Posts Tagged ‘gift’

Making for Someone Else

2014 was my year of selfish sewing. The year before I had been so busy making for others that I felt I didn’t get a really get a chance to try all the new sewing challenges and techniques I wanted. I felt I had become a little bit complacent about crafting in general. 2014 was a different year, I made selfish sewing a priority and crochet too for that matter. I even decided that Christmas I would give myself a break and not make everyone’s gifts. Having said all that I did make two Christmas gifts.

The first was for my sister. She had mentioned to me that she would love a crochet blanket, very bright, a real mixture of colours. Well challenge accepted! I have only ever made smaller crochet projects so this was going to be a big undertaking for me. I started it around Easter time and planned to work on it whenever I had some free time, a nice, relaxing, long term project, or so I thought.

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I underestimated how much time it would take and ended up frantically working on it every spare second I had towards the end! I used a simple granny square block but all the colour changing took a lot of time.

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I joined all the blocks with a cream colour which I think really lifts it and brings it all together.

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Confession time. I don’t have any good photos of it yet as it isn’t completely finished. I was a lazy muppet and didn’t finish the ends as I went so I had to give it to my sister unfinished and then take it back. I’m now still steadily working through all those ends. Worst. Job. Ever.

The only other handmade gift I made was a secret Santa pressie for the Sewing Club Christmas lunch. At sewing club this year we all agreed that the lead up to Christmas would be manic so it would be better for all of us to have a Christmas lunch in January. That way we would all have more time to make our secret Santa pressies and it would give us something to look forward to after all the Christmas excitement.

So a few weeks ago we all rocked up for lunch in our Christmas jumpers (well most of us anyway), my mum even bought us all crackers!

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We all put our handmade gifts into a bag then each took a turn to take one out, lucky dip style. I made this embroidery hoop craft storage which Emmie picked out.

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This was a nice little make for the new year and great for stash busting too. I found some crafty themed fabric in my stash, layered them up to and stitched straight lines at different intervals to make the pockets. I added a simple crochet layer to the embroidery hoop so it matched the fabrics and also so the wooden frame didn’t catch on it. I stretched the fabric layers over the hoop and tightened to secure it in place.

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To make sure the back stayed tidy and didn’t move I overlocked the edges of the fabric layers before putting them in the frame. Once I was happy with the fabric placement and the hoop was tightened I used my glue gun to stick the excess fabric to the inside of the frame. Handy hanging storage finished.

I pulled this cute little pincushion jar made by Annie out of the secret Santa lucky dip. You can never have too many pin cushions!

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My very clever friend Becca made this insanely cute purse, which my mum got.

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Rachel got these handy pattern weights that my mum made. How useful, I really must make some.

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I didn’t get a chance to photograph everyone else’s gifts but they were all equally as awesome. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch catching up and chatting about all things crafty.

A Serious Crafty Catch Up

Well hi there, how have you been? I don’t know about you but here at Casa O’Meara we’re all looking forward to the summer holidays, only a few days to go. The down fall to having the monsters at home for 6 weeks is my sewing time gets seriously cut. So before my project progress becomes non-existent I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to.

A few Sundays a go I got to spend a bit of quality time with Monster no1 helping him with his craft homework, he had to make a sea creature of his choice. After trawling the internet he decided on a banded sea snake, we raided my stash of felt and got to work.

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It was great to see him really concentrating and enjoying using the sewing machine. I don’t think I’ve seen him sit still for that long since he started walking! He was so proud of his efforts, he did a brilliant job. I only had to help him sew the curve of the head and to close up the tail.

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As well as homework I’ve been working on my handmade wardrobe. We’ve finally booked our holiday and I’m hoping to have plenty of handmade clothes to take with me. My project list is full of beach cover ups and lightweight easy to pack items. First tick off the to-make list was a quick little upcycle. My t-shirt I love but have sadly shrunk out of (yup that’s right!) was too ridiculously big to wear anymore so thanks to pinterest and my fabric scissors I chopped the sleeves off, changed the neckline and plaited the back.

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Beach cover up done!

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Next on my list – Lace t-shirt
I popped into my local haberdashery and for some reason this coral lace just called out to me, honestly it made me buy it. Next thing you know I’m skipping out the shop with lace and neon binding. I mean it could only end well 🙂

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I already have an old lace t-shirt I bought a few years ago, its cheap but just the right size, so I used that to draught myself a pattern while Monster no2 took a rare nap.

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To finish it off I decided to trim the hemline following the lace pattern, for a cute scallop edge. I love the neon binding and the dropped hem at the back, its little touches like that I like the most on handmade clothes, that’s when you get to really put your personality across.

