some friends have just shifted into their new house and in keeping with my 'make it' gifting i decided on another cushion. $4.99 for the inner, $1.69 for the zipper and the fabric was out of my sample stash!
thats a little water mark on the bottom right as there was water on the leaves
under this flocked appliqued leaf however is a stain of another variety. as i was tacking in the zipper i stupidly had a warm roll with butter on it - a little drop of butter dripped onto the fabric and made a little round oily mark.
it was my dad's birthday today and as usual i was stumped as to what to get him. prairie said we just couldn't buy jammies or slippers again and a book or dvds just weren't firing. i asked myself what could i make him and thought about what he best liked to do - watch sport on tv. ah - something to make his viewing even more comfortable.
wrapped and ready. i have some lovely thick crepe paper and always a roll of brown paper on hand.
i started with the corgi fabric because as a young man he always had a corgi. and the other dog, a spaniel was the dog we had when i was growing up - honey the surfing woofy. the pattern surrounding that dog was awful so i clear cut the dog, ironed on some wonder under and blanket stitched it on. prairie wrote grandy with a disappearing ink pen and i stem stitched it. i backed the whole square with a piece of blanketing and machine and hand quilted it.
the back is fabric pieced together to fit. it is all made from my sample book stash and i even had the inner on hand. the only thing i had to buy was the zipper for the grand cost of $1.69!!! the birthday boy was very happy with his gift and it was put on his chair straight away!
over the easter weekend prairie decided that blossom needed to see the light. we found a simple tote pattern in a japanese craft book and a piece of fabric i bought at ikea last year. i cut, she sewed and then hand stitched a little 'p' on in sparkly orange felt. we have another cut out ready to go from lotta jansdotter's book simple sewing. you can never have too many totes or can you?!
another thing to see the light is the moosewood cookbook. prairie is a diehard vegetarian and it can pose problems at 5pm if i am not organised. sometimes i feel that she gets the short end of the culinary straw. i totally respect her decision (made about 3 years ago) and try hard to make sure she gets what she needs. i also experiment with new things, always attempting to widen the possibilities. tommy, at the other end of the spectrum (ribs ribs and more ribs) is away for a few days (school holidays here) so its a dedicated vegetarian week! last night we had cauliflower pie with a grated potato crust - heaven! so funny to be be making things we made such a long time ago. she is totally grooving on this and made a vinaigrette out of mollie katzen's honest pretzels. then she bottled and labeled it! veges rule!!!
its funny living here in the southern hemisphere and celebrating a season of rebirth when its harvest time, but we do. we were brought up doing it and you find your way around it somehow. here are a few images of what has been happening at chez loulou.
an acorn for an order. harvesty yet a little egg like!
a friend came around the other day for a little easter crafting. she said she had found some rabbits that she had bought a few years ago and had just surfaced again - not one or two - 20! we managed to dress one each and i didn't manage to get a photo of hers because we were running to the wire and had a school run in our sights.
little rabbit on the prairie
these are eggs that the children have decorated over the years - my most treasured easter decorations
eggs (albeit plastic) that i have painted
and last but not least, a new crow-shay project for the holiday! i love this pattern so kindly available here. of course the other 'ghan has taken a back seat and will probably only ever reach the size of a cot blanket - partly due to this new infatuation but also, as much as i love the colours they are very strong and i don't think i would like it in a larger size. well thats my justification to myself anyway!
happy happy however and whatever you celebrate! i'm off to make nigella's hot cross buns. mmmmmm!
i unearthed this doll yesterday. my mother dressed her in a costume like the one i wore when i danced this folk dance in about grade 3 or 4 ballet class - from the state of her hair it looks like shes been doing a bit of a wild old tarantella herself - all thats missing is the tambourine!
tommy has been home with the flu. last night prairie made a box cake all by herself, i made her a bowl of frosting and left her to it. this is what she came out with - something to make her big brother feel better!
just a very quick one before i whip off to do the school run. i was in the school office this morning and our wonderful office ladies were talking about one of the teachers who is getting married in the holidays. the wedding is offshore so they are putting on a wedding celebration for her on monday. they were saying they needed a bride and groom for the top of the cake and were going to go to the local cake supply store. 'no' i cried. let me. one of those things you just have to do straight away. i had some simple wooden shapes, with holes drilled for the arms, i painted them then added some fabric touches. i do!