Friday, February 28, 2014

Jelly Fish Baby Body

Ella really loved playing with the button on the elephant top that I made her, so thought she'd enjoy a top with even more going on that she can play with.

I cut out 2 pieces of material for the jelly fish body, turned them right sides facing, sewed round the shapes leaving the bottom section open. I then turned it the right way out.

I inserted a piece of thicker material in the middle so that the outer material won't go baggy like it did a bit with the elephant top I did. You can use anything really. I used a bit of old Ikea blind that we've got left over!

I then got 2 coordinating colours of ribbon, folded them in half and tucked them into the open body of the jelly fish. I then sewed round the entire body and sewed on some buttons for the eyes.

Ella likes to play with the buttons and the dangly legs!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Elephant Baby Top

Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for the sporadic positing, but then I don't have a lot of time with a 7 month old baby on my hands!!

I made this body for Ella using my new sewing machine that my mum bought me for Christmas ... thanks mummy!!

I basically free-handed an elephant onto a scrap piece of fabric that I had lying around and then sewed it to a body that I'd already bought. I used a simple single stitch to stitch it into place first and then I used an appliqué stitch over the top of that. I then sewed on a button as the eye.

Here's my beautifu Ella modelling it!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Nursery Reveal

Well, it's slightly ridiculous to show this now, as my baby girl is practically no longer a baby!! Haven't been posting for a while as I've been busy looking after little monkeys called Ella! She's 5 months old now. Can't believe how quickly the time has gone.
I had her nursery finished weeks before she was born but she doesn't even sleep in there yet.

I originally wanted to go with grey and yellow as a colour scheme as I was still half convinced that the doctors would have made a mistake and our 100% girl would turn out to be a bouncing boy! I didn't want to be one of those poor mothers who had to sell their story to the newspaper to try and make some money back on all the wasted pink stuff they had bought!
Here is my moodboard for that colour scheme:

When we got to the paint shop G had a panic that the grey looked too much like cement and a bit depressing for a baby's room, so we decided to go with a lilac colour instead.

I painted two walls lilac and we did a feature wall of owl and bird wallpaper.

I bought a butterfly punch and cut out butterflies in different coloured paper to stick on the wall. I also made a mobile for above her cot with butterflies on too.

I painted a grandfather clock on the wall and bought a clock set to use as the face. Still need to decide whether to paint mice running up it or not à la "hickory dickory dock" - what do you think? Yes or no?

I bought a plain white tripod lamp from Ikea and tied strips of fabric round the shade.

I used the same fabric to made a skirt for the cot.


The final touch is her name above the changing mat. Here's the monkey in question modelling it!

Here's the whole room:

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Canvas Art

Whipped up a little present for my good friend Tim for his birthday and his lovely new flat ... so here it is for the blog world:

I saw a similar canvas behind Heston Blumenthal on one of his programmes and decided to steal the idea. I chose a nice font off Word, painted the canvas yellow, traced on the letters and then painted them on in black.

I sealed it with a protective covering so that it can hang in the kitchen and not be bothered by the moisture, but ... depending on where he wants a quote like this ... he could also hang it in the bedroom ;-)

Bun in the Oven T-Shirt!

Well, now that I have my own little bun in the oven, I thought I should get around to making some maternity t-shirts!

Bought a cheap plain white maternity t-shirt and used material, thread and fabric paint that I had on hand.

First of all I sketched the design of my oven on paper to check I liked it, then I drew it on the t-shirt.

I then used black fabric paint to paint it on and then washed and sealed it according to the instructions on the label.

For the bun I went for a cupcake design, as ... well, I don't know ... I thought it would just look better, OK?

I cut out my cupcake case with som blue material I had leftover and the pink icing topping was also from scraps. I then sewed them directly onto the t-shirt and there you have it ... my very own bun in the oven! Just need to get a bit more of a bump!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Framed Chalkboard

I was commissioned with the task of making something out of wood for my friend's birthday. This was quite tricky as it couldn't be anything too heavy or fragile as I had to send it in the post to good old England!

I decided to go for a framed chalkboard to hang in the kitchen to put a shopping list on or something.

I had some nice border wood that I mitred into a frame and just glued it together and clamped the edges until they dried.

I then cut out a piece of plywood to size and painted it with chalkboard paint.

I painted the frame blue to match her kitchen colour and sealed it with a top coat as it will be in the kitchen that might get splashed with water.

I hammered the plywood into the frame and then added a pretty ribbon onto the back for hanging it from a hook.

Hope she likes it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Feature Wall

I have injured my foot running so am resting it at the moment, which on the plus side means that I have quite a lot of spare free time! Have put some of that free time to use and painted one wall in our bedroom.
Everywhere else in the house has white walls (apart from the office and downstairs bathroom), so it was nice to get a bit of colour flowing!
Here's the walls before I started painting
I chose a colour called blackberry and painted the wall in a matt colour.

I then bought a stencil of cherry blossom and stencilled in a repeat pattern along the whole of the wall in a slightly lighter blackberry colour in semi gloss. The trick was to use as little paint as possible on the roller.

I then just used masking tape and started in the top lef-hand corner and worked along and down lining the stencil up as I went.

I love it! It gives off a really nice shimmery shine and is really nice and subtle but beuatiful. It also ties in really nicely to the blinds from Ikea which also have a sort of cherry blossom design on them.

We just need new bedcovers and I might even make some cushions with the cherry blossom stencil on too!