Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas Robin....

Have just made this Christmas Robin for my niece using this Hooty and Tweet Pattern by Melly and Me:
Hooty & Tweet
I think the pattern is meant to be for making an owl but I think it's worked really well for a robin too!!  I tried to make it look funky with it's stripey tights and my niece loves the fact I added bells to it's feet!!!  It should look really cute sitting on the mantel piece at Christmas.  I sewed a ribbon in the top of it's head and I think it also looks cute hanging from a door handle! 

This robin even ventured out into the garden to hang out in a tree!
And an update on a work in progress... the personalised cushion I am making for my niece as part of her Christmas present...this is it so far...
...the front will be her initial appliqued onto a patterned fabric of hearts and the back - for now, as I am not sure whether I am entirely happy with it - is this little girl holding a heart which is based on this pure innocence stamp by Heather Ellis

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Luvly Fabrics!...

I have just taken delivery of some fabrics I ordered from
Am really pleased with them...they are gorgeous!
I am planning to buy this chair from 
for my two year old niece for matches her "big girl's bed" her Mum and Dad have recently bought her and I thought it would look lovely with a little cushion on it!! 
Child's Heart Chair
I have bought a 30cm x 30m cushion pad and plan to design a double-sided applique cushion for her from these fabrics!!As you can see, the fabrics only arrived yesterday and I have already done the first side of the applique initial of my niece's first name!!...I have chosen the fabric for the other side of the cushion...the pink with white spots...but I am still deciding on the design!!
I am quite pleased with it but quite nervous as I am hoping to pop an invisible zip in...something I have never done before!!...fingers crossed!!
I also got these fabrics from
...I needed a bright stripey pattern for a Christmas Robin I am planning to make for my two year-old niece...I wanted it to have some funky stripey tights to wear!!!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


I have been having a sort out of some old photos and found some from a visit to Mali in 2005! was my first and only visit to Africa and despite the heat and dust I loved it!  The country was really interesting and the people were so lovely!...I hope you enjoy looking at these photos!
Above: We travelled by boat up a river to Timbuktu...this is a mosque at one of our stops en-route!...the people in the foreground are just making their way back from washing at the riverbank.

Above: The largest mud building in the world, Djenne.
I saw a picture of this building and this is what inspired the trip!...I just had to see it!

Above: Dogon country
Above: Lady carrying a bucket on her head, Djenne

Above: Sheep, Djenne! cute!

Hope you enjoyed these photos!