A bit of Halloween craft to share. Method: Google "Halloween template", download and print resulting pumpkin image, paint and add the obligatory dash of glitter. Ta-dah, ready for cutting out and attaching to the front gate to welcome all of this evening's anticipated little visitors....
Just a quick little reuse and recycle project for show and tell. This Funky Monkey fabric had been sitting in my stash for a while, having made its way to me from one of my fave fabric sources across the seas.
I didn't read the fabric description carefully before clicking away online and was surprised (but pleasantly so) that the fabric turned up in flannel form rather than cotton. So…, perfect for a cosy scarf, I thought.
I teamed it with some knitted green cotton from an old jumper and some wool tweed panels found in the local op shop. It got heaps of wear by young Cee Cee during our Sydney winter. (Sorry for the wintery theme here fellow Aussies, but as a new blogger I've got heaps of catch-up to do on project posting...)
Although I’ve loved sewing since I was a small girl, it was actually a love of paper and paper-crafting that kick-started my current crafting obsession.
After a stint of making and selling cards to friends and local businesses I started to explore ways of using fabric on my cards to make them stand out. Many hours spent ogling the amazing range of quilting cotton available online soon followed. This re-ignited my interest in sewing and I haven’t looked back since…
I now combine both interests and make a fabric card to match most of my sewn creations. I figure this makes for a great little package since most things are given by me or by my customers as gifts.
Here’s one made from a colourful kid’s classic - Alexander Henry’s Zoo fabric.
"Gypsy" or "peasant" style tops are a timeless design for little girls plus they're quick to make and lots of different fabrics work well with them. I made up this one last summer with Simplicity Pattern no. 4206 (one of the patterns for "Dummies" range! - thanks for that comment on my sewing skills Simplicity!) and some cute Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy fabrics.
Putting on my "reviewer's hat" for a moment, though, I would say the top definitely needs extra length. It seemed a tad too short at the time of making (made the Size 3) and will certainly be too short for wear this summer. Oh well, a great excuse to make some more I suppose...
As a mother of a girl and no boys, I naturally tend towards girl-oriented (but not, I hope, overly "girly") designs. Anyway, I'm branching out a little bit with this combination to be used for a cushion - still in the WIP basket - that I'm planning to finish very soon.
Of course it may equally appeal to small female motoring enthusiasts... Why not?
Matryoshkas, Babushkas, Russian Dolls - call them what you will. There is something about their design and silhouette that just begs to be used in a zillion different crafting applications. I, too, am a huge Matryoshka fan and have loved them since I was a girl.
I wanted to keep these cushions simple and colourful and went with a very simple Russian Doll outline appliqued onto some cotton and then linen.
The other Matryoshkas were made from some scraps of my favourite Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a few different trims thrown in. They're much more detailed.
I've laid them out against some wool felt in the picture, but I'm not sure what to do with them or even if they're really me??
Kids love cooking! Did you ever meet one that didn't? It's not always easy to incorporate them (especially toddlers) into the kitchen routine, especially when "speed is of the essence" in getting meals ready and people fed.
It's really worth it though when you see how much fun they have and how much extra confidence it gives them. Even getting them to do little things like top and tailing beans. Actually, when you're 3 it's really more a case of breaking the beans in half, but anyway....
I've made a lot of kid's aprons and am always experimenting with designs and fabrics. There's such an enormous amount of gorgeous food-themed quilting cotton out there that it's hard to pick and choose.
These Alexander Henry prints have been around for a while but they always look fresh. "Apples and Pears" is up there as one of my favourite fabrics ever - something about the combination of colours...
I love both of these cookbooks. Lots of books are available about cooking for kids but not so many about actually involving kids in cooking. "My First Cookbook" (picture below, left) was a given to me as a birthday present in the 70's. I won't tell you which birthday and I won't tell you which year in the 70's! (I still remember making the "Frankfurter and Pineapple" kebabs...)
Fast-forward a few decades and we have "Smallfry" - a great book I picked up in the ABC shop and which I use now when cooking with my daughter. The focus here is on how cooking is a way to delight all of a child's senses and on fun and practical ways to involve your child from age 2 onwards in shopping , cooking, preparing (and even growing) food.
I've always loved crafting but like a lot of creative types was bitten by the "make-it bug" in a particularly big way after becoming a mum.
I'm truly excited to be making my first blog post and am looking forward to sharing thoughts, ideas, inspiration and (of course!) some wonderful images with other crafters whose blogs I’ve loved reading over the last few years…