Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dipping a Toe in the Water



One day when I sew something tricksy and pushing my comfort zone and involving more than a half available half hour (and no doubt, multiple zips, purse frames and Vliesofix tape), I’m going to tell you about my newly-acquired, fantabulous sewing machine. In the meanwhile, I found a half available half hour and dipped a toe in the sewing water and knocked up an easy peasy sundress. Now the Small is clad in something newly Mama-made, which was absolutely and entirely the main point of things.



Even though it could do with a good, soften the fabric-type wash, it has survived a day of gymnast-style manoeuvres



and backyard pottering



and general giggle-silly.



In other Sunday news, the Mr gave bagel-making a whirl.



Thoroughly tested (demolished) within fifteen minutes of oven removal. SERIOUS YUM.

In further news, the leafy stick insects are growing in size and in number. Thirty? Maybe forty with some recent hatchings?



Even though we’re all besotted with every single one of them, a house extension, purely to accommodate a possible 347 stick insects is, sadly, not an option. We’ve been busy interviewing (grilling) potential adoption candidates and performing police checks and stuff.

Hope your weekend has been all about good smells coming out of ovens with a bit of giggle-silly...

34 comments:

mel @ loved said...

Oh my goodness that's sweet! And the bagels..and the sticks!

willywagtail said...

Easy peasy looks beautiful and breezy. Bagels look yum. Curling stick insects a widdle bit scawy. Cherrie

Michelle said...

The sundress is gorgeous. Too funny about the stick insects - our eggs are hatching at a rate of knots. Obviously the season for it. We are desperately looking for new homes. And man those little ones are fast!

Mrs Smith said...

Can you post a stick insect? My boy wonder would be utterly in love with one or 347 of those? Not sure it would pass the island sniffer dog, though? A bit too plant-y? I love your sundress work and that small of yours is sublime. Hope your year has started sunshine-y and full of promise.

melissa said...

Ooh stick insects! Where do you get those sticky things from? They'd be well loved in this house by a 4 year old boy. Maybe perhaps too well loved though?!

Love the sundress. x

Isabella Golightly said...

I'm passing on the stick-insect option, but that frock is super sweet, and I could smell those bagels up here in Newport. yum!

Magic Bean said...

Plenty of giggle business here this weekend. And more to come as it is half term next week. YIPPEE!!!!
Love the dress. And the wee stickies. I have a police CRB check- all fine so feel that one could safely live here in Cambridge...Ax

Joolz said...

Gorgeous dress & so quick to sew!
Wow you're breeding stick insects, amazing!

Tammi said...

Your mama-made dress is completely adorable as is the child wearing it :)
xx

Sarah said...

Good stuff on the ma ma dress!

The chooks want to apply for adoptionship...

Can I have bagel recipe?

Kirsty said...

Very sweet!

I can't believe you've bought a fancy new machine - will look forward to fabriczipperedpleatedfrenchseamedbuttonholed loveliness from you then.

Fer said...

Gorgeous gorgeous Small!

Tracey said...

wow, your smallest is really growing up! Nice dress, they are my favourite kind

Kylie said...

What a gorgeous dress! and those bagels look fantastic too. You guys dip your toes into the best things :) Kx

p.s. that insect is quite scary you know ;)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I've got the CRB thing , too . Does this mean that I'm morally obliged to offer a home for one stick insect ?
I'd much rather have a sun dress like Small's and a bagel .....

Cinnamon said...

I love the word pottering. Every time I use it to describe myself I get the best looks from others.
Your Small is a-dorable! And obviously she likes her dress. Win for mama!

flowerpress said...

Big compliments on the bagels and the dress, that beautiful model, the ripple blankie and the animated sticks. And I'm especially excited about seeing you back here twice in a week!
p.s. made bagels once, so delicious but I seem to remember the eight processes involved made them a sometimes food!
p.p.s. my word verification is 'human';-)

teddybearswednesday said...

Gorgeous dress , gorgeous little one. ( is it just me or has she just suddenly grown up!)
and wow, i always loved the MR, but homemade bagels?! that one's a keeper.
And if you need a loving home ( that might possible write a book in ode to it) Im be happy to adpot a stick insect or two ( do they get lonely if there is only one?)
xo

LimeRiot said...

The dress is lovely! I've been on the hunt for simple sewing projects lately. This looks like it could be a good one.

Oh man, those bagels look delightful!! I can almost smell them through the computer :).

Loz and Dinny said...

Hurrah! You've made a splash with that toe!

june at noon said...

Beautiful fabric. And I'm just going to keep focusing on that, because I've got the shakes thinking about that many stick insects all in one place.

(Mail me some of those bagels, would you?)

Andi said...

Beautiful stitchering. What's your new machine?
And feel free to send some bagels our way when you get sick of them. My 'people' just love a good bagel.
xx

Nikki said...

Will ya look at that princess hair on that kid...?!!! She's looking more like Rapunzel every day!

And Vliesofix tape, man. that's where it's at.

PS. Lovin' the sundress.

heather said...

mmm, the toe dipping theme is happening on my end too. although i dipped mine in some different kind of waters, still. we think alike today. can you mail those stick lovers? we'd be such good american parents!

Vickie said...

such a sweet dress & I love the first photo

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

That sticky insect is the funniest looking fella. I would love to take a family of them, my boys would think they were the bees knees, all they have to play with is a small container of sea monkeys- (the novelty kinda wears off...)

Sally said...

Great sundress. Too cute. Her smile is to die for... so fantastically gorgeous.

How long did it take for your mister to make the bagels??? My man had a go at making them for the very first time on a Christmas day way back in the last century. It took forever. They were suppose to be for breakfast but I think we ended up eating them for a late late lunch!!!

softearthart said...

Cool pictures, cheers Marie

Stomper Girl said...

Your kids are all gorgeous, and I did enjoy these latest shots of your small, specially the one where she's laughing. So sweet, like her little dress. That's exciting that you have a new machine too!

m.e (Cathie) said...

isn't she just the sweetest!
well done Mr on the bagels! haven't even been game to try making them yet.
sending you hugs Mrs T ♥

My Bearded Pigeon said...

I love your family.

Cindy Cooksey said...

I love the first photo with the tiny blue toenails, and I am enchanted with stick insects, which sadly do not exist in Southern California.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Love the stick insect, we haven't seen one like that here for years. Bagels look seriously delicious were they easy to make?

Amanda said...

Oh goodness she is ADORABLE...That smile is to die for!!!