Monday, August 31, 2009

September Giveaway Emmeline Apron.

This months giveaway has been made by the wonderfully talented crafty mama Mandy.

It is the Emmeline Apron and here is what she had to say about it:

"Here it is my first Emmeline Apron and I just love this pattern. I used two Timeless Treasures fabrics from the Casbar range, and a brown homespun fabric that matched really well with the prints. Thanks for looking."

Thank you so very much Mandy and you have done such a wonderful job!

You know the drill leave a comment and I will draw the winner at the end of the month.

Clothes for Dolly

Next week is Laineys 2nd birthday and we have bought her a Cabbage Patch Doll. To go with that I am in the process of making some clothes so her dolly can be as stylish as she is !

I made this dress today (modeled by her current but smaller dolly with only one eye that stays open - so the dress looks a little big!) using the Mamu Design Christina for Dolls pattern from Crafty Mamas (this is an e-pattern so instant gratification at time of purchase!) I used some of the Kaufman 21 Wale cord (also from Crafty mamas) out of my scrap box along with some black bias binding.

It took about 30 minutes, and that included tracing the pattern. Quick, simple and lovely. I plan on having more ready for when her new dolly comes to live with us.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Choc Chip Muffins

Today the kids and I did some baking. We made choc chip muffins using my favourite muffin recipe supplied to me by Lisa. I wont use any other recipe now. I added 200g of choc chips and they are delish!

2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons custard powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup veg oil

Mix well. Then add your add ins...

I have also used stewed fruit as well as making them plain. Yummo!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Hi, made a owl just thought I would share I think he is really cute,next I'm going to make a caterpillar.
I like it so much I have put it as my avatar.
I have a old pattern and on it has five toys to make a owl,caterpillar,dog ,clown and a doll.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Conceptions Baby Essentials

New Conceptions Baby Essentials
Made from fabrics also bought from the Crafty Mama's Store.

The pattern instructions were really easy to follow.
The pattern pieces fitted together well and were very easy to sew.
I only needed my sewing machine to construct these garments.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

T Shirt Surgery Challenge Inspiration

I made something today for the August Challenge in the CM Forums - T Shirt Surgery - but I'm not at all happy with it. It's a reversible bag made from two old band shirts, but I am just not feeling the love, so I decided to have a bit of a scout around for further inspiration.

Here is the bag I WISH I had made today... it certainly would have wasted less time!!

More things to do with tees:

  • This kimono top tute looks easy enough AND it's super cute.

  • Adorable and crazy easy kids pants - I've used this tute myself, and although I tweaked it, I highly recommend it. I also recommend trying it out with a tee you wouldn't necessarily put on your child if it were their size; eg, In the pic below, I used a boys style skate tee - I love how the finished pants turned out. What I did differently; instead of tracing the inside leg, I traced the curve of the crotch only & cut the tee straight down with middle for a funky wide leg. I also used material from the sleeves of the shirt to make a drawstring instead of using elastic.

  • Here is a tute on how to make yourself some yoga pants, if, unlike me, you happen to have a shirt big enough handy.... ;)

  • T Shirt Undies....!! Need I say more?

  • This set on flickr shows a unique idea that brings new meaning to 'designer tee'; wall art from T Shirts.

  • A fantastic, if not particularly new, idea is to make a 'memory quilt' from old tees, I love the idea but would have to start now with the collecting of the shirts with meaning. Hmmm... check back with me in 20 years. In the meantime, here are some examples of quilts sewn by people just a little bit more organised.

  • One thing about crafting with tees is that sometimes you actually end up creating waste, lots of projects only require the body of the shirt, leaving the sleeves as scrap. This quick tute shows you how to make a little hats for bubs & use up some of those pesky sleeves!

  • I have this tute on how to make a toddler dress from an adult T Shirt to thank for showing me how to make cute swirly-almost-ruffled lettuce edges by stretching the knit as you sew it...

Hopefully these have have sparked some creative ideas for you too - I have just now found a little light bulb on above my head, an old fashioned one mind you, not a new energy saver deal'e, they just don't do the trick when it comes to illustrating the formation of bright ideas - and hope to see you in the August Challenge!

Congratulations HennyPenny

Congratulations go to HennyPenny (Moderkip) this morning as drew number 8...the number that was your post. The Sami pattern will shortly be on its way to you...enjoy!

Dont forget to leave a comment if you would like to win our first Mama Made giveaway - that ends at the end of the month!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Baby Top and Pants

Knitted in cotton a size 000 in a dark purple, finished of the neck and armholes with crocheting the pants have a rib waist and rib around the legs had this cotton in my stash, think it took two balls in 4ply and 50gram balls.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August Giveaway

Well aren't we spoilt for choice here this month!

As promised here is Augusts giveaway - our first Mama Made item.

I have made a Double Duty bag by Sew Baby and its one of my absolute favourite bag patterns. Its suitable for all sorts of things from being a baby bag, a library bag, a craft project storage name it! Its got pockets on the inside and good length handles. I made it using a beautiful soft brown cord and a green polka dot fabric. I bought the pattern through one of the very first Special Buys I was bought from at Crafty Mamas!

Outside of bag

Outside of bag

Inside of bag

Inside of bag

I hope you like it - and if you do please leave a comment and will draw a winner at the end of the month.

Good luck!

Stop the Press - Quick Weekly Giveaway!

Oh goodness me how lucky are we!!!!

Lisa has given me a brand spanking new pattern to giveaway this week.

Kleine Hexenkuche Patterns are new to Crafty Mamas and to celebrate Lisa is giving away a copy of Sami.

EXCLUSIVELY to us from our Crafty Mama friend in GERMANY, this is a jacket for the whole year, whether thick or as a light summer jacket. Everything is possible with this cut. In comes in sizes.86-176, so there is no excuse to put your name in the barrel for this one.

So leave a comment and be in the draw...I will have select a winner Saturday 8th August.

Good luck!!!!

Oh and dont forget to check out for the whole Kleine Hexenkuche Patterns range :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Congratulations Biance Jae - July Winner

Congrats Bianca Jae you won Julys giveaway! Please let me know your postal afddress so I can get it out to you!

Augusts giveaway is Mama yourse stay tuned :)