Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bunting Decorations - For A Celebration

 Crepe paper, it was a huge hit in the 70's and probably early 80's if my memory serves me right. I wasn't that old back then.

My invites for Carter's1st birthday had bunting on it, so I knew that I wanted bunting at his party. I had wanted to do fabric ones and in the colours on his invite and I had a plan to give away each of my nieces and nephews a string to keep as a memento.

But with the sale of the house and the crazy next door neighbour, time wasn't on my side. So I went down to the local dollar bargain store and picked up some crepe paper.

I used double-sided tape and ran that along the top of each triangle.

With the narrow roll of crepe paper I cut it in half and used more double-sided tape and there you have it colourful bunting.

I forgot to take photos on the day of the bunting, so this is the effect we got. 

This is the birthday boy enjoying ripping it up after the party.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Sea Of Tulle

The sea of tulle that is to be the Ellie Skirt from Violette Field Threads

My soon to be four year old Niece loves fairy skirts/dresses. She is telling people that is what she is getting.

Her favourite colour is black, but her daddy will not allow it. Hard to believe but there wasn't a nice strong pink to be found in the store I went to. I just love this colour.

Check out the gather on this, I only brought three meters but the pattern called for five.

This was hard enough to sew three I can't imagine what five would have been like.

After I quick text to my sister in law, we decided to shorten the length. When I was cutting I quickly changed my mind. 

It was fine in the end, I just love how it looks from the bottom as much as the front view.

All finished, I am so happy with the finish. It is a clever little pattern that hides all the gather.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dresses For Sienna

I have been the worst blogger since Carter came along. But I have been sewing lately and here is the two dresses I have made for Carter's little friend Sienna.

I made a mistake by putting the wrong binding around the arms. But I think that it was a good mistake as the colours work better.

These are very simple half hour sew with very little material.

I did model this dress on Carter but he kept pulling on it like he shouldn't be wearing a dress. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Angelina Dollie

Meet Angelina Dollie.  I have become very addicted to looking at Waldorf dolls, and as I have been blessed with boys I don't need to buy them. But I do have many family members with only girls so I am very lucky I can sew for them and giving them as gifts is an awesome feeling.

I didn't have a pattern for a head so I think it is a little bit chunky, but I think that kind of gives her charm.
I knitted a cap to sew her hair onto which I know from previous times it is hard to stop filling in the gaps.

I gave her a little sweeping fringe.

I played with different ways for her hair.

I love her little nose. I also added bits of ribbon in three colours to random parts of her head.

She is about 40cm long, I pinned her hair to the chair leg to stand her up. Oh I also made all of her clothes.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Clockwork Scarf

Clockwork by Stephen West on Ravelry Here

When I saw this Pattern, I knew exactly who I would make it for.
 I have had this dream that I would knit all the women in my family a piece to love as much I love to knit it.

I first messed it up so had to undo it and start again. 

I used smaller needles then the pattern suggested and it resulted in a smaller scarf, I still have to block it.

It is a very simple knit as they are all knit stitches apart from the three pearl stitches. 

I went with browns as it goes with bright colours which my mum can sometimes wear and it goes with neutrals too.

Of course I had to get my little model in a pic. He tried to rip it off. LOL

Monday, July 1, 2013

Super Sized Bib

As per previous post, here is the Mila bib that I made for my niece, I used a fat quart for this bib and I just love the mermaids.

This one below is from the orginal pattern, And it was a thank you gift for my friend's baby.

 The brought the owl fabric for Carter before he was born, but the fabric was cut at an angle from the store and the pattern I had didn't fit. It was just half a centimeter off. I love this owl fabric.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baby Boy Bib

How does one stop taking photos of this wee guy? 

I have been able to sew out one bib yesterday, Carter was happy to model it as long as he got to play or chew on the lens cover.

I used one fat Quart, to make this bib. It is a bib that I have posted on this blog before it is from craftiness is not optional. Because Carter is wider in the chest I made the bib bigger/wider in the chest, it worked perfectly.

I used a cowboy fabric from spotlight. As he is teething at the moment this bib is perfect for staying in place and catching all the drool.

I just love the back, very sweet. I super sized this bib for my niece. I will post when finished as I had to adjust the pattern.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Large Chevron Bag

Carter and I go swimming, I took his baby bag and another the first day and it was a nightmare. So I worked a little sewing magic and made this bag.

I love it, it fits my gear and towel. All of Carter's baby stuff and towel. 
I used a upholstery Fabric so it is nice thick.

Monday, February 25, 2013


All Finished, I must say how addicted I am to making this hat. Of course it may have something to do with how cute it is when made for wee little man.

How cute is this little guy?
As in previous posts this is a Brooklyn Tweed Design I used a 4 ply yarn and changed needles to suit.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Baby Koolhaas

My wool store is closing down, it is so handy to me and the owner is great too. She is so helpful and I have learnt alot from her. I will miss going there and chatting, it is a little harder these days as I have Carter to think about. He is a light sleeper and will sleep in pram but if it stops hello high beams are on.

So I knew if I had a boy he had to have a matching beanie to dad's Koolhaas hat by Jared Flood of Brookyln Tweed 

I first thought I had to adapt the pattern because his head being smaller, I only cast on 88 stitches, pattern called for more.

He looked too cute so had to take some photos, then I realised that I could probably cast on the same amount of stitches because I was only using a 4 ply and I was using smaller needles also.

I then spoke with Michele (my knit pro) and she suggested that I could also use a slightly bigger needle. so I unravelled my work and started again. The new beanie I am working on will fit for much longer as I can get it on my head. ( I have a small head ) Anyway when I have finished I will post the photos.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Girl's Romper

I really love little girl jump-suit's/Romper's, they just look so adorable.

I am very lucky to have niece's ( I have only produced boys)

I have known for ages that I wanted to make Mila a romper, and I did them last minute. I just couldn't find a pattern that was exactly what I had in mind, with four days left till christmas I had to pick one. 

I ended up buying a vintage pattern from spotlight. They were simple to make and in between Carter's sleep I made each romper.

I also had Heather bailey's  hooray for headband pattern sitting in my pile of one day patterns. So I whipped up one in each colour.

I didn't get a photo of Mila wearing one, but I am sure she looked cute.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013

Hello, I really intended to post this yesterday so I had a post for the first day of the year.  Sadly my days don't always go as planned with a eleven week old boy. I don't know how the ladies with more then two children do it. 

Carter is a awesome contented baby and easy, he doesn't complain much. If he does it is for only two reasons, feeding and put me to sleep please.
I just realised in New Zealand we are a day ahead so the date of this post is still the first, yippee.

So I thought what better way to start the new year then a nice chocolate cake. Since Carter has been born and I was able to function again I have wanted cake. Michael has been to the shop to buy it which was great. But there is nothing like home-made cake.

It is a chocolate cake filled with fresh cream and because it is summer what better then fresh Strawberries. Topped with a ganache.

My piping nozzle kept getting blocked by chunks of chocolate I may have chilled it too quick, so I ended up just squeezing it out in a random pattern.

It didn't effect the taste, which was beautiful not too sweet and just right. Goldilocks would have loved it.