Sunday, December 25, 2011


It's Boxing Day!!  To celebrate, I'm having a SALE!!  Yay!!  Now's a great time to stock up on some patterns to whip up during the Holidays:)  Please pop in for a visit to my shop and enter BOXINGDAYSALE in the coupon code area once you reach the check out and receive 15% off all patterns. 

Happy sewing everyone!

Merry Christmas Dear Friends!

Hello dear friends!  Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!!  Hope you're all having a wonderful day:)  I couldn't resist snapping this pic of Little Miss taking a breather - she was having such fun destroying the neat pile of Christmas pressies this morning!
We'll be heading over to my sister's house soon to have dinner with the whole family and I'm looking forward to seeing them all and enjoying the festivities!
Christmas kisses to you all,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Woodland Elf

Dear friends, I hope you're all finding time to kick up your toes and relax during this busy holiday season!

Just wanted to share a new little felt doll that I've been working on.  She's a little Woodland Elf that has really been a wonderful experience to make!

She is the first bead-jointed felt doll I've attempted and she measures about 9.5 inches tall.  I've made her a sweet little tunic dress, a beaded crown and a pair of fold over boots which I've embellished with beaded, embroidered flowers.

Unfortunately, the weather has not been co-operating with my picture taking, so the pics aren't as clear as I would've liked.

Oh dear, I just noticed that I've forgotten to blush her cheeks - must remember to do that before I get her ready for my shop!

This pic, however turned out very well as we were having a brighter day when I took it:)  I am definitely planning on working to make this pattern available in my shop soon.  It is a little more advanced than my other doll patterns, though not too hard to do.  As with all my designs, it will be hand illustrated and explained as best as I can to make it simple to create.  It will require some embroidery experience, needle felting and imagination - the possibilities are endless!

As soon as the pattern is ready I'll be having another GIVEAWAY!!  So please check back and make sure to enter for your chance of winning one!

Have a happy week:)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Emily Temple

Emily Temple has been in the works for far longer than I intended.  When I first began her journey, I made several drawings of dolls and posted the pics I took of them to my Flickr page. 

I then asked my friends to pick which of the dolls they liked best.  From their answers, I put together a new doll based on attributes they liked the most from each doll.

For the next while, I worked on designing the outfits. Once I had chosen which of them I'd be using, I went about colouring them all with pencil crayons.  And then.... I got my sweetest, dearest, most wonderfullest hubby to make everything into a little booklet!!  Oh, he's a wonderful man and I really don't know what I'd do without him!  Here's what he came up with..

This is the front cover.  It's made from a creamy, heavy weight card stock so Emily is nice and sturdy.

Here's a sneak peek of the inside.  Each page is vibrant and full of fun!  There are seven pages of dresses, hats, play suits and accessories to cut out and each booklet is packaged into a clear, re-sealable plastic sleeve, all the better to keep everything together once you're done playing with her!

I'm so glad she's finally ready and I'm hoping to intice a new generation of children to discover the joy of Paper Dolls!

These little booklets are now available in my shop:)

Wishing you all a very happy weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Weekend Sale

Wishing you all a very happy holiday weekend!  Hope your Thanksgiving was relaxing and enjoyable!  To celebrate this very special weekend, I'm having a sale in my shop.  From now till Monday, enter GIVETHANKS in the check out and recieve 15% off everything in my shop!  It's a great time to stock up on patterns and kits especially if you love giving handmade gifts!

These are some of the patterns to chose from.

Hope you'll pop in for a visit!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Paper Doll in Progress

I've been working on a new Paper Doll Set and have a few more outfits to colour before she'll be ready.  Here's a sneak peek so far...

My plan is to make a little book which will be similar to my colouring book which you can see here.  The cover will be made with a sturdy, heavy weight Bristol paper and will be printed with the paper doll itself.  I'm not sure yet whether she'll be on the front or back cover as I might do a little pic of her on the front dressed in an outfit.  The pages on the inside will contain all the dresses and accessories that I've chosen from the ones above and will be printed on medium weight, acid free drawing paper.  I'm looking forward to finishing them up and having them ready for my shop by the weekend.

For those of you who've been following the story of our sweet Little Miss, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!  We had to take her back in to the vet's on Monday night as her incision had opened up and they ended up having to re-stitch her.  Today, I noticed a hard lump running along the entire right side of the incision about as thick as my little finger.  So, once hubby gets home, we'll be taking her back in to make sure it's not something serious.  I must say that she is looking good, eating well and is as pert and playful as ever, so hopefully everything will be fine!

Enjoy the rest of your week:)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Bad Day...

Dear Readers,

Our dear Little Miss went in for surgery this morning to be spayed.  A few hours later, I got a call from the vet saying that they had accidentally cut into her intestines whilst they were opening her up.  Though they did their best to sew up the hole, there is a possibility of it opening back up again and allowing toxins to seep into her abdomen.  She will be spending the night there so they can monitor her and I'm hoping that all goes well and we can bring her home by the weekend.  My mind has been in a turmoil all afternoon and I just have to pray that she'll have no complications.

