Friday, March 30, 2012

our creative spaces....

Loving making these Duffels for little people. The pattern is loosely based on one by Cath Kidston in her sew! book. I felt it needed something to keep it closed so I added the little wooden bead which works perfectly and looks sweeter than those horrible plastic clippy things.

Pretty happy with this fabric which is a new design Robert Kaufman organic cotton and was so lovely to work with.
There's a little tab on the bottom and my very useful sailor hubbie spliced the cord together so there is no join. Looking forward to making lots more which I can add to my 'sell at market at a later date' stash :)

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

dressing kids.....

My hubbie waited so long to have a boy and after 3 daughters he finally arrived. However, we seem to be having issues about dressing him. Does anybody else have clothes conflicts like this? He comes from a big surf/sail background and his little boy would ideally be dressed in head to toe Quiksilver EVERY day. I love mini surfy clothes too but I have other preferences for my boy....

...for mother in law knitted this beanie for Spike, I made pom poms to decorate it and my hubbie sewed in together...PHEW....what a mammoth collaboration for such a small item.
I think he looks amazingly cute in it don't you? Last night as I sat drinking tea catching up on blogs (in particular British ones to get me even more excited about my pending trip home-my favourite being THIS one) my husband sewed the pom poms onto this beanie grumbling 'what are you doing to my boy, he looks like a nerd'. I like to call it uber!

Poor Matt, his dream of a little son came true but every day is a battle as to why I haven't dressed him in boardies and a surf shirt like his daddy.

Friday, March 9, 2012

somewhere over the....


Inspired by this lovely piece of craft so simply put together by this amazing lady I decided to be a complete copycat and make one myself. Little Spike is soon to be joining Kitty in a shared room adventure. So I need to make quite a few changes to the small space they will occupy. At the moment it is filled with lots of vintage florals, butterflies and ribbons. I am having to slowly ease out the pinks and sneak in the multicoloured slightly more contemporary decor so my little man does not feel suffocated by fairydust!
This is my version. Had so much fun choosing the papers (never having been a scrapbooker it was a whole new world to me,they're like fabric papers, loved every second) and handcut the letters in a not so perfect fashion to give it that slightly kooky childish look.

There is a huge reason why I chose this wording. My beautiful grandmother who lived with me and was like my second mummy was very closely connected to rainbows towards the end of her illness. The nurse taking care of her at my mum's house described her passing as 'crossing the rainbow bridge'. Immediately after that a huge rainbow appeared as if on cue above the house. The following few weeks after her passing there were rainbow references popping up everywhere. It really was so unusual. So it has become a thing in our family that we all tell ourselves Marmar is living amongst the rainbows and Kitty really believes this which I love.

So that's where the 'over the rainbow' came from.

If you like these banners you should really go and make one they are so much fun to do and even more fun picking what you are going to say.