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what three looks like

May 28th, 2014

Before this little baby girl was born i used to wonder what it would be like with 3 kids. Not going to lie, we’ve already had our fair share of crazy-everyone-needs-attention-at-the-same-time moments, but most of the time, three looks like this.

Two big kids loving on their little sister. It amazes me how they can spend so much time each day just staring at her and telling her how much they love her.

The house is messy. The laundry is not done. I have no idea when i’ll be sewing again. And we’re only slightly closer to figuring out how all our routines work together. But everyone is happy.

It’s kind of perfect from where i stand.

our newest little love

May 14th, 2014

Hello my lovely friends!!

Well here she is! Our newest little love arrived last Thursday at 9:27am after a very smooth delivery, and weighing in at a hefty 9lb/4.1kg. We are so completely in love with her, and Bunny and Buddy are basically freaking out with excitement all day everyday. It’s been so wonderful to see how they have welcomed their little sister into our family with so much adoration. Our only problem so far has been trying to keep them at bay! hehehe.

Thank you so so much to everyone for all of your incredibly kind messages, prayers and good thoughts. I feel so blessed, and am so grateful that our little girl is finally with us!! And now i shall take a nap.

Love and hugs to all of you!! XOXO

the make room for baby sale!

March 22nd, 2014

Well my dears, as you know baby number three will be arriving soon, and i’ve officially entered that nesting panic stage where i want to set up her little space and know i’m prepared and it’s making my brain all kinds of crazy. The only problem is, i kind of use the babies future room as stock room… uh oh. So i’ve decided that since i’m taking everything slow right now, and plan to keep doing that after she arrives, it makes sense to have a little sale and clear out that room! So here it is, my make room for baby sale!

I’m clearing out some of my beloved stash fabrics, ready to wear design samples, and of course sewing kits! I even found i still have some stock left in my US warehouse, which i’d love to clear out so i don’t keep paying storage. And because it’s just darned fun having sales, i’m also going to have 20% off PDF patterns for the next few days (use code BABY).

Everything is pretty discounted, so there are a tonne of bargains to be had. Happy shopping and happy sewing!

(Here’s a little peek at a few of the items in store)

SHOP [  SEWING KITS]

SHOP [ FABRIC ]

SHOP [ READY TO WEAR CLOTHING ]

Megan Nielsen Crescent Blouse & I make fashion tote bags on sale!

SHOP [CRESCENT BLOUSE PATTERN (PRINTED) originally $20, now $12 on Amazon // I MAKE FASHION TOTE BAG originally $15, now $5 on Amazon]

Update on PDF patterns

March 6th, 2014

List of Megan Nielsen Patterns currently available as downloadable PDF's

So i just realised that though i’ve been slowly turning my patterns into PDF’s over the last few months, i haven’t given you all an update on which are available since that first announcement. Ummm whoops! Sorry girls, can i blame it on the pregnant brain?!

Anyway, here’s whats currently available as a PDF:

PHEW! big list! We’re getting there slowly! I hope to make at least one or two more available as PDF’s before baby girl arrives, so stay tuned and lets see if i can remember to actually tell anyone about it this time hehehe

Also, patterns that are currently available through Simplicity Patterns:

Four

March 3rd, 2014

Hey lovely friends! I can’t believe it, but it’s four years ago today that this little adventurer entered our lives and changed my world forever.

I can’t believe how much my gorgeous boy has grown up and become a “big” kid. I’ve loved seeing his personality develop, especially during this last year, to be a little guy who loves to explore, and figure out how everything works. Who likes quiet moments and notices all the little things. Who is always on the hunt for the perfect rock, and knows how to wear a hat like a boss. Who believes in super heroes and likes to keep everythimg organized and in order. Who is fascinated by maps and can spend hours carefully looking at a book catalog trying to pick out the perfect new book. I’m grateful for the time we’ve been having recently, just the two of us home during the day together, because it helps me learn even more about my wonderful little Buddy. He stole my heart those four years ago, and he wins it over and over again every passing day.

baby girl wish list

January 28th, 2014

That’s right, baby number three is a girl!! Bunny is ridiculously excited, as she’d been hoping and hoping for a little sister. She’s already decided we should name her “Rosie Robinhood”, which might be the best name i’ve ever heard hehehe. Though hilariously, the ultrasound technician was so overly confident that its a girl, that it almost makes me nervous. Isn’t that silly? I know, it is!

I’m so glad to finally know the gender, as i can do what i love, prepare and organize! I’ve been keeping all of Bunny and Buddy’s baby things for years – so it’s been really fun unpacking all of the little baby girl things after all that time.  It’s actually worked out really well because one of my dearest friends is having a boy around the same time as me, so i’m able to pass on all of Buddy’s adorable baby things to her. I had a seriously epic baby clothing organizing session one weekend! Unfortunately we did have to get rid of a lot of things before we moved back to Australia, it was a shipping container space issue and also a this-has-been-used-and-abused-by-two-kids-already-why-are-we-keeping-it issue. But I’m really glad we brought our rocker and crib and pretty change table when we moved back to Perth.

