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It’s been a year (?!) and I still feel a bit blogblocked. Stuck in a rut so to speak. I really want to get back into blogging and sharing ideas and random blurbs.

But I didn’t know where to begin. I *did* know that I wanted to break away from the 101 list. It wasn’t relevant anymore; I had lots of different lists going on. I didn’t want to feel this committed to something that, if I’m really honest with myself, was written in less than two days. A to-do-list that spans the better part of 2.7years needs some better planning. So as of now it is obsolete.

I invite you to the work-in-progress New Tracy’s Topics. May this be the start of something beautiful.

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This is what happens when you neglect your 101 list. You miss a Goal Achieved.

Lili’s 2nd birthday was end of August and I didn’t bake her a cake. Nope. I baked 2 cakes. And make a plethora of goodie bags of nyummy treats for the kids and some adults.

For pics of all the cavity-induced-sweetness click here.

I tried making a marble cake – but I think my batter was a bit too stiff. Instead of pretty pink marble, there was a pink chunk in the middle. I put 100’s and 1000’s in the butter sponge batter,;all the more colourful you see.

I love printable icing sugar (also used it with her First birthday) so I designed the pic to go onto the cake. I went with rainbows and Butterflies. She calls them ‘Lapper‘ as in skoenlapper. She knew that it was her birtday cake, although I’m still not sure she knows what a birthday is 😉 . She calls cupcakes Party Koekies.

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OK. So I didn’t count every single tweet. But on average I think I managed it.

Reason I had this on my list was to break away from the *yawn* triage of FB. I honestly believe that twitter is what FB set out to be (but got lost and tangled in all the games, likes, groups etc). I love twitter. I love how TT works. I love how some words have been banned so that it doesn’t become a TT… and how fans work around it. Jonas vs. J♥nas.

Also, I’ve been neglecting my 101 list… again. I have a theory for this too. See, the fist umpteen goals I achieved real quick were, of course, easy AND stuff that I actually had planned on doing anyway – some time or another. So I am taking another look at my list. I will add and subtract as I feel some of my focus has shifted. An example: I’m not playing PC games nearly as much as I used to. And I’m OK with that. I have so many other hobbies now that I love – sort of like I found my niche. Or another niche.. you know… for the other hand to hold onto. So sometime in the near future I will be changing my list a bit – I’ll add that to the list, ‘changing it’.

Anyhow. Yay! Another goal achieved. And I’m following some crazy funny people – you should try it.

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So chuffed with myself; I made Lili a felt kabouter hat. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked on the internet. Also, the only felt I could get in town was pre-cut squares. Of course, I use the term square very loosely; none of the sides were the same length and none of the squares matched – basically had to use the smallest for the common denominator.
No matter how I placed the pieces, I knew I had to use 2 squares and sew them together. I wanted a tall pointy hat that will flop down, but the squares were too short. I made another plan. The design itself will have a curly point… with a bell on. And the brim will be in a different fabric, folded back and be all zig-zaggy like a real elf/pixie/kabouter hat.

Here’s how I made it:

You Need:

  • Enough felt (I used 2 x pieces, roughly 22cm x 25cm) in colour of your choice
  • Extra piece of fabric for the brim
  • Silver bell
  • Needle and thread in matching colour
  • Pins
  • Paper and pencil for design
  • Scissors for paper and for cloth

Method:

I played around with some shapes and settled on one I liked. Then cut out the shape.

Pin your pattern to the felt and cut out 2 shapes.

With right sides facing *snicker* sew all along the edges of the hat, but not the brim (where the head goes). I used double thread and sewed by hand; so I managed to sew relatively close to the edge, and I think the curl would have been too tricky for my sewing machine (at least for the monkey working it).

Carefully turn it out and check for holes. Use a pencil to gently shape the curly bit.

Here’s where I hit a snag and nearly RUINED the hat. I couldn’t figure out how I was going to attach the brim. Sewing isn’t my forte. But I figured it out.
Turning the hat back inside out (but I left the curl as it was, just don’t crease it too hard) measure and pin the brim to the hat – you’re going to have to look at the image above to see how I mean what I’m going to explain next: Place the cut edge (that’s not going to be the zig-zag part ) of the brim fabric along the edge of the hat that is still open – right sides facing – all around the hat.
Sew this edge together (Might be common sense to some, but I’m new to this – I aligned the seam of the brim fabric and the back seam of the hat)

Turn the hat right side out, fold the brim up, and press lightly using a damp cloth.

Sew the bell on the tip of the hat.

I thought the metallic fabric might fray if I cut it too soon, so I waited until the night before to cut the zig-zag shapes. I was too lazy didn’t want to go through all the effort pressed for time to hem the zig-zag pattern, but the fabric held it’s shape and didn’t fray at all!

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Alternate title:

#34 –  Sew 3 items for Amelia (3/3) Completed!

Huzzah! Another goal achived. I really enjoyed sewing things for Amelia. It’s not THAT hard. And with a whole wide web full of a gazillion ideas – I can’t help not being inspired to get busy.

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No wait, don’t jump the gun. I’m not pregnant… yet. My goal is that we should  try for baby number 2. Henk and I decided that it’s a good time to start.

So I started another blog to track our journey and (hopefully) the pregnancy. I decided to keep it seperate cause some of my updates might not be for the squeamish, and might not even make a lot of sense all the time. It’ll be more of a journal style.

Here’s the link if you care to follow our journey: Tracy and Henk TTC

I’m still working out the kinks, like the finding the right wordpress theme and organising widgets and sourcing (or making my own) custom header.

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