Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rainbow Blankets Completed (well almost)

This week I finished the rainbow squares for Amelie's rainbow blankets...

The large one...



...and the small one....it was hard to keep the little hands and feet off this one...
'I want to touch them!'

And so now begins the task of crocheting them together...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Christmas to All and Blog Love

Happy Christmas to YOU

I hope you are having a relaxing day with family and/or friends.

I just wanted to express my appreciation to you for reading my blog! I really really love to read comments left like little presents on the posts and discussing arts and crafts with interested folk like you!

My favourite part of blogging is how it allows you to get in touch with people who really 'get it' and understand how much time, effort and how much of ourselves we put into creating!

So thank you...and I can't wait to see you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Handmade Christmas Present Round Up

1. Clementine in the Failure Suit (Size 6 Months)


1. Christmas Skirt for Amelie

2. Oliver+S Bubble Dress for Amelie

3. Dress for Clementine

4. Oliver+S Bubble Dress for Clementine


1., 2., 3. and 4. Table Runners for Family


1. Dorothy's Ruby Slippers for Amelie
2. Zara softie for Clementine
3. Shoes for Clementine
4. Clem-en-Tine softie for Clementine


1., 3. and 4. Presents for Family
2. Gingerbread

Check out what it all looked like in the BEFORE picture HERE

I am glad the big sew-a-thon is over and I am ready for a well deserved break....but I still have things in mind for next year:

Spingform Buckets

A Pencil Case for Amelie

Finishing the Girls' Crochet Blankets

Begin the B'day Present Making for the Girls (April / May):

At this stage I want to make Amelie an Alice in Wonderland Costume and a Strawberry Shortcake Costume...and maybe a Ginger Snap one as that appears to be her favourite at the moment...

Apple and Strawberry Knitted Hats

Batman Knitted Hoods

I also want to make them both a 'Birthday Party Dress' from Oliver+S

And I want to create a new series of work for my shop...still mulling over ideas at the moment!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Another Doll for Clementine


I wanted to make Clementine a softie as part of her first Christmas present...and I ended up making two...

Meet Zara

With my original concept sketch...




She is a little bit naughty but is always ready for a hug with her long outstretched arms.

She has lovely long legs and is very flexible.

She is shy and only dances in her dreams.

I made her up as I went along and didn't work from a pattern....just kind of cut out shapes and went with it!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Clem-en-Tine


Meet the twins


....Clem en Tine....








Clem is the happy one with a smile always on her face. She loves red and white polka dots, hearts and daydreaming.

Tine is more reserved and likes to read in her spare time. She hates red and white polka dots but doesn't have the heart to tell Clem. She is also not so sure about the bow.

Fabric Giveaway

Head over HERE to enter....for now I will just sit back and dream about all the beautiful little things I could make next year...
PS I just finished sewing the last two presents on my list...stay tuned for some photos of AWESOMENESS...well I was pleased...I still don't feel completely finished as I have to hem some pants and clean up the bomb of my sewing room but once that is done I am sit back and probably fall asleep!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Some Belated Presents




I made these lunch bags for some of my family (belated birthdays)...and one as a thank you...they are made from a pattern by Be Be Bold that I got at a quilt market a few years ago...but there are many similar ones out there now!

And as usual I finished these at night so it was hard to get good photos but I tried to use my light box to help out a bit!

A little dress for Clementine





A little dress for Clementine for Christmas...to make up for the failure suit and bubble dress that depleted her presents' stock.

I only added the trim at the bottom as an afterthought while I was finishing her Santa Sack and I am so glad I did because it is my favourite part...a tie really with the beautiful Anna Maria Horner voile!

The shirring at the top is a little tight but I am hoping this will relax a bit with wear! I also kinda wish I had a thread to match the shoulder bit because I don't like the stark contrast of the white thread BUT all in all I love the dress and can't wait to see her in it on Christmas Day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Clementine's Santa Sack Completed

From this....(thank you husband)

...to this...

...and this...
to THIS....ta da...

I finished the stitching a week ago but have been waiting to get a little bit of green trim to finish the front of the sack off...I teamed a little green ribbon I got today with some Alannah Hill cotton lace I had at home...I really like it except for the puckering around the letters...this is a little annoying and can be seen on Amelie's sack too...the next stitchery I do I will back first with interfacing...thank to advice from Chaotic Jupiter...keep an eye out on her blog for some AWESOME stitcheries she has been doing!

A peek at the green lining

'Oh my darlin'...'

Amelie's Santa Sack I designed and made in 2008

My husband did the letter design and I stitched it...along with the stars and blanket stitching...

A peek at the back and as you can see there is a casing where I had red velvet ribbon to pull it shut but I have discarded it this year as I thought it was too much!

So now they are all ready to be laid out for Santa in a weeks time...I can almost hear the sleigh bells now!

Glinda the Good Witch Completed

I ironed on the appliques today and also stitched around them to ensure they stayed put....which was good because one had already started pealing off...a combination of not hot enough iron and not good enough interfacing on the back methinks!

I decided to keep the butterflies on the centre top bodice...and I left off the stars alltogether as it didn't look right and would have needed hundreds of stars or none...so I went with none and I am very happy with the way they turned out!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kiki Costume Completed


Today I finished the accessories for Amelie's Kiki costume....I ended up finding a pair of red shoes so I made the red bow for her hair and the satchel!

We also got a broomstick (thank goodness for halloween...) and a Jiji doll from J-List to complete the set

PS...I love snaps...

...but most of all I love this bow...it turned out perfect...
I made my own pattern for the bag and bow and was worried that the bow material would not stand well as it was a knit fabric....but I put a little soft iron on interfacing and it was PERFECT....

So proud....I might even borrow it one day...look it's AWESOME!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Handmade Table Runners








I have wanted to make these ever since I won the giveaway over at Little Betty's...I love the Scarlett Fig Tufted Tweets fabric and I wanted to create something homewearsy out of them as oppsed to clothing.
Pondering gifts for this Christmas season my Grandma suggested I could make tablerunners and the two clicked together perfectly.
To make the most out of the fabric I cut each fat quater in half and then cut the linen double the length for the centre piece. I did a bit of mixing and matching and made each on reversible.
I also added some ric-rac to the beige linen to tie the colours in.
I was very proud of myself when I got these finished and as you can see I took many photos posing them before they were wrapped and handed out on Saturday!
How is your Christmas crafting coming along?
As time is slowly slipping away I have a few things I need to get done but don't feel too overwhelmed....but maybe I am fooling myself!

Interesting Tales....




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