Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baby Gift

Congratulations (again!) to Emma and Family on the birth of little Miles, seeing as we had the privilege of knowing that bubs was going to be a boy I was prepared before he was born and had his gift already made and ready to give on the day he was born! I made a small cot size baby quilt with a panel I had ordered from a fabric shop in America, the panel itself was flannelet so nice and warm for the coming winter months! I backed it with a 100% cotton rather than using a flannelet again as I didn't want it to be too warm though! Apparently the colours and Owl theme match perfect to his nursery which was a bonus! Here is the finished product:

Excuse the shadowing, wasn't the greatest day for taking photos!

All folded up and ready to be wrapped
x Sharelle

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

And then there were 6

Hello all, and update to let you know that our precious bundle has arrived. Little master Miles arrived in the early hours of Thursday the 24th of May. We are all completely smitten with him and are now settling into the life of a family of 6.

Brand new and adorable!

But while we were patiently (or not so!) waiting for his arrival I spent a bit of time behind my new sewing machine that my dear husband had bought me for my birthday, and the results; a t-shirt dress for Miss Halle. The shirt was purchased and I found some cotton to match, whipped up this gathered skirt without a pattern in sight, in an afternoon. Admittedly, there are things I would do different if I were to make another, but I have one very pleased little recipient, so that's all that matters for now! I am really keen to get into a bit more sewing, but the crochet WIPs are backing up, and there is a newborn in the house too, so my crafting must take the back burner for just a little while me thinks. Oh but you know what? I can breastfeed and crochet at the same time.... how convenient!!!!

xx Emma

Friday, May 18, 2012

All we need now is the baby..

So with just days to go before our new little family addition is due, Im finally getting the last little bits sorted. So by the end of this post Im sure you all will have no questions as to what we are expecting gender-wise! Lets hope the sonographer was right!!! Ha  ha!!

Firstly I have my very own home made baby blanket, washed, blocked and ready to go. This is basketweave stitch (in crochet of course!) and the pattern I followed- more so in colour than directions, is found here. Can you believe there is almost 1000g (yes! 1kg) worth of yarn in this.. definitely a yarn eater project! But will be sure to keep a little one warm through the winter months ahead!

I am oh-so very close to finishing the baby's going home outfit too, which I will share with you now too. The vest is my own improvised pattern, using simply a sc,dc pattern to make the effect. (Ps, see you can make ribbing in crochet too!!) The hat is my age old newsboy cap pattern. And then the boots are a pattern that I simply could not resist from purchasing any longer, from Lovely Crow. Leanne had such success with this pattern too, and Im really impressed with how well it was written and illustrated. A great buy, and the results.. squee! Picture perfect!!! Just to finish the 2nd bootie before he arrives now!
I will attempt to get better close ups when there's a little baby wearing it!! :D

Thats all for now!!
x Emma

Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby blanket

Hello strangers!!! Im back for an update. The hooks have still been going madly but the projects somehow fail to get to that completed stage! A huge thanks to Bec who made me a gorgeous notepad cover for my birthday, Im am going to be putting it to real good use and noting down all these UFO's that I need to complete, and then get stuck right into them! But here is one that I CAN share with you, before I wrap it up and send it off as a very belated newborn gift (the baby is 12 weeks old already!!)

My camera never fails to disappoint me when it comes to capturing the true colour, especially the green which is very strong IRL. But still, it gives you an idea of how it turned out anyway. The square pattern was actually from my CAL project that I am working on for this year. This was one of March's squares (I havent even started Aprils!) Here is a link to the pattern.

So hopefully seeing that winter is fast approaching, this lil bubba can get some use out of her new blanket.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rainbow Stitching...

Wow, it has been a long time between posts for me!

I have started to get back into the sewing swing this year, but so far most of my projects have been part of my challenge that I set for myself this year - a year of handmade gifts. It's going well so far, if you would like to see what I have been up to click here!

Recently we got together for a craft night again - with a rainbow theme this time! We hope to use our projects from the night as part of a new header for our blog so keep an eye out for a few changes.

My project from the night was a rainbow butterfly stitched onto cotton using some nice bright embroidery threads and a simple back-stitch. At the time I wasn't sure what I would use the embroidery for but have since thought of a good idea for it's use - stay tuned!

Friday, March 23, 2012

A quick sewing update!

Hi Everyone :)
Its been awhile (well a long time actually!) with good reason though, the past few months haven't allowed for much craft business, hubby had holidays (Christmas), we sold and moved house and are now in the process of building again and we also found out we are expecting baby number 3 (due mid sept!)! So lots of excitement all round just not alot of productivity sewing wise. In the few months since I have posted I did complete a couple of projects, Ill share 2 of them with you now and the other I still need to go back and take photos of as it has been gifted on!

This was my first large sewing project that I've completed, its a single bed size patchwork quilt and will be going on my Miss 2yr olds bed, when she finally vacates the cot (no hurry here although I'd love to see it on a bed!) I purchased the pattern from our local patchwork shop along with the fabric, surprisingly it didn't take me long to complete either! I did 'cheat' by getting it professionally quilted as my basic machine isn't really all that capable of quilting such a large project, anyway here it is,
Not the greatest of photos, but you get the general idea :)

Close up of some of the fabric used
And last another project that was started end of last year with the aim of it being finished my beginning of Feb when our friend Henrietta's baby was due, sadly I didn't meet my deadline but gave it to her shortly after bubs arrived, better late than never! So I made what I call a Magic Pillow (another name Iv heard used is Quillow) No pattern was followed, I just bought a panel (or was it maybe 3!) from Spotlight and with my Mums help measured some that she had previously made, quilted it and then sewed the pillow on. Wow that made it sound simple but at the time it was a bit more complicated, although I do have plans to make another so It cant have been that bad! Here are the pics of it completed,
Again sorry for the poor photo quality, we were in the middle of moving when I gave it to her!

and folded up into a pillow :)

Till next time,
Sharelle x

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Just a quick post tonight!
So my hands continue to keep busy, this time I thought I would build a friendly little guy whom my daughters have name Owly (original eh?) He stands at approx 20cm tall, all soft and squishy!
He is a mish-mash of all sorts of patterns, mixed in with a bit of my own design.