Friday, September 19, 2014

Farmyard quilt - gift for a new little boy

I have these jet setting uni friends that lived in London for over 10 years, traveled the world and had an amazing life that I envied from down under. Then last year they had one of those mid life crisis (and there is a very good reason) and moved back to Australia and bought a farm in Tasmania. We visited them earlier this year and it is simply beautiful. 


Add to that two things I thought would never happen - they got pregnant and then married. Shock times two. 

I wanted to make them something special so raided my stash. I bought this fabric to make something for my nephew many years ago but then my sister put my two nephews into one room and went for more of a coloured theme so this didn't suit. 


I'm not a quilter. By no means. But I do enjoy it. If I had a preference, I wouldn't work with a panel again. This one in the middle was framed by a black and white checkerboard pattern which I hated so spent ages working out how to sew around and get rid of it. 




They didn't know if they were having a pink or blue bundle and I made this before he arrived. I knew they wouldn't want anything overly girly so I thought playing off the farm theme would suit them and give them a bit of a laugh. 


I probably should give you some details but that would assume that I got them before sending it off - whoops!

So - size is cot size ish 
The squares are all 6 inches
Quilted with regular old Gutterman thread (must get me some of that fancy stuff!) and kept it simple with some diagonal stripes
All the farmyard fabrics are from Timeless Treasures but about 4 or 5 years ago so can't find it anywhere now
Backed in the same tan and white stripe that is around the panel
And binded with that random leafy looking fabric!!


Next project/s is to finish the three half made ones for my own children at home!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The newly launched Sew Box Subscriptions

I received a message a month ago - would I like to review a new business called Sew Box Subscriptions? Um sure. Having no real idea of what the box would contain, only that exclusive preview boxes were being sent to Aussie Bloggers who love to sew. Yep that's me. Count me in!

Fast forward a few weeks later and this arrived in the mail.

I hadn't ever heard of a subscription of crafty goodness. A friend mentioned she gets one from the US and simply can't wait for Sew Box Subscriptions to launch as she would prefer to support Australian businesses (and not pay high postage!). 


I could barely contain my excitement (ie ripping open the box without consideration for the 'nice' photos I should probably take) but I held back and here is what I discovered. The white box tied up in a bow with beautiful wrapped contents. Honestly, it was like a birthday present!


  • 1 metre of Heathers Bailey fabric from FabricDirect.com.au and a 20% discount voucher off my next purchase - woohoo thank you!
  • Baby Toys Pattern by FLOSStyle - few of them (babies!) around so will come in handy
  • Gracelyn Dress Pattern by Gracie May Designs - gorgeous Miss 5 will love it!
  • 2 metres of Lace Trim Bias from Little Cherub Craft and Fabric Supplies - oh it makes my heart sing, so sweet. Love love love!
  • The perfect shade of Gutermann thread to match the fabric, some adorable little Crochet flowers, butterfly buttons and coordinating ribbon
  • Birch Magnetic Pin Catcher - wait up, they don't just go all over the floor?
  • Birch Wonderclips - which I have heard are AH-MAZE-ING according to my quilty friends




The box is not a kit to make something, more a carefully curated sample of fabric, notions and patterns. This suits me better as I hate to feel constrained to make something exactly the same but rather interpret what I receive however I want depending on what I need or want to create. Plus the box included items I have never heard of so how would I possibly know to buy them. Love expanding my sewing knowledge.

There are only a few days left to sign up for the October box and the few sneaky peeks I've seen look fantastic - a bright Spring theme.

Head over to Sew Box Subscriptions to sign up. Leesa even has a little gift subscription if you want to buy one for a friend or it would make a perfect birthday or Christmas gift (hint hint if my family or friends are reading this!!).

So now that my market last weekend is over, I can turn my attention to making something from the box. I have a clutch pattern I've been asked to test - that would look sweet. Something for Miss 5, who always seems to miss out? Is it too early to start creating for Christmas? What would you make from this box?

I will reveal next week what I create, meanwhile the important stuff:

Sew Box Subscriptions - website, Facebook and following them o  Instagram and Pinterest. And is it value for money? Absolutely, there is over $60 worth of goodies here and the subscription is much less and includes postage. 


The box was provided to me to review - all opinions expressed are my own.






Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A little reflection ...

Ros from Sew Delicious asked me to participate in the Around the World blog hop. And if you go check out the blogger who nominated her, she tried to track the blog hop back to it's origins - very fascinating.

