samuel savigar

wrapped and ready to be delivered

wrapped and ready to be delivered

My work colleague and his wife have just added another to their number and he is called Samuel.

Samuel Jacob Savigar

Samuel Jacob Savigar

He joins their lovely little family along side Ellie and George.

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green for samuel

I was commissioned to do his cushion so that he has one the same as his older siblings and to go with his freshly decorated green & white bedroom.

stork delivery

stork delivery

Ellie’s cushion and bunting was a gift from me but George’s and Samuel’s were special requests.

cradled baby

cradled baby

My next job is to get bunting made for little Samuel as a gift from us. His sister and brother already have some so he needs to be the same.

tag and fastening

tag and fastening

Hopefully they will all be delivered next week.

Pooch Pouches

cosy cave

cosy cave

Ages ago, I spied a rather lovely dog bed with a flap on the top that meant the dog could climb underneath it for a little comfort & cover. We know terriers like to burry themselves and I think they were actually call Terrier Sacks (unfortunately that name conjures up all kinds of awful images of drowning puppies!!!).

hamlet heaven

hamlet heaven

It piqued an idea for a dog bed

keeping and eye on proceedings

keeping and eye on proceedings

With nothing more than a duvet (hypo allergenic in this case for Max’s skin) and a few metres of paw print fleece, I set about making my own version.

It couldn’t have been easier.

Max likes to get right inside and hide his face

Max likes to get right inside and hide his face

So for any one out there who might want to try the same, here it is in it’s most gloriously simple form.

Cut fleece and duvet to desired size (I based our JRT’s bed on about 700mm square)

You can either turn in raw edges of duvet along cut and zig zag edges (this is where I put the overlocking machine I have long lusted after back to the top of my wish list) or finish it with bias tape for a bit of extra rigidity

Sew up ends and sides of fleece (right sides facing) like a furry duvet cover

Attach duvet at each corner (still inside out – this will keep duvet from migrating in the wash)

Then turn right way (duvet is firmly fixed into corners so won’t have moved)

Turn in raw edges and hand sew the opening closed

Fold in half and hand sew the 2 side edges together (leaving end open for your pooch to clamber in)

it was chilly last night and this was hamlet and max mod of the evening

it was chilly last night and this was hamlet and max mod of the evening

Eh voila!!

I love this old campaigner

I love this old campaigner

A Pooch Pouch that is snuggly and cosy when it is cold and drafty.

snuggly warm and sleepy after a lovely long walk

snuggly warm and sleepy after a lovely long walk

My sis’s JRT is on holiday with us at the moment so we couldn’t miss him out. He absolutely loves his, his old bones love being toasty warm and he gets to hide away from all the insanity of a younger model nearby.

and a blanket always helps

and a blanket always helps

I think it might have to go home with him when he goes back to Norfolk.

Dear Declan

letter 'D'

letter ‘D’

One of my most loyal bunting customers, Catherine, contacted me recently to let me know that a friend would be needing some bunting pretty quickly.

Letter 'E'

letter ‘E’

Although the order for the friend went elsewhere in the end, it was lovely to hear from Catherine again.

letter 'A'

letter ‘A’

It was especially lovely because it came with the news that she has a new ‘little man’ in her household. .

Letter 'N'

Letter ‘N’

Baby Declan has arrived to join brother Ronan.

letter 'L'

letter ‘L’

As a token of thanks for all her support, I have made some bunting for Declan.

finished bunting

finished bunting

It is all parcelled up and ready for posting to it’s happy destination in Dublin.

flags

flags

My little Moo stickers came in handy to fasten the tissue paper and this turquoise and blue ribbon is rather cute.

moo tinyinc stickers

moo tinyinc stickers

I hope to hear from Catherine again when she receives her parcel and perhaps again if the family numbers increase or those of her friends do.

parcelled up and ready to go

parcelled up and ready to go

If there is more bunting required to travel over the Irish Sea to Dublin, I will be very happy.

congratulations tag

congratulations tag

Encouraging Culinary Skills

cute skull cap

cute skull cap

JC’s godson, Henry, is 5 years old this weekend and finding something to make as a present to celebrate his birthday is getting trickier as he gets older.

