Saturday, May 31, 2008

french napkin apron


This apron is for my daughter. I found bright French napkin fabric on sale and at first didn't know what I would do with it. Then realized a frilly apron might be just the thing! It's a little "yo-de-lay-hee-ho", I think. She's wearing it over winter pyjamas, so excuse the colour clash.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Apron for Anna Claire


I made this for a sweet girl named Anna Claire, whose mother is a very kind friend of ours. It's made of cotton canvas fabric from Ikea. Hope she likes it! I also made my 5-year-old a floor cushion out of this same stuff. He loves it. But then so does our lazy, fat old tabby. Hm. It's now covered in cat hair. Lovely.

Chick Floor Pillow Photo

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

fat quarters

Picked up a fat quarter today....it's like penny candy when you're a kid. You don't need it, but it's so much fun to choose...It's a thrifty day. Had a bit of a cash blow-out buying lawn chair fabric recently. So...no excuse for fabric shopping...but just one wee fat quarter shouldn't hurt. It's a minty turquoise...won't it be so much nicer when I have pictures? Yes, I agree. Have no idea what it's for. Maybe large enough for a hat? Maybe not. I've been struggling with adapting a couple different hat patterns to make a basic bucket hat for kids. Finished my daughter's hat (pink and green Belgian cotton gingham). I was proud. And you know what comes after pride. I soon realized it would fit a giantess. I had to sew on straps to keep it on her wee head. Back to the drawing room there. I promise I'll load pictures soon.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Don't you love digital cameras?

The camera is of course out of charge -- just when I'm finally tidied up and inspired to take a picture. After cleaning my office/workroom. Looks dandy, but, ah well. So - now I'm charging up the batteries and pictures coming soon! I have a few things I'd like to share: a child's apron made out of French cotton napkin fabric; a robot-applique felt wallet for my son; a dress made of Katie Jump Rope dots; and a tutu, already too small for my daughter, just turned 3 and taller by the second. Also, a cotton tunic made of some Amy Butler (I know, it's everywhere -- but I couldn't resist the grey martini-balls or whatever it's called) -- with an odd Japanese twist.

Speaking of which, don't you love the Japanese "cute" aesthetic? I discovered a "one piece pattern" book that looks so yummy. But, on Amazon, only Japanese instructions. Hm...think I could shell out and just eyeball the patterns myself?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Chick Pillow

I will post a photo of the floor pillow I made for my three-year-old daughter -- soon! I used some lovely Japanese printed linen and filled it so that it's very soft for flopping down on. I recently learned how to sew zippers in and so have been on a bit of a frenzy (well, Christmas was the frenzy) making cushions for almost everyone. And probably for those who don't want them. That's died down a bit now, and I'm on to clothing. Little girls' dresses and tops are just so easy it's hard not to keep going on and on. But she needs playwear. As does my son. I'm currently thinking about sewing up some red linen or cotton twill shorts, with a shark applique. Have I done applique before? Nope!

A new day!

I am starting this blog to reach out to all the crafty mommas (& pops?) like me, who juggle family, work, and their obsession with sewing, crafting, art and all sorts of lovely things.