Category Archives: Nature

Mud Kitchen!

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I finally finished making Poppy’s Mud Kitchen! It was 95% recycled, thrifted and salvaged! I spent a few quid on the little whisk and colander. The cooker is made from an old cupboard turned on it’s side, with a magnetic closure added inside the door. The top part is an old draw found in a skip. The pots and pans were donated by a kind person on a local freecycle group. Hopefully P will have loads of fun with it this summer. 🙂

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Long time no post!

It’s been a while since I last had a chance to update my blog, I hope to do so more often! I am still stitching away, making personalised items for my Etsy customers. I have recently added Birthday crowns to my shop, which can be made in your choice of colours and shapes. There is also the option of a crown with changeable Velcro numbers for each birthday!

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Spring is in the air here in the UK and my personalised play tents are proving popular! Now available with windows! Great for indoor and outdoor play.

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I hope to share more of the fun activities I get up to with my lovely daughter, we always have a project on the go! Some of our recent makes include this dinosaur terrarium in a Poundland cocktail bowl!

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At the moment we are making her a mud kitchen to play with in the garden this spring and summer. More photos coming soon. 🙂

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Autumn projects

It’s November already… this year is flying past. Poppy is 10 months old now and she’s just so sweet & funny. We went to look at the Autumn colour garden at the Botanic Garden this week.

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We celebrated Poppy’s first Halloween this week too. ^_^

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I’ve been stitching away and updating my Etsy shop as often as possible. Here are a few of the things I’ve been making this Autumn…

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In September I made two applique cushions featuring Totoro. ♥ One for Poppy’s room and one for my shop… safe to say it’s new owner baby Dex was pleased with it! ^_^

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I made some more of my wristband pincushions, this time in Liberty of London fabric with vintage buttons. There’s one left in my shop, and I will be making more (Japanese silk ones too) for the winter craft fairs I’m trading at and hopefully for my Etsy shop too.

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I’ve also been making some embellished zip purses which are in my shop now. ^_^

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Now I’m busy preparing for the Christmas craft fairs I’m trading at this year, but I’ll make sure I update my shop in good time for the Christmas post deadlines too! I’m making all sorts of things (with some *gorgeous* fabrics!) so I’ll be sure to share some photos here and on my facebook page of my work in progress. Baby Poppy keeps me busy so I’ll be sewing every chance I get! Gambate to all those preparing for craft shows this season!

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Hello Spring…

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… what a Winter it’s been!

My beautiful daughter Poppy is 5 months old already! She’s amazing and being a Mummy is really wonderful.

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Here she is in her adorable Totoro hat crocheted by her talented Grannie, in her snuggie wrap which I love carrying her in. ^_^ Maybe one day soon I will get round to writing a post about her amazing birth story and a little bit more about being a new mum. Poppy’s room (which I blogged about last year) was featured on the UK blog Here Comes Baby, it was lovely to see her room alongside all the beautiful nurseries featured on the blog!

Poppy has been keeping me busy, but as she’s getting older I am slowly but surely getting time to sew and make again. I thought it was time to share the things I’ve been working on.

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I’ve been making lots of Dolly Mixture Blythe doll dresses! I have a Dolly Mixture Facebook page now where I share my new dresses as soon as they’re available in my Dolly Mixture Etsy shop. ♥ I’ve been having lots of fun making them & I can work on them in the evenings while baby girl is sleeping as they are mostly hand stitched. Thanks to all my lovely customers for the sales & support! ^_^

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I’ve also added some of my handmade accessories to the Tokyo Textiles shop, including my Kewpie doll hair bows which were really popular at BlytheCon UK, and my kimono silk wristband pincushions. ♥

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We’ve been in our house for almost a year now and the garden has bought beautiful surprises each season, including this gorgeous pink blossom on the tree in front of the house. ^_^

That’s it from me, just enjoying mummy life and the occasional bit of spring sunshine here in the UK! Hope to have more handmade goodies to share soon. xx

Turning 30

Tomorrow is my 30th Birthday. ^_^ I can’t believe it’s been a year since I turned 29 in the Alice in Wonderland restaurant in Tokyo! No cocktails for me this year – I’m happy to share the news that Jutt & I are expecting a baby! Little one is due in December 2012.

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I’ve also just moved house for the second time this year. The new place is lovely, I’m still busy unpacking & making curtains! I think we’ll be very happy here. It’s a little Victorian terrace with a small garden, and I’ll have a sewing studio in a shed at the bottom of the garden. I will share some photos once I’ve set it all up!

This year I’ve also started teaching sewing classes. These are samples I made for my ‘Make a Tote Bag’ class. I’ve also taught a dressmaking workshop. It’s good fun!

I spent my 20s being as creative as possible! I got my Fine Art Degree, I taught myself to sew, I started & ran my own handmade businesses, I took on varied commissions, did craft shows and taught workshops. I travelled as much as possible and made an epic adventure to Tokyo last year! I also got engaged, and went to as many gigs, festivals & burlesque nights as possible… to quote this brilliant Offbeat Mama article, “When it’s time for my midlife crisis, it will not include pining over not attending enough loud parties or not having enough fun in my youth. I banged the fuck out of my youth.”

Bring on turning 30 and becoming a Mummy! I can’t wait. ^_^

Little Red Riding Hood

I’ve been sewing for the first time in a while. Inspired by this illustration, I made a Little Red Riding Hood outfit set for Blythe Dolls.

This set is available in my Etsy shop now!
This fairytale inspired dress set has been handmade with care especially for Blythe dolls using the most beautiful quality cotton fabrics and Japanese lace.

~ The Hood ~

Inspired by the tale of Red riding hood, this little red pointed hood is lined with red and white micro dot fabric, and trimmed with white cotton lace and red and white gingham. The hood ties with a red and white gingham bow under the chin. The hood has been especially designed for Blythe and has enough room to accommodate different hair styles underneath.

~ The Cape ~

This little cape has been made separately to the hood, so that Blythe’s hair can hang down her back. This little cape is made from red cotton fabric and lined with red and white micro dot fabric. The cape closes with a metal snap at the neck, and has a tiny red heart button at the closure.

~ The Dress ~

This sweet white cotton dress is trimmed with delicate Japanese white cotton lace in many different designs, inset and appliquéd on to the skirt. The dress has pintucks on the bodice and is decorated with tiny opaque beads. The dress closes with metal snaps at the back.

All items can be worn separately with other outfits.

Thanks for looking! Hopefully more sewing coming from me soon. ^_^

Snow Day

We have deep snow here in the UK today which means only one thing… Dolly photo time! ♥ ♥ ♥

I got this beautiful Totoro sweater in a trade with Nan. It’s absolutely amazing, teeny tiny stitches, and it even has miniature real button holes at the back. I love it! I have been holding out for a snow day to take pics. You can see more of her work in her Etsy shop Dressing Blythe. Hitomi is also rocking some Moof boots and a vintage Skipper tutu. ^_^

I thought I’d post some of my favourite Dolly Snow Photos from previous years too…

Awesome skull sweater from Liz/WoollyRockers,  vintage Skipper tutu & ice skates.

Elphaba in a super cute Bambina Carabina granny hat, Sugar Mag cape & Dolly Mixture dress.

EuroTrash Doll helmet & Poupée Mécanique dress.

Enjoy the snow! x