Life changing discovery

I have just discovered wordmark! It is an incredible resource for choosing a font to use in a new design. Gone are the days of going through each font installed on my computer (and there are many!) one by one to find the perfect style. Now I just simply type a word and it will display that word in all of the fonts loaded on my computer. Instantly I can compare font styles, thicknesses, etc. until I find the desired effect I am trying to create.

Wordmark example

Give it a try, it can be pretty addictive!

Another Baby Kina

My latest project has just came off my knitting needles (I haven’t even got to block it yet!) This favourite cardigan will be perfect as the autumn weather arrives. The last two Baby Kina cardigans I have knitted are now far too short, ¾ sleeves and a midriff is just not acceptable! So a new one in a bigger size will be very welcome addition to Olivia’s wardrobe.

You can find all the details on my ravelry page here.

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Decorate your desktop

Monday mornings call for a freshly brewed coffee and a desktop makeover.

I love changing the wallpaper on my computer and phone. It’s a super simple way to get some new ‘artwork’ and it is refreshing to sit down and see a new gorgeous background.

Here are a few of my picks for this week:

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Click the image to go to the original source to download them

Which is your favourite? I’ve currently got ‘nourishment’ but thinking I may have to swap it soon for the floral one!

 

Creating : Hexagon Quilt

English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  I started this hexagon quilt in January 2011 when we had an unplanned extended holiday in Toowoomba with our family due to major floods and not able to drive home. Out of character for myself I didn’t bring enough projects to keep my hands busy for while we were away (I’ve learnt my lesson, always prepared with projects to keep me busy wherever we go). So armed with inspiration from pinterest and my sisters hexagon quilt, I raided my Mum’s fabric stash and started cutting, tacking and sewing together tiny ½” hexagons. English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  These hexagonal shaped pieces of fabric have never been far away, alway got some ready to stitch in my handbag as you just never can tell when you have 5 minutes to fill (although they seem to be getting few and far between now with a busy baby to occupy those moments).English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  So far I have made 40 hexagon flowers with a white border and 43 without, that’s a total of 2,297 individual ½” hexagons hand stitched together. I haven’t decided what size I’m going to make the finished quilt yet, at the moment I’m thinking a queen bed topper would be nice, but until then I’ll just keep making little hexagons. English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com

Ups and downs

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Everything occurs in cycles. In times of perceived prosperity, you’ll feel elated, optimistic, and complacent, and you’ll tend to focus on lower priorities. You’ll commonly stop doing the things that brought you there, and the demand for your product or time will drop off while your supply goes up. In times of perceived austerity, you’ll feel depressed, pessimistic, and impatient. Then you’ll become creative, go back to the basics, and act purposefully once again. As your demand goes back up and your supply goes down, you return to the prosperity side of the cycle. It’s a circle, and money dips are an essential part of it until you develop discipline. So embrace the cycle—the ups and downs—but moderate them. When you start to feel prosperous and elated, that’s the time to get back on focus. When you’re at your peak, do what you’d normally do at your bottom. When you’re at your bottom, do what you’d normally do at your peak. When you’re up, act as if you were down; and when you’re down, act as if you were up. Neutralize the swings and keep growing. – Dr John Demartini

Around here

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Around here I am packing the house. We are about to embark on a new journey that we aren’t sure of the final destination but that’s part of the fun of living this life full of adventure.

I am putting all my reading and processing of decluttering and becoming minimalistic into practice. I’ve been able to donate so much stuff in the past week in preparation for packing. It’s a perfect stage for me to be doing this. I’ve had the fun of “playing house” and setting everything up just the way I wanted, now I’m ready to live a bit more simply and have less.

Around here we are painting. Due to Garths next job being delayed we had an extra couple of days up our sleeve so we decided that while our house was empty it would be a perfect time to freshen up the walls. And thanks to the extra help of an awesome brother and sister-in-law we had it finished in half a day!

Around here I am feeling a little bit nostalgic. Paying attention to all the little details of our home, where we have spent the majority of our married life, renovated, and had our first child.

