Show & Tell | Pillowcases for the Boys

OK.  Before we begin, let’s clear the air: yes, I know it’s completely ludicrous that I am sharing a post on the inter webs about how I sewed pillowcases {possible the easiest, most beginner sewing project of all time?}.  However, I am a complete novice and I give you permission to laugh yourself silly over my wee project here.  Go on, let it out!

Ethan loves flannelette pillowcases.  Never, ever since he was 18 months old has a cotton case touched his sleepy head.  I purchased him a new duvet cover from Cotton On in black and white with orange piping but there was no flannelette to be seen.  Luckily Ye Olde Spotlight is on the cusp of trendy flannelette prints and these two seemingly non-complimentary fabrics actually look quite smashing together – to my quirky eye at least.  Feel free to admire those non-lined-up seams, they are a thing of beauty!

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Nix likes to snuggle into pillows so I wanted a cool pillowcase for his cot but didn’t want to pay mega bucks for that one with the bear on it that all the cool kids of bloggers have ::: I think it’s actually compulsory for your baby to have that pillowcase and I missed the memo, shit :::  But how do you like these stylish flannelette numbers??  As my mum would say, a blind man would be glad to see these right? right?

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I had fun sewing these up, I really, really like to sew.  I also really, really like looking at fabric and imagining………

Thanks to my Instagram girls for helping me trouble shoot the old Globe 877, a wee tension problem {i.e. me not knowing where the tension knob was} set me back for a few minutes, but the bobbin was soon whirring away again.  Slowly whirring of course!

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Show & Tell | Bunny Stitching

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My lovely sister-in-law is totally cray-zy about rabbits and will be celebrating her birthday at the end of the month.  As she and my bro will be on vacation in the states at the time, we had a little early birthday dinner for Joanna last night.  Luckily I had planned this gift ages ago so I had given myself plenty of time to get it finished. So sweet right?  I love the whimsy of it and I’m SO glad I did it on grey fabric.  One more hoop gift to make then I need to get the needles clacking – I’m going to attempt a jersey for Nixon!  Bit scared actually.

Show & Tell | Sugar Skull Embroidery

Well, I bet some of you thought I’d never finish this one?

And, maybe I thought that too, but HA, proved us both wrong.

I really enjoyed this wee stitching project, I found it really cathartic punching holes in something over and over again {?}.  I’m not sure if the end result is pretty per se, but it’s definitely me.  I have it hanging above my computer as a little reminder to finish what I start, because finishing ‘stuff’ is something I’m finding very tricky these days! :::::pointing & whistling at you Nixon:::::

Next project already a-go-go, on a roll craft-nerds, I’m chasing ya x

{FYI, the metallic gold thread that I used for the crown was a major PIA and I will never use it again.  It was super rough and scratchy and didn’t like to be pulled through the fabric, plus it started losing it’s bling after being pulled through a few times – avoid at all costs}.

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Show and Tell | Christmas Advent Calendar Bunting

Phew!  Five days before Christmas and I finally managed to get all of the numbers on the advent calendar.  There have been many projects {2} throughout my illustrious sewing career, however this advent calendar would have to be my favourite to date.  I loved every little pain-in-the-ass step, the fun of bias binding, the huge amount of cutting and tucking and poking out corners ….. and  thanks to the Christmas miracle of Vliesofix I never had to learn what applique meant and was able to iron on my numbers, hurray!

But I really did enjoy making this, I feel like it’s something that will hang in our family home for years to come and will be filled with many treats, toys and surprises as Nix and Ethan grow each Christmas.  Ethan’s big advent surprise for this year, tucked into a pocket, was tickets to The Hobbit II with Dave and I.  We had a lovely night out and some quality time with our big boy who has been really deserving of a special treat lately.

There are many tutorials online for these but if you don’t feel like making your own, lovely Vanessa at Bubbalino sells these each holiday season so shoot her an email if you would like to order one.

PS. Don’t forget to enter my Christmas Giveaway!

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Show & Tell | Christmas Bunting

I have been channelling my domestic goddess even more than normal lately and, I have been S E W I N G.  I know, it IS a big deal.  Prior to recent adventures in Spotlight I had not sewed since Home Economics in Form 2.  Think how along that must have been for it to have been called Form Two!

