New year, new beginnings.

Happy new year crafty followers! Any creative New Year resolutions?

2014 is going to be a less crafty (more crazy) year for me as Mr C and I are expecting our first baby in a few weeks time. You may think I have been working away over the past nine months in my attic/sewing room creating bunting, bibs and other baby-related crafts for our bundle of joy…hmmm that was the intention!

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The bump at 36 weeks.

Four weeks to go and I have made nothing for us…nada! Partly due to finding the time (there is very little me time between two works and constantly having sewing on the go for other people…creating things for other people’s babies mainly!), but probably in most part because, in a way, there seems more pressure to make the perfect things for my own baby; not helped by the fact that I am very indecisive and like lots of different styles!

What I have done is browse Pinterest and become overwhelmed by all the gorgeous baby styles, nurseries, and clothes, frantically pinning everything I loved but showing no correlation in terms of similarity! I think the problem is that I like too many things!

However, lucky for me, the majority of these above mentioned limitations have been removed; I am now on maternity leave (hurrah!) = more time (for now)! And by being donated various baby furniture from our family, some style decisions have been taken out of my hands.

Baby C’s nursery is only a very small room which also helps as it can only fit so much in it. Here is a glimpse into it how it’s kind of looking so far…

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Top row: Trogen Blue chest of drawers (Ikea), basket storage solutions (via Pinterest), Cinnamon sting lights (Cable and Cotton), Green Baby Lapin lamp (Lapin and Me).

Middle row: Scrapbook Soft rattle toy (Mammas and Papas), Blue Cloud Paper Ceiling light shade (This Modern Life), Black and White Puppy Dog soft toy (Jelly Cat via Amazon), On the Farm knitted stripe baby blanket (Joules via Amazon), Handmade Felt Badger Rug (Sew Heart Felt), ABC Animal Print (Holli Shop, Etsy)

Bottom row: Animal World Map Canvas (Not on the High Street), Faux Fur Throws (image via Pinterest), Byholma Basket chair (Ikea), Grey Star Pram Suit (Marks and Spencer)

Whist most of these items are blue-ish in colour and perhaps more on the boyish side of things, we do not know our baby’s flavour but I’m not a pink person anyway, didn’t want to go with neutral which I, personally, find a bit boring and just for going with the things we like, this is how it’s turned out – I’m sure baby won’t mind!

The felt badger rug (which is totally ace) was one of Pete’s random (but good!) purchases, as was the animal world map canvas…we never intended on having an animal theme but I think it’s definitely leaning this way. But my most favourite thing is the Lapin and Me Green Baby Lapin Lamp – I’ve lusted over this a while, not being able to justify the cost (especially when there are more essential baby items to be bought first like, say, nappies!) but then to my pleasant surprise, my parents bought it me for Christmas…I think it’s safe to say it’s not everyones’ taste but I love its quirky retro-ness and how a lamp can have such personality.

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So this is where we are at for now. But I have plans – oh yes! Plan for the coming weeks to make a few bits and bobs (let’s see how that pans out!)…

I’ve just received some gorjusss bamboo fleece from Plush Addict which I intend to make some dribble bibs and, if there is enough left, to use as a backing for a pram blanket. You can’t tell from the picture how soft it is (I may have snuggled my face in it on removal from the packaging!) and it is a natural fabric so will be kind to baby’s skin. Plus, Plush Addict pop a little Maoam sweet into the order – if this is not some kind of bribery for repeat custom I don’t know what is (works for me!).

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Through my obsession with Pinterest, I’ve also come across a few DIY tutorials or nursery decor inspiration which I’m planning on giving ago, including…

Mobile via Craftiness is not optional. I love anything that hangs; lights, bunting, garlands etc and one thing we haven’t got for the nursery yet is a mobile. I love this cute mobile tutorial from Craftiness in not Optional.

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Or this super cute simple cloud mobile tutorial I found on We G Three

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Felt Pom Pom Garland. Talking of garlands, I love these as an alternative to bunting. And so simple, check out the tutorial on Oh Happy Day.

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Cushions. Following on the cloud theme, I’ve been drawn to these cute cushions which can’t be too difficult to recreate myself and I think will look fab on my Ikea basket chair…(Or, if all else fails I can just buy these from Petit Home.)

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I’m also planning a patchwork quilt (fabric currently en route!) – this is going to be slightly different to those personalised ones I made in the past for friend’s babies but I will post about that once the fabric has arrived and I’m a bit more decided on how it’s going to look.

Anything else and I don’t thing there will be room for baby!

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Exhibiting…exciting!

As of today I am an official exhibitor at my first ever wedding event.

Not only did I receive lots of lovely comments and questions last week after our wedding was featured on Rock My Wedding, I was also asked if I wanted to exhibit my crafts and promote my crafting business at the ‘Wedding Event with a Difference‘ on Sunday 16th October by the lovely ladies from Save the Date Magazine.

A little questionnaire and booking form later and…taa daa…I feature on their website’s ‘Exhibitors Exposed‘ section. I shall be exhibiting in the event’s Creative Corner. How exciting! And equally terrifying as my name appears in a list of some pretty talented people. Looking forward to meeting some brides to be though and chatting weddings.

I have a couple of ideas so far for my display but these have yet to be developed. However, as a starting point, we have taken a trip to B&Q to get some wood for Pete to make me a display board – all very in keeping with the handmade theme of course!