What am I working on?
Oh I wish I could say just one thing but I literally have dozens of projects on the go. Yep I’m one of those people. So to name a few:
  • Make it Perfect Uptown Girl jacket (really should get that finished before it is too hot to wear!
  • Make it Perfect Zip It that I completely modified to have no zip and all it needs is a button! 
  • Two different Debbie’s birthday dresses from Suz from sewpony
  • My July Lil Pip Challenge Strap Clutch
  • A gift for a friend from another Michelle’s Patterns. An old one no longer available (although probably in her bargain buys!) but similar to this Curvy Clutch. I have altered the pattern a little so will be keen to see how it looks when it comes together.  
  • And then there is the tub of projects to get to
  • And there there are the creations I need to start for my first market coming up Saturday 13 September.


How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I think the biggest difference is that Lil Pip is two parts – the blog which is largely what I make and create for my two children and the business, which is predominately around local markets in my area, selling childrens clothes and toys.

Why do I write / create what I do?
There is just one simple answer to that – I’m inspired by my children and do it because I love it.  

My beautiful children - when Miss now 5 years was just 5 days - Credit: Kirsten Cook Photographer
How does my writing / creating process work?
Again it differs for the blog versus the business.

For my children, virtually everything I make is because they actually need it. So you will notice of late, that I haven’t made many dresses for Miss 5 – it’s because her wardrobe is full of them! I also try to make practical things like pjs and trackies that I know they will wear all the time – and they do!

For the business, it is very, very organised. I sit down with my business partner and we plan exactly what we are going to make, what sizes and what fabrics. Everything we do forms a ‘collection’ for the Spring/Summer season. I love setting up my market stall and seeing it all look so beautiful and work together. It pleases my eyes!
 
Lil Pip on market days
 
Hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about me.
Next I'm passing the baton onto:
Amy from Ladybugs and Daisychains who this month is helping me host the Lil Pip Challenge. Thanks so much Amy.
And Jenya from While she was sleeping who makes the.cutest.clothes for her little monkey - always with a button since this is what Little Monkey loves. Jenya also does markets so we often chat back and forth about that.
So go check them out now and they will post their answers next week.

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Lil Pip Challenge - hosted by Ladybugs and Daisychains



So August is a little crazy for me - mainly with my 'real job'. Including two weekends working, and a trip to Sydney first week of September. Oh and my (cough cough) 20 year high school reunion at the end of the month.

So I was every so grateful to my bestie Amy from Ladybugs and Daisychains when she agreed to host. And this isn't an easy month - August is the month for making something for yourself. A skirt or dress. I'll let Amy inspire you with some ideas.

I'll be back next week to do the July round up. I've seen one amazing Strap Clutch finished and quite a few in progress on Instagram (mine included!).

If you want to know more about the previous 'challenges', here are the links:

Join us

If you join us, use the hashtag #lilpipchallenge in social media so we can follow you, join the Flickr group, use the blog button above and please link your blog post in the Linky Party below.
If you want to get prepared for future months (with fabric or pattern purchases) we will be making:
  • September - Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake or your own version depending on your needs. Could be a notebook style cover or recipe book cover as a Christmas present. Or a car caddy. For my Lalaloopsy crazy girl, I was thinking something for her to carry them out and about in.
If you have any ideas for future challenges, let me know with a comment. The idea is to be doing something different so it doesn't have to just be sewing related.

Grab the button for your blog too - link in side bar >>>

Linky Party

I thought was better to open up the linky party to be continuous rather than a different one each month. So add your links here and make sure you check out the other blogs!


 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 6


I'm thrilled with the outcome of this dress. Sometimes just the simplist of things work beautifully. I've had this cord in my stash for a couple of years. I bought it but thought it was too old for my little miss until now. I think the addition of the solid purple sleeves and the little bias trim is a lovely touch, don't you?
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

UI'm

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 5

Yep another pair of Ananda pants - this time I made it in fleece with a little spotty knit roll top.

This boat neck tee I blogged here. And the Ananda pants I review here and already made some this week
 
And yes we may have been going a little crazy with the photos by this stage! I present my little ballerina!





And when I asked for a 'normal' photo - this is the response.  I like the others, don't you?



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 4

Oh my beautiful boy. I don't know about others, but this little one loves it when I make things for him. He loves being involved in selecting the fabric, working together and more so modelling for me. I think he is often jealous by how much I make for his sister (often the tester of Lil Pip's first designs).

I thought I would make him a couple of pairs of summer pjs as he honestly has not stopped wearing the winter ones. He didn't like the fitted shorts as much as the long pants so I might make them a little wider next time.
 
Review: Alex and Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop (same just with short sleeves and legs!)
 
 



A realistic photo when I asked him to pose!
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