Thursday, 25 August 2011

Baby shoes for a boy

So the other day I got a text from my boss saying 'Are you coming in to the meeting on Friday because I want a colouring wallet and some baby shoes for a boy'. 

Exhibit A - a pair of baby shoes (size 3 months) for a boy:

Exhibit A

I used the kawaii kimono shoes pattern from Sweet Pea that I used for Ruby's shoes (the ones that didn't fit her).  I've also made a colouring take-along out of this fabric, it's a fun print with UFOs, stars and rockets on it.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

One for Paige

Another Wellchild book cover and this time I remembered to take a photo.  I used Heat-n-bond on the 'p' for the first time, which worked well.  The photo doesn't seem to portray it in it's best light, I think it looked better in real life - the pink was more vibrant than what it seems in the photo.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

What a week

We've had rather a nasty week in our household.  Poor Ruby picked up a stomach bug from somewhere, I'd love to say it was just a 24 hour bug and she was a box of birds after 24 hours but unfortuntately not.  The only way you could call it a 24 hour bug would be because she would come right for 24 hours and then it would all start up again.  It's been over 48 hours since she last vomitted, so I'm hoping she's on the mend and we can get back to normal.  My mum caught it, then my husband.  So far I've escaped but knowing my luck I'll get it late next week when I'm planning on jumping on a plane and heading off to Welly wood for a girl's weekend away - we're going to the Wearable Arts Awards.

In brighter news, my mum bought a lovely piece of vintage linen with her when she came up.  What do you think of this?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

A cake, some balloons and a treasure hunt

Ruby had her first birthday last week, we had her birthday party on the weekend.  It was a little overwhelming for her but a lot of fun for us. 

We had a Dr Seuss themed party, the preparations for which all started some weeks ago.  First there were the invitations, we wrote a poem and made the invitations like little books. 

I made some party favour bags and stitched bits of Dr Seuss fabric onto them (it was a quick and dirty job so I think I'll avoid the term 'applique').  The favours inside were the little matchbook notepads I made a while ago, along with some bubbles and a crayon.

Cupcake toppers made from images from various Dr Seuss books:

Cake in the shape of Cat in the Hat's Hat:

Her bunting hung up for decoration:

Lots of balloons and a bubble machine.

The pass the parcel prize was a Cat in the Hat pencil case I'd made.  Fun to prepare, glad it's over.

A big 'Thank you!'

A big thank you to everyone who supported me on Cuatro's day, and to everyone else who has purchased something before or since then.  Today I wrote out my first donation cheque to Sands for $150!!  I'm hoping this will be the first of many donations that I make, I already donate my time as a volunteer for Sands, but it is very satisfying to be able to donate something as a result of my creativity.  I'm very fortunate that I have Ruby to make things for but everytime I make something I wish I was making it for Mila or Cuatro, I wish they could use one of my colouring wallets, wear one of my bibs or skirts, play with one of my dolls, have their nappy changed on one of my change mats ...

The act of creating something helps me along my grief journey, and I'm hoping that in some small way it helps other parents who lose a child.

Special thanks to Ruby in the Dust - watch this space, you'll see something made out of her In the Neighbourhood pastels from me soon ...

Thursday, 11 August 2011

All covered up

Yesterday I finished the last of my Cuatro day orders - a Wellchild book cover.  I practiced on one for Ruby, actually I practiced on one for my cousin first but it was too short, I hadn't quite got the measurements right.  I forgot to take a photo of the one for the order but it's pretty much the same as Ruby's one, the photo below is Ruby's one with a felt 'a' sitting on it, this 'a' was stitched onto the one I sold.  I love this fabric combination, love the cute little covered button.  Yes, it looks very much like one of my colouring wallets, doesn't it? 

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Some for the boys

I've been putting together some Colouring Take-A-Longs for some friends using fabric more suited to boys than vintage floral bed linen.  Here are some of them.

A couple of Cat in the Hat versions:

A couple of construction themed ones:

One with rockets and UFOs:

The ones that don't end up with friends will end up on Felt.

Boys need pencil cases too:

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Butterflies, Cats and Zips

So my zips arrived from the US, look at all the lovely colours:

The zips are from K and C supplies, who donate a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

This meant I was able to make a start on all the pencil cases I had cut in antipation of their arrival.  Just a start, I've got quite a few sitting patiently in my 'cut-now-read-to-sew' pile.  Here are some examples: butterlies, Cat in the Hat, and Zoya green oilcloth.

Now for sale in my Felt store.

Friday, 5 August 2011

A crafty challenge

One of my brother-in-laws (he of the giant potato growing fame) couldn't see anything he needed in my Felt store on Cuatro's day so he issued me a challenge - "some sort of photo frame for a standard photo made from the bag material".

Here it is:

An oilcloth fridge magnet photo frame (for a 6 x 4 photo), with a matching smaller one.  It's quite tricky photographing it on the fridge door, the reflective nature of the door messes up with the automatic focus, so could only get it to focus with something in the frame

Here's the matching smaller one.

I'm picking these are the only ones in the world, so surely they should fetch a high price (50% of it will be donated to Sands, as will all the other custom orders I received on Cuatro's day).  I'm off to negotiate a price ...

Monday, 1 August 2011

Third of August is Cuatro’s Day!

In memory of all anencephalic babies and in support of parents and families who have been touched by anencephaly, 50% of proceeds (excluding shipping and website listing fees) from all mila+cuatro products sold on 3 August 2011 will be donated to Sands Auckland Central.  Sands is a charity that supports bereaved parents who lose a child close to birth.

You can view items for sale over on our Felt store. 

We also do custom orders – so if you see something you like but want one slightly different (different colour, a little bigger, a little smaller for example), send us an email and we can arrange a custom order.  Custom orders placed on 3 August 2011 will be included in the 50% donation.

For items sold on any other day, 10% of proceeds will be donated to Sands Auckland Central.
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