June 4th, 2009
I have managed to complete some projects in the last couple of weeks despite what seems to have been a constant state of procrastination! I made Delilah on a whim & think she is pretty cute. I just felt like finishing something fairly quick & simple and she is what eventuated. I think I will rework her shape a little & maybe make another couple since we have had baby news from a couple of friends lately so I am always thinking of the things I can make for the new little ones that will be appearing. So exciting!
I also managed to finish the display box I have been thinking about for months and never got around to. It is for Ella’s room for her “precious things” and is made from a very old cutlery tray that in its previous life was a storage place for tools in the shed. I realised I didn’t take any before photos but is was in a pretty bad way, I had to pull the back off, replace all the rusty nails, clean it, paint it & then add the cute paper & a coat of mod podge. Ella was pretty happy with the result which is what matters & her selection of “precious things” made me smile.
Don’t forget the Sewn giveaway is still running, just leave a comment on the May 31st post below & be in to win!
May 30th, 2009
It is a long weekend for us here in New Zealand and despite having a long list of things I was going to get done this weekend, I have achieved very little today just hanging out at home. Ella and I had fun baking some rather rustic looking afgan biscuits which are topped with heart sprinkles intead of walnuts which taste pretty darn good if I might say so myself! I have done absolutely no crafting today but I did come across the fairy doll I made for Ella for her birthday (which she named “Star Belly”) & realised I had never put a photo up, so here she is.
She is rather different to what I had planned in my mind & I just could not get the head the way I wanted it but I decided to forgive myself as it was the first time I had attempted anything like this. I am really fond of the body shape which is very satisfying to hold & I love the little feet sticking out the bottom. I may attempt another some day and see if I can get that head right.
I am working on a couple of little broches for etsy tomorrow and am planning a giveaway in the next couple of weeks to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my ramblings and have left some really lovely comments. I am having trouble choosing what to give so it may end up being a series of giveaways if Istill can’t make my mind up. I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend!
May 19th, 2009
I had a request for a fish yesterday & here is the result which was sewn up remarkably quickly (as you can tell from the incredibly wonky stitching). I do so like the colours though & the lips crack me up – not quite what I had in my head!
May 3rd, 2009
Here is the “Robot Butterfly” I have been making for Ella from another of her drawings. We decided it would be cushion sized – which is much bigger than I am used to working with but Ella is happy enough with the outcome which is all that counts!
April 27th, 2009
I have been eyeing up my stack of floral fabrics for a while & decided it was time to do some sewing so here is a little bird ready for Etsy. Even though it is Autumn here and the trees are looking a little bare, she still found some camelia flowers to enjoy!
I also finished the letters for Ella’s wall yesterday & we are both quite pleased with them. The rest of the things for her room are still in the half finished pile which seems to be getting very large – I must sit down & start working my way through it.
April 24th, 2009
Things have been a little slow around here since Ella has the chicken pox, she was fine one day then covered in spots the next. Fortunately she has been pretty good about it & hasn’t been too itchy though we have been very liberal with the calamine lotion from the moment we noticed a spot. I am just waiting for Phoebe to get spots now but unfortunately Dan has not had chicken pox & I have been told it can be extra nasty in adults so we are keeping our fingers & toes crossed!
We are in the process of updating Ella’s room to a proper big girl’s room – creating space for a desk for her school work, a stereo & changing round the things on her walls etc. I will have some photos when we eventually finish things, but in the mean time, I did come across a toy I made a wee while ago from one of Ella’s drawings – a Seahorse Person. Ella chose all the fabrics & gave careful instructions about where everything should go. I did get one thing wrong along the way & that caused much disapproval but I think it turned out quite sweet & she just loved the whole thing. Ella has built up a pile of drawings she wants me to turn into toys now I just need to find some of that illusive sewing time!
April 16th, 2009
Juni has a new friend – Marshmallow the cat, she is a little wonky but I learnt while making her & I’m sure I will get things right eventually.
Ella is very fond of them though I had originally thought they would be for Phoebe but she very little interest in them, so Ella is directing what is made next. It is to be a family – Mummy, Daddy & two sisters, just like hers, plus a dog , which we don’t have but she hopes will be the next addition to our brood (though Mummy is quite happy with the cat & goldfish!).
April 11th, 2009
Juni is cheerful & sweet & was created yesterday while Phoebe was napping (a bit of a rush job). She emerged from sketches I was doing for something completely different & I just had to make her – now I am thinking of doing a family to join her, maybe even pets!?!
March 6th, 2009
I am working on so many things at the moment & have yet to finish any of them – a small doll for Ella’s birthday is my latest project which I am hoping to finish over the next week. The drawings have been done & I am on the hunt for fabric tomorrow - yay! It is different to anything I have made before & I am hoping that it will turn out something close to the vision in my head.
I am also hoping to have some items up for sale on Etsy in the next fortnight – some felt crowns & childrens wall art so watch this space for an update on those.
In the mean time, here is the Wee trio I made a while ago for Phoebe from the free pattern on Hillary Lang’s fantastic Wee Wonderfuls website. I made them seperately with no thought to matching the fabric but they sit in a nice little row on Phoebe’s shelf & she seems to like them. The largest is the first one I made & a little wonky but I think the other two are pretty cute.
February 18th, 2009
Two little birds I whipped up today from some scrap fabric. I had thought the girls could have one each but my four year old has claimed them both since they are apparently best friends and can not be seperated. So I guess another one will need to be made for my wee one & I will have to hope they it doesn’t become best friends with the first two before it makes it to Phoebe’s room!