Scenes from a birthday party

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Making crowns and origami wands on the front porch during a break from the torrential rain, The princess crown cake,
After cutting into the layer cake, We had to have the whole thing inside because of the weather but the kids were fantastic and it all went well. I did thank my lucky stars that I had only invited people over for 1 1/2 hours. Longer than that would have been a bit tricky!
Happy birthday dear C!

Super Medium Girl

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thank you for all your lovely messages about the new baby. I've really started showing in the last few weeks so I've had to dig out the maternity clothes. I've started feeling lots of little flutterings and movements from the baby, which I love and have been getting plenty of heartburn, which I don't love.

The major pregnancy symptom I am struggling with now is tiredness and that has drastically reduced my sewing time. Normally, I get the machine out only after the children are in bed and the dinner stuff has been packed away. But now that I am rolling into bed at 9 there hasn't been much stitching activity at all. I forced myself to ignore the laundry and the chores today so that I could finish C's birthday present and it was so nice to have some time at the machine!

C has a super hero alter ego called Super Medium Girl. Isn't that a great name? Super Medium Girl finds some great outfits in the dress up box but I thought she could use a dedicated outfit so I channelled my inner Edna Mole...
...and created this little number:

The Incredibles fans will know that Edna would NOT approve of the cape but I think that the velcro will be the safety feature that will protect Super Medium Girl should she start to get sucked into a vortex.

The wristbands have several groovy features - codes to generate an invisibility field when required, spy code breaking applications, and super power boosters for when she needs to get to the trampoline in a hurry. So far, it's a big hit!

I used felt, interfacing and perle thread to make the head and wrist bands and polyester to make the cape. I used the Floating World cape tutorial but found that the round neckband was a bit tricky to stitch the gathered cape into neatly. That's more a reflection of my sewing skills than a problem with the tutorial. I think if I do it again I'll use a straight neckband if I am using a slippery poly fabric. One should know one's shortcomings, don't you think? And I will be making more because JW has requested an orange cape.
PS I hope she doesn't take this the wrong way (i.e. what I am about to write could easily be insulting but hopefully that disclaimer will put me in the clear) but Edna Mole always reminds me of a certain Blackbird - the glasses, the Anna Wintour hair, the height, the black outfits and the definite ideas about fashion. I don't know if BB says 'dahling' much but she should think about adopting it :-)

A prose poem from Eleanor

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I shared my baby news with Eleanor from the Commentbox a while ago and after plutzing with happiness (love those expressions) she sent me this beautiful prose poem.

Amelia's Secret
Amelia is so very happy,
but she's finding it hard to know,
whether to tell her secret,
or let her secret grow.
The secret comes with a time limit,
and she knows this very well.
For no matter when she says it,
the secret will show and tell.
Soon, that sweet little secret,
will dress in flesh and bone,
it will cry and sleep and smile,
in its brand new shape and form.
You see, bodies hide many secrets,
throught the years they give.
But only women have the power,
to make a secret live.

Thank you dear Eleanor, I love it!

Colour me happy

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Meet the newest little Duyvken! Due late Feb 2011. I'm fit to burst with delight and joy! In fact, we're all pretty excited. From 10 year old G right down to 2 year old JW there is much speculation about gender, suggestions about names and disappointment that even though there is a baby in mummy's tummy you can't actually see it, no matter how intensely you peer at her belly.
The first 20 weeks have gone relatively smoothly and I hope the rest of the pregnancy will be equally uneventful.
I think it will race by because 4th term is always a busy time at school, then Christmas, the summer holidays which will be filled with activity and then, once the kids go back to school, there's only a few short weeks until the due date.
Keep growing well baby bean, we can't wait to meet you!

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