Friday, 16 December 2011
It seems the Reception Year staff were a bit disappointed I couldn’t make another 75 for them, having tried them last year when Matthew was still in Reception.
Back to the sewing machine now! Oh, and vacuuming, and laundry, and I think the girls are hungry again….
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Friday, 2 December 2011
Having been following various other blogs recently I was inspired to create my own advent calendar for the children. I started with the large collection of small boxes I acquired after my sister-in-law’s wedding (they were favour boxes at the reception). Having been hoarding them for over 3 years now I was glad to find a use for them.
Add some string (to hold them closed properly), a nearly empty can of silver spray, and lots of bling we achieved something approaching what I intended (the children like it anyway) and I filled it with mini pyramid bags with jelly beans inside.
However, if you can use your imagination it looked like this:
but in this fabric:
and trimmed with giant yellow ric-rac.
And because I can (and because I had a small remnant left over) it was dispatched in a matching drawstring bag. (I remember reading somewhere that drawstring bags were addictive, and it turns out to be true!)
Thursday, 24 November 2011
So it is probably a little dull (if not downright frustrating) to be told that I have made a pair of lovely ***** for *****, and in a similar vein a really funky **** for both **** and ****.
In the new year I may offer a small Christmas catch-up with photos if my photographer obliges; we’ll have to see. As a sop, here are a couple of photos of small children (mine) wearing their Cathy Birthday finery (mostly not made by me).
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
They were actually both pot holders, but were probably as different as two insulated fabric squares could be…
Article 1: Floral pot holder for my mother-in-law, made of vintage floral fabric with blue gingham trim, quilted in a geometric pattern.
Article 2: A more masculine pot holder for my step-dad to use with his new toasting fork. A bit quilted, but mostly so it all stayed together.
Mum wants them now (mainly because of the fabrics).
Inspiration for both of these came from this site, but don’t look too closely – they have lots of interesting ideas which I plan to adapt, perhaps for you!
Thursday, 27 October 2011
This afternoon my little boy went out to play with friends (for possibly the first time), and was going to need his car booster seat in order to get home. Given how cumbersome they are he obviously needed a custom bag to carry it on the bus, and with 6 hours before he left, why not? (yeah, I know, I’m insane).
However after about an hour of thinking (and more thinking, and a bit of internet poking, realising that officially I possessed none of the recommended items for making a bag, and just a bit more thinking) I got the scissors out and started cutting out rectangles from an old cushion cover.
If I made it again it would probably be constructed in a completely different order, and with some more conventional bits and bobs rather than random items from my shelves, but when Matthew left at 4:30 he had a recognisable bag which wasn’t spilling its contents all over the floor and actually stayed on. So a good job in that respect, I just need to see how all that stick on velcro has worked (didn’t have any sew on velcro to hand) or whether it will have all peeled off by the time he gets home.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
In the meantime enjoy this peppermint cake – I’m not sure I want to see one again for a little while…
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
It is nearly 1 metre across and has been met with great favour by all who have sat on it. Even my husband, who does not like sitting on the floor, is enjoying bedtime stories as the two of them sit on it together while enjoying Mr Galliano’s Circus.
Now I really have to knuckle down and make some of the trimmings for the upcoming grand birthday party. The girls are all having tutus (made by my super talented mum) but I need to make a co-ordinated button-hole flower type thing for the boy. Off to trawl the internet for instructions.
Friday, 30 September 2011
It is based on the bean bag in Cath Kidston's "Sew!", but that is designed for toddlers. Which my boy isn't. By quite a few inches. So I have been re-acquainting myself with π and circles. A few calculations later and I have a scaled up set of dimensions to cut out of half a duvet and a remnant, while making sure that the stripes all head in the same direction. Fortunately I got to do a dummy run on plain fabric as it needs an inner to actually hold the beans. So far so good.
Watch this space for photos of the finished article – hopefully within the next week! If it takes any longer it may have to be abandoned in favour of my great cake baking marathon (also known as Cathy’s Birthday – more on that after the event!).
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Quote of the day: “I really like my birthday”.
Now, little girls like pink, this I know. But this little girl also wanted a robot. So here is the pink robot cake she requested for her 3rd birthday.
Friday, 16 September 2011
My first item for sale is a remake of my first apron in a pretty vintage floral fabric. As with all the other aprons I have made for the children this uses my adjustable cross-over straps which means that while they are small we don’t have to tie knots or perform contortions every time we fix them on and as they get taller (and their heads get bigger) their aprons will still fit (yes, even over heads and ears!).
It is a very little shop at the moment, but I plan to add to it amidst all the sewing I have planned for family over the next few months. Watch this (or that) space.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Partly because we are in birthday season, so I don’t want to include any spoilers (and in our family birthday season segues quite quickly into Christmas…)
Also I have a special project in hand, and I don’t want to tell you about that until I have everything in place. Watch here for the big announcement – hopefully before next week.
In the meantime enjoy this bonus photo of my daughter modelling her cousin’s birthday apron.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
I had done a quick internet search on mobiles and the ones I liked best were very simple and colourful. So with the help of Crafty Ribbons and a florist’s wreath frame I spent a very enjoyable evening sorting out and tying on all these ribbons. Hopefully my brother and his family will enjoy it as much as my children did in the few days it was hanging around the house prior to posting.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
I eventually dropped my mobile phone just 37 times too many, so I sat down one evening and threw a case together for it (while my husband took the photos for the previous post).
It is a lot simpler than the previous two, but has the advantage of being lined with lens-friendly fabric from an old sunglasses pouch, which means the screen cleans itself every time I put it away. The button turned out to be completely off-centre, so I have since moved it and I have also remembered where I put the elastic cord so will be replacing the fastening loop with that really soon.
Apparently the other phone case just wouldn’t get out of the way, so had to be included in the photo too.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
So I finally got bored with just patching trousers. With some of the buttons I have just bought (for an entirely different project) I customised this pair of slightly broken jeans with a robot (in case you couldn’t tell). Much to the delight of the children.
Monday, 22 August 2011
While the children were away seemed a good time to decorate my son’s bedroom which was sporting a decrepit lilac carpet and pink woodchip walls.
We knew one of the walls was going to be a challenge (I accidentally poked a hole in it months ago) but it pretty much matched our worst fears. So we stripped it back to nothing (which seemed to take forever) and then panelled it!
And then we patched other bits of wall with plaster. Filled holes. Painted. Collected the children. Painted again. Painted another colour. And Again. And then did it all again. Painted some skirting board (badly). Smudged some paint and then laid a new laminate floor.
Finally we got to put a new bed in and some other furniture and called it finished. I am very happy with the end result – and so is my little boy!
Saturday, 20 August 2011
As the owner of any small boy will know holes in trousers are a given. So patches soon became part of my life. Not having any denim to match the trousers I went for the total contrast look (bright red). When I needed to patch a pair of his old trousers for my daughter to wear I went a step further! (I love bias binding!). She liked them so much her first reaction was to kiss the trousers. And equally gratifying was the fact that my MIL didn’t even realise it was a patch.
I did a similar thing in order to mend my younger sister’s favourite trousers and now my other sister has requested some for her jeans - even though she doesn’t have holes!
Friday, 19 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Not entirely sure why I am here, but mostly because this way I have somewhere to blather on about all the things I am currently doing/being excited about without anyone actually having to listen. Of course, that implies I have lots of things that I am doing in order to blog about them - mostly I just have a long list of things I want to do, and an even longer list of other people's blogs to read while I procrastinate! (or "do research" as I like to call it).
Now I just need to actually tell people (like my family) that I have a blog so they can avoid me online as well as by phone.