Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Sneak Peaks

Coming soon....

The hippo's are all ready to be sewn and stuffed.

The tea towel print needs some minor adjustments (and I need hubby to make me a longer screen) and then they are ready to go!  The picture is printed along the bottom of the towel and there will be some fun text across the top of the tea towel.  I am SUPER excited about these.  The picture is hand drawn, which gives it a lovely fluid and relaxed feel.

A 2 1/2 year old colouring demonstration: little budding Picasso.

Indian Summer Gift

As our doors to the garden are wide open
The washing on the line being buffeted in the breeze
and the dogs tanning their bellies

I give you a 20% discount code
Please use SUNNY20 on checkout in either my Etsy shop or the Two Little Flowers shop.  This discount will last until 2 October

You can say thanks to the lovely Indian summer we are having here in the UK for the present

Now, all I need to make my day perfect, is for Chloe to sleep!  Ava is at nursery, so I should be getting *things* done....not so, what with a wide awake 4 month old....

PS - If you prefer purchasing from Etsy and don't see what you are looking for, or need
 more of a particular item, please message me and I will add what you are looking for to the shop.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Crochet blanket update

A while back I rambled a bit about my first crochet project, well my blanket has grown a bit since then.  I laid it out on the floor to see how big it had grown....only to be disappointed about how small it still is!  [sorry about the sunshine]

The small flower squares are about 7.5cm square and the big ones are about 15cm square.  I have used 12 colours of wool, and have already run out of the cerise pink.  A lot of the other balls have dwindled to very little, so not much more square crocheting left - because when the wool is finished, the blanket will be the size it will be.

The blanket may well end up being an odd sort of shape, rather than rectangular.  I am not quite sure yet how all the squares will go together, but am quite liking the arrangement in this photo.

The flower square pattern is from here, and the big square pattern is from here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Colouring in Doll: Emma - examples

I have been meaning to post the original coloured in Emma doll for some time now, just not quite getting around to it.  But, here she is!

She was hand drawn, the dolls are now almost all screen printed, and bigger than the original.

This coloured doll example has been added to the shop.  I coloured Emma in with fabric crayons.

You could, of course, colour her however you see her - maybe she is wearing a spotty or flowery dress, or stripy tights?  Send me your take on her and I will post it here.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Vinyl Peek-a-Boo Baggies :: Booklet

I found this little peek-a-boo book the other day, and thought that my little person might like that.  But I didn't want the contents to be permanent - I want to be able to change it as the girls get older.  I remembered this organiser vinyl bag and these little toy bags.  A few weeks passed as my brain mulled it over and this is what I have come up with.  Kind of a combination between the organiser and toy bag.  I still want to make a fabric cover for it that will also clip into the rings, and sew/appliqué/something the girls names on to them.  I have a while still, as these will be for Christmas.

{Instructions after the jump}

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Birdie Jammies - Iron on Patches

I just finished Ava's pj top to go with her new flannel pj pants.  I used some of my alphabet ion on patches to decorate it.  Instead of using 'i's I used birdie flannel scraps from her pants.  I haven't sewn any of the patches on, the iron on stuff works brilliantly well.  If it does start to peel off, I will stitch it down then....I am all for easy peasy and quick solutions!

After all the cutting, dying, sewing and ironing, I have to confess that I am a bit annoyed with myself.  The sewing pattern I chose appears to have a very low front neckline!  Silly me...will have to see what it looks like worn, then make some fix-up from there.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Boring White Fleece...not any more!

Ava needs new jammies - she is becoming a little scrawny string bean and all her other winter jammies are starting to get too short for her.  I bought some cute flannel prints a few months back with the idea of using them for pants, but wasn't sure what I would use for tops.  Her other jammies (all bought) have lovely soft and snuggly fleecy pants and tops....which I didn't know if I would be able to find in fabric lengths.

Anyhow, cruising the net for some interlock, I discovered microfleece.  I thought - just maybe this might be the lovely soft stuff I need?!  I got some in white [there weren't many colours available] thinking that it might be dye-able.  Then off I went searching for some liquid RIT dye - not so common on this UK island - having seen various blogs where using the stuff seemed nice and easy and brainless.  Just what this fryed brain needs.  {Any UK people looking for the stuff?  Find it here and here.  I am sure that there are other places...these are just the 2 that I found.}

Only after I bought the fabric and dye did I wonder if it would dye acrylic fleece?  It does - yippitty yay!

I dyed a piece of cotton at the same time as the fleece - just to see how strong the colour would be on that.  As you can see - the fleece is a lot paler, but it is definitely not white.  Out of interest, the fabric was in the bowl of dye for 1.5 hours.

So I am super duper pleased that fleece is dye-able.

This microfleece is so soft and snuggly....I think I want to get more to make winter pj's for myself....

Now I just need to find time to sew up the jammie top.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Making your own screen printing frame

There are a few tutorials around explaining how to make your own screens....this is how I do it.

Rule #1 - make sure little fingers and toes are attached to little bodies taking a nap.  Staples guns are not for little people to be around - and staple results are severely hampered by a case of the "Mommeeeeeee"s.

I used a little wooden picture frame - overall size about 15x20cm which will hopefully allow me a printable size of around 10x15cm.  Hubby has made me nice big A4 printable sized frames before with lovely smooth and flat wood screwed together - I used the exact same method to stretch net on those too.  They are my favourite frames, and I have a few.

So here is my little 'how-to'.  If you are lucky enough to get a frame that hasn't got the glass fixed behind annoying battens like mine was, it is all a whole bunch easier and quicker to do - just skip out steps 2-4 and remove the glass at step 1.

{More after the jump}