Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another happy customer

My little nephew Corin wearing an outfit that I made. I think the heat alerts have just finished in Toronto, but I still don't think he'll be wearing those pants for long.

Such a cute chubba bubba - wish he and his mummy didn't live so far away.....

Friday, May 28, 2010

Necessary crafting

So after so much sewing for others, my poor kids have been a little neglected. OK that might be a little melodramatic, they are fed, clothed and happy, but there are a few small items that I should make for them.

First up - beanies for the boys....
The crochet caps that I made a couple of weeks ago flew off the table at the markets and while I kept one for Adele, they were in no way suitable for the boys. So I picked up this pattern from here to make these awesome giraffe hats!! I didn't follow the hat pattern, as I know how to make hats from memory, but did roughly follow the horn and ear pattern. The hat itself is a little large, which is why I added a  rolled up a cuff made with a smaller crochet hook. It's still a bit big,  but it'll do. I have some green yarn left over from a blanket that I think will become an alien hat for James.

Also on the 'to do' list - booties for Adele.
Like most babies, she kicks off her socks so I'm hoping to customise some booties that will stay on. This is the first one that I made, I think it'll work, just need to remember all the modifications I made to the pattern so I can make a matching one for the other foot...

Lastly a cute shot of Adele today wearing her new skirt
Ahhh so adorable!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Back for a baby sewing binge.

Assignments have been handed in and markets done.

I don't think I've ever worked as hard as I have these last few weeks and it nearly broke me. I think this phenomenally busy time has really made me realise that I'm not super woman or super mum. I need to really think before I commit to time consuming activities as my family is my priority. That said I will NEVER EVER enrol in full time uni again. I know, even as I write that I think 'how did I ever think it was going to be easy???' I'm also giving the markets a rest for a while. They are lots of fun and good for sales, but just a little too much to keep going to with baby Adele and certainly too much to do when coupled with online sales.

So, having said that doesn't mean that I've not been hitting the machine. I've actually been on a bit of a baby sewing binge - sewing a bunch of much needed clothes for Adele including:

This adorable dress.

It's made with a lovely dusty teal, wide wale cord and has a vintage doily around the neck. I've also bound it in adorable pink and cream stripe binding, which my mum gave to me. I've actually taken inspiration from a frock from Carefree Clothes for Girls, which I bought only to realise all of the patterns start from size 4... doh!

I also made Adele this cute long sleeve dress/swing top

It is from this edition of Ottobre magazine. I made it in a super soft teal pinwale cord, contrasted with a yoke in my most favourite paisley fabric, which is very soon to run out.

Both of these tops or dresses will be perfect with tights and a onesie in winter. So to will this skirt!!

It's made with the same pinwale cord as the top above and lined with some fabric given to me by a very dear friend. I love this fabric so much, so I'm super pleased that I used it to make something super awesome. 
I added pockets to the back of the skirt to show off some of the little birds and crocheted some ric rac to trim the hem and pockets.

So that's it for now - my 18 hour baby clothes binge is over. Adele is awake wanting to be fed, the kitchen needs to be cleaned, floors vacuumed and mopped and dinner to make.... back to being a mum.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I'm really struggling right now to find enough time to get the things done that need to be done. I have two major essays due on Monday and I think I'm going to have to ask for my first extension in my many years of uni study. I also have the  markets to prepare for this Saturday and still have a steady trickle of orders coming in to address. Adele is sleeping a little less, the boys are waking at 5.30, I am trying to wean the little one, as well as keep up with some home cooked solids to go with the commericial baby food, play with the boys, cook dinner, clean house, do laundry - oh and apparently I have a husband who occasionally wants to have a conversation or two with me.....

I keep saying 'I just need to get through the next week and things will be easier'. Once uni is over for the semester some of my time will free up.

I frequently take on too much in my life, then have to deal with a big squeeze every now and then. This is one of them.

I'm looking forward to a little more time to chill out and have fun with the kids. I'm also looking foward to sewing more things for us - specifically for us, not just the things that haven't sold at the markets. Not sure how much longer going to markets will last for me. I'm contemplating just running the shop online, in the meantime, I'll just keep going on....

Time saver no.1 - teach toddler to feed baby.

Will be back - hopefully soon when assignments are done and I'm back to being me.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Creative Space

This week is about crochet hats. They've been on my list of projects to tackle for a while now and our little trip to Bathurst over the weekend provided a number of car travel hours to get them started. The flowers were added at this week's very productive Sutherland/St George Brown Owls meeting...
Here is Adele modelling the small one this morning.

And then....ATTACK!!! "Baby Adele is getting attention, let's barge in too!!"

Time for everyone to try on the new hats!!

Clearly the TV was on during this shoot!

Head over to Kirsty's to see more creative spaces.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Meet Spike.

A beautiful 6 month old girl with very wild hair. I've tried to tame it with clips.....

But they don't seem to work well.  Water works a bit better...

But when it dries it all sticks back up again. Hopefully this means she won't have to worry about flat hair when she grows up.

Don't be surprised if you don't see me here for the next week or so - I have two horrible essays to finish, so will only be stealing short moments of sewing time to complete a growing list of orders.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Creative Space

In my creative space today:

New fabric waiting to be cut into…
A pile of finished garments growing day by day…
 And finally, finished cardigan pieces, hopefully they’ll be sewn together today while the kids nap.

Head over to Kirsty’s to see more creative spaces..

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


So a friend of mine snapped up this white and navy stripe pinwale cord recently and commented that it was too flouncy for boys pants... Well, I beg to differ. I made these for the boys last night and I think they are just adorable..
I'm getting pretty quick at this style of pant, I contrasted the pocket and waist band with the stripe showing horizontal.
I think they are pretty cool pants and perfect for playing in.

I love dressing the boys the same. Did your mum do it to you and your siblings? I have very vivid memories of mum buying a whole bunch of cheap pink cotton fabric with a very 80's colour swirl on it to make clothes for me and my two sisters. Older sis always got a skirt and top, I got shorts and top and my younger sister got either a dress or three quarter pants and a top. My brother always got to wear different clothes... Naturally this was teamed with a side pony and spike fringe....ewww.... No matter what the fashion industry says, the 80's were, and still are UNCOOL!

What do you think, are the pants too flouncy??

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

One more project finished.... fifty or so more to go!

I've just finished re-covering my couch! Hooray!! It's been half finished since before Adele was born, so I knuckled down and got cracking on the final pelmet cover.

The lounge was a pebble coloured microsuade which the kids were trashing beyond belief. Last winter I paid to have it cleaned and it cost way over $300 and was trashed again within a week.

So, time for action - the cost for the fabric, which is an awesome Warwick upholstery fabric, was $400, cotton $10, velcro $25 and voila - new couch which successfully hides small spills, slobber and mashed banana. The covers are also fully removable so they can be washed up in the machine too.

I also added a few new cushion covers to the look, whipped up using an envelop style closure, which means no buttons or zips - yay!!

Now no more distractions - must get onto those orders.....