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Felt baby name book for Dylan

22 Mar

I have made a felt name book for each of my nieces and nephews for their first birthdays. Here are some pics of the book I made for my nephew, Dylan who turned one this month…

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You can check out my other baby name books here.

Note to my brothers and sisters: please, no more nieces and nephews – well just ones with short names if you must. Also can you please make sure that their birthdays are not near my kids’ birthdays or Christmas or any other particularly busy times of year. Many thanks x

Felt woodland baby mobile with tutorial

26 Jul

Here is a mobile that I made for my new baby nephew, Dylan.

My brother and sister-in-law live on and help run an awesome farm called The Magdalen Project. They do a lot of work with conservation and educating people about how to care for our environment. I chose to do a mobile like this to help teach Dylan about different leaf shapes – cute!

I have drawn some templates and written a little tutorial for making this mobile, so check it out below if you dig…

(click on this image to go to a larger pic which can be printed out onto A4)

 

Let me know if you decide to have a go at this. I’d love too see some pics if you do!

 

Frida Kahlo embroidery

3 May

It is a very rare treat these days when I get to crafty up something just for the sheer hell of it…
Here are some pics of an embroidery I made of Frida Kahlo a few months back. It came about from the urge to do something/anything using an embroidery hoop and a primal need to embroider a moustache and monobrow onto someone’s face (pregnancy related craving?).

It was fun to make.

There are vague plans for a David Bowie next – but with the impending arrival of smalls number 2 arriving in just over a month, I can’t see that actually happening for a while now, eh…?

Make Your Own Monster: felt kit

15 Aug

Here are some pics from a project I worked on a little while back for a make your own monster kit. I worked out the contents for the pack and how everything would fit together along with the instructions sheet. The packaging was set up by another designer from my initial designs – RAWR!

Circular Scarf

4 Mar

I have had these couple of pieces of fabric hanging around the house for a few months. I had used them to tie around my “waist” when I was preggers, but hadn’t found anything to do with them since then (particularly as my sewing skills leave much to be desired!!)

Cue super-simple to make circular scarf!:

Instructions below:

Jersey Necklace :)

4 Mar

Hurrah for making things!!

I saw this great necklace in Urban Outfitters a few weeks back. It was a classic “I’m not paying that much when I could make one of those myself!!” moment – except this time I have followed through and actually made one – yay!

and here’s how I made it:

I have since had a scout about on the internet and have found a few different examples. Here are a couple of my favourites:

‘Ahoy’ necklace

Chictopia necklace

Ugly Car Seat

24 Feb

Finding cool stuff for babies is such a mission! So many of the things in the shops are made with either sickly pastel colours or garish primary colours. What ever happened to nice colour combinations for kids?

There are a couple of places I have found to get good baby bits – there are some lovely designer things you can buy online and Mamas and Papas has nice stuff, but it is all SO expensive. I have been looking at old Fisher Price toys on eBay and some of those are so great. How can it be so difficult to find baby things that you would actually like to have in your home?

Here is a mobile I made for Jet to hang on her car seat. I LOVE Ugly Dolls, so I made her this from 3 Ugly Doll keyrings which I took apart and sewed onto a specially-made felt handle. It works a blummin’ treat – YAY!!

And here’s a picture of Jet in the car last week – clearly enthralled that I went to all the effort!!

The Nursery!!

4 Oct

I have been looking forward to posting this for aaaages…

We have just about finished the nursery at home now – YAY! There are a couple of other bits that still need sorting out – but essentially it is all done and I am so pleased 😀

I designed the tree mural and cut it out of black and green flocked sticky-backed plastic. It took blummin’ ages to sort out – but I am really please with how it looks now. We don’t know if we are going to be having a little girl or a boy yet – so we have ended up with a woodland theme in grey, green and black. Here’s the original drawing I did of the wall for the planning and some of the details:

I found the light in Urban Outfitters – such a lucky find, it matches perfectly!

These fabric logs were made by genius woman Deena Neimat from Nashville, Tennessee. They can be purchased from her Etsy shop here. Thanks so much Deena – I LOVE them! The woodgrain fabric she has used is from the Joel Dewberry Aviary collection. I bought some more of the same fabric in lime green to make a new matching bumper for the cot.

The little woodland elf was very kindly knitted for us my my friend Becky. He doesn’t have a name just yet, but he has agreed to take up the position of nursery coordinator – thank goodness someone is here to keep things in order!

Our families all live quite far from us here in Bristol. Him indoors did an excellent job of taking everyone’s portraits so the little one can be surrounded by people who love them whilst they are snoozing away 🙂

Our moses basket has been handed down to us by my sister-in-law. My mum made a new cover for it in polka-dot with a green bobbly edging – so cute!

I reupholstered this egg chair we had and re-modelled a standard lamp to match – they are both completely ridiculous, but hey, what you gonna do? It made me want to cry reupholstering this chair. I have decided that I will never re-cover an armchair again. The end.

I made some little leaves from felt and embroidered them with the veins to cheer up the curtains.

The picture in the frame here still needs to be changed – there is artwork for this still in progress… I promise not to start pushing the baby to start working until it is at least 6 months old – by which time it will have been sponging off us for long enough and it can start earning it’s keep!

This room used to be our spare room and office. Before pics can be seen here.

Now all we need is a baby to put in it – eek! 😀

It’s a balloon!

30 Jul

My really old friend Emi has just had a baby boy…

Here is a little gift I made for him – his parents have a hot air balloon business (how cool?).

Welcome to the world little Harrison 😀

A book for Emilia…

21 Jul

In the interests of fairness between siblings, I have been making my niece, Emilia a felt book for her first birthday.

This one was quite tough to make – it would appear to be surprisingly difficult to think of things that begin with certain letters that are appropriate for this kind of thing and that make the right sound phonetically – especially as Emilia’s sister Alice already has her own book, so I couldn’t double up on any of the ideas!

This book has an animal theme, which I quite like as it’s less random than it’s predecessors:

Have a look at the rest of the pages after the jump… Continue reading

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