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My last project to show you for now is a fun little make up bag I made as a gift for a friend, I hope she likes it!

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A New Year gift from me to you

Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful Christmases and have lots of fun (crafty) plans ahead for 2013.

Sean, the monsters and I have a relaxed night with neighbours planned, then New Year’s Day I plan to stay in my pjs all day, playing games, eating, sewing and maybe a bit of online sales shopping too.

Now I know I didn’t get you anything for Christmas (sorry about that!) so I thought instead I’d give you a little gift for the new year. How about 13% off everything in my Etsy Shop, that includes custom orders. All you need to do is visit my shop as normal and at the checkout use the code NEWYEAR13. If you like something in my shop but would prefer it in a different print or colourway please contact me either on Etsy, here, twitter or Facebook and the order will still receive the discount.

The code will be valid until January 13th 2013.

Happy New Year!!

August Round Up

Morning, it is Saturday morning here, I’m laying on the sofa in my pjs while the monsters eat there breakfast writing this on iPad.

I like to catch up on my blog reads on a Sunday morning and today is no different, one of the first blogs that popped onto my screen was the lovely Lily’s Quilts. On the 1st of the month Lynne does a great link up post called Fresh Sewing Day, where she tells us all of the projects she has managed to finish for the month and allows readers to link up theirs too. Well I do like a link up it’s such a great way to find new, interesting blogs to read and hopefully make some new bloggy friends too! I also really like the idea of a monthly round up, I don’t know about you but I am a list writer, you can’t beat looking at a list of all the things you need to get done and it’s covered in ticks because you’ve managed to do it. I feel like Lynnes post is like a pretty list all covered in ticks and I like it!

Here is my ticked list, it’s not a long as I would have liked but we have been away and I’ve been busy getting Monster no1 ready for school Aarghhhhh!

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Hopefully Septembers list will have more ticks, I’ve got no excuse as I will only have Monster no2 at home once Monster no1 starts big school.

As its a round up blog I thought I would also bore you with my Photo A Day photos, as new projects go I was quite pleased, I really enjoyed it and only missed two days.

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I’ve enjoyed doing this so much I’m going to carry on with it, here’s Septembers list for any of you who feel the same.

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You can find all the rules (there aren’t that many), instructions and the list (I do love a list!) over on Fat Mum Slims blog, she’s the mastermind behind this fun photography project. The basics are, save the list somewhere, each day you take a photo about the word for that day then share it on Twitter/Flickr/Instagram or anywhere else you want to show it off. It’s a great little reminder of what you have been up to and I find it fun to do.

Busy. Busy. Busy.

I’ve had a good week this week make wise. Firstly (and the thing I’m most excited about) I posted my Handmade Gift Exchange gift to Claire over at Claireabellemakes. I posted it Friday lunch time and she was busy tweeting about it Sunday. After looking at Claires blog and following her on twitter I decided to embroider a line drawing of a camera for her to hang at home. I was so pleased she liked it as much as I enjoyed making it. Now I just can’t wait to receive my gift!

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I also had two birthday presents to make this week, one for my aunt and one for a family friend. Neither of them had asked for anything in particular and I try to make as many of my gifts as possible so I opted for making them zip pouches. I think these are great as you can use them to hold anything, from your iPod when you go to the gym (other personal music devices are available 😉 ) to a little embroidery project to chuck (or place carefully, it’s up to you) in your bag for when you are bored on the train. The other advantage to these is they are pretty easy and quick to make.

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As they are straight forward I thought it would be good as my first tutorial. I will add it to the site soon so keep an eye out over the next day or two.

As well as all my projects on the go this week we have been busy as a family this weekend. Saturday we all went to Monster no1s girlfriends house to celebrate her 4th birthday. Yup you did read that correctly I said girlfriend! I met her mum at anti-natal classes and we have been close friends ever since, and so have the kids, they are like a little old married couple and they are so funny to watch.

Sunday was Fathers day so we had a family picnic planned, this included our parents and my sister. The monsters were really excited and the dogs couldn’t wait to get to the park. Unfortunately Pluto was a little too keen and leapt out of the car boot when we arrived at the park. My car is big and for a little dog it’s a long way down. Pluto found this out the hard way, he managed to dislocate his knee 🙁 We took him to the vets and the decision was made to operate tomorrow. Fingers crossed it all goes well and he will be his normal self again soon.

On a brighter note, I have finally got my bum in gear and set up my Etsy shop. I have put a few bits up and I promise to add more on a regular basis so make sure you go have a look!

I think it’s about time for some sleep for me, so hope you all have a good week.