fabric cases

button fastening

button fastening

One of my best friends has a january birthday (there seem to be a few in our group!!) and it was the first week in the month.

inside the iPad case

inside the iPad case

I have been toying with adding glasses cases to my makes as they include sewing and appliqu√© and V’s birthday was the perfect opportunity.

glasses case

glasses case

I also happened to know she was getting an iPad too so what better than to make a matching case for that since the glasses and the iPad may well be used together!!

button loop

button loop

The glasses case is so much fun and I enjoyed making it so I will definitely be making more of those.

pink details

pink details

Perhaps the odd iPad case or little purse might sneak in there when I get some more time.

Bright Birthday Bunting

bright bunting flags

bright bunting flags

I was pretty busy leading up to the festivities of 2013 and some of that busy was commissions.

My all out favourite was some jolly bunting for 2 little people I met at Harringay Market on the 8th December.

leonard bunting

leonard bunting

They have December & January birthdays very close to Christmas and their mum Ellen ordered them some birthday bunting amidst all the festive bits and bobs.

I have a January birthday and always got ‘combined’ christmas and birthday presents when I was little and that meant my birthday became a bit of a none event.

nancy bunting

nancy bunting

As a result, I have adopted the Queen’s approach to birthdays and I now have an official birthday 6 months after my actual birthday. It means that I share my official birthday with my mum’s birthday mid July. It work s very well & it means I can barbecue with chilled fizz instead of being on the post christmas wagon and huddled in front of the fire with a mug of coffee.

nancy letters

nancy letters

Thankfully for Nancy and Leonard, Ellen separates her little one’s birthdays from Christmas and they will have their bright bunting presents by now.

more letters

more letters

Many happy returns to both!! ūüôā

Burger Bear Birthday

burger bear

burger bear

I took an order recently for two of my crochet burger bears. They are for 14th of december birthdays and will be posted to Emily this week.

It has reminded me to get busy making some of the ones that I know Tom Reaney (THE Burger Bear) wants for his customers.

I’d like to think that these little fellas have developed since the¬†earlier attempts¬†and certainly since I made up the pattern. I think we are there now this is THE ONE.

cheesy poncho

cheesy poncho

I love the size and proportions of this one and I especially like his little face.

I love the cheesy poncho he wears

lettuce ruffle

lettuce ruffle

and his fancy lettuce ruffle

burger bear twins ready to post to Emily

burger bear twins ready to post to Emily

I also love the way that I they come together when they are being made, just like a real burger……

bun, burger, cheese.....

bun, burger, cheese…..

Bun. burger, cheese, lettuce and tomato before you put the lid on!!

lettuce

lettuce

I will add other colours on some as Tom has requested and we know that the cheeses used can be different types so the colour combos can vary.

In the meantime Burger Bear very sadly missed at Haringey Market but hopefully we will see him soon and i can hand him his next collection of Burger Bears.

getting through those projects

boys shoe/gym/swimming  bag

boys shoe/gym/swimming bag

I really haven’t been able to enjoy any making time much lately as work is unexpectedly hectic and very demanding.

It’s quite frustrating because my workroom also doubles up as my office and I have to look at my lovely fabrics, projects and machine everyday with the thought that I would really much rather be sitting there doing that than sitting here doing this.

But I’m managing to very slowing making headway through my unfinished projects and I haven’t added too many new ones to the pile so far!

I would have made more headway had I not managed to leave behind all the car boot booty, the bias tape, interface and fabrics that I bought last weekend.

train bag

train bag

Never mind, there is always something that does’t need those things for finishing and I can still be getting on with one or another.

book bag

book bag

I have had to completely abandon some projects since I first started them and condemn the fabric to the scrap box.

It is because they just weren’t the success I had hoped and I need to go back to the drawing board or I have completely changed my mind about some of them and no longer think it is worth spending the time in seeing them finished.

fish bag

fish bag (WIP)

I get an idea into my head and try different types or versions of the same thing and the results are hugely varied.

fish bag

fish bag

Some first attempts work brilliantly and some really need work.

fish detail

fish detail

Some ideas will just never be realised successfully but that can honestly be as much of the fun as doing something that you know you can successfully make.

lavendar bags

lavendar bags

Bags seem to be the order of the day at the moment so I managed to get a handful finished but there are still some that need my time.

