Monday, 30 January 2012

Cute Mushroom for Joshi.

Poor Joshi has been off sick today with a tummy bug, so to cheer him up I made him this funky mushroom.  He has named it Mushy!

Don't forget to leave a comment on my Giveaway, if you haven't already, for a chance to win a funky tea towel to cheer up the 'drying up blues'!  Thanks for joining in to those who have already commented.

Have a great rest of the day.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Fun Linen Tea Towel Giveaway! NOW CLOSED.

I have to say drying dishes is way low on my favourite household chores list, but there's nothing like cheerful tea towels to make it a little more bearable.

I confess tea towels haven't been the first item to come to mind when thinking about gifts, but when you scroll through All Tea Towels there is such a wonderful selection, you'll slip an extra one in your basket for yourself.  Especially with a starting price of £6.50 (some are reduced to £4.50) and the most expensive less than £10.

At Christmas time I make up a hamper for my Parents and In Laws, one of these towels tucked in would make a really nice addition!

To quote the website "These linen tea towels are colour-fast, resistant to stains and abrasion damage, become softer and more absorbent the more times washed, and do not leave any surface lint on your kitchen dishes and glassware."

The very kind Al at All Tea Towels has offered 2 tea towels to giveaway to 2 lucky readers.

To enter simply pop across to All Tea Towels HERE and then come back and comment which is your favourite tea towel (being the one you would like to win in the Giveaway).
  • If you kindly Tweet the Giveaway, comment here for another chance.
  • Bloggers who post the Giveaway, comment for another chance to win.
  • And Facebook fans who mention the Giveaway on their Facebook page, comment here for another chance.
But first and foremost leave a comment with your favourite so that I know which tea towel you would like to win.

Closing date is 10pm (GMT) 1st February 2012.

Enjoy checking out All Tea Towels and Good Luck!

Thank you for all your lovely comments, it's great how much tea towels can get people excited.  I will draw and announce the 2 lucky winners within the next day or so.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

What Will You Sew 2012?


The Resolved To Sew 2012 Giveaway over at Very Berry Handmade has made me sit back and think about the sewing year ahead.  My head simply spins when I think about what I want to make this year.  Let's see.

I've enjoyed checking out doll designs and would really like to design and make something myself.
This is Happy Face Doll at Allsorts.

I would really like to try and sew one item a week, maybe a little something like this.

Pencil Case by Spoonful of Sugar.
Fabric design is something I really fancy trying, I have bought these books.
Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens
Printing By Hand by Lena Corwin
A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel
A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kim Kight
Digital Textile Design (Portfolio Skills)
Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles
Like everything else, it's finding the time.  And for the sewing theme I would obviously make something with it.

Sewing tutorials are something I would really try to do more of this year.  And to have it featured over at Sew Mama Sew would be fantastic!
Back to Sew Mama Sew! Home
I kind of think that's it, without boring you all too much.

Now pop across to Very Berry Handmade to join in the Giveaway and a chance to win a head spinning selection of prizes!!!

G O O D   L U C K !

(* 2012 Cushion by Michelle Mason)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Dress Tutorials

Machiko Kayaki / Simple Chic  (Dress up Dress Down) - Japanese Pattern Book
Japanese Craft Book Simple Chic by Machiko Kayaki.  I so covet this book, but I need to pause for breath following a couple of other recent book purchases such as this,
Palm-Size Stuffies - Japanese Craft Book -Handmade Stuffed Dolls and Animals
and this.
Destash - Japanese Nuigurumi style craft book
This one I'm really excited about as I've kept my eye open for ages for it to surface somewhere as it's now out of print.

Not sewing or fabric related but also these,
Sushi: Easy Recipes for Making Sushi at Home
Sushi Easy Recipes and
Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches
Yum Tum Bento Box
As a family we love sushi.  Our eldest, Lukas, learnt how to 'make' (roll) sushi at Cub Scouts so we thought it would be fun to make some at home and try and make it cute too.

Anyway, I digress.  So until I can buy the coveted book, I thought I would check out and share some dress tutorials.
Completed Project: Drawstring Halter  And A Line Dress Picture #9
I love this Drawstring Halter Neck Dress at Cut Out & Keep.  Roll on Summer!

Nautical Dress Tutorial At Elle Apparel.  Surprisingly easy and quick!

SoHo Maxi Dress Tutorial at Sew Much A Do.  I think I may make a few of these!

Easy Stretch Dress Tutorial by Katy at KdBuggieBoutique.  This is for a child's dress but I think it could be amended for a 'grown up' dress - at least I'm going to try.
Nautical Halter Dress Tutorial at Weekend Designer.  I love this dress, it's so sassy!  And like the others it's surprisingly easy.

Infinity Dress Tutorial by Sew Like My Mom.   Every wardrobe needs one of these but I think I would probably go for a much longer skirt.

