Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Spring has Sprung

Cass Can Sew and Lil Pip Designs are proud to bring you 'Spring has Sprung'.

From Sunday 1 to Saturday 7 September we are joined by some amazing bloggers to bring you creations, tutorials and designs that are inspired by Spring.

If you would like to join us, blog something about Spring during this week and include your project in our Flickr group and Linky Party below. You can link anything related to Spring - food, sewing, crochet, knitting, quilting, design, parties or gardening. 

If you share via social media please use the hastag #SHS2013 so we can follow too.

We have some amazing sponsors on board so don't forget to check back daily to find out all the details!

I will be sharing sneak peaks and links each day for each of these bloggers. Make sure you follow and show your support as they bring you the best of Spring.

Sunday 1 September - win a 5 pattern pack with thanks to Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
Lil Pip Designs 
Things for Boys

Monday 2 September - win $90 worth of fabric with thanks to The Oz Material Girls
Cass Can Sew 
Sew Cook Laugh Live

Tuesday 3 September - win 3 new earrings for your Spring wardrobe
Sew Delicious 
Mend and Make New

Wednesday 4 September - two chances to win a book and pattern by The Janelle Wind Collection 
The Janelle Wind Collection 

Thursday 5 September - win 10 epatterns with thanks from Patterns Only
Max California
Sew Jereli

Friday 6 September - win the Debbie's birthday dress pattern by sewpony vintage
Sweet Little Pretties

Saturday 7 September
Blossom Heart Quilts
Actually Amy

Spring has Sprung Linky Party

Cass can sew and Lil Pip Designs Spring has Sprung

What have you been creating for Spring?

  1. Link up your projects - food, sewing, crochet, knitting, quilting, design, parties or gardening (you can submit up to 2 links).
  2. Link directly to your blog post and not just to your blog home page. 
  3. Visit at least 2 other links that you like and comment to show them you care.
  4. Include a link to Lil Pip Designs in your post.
  5. Don’t link up a random post. It needs to be something relating to Spring.
  6. Grab the linky party button above and post it somewhere on your blog to help us get the word out.
  7. This part is optional: Share, Pin, Tweet, Google + about our Spring has Sprung Linky Party!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Words of wisdom

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Words of wisdom

“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.” – Henry Ford

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pattern review: Bit of Whimsy Tommy T-Rex pattern

My beautiful boy doesn't get many photos here - why does he have to pull silly faces!

I’m always looking for special handmade things for boys. I kinda feel like the little men in our lives always miss out. There is just such an abundance of items for girls but not as much to choose from for boys. 

I have given this as a present to my two nephews when they each turned two and it is just perfect for dino loving boys. 

The pattern is simple in its construction so perfect for a beginner. The body is two parts, plus the arms and legs. I prefer to use jumbo ric rac as it is quicker to sew and provides another texture but there is an option for to you to make your own ‘spikes’ in the pattern. 

You do need to do a little hand embroidery on this if you don’t use button eyes (which I wouldn’t for the under three year olds). Bit of Whimsy shows you how to sew the eyes for the Lily Lamb pattern on YouTube which is a great resource. I do mine slightly differently but it is a good starting point. 

Such a poser!
If you intend on making these to sell – be very careful and read the Terms of Use. In summary, you have to source the designer on your tags (which I do for everything I make anyway), you can only sell five of items (not just five dinos, but five of any of the patterns) and you can not alter the pattern at all or put your own creative spin on them. Very limiting so be careful.    

Will I make this again? - absolutely. These are quite popular at my markets and I love giving them as gifts.

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – I already do!

Pattern: Tommy T Rex via Bit of Whimsy website or YouCanMakeThis  or Etsy

Fabric: Shown in these pictures is just a spot from Spotlight plus ric rac but I have made all sorts of combinations to sell.  

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): 4 or 5 with the hand embroidery. 

Time: again, I always have a production line so it is hard to say but I think from cutting to completion would be an hour or less if you make a few.
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