Monthly Archives: January 2013

Animal Alphabet


In a bid to be a good parent and encourage my baby boy (who was quite small at the time) to look at pictures, and begin to recognise animals, I drew this wall chart of alphabetised animals. It was inspired by a similar alphabet I had seen once (I’m afraid I can’t acknowledge the artist as I never knew who did it).  It’s been enjoyed a lot but should really be updated as I’d used British animals/mammals/birds (where I could) but actually ‘g’ should only ever be represented by a giraffe and ‘k’ should be a kangaroo. Who knew?  I thought ‘local’ – but my 2 year old is much more expansive and thinks ‘global’…

Bunting #2 – for my boy


Bunting is becoming an obsession… honestly, I’ll make it for anyone. I’ve even started applying letters to the flags to personalise them. Am a total idiot though and don’t have any photos of those to show (Note to self: ALWAYS photograph EVERYTHING).

This post is more about the magpies I made to hold on to the bunting, rather than the bunting itself!

A bag for a birthday


Well, what can I say, this is exactly what it’s says in the title…

Choosing fabrics for their texture and colour and combining them as a unique gift is a sure way to put a smile on my face. There really is nothing nicer than making a bespoke gift for someone…

A lovely light blue/grey linen outer hides a delicately patterned chocolate brown interior. I stitched an inner pocket and added a magnetic closing for a smidgen of security.

I also tried out some ‘doodling’ on the sewing machine by overstitching the felt shape. The style of ‘off setting’ the stroke and the main form is a style we saw a lot of in the ’50′s and I love the looseness this offers an item. It’s a style I really like and something I’m playing around with more with my print.

Any who, I digress. Gift made. Gift given. Gift (very happily) received. Yeay.

An origami menagerie


Ahhhh, the magic of paper folding…

This was a request from a friend who had recently had a baby and wanted to give them a brightly coloured mobile to stimulate and encourage their baby’s vision.
To personalise it I printed my own paper with designs incorporating the baby’s initials. I tried to be fairly close to nature with the colourings and patterns.

I just couldn’t stop knitting…


Ok, so this is just a teeny tiny post… I was totally on a roll with knitting but had finished all the socks and wrist warmers I’d had planned and found myself left with a snippet of variegated wool. What could I make with such a small amount of wool I asked myself? A wibbly-wobbly brooch of course! (Ok, so there are probably a hundred other things I could have made but this popped up first). I just knitted back and forth in stockinette stitch, cast off, pulled it all into a bunch and sewed on a brooch pin.