So obviously i’ve been looking at all the things i need to get for our new addition and made a Pinterest board for the very important task! Here are a few of my favourites at the moment, some to make and some to buy:

  1. Rain cloud mobile. I think this is so cute! But i don’t really like the black rain drops, so i think i’d like to try and make my own version, maybe with pink raindrops
  2. Fawn Clock. I absolutely 100% do not need this clock. But i’ve wanted it for years (literally) and feel this might be the excuse to buy it… maybe hehehe. Isn’t it ridiculously precious??
  3. Natursutten BPA free natural rubber orthodontic pacifier. Admittedly we are not pacifier people. We’ve never let our kids sleep with them, and i don’t intend to with this baby – BUT i really love having a pacifier in my nappy bag for emergencies. By which i mean, my baby won’t stop crying in a really public place that i can’t leave and people are giving me the “eye” hehe. I have hated every pacifier we’ve ever bought, but this one looks really great because well, all natural (WIN), orthodontic (WIN) and no part of it is closed so it’s easy to clean (gosh i hate when liquid is caught in a pacifier ewwww).
  4. Ferm living cloud wallpaper. I love the idea of having a feature wall of pretty wallpaper in kids rooms, and i’ve fallen head over heels for this pretty cloud wallpaper. I know it’s unlikely i’ll actually buy it since it’s so so pricey, and then i’d have to actually hang wallpaper, but i think it’s pretty likely i’ll do some cloud stenciling on the wall like this
  5. BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance with organic cover. As much as i loved our old Boppy bouncer, after a lot of research this looks like the best one for our lifestyle. I like that it folds flat, since we’re always driving between grandparents houses, and i like that its different height settings go lower than our old Boppy bouncer did (that thing really was gigantic!). And not gonna lie, kind of jazzed that it comes in an organic cotton cover- though truthfully, that was my favourite colour choice organic or not hehe. Yes it’s pricey, but everything baby is, and i know this is something we’ll use even into toddlerhood.
  6. Freshly Picked Moccasins in blush. I know we are a long way from needing these (i’m not a fan of shoes on babies that aren’t standing yet), but goodness me i think these are the perfect first walkers. SO gorgeous. Yes they are pricey, and yes there are cheaper knockoffs allover now, but i think it’s still important to support indie designers, and i’ve been watching Susan’s little business from the beginning, and watched it grow into something really amazing.
  7. Dr Brown’s Gia nursing pillow. Somehow i lost my Boppy nursing pillow in the move?! i’m super irritated because it was still perfect and i took really good care of it. Honestly how do you lose something that bulky? Anyway, the good news is that since then Dr Browns have come out with an even cooler nursing pillow which is getting rave reviews, and my lost pillow gives me an excuse to buy the new cool one yayyyy. Kind of loving the fact that its much thicker than boppy, and angled to help baby with gas/comforter etc. I’d probably make a cover for this one, because i historically hate the patterns and colours of all nursing pillow covers. Picky meg!
  8. Wooden rattles and toys. I’m trying my best to move away from plastic, years of the stuff breaking and having to throw it in the trash (I HATE throwing things in the trash) have made me ragey, so wooden baby toys are on my mind this time. I really love everything from keepsake toys on Etsy. I mean hedgehogs, come on so adorable!!
  9. Sophie the Giraffe. We’ve used a lot of teethers over time, and i’ve never been super impressed – but i remember watching Everett go nuts over his Sophie when we were having lunch with Sydney one day, and i was completely sold on it’s awesomeness. This time round i definitely want to get a Sophie.
  10. Aden + Anais swaddling blankets. For Buddy i made all of his swaddling blankets so i could get really big ones in cool prints. Since then I’ve noticed everyone using these adorable Aden + Anais swaddlers, and must admit they look really good. (also their crib sheets look crazy cute i might need to splure or copy) The same fabrics i would make them out of myself, and the size is nice and big. Admittedly, the price is pretty high, so who knows i might end up making swaddling blankets again this time.
  11. Avent natural glass bottles. Though i like to nurse exclusively, it’s kind of rough on the rest of the family because then no-one else gets to feed cute babies – SO i always pump and have a small number of bottles on hand for Chris and other relatives to use if they want. We really really loved the plastic Avent bottles with Bunny and Buddy, but lately i’m trying really hard to move away from as much plastic as possible – so this time round I bought some of Avents natural glass bottles. I must admit, i almost bought the LifeFactory glass bottles simply because the silicone sleeves are soooo pretty, but I’ve learnt from experience that the bigger the bottle nipple the better, so sticking with my Avent :)
  12. Rope bowls for storage. For both Bunny and Buddy i used wicker baskets to store their nappys and wipes and important nursery items, but i really love the idea of these DIY rope bowls. I think a couple for toys on the floor would be really adorable too.
  13. Darling Dexter baby bibs. Yes i know i could make my own bib pattern, and yes i did for Bunny and Buddy – BUT as functional and easy as mine were, i can readily admit that these that Whitney made are WAY cuter, so i think i’ll be using her little pattern to knock up a few with my pretty fabric scraps
  14. Thief&Bandit headbands. I’m not one to cover a baby in headbands, i’m all for comfort – but having said that, this are amazingly cute and i might not be able to resist. Sure i could make some myself from fabric scraps (i probably will), but i might also get lazy and buy theirs because they are so irresistible.
I know there are many of you who are pregnant at the same time as me, so whats on your wish list?!