Well its pretty unforgiveable that I haven’t posted a thing since January but I’m hoping when you hear why perhaps I can be let off the hook this once (blushes).
When we received the news of the arrival of baby number two in January we were over the moon! We weren’t expecting the torturous hyperemesis gravidarum that followed a few weeks later. Life as it was known came to a stop for about 18 weeks. I couldn’t work, struggled to maintain any normality at home and also missed a close family member’s wedding (gulp). Anyone that has experienced the horrific nausea and vomiting episodes that HG can bring on does not need me to elaborate any further. I was back at work at 20 weeks and have managed to scrape myself together to dabble in a bit of crafty goodness here and there – after all, a baby gives the most perfect of inspiration for crafting and creating! I will however only touch lightly upon the bits and pieces I have been assembling as we would be here all day otherwise!
Just know that as I grow and the countdown begins, it is getting harder to dedicate time to sewing but it appears to be a great time to finish up projects as well as use up the scraps you always promise yourself you would.
For my toddler…….
Felt Soft Toys
My DD turned two in May and she certainly has her favourite cartoons and characters – as words begin to spill out of her little mouth its easy for me to come to know what her favourites exactly are.
She seemed to have a liking for sea life and especially crabs! I figured crabs would make a pretty cool toy! I had loads of Felt lying around so I got started. Its a gawky clumsy toy but oh so loveable at the same time!
Body and Eyes: Felt
Limbs: Cotton fabric of various design
Stuffing: Craft stuffing
I simply love this character in my daughter’s favourite tv programme – she’s funny, witty and a tad bit loopy! The doll was loads of fun to do, though a little tricky. Still, happy with the outcome.
All parts: Felt of various colours
Stuffing: Craft stuffing
Turning-2 party dress
I had a bee in my bonnet about making my DD’s second-birthday dress. It was always going to be red or pink, and I was lucky to find great red net material in my stash. It took a while but as I was determined it all went smoothly. Adding a lining was the most difficult bit, but it just about fit under the needle of my machine so all went well. The hubby requested a splash of blue to break up the red, and buttons and trims are a brilliant way to do that!
And now, a few things for the baby….
The sponge changing-mat-cum-resting mat
I started out making a changing mat, but when it was complete it was so comfy I figured it could quite easily be a mattress too, for baby to lay down and have a nap. So, the jury is still out with this one. The fabric and lace used for the removable cover are all scraps and therefore aesthetically they may not be that exciting. However, I can always throw together more covers in prettier fabric and trimming combinations.
The pretty basket cover
I have a little basket which I threw together this pretty cover for – again all scraps! I think the yellow ribbon really makes it! It can be used to pop anything such as nappies and cotton pads into.
And last but not least!
The chunky wool blanket
What better way to keep toddler or newborn nice and snug than a chunky knitted blanket. I used two big chunky balls of wool in this medium sized blanket and was happy with the result.
All we do now is wait for this little one to make its appearance!