This little fella is amazing! You can find the tutorial here, I want to make at least ten! I love this idea for repurposing a preloved glove. Only problem is that I need some gloves to make him from, so will have to do some charity shop shopping very soon. I did think it was a squirrel, but it is actually a chipmunk, of course.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Saturday, 7 June 2014
Friday, 6 June 2014
I love reading Pip's tales over at Meet me at Mike's. It's the first blog I read and enjoyed years ago now and I've been reading it ever since! I thought I'd give her Taking Stock a go, I don't usually do stuff like this but I have to say I really enjoyed it.
Making: Dad cushion for Father's Day from an old tweed jacket
Cooking: Four corners lentil soup from My New Roots (all the time!)
Drinking: decaf coffee
Reading : Life after life by Kate Atkinson
Wanting: my old collection of Story Teller books
Looking: for ways to be more creative
Playing: Bon Iver on the piano to my son
Deciding: whether or not to drive to the alps with a six month old
Wishing: for more hours in a day
Enjoying: maternity leave
Waiting: for the first tooth!
Wondering: YTF people thought voting UKIP was a good idea
Loving: being a mummy
Pondering: ideas for my Etsy shop
Considering: making my blog bilingual
Watching: Hans Christian Anderson
Hoping: I'm doing enough for my baby's development
Marvelling: at how anyone does the housework with a baby around
Needing: to drink a lot of water
Smelling: my baby's head
Wearing: play suits - didn't think that would ever happen - this one
Following: too many trains of thought
Noticing: how quickly my baby is changing - different every single day!
Knowing: we have to rethink our bathroom
Thinking: about organising a gig with my band
Admiring: my partner's discipline in training for a half marathon
Sorting: out my fabric
Buying: Books for children
Getting: warmer - yeah!
Bookmarking: blogs I like like this one
Disliking: the appearance of far right political parties all over Europe
Opening: the tin of treats too often!
Giggling: with my partner about our son
Snacking: on Hugh fearnley whittingstall Booster bars - yum!
Coveting: die-cutting machines
Wishing: for the housework fairies to show up chez moi
Helping: a friend find a rental
Hearing: this and this
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Did anyone else have the Story Teller series of cassettes and books in the 80s? They were brilliant. My Grandad bought them for me every week. It was a series published by Marshall Cavendish on a weekly basis full of imaginative tales read by famous actors. Each issue combined a cassette and book with activity and colouring pages. I have just discovered that you can watch lots of the stories on youtube thanks to some lovely people, it has made my day! Here is one of my favourite stories: 'Eleven wild swans', read by Joanna Lumley, and if you want to see more here is the place to go.
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
I started and finished making this way before Roo is ready for it but I thought I might squirrel it away for his first birthday or when it becomes harder to keep him entertained in public! This is a great idea from Stitched by Crystal (loads of great ideas over at her site!) which I adapted a little. I love the way it rolls up and is so easily thrown in a bag on your way out.
I didn't have much new fabric that I thought would appeal to Roo, so I used a mixture of some children's fabrics and scraps from other projects. I did less rectangles and added numbers and shapes using felt and embroidery thread.
I really enjoyed choosing what I would put on each rectangle and sewing the shapes. There are so many games you could play with this mat when out and about or in the car. Thanks Crystal!