I’ve been a bad blogger, I totally forgot to post about this wonderful package that arrived a few weeks ago. This was the giveaway prize that I won from Moose & Bird, and it is lovely. So lovely, in fact, that I am reluctant to use it in case I ruin it’s loveliness. Even the packaging was lovely, wrapped up in a vintage sewing pattern with cute little tags and tied with lace, yum. I have yet to find the perfect project to convince me to use the gorgeous lace and buttons. Little princess was convinced that the pin cushion was meant to be a pillow for her teddy, but I was not giving it up, so I may have to make her something similar to make up for it.
Recently a friend who I haven’t seen for a couple of years had a baby, and I was completely unaware that she was even pregnant because I haven’t been spending much time on facebook since I discovered the world of blogging, so to make up for it I thought I had better make a little gift package for her new little man.
I made a Scotty dog rattle, which “barks” when you squeeze his nose, out of some nice cuddly fleece, some baby leg warmers using this tutorial, and used some of the left over fabric from the socks to appliqué an X onto a vest. Another baby with X as a first initial, and yes it’s the same name, so from now on whenever I make something for X#1 I will just make another one for X#2.
I’ve been trying to get my pattern for the scotty dog in the right proportions, because the first one I made a while ago was way too skinny, then I made this one
But the fabric was too stretchy so it looks very stretched (a bit like a scotty/dachshund cross). This one is also a rattle and was going to be the gift for X#2 until I decided to make one that coordinated with the rest of the gifts. After I made this one little princess wanted it, and got quite upset when I told her she couldn’t have it, so I let her pick fabric for her own doggy.
I think her choice of fabric was great, and the proportions are finally looking about right. She named him (because a purple floral polka dot dog CAN be a boy) Sizzles, after the dog from Charlie & Lola, her favourite program at the moment. She does a perfect Lola impersonation, with english accent and all.
This is a pretty shocking photo, taken at night in bad lighting, but this is part one of my “here comes the sun” swap. I think it’s safe to show this, because my swap partner doesn’t know who she is getting a package from (I think), because I don’t know who I am getting a package from either, it’s all a bit of a mystery. Anyway, after I spent hours browsing the web trying to get inspiration I finally decided on a button necklace, and I haven’t made one like this before but one of my craft groupies showed me how a while ago. I couldn’t completely remember how to put it all together, so I just fluked it a bit, but I think it turned out ok. It’s wearable, and I think the colours definitely say “spring”, but because I am not entirely happy with it I have decided to make something else to go with it.
All these swaps are great fun and very challenging to come up with an idea that is relevant and suitable to your partner. I have had to ditch quite a few ideas just because they are not suitable for sending overseas, which is a bit of a bummer. But it’s nice to have a reason to craft :)