Monday, 6 May 2013

Silk screen print party dress

Here is another dress I made for my daughter. I am supposed to be making the bridesmaids dresses for my sister's wedding. It's a relatively small job. Just two dresses both for 4yr olds. I felt a little rusty with my dress sewing so thought I'd do a few practices first. Also I could play with the patterns as I went along. Here is the first dress, it is made with a piece of gorgeous yellow hand silk screen printed fabric, by illustrator Rosie Maccurrach. It's a simple dress with a separate sash. Still need to hem it actually. My daughter loves it, she knows no one else in the whole world has the same dress. That's really important when you are 4yrs old.... And want to feel really special!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Wool soakers and longies

I decided to venture into cloth with my second child. Now that we have a washing machine and a line, it's finally possible. So far, it's been going great and I can say that it is a lot easier than I thought and actually even quite fun. We are very much hooked on Tots Bots Bamboozle 's which last the whole night through, even up to 12 hours... If your baby sleeps that long! I highly recommend them if you are hunting out a reliable cloth nappy. This two part system will not let you down. Ok, so that's enough of the endorsement... That's not the purpose of this blog!
With my cloth nappies I decided to make some wool wraps. These function as a waterproof cover when using a two part system. You can find a lot of info on the Web about these. You need to soak them in a lanolin mix first and the pants/soakers need to be 100% pure wool for them to work. Here are my efforts and a few snaps of the making process....

I love that each pair comes out very different, depending on what type of jumper i used and the details/ length of ribbing, it had.

Egg rolling 2013

Been very bad at posting recently. Definitely distracted by the kids and my 'to do' list...... Which actually isn't being done, so it can't be a valid excuse, though it somehow occupies my time, just contemplating it! Anyway, Here are some pictures from this year's egg rolling. It was a bit cold this year, so no picnic but still lots of fun and I didn't lose my voice which was a bonus!

Friday, 8 March 2013

World book day

World book day was not really going to be a day for which i intended to sew a costume. But last minute, I got the guilt about sending my child to school in an un-original store bought Gruffalo costume. So having previously made a broomstick and a wand so that my daughter could pretend to be the witch from Room on the Broom, we decided to make up the rest of the look. It may not look like much but i was frantically sewing until the night before. Maybe the most ridiculous part of it is that she only had to wear it for three hours, as she's at a part time nursery! Anyway, it will go with the rest of the dressing up clothes, so hopefully it gets some more use in the future. Here are the things i stitched.....A wand, a ginger plait with a clip in bow, a pointy black hat, a cape with broach and a polka dot skirt. And that skirt was entirely hand polka-dotted! Phew..its over, now back to the rest of my things.

Feather hairband

  This is a hair band I made for my daughter to wear to a friends Swan lake themed birthday party. I used tinted feathers and stitched them onto a small felt base that I made. I hot glued strips of sequin fabric carefully on top and then piled on Swarovski crystals to make it really sparkly. It was pretty quick to make and looked really cute. I love making hair bands for little girls, you can let your imagination go pretty wild...if you have a confident child that is! Its always quite handy to have a few hair bands in your supplies as they tend to be requested pretty last minute, or at least, they do in my family. These type of projects are great for using up left over scraps of fabric and odd beads, as pretty much anything goes. You don't have to be able to sew either. Most shop bought hair bands are 90% glued anyway. So get your random old buttons and odd bits and pieces at the ready and glue up something fabulous!

Fairy costumes

Almost 7 months ago, just after my youngest was born, I promised two little girls some fairy costumes. They loved the idea of being Tinkerbell ... In pink of course! I found an official Disney fairies pattern and they each chose which fairy they wanted to be. They each then chose their favourite shade of pink, at the fabric shop and we gathered all our materials. Lots of flammables, netting and polyester, oh how lovely!
Almost 6 months later and all I'd done was cut out the pieces! I thought I'd get a fair bit done, despite the new baby. He's an easy chap after all. But somehow it just didn't happen. With my sisters wedding looming and my list of work filling up.. I decided some late nights were in order. I had to get these done. There is nothing worse than unfinished work to clog up my conscience! My mother often mentions she's found another bag of something  unfinished lurking in her spare room. I can't do that any more. I get some kind of creative block if I haven't finished projects. It becomes hard to start something new or approach it with a clear head. Much like spring cleaning i suppose. Always good to start with a clean page.
So this project had to be stitched up to enable me to carry on. May not be the best fairy dresses you've ever seen and they are a size too big (just pre-empting my slowness!) but the girls seem happy. Will try to get a proper photo of each one soon.

(yes, that is my little boy, teasing out the layers of net. Diy, sewing, he's pretty handy with it all!)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Wall pegs version 2

This is my coat peg pictures, as im exhausted after all of this!

So im done! Well, with my wall anyway. I messed up most of the small sized pegs so a friend is going to help me fix them. They will be even stronger than the first lot as we've chosen some industrial metal wall plugs and using bolts instead of screws. Hopefully when these are done, i will have a few presents for people.

Chalk board door

I had contemplated this idea, for some time. Everyone has a giant chalk board it seems. But then it also seems that everyone has much bigger houses. So this was where the dilemma lied. We had no free wall space to have a clearing and paint one up, not in any of the rooms. The only free walls were in the hallway and as its so narrow, i hated the idea of constantly brushing past chalky walls. So... last resort....the back of the front door! Its a great place to have it. We also have a draught brush at the bottom of the door which handily keeps the hallway floor clear! (You can get dust free chalks but i found they scratched the paintwork as they are really tough.) Anyway, an old flannel and pot of chalks later and my daughter can practice her numbers all the time, without my help to get the pens and paper out. The top half is handy for me to write reminders to myself too. But of course i still have plenty of lists flying around the house as well!

One of the most important things to do if you paint up a wooden door is to sand it back properly first as the paint will chip off all too easily otherwise. As the chalk board paint will not stick to the woodwork paint. 

Another job off my list. 

(Once you've painted up you board, make sure you season it fully with chalk first. This avoids any permanent marking from your first drawings.)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Almost done glossing....

Last few to paint then I can start putting them up. I'm quite excited now.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Painting and painting.... And painting

Painting these coat pegs is taking a lot longer than I thought. They need a few coats each and lots of sanding in between. Enough already..... I want them on the wall now! And I think my neighbours would like their ladder back, seeing as I've had it since I was working on my daughters curtains. Oops. Keep painting/more sanding... Finish up now.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Well overdue......

I am finally getting to the end of my hallway DIY which was supposed to have been completed before Christmas. It has been a plan for about a year now but it was more work than I thought.
Peeling floral wall paper removed. Walls prepped and painted a soft grey. Wooden coat pegs made... Well, sort of, gloss painted..... Getting there..... The next week should see it finally finished and ready to go.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Babies and DIY.

For some reason I thought an extra child would be easy. I wondered why my friends with two children were so manic, often late and never seemed to manage to get anything done for themselves in the day. Ah Haa! How could I totally overlook that one? 
So I've finally discovered why..... Hence my absence. Babies and DIY don't mix too well. But the little one is almost 6 months now.... I've got to start training him up. Hopefully he will be more handy round the house than his sister. On with the DIY.... Lots to do and so far behind. I've not even started with my wedding jobs. (Hope my sister doesn't read this!)