Thursday, March 26, 2015

star quilt

Thought I'd pop in to show you something that's been keeping my hands busy in the sewing room.
This quilt I've been working on - unbleached muslin with natural dyes. Size 40"x 52"
It needs some kinks worked out and a good iron. It would be a good size for a crib quilt.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

one of many

One of many projects in progress. A wool poncho for me. A little slow as the stockinette is a bit boring but, I think the end result will be worth it. Love the color and drape of this wool. A deep midnight navy with tiny flecks in it like the night sky.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

sewing for SS15

I suppose I disappeared from here again, not intentionally but, February really threw me and now it seems we are almost halfway though March. While we wait for the snow to disappear (hope last Thursdays storm was the end of it) I decided to sew up a few summer items for the shop in Liberty of London. Most of what I have been working on lately are big projects which I am going back and forth between so it was nice to sit down and sew up these three items over the course of a few hours.

I sold pink rose bloomers in December that were size 6 months so, I decided to make another one. These are size 12 months and are currently listed in my Etsy store:

This print, Claire Aude also size 12 months happen to match a 'Happy Birthday' dress in the same size perfectly in the shop. It would make a lovely set:

A gathered summer top in Coral Meadow was also sewn in size 6-7 years.

I hope to be back here soon to share more of what I have been working on. I have lots more to say but, my right hand is asleep and I need to go pick up the kids from school.

Have you seen the Liberty of London Tana Lawn Seasonal? I have my eye on a handful of these prints.
Also, love to browse through the selection at B & J Fabrics.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

quilt projects with natural dyes #1

I'm working on a few quilts with natural dyed muslin. Here is one that I photographed recently on my lap which I am almost finished hand quilting.

new liberty skirt and silk/mohair socks in the shop

I've just added a new Liberty skirt to the shop in a size 3-4T. I had leftover material from the dress I made for Scarlet and decided this was the right use for it. I just love these colors together and it will be so cute for Spring and Summer which I am more then ready for. 1-5 degree mornings are just not working for me. I planted my sweet peas in the greenhouse while snow was falling on Saturday and I'm going to go visit there this afternoon and give them a sprinkle and warm myself up a bit.

Another recent addition - these newborn baby socks knit in a super soft silk/mohair blend.

Friday, February 13, 2015

7th birthday

We celebrated Scarlet's 7th birthday a week ago and had a 3 day celebration. The highlight was definitely the dolly tea and craft party. I spent a lot of time planning and prepping the crafts and details and I have to say the girls had a great time. S wanted her friends to bring their favorite dolls and they had their own tables with pretend tea and sweets. The girls made their dolls headbands and necklaces. I made sure each girl had the supplies individually at their seats to make everything ran smoothly. Scarlet made the name tags for each girl and taped to the back of the chair. Headband supplies were put into the paper teacups I made and the beads were in ice cream bowls next to the strings with one bead placed on to start. The girls made themselves necklaces, pinwheels and I assisted with making them pillbox hats. I greeted them at the door with one I had made for myself in red. The girls had pink ones and chose from pink, white, grey, fuchsia and black feathers and white or pink ribbons. To make this all I needed to do was glue clips on the inside of the hats beforehand, cut the ribbons and tie them into bows. I had them pick what they wanted and hot glued them on. They only took a few minutes to set and then they could wear them. I bought the supplies for the hats on Etsy and the rest of the craft supplies from Paper Source, Amazon and Michaels. I also got a confetti popper which holds a ton of confetti and the girls had a great time with this. Confetti never fails! We played Pin the Tail on Rainbow Dash and played around with confetti filled balloon. I served cucumber tea sandwiches, fruit, cookies and homemade cake. The cake is a basic yellow cake that I add sprinkles too. It was the first time I tried this and the trick is one gentle stir to mix in and not get streaks. I used organic beet powder to make the icing pink because it's so much nicer then food coloring.

These parties are quite a bit of work to put together but, I do love to plan, style everything and see it all go off smoothly.

Here is a closeup of Scarlet's hat:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

robin's egg blue romper

I made my fourth vintage style romper/playsuit because they are so sweet and very cute on a baby. Almost makes me want another one. It can be worn in the summer or winter as an outer layer. I knit this in Madeline Tosh- Tosh Vintage in Robin's Egg which I had some extra yarn from this project. I've just listed it in my etsy store. I think it would look sweet on either gender and make a really pretty gift for a new baby.