Thursday, 30 June 2011

Little Birdies


The pattern for these little birds is from here - they looked so sweet, but I have to say their cute size is slightly deceiving in the fiddly work that is involved (or I’m just not very good at sewing).

It was Friday night and I was just itching to start something new - I’d recently bought this book for making quick little gifts and thought I might whip up a half dozen while I watched a bit of Friday night TV.

I’m not sure if I went about the whole thing in the wrong way (I have a propensity not to read instructions fully), but I just struggled making these birds:

1.  all the same size (my first bird looks like I has eaten another one!);
2. from keeping their tiny seams from busting open;
3. ‘undercarriage’ looking neat; and
4. looking anywhere as delicate as they do in the book!

But my whinging aside - I do love them and they will look ever so pretty hanging from a mobile if I ever have a little girl!

Caity x

Monday, 27 June 2011

Black, White and Orange Canvas Painting


This is another painting that I have recently completed for a friend's house.

I drew the rectangles in the positions that I wanted them in, and then painted around them in black. The red paint acts as a glue for the bits of orange cardboard that I stuck on for a bit of colour.

From a home decorating point of view, this canvas would suit a black and white themed room, and the orange bits were designed to tie in with, say, a bowl of mandarins or oranges on the bench or table.

Happy painting!


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Flower Garden Baby Quilt


The Finished Quilt
I’m right into working through my basket, I mean ugly plastic box of unfinished projects at the long it lasts who knows, but I'm trying to make the most of it while I can.

I started this quilt late last year with no other desire than to make something girly and while it’s certainly not as much fun as starting a new project, I do enjoy the satisfaction of finishing something!

My aim was just to try and use fabric I already had in my "stash" and make a quilt to throw over yourself when you're lying on the couch.

Unfortunately I ran out of the background white spot fabric pretty quickly which meant I had to scale back my dreams and turn it into a baby/cot quilt.

Pearl cotton quilting in pink, lemon and white

More quilting
There is no current purpose for this quilt - we do have good friends having a bub in the coming months and I'm hoping it’s a girl so I can give them this!

I loved making this quilt - as simple as it was, I think I might have to pull out all my pretty fabrics and make another one soon!

I hand quilted this quilt using pearl cotton in pastel pink and lemon and white in the floral squares and around the borders. 

For the binding I had wanted to use a pretty pink and white stripe that I had, but when I cut it up to make the binding I was short by about 20cms!!! (hate that!)

I ended up finding some yellow floral which I really love, so it worked out well in the end.

Caity x

Monday, 20 June 2011

No-Sew Bunting for a Party or a Child's Room

Craft / Home Decorating:

On Saturday I had to quickly make some decorations for my daughter's birthday party. I didn't have time to sew anything... so I just made these no-sew buntings.

I bought some iron-on bias binding (I think that's what it was!) - 4 metres of it - doubled it over on itself and ironed it together so that the top of the bunting would have a bit of strength.

Then I cut out the triangles from the material and stapled them onto the binding. So quick and easy! It looked great too!!

You could also do the same thing for a child's room if you didn't feel like sewing or if you don't own a sewing machine!

Happy making!


Monday, 13 June 2011

Colourful and Easy-to-Do Paintings on Canvas


I know that all my work lately seem to be paintings (Apples, Pears and Circles).... but here are some more artworks that I did recently for a friend's kitchen.

They're both really simple (and easy-to-do), but they have helped to modernise the kitchen very well!

Happy painting!


Thursday, 9 June 2011

Monogrammed Black & White Make Up Purse


Make up purse
I have been thinking about making this for years now – a hand embroidered, personally monogrammed make up purse……..I have about a million drawings for different versions of it (I won’t share then with you as my artistic talents are slightly lacking in the sketching department).

Another reason I had yet to make this was that for the life of me I could not remember how to insert a zip – and funnily enough was scared to try again?? Lucky my mum (former home economics teacher and sewing extraordinaire) was on hand to show me how it was done.

I used a medium weight furnishing fabric for the outside of the purse and lined it with a cute little black and white spot.

It was a surprisingly quick project and is going to make its home with my dear Aunty, as a belated birthday present.

The back of the make up purse - with my label!

Ribbon detail on zipper

Caity x

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Simple Apple Design Picture


A few weeks ago I painted a picture of a pear.....

and this is the apple that goes with that picture! They are simple designs but look really effective on a large blank wall!

Happy painting!


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

In Love with Baby-in-the-Hood Jackets


Excuse the serious face !

I LOVE this pattern by Anna Maria Horner in her book Handmade Beginnings

Now I’m the first to admit I am ‘pattern-illiterate’ - even though I have sewed in one form or another since I was about 4 years old - I have spent the majority of this time being petrified of patterns:

  1. They just seem plain old complicated;
  2. I don’t like that tissue thin paper use are supposed to use and I    seem to rip them just getting it out of the pattern slip); 
  3. I’m almost positive they skip every second step in the instructions just to make you feel stupid; and most of all .....
  4. Whenever I have tried to make anything from a pattern it turns out looking so bad I resolve it’s the patterns fault and not mine (naturally).
BUT - I have been reformed - I just loved the baby-in-the-hood jacket so much I had to have a go...

Effort No 1 - My first attempt was for my little man who has just turned 2 - so I just crept in with the sizing as the pattern only goes up to size 24mths. For the jacket I used Rain Drops by Carolyn Gavin from the Spring Street Collection for the outer and (sorry I'm not sure of the details)aqua spot flannel for the lining, plackat and hood stripe to make it a little warmer.

Anyway...given my prolonged and severe case of ‘patternitis’ or ‘pattern-illiteracy’ (although I fully acknowledge both are starting to sound a little like excuses) I was wildly excited with the end result of this and so therefore did what ever sewer does who’s found something she is good at - I MADE MORE!

Effort No.2 was for my little nephew (7mths old), baby cord in navy on the outer with a lovely honey coloured giant spot flannel plackat and stripe and lined in more flannel in a cute sea animal print - making it really nice and warm for those cold winter days.

Doesn't he look cute sitting on the beach?

Effort No. 3 was another one for my man. Except this time I extended the jacket length by about 3 inches and also the arm length slightly (the first jacket I made was REALLY REALLY short for him and had to add an extra panel around the bottom after I finished it which you can just see in the first photo)

Again I used baby cord in navy on the outer with a cute sailor fabric i bought years ago in America for the hood strip and placket and lined in a big blue spot flannel.

Sorry its not a close up - it's hard to get a 2 year old to pose!

Note: Lovely photos by Nat - bad ones by me :)

Caity x