I've started working on six cushioncovers. I'm going to participate in a crafty fair in April and I've got a strong feeling that I have to start producing! I don't want the stall to look pathetic with only a couple of things :) And I'm leaving for Oxford in a fortnight, so that'll be a whole week without being able to proper crafting (although I'm trying to come up with small crafty projects I'll be able to cram into my suitcase; I'm afraid my sewingmachine is not going to fit in there). But in fact I like making more of the same items simultaneously. It's not that much more work and you got all the material you need at hand.
Anyway, these will be patchworkcushions in green/blue/pink shades.
The kids are back home, Amber is in school again, so everything is back to normal.
When I made the red doll for the Pink/red-swap, Shelli left a real nice comment on Flickr. She said the doll would be perfect for the babygirl she was about to adopt. I thought that was so lovely that I offered to make one for them. So here it is! I hope they like it. It will be sent to New York on Monday.
As you can see I've been making new ATC's yesterday. These are called: Dutch Pride, because they have some typical Dutch things on them. A bit of Escher, famous Dutch graphic artist, beschuit met muisjes, something that is traditionally eaten when a baby is born and ofcourse some delftware!
The kids are staying with my parents for three days, which gives me time to do EVERYTHING I always want to do, but never have time for! Three days is a seriously long kidfree amount of time and yesterday I could hardly decide where to begin. Michel had the day off too. First we had a go at trying to clear out the attic (there are still about a thousand boxes full of... well, junk from when we moved). We sorted out lots and threw away lots, with the result that the attic is now looking even messier than before... hmmmm.
After we had lunch we took the train to Utrecht and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening there. We did some shopping and had a lovely dinner. When we got home we opened a bottle of champagne (leftover from Newyearseve) and sat down and both worked on our first sets of ATC's (well, technically I had made two cards already).
It was so much fun. We had paper, glue, scissors, fabric, paint... the full works. It was so relaxing to experiment with everything and see how it would turn out!
Here are some I made:
The one with the little creature on it is already traded. The rest are up for trading, so let me know if you like to trade (doesn't matter whether you've never made one, just try it!) :) the lady in the blue dress is reserved
This morning I had a lovely e-mail from my swap-partner Isabel from Portugal. She received all the goodies I sent her and was really happy with everything. I'm so glad it arrived safely and that my doll and quilt have found a good home!
Here she is: my Pointy Kitty !
It all went well except for stitching the head to the body. It wasn't easy and it didn't turn out all that neat either. However, nothing that a pretty ribbon round her neck can't fix ;)
Doesn't she look cute?!
Amber, who picked the fabric, claimed her for herself immediately. Goodbye Kitty!
I might make another one, with a printed fabric, but first I'll work on all the unfinished projects that lie around here. It's getting out of control! So I'll have to get those things out of the way before I can start on something else.
I had a good thrifty score this morning. I bought two lovely craftbooks for less than 3 euros. I've already seen so many things in them that I like to try!
(What I notice from these 70s craftbooks is that they feature so many crafts in just one book... people must have been crafting all day long then!)
I hadn't been to the market in Baarn yet, so thought today would be a good day to check it out. It wasn't bad. Had a bit of everything, fruit & vegs, clothes, bread, fish and even two stalls with fabric. They weren't very good though, but I did manage to score three large pieces of fabric for three euros.
I've been working on my Pointy Kitty today. It's a lot of fun and not difficult to do. This is how far I got today:
The real challenge is to put the head to the body; I intend to do that tonight, so hopefully I'll be able to show you (better) pictures of a complete Kitty!
And then I can make a start with Hillary's new pattern :)
Something funny happened the other day.
I already wrote about the cushion-group I created on Flickr. Well, at the same time I also created a group for pincushions.
However, I thought it would be a bit much to introduce two new groups at the same time, so I left the pincushions for what they were. But what do you know?! The next day this group had come to life all by itself! I still don't know what happened, but all of a sudden there were a whole lot of members and lovely photos of pincushions in the pool.
