Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Christmas Cuddlies all ready

Yay- I have finished my Christmas Cuddlies and the trio are  the best of friends! I'm so happy with each of them. They range from 22 cm tall (Gingerbread man) to 30cm tall (Reindeer) and are 30cm wide.
A quick visit to The Teddy Tree to pick up some more poly fill yesterday and I found some super cute gingerbread people fabric. Off to make some more and add their photos to my new Facebook page!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Softies, softies and more softies

It's been a busy couple of days spent sewing with Red Riding Hood officially finished. I'm pretty chuffed with her and her movable arms- I used to axle method to attach her arms with buttons so that they move forwards and backwards. A sightly tricky way of sewing but I'm very happy with the way she has turned out. Her cape is also reversible. What do you think? I'm going to order some red riding hood fabric and make her some friends.

In addition to Miss Red Riding Hood, I've been working on a trio of Christmas Cuddlies. Gingerbread Man & Reindeer are done and Santa will be joining them in the next day or so.

I've also just submitted my name to participate in the Softies for Mirabel which is organised by Pip at Meet me at Mikes. The Mirabel Foundation assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family (kinship care). If you make something and would like to donate, just click on the link above to Pip's blog.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chair Choices

With the school holidays just around the corner and Jon therefore being around the house more, I am going to get started on Michaela's new bedroom. Whether it is ready for her birthday is another story but I'm aiming to have it almost ready for the end of October.
I'm having the debate of toddler bed v single bed at the moment. I'd prefer to buy just the one single bed which will have a long life and allow us to attach siderails. Unfortunately I'm yet to find one I like, and after finding Michaela sleeping head first down the bottom of her cot this morning, I'd like one that is also close-ish to the floor.......
Michaela loves her books and a little reading corner will be a definite space in her room. These two chairs are gorgeous, I just have to decide on which one.
Retro chair $49.95 plus postage

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Taking shape

I've been working the last two days on a new doll. She's taking shape and looking pretty. I've decided to make her a separate little cape which will tie around her neck.

I'm full of softie ideas at the moment and have a couple of Christmas characters in mind which I will need to start asap if they are to be ready for this Christmas!!
After a month of working with a graphic designer I'm almost ready to share my logo and get all my business cards and tags printed- woo hoo!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Puppy love

I just finished the puppy that I mentioned in my previous post. He's pretty cute and already receiving plenty of cuddles.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What's on my craft table?

On my craft table today I have:
A McCall's pattern which I have just cut out to make the little terrier.
Two new Sharpies (hot pink and teal blue- I'm a self confessed stationery addict.)
The finished invitation for Michaela's 2nd Birthday Wonderland Tea Party.
A practice doll I made about 6 months ago which I didn't is helping me to create (hopefully) a much better doll pattern. My inspiration for this new doll is red riding hood. I'm just a little stuck in creating the cloak so I'll be playing around with some calico before it takes shape.

And here is what my craft table/area looks like now. It's reasonably clean and everything is where I can find it, it's just not that bright or inspiring :-( I'm thinking a couple of embroidery hoops and fabric, maybe a little bunting and some framed pics should do the trick.....stay tuned!
All my fabric is hanging in the wardrobe (but I definitely won't be sharing that photo!)

Vintage alphabet blocks

I've mentioned before that I really like vintage design alphabet accessories and so was instantly drawn to these block sets. Price wise the one from Deals Direct definitely wins for me. 

$64.55 plus postage from Anthropologie

$14.95 plus $10 postage from DealsDirect

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Wedding Gift

The very generous and talented Alicia Murphy of Akimbo, an invitation, announcement and greeting card design company in South Australia, is sharing a set of free wedding stationery on her blog. These are just lovely and would be perfect for many outdoor weddings here in Australia. Alicia's blog is also a great read for DIY and decorating ideas.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spring time

It's been a lovely start to September. My parents headed off for a 7 week trip around Europe (super jealous!), my grandparents took off up north to Carnarvon for a month and well, we stayed put! Spring weather demanded an outing for Fathers' Day so we spent the morning at Heathcote. Lots of swings, slides and some hot chocolate with my two fav people was the perfect way to spend Sunday.

Fathers' Day @ Heathcote
I've also managed to get some sewing done- two babushkas with tie front scarves were made along with another seahorse, this one with two extra side fins.

sorry about the cloudy photo :(

I've just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo after seeing the movie a couple of months ago and after finally(!) finishing the Harry Potter series. I'm listening to The xx and far too much of The Wiggles, and am looking forward to the start of Junior Masterchef and The Block!

Falling for Miss Jones

Have you met Miss Jones not only has an uber cool name but produce the loveliest home accessories and trinkets. I've been eyeing off the bone china button dishes for a while now and after seeing an article about Jennifer Jones in this month's Home Beautiful, decided to see what was new on her website. I am now totally in love with the egg tray and the birdhouses, of course!