Nautical Dress Tutorial by At Second Street.  This isn't a grown up dress but I love the use of the repurposed man's shirt.

And lastly, but by no means least... 30 Minute $6 Dress Tutorial at PaperNStitch.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

There we go, some lovely dresses to make in time for the glorious Summer we are all wishing really hard for.

Have a great day and do share any dress tutorials you can recommend.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Crabtree & Evelyn Mother's Day Competition.

Make and do for Mother's Day Competition
Crabtree & Evelyn are holding a Make and Do Competition with a Mothers Day theme.
  • You could win a beautiful Crabtree & Evelyn gift box worth a generous £100.
  • Create a Mother’s Day Patchwork Square and see your design in their shop windows nationwide.
  • Using either an illustration, a stitch or a knit, create a beautiful patchwork square to express what Mother’s Day means to you.
  • Please use all, or just some of the colours below and create a design that reflects the indulgence and luxury of Crabtree & Evelyn.
  • Click HERE to download an Entry Form.

50 winning entries will receive a Crabtree & Evelyn Mother’s Day gift set worth £100 each. 

All the winning entries will be put together to form a digital Mother’s Day Patchwork, which will appear in the windows of every single Crabtree & Evelyn store in the UK on and their website.

Simply design your illustration or stitchwork, and post it, together with your ENTRY FORM, to:

Crabtree & Evelyn
Mother’s Day Competition
27 Kelso Place
W8 5QG

Closing date Monday 23rd January 2012 so get cracking!

All winners will be notified by Friday 3rd February 2012.

Wouldn't it be so exciting if one of our Bloggy Friends was to win.

G o o d   L u c k !

Friday, 13 January 2012

Enormo-Giveaway On Its Way!

Resolved to Sew 2012

is a very generous Giveaway being hosted by the ever prolific Blogger Ali at Very Berry Handmade.

Opening Monday 16 January here are the very kind sponsors:

And some of the divine goodies on offer…
mosaic for blog
And that's just a teaser of the prizes on offer.
But that's not all, if you're a Blogger there's a special Blogger's Prize - Woohoo!

So don't forget:

Very Berry Handmade

Monday 16 January 2012

Get you're thinking caps on and share with Ali what your 2012 Sewing Resolutions are.

Good luck and have fun!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Well Hello Dolly!

First and foremost a very Happy New Year 2012 and thank you for all your very kind wishes during my 'Blog Break'.  Things are still pretty tricky, but less so with Christmas out of the way.

To start the New Year and back blogging I thought I would introduce Amelie II, a fabulous doll I made for our daughter, Amelie, for Christmas.  She named her Amelie II as she was made in her likeness - although less cheeky!

I made her from this gorgeous book Wee Wonderfuls by Hillary Lang - she's on the front cover, although my version has a side parting like Amelie.
Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
And what is this?  Another Amelie II in 'dress down', ready to bake or dust.  This is in fact the same doll as it's a 'Topsy Turvy' doll.  
The picture below has her skirt slightly turned so you can see the 'other head'.  Not sure why I didn't just roll her skirt right up so you can see her other half completely.  Maybe it's because our 9 year old son, Lukas, says it freaks him out as it looks like she's giving birth to the other doll - so I'm sparing you the horror! LOL Or maybe it just seems inappropriate.
I have a bit of a thing for doll patterns at the moment and thought I would share some of my favourite from the 'fountain of crafty knowledge' that is Pinterest.
Ruby Doll by One Red Robin, I love the use of fabric.  
Pinky Doll by Mariska isn't a tutorial but you can buy the pattern.  I love her expression!

Dolly Donation Rag Dolly by Sarah - Tutorial and Free Pattern.  These dolls are divine!

Black Apple Doll Pattern and Tutorial over at Martha Stewart Crafts Super cute!

A really great 'Design Your Own' Rag Doll Tutorial by Becoming Martha
Blossom Babies - Lily
Cute Dolls made and sold by Deborah  I really like this simple idea of pieces of shaped fabric with a face added and voila you have a doll!  The polka dot and check legs and arms are adorable.

Cathy Applehead Doll Pattern & Tutorial   This doll is simply lovely, she kind of seems really quite grown up, maybe it's the long striper legs and long boots.

Here is Emily Burnette's version of the Black Apple Doll.
rag doll pattern
Here's a free doll pattern of what I would describe as a classic doll from my childhood (think Jemima from theBBC's cult classic Playschool - I'm really going back now).  This pattern is from MakeBabyStuff.Com.

These dolls all seem to be pretty much from the same type of pattern, it's simply 'all about the fabric', whether you use the body as a patterned fabric 'dress' or have a plain body and add a dress on top.  I'm definitely going to design and make some of the patterned body style with a view to maybe selling them on

I hope you have enjoyed checking out some dolly ideas as much as I enjoyed rummaging through Pinterest.

Do you have any favourite dolly patterns?