Sunday, 30 September 2012

Guest Post - Sewing our Life Together

I am so happy to introduce you to Jessica from Sewing our Life Together Blog... What a great blog name!

Take it away Jess...

I am so excited to be here today. 
Like, really excited- like almost as excited as I am to have my baby boy... but not quite.

Hi! I'm Jessica and I blog to celebrate food, family, creativity and a whole lot of sewing at Sewing Our Life Together. I'd love for you to visit me there, browse my projects/ tutorials and even follow along if you'd be so kind. 
When I'm not blogging- or sewing, I love apple picking and laughing with the hubby and our little girl, preferably over a cup of hot chocolate. I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy now, and preparations for a baby boy are in full swing! Today I'm going to share the handsome appliqued onesies I recently made him, and even do a bit of explaining so you can make them too!

I LOVE how these turned out- but I cannot believe how long something so tiny took me to make! 
Actually, I think the tiny factor was part of the problem. Little openings in little onesies are difficult to feed through the sewing machine. A *trick* I discovered along the way is to iron the applique onto interfacing before attaching it to the onesie. This not only keeps the applique fabric from sliding out of place while you maneuver the onesie through the machine, but it eliminates the need to fold under seams for a nice finished edge that won't unravel.

{Tutorial} Remember, if you need to- you can click on a photo to see it enlarged.

To make this handsome get up:
1. Create your template
2. Cut your fabric appliques
3. Iron appliques onto interfacing
4. Sew onto pre washed baby onesies.

The tie applique is very simple to make. Here is a picture of the pattern I created and used. The tie is 7" inches in length and I sewed them onto Gerber sizes 6 - 9 months. As Gerber runs small, I think a 7" tie would be perfect for other brands 3 - 6 months. Ties certainly don't have to be perfect; different widths and lengths can add character and charm!
I cut the top of the tie away from the bottom of the tie and angled the top piece on the fabric when I was cutting it out to resemble more closely how a real tie looks when worn by handsome grown up men. (Just an FYI: This awesome material was once my grandpas shirt, but then he handed it down to my husband who wore it a couple of times before I decided it needed to become a baby tie!)
The bow tie and suspenders I just kinda eye balled, but I created this sweet little vest like so:
I began by laying the onesie- folded in half- onto a piece of paper and marking where the edge of the onesie was, where the fold was, and where the shoulder seam was.
I drew a tab out a quarter of an inch from the fold line so that the vest would over lap at the center and then I just eye balled the rest of the lines in.
Here is the template I ended up with:
Once again, I sewed this vest onto a Gerber size 6 to 9 months.

 I absolutely love it when little boys dress like men. Maybe this is because I was lucky enough to have had such wonderful male role models in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better father, and my husband is the most genuine, dependable person I know. I am certainly going to be encouraging my son to emulate his daddy, and he can start at birth by wearing this handsome apparel.
Thanks for having me today Danielle! 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Guest Post - A Bunch of Bishops

What a beautiful introduction from Janiene at A Bunch of Bishops,
no need to say anymore.....

Hello lovely Mini Moz followers! 
My name is Janiene and I blog over at A Bunch of Bishops.

I'm a Wife and a Mom of 3 :) I love the Lord and seek to glorify Him in all that I do. I drink iced coffee every day (confession, sometimes I drink it all day long). I like to mosaic, crochet and make things with paper (I love paper). I post on topics such as crafts, my kids, recipes, and my thoughts on life :) 

My favorite 3 posts would have to be... 

OK, enough about my blog!!! :)

Today, I'm here to share one of my all-time FAVORITE crafts... 

I have made hundreds of cards over the past decade and each one is unique and tailored to the event & person I am giving it to. That, it my opinion, is much more special than going to Hallmark :) 

Hand sewn greeting cards are super simple to make!
You need:
Card Stock Paper
Paper Cutter or Scissors
Fabric Scissors
Needle & Thread
Felt-tip Markers

For a wedding, I sew on a heart made with 2 different patterned fabrics, like this...

