Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas dresses

A dear friend inspired me with some gorgeous patterns to make my girls some Christmas dresses. I must say I was quite pleased with the result. I have never really made clothes for the kids, these easy pieces have encouraged me to do some more.

First up, the Wrap Around-yet-elasticised-waist skirt (a must for tinsy waisted girls like her, and it's still a bit too big) for my Big Miss.... In Michael Miller Christmas Critters fabric and coordinating star inspired contrast fabric.

she clearly loves to model for me!

Then the reversible (I know!) Christmas pussycat dress for the Little Miss with cream and golden stars.

Version 1.0...

Version 2.0!

A closeup of my appliqued Christmas tree; the kitten placing the star at the top was a last moment inspirational choice!

not that keen on modelling, this one....
 This shot was the best I could get with many cranky expressions deleted straight from the camera!

and finally....

Ta da-aaa! See I can model when I want to Mum!

Made from patterns by Wink Designs

Friday, December 3, 2010

Before children...

These were the sorts of things I spent my spare time doing! These were all done from patterns, so I can't take credit for the design, but they were all painstakingly handmade by myself. I was decorating the house and reflecting on how many things I have made, so thought I would pop some of them up here.

 A flashback of craft if you like....

My Santa Swag, I still love them!

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My quilted wall hanging, all the panels are hand blanket stitched and hand quilted. It was not hand sewn together however! Every Christmas I hang it and remember how much work went into it.

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Beaded and padded felt stockings. The nativity one was from a pattern, so was the Santa one, only I didn't buy the patten, I drew it up myself! Madly I did two of Santa and gave one away for a friend's son's first Christmas. Sadly her other children have missed out!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's that time of year again!

To start hanging up your stockings....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Giveaway time!

It's time I hopped on the bandwagon! I have been the very lucky recipient of a number of giveaways recently and I have decided it's time to give some karmic goodwill back! However someone with a much broader following base as me has kindly offered to 'host' the giveaway, so go on over to The Clip Cafe for all the details.

Up for grabs is two little drawstring bags, his and hers for little people, if you like. Featuring giraffes and elephants, these bags are lined and big enough for those must have treasure when out and about!

Thanks to The Clip Cafe for doing a little interview with me after the Softie Swap and doing all the actual work on the giveaway! Well, all bar the sewing of the little items you see here that is!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bullion embroidery bits and pieces, ideas needed!

In my previous life where I had copious amounts of time and patience, I did wool embroidery on baby blankets. Then I ventured into some bullion embroidery, and this was the result. The 4 pics are on one bassinet size woolen blanket piece in each corner, and the plan was to add another 4 designs on each side and one in the middle. I ran out of steam. So now the blanket is a bit sparse as is, so am wondering what I could do with these little panels if I were to cut the blanket up. Dolly blankets? Sew them onto the belly of a little bear? Any ideas graciously considered!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Softie Swap

I just participated in a Softie Swap! Register, be assigned a swap partner, get to know them a little, then make a softie you think they will like. Post. Wait. Receive in turn. It was fun, I really enjoyed researching what I wanted to make. And I got to make my first ever rag doll, which I loved.

I just received mine yesterday, a lovely GREEN owl, as I do love green I am sure you can tell. I have named him Olivander.

Cute flower detail on his behind!

In his natural habitat....

So here it is, the doll I sent to eva, mei and me, who had a preference for all things Asian, pink, orange, buttons and teacups. Well 4 out of 5 aint bad!  I have included a couple of shots of her progress along the way, including a very voodoo like image of her pinned together!

Size reference, almost as big as your average toddler!

Don't mess with me, I can use pins!

Thanks the The Clip Cafe for hosting the swap. I should also mention that this doll, now named 'Amy' is not entirely of my own creation. As she was my first dolly attempt, I used a pattern I bought from One Red Robin, and can highly recommend her if you want to give one a try!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I just noticed something of mine was featured on the madeit blog, in a Christmas treasury, yay! I haven't put pics of them up here yet, feeling it was a bit early for Christmas stuff (!), but it's the 2 green Christmas stockings, bottom left corner, as seen below.

It's nice to see something of mine chosen and the extra publicity doesn't hurt either!

When the time is more appropriate, I'll post the rest of my stockings here, I might wait til at least November, unlike some of the shopping centres....

Monday, September 20, 2010

Animals blanket

Large size, double stitched. Mink and cotton.

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