Monday, November 29, 2010

Pleasant Surprise

book 001 Have you seen Emily Martin of Black Apple fame’s new book? Since I have loved her artwork and dolls forever I HAD to get a copy – for Poppy of course and $20 odd dollars seemed pretty good value. When it came it was so lovely that I thought I would share it. There are so many gorgeous characters and even scenes, and at the back are a stack of make your own clothes and people as well as other ideas for your paper doll family.

book 002book 005 For a pleasant change there is lots of boy characters too so I am going to cut out  half to Poppy and half to Caleb. Caleb is loving drawing shirts and pants that we cut out and add heads and funny names too so he should really enjoy it. I ordered another copy for a classmates birthday coming up as a good school holiday present.

book 003 *No-one has asked me to write this, I just wanted to share. You do have to cut all the pieces out and unfortunately the pages aren’t perforated or spiral bound.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Creative Space

 beach 001002 Caleb’s birthday is just around the corner (6!!) and the party is in a couple of weeks – eek. It is dino crazy and we are having a ‘planned party’ but still wanted to fit in a little hand made fun with Caleb. I found a tut on how to make your own dino egg that they could chip away at – if you squint really hard it looks like an egg doesn’t it – no still looks like poo. It is also made with tonnes of coffee grounds and stinks so perhaps 20 6 year olds don’t’ need additional stimulant. Drawing board again.

Bet there is more classier spaces at Kirst’s.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


While there has been a lot of sewing there has been some ‘not quite rights’ of late. Things not quite fitting, blah – blah – blah. Here are a few things that have passed.

beach 053 This is the hat from Pip’s book, while it didn’t fit Caleb it is a very cute addition to the present pile.

beach 058 I adapted a long sleeve pattern to make this circle yoke top, the arm holes are pretty airy but I am happy to ignore that. The Heather ross was a donation from the lovely Kate. beach 054beach 056

Shark on your ass swimmers and white binding at legs. The camo material was from Melanie (thanks very much!).

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I was really happy with this dress from a few creative spaces ago, the pics aren’t the best, temperamental model! I am working on a pink version (as requested by temperamental model)

The lead up to Christmas is feeling a little daunting, but I am trying to ignore it and keep ploughing through my handmade gifty list. (Note to anyone planning children – don’t have them the week before Christmas!) I am thinking a little cookie baking from Windsor Deli (her choc chip cookie is being modelled by Caleb at the beach). Have you checked out her blog - lots of cute recipes and I really love “the cook and the chef” using in season ingredients that she is doing in conjunction with Mish.beach 047

Next up some placemats for the inlaws. Congrats if you actually made it this far!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Creative Space

Still lots of bits and pieces going on.

  creative space 002 Handmade gifts for young blokes are hard work. Hope that he likes the shirt and it fits! I am on a button search - thinking little wood ones. The fabric is Kaffe Fasset Ikat and pattern is another Japanese one. Glen wants one too.

creative space 004Some little stitchy inspiration.

creative space 001And a hat for Caleb from Pip’s new book.

More Creative space gold at Kirst’s.

I promise next week a really long – lot’s of crap I have finished but haven’t had time to blog – post, these things really do get finished I promise … except the dress from last week which I still haven’t started (why do your own projects always get put to the bottom of the list?)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Creative Space

028 Got the quilt top finished from last week so just need to sandwich it all together and attack it with the Perle.

029 Then hoping to get a start on the Colette wrap dress, the pieces are all cut.

More creative goodies at Kirst’s.