A Tadpole Update

January 24, 2015


I love the idea of having frogs in our "jungle" garden.  They are there naturally, and it seems like there will be more joining them soon.  Our tadpoles joined us a month or two ago, you can read about their arrival here, and we have been watching the first one or two grow legs over the last week and now we have our first one with arms too!  Our little girl feeds them each night with frozen spinach after her dinner.

Simple fun.

It won't be long until we can release them into the garden to join their brothers and sisters.  The other day I even spotted one outside the window in our banana trees!  You can see it slightly below the centre of the pic above.

Oooh I can't wait!

xx






So Many Fun Things

January 20, 2015


Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last post.  It is such a wonderful time now, only a few months to go until the big arrival.  In saying that, it seems I have a bunch of projects that I would love to finish up before baby arrives so I can "relax"  and enjoy those precious early moments without any pressures or distractions and simply just "be" with baby and our family.

Sometimes do you find that when you have so many things on the go - you don't want to think about it so you start on something new?  I have been so guilty of this lately.

This morning I woke up and looked at the table and almost laughed at all my half finished projects from these holidays.  As it might be a while until some of them come to fruition - so I thought I would share with you what is going on behind the scenes...

First this little bumble bee and flower embroidery for our little girl.  It is going to be a "stitching bag" which was destined for part of her Christmas present, but now it will be part of her birthday present :)




The squillionth revision of my soon-to-be-released "Village of Toadstools" pattern.  It turns out printing on the backs of old sheets of paper is not a great idea - when the wind blows your papers on the floor you then don't know which is the right or wrong side.  Hmm.  The test for this pattern is about to start and I can't wait!



Trialling the pattern for my new larger sized unisex Pixie Hood Coats - which will be coming out in sizes 7-14 and possibly even ladies sizes :)


A new 16" Big Little doll in the works...
Had a bit of a hankering for embroidering on linen lately, so thought I would make a linen dress for the new 16" doll with some daisy embroidery.  Oooh she might have to be called Daisy - I think she might be blonde.

Our little girl has "ever -so-nicely" asked for a pink ballerina dress for her doll.  Surely a request like that is something this Mama can do, so the fabric is ready and cut out.

I had this thought a month or so ago that it would be lovely to have Big Little Pixie Coats for the dolls, so the children could match with their little friends.  This is trial number four or five I think - getting there slowly.

Of course you can't have a winter coat without some boots, so have been playing around with them too.  I don't even want to tell you how many doll boots I have made so far - it is embarrassing!

The yellow fabric is for a summer dress for our little girl.  She picked the colour and fabric a few weeks ago, but we are yet to decide on the pattern.  Someone is hoping for an off the shoulder ball gown like Belle but I am working on her expectations!  Blue floral fabric was for a summer dress for Mum for Christmas, and then her birthday but will surely get started on soon.


This is a pretty exciting pattern I started working on over a year ago, but have finally picked up again.  It is going to be Big Little's first dress pattern!  Can be made in winter fabrics and worn over a long sleeve top and tights, or a short sleeved version in lightweight fabrics for summer.   I somehow think this one might be towards the end of the pile as I really do need to spend a lot of mental energy getting this one perfect, so it might have to be a post-baby project.

This is another doll I am working on creating the pattern for - she is a very sweet little doll who is smaller than "Fleur" and stands about 10 inches.  The perfect size for littler hands to carry around, she is proving quite popular around here.  I love her so much!  There are lots of revisions and alterations to be made to her yet - just need to find a little time..

This cape is part of a big project I am working on involving about eight to ten different garments, some of which will be patterns in the new winter collection if I get them finished in time!  These are the samples going to a photo shoot in Alaska in order to be shot in the snow, with beautiful bare trees and winter landscape by the same talented lady who took this pic. Pretty exciting stuff - lots of work to be done on them yet and they are going to be just lovely.There are a couple of new ladies patterns in there, so stay tuned for those :)
















Last but not least on my table at the moment are these little Flower Boots which is my next pattern to be released after the Village of Toadstools.   I can almost tick this one off, they simply need photographing then are next in line for the testing process. Yay :)

Phew!

I don't suppose I should mention that these are only the things that are on the upstairs dining table, let alone what is in progress on the table in my studio...

So my mantra for the next month is "Simply work on one fun thing at a time Lisa!" while taking time to rest and relax -  the very important job of baby growing comes above and beyond all else, so if nothing gets finished - that is just fine too :)  Just don't start on any new projects!

So do you have lots of things on the go at the same time?  Or are you a "start and finish before starting another" type?  What are you working on - I'd love to have a peek...

xx







Something Wonderful

January 19, 2015

I think it is time to share something pretty wonderful with you - we are gearing up to share our lives with another special little someone this April!

Despite a particularly rough start to this pregnancy, we are ever so excited.

xx




Scenes of Pre-Christmas

January 10, 2015

Christmas was a simple but special time around here this year.  With just the three of us and me being a little slower on my feet than usual, it meant I had the time to truly enjoy all the delicious pre-Christmas anticipation.

I love to look back each year at Christmas photos, so in the spirit of recording them, here are some little scenes of how things looked around here before the big day.

The first ever letter to Santa and our little advent calendar with sweet Christmassy things to do each day.  Calendar cards are a free download from here.




Picking strawberries from the garden for a Christmas Eve barbecue with some dear friends, which we had to move inside at the last minute because it was a bit cold and windy.  Some handmade present making too - I embroidered this whilst sitting in the shade watching our little girl have a ball with some water, bubbles and old teapots. 