I’ve made him bunting before, a blanket and a bean bag but at 5 years old, something made is less and less appealing I think, so what else could there be?

personalised

personalised

Having picked his mum’s brains about what would be a good idea, we have settled on things that encourage his recently acquired interest in cooking.

His dad likes to fire up the barbecue and does a mean sunday roast so it is lovely that one of his boys is showing an interest too.

Henry helps with supper every night after school and does a fine job it seems.

scull cap and apron

scull cap and apron

He is somewhat envious of his brother’s personalised apron made for him in the past so what better making opportunity than to fill that gap in his culinary equipment so I’ve been making

William’s apron is blue and white checks with his name across the top so we have chosen green and white for Henry with his name across the top.

I have made it with a few extra details such as a big front pocket divided into 2 with another slim divide on the side so that he has somewhere to pop a wooden spoon or whatever implement he needs to have on him.

There are plenty of loops for tying on towels and things as I don’t think you can have too many of this kind of thing on a working apron.

To add to the look (makes it all seem so grown up and professional!) I have done a chef’s skull cap with his name on it too.

applique letters

applique letters

We found a beautifully illustrated Dorling and Kindersley book that is full of skills and advice on equipment and techniques to go with it.

We also came across some very cute ‘mini me’ cooking utensils that are real and useful, but small and pretty handy for 5 year old hands (not kiddy plastic ones which I don’t think he’d appreciate one little bit).

book

book

We see them later today for a birthday tea so fingers crossed they go down well.

cooking equipment

cooking equipment

 

Busy Weekend

I like planning but there’s a maverick in me that loves a bit of freestyle.

This weekend was supposed to be a chillaxing, much needed rest (apart from late night football games!) and in typical fashion it has been none of those.

I think I’ve washed everything that can possibly be washed and dried it all in the sun (ooh that fresh air smell, you can’t beat it!).

I’ve made more skincare (which I will post about another time), I’ve replaced a zip in a favourite pair of shorts, I’ve mooched around a giant car boot sale (disappointing, but I do have another few meters of fabric than I did before I went, cooked, weeded & finally got down to working on Bertie’s blanket. (Another one for a different post).

So, the zip……

 

JC's favourite shorts

JC’s favourite shorts

The zip replacement was quite a challenge but it went well. Getting the broken zip out involves dismantling the front of the shorts. Fitting a zip from scratch is by far and away easier.

Scary and tentative first snips

Scary and tentative first snips

As a much loved and much worn pair of shorts, they had acquired a few of those unironable creases, and random folds that make working with them pretty tricks.

Checking the detail

Checking the detail

Nonetheless, said shorts have been nervously disassembled. It’s a little like taking a bike apart, you don’t want a load of  spare but crucial bits left over at the end so it’s worth checking all the details.

Freeing the bottom of the zip

Freeing the bottom of the zip

They now have a new zip (from a stash Of varying sorts that have of salvaged, are unused or I acquired) that matches the contrasting waste band.

They are also whole again, with no bits spare.

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A bit of tidying up to get rid of the bits of thread and they’re ready to go  (& they’ve been washed!).

The finished zip

The finished zip

 

Four Corners of the Globe

flowery 'A' flag

flowery ‘A’ flag

 

Whilst it isn’t quite the four corners of the globe, the places that my bunting has gone are pretty far away.  To date they are hanging in nurseries in Canada, new zealand, ireland, Australia & Brazil.

 

letter 'O' flag

letter ‘O’ flag

 

This little collection of flags are going to make the 2nd in canada so far.

 

pink 'L' flag

pink ‘L’ flag

 

I love making bunting and I have missed doing it so I was delighted to be asked to rustle up something for a little granddaughter Lola Mae.

 

flags on bias

flags on bias

 

I have another commission for bunting that will be needed in August. Without knowing whether this little one will be a boy or a girl or indeed what their name will be, I can’t even make a start.  Except that I do know it has to be green.

 

lola mae

lola mae