Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hooded dress

It is very difficult to capture this little 'photo-escape-artist'.

I made this dress about 3 years ago. Now the second little mischief is pulling the hood down to cover her eyes if she doesn't want to be discovered.

The shape of this hood is perfect for going unnoticed if circumstances require.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sewing paper

Since she's moved to Berlin we don't often get the chance to spend time together to 'make stuff'.  Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to make little books with her. 

All these beautiful papers, drawings, clippings and old photos - it was difficult not to just keep looking through this selection of little treasures.

The result is a little 'csr style' handsewn agenda. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Knitting my first sock

I would really like 2011 to be the year where I learn the art of sock knitting. I got some needles and yarn as a Christmas present.

This is my first attempt and I've really only gotten this far thanks to this and this ( I am afraid videos are in German, but I am sure similar ones can be found in English)

One amazing side effect of knitting is that it makes sewing seem really quick and easy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Barbie alternative

She only asked Santa Claus for one present - a princess ( thinking this is what Barbies are called)

Cheekily (or stubbornly) I took my chances and misunderstood.

It wasn't an instant hit - 'This is not a princess!'
On Christmas Eve little princess was mostly ignored and had to sleep under the Christmas tree.

But she seems to be growing on her. She's got a name now. And sometimes, she's allowed to sleep in her bed. It is considered sort of cool that she can put on the same dress as her in the morning and that she loses her pants ( I made them too big by mistake).

I'm curious to see where this is going. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hip bag for a busy new mom

A present I made for a busy new mom who has her hands full when taking little Laya for a walk in the pram or sling. 

When my kids were so small I carried them around in a sling I rarely managed to pick up the phone before the other person hung up. Not her!

Whenever I make any sort of bag I get completely confused about where to sew first and which way to turn it when. Going for lining and a bound pocket didn't make this any easier, but this was the design I had in mind. What could I do?

These 2 fantastic tutorials helped me immensely:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy 2011

to keep
on trying



I like fresh starts. The believe or illusion that everything can indeed be a little different and better.
Anything you'd like to try this year?

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