Tutorial fun

How lovely is it when people send you pictures of their creations based on your tutorial or pattern??!!??

Well let me tell you, it feels so good!

Here we see little Elva wearing a skirt over bloomers based on my tutorial.

This and the baby sunsuit tutorial are still the most popular pages on the little betty blog.

I’m planning another soon which  will also be awesome. I just need the time to write it all down.

I’ve been painting today. The first coat of oil based gloss in the upstairs space at my house – 8 windows and 1 door. Nine hours straight with a paint brush, my nostrils feel permanently damaged. Hard work!!!

I also got a quote today to have plantation shutters installed in that space, but they are a little too much for our budget right now. Plantation shutters aren’t cool anymore are they??? Make me feel better, they are passe right?

My crush…

So I have a bit of a fabric crush and it’s all about the new Anna Maria Horner ‘Innocent Crush’ voile .

Now I know you’ve heard me say this before, but she is my FAVOURITE fabric designer and I’m so, so excited that the release of her new voile has been timed for the Australian summer! Yay yay yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been stalking Hawthorne Threads for a while now, waiting for the full collection to become available, so when I got an email just a few moments ago announcing they were available, I pounced online and purchased a bunch!!!

I have enough of these 4 designs to make garments for me. I’m planning three dresses and one top from the blue stripe one. I’m clearly very, very, very, very excited by this. The good thing also is that as it’s voile you can squeeze more into one of those flat rate envelopes, so I also made a few other impulse purchases – yippee, yippee yai yay!

Thankfully I’ve sold a few bonnets recently to fund this purchase, cus the old budget in little betty house is a getting a little tight these days…..

The ‘bad mum’ cake

Ollie turned 4 yesterday and I didn’t make him a cake. I’m not saying that to make you think that I’m trying to be some Martha Stewart, super home maker and do gooder, but that I love making cake and always make cakes. It’s what I do. Ask my friends and you’ll find I’m quite well known for my cake making. Nothing too fancy, just simple soft butter cake with lots and lots of super sweet butter cream icing – yum!!!

Anywho, we got solar panels in yesterday and I was worried about my power being turned off, so didn’t cook the boy a cake. Instead I fudged the best ‘bad mum’ cake ever! It’s takes no more than 2 mins to make and I literally made it up after dinner and we ate it straight away.

You want the recipe?? of course you do. Here it is:

Scoop 5 big scoops of cheap Neapolitan ice cream into a cereal bowl – we use Aldi brand ice cream in this house, being on a budget and all… Lay a piece of cling film over the top and squish the ice cream into the bowl. Take a clean plate and turn the ice cream mound onto the plate. Top with any random items in your pantry that your child likes. I used Milo, sprinkles and a  few random old lollies.

The result? Happy birthday boy, enjoying a cool sweet treat!

He even bragged to his grandpa about his great ice cream cake with chocolate and sprinkles!