Luckily my Mum had not upgraded her sewing machine since then so I remembered how to use it fairly quickly – sewing machine is just about as old as me and pretty much brand new!  I think she got over her domestic goddess phase pretty quickly lol.  I have since made bandanna bibs, an advent calendar {which I will show you as soon as I learn what applique means and fix the numbers on} and this – behold my beauteous Christmas bunting!

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I’m pretty sure this is the peak of my ability here, I mean those flags have a backing, I sewed them, inside-outed them, PUT BIAS BINDING ON THEM {thank you Jesus and YouTube}, I sewed loops on the end of the bias binding………oh, and  top stitching……phew.

Yes, I am quite proud of my first length of Christmas Bunting.  Mum said she wanted to buy some for the house up north and I said “whoa there, I have fabric in my stash of one-project-so-far-leftovers, let me make you some bunting!”.  And so I did.

The end.

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Ah well, I guess you can see my advent calendar sans advent numbers, I will finish this next week!

I Made It | Acrylic on Canvas Geometric Art

I sucked at art when I was younger, but, I have School Cert Graphic Design {that is a wee giveaway as to how old I am!} so I figured if my very first painting had heaps of lines on it I might actually be able to complete it to an acceptable standard!
I wanted a bright canvas for the top of our TV buffet in the family room and I had a feeling I could replicate a geometric print I saw online  – enter my Pinterest rip off!

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I ruled the pattern onto the canvas using pencil then simply painted between the lines, mixing colours as I went.  I purchased a very basic set of acrylic paints from Spotlight for $20 so had to get creative in expanding my limited palette.  I wasn’t quite sure that I had pulled it off until I busted out the extra-fine Sharpie and ruled the black lines over the paint.
I don’t know where these post-natal creative tendencies have come from {I suspect boredom?} but I’m enjoying being brave enough to try my hand at new things. Next up is sewing!

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Show & Tell | Crochet Baby Blanket

This wasn’t a well planned out project, I didn’t have a pattern and I didn’t buy wool especially for it.  I kind of wish I had put more thought into it considering how attached I feel to it – I worked hard on this while I was preggo with Nixie and I have just finished the border and steam blocking it – at least it’s all done before he hits 12 weeks.  But it could have been prettier.  

Instead, I present to you, The Craft Mavens, my very earth toned, eco-looking, make it up as I go along, use all the scraps of wool, baby blanket.

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Aquisitions | Auckland Art & Craft Fair

A couple of weeks ago I popped into the city to visit the Auckland Art & Craft Fair {the next one is 30/11/2013} held at the Aotea Centre.  Entry was a gold coin donation and this event was well worth trying to squeeze my big truck into the teeny Civic parking spaces.

It was definitely a super-hipster craft fair, there were two stands that didn’t quite fit, one was the man who takes pics of the moon from his backyard and puts it on t-shirts etc and the other was a stall of very traditional hand knits, unfortunately for this lady this was just not the market for her.

I picked up a few cute things but my favourite purchase was this whimsy world in a jar from Pietje’s Cupboard.  We love Schleich figurines in our house and now I have one just for me!

Tip:  If you attend the next fair in November, take cash.  There is an eftpos facility there but you receive ‘craft bucks’ which can’t be exchanged for cash if you don’t spend them all.

Baby Shower | Tricycle Nappy Cake

My Mum hosted a lovely, relaxed baby shower for me last weekend.  We had a deliciously casual lunch followed by sweets and all of my favorite ladies in attendance!  There were so many gorgeous and practical gifts, we are so grateful to all, however I thought I would share the centerpiece created by my clever Aunty;

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How cute is that????

I did some searching on the interwebs and found a tutorial for those of you who will have to give this a go Tricycle Nappy Cake Tutorial

I made it | Stripe Edge Beanie

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I was inspired a couple of months ago by Treena-Marie’s lovely striped beanies that she had crocheted for her yummy boys and decided to give one a go myself (in quite ugly rugby club colours but that’s what was called for!).
It turned as well as you would expect from a crochet novice, but I’m happy with it and I think I finally get what is so nice and satisfying about making something with our own hands – Ethan loves this beanie! That simple fact that he loves something that I made for him warms the cockles just a little bit you know?

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