Thursday, 28 August 2008

A Mermaid's 'Tale'

One of Louisa's favourite books is Can You Catch A Mermaid? by Jane Ray. It's quite a melancholy book really, but both my girls enjoy me reading it for their bedtime story quite regularly. The illustrations are just beautiful, and story (about letting your friend go home even if it makes you sad) is quite moving!

This week was Book Week Parade at school and Louisa decided she wanted to be Freya, the mermaid character from the book. Of course, the tail had to be detachable, as Freya comes onto land and the shy little girl she befriends doesn't know initially that she is a mermaid.

So here's my effort. Admittedly the costume is a little dodgy in parts as I found the stretch velvet a little tricky to work with (and of course my twin stretch needle broke halfway through!), but the tail worked out beautifully.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Well, look at that. I've missed a whole month with no posts at all in July! I guess there's been no sewing to report.

Lizzie has had a wondeful week, turning 3, attending the Justine Clarke concert at a local hall and celebrating with three cakes (four if you include the cupcakes at daycare as well!). We had one cake at mums' group, one at home with the family and one at her extra special party on Saturday!
This was one of the cruisiest and most enjoyable parties I've had for the girls. We only had three of her little friends (plus two older siblings who are Louisa's friends from kindy last year). We held it at home and kept the party games and sugary foods to a minimum. The girls seemed happy enough playing with Lizzie's new doll's house. We did do pass the parcel and a treasure hunt, and applied some mermaid themed temporary tattoos. What fun!