Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Hama Beads


Little snowflakes are finding their way into our house.  The pretty little snowflake decorations turned out to be just the thing to entertain a seven year old when confined to the house.  They are made with Hama beads (similar to Perler), laid out on a grid and then gently ironed. 

Together, we searched for patterns and began to sort out our bucket of beads.

Slowly we worked out how to make the decorations a little more robust.  Spindly, thin details don't hold up very well so look for snowflakes with wider points, or fill in the background with another colour, like the red one above.

You can find links to other Hama bead decorations below:

Bead Merrily - lots of diagrams for snowflakes
Coffee and Vanilla - Gorgeous flakes in vibrant colours
Tutsplus - Stunning black and white snowflakes

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the Lighthouse - Palliser Style

 3 Little girls, one light house, 258 steps and the adventure begins.

The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is a place that has always been special to me.  It is at the cusp of oceans and situated so far south that you don't realise that you have slowly turned around to find yourself facing north again.

Between this grand dame, and the beloved book "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch" I was convinced all light houses were red and white stripey just like my one. 

As a child we would visit the lighthouse keepers, Norm and June.  I recall small biscuits and afternoon tea at the end of the road.  There is even a half memory of being allowed inside, the spiraling stairs and tiny windows.  It seams so magical, I sometimes wonder if it ever happened.

As I grew older, it became automated and the lighthouse keepers left.  My brother even lived in the tiny little lighthouse keepers house for one very cold winter.

While the door to the light house is now firmly closed, the steps are there for all to climb.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Foxy Softie and Her Foxy Companion

This little pair of foxes was group effort. Mother stitching the big fox and daughter stitching the little one.

It was the kind of project that had me pulling fabrics, aching over choices and generally remembering why making softies can be simultaneously a frustration and pleasure.

In one of those moments of frustration, I suggested that E make the presents for her friend.  She took up the challenge. I have to admit I was impressed. So was her friend.

The large fox is adapted from We Make Dolls and you can find a pattern for the smaller one at  Little White School House.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Coming up for Air

There has been stitching, crafting and oh so many adventures.  I couldn't possibly leave them in the depths of a forgotten camera memory card.

This little mermaid is the result of a girl who believes her mother can make miracles.  The night before the party, she asked for a mermaid, for her friend.  Of course miracles are abound here, especially when one sets one's mind to it.  A little stitching, stuffing and velvet hair meant for a brief moment the goldfish had a friend.  It looks like he's just waiting for her to jump in.

pattern from - Wee Wonderfuls by Hilary Lang.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Winter Coats- Elves are Cooler Than Pixies

Winter means winter coats.  I have been stitching away, with these coats just waiting for it to get cold enough to wear.  Of course, this doesn't mean that everything else the children wear is seasonally appropriate.  Check out those bare knees!!
The girls promptly told me that they are elf coats, not pixie coats.  Apparently, elves are cooler.  I think we can blame the Polar Express movie for that.  The girls are pretty excited about their coats either way.
 About the Pattern:
The pattern is Thadee by Citronille.  It has been shortened to allow for tree climbing and bike riding adventures.  I didn't realise you could get the patterns in english  and fumbled my way through the french (looking at the pictures really). I chose to line it with flannel to the hoods and body and vintage acetate to the sleeves.   I've also added some pockets into the side seams.  The buttons are vintage self covered dome buttons which found in an opshop.  I still haven't been able to find anyone who is currently making them as they are great for little fingers.

The fabric was bought at an auction in January.  The coral appears to have been a wool blanket once upon a time.  It was just an off cut when it came to me.  The blue is a thick woven coat wool.  You may see a little more of it over time as I ended up with a half bolt of it.

The pattern is simple to make and I would recommend it.  While it would be a whole lot faster to make without pockets or lining, the little details make it all the nicer for my little pixies elves.

Monday, March 31, 2014

More of a good thing - thrifting

Thrifting has been following a theme lately. There are some things that I already have and treasure, and then - I find more.  The second Mr Weeble is case and point.

Sometimes there is a fine line between treasuring and hoarding.  For now, I'd like to think I'm still on the treasured side.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sorting a Rainbow

I am gradually reclaiming my sewing space.  It had been taken over by marauding artists and overpriced pop up shops. Six year olds can be very tenacious shop keepers. Consider the shot of my cotton to be a sample of the general mayhem that had taken over.

I'm getting down to making winter coats and started with trying to find the right blue thread. There had to be one in there somewhere.  And so, the sorting began.

To be unusually pedantic, I like any top stitching thread to match as closely as possible. I also have had too many Saturday afternoon ruined by running out of thread that I always buy two of the colour I'm using, just to be sure.  And that is how I justify having an awful lot of thread. 

This is how the cotton was shaping up after 15 minutes.  Double ups are on the outside -yes that really is 4+1 of the same shade of dark purple.
All the coloured loveliness, back into the drawer...

And of course the blue thread ready for my next project.  Sometimes, it really doesn't take much to keep me happy.