It’s done!

I realise that I should have waited until the morning so I could take better photos with day light shining on Anabelle’s new dress, but I was way too excited about sharing the end result!

With kids in bed, I finished hand stitching the hem of the dress, ironed, checked for pins (!!!! Very important !!!! The first knitted cardigan I made for Anabelle had one hidden, which I quickly realised after she complained!!), cut thread ends off and tadaaaa!

I kept my pen and my sewing notebook handy while working on the dress, to note down all the mistakes I’ve made or things I should have or could have done differently.

By nature I am an incredibly impatient person (Ian will tell you…) and I’m trying to teach myself that good, lasting things don’t just happen overnight. I made mistakes, it took much longer than I would have liked, but in time I’m sure I will get better and quicker. Practice, practice, practice, right?

Still, I think this first little dress I made for my little girl is quite alright actually!

I think I know what Anabelle will be wearing to the movies tomorrow. I just hope she’ll like it!

Getting there

The Studio is coming along nicely. There’s still so much to organise though. I need to get lots of things and I need to paint lots of furniture before it is the way I would like it to be, but it certainly is getting there!!

I thought I’d show you what happened to the taped down wall

I was almost sorry to have to put the shelf on the wall and hide my lovely stripes! After I finished with it, I couldn’t stop smiling every time I went into the Studio. It’s sort of a cross between a circus and candy cane, don’t you think? The other side of the room is painted completely in the blue and the two ends of the room are painted in the Timeless White I used for the white stripes. Next on the list is the brown table on the picture and the chair.

I’ve painted the sewing/pattern/useful table but while the turquoise is a nice colour, I was too impatient with the drying time and didn’t wait long enough between the red base coat and the top turquoise, which means I can’t expose the red… Still, it’s better than it was before and I might paint it again. However, my darling husband helped me with raising the top of the table, so it is now at a perfect hight and my amazingly clever friend Jocelyn was ever so sweet and helped me cover it with interlining and a nice piece of fabric so I can now do this:

The table top is now thick enough that I can stick pins in it, and it doesn’t slide, so the fabric stays put. Good stuff!

Do you recognise the fabric? I think my friend Sarah might, as I used it when I made this cat for her beautiful little girl Zoe. This time though, I’m making a dress for Anabelle:

View 1. Should be sweet.

Well, it’s getting there! And look at that, you can even see the table and my inspiration board! That’s still a bit empty, but I’m working on it!! Can you believe I picked it up at a Boot Sale for £2? Bargain. I miss my Boot Sales.

Well, to finish the post off, I’ll include a few pictures of these wonderful Red Kites our friends and us saw recently at a feeding station. My wild life photography isn’t very good, so excuse the blurriness please!

Cheerio!

The first finished piece

One of Anabelle’s birthday presents the other day was a little knitted cardigan made by me. I started a little while ago and had to start again a couple of times when stitches just didn’t add up! But, I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it. It’s so therapeutic, and rewarding and very ‘more-ish’.

Here she is checking out what daddy is up to on his computer.

The front bit is meant to be short by the way. It isn’t her tummy that makes it roll up!

A little ballerina pose!

Not sure what she calls that move, but it works!

So my first proper experience with knitting was successful. I can’t wait to sink my teeth… or needles I should say into a new piece. I have a few balls of lovely blue yarn. Maybe I’ll find something to suit that! Now.. where is that pattern book of mine…

(A pretty obvious) Hint

 

Baby shoes

One of the first things I ever made with my sewing machine was this little pair of shoes for Anabelle.

I followed a pattern, but I can’t remember which book it was from. Once we unpack all of our boxes and I get my ‘studio-bits’ out I’ll find it and post it.

I was so pleased when I finished with it and one wasn’t enormously bigger than the other. And the fact that her little feet actually fit the shoes was icing on the cake!

There’s a few things I’d do differently now, like thread leather into the soles so she wouldn’t slide easily and make it half a size bigger so she wouldn’t outgrow it in… umm… 5 days!!!!

Nope, she didn’t wear them for long… but I kept them of course and have put them in Anabelle’s keepsake box, so one day she can look through and find them and think she had the cutest little feet to be able to fit these tiny things and that her mummy loved her beyond belief!!

The Valentine’s Day post

I think there are mainly two extremes of opinion when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Most people seem to either hate it or love it. I’m sort of in between the two. We never did anything major for Valentine’s. We don’t follow the commercial side of the day, so there aren’t any red and pink balloons or expensive cards around the house on the 14th.

We don’t tend to go out for dinner either, because it’s just so very expensive. All restaurants seem to have a special menu that day, TWICE the price of their normal. Ok, maybe not twice, but definitely more expensive. So we stay at home and if anything cook a special meal at home. But most of the time we don’t bother with that either, just eat with the kids as usual.

I don’t say no to handmade gifts though that has a lot of thought put into them and truly came from the heart rather than a wallet/shop. The little book above was all handmade by me. I cut it, bound it, designed it, wrote it. Each page has ‘I love you’ written in different languages and why I love my husband so much.

The gist of it: he’s my missing half. Without him I would not be me. I would not be complete.

This box was another present I made Ian a few years back. It had a book in it, that I was aiming to write in every year with what we achieved that year.

This was that year. We got pregnant with Max! A special year, don’t you think?

Unfortunately after the second entry in the book, it sort of got forgotten… oh well… the thought was there!!

This box wasn’t actually for Valentine’s Day, but I made it because I love Ian all the time. I was going back to New Zealand from the UK to organise our wedding and I wanted to leave something for Ian that will remind him everyday how much I care for him and how much I look forward to our shared lives together. So on each page there’s a little love-note for each day until we got married.

Whether you think much of Valentine’s Day or not, I hope you have someone special in your life who loves you and who you love very much. And no, it doesn’t have to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife. It could be anyone special in your life. Just be thankful for them and love them everyday!

xx

Mistakes

Yup, I’m still working on my first piece of proper knitting, Anabelle’s ballerina cardigan. I had sick children for weeks now as well as an essay to send out and house viewers knocking all the time. Those are my excuses why I haven’t finished yet.

And maybe the fact that I’ve done the front wrong. See the picture?

And see the stringy bit? Well that’s not supposed to be on this side. It’s meant to be on the other side, so it can actually be used as a tie.

Oh well…. I’ve taken it all off now and am busy redoing again, because I may well be going over to Jo’s tomorrow to do a couple hours of knitting. And this time without the children.

 

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