It’s a good job my lovely business cards arrived too…

Designed by the lovely Rose Mountague

New Arrival

There has been a new arrival to my family: my new baby nephew was born on Tuesday 9th August to my sis!

He currently has no name but baby is so gorgeous. Plus this gives me an exciting opportunity to branch out into a whole new area of sewing!

I have already made some curtains for his nursery. Alex, my sister, not knowing what flavour baby she was having decided she might like to go with a jungle theme for her nursery. I found it quite difficult getting fabric, with a heavy enough weight for curtains, that would be nice for either a girl or boy; most of the jungle prints were really loud, and garish enough to stress baby out not sooth to sleep! In the end I decided to get some nice sage green fabric with white spots (Clarke and Clarke fabric)  – which I though was pretty suitable for both a boy or girl.

Going along the same theme, for the bunting I got some nice fabrics: some green polka dots from Leeds market, but also some super cute fabric from Fabric Rehab to make bunting – I love the little lions and giraffes. I am just waiting on another yellow fabric to arrive in the post before I can put the bunting together. In a way it’s kind of good baby turned out to be a boy as I think the colours look more suitable for a little man…

Definitely doesn’t stop there though! There is a world of baby items he may need and I still haven’t done any appliqué elephants or other jungle animals! Think there may be a few more goodies to come…

Can I keep him?

Scraps are definitely not scrap!

With the launch of my new branding, it’s been a far too exciting week to get anything else done…

Not really! While I am still massively excited about the designs my friend Rose has done for me, I actually don’t think I could go a week without using the sewing machine – besides I have lots on the ‘to do’ list. So, this week I have crossed off…

Is it just me or does every sewer seem to have the same tomato pin cushion?

Oven gloves from my Aunty’s birthday. I used the trusty old Cath Kidston ‘Sew’ book again for the pattern and some nice doggie fabric – she likes dogs.

Also this week, I got my first order for a bespoke item…woo hoo! However, it was just from my mum – not sure if this officially counts. On seeing her glasses case last week (not so much of a surprise birthday pressy then!) my mum has requested another for my cousin’s birthday to put some money in for her jollies. However, I thought I could come up with something more appropriate than a glasses case! I had a browse through my mags and came across a nice little simple project for a wallet that doubled as a passport holder. Bonus! I used strips of different fabrics so perfect for using up little scraps.

Actually, I just remembered, my cousin’s wallet was not my first order – the bunting for Cats, my work’s card and gift shop, was the first order – two times 7.5 meters of lovely bunting. And here it is, ready for construction…

Ahhh bunting, lovely bunting.

Busy week for weddings.

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Starting with the arrival of my wedding photos last Tuesday (so still not over these), then came the long awaited, but absolutely no less exciting engagement of one of my best and longest friend.

I can tell her brain is on overdrive already – she has been emailing me random links and photos everyday this week with ideas for the venue, transport, dress, right down to food – she hasn’t even set a date yet! Not that I mind – I am, after all, ‘Creative Director’!

Seriously though, I am so looking forward to this wedding and getting another chance to be involved in wedding decorations. In some ways this is more fun that doing my own as I don’t have to deal with my own indecisiveness or the added pressure of the fact that it was ‘my own’.

I just get Laura to tell me her ideas, anything particular she wants and likes, and using what I also know she is like, I get to do the fun part browsing yet more real weddings on blogs for inspiration, thinking of ideas and hopefully getting the chance to do more diy-ing!
I have already got a pretty good idea of what this wedding is going to be like (a week in and the mood board has already been started!). Two words that initially spring to mind though include: big fun and hearty (actually that’s more that two words but you get the idea!).

Rounding up the week, four pages on and I completed, finally, the Rock My Wedding questionnaire essay-style. How exciting is it that this blog was one I used the most for ideas and inspiration when planning my own wedding, and now my wedding is the one hopefully giving this back to other brides to be –  it is like the wedding circle of life (kind of!). However, writing this was both:

a) Difficult – due to the amount of stuff that we did for our wedding and remembering every detail and everyone that was involved, and making sure my words gave them, and how I feel about the wedding, enough credit.
b) Really nice – because it was lovely to go through it all again and show and tell the world (the wedding world that is) about it and everything that we did. I hope I gave enough information and I hope my write up will help other brides.

Last but not least in the wedding-filled week is an actual wedding – woo! Off to Derbyshire tomorrow to my uni friend’s wedding. Not only am I looking forward to seeing the lovely bride Hannah and catching up with my friends (I might actually get more of a chance to speak to them at this wedding since the last one – my own), it’s good for research purposes. Everyone has different styles of wedding and their personalities should show through in this, I am going to keep my eyes open for lots of ideas!

In other news: this week I have made:

  • a glasses case for my mum (using a variation of a Cath Kidston pattern)
  • fabric letters  – as a test run for a project I have been asked to do but more news on this another time as this post is already a bit long! (It’s been a busy week!)

Glasses Case for my mum's birthday (3 weeks ago!)

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How we created our wedding. When we got engaged in July 2010 and started talking about ideas for our wedding, we both knew that we wanted a relaxed garden party-style wedding and, as a lover of sewing, bunting was definitely … Continue reading

Breaking Blog!

Just received our wedding photos from Dominique – our wedding photographer. Ohhh Emmm Geeee they are so beautiful, I literally couldn’t be happier! And there are some really great shots of the marquee and all my crafts!

More about this amazingly talented lady later – you can see her work, and our photos at www.dominiquebaderblog.com.