Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Well better late then never hehehe

Got some piccies to share of our mummy! This was taken 36days ago when she laid 13 eggs, she had one retained so once we placed her back in the tank we noticed the bumped checked her out and realised so placed the nesting box back in and yep the egg got laid a little while later, though it was a nerve wracking wait! So we have 14 eggs in the incubator, one is quite interesting, it had something on the egg that we got told was probably poop but when you look closely it looks like a bit protruding from the egg. It has also 'stained' some other eggs and has a bit of mould on it but is still healthy with no smell and we kind of candled them (used a normal torch lol) and can see lots and lots of red veins inside. Tonight they started dimpling and after posting on aussie pythons asking for advice got a reply saying this can happen two weeks prior to hatching, so big relief that they are going along normally!

Oh should mention the egg you can see at the bottom left of the clutch that isn't with the rest of the clutch we thought was a bad egg as normally healthy eggs all clump together, this egg to seems very healthy lots of red veins, lucky we didn't give up on it and put it in the incubator to give it a chance!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Well no sewing going on lately for me but i have been knitting Hartley a pair of longies, i just need to knit the gusset and the legs, can't be too hard but doing the gusset is a new thing for me so its being stalled lol

My great news is that one of our snakes is definately gravid!!!! So happy about this as it means we will have baby Maccies this season, but i do hate playing the waiting game, we know she's pregnant but now we just have to try and be patient and wait for her to lay her eggs.

Our other pair that we thought would mate this season turns out to be two males hahahaha hmmm i highly doubt we will be seeing any baby darwins this season from them lol Oh well gives me a good excuse to find an adult female darwin.

Ok off to do some blog surfing and then i might go cut out a pattern or tackle the gusset of the longies lol

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I can't believe it i have actually been sewing lately.......

First up was making a coat for my brother Nikki, in total it took around 10hrs and i did it al in one day, but left the hemming and buttons till my brother had tried it on, so i have something i have to finish tonight then its all complete.

Yesterday we went and bought the wool to make the good version of the coat, $240 later OMG i am going to be so nervous cutting into that material, now we need to go to Spotlight and get the buttons as Lincraft didn't have them, actually yesterday i was reminded why i don't shop at Lincraft very often.

The last thing i made was a Hoodie set for Hartley monkey which he wore yesterday when we went out but threw up all over himself before i had a chance to take a nice photo of him in it, always the way isnt it!

Ok bestgo Hartley has been awake since 5am and just woke from a 15min nap, so i think today is going to be loooooooong but fingers crossed no more chucking.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dads birthday sewing and remote control holder mini tute.

Well i have finally been sewing, for my dad birthday today (Happy birthday dad!) I made him a remote control holder that goes over the arm of his recliner, i also made him a trifle as he loves trifles and that went down very well!

Now i know how annoying it is when my monkey visits and thinks hiding the remote is the best game to play lol. I couldn't find a tute that was exactly what i was looking for so read a no sew tute and went from there, i got the measurements i needed from my brother as dads recliner has a wide armrest.

It was easy to do, i used stiff denim and cord, cut two main body pieces, two pocket piece and two more pocket pieces, i had a big pocket for the tv guide to go in and a shorter pocket divided into two for the remotes to go into. the dimensions were 32inches by 15.5inches for the main pieces, first pocket was 11inches by 15.5inches, and the remote pocket was 8inches by 15.5inches.

basically cut your pieces out and sew the two pockets pieces together at the top seam, press then top stitch, you don't need to sew the side or bottom seams as this is doen when you join it all together.

Now with both pockets topstitched place the remote pocket on the other pocket piece lining the bottoms and the sides up and sew a line from the top of the remote piece to the bottom, this will make it have two remote pockets.

Then place your top main piece facing up and place your pocket piece (one piece as they are now joined by the bit you just did).

Then place the back main piece on top of this facing down, pin and sew together leaving an opening for turning.

Once that is done trim the seams, and corners and turn and press.

