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Winners …

Well the dealine is now up for the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway I was taking part in and the winners are drawn.  What an experience!  I had 172 comments which blew me away and so too did the depth of some of the comments.  To know that people like what I make is great and that they took the time to have a look and comment was awesome – thank you all so much.

Winner of a Dress is Care over at Obsessively Stitching

Winner of a pair of Trousers is iwannabecreative

Winner of first Mystery Prize is Helen at Stitcharooney

Winner of second Mystery Prize is Elizabeth at elizaboothy

Ladies, make sure you get in touch soon so I can get making and get the things sent off!

And as for the market?  Well that’s a pretty long story and unfortunately not a good one which I will post about more tomorrow! xx

My creative space …

has spread all over the house whilst I am preparing for my first market this weekend.  2 more days to go and enough things to do to fill many more!  Head over to Kirsty’s to see many more lovely creative spaces.

I’m also taking part, for the first time, in Sew, Mama, Sew!’s Giveawayclick here if you fancy entering my part of this huge giveaway.  Thanks. x

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway

I had so much fun going from blog to blog on the last giveway and seeing what all you crafty people were up to that I’m  really looking forward to taking part in this one myself.  So here it is!  Welcome to you all – thank you so much for visiting and hopefully you’ll see something below that you like and so will enter my giveaway!  I am very happy to post anywhere in the world.

Now I am going to ask for something in return.  Nothing big, think of it as a favour maybe!  But because I am going to ask for something I’m going to have four winners drawn.  So, should I ask the favour first or should I tell what’s on offer first?!!

Favour first!  I’m preparing for my first handmade, craft market this weekend and as such have been busy making, making, making and I could really do with some feedback.  I’ve uploaded some photos to flickr and wondered if you’d be so kind as to pop on over and let me know what you think.  Do you like?  Do you not like?  Any fabrics you prefer?  etc, etc.  So you see it’s not that big but it does mean you have to click somewhere else too!  If you fancy playing along just CLICK HERE to see my flickr page. 

IN RETURN HERE’S WHAT I’LL OFFER YOU!!!!

Part One:

EITHER a DRESS OR a pair of TROUSERS similar in style to those shown, made to fit your child’s measuremements (age 12 months to 5 years) in colourways to be discussed.  All the material I use is vintage, recycled, upcycled and I have a fair stash so I’m sure between us we can find something you’ll like.  When entering please specify whether you’d prefer dress or trousers.

Part Two:

Everybody who enters the giveaway will also be put into the draw for a MYSTERY PRIZE, in fact there will be TWO.  It will be something do with sewing/fabric/buttons – you get the picture?

So there it is.  All comments will be very gratefully accepted and I hope the giveaways tempt to you to comment!  One entry for each comment, plus THREE more ENTRIES if you link to this giveaway on your blog.  Giveaway is open until 6 December 2009, after which the draw will take place.

Many, many thanks! xx

in return

A very quick update …

 

Today I have been a sewing mama. 

I have not been a brusher of hair.  I have not been a brusher of teeth.  I have not been a maker or provider of food.  I have not, in short, been a mama!

Market mania has hit the house but fear not their Dad has finished up college for the year so they had a lovely day with him!

Some more photos have been uploaded to flickr of the finished items.  Unfortunately the day has been very, very wet and grey so apologies for the dark photos. x

Yesterday – the good, the bad and the ugly!

The good was great, the bad was not so bad, the ugly was downright disgusting!

So, the great.  Receiving some post, that I hadn’t collected from the letterbox on Saturday due to torrential rain, and finding that not only was it not waterlogged but it also contained something very beautiful, very handmade and very for me!

It was made by the lovely Kylie from 3 sheets and was a Pay It Forward gift.  Thank you Kylie I love it and will treasure it!  I first came across Kylie’s blog on the last Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway some time back so it seems apt to mention that this time I will be taking part too.  Click on the link on the sidebar to see what it’s all about and be sure to come back tomorrow, or the next day!, for the giveaway.

The bad, like I said wasn’t so bad, because when you wake up at 5.30am you get a lot done in the day!  It also means Little Miss Blue has a daytime sleep!

