Joseph Bunting

My great niece Ella has bunting for her room and although my great nephew Joseph has the jungle chums blanket that I made, he has to have bunting too so that he and his lovely big sis are the same.

S flag

S flag

Ella’s bunting is (of course!) pink and largely floral

Joseph Bunting

Joseph Bunting

But Joseph’s is all the primary colours, checks and spots. I love both equally.

I think his nursery decor is quite simple so it should fit in and hopefully last him quite a while.

hanging bunting

hanging bunting

I have been banned from buying more fabric since my stash is slightly unmanageable at the moment but it is amazing what I find that I forgot that I had!!

I’m not getting much sewing done at the moment anyway so I shouldn’t buy any more until I have worked my way through what I have.

Joseph Bunting

Joseph Bunting

I think I might have to get on with Christmas bunting next though as the weeks are flying by and the season is creeping upon us.

I haven’t even started some of the things I need to make as Christmas gifts! Aaaaagh!!

Summer Dresses

navy, white and red daisy pinafore

navy, white and red daisy pinafore

A while ago, I made my nephew’s little girl Ella (named after her paternal great gran and one of my favourite names) some pretty princess pinafore dresses for her birthday.

I am going to Harringay Market again soon so I thought I’d make some more ready for the summer.

shoulder button detail

shoulder button detail

They are very cute and perfect for the warm weather.  The ‘new baby’ size is particularly cute.

The possible variations on these are endless, I have put buttons on the shoulder fastening of all so far but have varied the style and number of the pockets on each one.

rolled hem ready for hand sewing

rolled hem ready for hand sewing

I sold one of them a few weekends ago and it is off to be worn by a little girl in Spain this summer.

I have 3 available at the moment but will certainly be making some more.

I’ve concentrated on using some of the floral fabrics from my stash but will be venturing into using some of the lovely, lovely fabric pieces I have bought from The Village Haberdashery as well as bringing in some of my hand applique which I have been missing lately.

What do you think?  Any suggestions for variations?

William’s Armchair

work in progress

I have taken a few commissions lately be they curtains for the farm, cushions for a set of chairs, more curtains for my sister’s new house or a new cover for a little boys favourite john lewis armchair.

John Lewis sell these wonderful mini armchairs for kids with a set of loose covers and no option to buy replacements.  This particular armchair is very much a favourite and although the covers themselves were slightly the worse for loving use of, the chair itself has remained in good order. I have just finished making the new covers for it and I think it is so cute.  William’s mum supplied the fabric, piping, zips and thread for the cover after I had measured for it (5m with a large repeat like this). The fabric is lovely and vibrant and covered in diggers and trucks and all that big mechanical stuff that little boys like so much.

the finished article

It was fun to make and very satisfying knowing how happy William is to get his favourite chair back.

I wonder how many other little boys or girls have a favourite armchair that they are sad not to be able to use anymore because they can’t get replacement covers?

food and cooking

pretty apron

pretty apron

My niece would like become a chef or work with food in some way.   She’s very good and always wants to help when it comes to cooking or baking.  She even cooks once a week for her hard working mummy.  She’s only 10.

These interests definitely need to be encouraged though I think that the food industry is very, very hard work.  She’s a pretty bright little thing, she also draws very well, loves making things and is very musical.   One of the things that she should combine with her cooking is writing.  She writes wonderful essays for her age. It could make for a great combination.

The difficult decisions about school are being made at the moment and she isn’t enjoying it much.  She is likely to go somewhere different to a lot of her friends and isn’t keen on the change.

It’s getting her down a bit so I decided to make her something to cheer her up and encourage her a little.

flower detail

flower detail

She has things at our house for when she comes to stay like her own towel, a toothbrush; the usual. She also has her own apron as we have been known to make biscuits or cakes when she’s here and she loves helping with supper. Continue reading