Spring Skirt

I simply couldn’t pass up this fresh, floral fabric when I discovered it at my local haberdashery for just £3.49 per metre.

I decided to attempt a springtime skirt for Zoie — bright, lightweight, and fun!

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She loves it!

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Slowly getting the hang of this sewing thing!

Yarn-bombed fabric holder

The Easter holidays were manic to say the least. Carting the kiddies around to visit swimming pools, parks, soft play, and a museum with a T-Rex so lifelike that I had to physically carry a petrified Emilie away from it.

I barely got a moment to myself.  Until yesterday.

The sun came out! After weeks of endless rain, hail and snow flurries, the first signs of spring were here! I flung open the door to the garden and let the kids make mud pies while I caught up on some crafting.

I had in my possession a rather dull “basket” that I found in the clearance section of T.K Maxx (T.J Maxx in the US) for £3. It was actually some sort of giant outdoor candle holder but I decided it would make a great holder for my growing fabric stash.

But it was ugly.

So I yarn-bombed it…

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I love the idea of yarn-bombing. In my town I’ve come across yarn-bombed trees, park benches, and most recently a yarn-bombed roundabout.  Lovely, fuzzy “graffiti”.  It makes me smile.

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I crocheted around the spokes using the technique in this video.  It was a bit fiddly trying to crochet in such a tight space, but I like the way it turned out.  Still a bit ugly but alot less dull!

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And my fabric fits snuggly inside! 🙂

Sew Sweet

Thanks to Ikea (and a small miracle) I am the proud owner of a new sewing machine.  I have to be honest – I am rubbish at sewing.

In junior high as part of our home economics class we were taught to sew. I actually produced a rather fetching red and yellow summer dress. I have since forgotten just about every basic sewing step. At the very least, I can thread the machine.

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I’ve found that online tutorials do little to help me – I just don’t get the concepts or terminology even with instructions loaded with photos.

So I simply wing it instead.

Today I wanted to make a little drawstring bag for Zoie. She’s 2 and storing treasures is what she’s all about.

I freehand cut letters out of felt and zigzagged stitched them to a Laura Ashley remnant I had in my craft stash.

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It was crooked as can be, but the letters stayed on and that’s all that mattered!

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So my stitches on the felt were manic, but the stitching along the top came out quite nice, methinks.

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I threaded some sheer ribbon through the top and voila, a lovely treasure bag, rather handy for toting around favourite bedtime stories.

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For me, this basic little bag was a trial in patience and a steady hand. If you actually would like to make one of your own, try this tutorial from the original craft guru, Martha.

With a little more practice I might soon get the hang of this! 🙂

Easy Easter

It’s Easter Sunday.  I gave the kids far too much candy and set them loose in the back garden.  30 minutes of peace.

I settled down with my crochet hook and got to work.

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Just about 40 more squares to go…

Yesterday I found an oilcloth remnant in a local upholstery shop and for the neat sum of £1 it became mine.

I made this with it.

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Comes in pretty handy doesn’t it?

Happy Easter all! xx

Owl always love u

Owls.

They are a little bit creepy, but I like them. Especially the colorful cartoon versions.

And Hedwig, of course.

Recently, I’ve noticed that I have been amassing a small collection of owl ephemera.

Like these:

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A mobile phone case from a craft market in Brussels, a coin purse from my local high street shop,  and a teeny little notebook from Paperchase which currently stocks the most amazing collection of owl bits and bobs.

Today I was feeling ambitious and fired
up my glue gun. I grabbed some felt and googly eyes and made myself an owl friend.

I shall call him Tarquin.

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He looks like a Tarquin, doesn’t he? 🙂

A little ball of yarn…

…and a crochet hook. That’s all it took to create these cute and cosy flower adorned headbands!

My aunt taught me to crochet when I was around ten years old and since then I have only managed to turn out a simple
scarf or two using basic stitches. However, a few days ago I happened upon a gorgeous crocheted headband during my daily Pinterest trawl. Ooooh, I can do that, I thought to myself.  Why not try something new?

A quick dabble in Google threw out a ton of YouTube links giving instructions on how to make these lovely little hair adornments. Armed with a shiny new hook and bargain yarn,  I got started. The challenge had begun!

And here are the results:

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Pretty cool right?! And the best bit is that the flowers are interchangeable, you simply attach a button to the headband and pop your chosen flower on or off. Very clever!

I don’t dare put up my own tutorial because I am still a novice but if you would like to make a few of these grab a crochet hook, some yarn, a good YouTube vid, and a little bit of patience and you’ll be all set to create this fun and fashionable little project!  🙂

Kid’s Book Nooks

I have only  one essential requirement for my dream home:

A book nook!

There is just something about having a little place designated in the home where you can cuddle up with a good book and relax that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

This morning as I rearranged (for the millionth time) my kid’s overflowing book shelves, I began to daydream about finally giving them their own special reading space.

Here are a few inspirations I found:

Amazing nook inside a playroom! I love how the book shelves are designed to have the books facing out so that kid’s can easily choose what they want to read. (via)

A few colourful cushions and a crate full of books make the perfect no-hassle nook. Very simple to put together – a godsend for busy moms! (via)

The secret hideaway! Think converted broom closet. Two simple shelves and a vintage lamp to shed light on their favourite tales. Kids will love this tucked away retreat. (via)

Bright, funky, and undeniably cool! A cloud bubble nook which would be great for older kids, tweens and teens. (via)

If you love a bit of DIY, this is the nook for you! Made out of pallets, this space-saving nook would make the perfect weekend project. (via)

The “whole family” nook. This nook is large enough to hold a couple of kids or an adult and kid combo for bedtime stories. You could even divide the shelves into kid and adult sections. (via)

A skinny nook with a view. Perfect for a quick catch-up on your favourite novel. This is a great no-frills option for moms and dads. (via)

And finally — my DREAM nook! Two words = enormous window. Seeing all that natural light pouring in is making me giddy!  If I had a nook like this, I would never leave it. I would probably eat and sleep there and need to hire a nanny. Ah well, a girl can dream!  🙂

Do you have a book nook in your home?