And the ugly, well you can see for self!  Yesterday I was into my sewing but having been a bit slack on the food front I decided I would make us all a lovely tea.  I’d seen a lovely recipe for spinach and ricotta gnocchi and decided that and some salads would be tasty and healthy.  This is what it looked like in the beautifully photographed recipe book from the library:

at this stage I was somewhat sceptical but kept my faith:

when it looked like this I thought it might all be OK:

now you know it’s going to end badly!  This was the result:

What can I say?  We ended up with some mutant spinach, ricotta, egg, parmesan stew!  Tea turned out to be beans on toast! x 

PS I think this could well qualify for a moment, as defined by Amy of A Common Place Life, after her initial post here, found courtesy of  Amy over at Seven Stitches – thanks to both Amys!

A touch of early morning madness …

This morning I have:

  • made breakfast for the girls
  • drank two cups of tea and one cup of coffee
  • cut out 5 skirts and 5 bags to be made up later for the market
  • done 4 loads of washing and got it on the line (another 2 to go but that’s because I went op shopping yesterday and found LOTS of material!!)
  • photographed some things I made earlier this week

and IT’S NOT YET 10AM!!!! 

Am I superwoman?  No.  I was just woken up at the incredibly antisocial hour of 5.25am.  Ah well the rain has stopped and it’s blue, sunny skies all around so I can’t really complain.

So onto finished items!  Last week I had a peek over at Attic24 and saw that Lucy had some really cool crochet birds up on her blog – and  a tutorial to boot.  So I got me some yarn from the stash and set about making up the robins.  I have joined up for the Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap run by Louise over at Twenty Cent Mixutre and thought these might just be the answer.

One more to go and then can all fly away to their new homes.  And all way before the posting deadline – I have to say I’m very impressed with myself!

So I followed the link on Attic24 over to The Royal Sisters blog because I really wanted to see more of the Grandma Twinkles!!  Great tutorial and I got making. 

I spent the time at the beach with my crochet bag and I loved it!  Since finishing this blanket (and I use the word finishing loosely because the ends STILL need darning in!) I’ve not crochet anything and I find I’ve missed it.  It’s easy, it’s relaxing and I can do it with the girls right there!  Little Miss Brown was watching eagerly whilst I made up a star and then stated: “Wow Mum that used to be just rope!”  Then I saw the Grandma Trees so of course that came next.

So I was a happy hooker for a couple of days and am still going strong when I’m just too tired to do anything else!  Isn’t blogland wonderful?  You find these lovely blogs full of inspiration and tutorials for how to make them yourselves.  I also need to say a BIG THANKYOU to the two lovely ladies who have said it’s OK for me to sell things made from their tutorials at my first ever market – how COOL IS THAT?!!!  Many, many thanks ladies. xx

Dens, kitchens and beaches …

Since Little Miss Brown has been at home there’s been a lot of playing with her sister, and I do mean a lot.  And they’ve been playing really nicely, for long periods at a time … have I just put a commentator’s curse on it?!!!  Dens are featuring a lot in their play.  I remember spending endless hours making dens with my brother and it’s great to see them doing the same.  It’s funny how it’s just happened – it’s not like I encouraged them or told them to they just did it.  Long may it continue.

 

 

Their method of securing the blankets just with books doesn’t really work that well but they’re happy and I’m sure it’ll evolve of its own accord when they’re ready!

Myself and the girls spent a couple of days at the beach recently whilst the worker (aka my darling husband) started working on the kitchen.  It was in a partial demo site state when we moved in and we’ve decided we’ve lived with the holes in the ceiling, big draughts and patchwork walls long enough.  Having done this a fair few times I know how messy things can get so we scarpered and left him to it!

It’s surprising how easy it actually is to live side by side with cobwebs!

So whilst this was being done we were enjoying the beach.  The first day we went down to the beach the girls played so well together and entertained themselves that I decided to take things for me the following day – a lounger, a book, my camera and my crochet!!!  It was bliss.  I’d written down a couple of patterns the day before we left and found myself hooking away.  Having not done any crochet for a few months I really enjoyed – will get some photos for tomorrow.  For now just gratuitous fun children shots!

Just happy playing!

Note thrifted retro lounger – $2 at garage sale and little Red Riding Hood basket – $1 at Sallies!

Crochet in progress!

Sand angels are always fun

as is climbing big driftwood tree trunks.  But the most fun?  Jumping off the big driftwood tree trunks of course!

And they really do not mind the sand everywhere!  And I do mean everywhere:

So back home now in a topsy turvy kitchen, with a market to prepare for and Christmas present to make.  Maybe I should just head straight back down to the beach! x