Monday, July 26, 2010

A dress challenge!

So another one of my 'family time' projects was making a beautiful dress for Miss Emily!

Project 3:
Ivy Designs were looking for a few people to road test some of their new patterns, and I was lucky enough to be chosen to trial the Montana Pinafore Dress! After buying Emily a pinafore dress back at Allies Attic a few weeks ago I had been keen to try making a pinafore dress myself anyway, so the timing was perfect.

Let me just say, this pattern was SO easy! I have not done a lot of sewing with patterns, and often find them a little challenging, but this one was so simple, and had lots of pictures to help explain the steps too. What I really love about it is that it comes as a PDF, so I made Emily a size 1 dress, and when she gets bigger, I can just reprint the pattern and cut out the size 2! And 3... and 4! I think the dress took me a little over 4 hours from start to finish, but at least half of that time was doing the Babushka Doll.

I think I am going to get some beautiful fabric and make up some simple summer dresses. No doll on the front, just let the fabric do the talking. I figure they will take me two hours at the most!

Anyway, I highly recommend this pattern, and no doubt the others are all great as well! Thanks for the opportunity Ivy Designs!


Monday, July 19, 2010

A simple cushion to add a little something...

In my daughter's room we have a lovely rocking chair, which has had so much use for those night time feeds, and sometimes just those cuddles and story time! The only thing is... it's a bit plain looking, and to be honest, I need a little back support.

Project 2: Cute cushion!

So in just an hour or two I put together this simple cushion cover using my favorite Saffron Craig fabric, and paired it with some plain fabrics for the 'E' and the elephants... 'E' being for Emily btw - not for elephants! I didn't really think that through... opps!

And I just love some buttons to finish off a cushion, it holds the back together so well!

More crafty projects to come!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Taking some Taylored4Baby free time...

So after being so insanely busy getting ready for Allie's Attic, I decided to take a little time to craft for our family! I often find that I am either so busy sewing for Taylored4Baby, or if I am not, I feel like I should be. Not for the past few days! And it's actually crazy what I can get done when I let myself  :-)

Project 1:

Stain and varnish our bedside tables! We purchased these back in April last year, and I purchased the stain and varnish sooner after that. And that's as far as it went. So in just one day, I stained each table twice, and varnished them as well! I am SO SO SO happy, and of course wondering why I didn't do this over a year ago!

The colour doesn't match the bed, but that's okay. I really like the look of the dark wood, and it looks like real furniture now  :-)

Check out the before and after shots below... so much better right?

Even Miss Emily approves  :-)  And I managed to pretty much leave her unstained...

More projects to come... stay tuned!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Allies Attic went off with a bang!

Quite literally... it was the sound of my clothes rack falling over 10 minutes in! Opps... I had purchased a new clothes rack on my way there, and even though the instructions required a mallet, I decided that my brute strength would be enough. It seems not. Oh well, I will be getting the mallet out today to get it fixed up  :-)

I haven't attended a market since Mathildas in Canberra back in February, and it was so lovely to interact face to face with customers again! Lovely to see what they were drawn to most. I have to say, Owls - as usual, were a big hit. As were the taggies! I sold out of those quite quickly.

Things did slow down in the afternoon, to be expected I suppose. On the up side, this did give me a chance to pop around and visit some very talented ladies! I was especially excited to visit Wonderlandia and scored Miss Emily a beautiful denim pinafore.

Friday, July 9, 2010

And the winner is...

Comment number 3 - Julie!!  Congrats Julie, and thank you all for your participation  :-)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Win a Onesie!!

Okay people, I need your help! I have a couple of big markets coming up (Allies Attic & Mathildas), and I have just released some new onesie designs. As I am VERY time poor, I want your advice so I know where to focus my attention!

It's so easy to win, just visit the onesie section of my store, and leave a comment below saying which one you would buy from me. Please keep in mind that there is a slight price difference (depending on the amount of work in the pattern) so take that into consideration when making your choice.

The winner will be drawn at random on Friday evening and will be able to select any onesie design and size! (doesn't have to be the one that they said they would buy).

Good luck people: getting commenting, and tell your friends!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Gifts for a newborn boy....

A dear friend of mine recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy Simon. Here are the gifts that I made for him (it's heading into summer where he is). It's so nice to make for those you know and love!