Thursday, November 20, 2014

Easy Christmas Ornaments

R and I were at the shops the other day and he was admiring some clear baubles with tinsel inside. They looked so incredibly simple that I thought we'd have a go at making some of our own. 


All you need are some clear baubles (I got mine from Spotlight) and your imagination. This is a great craft for doing with children and R, who is usually not in the least bit interested in anything crafty, had a great time choosing what to put in each one.

Here are some ideas for what to fill them with:
- beads
- ribbon
- buttons
- yarn
- tinsel
- fabric scraps
- Epsom salts
- glitter
- sequins
- dried lavendar
- fresh herbs, flowers, leaves - obviously any fresh vegetation will wilt and not look so pretty after a while but it's easy enough to replace what's inside. 
- pantry goods - cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, etc.

Use your imagination and most importantly have fun.


Happy Making xx

Friday, November 14, 2014

Minecraft Quilt Blocks

*Please note that these patterns have not been properly tested but they worked for me so hopefully they'll work for you too - I have only made the chicken and magma cube as 16" blocks*

I'm sure I'm not the only one with a Minecraft obsessed child and after receiving such a great response to my Minecraft mini quilt and R's Minecraft bedroom makeover, I thought I'd put together some basic diagrams so that you can make your own quilts, cushions, whatever.


I used 8" x 8" blocks for the mini quilt and 16" x 16" blocks for the cushions. Since I'm not a competent quilter and because I have a strong dislike for fiddly piecing, I chose designs that would be quick and easy for me to make.

All measurements include a 1/4" seam allowance and are for a finished 8" x 8" block. I have also included the measurements for the 16" blocks in brackets.

You want to piece together each row and then join rows together working from the top down. All seam allowances should be pressed open. When sewing rows together match up your seams where they meet and pin well.

I've also included piecing directions for a couple of the patterns where the center is pieced first before the sides are added.

CHICKEN
A: 8.5" x 2.5" [16.5" x 4.5"]
B: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"] x2
C: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
D: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
E: 2.5" x 2.5" [4.5"  x 4.5"] x2
F: 4.5" x 2.5" [8.5"  x 4.5']
G: 3.5" x 2.5" [6.5"  x 4.5"] x2
H: 2.5" x 2.5" [4.5"  x 4.5"]
I: 8.5" x 1.5" [16.5" x 2.5"]

CREEPER
A: 8.5" x 1.5" [16.5" x 2.5"] x2
B: 1.5" x 2.5" [2.5"  x 4.5"] x2
C: 2.5" x 2.5" [4.5"  x 4.5"] x2
D: 2.5" x 2.5" [4.5"  x 4.5"]
E: 3.5" x 1.5" [6.5"  x 2.5"] x2
F: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
G: 4.5" x 2.5" [8.5"  x 4.5"]
H: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
I: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
J: 2.5" x 3.5" [4.5"  x 6.5"] x2

Sew the 4th row together in this order: H, I, H then G to the top of this piece and J pieces to each side.

ENDERMAN
A: 8.5" x 4.5" [16.5" x 8.5"]
B: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
C: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
D: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
E: 8.5" x 3.5" [16.5" x 6.5"]

HEROBRINE
A: 8.5" x 2.5" [16.5" x 4.5"]
B: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
C: 6.5" x 1.5" [12.5" x 2.5"]
D: 8.5" x 1.5" [16.5" x 2.5"]
E: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
F: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"] x2
G: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
H: 3.5" x 1.5" [6.5"  x 2.5"] x2
I: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
J: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
K: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
L: 4.5" x 1.5" [8.5"  x 2.5"]
M: 2.5" x 2.5" [4.5"  x 4.5"] x2

Sew the last row in this order: J, K, J, then L to the bottom of this piece and M pieces to each side.

Further down I've also included the Steve block as some of you may not be familiar with the legendary Herobrine.

MAGMA CUBE
A: 8.5" x 2.5" [16.5" x 4.5"]
B: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
C: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
D: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"] x2
E: 1.5" x 2.5" [2.5"  x 4.5"] x2
F: 2.5" x 2.5" [4.5"  x 4.5"]
G: 8.5" x 4.5" [16.5" x 8.5"]

For the first eye, sew pieces B and C together, then D to the top of this piece. Repeat for the second eye in reverse (C + B).