Around here Olivia has just got her second tooth. Thankfully she is taking the move in her stride and being the best girl I could hope for. She is crawling everywhere and getting into everything that is within her reach.

New Dress for Olivia

I want to share with you today a cute little outfit that I’ve made for Olivia.New Handmade DressThe main floral fabric is an Amy Butler design which mum had wrapped a present for me in many years ago … it has been sitting in the drawer, patiently waiting for the perfect project. Finally I knew it would look gorgeous in a cute little dress for Olivia. New Dress 11While choosing the fabrics to use, I wanted to bring in the coral hexagon fabric for the neckline trim to add some depth, but that on its own just wasn’t enough so I tossed around some ideas and decided to add some prairie points along the border too. New Dress 10New Dress 9New Dress 2It was a challenge to get any photo’s of the hat actually on Olivia’s head as she thinks it makes a far better chew toy at this stage… Lets hope once she grows and it fits her a little better she might prefer to wear it on her head?! New Dress 4New Dress 6New Dress 3New Dress 7New Dress 5New Dress 1

 

 

Elastic Headband Tutorial

Elastic Headband Tutorial | blog.mikaelabeth.comA little girl just has to have some pretty hair accessories, and since Olivia doesn’t have much hair yet headbands are the perfect solution :)
I decided to make some simple soft headbands from elastic so they will be easy for her to wear and not too big and extravagant that they take away from her big blue eyes and chubby cheeks.

To make a headband you will need just a few basic supplies
– Elastic (Search for Fold Over Elastic on Etsy and there are lots of suppliers)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Tape Measure
– Scissors

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Here’s a guide on how long to cut your elastic – but always best to measure the childs head first.
Newborn: 13″ (33cm)
3-6 months: 14 ½” (37 cm)
6-12 months: 16″ (40 ½ cm)
12 – 24 months: 17 ½” (44 ½ cm)

DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 3 DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 4 Put a small dot of glue on one end and glue down the other end to create the headband. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 5 Cut 3 more pieces of elastic in a contrasting colour or the same colour
– 5″ (glue the ends together to create a circle)
– 3″ (Cut a triangle out of each end)
– 2″DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 6 Glue the 5″ Circle and the 3″ strip together to create the bowDIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 7 Glue to the headband on top of the join. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 8 Wrap the 2″ strip around the middle of the bow and glue both ends underneath. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 9 The Final Product – a cute bow headband for a stylish little girl.DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 10Have fun creating as many colour combinations as you want! DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions

 

Baby Kina Cardigan

Baby Kina Knitted Cardigan | www.blog.mikaelabeth.com Baby Kina Knitted Cardigan | www.blog.mikaelabeth.com Baby Kina Knitted Cardigan | www.blog.mikaelabeth.comAs the weather started to warm up and little summery outfits became the normal attire, I noticed Olivia’s wardrobe was missing an essential item, a little cotton cardigan to always have on hand to put on when it got a little cooler. I searched the shops but found nothing that my little girl just had to have. So I decided to get busy and knit her a ‘Baby Kina’ out of some super soft cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mill. You can find all the details and the pattern over on my ravelry page.

It has come with us wherever we go since I made it and is such a practical and cute cardigan for a sweet little girl.

It is so cute that I’ve already started a second one in pretty pink…

Does it spark joy?

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Lately I’ve been wanting to declutter and organise our home. I have never considered myself a hoarder and always thought I kept things organised most of the time, but at the moment everything feels like it’s busting at the seams and filled to capacity. I’m on a mission to create some ‘space’, an empty shelf in the cupboard or just the space to lay things out rather then stacked in a particular way, which then creates more effort to keep tidy.

I love Marie Kondo’s strategy – simply ask yourself if the item ‘sparks joy’? if it doesn’t (and it isn’t a necessity) it’s time to get rid of it.

Time to put this delightful decluttering strategy into practice and see how I go.

The first bag of stuff is at the door ready to donate.

PS. I also love these 5 minute decluttering tips