I’ll get the next batch of these bags sorted out and then I think I will concentrate on getting the cushions finished before I get on with some more of the little dresses that I love making so much.

happy birthday harringay market

Smile

Smile

A week ago was Harringay Market’s first birthday and it was a scorcher too.

happy birthday

happy birthday

It was very hot and sunny and the event was to be marked by lots of visitors and a birthday cake!

pouches and bags

pouches and bags

I’m not a regular trader at Harringay Market as my work keeps me away more often than not but I feel very much part of it. I’ve been selling there since not long after it started. I love the sense of community there is and I love the people that you meet.

cushions

cushions

Us crafters aren’t the main feature, it is a food market after all, but I like to think we add a bit of interest. We have developed a bit of a following and some people are disappointed when we aren’t there.

my new doggy model

my new doggy model

None of us were in a very good spot for the birthday market, unfortunately and although we benefited from not being in the direct sun for most of the day, we were nowhere near the action (unless you consider a loo stop as action!). A real shame and a missed opportunity as were tucked out of the way and were literally in a little corridor on the way to the loos! But I had my lovely friend V to kep me company and we had a good old chat to our neighbour and newcomer Spacedog.

bags and cosies

bags and cosies

Anyway, I had made a few new small things recently so I decided to take them to the market to see if they’d be good sellers.

Most of the things I make are for kids but are bought by their parents or a relative as a gift. I’m aware that amongst the shoppers out there, there are a few who are spending their hard earned pocket money too and there need to be some smaller interesting items that are affordable to those little shoppers.

some of the making

some of the making

Because bags are always needed for boys and girls, I tried out a selection of different shapes, uses and styles to see how things went.

I love them and have made myself a small sewing bag the same which fits in my handbag for the odd train journey.

sold

sold

They went down well and I think I will make a few more with different patterns, images and styles.

the little collection I tried to get done the night before!

the little collection I tried to get done the night before!

The big hit at the moment though are the little summer dresses!  I really have to get on with all my new ideas for them

bunting galore

a birthday message for Jo

a birthday message for Jo

I’ve had about 3 bunting commissions this week, I’ve finished bunting for a christmas present (yes, I apologise for mentioning that word while the sun is still shining), I’ve finished my own bunting for my work room and took a bunting commission at¬†Harringey Market today.

I love bunting and think it brightens up any event (even if the weather is a bit iffy) but it always surprises me how popular it proves.

baby bunting off to Dublin

baby bunting off to Dublin

The bespoke bunting is especially popular and I get most of my commissions for it from people who want is as a special gift for someone. It is completely personalised but isn’t terribly expensive and will be used once, all the time or kept as a keepsake.

wedding bunting off to brazil

wedding bunting off to brazil

I do them for all kinds of events at the moment; new babies, weddings, naming ceremonies and birthdays for young and old. Babies are by far the most popular.

flag details

flag details

They also seem to travel. ¬†1 string of bunting I made is now on Australia, another in new zealand, about 6 strings are in Ireland (with another on it’s way as we speak) and 1 string might end up in Brazil (but it will have travelled all around the world getting there).

This weeks bunting makes were for a baby, a birthday, a wedding and Lucy’s christmas present to go with a cushion I made for her some time ago.

And tonight I will start another birthday bunting for a little girl called Anna who I met today and who was very helpful choosing the patterns, design and colours she wanted. I do love a clear brief!

I love the colours

I love the colours

The birthday bunting was one of the longest I have ever made with a staggering 24 flags and it needed to have some flexibility to it in case it was to be used after the event and words, numbers or just odd letters needed taking out.

I suppose it becomes scrabble bunting and you can make up whatever works you like with the letters that you have.

pastels and primaries

pastels and primaries

My very creative and clever friend V had recently suggested that I try some way of achieving this so that I can do a load of flags and then people can pick and mix to make up their own bunting right there and then. I put my thoughts for that into play for the birthday bunting and I think I can do it.

B is for baby

B is for baby

Basically each flag is finished off with bias and is threaded on to coloured woven tape. You need no more than a safety pin and some patience to make up any word you like with your letters!

the birthday bunting is off to the party on Friday so we’ll see how it goes down, eh?

Pencil Rolls

pencil roll

pencil roll

My friend’s eldest daughter Millie had a birthday recently and although I have been completely rubbish and have yet to deliver her gift, like most others from us, it has been hand made.

satin lined pencil roll

satin lined pencil roll

Millie comes from an artistic family of designers, painters, sculptors and jewellers so she was bound to have flair and indeed she and her sister are both creative.

tie ribbon detail

top stitching and tie ribbon detail

So I thought, what more appropriate and useful thing to make for her that is also pretty than a pencil roll?

pencils in the roll slots

pencils in the roll slots

I have an ancient cadbury’s pencil tin from my school days that still hold all my charcoals and drawing pencils. It saw me through my art foundation course and also college but the pencils all rub together and they get grubby from broken graphite tips. A roll will keep them clean and protect the tips.

bright floral roll

bright floral roll

Each roll holds about 16 pencils which will take you through the most popular of the H and the B pencils quite easily.

finished

finished

I’m going to persevere with my old tin but the pencil roll inspired me to make myself a crochet hook roll.

M for Millie

M for Millie

I only have my gran’s old case which is full of her mum’s lace crochet hooks so it is perfect for mine which are a bit lumpier and currently rattling around in the bottom of a sewing box.