Monday, 24 January 2011

If you go down in the woods today...

At this time of year it always seems hard to get out for a walk at the weekend. By the time we've pried ourselves out of bed, had breakfast, cleaned up, played, had lunch, napped (ok, only the one-year old gets to do that, lucky girl), and got wrapped up and out of the house it's almost sunset.
But every time we visit these places I always wish we came more often, so we could keep track of how they change from month to month. Like whether or not the (three) tree bears hibernate in winter.

They don't. Perhaps we should try not to either!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Photo Friday

Break time. For One Red Robin's Colour Me Happy. (The Amy Butler print alone makes me happy).

And for Soulemama's {this moment} - "A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember."

Friday, 14 January 2011

Colour Me Happy Friday

Playing along with One Red Robin. A bit of colour for a gloomy January day. Time for a bit of hairband reorganisation!

And dreams of summer, short sleeves and ice lollies...

Monday, 3 January 2011

More Star Wars dolls: Obi-Wan and Anakin

My Big Epic (Christmas) Project™ was to make two more felt dolls to add to El's growing Star Wars doll collection. I drew up my own patterns because I wanted to avoid button-jointed legs, and change the shape of the torso, shoulders and face.

I was a bit anxious about getting Obi-Wan's beard and moustache right, but I'm really pleased with how he turned out!

The doll bodies are made with 100% wool felt from here (a shop with such gorgeous natural toys it was a struggle not to spend a fortune there), and the tunics are made from repurposed maternity t-shirts(!) making them very soft and cuddly. They were revealed on Christmas morning to giggles of delight and currently split their time between El's bed and Kiki's new pram.

A few more firsts from 2010...

My first ever messenger bag using a fantastic tutorial at mmmcrafts. The lovely colourful fabric is Frederika from Ikea. We added a few cute buttons El chose from Purlesque in Liverpool.
I also made my first ever dress for Kiki using the Sweet Little Dress pattern by Leila & Ben, and added a dinosaur applique.

And I made a couple of prototype dolls based on patterns I drew up myself. Angelica (who still needs a proper blouse, since my attention span didn't last quite long enough):

And Anna Rose, who is sweet despite being literally two-faced (her hair is a little felt pocket that flips over):

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