Monday, 25 February 2008
Well, this pile of fabrics had been staring at me all week and it was time to do something about it.
The easy answer was a little girl's three tier skirt using the pink floral and solid fabrics. I then added an underskirt and waistband using the orange polka dot fabric.
Our nearly-three-year-old granddaughter came to lunch yesterday with her family and I had to hide it from view. She's my resident model and I knew if she donned the skirt, it would have been impossible to claim it back (guilt, guilt).
I hope she forgives me, but my Etsy Shop was crying out for new stock!
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Birthday cake etiquette is an art form. This is what a one-year-old looks like Before Cake:
This is how a five-year-old tackles the cake eating process:
And this is how a one-year-old tackles the same problem:
Notice the subtle difference?
Stephen’s little sisters prefer the Chris method:
While Chris’ big sister is, frankly, horrified!
I finished hand-sewing the binding on the Bunny quilt and it is now up in my shop. This morning I wandered into my studio and gathered up the scraps from various recent projects. I felt guilty and knew I had to do something with them, so I have declared today baby booties day. Well, it’s my birthday and I’m allowed to indulge in a little fun with scraps if I care to!
Thursday, 14 February 2008
I had enough fabric left over to make a matching tote bag, big enough to fit the quilt in. It can also be used as a library bag, toy bag, or even a shopping or diaper bag for Mum.
I figure this would make a great Easter gift for a baby or small child, and I am throwing in the matching bag as a bonus. Hopefully I will finish the hand-sewing tonight (wishful thinking - it's our first night back after the Christmas break and there will be lots to catch up on). Still, I should have it ready to launch on my Etsy shop tomorrow - or maybe Saturday.
I'm really looking forward to our meeting tonight - there should be lots of show & tell!
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Aren't the fabrics just adorable? Having such a large central panel, the construction was easy. The only section which needed piecing was part of the border.
Once the piecing was done, it was a simple matter of adding the borders and corners to the central panel. A no brainer - it was like taking a holiday from my usual quilts, which take many months to construct.
Earlier this morning, I heard a melodious bird call quite close to the house. There sitting on the clothesline, sheltering from the rain, was a butcher bird.
Two minutes later, he was joined by a noisy minor.
We watched the Hitchcock classic The Birds the other night. Should we be alarmed?
Saturday, 9 February 2008
It was a glorious Saturday morning, so we ventured out early to the farmers' markets. It's such a pleasure to shop in the open air in a friendly atmosphere, surrounded by exotic aromas and the sounds of enthusiastic vendors.
Luscious figs, peaches, green and yellow bunches of ladyfinger bananas, ripe, red tomatoes, and all the other fruits of summer. Who could resist?
After a quick stop at the coffee vendor to re-charge the batteries with a short black, it was on to the butcher, the baker, and preserved olive maker.
Next on the list was the Mushroom Man, who sells the best Swiss Brown mushrooms in town.
We take in the colours of the beautiful flowers before heading home.
Here are some of the stalls we passed on the way back to the car.
And now it's time to recover before setting out to babysit.
Friday, 8 February 2008
Thursday, 7 February 2008
This is what it looks like inside:
However, I have started on a frilly skirt and hopefully it will be completed by tomorrow.
Great chunks of the day were spent trying to get the Flickr slide show onto the blog site - very frustrating. But as you can see, it's now up and running - hope you like it!