Monday, January 30, 2012

A way to celebrate turning 26...

I am turning 26 in June this year, some day is forget how old I am, so no I don't "feel" like I am going to get another year older in a few months. But  I have thought of a challenge for myself as a way to celebrate: Make 26 things between now and next year before my 27th birthday.

So I have made a list of some patterns and tutorials I have bookmarked and i plan to use these for my challenge.

MCN related:


Clothing (infant)
Shirt bibs

Clothing (for the older boys)
Eddie cap

I will also go through my list from the DIY maternity post and make a few things. I do not know how to knit so the woolie things i plan to make will be me learning something new.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Make your own bath paints & Playdough

We made some bath paints inspired by this post i found. Charlie loved it, he made some great artwork, and it washed right off afterwards with no sign that there was ever any artwork there before. 

I have also joined a great facebook group called An activity a day for 2012. So many great ideas get posted in there. So expect more fun ideas as the year progresses, as i plan to do  some every day with Charlie while  his big brothers are at school.

Now I am off to go make some playdough for the boys while they are at the park with their aunty.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sunny day & Making Damper

Yesterday was a awesome sunny day, so we had a picnic lunch outside.  First we had to make lunch from scratch. We made Damper after Tyson saw it on tv and wanted to know what it tasted like  & how to make it.

The recipe we used wasn't gluten free but we made it dairy and soy free.


  • 3 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water


Sift flour and salt into a bowl, rub in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Make a well in the centre, add the combined milk and water, mix lightly with a knife until dough leaves sides of bowl.
Gently knead on a lightly floured surface and then shape into a round, put on a greased oven tray. Pat into a round 15-16 cm (6-6 1/2 inch) diameter.
With sharp knife, cut two slits across dough like a cross, approximately 1cm (1/2in) deep.
Brush top of dough with milk. Sift a little extra flour over dough.
Bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Reduce heat to moderate and bake another 20 minutes.

source: Kidspot

The boys enjoyed eating it when it was cooked, Tyson said it tasted lovely with Raw honey.  When it was time to eat, we put a blanket on the grass and sat outside and ate.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Skipping supermarkets and big chain stores etc...

You are probably thinking: "Jess, Are you nuts?! Are you flipping crazy?" Well maybe, I will get back to you on that. I was googling for something unrelated when Google gave me an unrelated search result and i clicked it, and i found this challenge.
Here is a rundown on what the Challenge is (you can do for a week, a month , a year it is up to you):

Rather then go to the supermarket to buy  fruit and vege ,etc go to a market or green grocer, or a small food store (not IGA). Rather then use disposable things like plates etc or nappies etc look for reuseable options of those disposable things. Oh an a big clincher if you are a crafter, during the challenge no going to lincraft or spotlight. (yes I know, it sounds daunting to avoid all those pretty fabrics) but think of this way Bunnings and Mitre 10 will also be off limits to Hubby during the challenge. 

I plan to get this all started next week once the older boys are back at school.

After Reading Little EcoPrint's Blog i am very inspired.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DIY maternity wear

As most that know me will know, I am expecting baby #4 in August.  I also am finishing up my fashion design course, so this combination has lead me on a search for tutorials and patterns because I feel a bit stingy.  My search found me so many wonderful blogs, sites, tutorials and patterns. I think I will be busy every week as my bump grows! (I am currently 11 weeks 4 days along) 

Being the nice person I am, I will share my search results with you so you don't have to spend hours searching the internet for things.

Sites & Blogs
DIY maternity : was started as a blog  by an Australian designer who now lives in America she also sells maternity patterns.
Luvinthemommyhood has done a few maternity roundup posts of tutorials she has found.
Randomcreative also has a roundup of tutorials.
Starbrush has a post about how to refashion clothes you already own into maternity clothes
madebyRae has a tutorial for a maternity top
make-Baby has a few tutorials.
Sewlikemymom has a tutorial about how to refashion pants (or shorts) into maternity ones and also a top to match.
on Pinterest i found a whole bunch of tutorials.
Preggo Eggo made a to do list of tutorials.
Laupre has a tutorial for wrap pants.
happytogethercreates has a tutorial for a top and belt.
Allfreesewing has a few links.
christyscreations  has a tutorial for a belly band.
sewrepurposed has a tutorial for a refashioned dress.
happyfind has a dress tutorial.
Crafster has a tutorial on how to turn your old jeans into maternity ones.
Hipforums has a few links to a few top tutorials.
wishologie has a few links to skirt tutorials.
handmadematters has a tutorial for refashioning a tshirt into a maternity top.
untrainedhousewife has a roundup of links of tutorials.
roued has a tutorial for maternity pants and links to other pants tutorials.
mumsmind has a roundup of links of tutorials.
planetgreen has a few links on refashioning clothes into maternity.
cultivatinghome has a tutorial on how to turn a shirt into a maternity skirt, she also has a few other maternity tutorials on her blog.
seemommysew has a maternity skirt tutorial.
Sewfearless has a few tutorials about maternity clothes.
itsourspace has links to skirt tutorials.

And ideas for what to do with your maternity clothes after pregnancy:
babble has a roundup of 20 ideas.
Thetraintocrazy has a tutorial on how to a maternity shirt into a top.
adventuresindressmaking has a tutorial on how to make a maternity tshirt into a ruffled top
bitowhimsy has a tutorial on how to turn a maternity top into a new top.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kids in the kitchen

My boys love to cook, they love to help in the kitchen. Tyson dreams of being on junior masterchef one day. he probably will one day he can bake better cakes then me!  Charlie loves the eating part mainly.
Things Tyson(and yes he only turned 5 in october) knows how to make: fruit pizza , muffins, vegan apple cinnamon rolls , stir frys, vegan choc chip cookies , vegan gingerbread 

You are probably wondering why vegan? Well in a nutshell, the boy's allergies & intolerances between them require egg free, dairy free,gluten free soy free peanut free..and there is probably more but thats off the top of my head.  They aren't overally fussy, they love all vegetables and fruit.

if you are wondering where do i find my recipes here are some links:
Coles's cooking with kids
I think allowing kids to help in the kitchen allows children to see how things get made (and for some fussy kids they actually start to like foods after seeing it made or helping make it), it lets the kids learn a skill or practise a skill (Charlie likes to practise chopping, while Tyson loves to mix and Cody likes to taste test). 

Charlie recently asked for a garden to be put in the yard that grows various vegetables and strawberries. So at the moment i am researching which things can be planted right now.