Then to close the opening i simply topstitched all the way around it, and your finished!

Pretty simple to make but it went down really well. As i said earlier i used denim and cord and had the cord as the back to help prevent slipping, and had the main front piece denim, the big pocket picec was cord as the front piece denim as the reverse and the little pocket was denim as the front piece and cord as the reverse, you could make it easier and just do the same material for the front and back so there is no need to cut two pieces just cut one on the fold, and then all you would need to do is press and topstitch instead of joining the two pieces.

You can also do this the size you want, i was working on the width of the armrest being 11inches across and the depth from the armrest to the cushion being 16inches and i wanted it to hold the tv guide that comes with the sunday paper, that is why it has a width of around 15inches once made.

I don't have any photos of the process of making this but if you would like some let me know and i will make another, and the picture of the final product will happen next time i visit mum and dad as i forgot today lol.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Some people make me sick......

Yes may seem a over reaction but seriously some people make me feel ill from their actions.

Warning rant coming on....... lol

Now i love snakes and have done so much reading up on then and gee's their a big part of my life, i own placid pythons as you can probably tell lol and love them like i love my two monkeys Bailey and Hartley, so where is all this leading to?

Well it just makes me sick when blog surfing or even checking out the various forums i am on and i come accross people saying they have killed a Brown snake, or Red Belly Black.

I mean seriously don't people realise it is not only illegal to kill native australian snake but also very stupid? Don't people realise that most snake bites occur when someone is trying to kill the snake as it feels threatened and is in defense mood?

It is seriously stupid and moronic behaviour oh i had a snake in x or in my garden so i went screaming and got someone to kill it, what a bloody hero killing an animal who was just looking for warmth and somewhere to hide. I really wish this behaviour would stop and they would just leave the snake alone close the door and wait for it to make its way back outside not find some hero to kill it.

I wish the authorities in charge of looking after our native reptiles would actually do something about the people that kill these animals as until that happens people will just willy nilly kill these beautiful australian reptiles.

I mean the RSPCA fines or jails people that mistreat or kill dogs, cats, sealife, birds you name it, but who is going to really look after our reptiles and punish those who kill or mistreat them?

Ok off my soap box now but it is just so disgusting coming across people who kill these animals when its not even being threatening just trying to find somewhere to hide. Read up on snake a bit do some research, keep at hand the local snake catchers number, seriously it is not that hard to even just spend ten minutes reading up on what to actually do if you find a snake in your house or garden (and no grabbing a broom and shovel is not what you do)

(disclaimer when i say hero i mean it very sarcastically as i really don't think someone who kills any type of animal is a hero what so ever)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Another of Missy.
Biggie our Olive, i'll have to take a pic of him outside to get the full affect of his size.
Our newest baby is this water python just finishing off his feed, only reason he has food in his mouth is he took the pinky rat from the side not head first.

This is Bailey with two of our spotteds. She is definately a snake lover

This is our female Darwin, Missy, though its a few months old and she's quite a bit chunkier since then, and this picture does her colouring no justice.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My op shop buy today, i cant believe i walked into my local op shop and found a box of singer parts!

Kim i think the second picture of the smaller box has the zipper foot top left hand corner to the right of the blue thing (great terminology hey!)

I am just about to add a clearer pic of it for you

No idea what this foot would be used for but it sure does look interesting! Anyone reading this if you know what it is and what its used for it would be very helpful :)
So not the best pic but yet another foot i have no idea what it is lol

Kim this is the one i think would be the zipper foot, let me know if it is handy for you
Well this is my version of the little pouch from this tutorial. It was quick to make and really easy, the next one i will make lined with PUL so it is water proof so can be used for a little make up bag.

I should add here these photos really don't do it justice lol
I like this material have had it a while and was at a loss of what to make with it. So some of it turned into this pouch, and i am thinking of making a tote style bag out of some more of it but its quite a bright fabric i dont know if i would use it lol