The pic above was taken this past weekend.  She loves to climb on our shoulders and is such a snuggle-bum!  Please excuse us, we're still in our PJ's and scruffy beard:)

I did manage to get an order finished today and am hoping to take a break from custom orders for a while.  I'm feeling a bit overdone and really haven't had a day off from sewing for months.

These little pixies and tag-alongs are off to France as a special gift for Christmas.  I love how the bunny turned out in blue!

Anyway, will keep you posted about our kitty,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!  I've been super busy all weekend working on many, many orders and also celebrating my youngest son's 17th birthday.  My, how time flies!!  We had a lovely get-together yesturday with our family and will be going out for dinner tonight to his favourite restaurant..  Looking forward to that!

Just wanted to share some of the things I've been working on lately.

Two pixies that are almost done and a new design for a cloth doll similar to the Damsel Dolls I made last year.  You can see Georgina here.  Unfortunately, I have misplaced the original pattern for these dolls, so have re-designed one on paper that I can't wait to try!  I think that if they turn out well, I will offer the pattern in my shop.  These would have the option of having hand embroidered faces or hand painted ones and would be made from unbleached muslin.  I'm so excited to get started on them!

I had a lovely request from a friend on Facebook for two sets of my Paper Doll collections as well as a Lullaby Lamb.  These will be gifts for his nieces for Christmas.  I forgot how much work went into putting these little ladies together!  Thankfully, my dearest hubby helped me cut them all out - should've got a pic of him doing it!!  I don't think he was too impressed but did a wonderful job anyway!

And here's the lamb, slightly different to the original Lullaby Lamb.  I like to keep every item I remake original, so no two are ever alike.

Well, gotta get back to work, hope you all have a very nice week!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas

Today I'm very happy to introduce a little colouring book I've been working on and let you all know that it's available in my shop.

This sweet little book features 16 adorable animal prints for your little one to color. For a limited time, each book will include a set of eight mini pencil crayons (while supplies last) which are enclosed in a re-sealable plastic envelope.

Here's a sneak peek inside:

Each set will be packaged in a re-sealable plastic bag to keep things organized.

I'm also happy to say that my Gingermelon Men patterns are now available.  These can be made into ornaments or brooches and are delightfully easy to make!

And, lastly, I finally got my order of felt in the mail today, so, for those of you who requested the Tag-Along Doll and Bear kits, they're now available too! 

What could be nicer than finding one of these tucked inside a stocking on Christmas morning, all ready to cut and sew up over the holidays?


Friday, November 4, 2011

Gingermelon Men

Just had to share the adorable Gingermelon men!

These little guys measure just over 3 inches tall and are made from a wool blend felt.  Each has a hand embroidered face and I've appliqued teensy pink cheeks on beneath their eyes.  Seed beads encircle their 'wrists' and 'ankles' and a pretty bow made from seam binding ties about their necks.  The one in the middle is a brooch and the two on the ends are hanging ornaments.

And here's what they look like on my mini feather tree.  I'm hoping to have the patterns for these little sweeties available this weekend.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gingermelon Man

Hi everyone!

Just a quick sneak peek at a new little guy that I'm working on - a Gingermelon man!  Will have the patterns for them available soon:)

This one's going to be a brooch, but I'll make a few hanging ornaments too.

I also finished up a couple of Bunny Babushkas today and have two more awaiting eyes before I can complete them.

They're available in my shop. 

Will be back to post as soon as my little guy is finished.  Can't wait for you to see him:)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pattern Kits

Yay!!  I can finally put my feet up and relax for the rest of the day!  I've had a busy, busy day (week, month, year!!) and have just finished stocking my shop with new Pattern Kits - yes, the little doll and the sweet bunny are finally ready!! And, I've also added new pdf patterns for all the Tag-Alongs for those who would prefer to use their own supplies.  I'm just so happy they're all finally done! 

The Tag-Along patterns are great for beginner sewers and I created them in hopes of inspiring children to learn how to sew.  I have very fond memories of my mom and both grandmothers teaching me how to knit, sew and embroider when I was young, and I think every child should have fun learning those basic skills.  

These little kits would be wonderful as stocking stuffers at Christmas time and I'm sure that it just might be the perfect time to spend curled up together on the sofa on a chilly day making these little sweeties with your little girl or boy!

Wishing you a happy week:)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bunny Babushka Pattern Winners!!

Thanks so much to you all for entering my little giveaway!  And many thanks for all your lovely comments, glad you like the Bunny Babushkas!

A huge congrats to the following winners:
Nancy Perennec
Jennifer Rydell
Hope you have fun making these little cuties:)

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend:)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bunny Babushka Pattern Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick note to let you all know that the Bunny Babushka patterns are now ready and available in my shop!  Yay!!  To celebrate, I'm having a little GIVEAWAY!!  Three lucky readers will each win a copy of this adorable pattern, complete with easy instructions and hand drawn illustrations to guide you along the way.  I've also included a page with embroidery design ideas for your little creation.

To enter, please leave your name and email address (very important!!) and I will draw the winners on Saturday, October 22.  Best of luck to you all!!