March 29, 2015

A portrait of our little girl, once a week, every week in 2015

Absolutely enthralled by the Monarch butterfly emerging from it's chrysallis. Such a thoughtful birthday present from a friend.

Getting closer and closer...


Off to Alaska!

March 28, 2015

Remember back here when I had a mountain of  half finished "makes" on the table?  Well I forgot to share with you this completed pile of lovely wintry goodies which is winging it's way to Alaska for a photo shoot!

I'm ever so excited to see how they turn out, Kaile is such an extraordinary photographer - her images of my garments always take my breath away.  I can't wait.  xx


March 22, 2015

A portrait of our little girl, once a week, every week in 2015

"Mama, if baby grows any bigger he is going to ruin all your beautiful dresses"!
You are so delightful my sweet girl.


Winding Down

March 17, 2015

 It seems like the final month of pregnancy is often one of finishing off odd jobs, pottering about, and generally preparing and finalising things.

With my gallstones attack last week (yes, I can barely believe my poor luck!) I have spent the week resting, recuperating and gaining strength ready for the big day.   But of course you know me, I find it quite challenging to be doing nothing so it was a nice little treat to find a half finished pile of items only requiring some simple hand sewing to finish them off.  The perfect compromise to lying on the couch with my feet up, is lying on the couch with my feet up with some gentle hand sewing :)

Gosh, don't you feel so productive when you see a nice stack of finished items.  I had a lovely time packaging them up  in brown paper and string.  I had forgotten how joyful it is to pen little handwritten notes, and send goodies you have crafted with love and care off into the world for someone to enjoy. 

But now it is time to wind things down -  I wish to be able to soak up all those soon-to-be precious newborn moments and enjoy my days settling into a new life with the four of us very soon. My shop will still be open for "instant download" pdf patterns but this little pile of goodies will be the last things listed for some time.  (Update: All of these items have now sold except the yellow hottie cover)

Saying that, hand stitching is still my favourite time for me activity.  I love that place I can go to where my imagination runs free with a needle and thread in quiet moments here and there.  I'm sure there will still be some little embroidered things happening around here to share with you :)



March 15, 2015

A portrait of our little girl, once a week, every week in 2015

We don't get to choose whether baby is a boy or a girl darling.....
..."yes mama, I know, but if baby is a boy can he still be my sister?



March 08, 2015

A portrait of our little girl, once a week, every week in 2015

In the garden with mama, belly baby getting bigger every week.

Showing Daddy and Charlie Cat the lace on your dress and asking Charlie if he likes it :)   Grenny gifted you a box full of vintage "sparkly jewels" and these clip-on earrings are your favourite treasure at the moment.  You are in love with sparkles.


Flower Boots - A New Pattern!

March 05, 2015

 With autumn/winter just around the corner here in New Zealand my mind is turning to wool and warmth one again.  Do you remember me making woollen boots last winter?  Our little girl needed warm and cosy non-skid slippers or indoor shoes for kindy last year, so I set to work designing a wee pattern for boots with leather/suede soles.

It was quite the process, but I was ever so proud when I finally perfected my little boot pattern.  Since then I've made many, many pairs of boots - they are so much fun to make!  I love to give them as wee newborn gifts, but the pleasure of making something for your own children, which they love, is really rewarding.  Of course it is no secret that I love to use natural materials, preferably recycled and these wee boots are the perfect project to use up scraps of beautiful leftover wool from other projects.

I've had a lot of pleasure in embroidering different designs and coming up with lots of ideas for my boots - pirate treasure maps, inch wincy spider, dandelions (of course!) but I think perhaps my favourite pairs have been the flower ones.

So over a year later, with lots of tweaks and an extensive testing period I present to you my Flower Boots pattern.  A simple yet satisfying afternoon sewing project.  It is one of those lovely patterns where you look at your finished work and say " Wow, I made those!"  and of course you can also feel pretty chuffed with yourself when your child tells everyone that "Mama made these boots for me" :)  Truly delightful.

The boots have a non-skid leather or suede sole, warm woollen insole and secret elastic hidden between the layers to ensure they stay on active feet well.  They are also fully lined - no scratchy or irritating seams here.

There are two patterns: The first is for baby sizes (newborn to 18 months) and the second pattern goes  up to approx age 8 or 9 so you can make comfy cosy slipper boots for everyone!  I hope you enjoying making these sweet little boots as much as I do.   I'll be back again soon with a roundup of some of the gorgeous boots made by the wonderful and talented ladies who tested this wee pattern.

You can see all my shoe and boot patterns here, or simply click on the buttons below for the Flower Boots pattern.   Both sizes of the Flower Boots pattern are on sale until Sunday for $5.


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