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A Nancy Drew Detective Party

October 8, 2013

Nancy Drew Party 1

Nancy Drew Party 2

My not so little baby girl is 8 years old today. And gone are the days when it was enough to dress up as a fairy in pink. She is into mysteries and science projects and we celebrated her birthday with a Detective Nancy Drew Party. First all the guests got to open their party favours which contained a notebook, a magnifying glass and a note, but no lolly bags! The party guests were all enrolled into Detective School and had quite a few classes to get through to graduate as Detectives ready to solve the ‘Mystery of the Missing Lolly Bags’. The first class was to sniff out the evidence (identify what was inside various jars of spices and different types of food). Another class was to compare finger prints. All the guests got to put their finger prints in two different spots on a big white poster and the other guests needed to match the finger prints. Then the guests had to identify missing evidence. 15 items (toys, kitchen utensils etc) were laid out on a blanket and the guests were asked to memorise all the items. Then the items were covered up and one item removed. The guests then had to find out which item was missing.

After a few more Detective classes the guests was ready to solve the big mystery of the day. Where were the missing lolly bags? Who had stolen them all? The first clue was on the note in the party favour. This clue led to the next clues and in the end it turned out to be birthday girl’s dad (who would have thought?) who had stolen all the lolly bags.

There were quite a few preparations in front of this party. I also made my daughter a nice yellow half circle linen skirt with two pockets. Check out the tutorials listed below to see how you can make one too.

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My web shop “Miss Sollie” is open!

October 7, 2013

Ta ta! It’s very exciting to finally be able to open the doors to my Facebook web shop “Miss Sollie”. Visit my shop and check out the different products.


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Jeans for Busy Boys

August 28, 2013


It’s actually pretty easy to make stylish pants for the little ones. I followed the great “Kid Pants, the basic pants” tutorial by Dana Made It. To create a pattern I’ve used some old track suit pants which fits my son now. I’ve added extra length so that I can adjust this later on. Since my son is a very busy boy I’ve chosen thick hard wearing denim. The symbol on the pants is supposed to be a moose head. The “Dana Made It” web site has a section called “Celebrate the BOY” with lots of sewing and craft tutorials for clothes and things to make for your little boy(s). Photos are all from the CERES Environment Park in Brunswick East (Victoria, Australia) with a great playground where busy boys can have lots of fun!

Sewing Frenzy

July 31, 2013


I’ve completed a few more projects. This time I’ve made several skirts for my baby girl and my 7 year old. My oldest daughter thinks it’s fun to wear a matching skirt to her baby sister.

The baby skirts are also for sale (size 6-9 months). Length: 20 cm. The skirts are made out of cotton fabric. The gingham skirt has red linen pockets and the skirt with the squirrel motif is made out of beige linen. Price: $22 (AUD) + postage. Payment via Paypal. You are not required to have a Paypal account.

Please fill in the form below to purchase any of the skirts!

Bigger sizes will be available soon.


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The three elephants; Hilda, Helen and Hugo are made out of linen, cotton and with felt eyes and cheeks. They are approximately 38 cm long. Hugo has a knitted gray scarf as well. Price: $42 (AUD) + postage. Payment via Paypal. You are not required to have a Paypal account.

Please fill in the form below with your contact details if you would like to purchase any of the items!

Crafty Days

June 28, 2013

Sleeping bag for the pramSleeping bag for the pram

Baby dress
Reversible pinafore dress
During the last few weeks I’ve finished a few more sewing projects. For my baby daughter I’ve made a pinafore dress which can be turned inside out. The fabric is bought from ‘GJ Discount Fabrics’ in Brunswick East. They have an amazing selection of beautiful patterned fabrics. To make the pattern I’ve traced an old dress and cut two pieces of both the front and the back part.

My son is addicted to matchbox cars. I’ve been wanting to make a play mat for a while for these cars which can be turned into a bag so that he can store some of his favourite cars when we go somewhere. This is what I came up with.

Car play mat
Car play mat where the houses also serve as pockets for the matchbox cars.
Car play mat wrapped upCar play mat wrapped up


June 21, 2013

CERESOn Wednesdays if the weather allows it we like to visit CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick East. Every Wednesday they usually have a band playing next to the cafe in the organic fruit and veggie market. My toddler loves playing with the toy trucks spread out in the park, check out the chickens and sip a babychino at the cafe.

Snippets of Recordings

June 21, 2013
Performing "At Last" at Connie Wright's annual student concert

Performing “At Last” at Connie Wright’s annual student concert

The last year my beautiful singing teacher Connie Wright has been recording some of the songs I’ve been singing and performing. Here are a few snippets of the songs.

Hope you like them!

“At Last”


“Cry Me a River”

“The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress”


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