Advent stocking garland completed! After a late one at the sewing machine last night, then an hour finishing up this afternoon while Audrey danced around my work room to playground radio, they are all done and installed. I listed the materials used & inspiration for these here and here - but they are basically linen and four different colours of felted wool blanket. I only had limited amounts of the felt, so the colours & distribution thereof were dictated by that.
Now the only question is what to put in them. We'll be filling each one the night before since there's a four year old here that won't be able to refrain from checking them all out on December 1. I'll be drawing heavily on the lists of ideas over at little birds, Kiddley and Kid's Craft Weekly. Also, I noticed that Manda has a great list growing on her blog today (thankyou!), and via that this great list of ideas, too.
Oh, and since I didn't start this blogging every day business until the 6th day of November, I'm going to carry on for a little while longer into next month.
Happy advent, everyone!
Not a lot from me today. It's hot again, and I feel foolish blogging about baubles, but I'm tired, so I hope you will forgive me. Every year for the past few years, we have been developing a tradition whereby each member of the family chooses a special decoration for the christmas tree. Truth be known, we've probably selected more than one each this year, but these could be my favourites. Audrey and I found these baubles in at Wheel and Barrow. The red glass ones were my choice (found it hard to decide between these and the green version of the same thing). The sparkly one is Audrey's - because she's four and is rendered weak in the face of a bit of sparkle. She actually kissed it in the shop, her love for it was so strong... how could a mother resist?
Is it too soon for me to be blogging about the stocking garland again? Probably. But, from tomorrow there are only two sewing days left until advent begins and I'm a little one track minded about getting these finished. Since this photo was taken, almost all of the numbers have been appliquéd - only the red ones to go. I'd planned to hand stitch, but once I sat down with needle and thread, I realised how seriously flawed an idea that was! Speedy blanket stitch by machine it is.
I really have to push myself to the sewing machine in the evenings at the moment, so having a deadline like this is a great reason to get me away from watching hours of rubbish television. Yesterday my obstetrician told me that at 30.5 weeks pregnant, I am measuring 35 weeks. Blimey! She was unflustered about it, though - I measured similar with Audrey at the same stage. And it doesn't necessarily mean a big baby (so I repeat to myself!) Although it won't be any surprise if the little guy is tall like his sister. But it does explain the waddling like a duck and reluctance to move from the couch. ;)
I updated over at etsy this morning. Thanks so much to everyone who adpoted a toy. This little bunny, Hickory was included. I am starting to have to double up on names, especially for the bunnies - but this is the first boy bunny by that name. Hope that gets me off the hook. In case anyone is wondering, I'm planning two more updates before Christmas. Next up - giraffes and dolls.
On the subject of etsy, I just wanted to raise the icky issue of pricing. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but I've slowly had to increase prices of my toys - just a few dollars every month or so since late September. Because selling on etsy means trading in American dollars, and since that currrency has been weakening against the Australian dollar, I just can't keep absorbing the difference. I hate to increase prices, but as any maker knows, there are many more hours unpaid than paid with handmade stuff in the first place - we're definitley not talking corporate style high profit margins - ha! Just so you know, I still charge the same value in Australian dollars that I have for almost 2 years, that hasn't changed. Ack! Whoever thought these kinds of things would need to be considered when selling handmade? I'd love to hear from other Australian based etsy sellers (or other countries... not sure what currency changes, if any, are happening for you guys?) - what are you doing?
Well, I fell of the posting every day wagon. We were up early yesterday morning, moving furniture, swapping around the last three rooms of our house in readiness for baby. Plus another trip to Ikea for good measure. We didn't reconnect the internet until after 11 last night, and by then, after being on my feet most of the day sleep seemed like a much better idea.
On Friday I told Audrey about the Advent stocking garland I wanted to make. Her eyes widened, and I realised that there was absolutely no way I couldn't come through with it (promising your child something is a such a good motivator!) So in between sorting stuff out yesterday, I snipped out these numbers for the front of the stockings. The felt is from Lyn - some of her beautiful hand-dyed & felted blanketing, which I've been hoarding for a special occassion. The stockings are going to be very basic - just the linen with some appliqué - but since there are only four sewing days left before December 1, basic is the only way to go!
I don't really know how to write this post. I love elections and the electoral process. It'd be very fair to say that I'm passionate about politics, even though I never write about it here. But this doesn't seem the place for me to carry on about my preferences and hopes for today. Let's just say I'm hoping for change.
Anyway, so Matt and I are a couple of big election nerds and come this evening we'll be hunkering down with Antony Green, (a big glass of wine and the jelly beans will be sorely missed this year!) crossing our fingers and waiting for a result.
Have a great Saturday, everyone.
This little bunny will be heaading off to Melbourne first thing Monday. She'll be joining over 100 other hand made toys that will make their way to the Mirabel Foundation, an organisation that supports children from families affected by substance abuse. This wonderful idea for sharing the handmade love has been organised by lovely Pip over at Meet Me at Mikes. Thanks so much Pip!
You can have a looksee at all the other Mirabel toys here.
A couple of monkeys for the next shop update, finished today. Lola, because that Barry Manilow song popped into my head when I was sewing the the ric-rac on her dress - it looked kind of festive. Sorry if you can't get that blasted song out of your head now, either! Also, Coco, her slightly less outgoing sister, in blue. They just need a couple of pom-poms for their tails and they'll be ready.
I think I have a potential new habit brewing. I've been lurking about ebay recently for vintage milk glass kitchenware. So beautiful. Much of it is a bit scary & lacey for my liking, but some of it like this cake stand (the green - ack!), this wee bowl or this cake stand is calling my name. Mind you, I have been known to make some dodgy calls when pregnant, so I'll be keeping any bidding local and inexpensive. Especially since I found out that to ship one of those lovelies from the US to Australia would cost around $30! Ouch!
Chipping away at the remainder of the toys for the next shop update, but slowly. It will most likely be early next week before I clothe this lot, give them faces & get them ready to go out into the world.
Sorry about the short posts, still very sleep deprived and achey. I'm seeing my chiropractor tomorrow and getting some acupuncture next week and am sure that will set me and my aged body straight!
I'm very tired today. I haven't been sleeping very well and it's all caught up with me. But one good thing - it rained, and it's not so hot! Look at those lovely big drops. Wonderful.
I have opened every window in the house, Audrey is at Mum's for another hour or so. I should be working, but the couch is calling. With hand sewing. And possibly (putting all guilt aside about such indulgence) a quick kip. You're only 29 weeks pregnant a few times in your life, right?
Thankyou for all your lovely words about Herman! :)
I'm Fiona. I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband and two small kids. This is where I blog about the stuff I make (mostly toys and quilts). Sometimes I also write about my little family, and the things that inspire me. Thanks for swinging by.