Early morning crafting - adding glittery stickers received in the post from Grandma to our Christmas cards.

I'm not sure if you have noticed the "sparkly dress" in many of these pictures - this has been a big feature of her world for the last few months.  It was a gift from her Aunty a while ago and seeing as she won't fit it for much longer we decided she might as well get as much enjoyment from it as possible!  Gosh this girl loves sparkly pretty things, somewhat like a magpie.

Gingerbread men and peppermint bark.  This year the Gingerbread men and ladies required pink sprinkles.  Why not?!  Recipe for our gingerbread men here and next year I wish to make the bark from this recipe - it looks ever so delicious.  My Honey's mum gifted us a box of homemade Christmas mince pieces and Christmas cake again this year!  We are so lucky.

I love how some candles and a bunch of flowers collected from the roadside makes lunch look so pretty.  We had a few relaxed lunches with family and friends - fresh baked bread and pickings from the garden.

Wreath making with the leftover manuka branches from the advent spiral at our kindy.  Simple twisted branches tied with string with a few baubles from the tree.  

Can I wear my sparkly dress on Christmas day too Mama?  Yes of course you can - with an apron when you are eating strawberries :)

Christmas Eve - it is almost time!  In her pyjamas before bed setting out some food for the reindeer (oats and gold glitter) and picking some flowers to put by the letterbox so Santa knows which is our house. The flowers are our little girl's idea and one which has been a nightly ritual for about a week, so the driveway is looking a little bare in terms of any flowers left on bushes!

... and lastly milk and a Christmas mince pie for Santa.

These are such special times when you have a little one, I hope she looks back and remembers it fondly.  I hope you had a lovely pre-christmas too.

xx








Final Day! Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour & Giveaway

December 20, 2014

We have reached the last day of our Big Little Doll Tour before returning for the giveaway results tomorrow.  I do hope you have enjoyed seeing the beautiful and heartfelt dolls these lovely ladies have made from my Fleur Doll Pattern.

Today we visit our last two crafty ladies - Sarah from Squiggling About and Christine from Beanniequilts.

Christine lives in Maine, USA with her husband, son and little three year old daughter.  Although Christine works part-time, she loves to make things with her children, knit, sew, quilt, crochet and embroider.  Christine's daughter named her doll "Farrah" and both children are just in love with her :)  You can read more about Farrah on Christine's blog - right here!





Sarah lives in the UK with her hubby and daughter and has never made a doll before other than a knitted one - so this pattern was something new to her too!

Sarah used vintage embroidered napkins to create a little flower "tattoo" on her doll and coupled her with pink hair - for her "pink obsessed little girl"!   Too cute :)   See and read more about Sarah's doll right here on her blog Squiggling About. 






If you would like to see some of the previous dolls in the tour, you can find them here:

Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
Leanne @ Paper Moon
Christine @ Beanniequilts

I have so enjoyed putting "Fleur" together and sometime in the future there are plans for more doll patterns from same basic doll body.  How to create her eyes in various colours, some modified eye styles (for the nervous amongst us!) different hair styles and of course clothes.  Once you make one, you will likely become hooked!

You can purchase your own copy of the pattern in my shop here.

Today is also the last day to enter the giveaway!
Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has lovingly made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why.   There are options for some extra entries too!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  Good luck!  The winner will be notified tomorrow and posted on Big Little's Facebook page xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)

Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour - Day 3

December 19, 2014

Today's stop in the Doll Tour is at Leanne's place!  Leanne probably doesn't need much introduction as you have probably already read her blog over at Paper Moon Living.  If you haven't, now is a great time as it is such a good read!

Leanne made rather a modified doll, helping me test out a simpler eye version to the original - especially designed for those who are a little nervous about embroidering the eyes.  It is the same classic eye shape but in simple black with a little highlight.

Leanne had lots of fun making the clothes too - modifying the bodice of the dress into a super cool vest and adapting her French knickers into pants.  Very clever!

Check out some more great pics of Leanne's super chic doll over on her blog - right here.
You can purchase your own copy of the pattern in my shop here.


The tour continues tomorrow...

Wed   Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
          Kara @ Kara McMurray
Thu   Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Fri     Leanne @ Paper Moon
Sat     Christine @ Beanniequilts
          Sarah @ Squiggling About

You may have already hear, but Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has lovingly made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why.   There are options for some extra entries too!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  Good luck!   xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)






Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour - Day 2

December 18, 2014

Today's stop on the Big Little Doll Tour we are visiting Aimee, who lives in the South Island of New Zealand with her Husband and gorgeous wee girl.

Aimee makes all sorts of clothing for her little girl, but a doll was something a little bit different from her regular sewing.  She created an absolutely beautiful doll and has kindly donated her to be gifted to a child this Christmas.  You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.  Don't worry!  She also made another for her sweet little girl, who helped choose her delicious pink alpaca hair   :)

Be sure to stop by and check out Aimee's take on my doll pattern on her blog Small Steps Big Noises - right here.






The tour continues tomorrow...

Wed   Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
          Kara @ Kara McMurray
Thu   Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Fri     Leanne @ Paper Moon
          Sarah @ Squiggling About
Sat     Christine @ Beanniequilts
Sat     Imogen @ Imogen Eve

You can purchase your own copy of the pattern in my shop here.

To enter the giveaway for Aimee's beautiful doll, all you have to do is nominate a child you know and why.  There are other options for some extra entries too! Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  We would love it if you would share it with your friends as well.  Good luck! xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)