Friday, June 16, 2017

Four Years Later... !

Eeek... ! Four and a bit years on and I'm not sure if anyone will read this thing anymore, but I do enjoy reading updates that pop up on long abandoned blogs.

We have two babies now, not really babies at all, our Elka is 6!!! ?! And Ari is 3. And we lasted almost 3 years in Richmond before fleeing to the Blue Mountains- turns out we weren't as tough as we thought we were... but also turns out that we love it here and life is better, although we do miss the coast, it's just objectively nice, but not really THAT far away if we get desperate.

But anyway, 6 and a half years of mothering, and my head does still work. And I feel like I've made that journey from complete and utter exhaustion, bombardment and confusion- that is becoming a parent- and I've survived, and the making in me survived too. I have less time, but I'm more patient than I used to be and I have a completely different perspective.

And I've worked out how to make the dolls I always wanted to make, but didn't have the time to learn to make. Market after market every weekend meant that I just had to turn out as much as I could- and I look at those blinkies and dew drop dolls, and they are cute and sweet and well sewn, and I'm a little shocked to see the faces that I managed to embroider- I'm not quite back to that level of skill yet- but I was always dreaming of different dolls, and drawing them but I wasn't able to sit down and have the time to fail a hundred time before getting to the place I needed to be. With Elka at school, and my chilled out buddy Ari at home, I somehow have muddled through that over the past 18 months. From ugly, terrible, wonky things to sweet dolls in clothes (yay!) and woollen hair.

The mere though of sewing clothes used to boggle my brain. I remember the first time I looked consciously at a quilt my Grandmother had made and it dawned on me that she had cut each little piece out and sewn them, bit by bit into a piece of fabric that was as big as my bed. Madness, I thought! Then I did it and it all made sense, bit by bit. And now I'm feeling that way about these new dolls, bit by bit, piece by piece, they come together. And it feels good.

So anyway, that's where I'm at.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Slowly, Slowly.

Ridiculously slowly actually! But I managed to get my prints out and into the mail, albeit a bit late. I received all of  my swap partners' efforts before I managed to get mine out. Of course, Elka came down with a fever, then me, and then the long weekend and guests, and gradually I got my spare room back and managed to get organised enough to get it done. And stamping this print, two triangles at a time was SLOW.

handprinted swap wip
I went with plain pink triangles just because of the colour preferences of some of my swap buddies, but I really like the black on white, and I'm doing some overprinting with pink and yellow. I've really enjoyed this swap, and one day soon (hopefully!) I will post pictures of my swap bounty.

These are some of my favourites from the Handprinted Fabric Group:
1. layered scollops
2. simple overprinting
3. scissors


Thursday, March 21, 2013

So Far.

This is what I have managed so far. I have been playing around with colours and shapes, and actually managed to take a photo! :) I'm hoping to print 'the good ones' on the weekend.

This is the flickr group if you want to see some more.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Inspiration for #3.

I signed up to do the Handprinted fabric swap again, and I'm thinking this is great motivation to unpack everything that is still boxed up. I went down to Spotlight- turns out our local Spotlight here is ENORMOUS, and bought some cotton to muck around on, and some linen to do the good stuff on. This is what I have been eyeing off on Pinterest.

From here.

Now to start some actual doing!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oh Yer.

It happened again little blog! I forgot you. We moved house, town, lives, jobs and things just got hectic there for a couple of months.

We no longer live near the ocean, we now live on the very far outskirts of Sydney, in a place that may as well be a country town! It is a country town, it is just very close to some very big things. And it sure is different. We've really only just arrived and the dust is still settling. I hope it all settles nicely...


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Kits

I was sorting through some bits and pieces on my desk a while back and found some almost finished Blinky Kits filed away in a magazine rack. They had been sitting there since before Elka was born! She is almost 2! I also found all of the supplies required to make more kits, including 3 different types of paper, embroidery thread, plastic bags and little sticky dots to attach a small sample piece of fabric to the front of each kit... It seemed like too good an opportunity not make some more up in time for Christmas. It's not often that things are so easily accessible around here...

So, I finished up the three almost done, and made another 10, and took them down to Emma-Lee's shop all ready for Christmas presents. They are $20 each, and they are half boyish/unisex fabrics, and half girly fabrics. and I'm in the midst of making another 10, and hoping to put 5 in my Etsy Shop soon, so stay tuned... or email me if you NEED them sooner than later, because things happen around here, things that prevent other things from getting done... But fingers crossed!

blinky kits

blinky kits

Hope you're making headway with Christmas on the horizon!

Monday, October 29, 2012


And now for something completely unrelated to everything I've been posting about recently! But photos of the blue bubble are to come because I think it may be my favourite handmade item in some time.

Christmas is coming. Eek. I started my Christmas shopping last week, and that makes me feel tremendously more organised than last year. Now that I have the pdf patterns back in my Etsy Shop, I was thinking about cool ways to personalise blinkies for presents. The embroidered blinkies or message blinkies as they were sometimes known, were always the most popular at market stalls and in shops. Sometimes a line from an obscure song would sit there for a month before anyone bought it, but they always did. The right person would see it, and bam! And they would seriously toddle off excited as can be.

So, I trawled through my Flickr photostream, and found some examples. These were always good for new babies too, especially if the parents hadn't found out if they were having a boy or a girl. One of the most popular lines was 'I'm a lover, not a fighter'.

message blinkies

something new


I always used tracksuit material because it was soft, and plain, and I always think it looks better than using 100% cotton, the shape seems to work better, and something special with a small print inside the ears- Japanese linens are great.

People also used to go nuts over handprinted fabrics! It seemed like I just couldn't keep up with this kind of thing. This one is using a stamp that my friend Riyo made, but you could use just about anything.

And then there are stripes! Which always work well with dots. People sure do love stripes!
mr. blink i stripes and dots

And Kristyn, a customer, just asked me on the weekend how on earth do you neatly sew the toy up at the end, and I found this really great video on ladder stitch which shows the exact way that I do it. I hope it helps.