Monday, 28 October 2013

Baby Quilt Christening Gift

I have another crafty show-and-tell for you today.  It's another quilt!  

A friend wanted a special christening present for her soon-to-be Godson, and commissioned me to make a fleece-lined quilt with the baby's name on it.  She didn't want it to bee 'too babyish', as she wants him to be able to carry on using it for some years to come.  And she wanted it to include some dark blue fabrics and star motifs, to tie in with other things he already has in his bedroom.  

With such a special gift to make, and such a specific brief, I was pretty nervous about how it would turn out.  But, in the end, I was really, really happy with it.  So was my friend.  And so were the parents of her new Godson.  Phew, phew and phew!!!

Here it is:

To begin with, I wasn't sure about appliqueing the name on. I was worried that it would spoil the 'overall look' of the quilt.  What do you think?  Does the name add or detract???  I'd be grateful for any comments on this.....



Thursday, 24 October 2013

Autumn Colours

I've just realised, looking through my latest posts, that they've ALL been crafty show-and-tells.  While I feel good that I've been so productive recently, it might look (to the rest of the world) as though I haven't left the house for the past two months.....  

That's not true.  I HAVE been outside!  And I've been LOVING the amazing autumn colours that have been popping up everywhere lately!

We were out and about a lot last weekend, as Simon's parents were visiting, and we had some unseasonally warm temperatures and beautiful blue skies!

Here are some snaps from the lovely town of Xanten:

And some from one of our regular weekend walk spots - the Düsseldorf Nordpark:

My parents arrived (for a week-long visit) yesterday night.  So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the good weather and autumn glory will hold out for them to enjoy too.....  




Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sewing for Mom

In my last post, I showed you the birthday cards I made for my mom and my sister.  

I also made my mom some pressies.  Before the summer holidays, I made myself a passport and travel document wallet (you can see it here), and my mom really liked it.  So I decided to make her one for her birthday.  

She likes blue, and she likes stripes.  So here's what I came up with.....

I decided to make a matching rosette pin for her too (you know how awful it is when your passport holder doesn't match your brooch).....

You can find the passport wallet tutorial I used here, and my super-easy rosette pin tutorial here.

Now I guess I'd better set my mind to 'Christmas Crafting' mode!  Have you started yours yet????   




Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Birthday Candle Cards

It was my sister's birthday last month, and my mom's birthday last week.  I wanted to make cards for them both.  So I did what I always do when I'm seeking inspiration - visited Pinterest! 

I saw a card with a birthday candle on it.  The style of the card wasn't really 'me', but it gave me an idea. And here's what I came up with.....

For my SISTER:

And for my MOM:

I got to use buttons, pretty papers, ribbons, and my letter stamps - so many of my FAVOURITE things..... to make birthday cards for my two FAVOURITE ladies!!!



Wednesday, 9 October 2013

'Little Geranium' Dress

I've been showing you LOTS of baby-makes lately.  And here's another.....  

When I found out that our friends' baby was a girl,I got it into my head that I HAD to make her a teeny-tiny newborn frock.  So, I spent that weekend making her a 'Little Geranium' dress.  The pattern is a free (and brilliant) one from Made by Rae.  You can find it here

And here's the dress:

It was a fun make and, as it was so tiny, didn't take too long.  I loved how it turned out.  And, thank goodness, it was a good fit too (we did a Skype session, so I could see it 'on').  

If only there was a 'Big Geranium' pattern - for girls MY age!!!



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