Friday, 11 March 2016

Knitting and Crochet Round-Up

And here's the last of my catch-up posts to round-off the week... some cosy winter yarn-crafts!

Striped star afghans...

Slouchy beanies...

A cabled-cardigan...

A snuggly dress in Sirdar Indie...

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Baby Girl Gifts

A colleague at work has just had a beautiful baby girl, so what better excuse to make a little geranium dress and try out a new crochet pattern!

A David Peacoat...

A simple Geranium

Big Bow Booties

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Sewing Round-Up

Life has been super-busy recently and although I haven't had much time for blogging, I have squeezed in some time at my sewing machine. Here's a few recent projects:

A Madeline Dress

 KID shorts and a Bookworm Button Up

An upcycled Geranium Dress

An Imagine Jacket

And a self-drafted skirt

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Cake, cake and more cake!

Winter is a busy time for birthdays in our family and here are a few of the most recent creations:

My nephew was 3 in December and requested a Peppa cake for his Peppa Pig Party...

My niece turned 5 and had a clown/ circus-skills party. She requested a "Chocolate-Clown-Cake"...

And for my Mum's birthday we had a white-chocolate and berries cake...

Monday, 7 March 2016

Charity Projects

It's been a while since my last post,  but I haven't stopped crafting. Over the winter, I learned to crochet and have been getting stuck into lots of charity projects Emily's Star. Here are just a few of the projects from recent months:


Blanket and Lovey

Hat and Bonding Squares

Hat and Bonding Squares


Blankets and Bonding Squares

Bonding Squares


Chevron Blanket

Shells Blanket

Baby Boy Sets

Owl Bonding Square

Boy and Girl Sets

Star Blanket

Sunday, 10 May 2015

KCW - Wild Things

I know that Kids Clothes Week was a while back, but life has been busy and this is the first chance I have had to post about my projects.

With spring well and truly arrived, my niece had requested a new a Hanami top and a dress, asking me to try and find some pink butterfly, hearts or flowers fabric. And as if by magic, the first fabric to catch my eye in the shop was a cerise fabric with pink and orange butterflies.

I don't tend to go for fabrics with animals on. However, when I spotted this lovebirds fabric, I was reminded of the KCW theme of 'Wild Things' and decided to be brave and give it a go with a Caroline Party Dress.

My niece adores this dress and could not contain her excitement when she tried it on for size, before hemming. She was so excited that I had to promise to finish the hem after work, one evening, so that she wouldn't have to wait until the next weekend to wear it!

And to finish off, I couldn't forget the Little Guy. Lack of fabric options (and time) meant that I moved away from the 'Wild Things' theme and made some firm favourites: The Bookworm Button-Up and KID shorts.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Imagine Jackets

I've had the Imagine Jacket (Shwin) pattern for what seems like forever! I have been desperate to make a boy and a girl version for my niece and nephew, but have really struggled to find suitable fabrics at a reasonable price. Finally, last month, when visiting my boyfriend's family on the south coast, we popped into FabricLand. I had seen the company's website and ummed and aahed about ordering some fabric; the prices seemed too good to be true and I didn't really want to spend money on fabric that turned out to be poor quality. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the fabric was good quality, but at a quarter of the price of most retailers.

So I purchased a linen-look 100% cotton in deep purple for my niece and a grey for my nephew. For the lining, I purchased cotton poplins in a bear print and and owl print.

There wasn't much choice of colours for the ribbing so I opted for black (cuffs get dirty quickly so black seemed sensible). For my nephew's jacket I added back colour-blocking to the shoulders and a chest pocket.

For my niece I made the gathered sleeves and added shoulder pads.

Both kids adore their jackets; they kept them on all day, indoors, when I asked them to try-on. The jackets are ready just in time for spring, but with enough growing room that I expect to see them again come autumn.