Pincushions are such wonderful things. Of course they are functional, but at the same time they are (or at least can be) pieces of art. Some pincushions are simply stunning. Like these, or this one, or these... (still much to be learned)
And another thing I like about them is that they are so cutesy small :)
Anyway, if you have ever made a pincushion or want to do so, or just want to be in awe of what other people make... go check it out!
I promised to write about the garden work we did on Tuesday.
When we moved into this house in October the garden was a right mess. The lady that lived here before us was 97 so we don't blame her, but it's up to us to clean up this wilderness.
In September and October we already did quite a bit of work on the garden: we removed complete bushes and even two trees.
However, now it's time to get started on the proper work... I can already feel spring in the air and we don't want to wait until all the weeds start growing!
Luckily, my parents came to help me and my mum has all this great professional gardentools, which makes it all so much easier.
After a couple of hours hard work this is what the backyard looked like:
Really quite spectacular if you know what it looked like before (sadly no pictures of that right now). I moved the yellow bench in the empty spot between the trees where it looks very pretty. We'll be making a terrace here and the rest will be plants and flowers.
Our little helpers. Simon was all dressed for the occasion.
When we started cutting back the trees all of a sudden this emerged:
our very own bicycle-parkinglot, wow!
We also have a large garden at the side of the house where we want to have grass, a swing, another small terrace and a vegetable-plot (my wish). All that is yet to come... I'll keep you up to date!
And just for a touch of cuteness in this post: a picture of little Chris:
Another baby was born in our circle of friends last week: Chris.
And yesterday we went to visit and admire him.
He was just adorable and a spitting image of his sister!
I made a blenkie taking the colours of the babyroom (red & aqua) as a startingpoint. Although I had begun to work on it last week or so, it was real lastminute sewing and I was freaking out a little. I couldn't help wondering for a moment why I didn't just go to a toyshop and buy something big and plastic. But no, ofcourse this is much nicer... and unique too. Plus once a project is finished it gives a real great sense of satisfaction, something you just don't have with something store-bought. All in all, I'm happy about it :)
I started a new group on Flickr today dedicated to cushions. There was nothing like that yet, strangely enough. There are plenty of people making lovely beautiful cushions, so this group is just a neccesity really...
So far there are 55 members and there are already some lovely pictures in the group pool. Go have a look!
By the way, I received an early birthdaypresent today.... a Flickr-pro-account!! Yay, now all my photos will be kept safely in the archive and I can create as many sets as I want ( added a couple of sets right away :))
It's my youngest sister's birthday today (for about ten more minutes); hurray!!
We already celebrated it three weeks ago with presents and my mum's waffles and yesterday we sent a card. Hope it arrived in time. Needless to say that this is Amber's design... they're actually little hearts.
Another hurray, and this one's for me :) I'm going to participate in Plush You II in Seattle this Octobre! I can send three of my plush toys over there and they will be displayed and can be bought. You can read all about it here.
I'm so excited!!
We've done some very hard work in the garden today, but I'll post about that tomorrow. It's bedtime!
Last week I tried my hand at some ATC's.
I used some fabric-scraps, glue and needle and thread and this is the result.
Although I'm not unhappy the way these turned out, I can see there is lots of room for improvement :) I would like to dig deeper into this whole nature/garden-theme (sorry bad joke).
The philosophy behind the ATC's is one that appeals to me, and ofcourse it's a relatively simple way of obtaining other people's 'art'. Actually, to get a little flavour of what they're making.
I don't know how much I want to get into this though. I'll see whatever happens and for now I've had fun making these!
Here on flickr you can find more.
We had a very good weekend; pottered around the house, baked a cake, went to two birthdayparties.
Tomorrow I'm seriously going to make a start at creating our very own GardenParadise (luckily my parents will be helping me with that...), yay!