Monday, April 23, 2012

Leather Cuffs

Just for something different. I thought that you should see that  very occasionally the males in my life  get something hand crafted for them as well.

Hand tooled leather cuffs for the boys.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Miss M's felt animals

Hello all, I'm Miss M, a guest blogger on Bernadette's blog.
I'm going to talk to you today about how I got interested in making felt animals.
First I just made really small simple things, like ornaments as gifts. Usually for a mothers day present because I'd forgotten to buy something.
I made my Dad worry dolls in different shapes. One year I made my mum different cupcakes!!

One day mum brought  home this book from the library. This is when my felt adventure began. It is all about making cute, little felt animals. They looked very easy to make, so I attempted to make one. I think it turned out pretty good.

After that I got very into sewing, so I started to make more and more. 

I'd make more and more of these little animals because I wanted to see what they would look like wearing different coloured clothes. I would give them to my brothers, sisters and even aunty's. After a while they even started paying for them. I found this very exciting!!

I even made a mobile for my nieces bassinet. It had five little soft felt animals on it. After one of my Aunty's saw it, she paid me to make her one.

From patterns, I would take part of it and turn it into something else, like I did with this mushroom. I used the body of a panda and just added red to the top of it.

My oldest brother loves the Simpsons so for one Christmas I made him a USB pouch with the top of Marge's head on it. My family thought it was pretty impressive.
I've used felt animals for many gifts and it has saved me from buying lots of presents. I find it really fun and it is something good that you should give it a go. 

Miss M.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Baby knits for the twins

Blue Jumpers
4ply Patons feathersoft
Pattern- Patons book 489

Short row baby cardigan
3ply yarn
Pattern - magazine page from over 20 years ago.

Preemie cardigan -30cm
4ply Patons yarn used
Pattern-is for 8ply I converted it to a 4ply pattern - Patons booklet 1078

1. Pattern-  Premature baby jacket  4ply yarn
2. Pattern- Patons booklet 1078, 4ply wool
3. Pattern- generic jumper pattern with cable inserted on front. 4 ply acrylic yarn, size 3-6 months

Lilac jumper 6 months
4ply Patons feathersoft
Pattern- Patons booklet 445

Yellow cardigan
4 ply baby yarn
Pattern- can't remember at the moment but it needs to be made longer next time as it is too wide for its length.
Hat- basic pattern knitted in the round.

Owl hats- not a good picture. Free pattern here.
Moda Vera pure Wool 8 ply


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Noah’s Ark Baby shower

The theme for the baby shower was chosen by the mum-to-be who knew that she was having twins. It was a lovely theme to work with, animals and pairs and we had more ideas than time allowed. 
3 sisters of the dad-to-be organized the party with a little help from me.
Our aim was to  avoid using anything that would be thrown out after the party. Thus these decorations/ gifts came to be.

The centerpiece was a Noah’s Ark. 

The water was 2 blue flannelette wraps with a whale appliqued on each and a wavy line machine embroidered close to the edges.

The ark was supposed to be made from towels but they were too bulky when folded so another wrap was used for that.

The elephants have crinkly sounding ears.

The Scotty dogs have a rattle in them.

The frogs are heat packs.

The ducks and giraffes are simple softies.

The bunnies and butterflies were made from folded washcloths.

The ‘bunting’ was made from bibs and burp cloths interspersed with animal shapes cut out of fabric, stiffened and a little machine drawing done on them. Everything was lined up in 2’s of course. The food table had a plain tablecloth topped with a piece of animal print fabric over it. All the fabrics came from my stash.

Mum to be had been terribly sick for most of her pregnancy and all that she could bare to eat and drink a little of was plain chicken and raspberry slushy’s  so she got that at the party as well, luckily there was a lot of real food for the rest of us.

It was a fun party and that little family was spoiled by their family and friends.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cracking open some Easter memories

 Embroidered Easter card.


 Lollypop bunnies. 
Very simple to make - draw features on spoons with permanent marker, glue on felt ears and tie on a lollypop with a piece of ribbon around the neck. As my bunnies had to travel and did get bumped a fair bit I used a small piece of double sided sticky tape between the spoon and the lollypop.                                                        

Lollypop chicks 
Recycling more of those plastic spoons.

Hand towel and washer rabbit

 Washer bunnies
They still need some ribbon around their necks.


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