Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A bit of upcycling

 I love finding treasures at the op shops, I don't get to go much anymore as taking 2 kids in and out of the car then taking them in etc, it isn't fun. I love little shelves that can house little things. These are 3 that I have painted and put some lovely paper at the back.
 I have shown this one before maybe, it was a spice rack and I do keep it in the kitchen. It looks lovely now and I love this little colourful corner.
 This one is my absolute favourite. It was a horrible mission brown and needed many coats of paint to get it pretty. I found the green and pink vintage wallpaper in my travels and are my favourites. I did a swap with someone on instagram and got the blue and yellow ones. I am just so happy with how it turned out as I love vintage wallpaper, this one lives in Ruby's room.
This one I initially sprayed blue and didn't like it. So I just went back to the off white and it looks way better. I have a bit of a wrapping paper addiction which I will never use for wrapping. I used lots of the paper as they are all just pretty. This is how is started out....
And now it is full of Lego Mini Figures. Anyone else have an addiction to these? These are the smallest amount of ours, these ones are Ruby's faves. We do love a bit of Lego in our house, one of the houses I made before is full of them.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crochet Floor Rug

My sister fell pregnant a while ago and I decided to try and make her a crochet mandala floor rug. I found a thinker cotton yarn which I thought would be perfect to give it a go. I chose three colours thinking that they would be OK for either sex. I looked at some different patterns, but in the end I just went with it trying different stitches from different patterns. I have to say that I unpicked many rows as it was hard to get the mat to stay flat.
 I used 6 balls of  yarn and went as far as they would take me, I think it turned out to be the perfect size.
 Here is the rug on the floor in Olive's room, I kind of wanted to keep it for myself.
I gave it to her the other week when she had her baby. She had a little boy so the colours worked extra well. She loved it and I love my new little nephew, new babies are the best.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A spot of Crochet

I just thought I would pop a few photo's of some of my crochet projects from the past few months. I made lots of Giraffes for lots of new babies we know.
 These 2 were for a boy and a girl, I love the grey for both sexes
 This little guy was a just because one
 And the coloured one was for my Nephews baby cousin, love them all together
This colourful bear was for Olives little friend
And this little girl was for my Niece, the pattern was in an old Mollie makes, or the simply crochet from them (I cant remember). I altered the pattern to make the clothes different. I would have loved to make more, but she turned 2 and they would have been lost on her, maybe when she gets a bit older I will make some more clothes.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I wanted to make some fabric buckets for the girls rooms to keep some of their soft toys in. I have made some smaller ones in my time but they didn't work as well as I would have liked. These one's I made using a medium interfacing as the fabric is thicker. They were easier to sew and turned out how I wanted. There are quite a few tutorials out there to go by for these.

I love them as they are reversible, so even with them being the same, they are still a bit different.

I used a pop of bright pink in them as I am quite liking it at the moment. I bought the fabric at Spotlight when it was on special, so they also didn't cost too much to make.
I am in love with piping at the moment too and I have been making heaps of new cushions and piping them for a more professional finish. This one I made for Olive's room using some fabric from Made 590. Every now and again they have a sale of off cuts of their lovely fabrics. I was lucky enough to nab myself the quilting sized fabric bag. So many beautiful fabrics, I had fun just searching through the bag when I got it.
I backed it with some of the fabric from the buckets and made a mustard piping for it.
This fabric was also from Spotlight, and I made a navy blue piping.

 I made a lamp with this fabric from Kelani fabric a while ago. I loved it so much I really wanted a cushion also. I decided on making a rectangle cushion and cut a larger cushion in half and stitched the opening shut to make two smaller ones. This was the first cushion I made with the piping, I used a store bought fuschia velvet piping for this one.
I also sewed a zip in this one to save on fabric.

I love them so much, I have been told that we may have enough cushions in the house now, but I'm not convinced yet.
I also made some bunting for Olives room also using the Made 590 fabric.
I was pretty happy to get the sewing machine out to make these, I think they would make some great gifts for kids instead of toys. I know Ruby was pretty happy with her bucket and is asking for a new cushion.

