Friday, 11 April 2014

Fabric Baby Book

As promised in my last post, I wanted to show you the fabric book I made for our Little One.  
It took me aaaaages to make!!!  I really enjoyed designing each page, and doing the applique and embroidery bits.  But then, turning it from a few pieces of fabric into a book was NOT so much fun!  There was a lot of un-picking and re-doing, and a lot of naughty words along the way.  

But I managed it in the end.  And here it is.....

One smiley sun:

Two friendly clouds:

3 birdies on a branch:

4 eggs in a nest:

5 little toadstools:

6 pretty flowers:

7 caterpillars on a leaf:

8 black spots:

9 colourful flags:

10 red apples:

Another thing for the baby drawer!  

After the Easter holidays, I only have another 4 weeks of work to go before my maternity leave starts.  So I've already started on my 'to make' list for then.....  ;-)



Saturday, 5 April 2014

Baby Crinkle Toy

A sewing project show-and tell this time.....

I've been making a few toys for our Little One.  The first one I made was a cuddly cloud (which you can see here).  

The second was a crinkly patchwork square.  I used high-contrast colours, and added some little textured ribbony-bits around the edge.  To make the crinkle sound, I used a piece of cellophane wrap in the middle.  

A quick, easy and fun-to-make project!  And another little something to add to the 'baby drawer'.  

My third baby toy was a fabric book.  Not no quick, and not so easy!!!  I'll save that for next time.

Until then.....




Monday, 31 March 2014

Christening Papercut

Oh dear!  I've done it again - almost a whole month with no blog post.  I just can't get it together at the moment!

Today, I wanted to do a little show-and-tell about a special christening present I made.

A few weekends ago, we flew back to England for a couple of days.  We had a VERY important (and VERY lovely) job to do..... Our best friends had asked us to be Godparents to their beautiful baby daughter. 

So we had to come up with an idea for a christening gift idea and - of course - it was going to have to be something 'Crafted by Carly'.

I'd already made little Amelia a quilt (which you can see here), a couple of dresses (here and here), a hat (here), and a soft toy (which I forgot to post about).  So what to make for this occasion???

In the end, I decided to make a papercut.  And here it is.....

It took a long time to draw and cut, but I was really pleased with how it turned out.  

Well, that's it for today.  

I've finished off (and photographed) a few baby bits and bobs for our own little one lately.  So, hopefully, it won't be too long before I post again.  Well, that's my intention anyway!  We'll see.....



Monday, 3 March 2014


After taking a way-too-long blogging break over Christmas, I'm finding it quite challenging to get back into a routine of posting regularly.  

One of the issues is that I just haven't had many finished projects to show you lately.  I've been doing quite a lot of crafting (sewing, crochet AND paper-crafting).  But all of the things I'm working on at the moment are taking a while to complete.  

So, in the meantime, until I have a proper show-and-tell ready for posting, here are some clues as to what I've been up to.....

(making stacks of colourful Froebel stars)

(sewing lots of triangles together)

(working on a giant crocheted granny square)

I wonder which of these projects I'll manage to complete first.....

I'll let you know, of course!



Saturday, 15 February 2014

Happy Little Cloud Baby Toy

Thank you all SO much for the wonderfully kind comments you left for me and Simon following my last post - they were HUGELY appreciated!

Now, I hope that you weren't just kidding (or just being kind) when so many of you said you were looking forward to seeing lots of baby-related craft projects popping up here.  If you were, sorry, because.....

..... I wanted to do a quick show-and-tell of the very first little thing I made for our Little One.

I got the idea for it from Pinterest (where else!?!).  I have to admit that I've been spending WAY too many hours hanging out there lately.  Does anyone know if there's a 'Pinterest-aholics Anonymous' group out there anywhere, by the way???  You know - just in case!!!

It's a little smiley, happy (and very random) could toy.....


I'm very happy with how he turned out.  He makes me smile, with his cheerful face and RAINBOW COLOURS!

If you know a little person who might like a cute cloud toy (or if you want to secretly make one just for yourself), you can find the tutorial I used here.

Until next time.....



Sunday, 9 February 2014

I'm back..... with an announcement to make!!!

Hello, dear blogging friends!  I hope you all had lovely Christmasses and fun-filled New Year's Eves!!!  I've missed you all - and apologise for my long absence from the blogging world (my last post was on Christmas Eve - and I've been a truly terrible blog-visitor too).  

I don't really have a good excuse for not being around for the last month and a half - except that I've had some news that I've been desperately wanting to share with you, but have had to bide my time over.  Anyway, I think that now's the right time.  So here goes.....

No, it's not that I ate way too many mince pies and turkey sandwiches over Christmas (though I did).....


To say that we're excited is an understatement.   We've been waiting for this for a long time.  

Some of you may recall that I was in hospital for a couple of weeks last December.  At the time, I didn't want to say why, but now I feel I can.  I'd had an ectopic pregnancy.  It was a pretty horrible experience!  Then we spent a year trying again, unsuccessfully, and having various tests to see what the problem might be.  And then, at the beginning of November, I was shocked/surprised to see two lines show up on my monthly (desperate) home pregnancy test!

After that, we had a couple of months of scares and trips to see the doctor.  I think, because of what's gone on before, I've been ridiculously worried about every little thing!

But, now that everything seems to be going well and I'm entering my 20th week, we feel ready to share our news with the rest of the world!  

Now I've shared my big announcement with you and got that off my chest, I hope I'll be able to get on with my regular, crafty blogging (and with my blog-visiting too).  Of course, I've already started making a few baby-related bits and bobs (I couldn't wait).  So I'll be back soon, to show you what I've been working on.....

Hugs to you all.....




Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

Oh dear!!!  I think I've let myself down a bit here.  My last post was from the 5th - that was a LOOOOONG time ago.  I think this is the first time since I started this blog that I've left posting for more than a week - and it's certainly the longest I've gone without visiting anyone else's blog!  And I genuinely am quite cross with myself about this.  The bad thing is that I don't even have a good excuse.  I've neglected emails and Facebook and EVEN Pinterest too!  We've just been lazing around really - and visiting family and friends.  

But I have to say that the resting and relaxing HAS been lovely!!!

I had to venture online today, though, to wish you all, my dear blogging friends, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.....

..... and to show you this tiny elf hat that I crocheted for a tiny friend.....

I'm wondering whether I could get away with one myself.....

Have a great day tomorrow, dears!!!!!



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