SKELETON
A: 8.5" x 4.5" [16.5" x 8.5"]
B: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
C: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"] x2
D: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
E: 3.5" x 1.5" [6.5"  x 2.5"] x2
F: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
G: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
H: 6.5" x 1.5" [12.5" x 2.5"]
I: 8.5" x 1.5" [16.5" x 2.5"]

STEVE
A: 8.5" x 2.5" [16.5" x 4.5"]
B: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
C: 6.5" x 1.5" [12.5" x 2.5"]
D: 8.5" x 1.5" [16.5" x 2.5"]
E: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
F: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
G: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
H: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
I: 3.5" x 1.5" [6.5"  x 2.5"] x2
J: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
K: 1.5" x 1.5" [2.5"  x 2.5"] x2
L: 2.5" x 1.5" [4.5"  x 2.5"]
M: 4.5" x 1.5" [8.5"  x 2.5"]
N: 2.5" x 2.5" [8.5"  x 8.5"] x2

Sew the last row in this order: K, L, K, then M to the bottom of this piece and N pieces to each side.

It should all be fairly self explanatory but don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

If you make anything using these designs, I'd love for you to share some photos in the Monkey Makes Three Flickr group or leave a link in the comments.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Month By Month: 10/12

Simple and achievable.






Posing for Mummy in your new Rowan Tee.

You were so excited to get a toy from KIWIreviews and spent most of the day playing with it - needless to say I gave it a glowing review.

It was a beautiful day for a walk down to the river and you had fun playing at the little park down there.

Cuddling with Daddy.
Looking cute in a raglan tee that Mummy made - I love your cheeky grin.
It was a very hot day and you had to stop in every patch of shade that you came across so you could cool down.
This guy also had his 7th birthday at the end of October - time sure flies!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Minecraft Bedroom

R had his 7th birthday this past weekend and we could finally put together his minecraft room that I've been working on for ages.

Photo overload:













I'm so happy with how it turned out and R loves it - 'it's ultimate' - his words and high praise indeed. Definitely a win.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Minecraft Cushions

Not long to go now until R's birthday and his Minecraft bedroom reveal - 3 days!

I've finally finished all the necessary sewing which gives me time to take care of other birthday related stuff - cleaning, cooking, wrapping presents - you know how it goes.

Here's a quick look at the two cushions that I made (excuse the bad phone photo):


Stay tuned for the full bedroom reveal sometime next week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rowan Tee #2

Round 2 of pattern testing for the Rowan Tee has now finished (you can read more about the pattern here). After round 1, Laura came back with some additional features for us to test:

- long or short sleeve cuffs
- shoulder only stripe or full length stripe
- cuffed hem
- kangaroo pocket
- patch pocket

I opted for short sleeve cuffs, shoulder only stripe, cuffed hem and kangaroo pocket. We had the choice of regular neckline or hooded so I decided to keep it basic and went for the regular neckline again.


I love how it turned out. It's so easy to sew and looks great - perfect for this warm weather we've been having lately. R's favourite feature is the kangaroo pocket, he can't keep his hands out of it.

The Rowan Tee is now available here - $8.50 for a limited time only!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Minecraft Mini Quilt

The birthday countdown has started (17 days) and I am slowly getting there with the accessories for R's bedroom makeover.

I have finally finished the mini quilt that I shared here and I'm happy with how it turned out considering all the problems that I had with it - there were some serious tear your hair out moments and a lot of unpicking.


I didn't keep it a secret from R and he's had regular input throughout the making process so I could get it just right (I don't know much about minecraft). He loves it and if anything it's just heightened my anticipation of the big bedroom reveal which he doesn't have a clue about.

Still on my to do list is: a couple of cushions and a tissue box cover plus anything extra I can think of if I have time.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Month By Month: 9/12

Simple and achievable.


First ice-block of the season - it was freakishly hot that day.

You and your Dad had a fun time at the driving range on Father's Day.

Enjoying looking at a Minecraft book together.


It was a freezing cold day and we had to drag out all the winter woollies again.

A bit of morning maths in bed - I love the school holidays.

Getting some fresh air and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.