Sunday, January 27, 2013


1. Cheeky
2. Busy
3. Thinky

More 52 here. Thanks Jodi!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fabric flower crown

I can't believe I'm blogging craft again. It's been a while! 

I made this fabric flower crown mostly to see if I could! 

I used this tutorial for the flowers and then free-styled a bit with some floral wire and sticky floral tape. It gets less sticky. But I was a bit worried at first!

I will be making a few more of these I think!

Sunday, January 20, 2013


1. This little face slays me all day long. And nothing is cuter than her singing "Rock a bye your bear" with the actions. "Sh Sh Sh". Those little lips puckered. Sigh!!

 2. He could pose any way he wanted. (In his "Squatch" tee. That we gave him for his birthday with his "Gone Squatching" cap. Google the TV show "Finding Bigfoot" to discover the catalyst for this interest.)

3. Her cute little white over exposed face. But at $2 a pop for instax film, you just roll with it. She is wearing a little fabric crown I made last night. I may even blog it this week! :-o

Thanks Jodi, Queen of 52 portraits.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

1/52. Better late than never. And 2/52.

(Hello, blog. I'm going to give you another crack. I'm not even sure I remember how to work you.)

I don't have a camera apart from my phone. I'm not even starting "52" on time. But I do have children who are growing at a rate of knots and I am going to try and slow down the ride by joining in with Jodi and her growing gang of linky bandits. Thanks Jodi for the inspiration!!

1. Not technically the first week of 2013, but close enough. Back in the day she could have been a model on Sale of the Century.
2. My mother's beach masterpiece (with another little masterpiece in situ)
3. I asked him to do it. He indulged me.

1. On the Husky Ferry. In his favourite cap.
2. The happiest she was all day.
3. Another day, another trip to the hardware shop.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ellie Bag (Christmas 2011 Backlog!)

I made this nearly 6 months ago, but I wanted to blog it. And am still on a blogging roll from last week. I made this Elephant handbag for Jemima for Christmas last year. She is from Hillary Lang's book which is as awesome as can be.

Ellie bag is very sweet, but she doesn't hold much more than a few lip balms (which is all a 5 year old girl needs anyway!)

I discovered I love sewing with faux fur even if the fibers end up everywhere!

Monday, April 30, 2012

KCWC Day 6 and 7

Baby tired of having photo taken

Last day of KCWC was yesterday and I made this little top here. It matches the pants I made the day before, but I'm not sure how often she will wear them together. This is the second time I violated my rule of not buying anything for KCWC- I purchased the pattern for this little top late in the week. It is called "The Amelia Top" and I bought it from Mama Stellato. It is very easy to make, and is a very sweet pattern- and it goes up to a size 5 so it will be good to have on hand for the next few years. It would be cute lengthened into a dress and with flutter sleeves added too for summer. (Can you hear me justify my purchase to myself!?)

The fabric for this dress was from a handmade pillow case I got for free at the Salvation Army Shop. I was getting a few things and this was not tagged, so the sweet old man just threw it in for no charge.

It has been a great week of sewing and flexing my blogger muscle for a bit too. My machine desperately needs a service as the tension is all out (it was a struggle to make this last garment), so I'd better get onto that now. And get some things to make something for Caleb!

Thanks Meg @ Elsie Marley for Kids Clothes Week Challenge! What a ride.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

KCWC Day 5 and 6

Getting a good picture of a toddler is hard work, but when you are also trying to get a clear picture of what they are wearing, it is a job for the professionals! (For this post we will have to make do with me and my iPhone.) 

I wanted to make another pair of pants for Eve, and the best fabric for the job that I had on hand was brown fine-whale cord. Not the world's most inspiring of fabrics. 

Then, I came across this adorable pair of shorts in the KCWC flickr pool and loved them, and they got me thinking about combining the cord with another fabric to relieve it of its oppressive brown-ness. I was going to try and replicate the ties and pocket at the top of the shorts on Hart & Sew, but in the end remembered a little pair of cords I bought last winter for Eve that had bows on the pockets, so pulled them out to see if I could work out how they were made and gave it a go. It was fiddly to be sure, but not too hard. I'll see how they wash up. I used this tutorial to hem the pants in the contrasting fabric. 

I also used the flat front pants tutorial from MADE to adjust my pants pattern, and it was so easy with a really pleasing result. I am loving brown cord now!

I can fly!

Now to the shirt. I am inspired by folk who make their own t-shirts, but I haven't gone there yet. This is a basic tee from KMart. Eve is loving this book at the moment, so I scanned the cover, printed it on printable fabric and appliqued it on with "heat and bond lite" and a zig zag stitch. I have used this printable fabric before on a t-shirt and it does fade (not so good) and soften (good!) considerably with time, but it is fun while it lasts! My seven year old son was worried that I was violating copyright. Am I? It is purely for personal use of course, so I hope I am not, I am a rule follower at the end of the day. Please excuse the threads hanging in the photo. I wish I could be bothered photoshopping them out, but I can't. They are easier to fix up in real life.

I might take a better pic of the pants on a hanger tomorrow along with the little coordinating top I just finished sewing a minute ago. This week has been surprisingly productive. Who would have thought?