BOX SAROUELS

I like to use fabrics for things that are not what they are meant for. Jarvis's new sarouels are a perfect example. Thick quilting cotton would not be a first choice for a relaxed pants style. But it works.


Plus colours, I also got this fabric (it is called Mod Box) in grey, but no, Jarvis picked the coral.

Jarvis got the first pair as I am experimenting with different pockets, and do not like to sell them until I have made couple 'practice' ones. Oh, and sad to say, I have a matching pair. Though I will not be rocking the skater boy look with mine. My look is more relaxed daggy Mum.

But I am thrilled to say the pockets have turned out perfectly. Amazing what you can do with a little guess work and basic pattern drafting knowledge.


So I present to you Mod Box Sarouels in coral. Modelled by my gorgeous boy. 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

HOW DO YOU ACCEPT A COMPLIMENT?

Am I the only one who finds it hard to personally accept compliments? And how do you possibly talk about them without sound like a, well a conceited wank?


But, since I have talked about negative feedback and reactions from others, I thought I should talk about how there are people, out there who can be super nice, who give compliments.

There is a girl a work who is lovely to everyone. Said my hair looked like a beautiful mermaid. She is positive about so much and towards so many people.

Then on Monday I took Jarvis to Wet & Wild on the coast. Yup got this 47 year old unfit white body out in a bikini. Sometimes the thought crosses my mind that maybe I should cover up more because of my age. But then I go and play with Jarvis and forget about body issues.

Long story, but was chatting to another Mum while our kids played together in the water. She asked if I had adopted Jarvis. When I said no, her response... "No way, your body does not look like it has ever been pregnant or given birth". When I told her Jarvis was my second, plus I was a grandmother, she then asked/stated "wow you must spend so much time at the gym to have such a great body".

Wasn't sure how to tell her I never exercise. Plus I got all uncomfortable with her compliments. My first response was to argue, "my body is not that good", "I am old", "I have lumps and bumps" and so on. Rather to say thank you. My instinct was to deny. 

Am I the only one who has not learnt/been taught how to accept a compliment?

What do you do?

Do you mumble like an idiot like I do? 

On a side note: The image has nothing to do with the post. I just like this shot of Justin and I done together, and I do not think I have ever shared how amazing they all are. Took my ages to pick just this one. And no we are not nude, this image just makes us look like we both were. Though I did make Justin take his shirt off. Yep, I do enjoy a good perv on my partner. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

ROBOTS AND POCKETS

I have been sewing what has become a big of unintentional theme, of robots. There is  dinosaur or two thrown in but robots have been under the needle allot.


With the last of this print I made another pair of sarouels. I have been thinking of not selling these and keeping them for Jarvis they are so cute.

But then the other day I got another new batch of robot printed fabric. Super excited to sew those up as well. My kid is going to end up with a huge wardrobe, if I keep making one to sell, and one for him cause I love them so much.


The other thing I have been doing is experimenting with different pockets. What pair of pants is complete without a pocket or two?