This little Mermaid finds it really hard not to pull silly faces when the camera is pointed at her!! It’s one of those ‘withdrawal’ things from being out of the sea for too long!
Balancing on ones ‘fins’ takes a bit of practice, too!!
But this little Mermaid had a birthday party to go to last Saturday – on her very own birthday. SIX years old? I remember when she was just a little egg sitting on a coral leaf!
Rosie (accompanied by Mr SUDs) had an absolute ball at her friends’ party, while I recooperated on the couch from picking up my Mer-Man from the airport during the early hours of the the morning! Aaron and I got home at 3.15am and stayed up chatting for a while before getting a couple of hours sleep before the birthday girl awoke. Her best gift was having her big brother back home!! (Yes, it was my favourite gift too!!)
Our young Mermaid loved her costume, and that in itself was a wonderful gift to me! I couldn’t find a pattern I liked so made it up myself. I really don’t enjoy working with sequins and satin – give me 100 per cent cotton any day!
This two-way stretch fabric was good to work with though, it didn’t fray and was a dream to sew with, helped by using a special ‘stretch’ needle in my sewing machine. I learned quite a few new things too. I was aiming for the pleated halter neck top to look like clam shells – and it did UNTIL I top-stitched it. The secured edges took out the pleats. So I made individually quilted clam shells out of the leftover fabric and hand stitched them to the bust area.
I also learned that sequined fabric (tail fins) is not kind to sewing machines. Luckily I’ve had enough sewing experience to think to put tearaway beneath the fabric before I sewed with it – as this prevented all the little bits of plastic sequin from going in to the feed dogs of my machine and leaving debris. But I didn’t realise that the sequins could break machine needles… I took it really slowly after that incident; and to cut down on sewing time, rather than over lock the seams, I used a product called Fray Stop ™ .
The very next day… our little Mermaid transformed in to a Fairy!
Just about to blow out the candle on her gluten-free Kitty-cat birthday cake!
Isn’t that the weirdest Kitty-cat cake you’ve ever seen?! LOL I ran out of icing sugar to make the fondant… after six hours straight in the kitchen on Saturday night I didn’t have time to purchase more!
But just look at that smile… every single minute of preparation was ALL worth it!
I love my little Merma-Fairy! And I love my gorgeous jet-setting Mer-Man, too!!
Till next time – enjoy the moment!