Greetings dear friends & readers & Happy Sunday to you all
During my revamp I decided I would like to make a "baby corner" somewhere in the Cottage
I have always had a few baby bits & bobs dotted throughout, but I wanted to have more of a specific "baby area"
I decided I needed to define this area with a bunting so out came my wool blanket scraps yet again
I made up a scalloped bunting using blanket scraps & lovely Cath Kidston fabric leftovers
I am really pleased with how it looks in the corner of my little Cottage & hope to make some more baby bits for this area ... I am thinking even the bunting itself would make a lovely gift for that baby that perhaps has everything ??
Several months ago I received notification of a new pattern release from Lisa's BigLittle Etsy Store The pattern was for her Baby Flower Boots ... I quickly purchased my copy as planned to make some for my imminent grandchild.
|I embroidered Alec's name on each boot|
These finally got made this past week, along with two other pairs for friends grandsons.
I lined them with some soft flannelette from Spotlight & for the inner soles I used brushed polar fleece fabric. I had long ago been given a box of leather scraps ... I am so very glad now that I didn't toss the box away, as I had originally intended to, the leather was perfect for the soles.
I have to say ... this pattern of Lisa's is quite surely the simplest, easiest instructions I think I have ever followed ... her photos & steps are So clear & concise, it was a pleasure to sew these up.
I purchased the Baby Size Pattern but Lisa also does Childrens & Youths sizes. My friend Donna's gorgeous little grandson Archie above is about to turn one ... I made him the largest Baby Size & they fitted perfectly & his Mum was most impressed that they stayed on !!!! I made little Alec the smallest in the baby sizes.
Sarah, Alec's Mum, has asked me to make him bigger sizes as he grows & to embroider "left" & "right" on each little boot so he can look down & see which is which - a great way to learn I thought.
When sorting out the Cottage, you are always left with oddments & bits you are never quite sure what to do with ...
this was the case with these four orange items below ...
An Owl, 2 lavender hearts & a pair of wool coasters ... all made from a really lovely orange wool blanket ...
but never ever sold.
I have a tall, thin, 4-shelf bookcase that houses the homemade jams & chutneys I have for sale ... so I decided to make a couple more "orange things" using up the last of the blanket, & have a bit of a splash of colour in the bottom two shelves
This was the woollen rabbit that I was sewing up last post when Pippi was
I had cut out a hottie cover from the blanket & also some hearts to applique onto it . . . but somehow I kept procrastinating.
I felt it needed something more "retro-ey" somehow . . . ? ?
So I gave in & appliqued a vintage caravan onto it ... I am so happy I didn't do the hearts as I just adore this little caravan & bunting flags & feel it suits the hottie cover to a tee
This too got lined with the same lovely soft polar fleece as the boots above
Lets hope some "orange loving customers" come along to my little shop sometime :-)
Rascally Miss Pippi has discovered she can climb this past week .... she looked down upon me from great heights above - here she is below on the grapevine frame ...
She has lived with us for 10 weeks now, has grown long & lean, but has yet to fill outwards . . .
Fat Black on the other hand, should probably not climb trees any longer . . .
. . . as this is what happened when he climbed up the Cabbage Tree 4 days ago - the entire middle trunk fell over under his weight !!! (I am wondering if they have a weight watchers group for cats??!!)
I hope the coming week brings you only good things dear friends
I hope mid-winter or mid-summer is treating you kindly,
thanks so much for popping by today to visit me
with much love & friendship,
Julie, Blackie & Pippi