Em xx

Friday, May 30, 2014

Some bit's of crochet and another Giraffe

Life has been happening over here, April and May have just about gone. What has been going on:
We have moved and settled in again, twice in 6 months.
We didn't have Internet for 4 weeks, kind of a good thing
We have been loving walks around our new neighbourhood, I love we are super close to the shops, coffee, fresh bread, an op shop, lots of cute shops and parks. I love it.
Starting a new playgroup with both kids
Watching Olive grow and move and keep us all on our toes, 10 months now and nearly 11
 I made this little guy for my Nephew
 I have started making little Rabbits

These little guys are quick and easy and are also a cute gift for babies, the black and white one went to my nephew.

I am so sorry I haven't really replied to many questions regarding the Giraffe pattern, I really just haven't been on Blogger for a while. I might try and post some photo's of how I assemble him, as I have been making some more. I am also taking off the "do not sell" part as I know people are, and I feel there is no point with it being on here. I had done it as I saw many other patterns had the same on them. I'm just glad people are happy with the pattern ( especially since I fixed it).

Have a lovely weekend

Em ♥

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Music Cupboard

Many years ago I bought this old cupboard, I really loved it at the time and for a while I did use it for clothes. But then I traveled and it lived in a storage shed with my other furniture and then it lived at my Mum's until she told me to get rid of it. So it then lived in my garage as a storage cupboard until we moved, I then I had a great idea to utilise it in a practical way. My man Chris loves his music and our house houses many instruments and musical equipment. He would have to get it out, use it for a while then pack it away somewhere. So I decided the cupboard would be great to keep his things in the one place and out of reach of the girls.
 Here it is before I did anything to it.
 I gave the outside a clean but that was it.
 And here it is all done. I gave it a few coats of paint which brightened it up inside so it didn't seem claustrophobic or make him feel like he was sitting in a cupboard. I also put another shelf in to be like a desk.
 He has a pretty extensive CD collection which his parents shipped over from the UK. I went through and pulled out some of his favourites and I made some plastic sleeves to hang them in.

 It turned out to be the perfect size for his amp and effects peddle.
 The top shelf was then used to keep some of my craft things.
It turned out great and gets used often.
 And Ruby likes to do her "work" in there too.

I thought I would post this before we move next week. We have had Olive in our room, but we have decided she is getting her own room for a while. So the extra room in our new place will be for Olive and my craft things and Chris's music things will not have there own room. The kids are taking over, although I am looking forward to decorating Olives new room. When she is over teething and waking up heaps during the night the girls can go in together.

Now for some more packing

Em xx

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Barbie Clothes

I feel like a kid again, playing with Barbies with Ruby, brushing their hair and changing their clothes. We have quite a few now living at our house who get changed on a daily basis. Unfortunately some of the dresses don't cut it anymore, those thumbs have ripped the seams of many pretty dresses, and the sheer ones seem to just fall apart when you look at them.
So I remembered a post from a while ago from craftiness is not optional with this pattern. Its just a bit too easy and before I knew it Ruby's Barbies had some tasteful dresses which Ruby loves.
 I love this one, mainly the fabric. I would wear this dress I think.
 Actually, I would totally wear this one. This is the skirt pattern you can also find in the Barbie tutorials on her Blog too. I used some of my vintage sheet off cut for the skirt with a contrasting band.
 I cut up an old singlet to make this singlet.
 I am really happy with this one as I saved one of the dress that was falling apart.
 I unpicked the gold insert and sewed it onto the bodice and used some of the old dress for the straps. I also turned the bottom part of the dress into a skirt too. (not shown)
Hi ladies, I think they are looking far classier than before. They are fun to make and before you know it they have some great new outfits. I will be making more, plus they are heaps easier for Ruby to put on the Barbies.

Em xx

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