The 100 posts on this blog that were published prior to 2016 have all been imported from my old Blogger blog. I wanted to start a fresh new blog on WordPress, but didn’t want to lose all my old posts as they are a wonderful record of my children’s childhood. That blog was published under an old pseudonym in the days when we were all more private about our online identities, and was linked with the then-flourishing Essential Baby sewing group. If you happen to recognise who I ‘was’ or you were an EB sewist too, please shoot me a message! I’ve deleted the old blog and sadly therefore lost all the old comments, but just for fun here’s a screenshot of where the visitor counter was up to  – 43 800 visitors, 100 posts and over 500 comments in the 10 years it was online!


Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party


Little Red Riding Hood drawing ©thesedaysarefew.

A slightly belated birthday party for Milly’s birthday to coincide with Into the Woods Junior – We took five little 6 year olds to the theatre after a yummy morning tea and cake. One of the guests was gluten free so I did my best to accommodate her with fairy floss, and gluten free marshmallows, biscuits, and fruit with dipping chocolate. It was all served up at the small table with a cute table cloth and the most adorable red riding hood plates (egg and toast plates but perfect for little ones as dippping plates!) They were so sweet at their little table.

To kick it all off, Laura did a gorgeous invitation – I’m pretty impressed with such lovely artwork from a 13yo. I don’t seem to have taken a photo of the party birthday cake, oops, but this is the family one we had earlier in the week.

Turning Japanese


Holidays – yay, time to sew. Last year was madness – for most of it I was working 3 1/2 days a week and studying full time to try and finish off this degree. So I didn’t get much time for sewing, but hopefully that will be different this year. I said that last year but maybe it will be true this time.
I wanted to use up this fabric before my youngest gets too old for cute prints. Simplicity 2677 is perfect as it looks vaguely Japanese with the crossover bodice. The pattern wasn’t hard, but needed a lot of attention to detail to get a nice finish. I do hate zips, I never seem to manage a perfect finish, but it’s good enough.

img_0140And look, I’ve added in a photo of the first thing I made from this fabric – my baby as a baby!


Party Time

Last weekend we decided to kill two birds with one stone and have Liam’s 8th birthday party and Milly’s 4th birthday party all in one day.
Hers was in the morning and his was at 3pm.
Laura and I spent the week cooking up a storm and making things like little Gingerbread men to give as party favours.
 I borrowed a big parachute from the toylibrary for the kids to play with, and both 4 year olds and 8 year olds had lots of fun with it.Laura did face painting for the little ones, and a friend of hers came and painted nails.
They played pass the parcel and what’s the time Mr wolf?
For the little ones’ party we had lots of little patty cakes – pink ones with white hearts on them, tiny flower marshmallow cakes, colour iced ones with Tinkerbell decals, and fairy bread cut out in the shape of a heart.
They had a big punch bowl with apple and blackcurrant juice and lemonade punch in it, and elegant pink glasses to drink from (we only had one spill!) Milly’s cake was a mermaid reclining on a rock – made from an op-shopped Bratz dolly on top of a couple of layered cakes.The children took home gingerbread men, an animal balloon, a little flask of bubble mixture and a candy bracelet watch.

The rowdy 8 year olds in the afternoon were a shock to the system after the delightful 4 and 5 year olds, but we kept them busy with things like the chocolate eating game, musical newspapers, and the parachute. Their food was movie themed – little containers of popcorn popped in my air-popper (health quotient negated with lots of butter and salt) with ribbons tied around them.
We had mini hotdogs made from cheerio sausages in little buffet rolls, cans of creaming soda and lemonade, lollies, and ice cream cones with choctops (ice magic) or fizzy rocks on top.
Liam asked for a Mario cake, which I had a lot of fun making. The kids took home gingerbread men, popcorn, a balloon if they wanted one, andglow sticks.Happy Birthday to my lovely Liam and Milly!!