p and i are going to have a little christmas stall. not something that i normally do but we are quite excited. it is nice to be working together though i have to say she is fussier than i and calls me on it too!
the rest of the fabric became a bag dispenser - sadly not a skirt for me like the doll. and sadly though i do take my own shopping bags most places i still end up with a stash of bags. so here they are encased in buggy goodness!
gen is a sweet young woman who was in tommy's class all through school. she came and spoke to me and miss p when we were new and shy in the playground and knew not a soul. for that she will always hold a special place in my heart!
i just love this michael miller bug jar fabric! i want a skirt out of it too!
purple hair - the colour p wants to go this summer when school is out! this is the colour i got when trying to dye cream felt black using black food colouring. that would be whole cheaper than a salon ha ha!
last night p told me she needed an apron for a short film they are making at school. she wanted to use one i made six years ago for her for a play (sweet). it needed the neck and waist ties lengthened. no problem until she informed me at bedtime that it was for tomorrow. two weeks ago i did a monday morning rush job for her i sliced the top of my thumb open with a scalpel so i was handling anything sharp this morning with much care.
these had to come off to make the neck ties bigger - oh how i love these chicken buttons (from the salvage days!) i'm not sure where they will live next. i could knit a whole cardigan just for them (and me!)
don't you just love a surprise in the mail. well today was my lucky day (and prairie's too because it was for her as well)! lyndy from stitchbird who i made the mousies for sent me some of the new heather ross range.
beautifully wrapped with pretty floral fabric tape tucked in!
a pile of fabric that inspired the mousies - love the shopping pig with his reusable totes!
and the sweet mice who became members of the family and who are now happily ensconced with lyndy.
lyndy has a great eye, has a really interesting selections of fabric and lots of other goodies - go and have a look!
these photos were on hold until the gift was given to my sweet sis-in-law for a significant birthday. something just for her to curl up under while reading or movie watching. i wanted it to have a flavour of days gone by, something you might find in an old beach house (they live on the coast), something with a little frieda in the palette. she loved it!
i have been busting to share this project for a long time. lyndy at stitchbird fabrics asked me if i would make some mice for the window of her newly opened bricks and mortar store. she had the heather ross nursery versery range coming in and wanted a window to celebrate it. i was delighted - thank you so much for thinking of me lyndy! rather than try and make the exact mousies i used them as inspiration and loved every single stitch!
i love the baby
and her plaits (this is secretly moi!)
the bike was a challenge
i tea dyed the felt for the basket to get just the right shade
i didn't want to let them go in the end i was so attached, but you know mice!
awaiting little outfits. i really enjoyed the 70s/folk/hippie flavour. i'm thinking frieda next. such fun!
thats what happens at whanga. anyone getting the neil young reference?
we shot down on the weekend for the night and spent sunday morning walking on the beach then driving slowly around taking photos of the old bachs (pronounced batches - what we kiwis in the north island call coastal holiday homes - down south they are known as cribs). whanga in the off season is a sleepy place and thats how i like it. there is a lot of new building that i am not so keen on - i love the old and shabby. there is something so charming and comforting about them. i guess i have been going there for a long long time, decades (another reference!) in fact and i find it hard to see it changing. its a slow change thankfully and there are still enough oldies left to keep this girl happy.
one of my favourites is this one. when we were in our teens a woman older than us lived here. she was a tall blond surferess and every morning she hung a tall bamboo birdcage out on that little deck. i was smitten. did i get a bamboo cage? but of course!
my birkies are still full of sand - a nice reminder.
lots more bach photos here if you care to see a few more!