My simple "thank you" cards...

For encouragement cards I simply cut out a fabric heart and sew it on the paper (simple and beautiful)...

Today I had fun sewing a cross stitched heart onto a card (which I framed with a swirly heart that was hand drawn with a felt-tip black marker)... 

Want to know how I made the cross stitched card?
Here is how I made it...

I used a pencil to draw my pattern on the card.
Then I used my needle to poke all the holes that I had drawn...

I started stitching the card...

 When I finished all the stitching, I tied it off (this is the back view)...

Simple, Fun, Unique!
I hope you have fun creating your own Hand Sewn Greeting Cards!!

Thank you Mini Moz for welcoming me today to share my cards on your awesome blog!!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Photo Shoot with The Real Minimoz's

It was Father's Day a few weeks back &
 I got some photos taken of the minimoz's.

I can take an ok photo, but I really find it hard to coordinate both of them together. 

is an upcoming photographer.

She did an amazing job on the special gift for Daddy Moz.
How cute are they sitting together!!

Thanks Naomi, Go check her out if you live in Melbourne.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Guest Post - A Little Slice Of

Today I have a special Guest post from my beautiful school friend Carla.
She has just started blogging & I am super excited!
Her Blog A Little Slice Of is Beautiful!

Her Fashion is The latest & adorable.

And her craft projects are really pretty.

Take it away Carla!

These cute little doggie cookies are my go to when I attend children's birthday parties. Kids love them and 
they're so easy to make. The original recipe is quite unique in that it doesn't contain sugar or eggs, but I add 25g of icing sugar to mine for a little sweetness. These are also made with Horlicks, but I've made them with Milo just fine, you just get a darker dog face.

To make about 25 of these cookies, you'll need:

200g plain flour
25g cornflour
25g milk powder
25g icing sugar (optional)
180g butter, softened
80g Horlicks (or Milo)
100g chocolate chips
Chocolate sprinkles
Nestle Milo Cereal (for the ears)

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.  Sift flour, cornflour, milk powder and icing sugar.  Cream  butter and Horlicks with an electric mixer on low speed for about 3 minutes (do not overbeat). Add sifted ingredients and beat for a further minute to form a soft dough (you may need to knead it together lightly if you use the icing sugar). Divide dough into small balls, placing 3 chocolate chips in the centre of each. Insert two pieces of Milo cereal to form the ears, a chocolate chip for the nose and chocolate sprinkles for the eyes. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Come past and visit me!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Charlotte Pantaloons by Violette Field Threads

A while back I won a giveaway by Violette Field Threads
I was lucky enough to receive 8 patterns for the beautiful collection.

These Charlotte Pantaloons are so adorable & the first pair of pants I have ever sewn! 

Ella loves then!

They are really easy & quick to sew.
The longest part is tracing & cutting the pattern.

I have bough some pink & white cheesecloth that I plan on using next.
I think I might make add some length, so they can be worn long or short.


Friday, 14 September 2012

Do you want to Guest Post On Minimoz?

I am looking for some talented Bloggers to share their ideas with us.

If you are looking for more traffic to your site, 
wanting some more love ,
 it's your first time blogging.This is for you!

You need to show us a new post that you haven't published before.

Make sure it catches the readers eye.

Don't be scared.

Email me your ideas at

I can't wait to share all of your ideas!!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Lil Journal Project - Day 1

 I want to bring out my inner creativity. 
Things I know I might not have seen before.
One day I will begin a journal for my two babies 
about all things being "girlie" & "manly"
I have bundles of scrap paper hiding in my side table with 
quotes, saying, guidance & memories for my kids.
I will do it for them, just like I need to complete their photo books!

Today I will begin with Day 1

Was harder then I thought.
I was getting annoyed that my writing wasn't neat.