Lillian is six today! We’ve been celebrating all weekend with a birthday and bon voyage party yesterday and the actual birthday fun today. Luckily the rain held off for a few hours for the party yesterday and the kids were able to run wild around our local community garden.
Given that we’ve been busy preparing to leave the country for six months I kept things fairly simple theme-wise this year. An old $2 atlas from Vinnie’s was turned into bunting and lolly bag decorations. The red white and blue bunting ribbon was another Vinnie’s find.
And the cake featured a map of the world made with 100s and 1000s.
Here’s the bunting in action.
And a non-instagram view of the cake.
Lil was a bit embarrassed at being the centre of attention during the Happy Birthday singing.
But recovered to blow out the candles.
And this little guy had a great time too, in his world hat collecting sticks.
So I said I should stop sewing skirts. I didn’t say anything about tops.
I actually started this at Craft Collective a little while ago. It just needed the neckline binding and hemming to finish it off so I got it done yesterday in time to wear out for dinner (a friend’s birthday.)
I made up the pattern through trial and error. The first version (with different material) was too small but I’m hoping to be able to turn it into a top for Lil if she’ll ever try it on for me. This version is quite roomy but the material is very light and drapes well. Again I avoided zippers or closures of any kind. Perhaps learning zippers will be next year’s goal.
We leave for our six month adventure in just 32 days. So what have I spent the last week doing? Sorting? Culling? Cleaning? No. Sewing skirts.
It all started last Thursday when a friend mentioned over coffee that she had once made a wrap skirt with velcro instead of a tie. It was like a light-bulb of possibility went off in my head. I made a wrap skirt last year but found that the tie annoyed me. I’ve been wanting to make an a-line skirt but the thought of sewing a zipper put me off. But velcro! Of course. As soon as Ed was napping that day I cut one out.
After that one I did a little online research and came up with another zipperless a-line pattern. With pockets!
That was a success so I made two more. Lillian requested one the same but we’ll try not to wear them together.
I have more ideas swirling in my head (a fuller version of the pocket one) and more fabric ready and waiting (these were all made with stash) but I’m thinking I probably need to focus on the task at hand now. I mean, how many skirts do I really need to pack?
Yesterday we drove down to Sydney for the first birthday party of my cousin Beck’s bub. How clever is this cake?
It’s One English Village inspired by this Pride and Prejudice counting book.
Beck made all these little chocolate trees. So cute!
And look at the gorgeous view. A beautiful Sydney Autumn day. Happy Birthday little E!