We’ve had two birthdays in the house – mine was earlier in July, and Elena’s this last week. We both had lovely days, and we had a little get together to celebrate Elena turning three. I know it’s clichéd, but I think it’s crazy we’ve a three year old.
Elena, of course, has taken to being three with gusto. She tells us, and anyone else who’ll listen, “I’m three now!”.
We caught up with all the little girls from our mother’s group who we see pretty regularly. They are all so lovely and played so well together. We even managed a round of pass the parcel without anyone dropping their bundle. They really are growing up.
I got it into my head that it would be cute to make the girls totes as party bags. I saw a bag a friend had made as a gift – and all I could think about was the pattern shrunk down to toddler-size. I based my bags on the long thread’s pattern, but made them smaller and shallower.
The bags were cute, but – oh boy – so much work when multiplied by six! We also added a few homemade hair ties and a book.
Hugo loved having all of the girls around too. He’s a happy chap at the moment but teething like nothing else. We’ve never seen the need for dribble bibs…until now. Hugo and I made this one together on Friday morning. I loved sewing with that boy – he applauded every time we turned a corner!
I’ve made a few more since – they are so handy. I used the Bundles & Buttons pattern here – the fronts are simple cottons, with the backs bamboo fleece for absorbency.
There has been a bit happening around the place. With regards to the chickens – Betty got very egg bound and the vet put her down. A dog broke into our run and managed to kill Maude (it actually broke the door frame to get in – must have been very determined). It has been very sad, and we are not having good luck with our feathered friends. We have two new girls who we’re watching over very carefully while we plan a chicken run extension and fortification.
In happier news, I’ve been dyeing a lot for my store. I have been test sewing again and will share as soon as I can grab some decent photos (sleeveless dress + Canberra winter = no outside photos…but the dress features in Elena’s birthday photos above). I have about fifty sewing projects I’m busting to start. I have a Gidday on my needles. I’m waiting for all my dear pregnant friends to have their babies so I can cast on for them (there are four of you – you know who you are!). I think I need to start a spreadsheet. There are some dinosaur tails in our future, too.
I hope you’re all well and good.