Saturday, 28 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
I have to confess that while I am not so excited about shoes for myself, I absolutely adore baby shoes, and now that I have a beautiful little baby again, my obsession has been reignited.
I saw these absolutely adorable aqua sandals on flickr one day (browsing through one of the many baby shoe groups I have joined, of course!) and when I realised she was selling them, I quickly flickr-mailed Wendy and asked for a pair to be made especially for Madelyn. They are crocheted and whi;le I can do lots of different things crafty, Ican't crochet for the life of me. I managed a few granny squares as a teenager, but couldn't even do that when I tried again as an adult.
Choosing the colours was the hardest part. You all know how much I love aqua, and I was never much of a "pink person" until Madelyn came along. However I am really fond of pink on her - it's kind of celebration of the fact I have a daughter I guess, and she has the most adorable little dress with pink flowers and mint trim so I thought these colours would go with the dress perfectly.
I can't wait to get them now, they are just so beautiful! I will be stalking the postie over the next two weeks I think, and they will be here for us to take all the way back to the US for my graduation day, to wear with that pretty dress.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
So now I can show you what I made for the EB clothing swap, gifted to Marie's Scott.
A pair of rich chocolate cords, made from a thick cord fabric with pockets on front and back, and "ROAR" appliqued on the back of one leg. All the topstitching is the same colour blue as the t-shirt sleeves.
And an appliqued t-shirt, my very first embroidery machine applique! I finally braved it, and loved it so much I made that cupcake top for Maddy immediately afterwards. I used ribbing to match the cords, and the topsititching from the twin needle used one thread blue (on the chocolate bands) and one thread chocolate (on the white or blue stretch knit). The dinosaur fabric is the same as that used in the front pocket linings on the pants. Both patterns were from Ottobre 4/06. I ommitted the knee patches in the pants, because I couldn't find any chocolate flannel, and Scott is walking now anyway, but wouldn't you know it - after I finished them I found some blue flannel scraps left over from portacot fitted sheets I made Austy as a baby, that would have been fine (the flannel goes on the inside of the pants so a bit of contrast is okay).
Marie has posted some photos of her little cutie modelling them too - you can see them here.
Friday, 20 March 2009
(A blurry hug for his new jacket)
Austy was very excited to open a couple of gifts this morning, so excited that he couldn't sit still for photos! He scored a very detailed and spunky winter jacket, that would have taken alot of time to make. Thanks Karen!!
And a reverse appliqued t-shirt that he wouldn't take off, he knows A is for Austy!
And I scored a little brooch:
So I took my two little darlings out in handmade today, Austy in his A t-shirt and Madelyn in her little owl dress that I finished off last night. I love the back view best, all tied up like a present.
What a day! Off to check out what everyone else got now.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
While hunting down baby cord on etsy one night I also came across this baby bootie pattern from Lil Baby Thangs. Now that the weather is getting cooler and socks just never stay on, I thought it worth a try. I want to make a couple of complete outfits with the fabrics I bought from crafty Mama, comprising of a wrap over top, leggings, hat and booties, but before cutting into the good stuff I decided to try the pattern out with some left over cherry fabric first. They will go with her little cupcake top perfectly, and I wished I'd found the pattern sooner as they would have been cute as newborn booties at Christmas when she was wearing her matching cherry scratch mitts!
Anyway I will definitely be making more of these, either as newborn gifts, teamed with a hat and scratch mitts (my pattern that actually stays on - none of my bought mits did despite me being prepared buying several pairs after Austy still has a scar on his face from scratching it at only 2 days old), or as little winter boots for Madelyn. I can see them being made out of a soft fleecy, minky or faux fur for winter, perhaps with an embellishment of some kind. And I was also thinking of modifying the design slightly to allow for a suede sole - thoes with suede soles remind me of teddybear paws. Too cute!
They were easy to make, and pretty quick too (every mum loves that!) and most importantly she can't kick them off! I will be sending on a pair to the cute little Ashton as well who came to visit yesterday but between both babies feeding and sleeping for the short time they were here I couldn't egt a photo. So I have booked my sis in for a photo play date with Madelyn and Ashton, before they get too mobile. Ashton is already almost breakdancing on the rug at only 4 months!
Monday, 9 March 2009
I have been kicking myself for not trying very hard to take nice portaits of Maddy each month like I did with Austin. I always thought I would take MORE of her than him bnecause I am better at it now than I used to be, however having Austy as a subject put me off a little. Not because he isn't super cute (because no matter how naughty he can be he is always 100% adorable!) but because he never stays in one spot long enough to use manual settings. Since I am still without a DSLR, I have to use buttons to change exposure and focus rather than lenses. So it does take time. And as soon I get it right, he's out of the shot and in different lighting and I have to do it all again. As a result I have just been using the camera like a standard point and shoot and the photos have been uninspiring.
However after the shots I took at my friend's wedding on Saturday, I felt confident to give it a go again with a much less mobile model. Here are the results!
And one the girls set up while I was photographing the bride - it was screaming at me to pop the colour out a bit with photoshop for a bit of fun!