25 June, 2020

Sew Quirky Cushions

In an effort to finish long overdue projects, I turned our applique projects into cushions. 

These fun designs are from a designer called: Sew Quirky. Joe & I undertook a class with her a couple of years ago on my birthday and Joe loved the class so much but we never really had a chance to finish them at home as life just got in the way.   
My project was the panda but this adorable doggie was Joe's. Didn't he do an awesome job! He was only 8 when he did it!

I had to wrestle with pins & pompoms for a bit but I got there, also, it's kind of fun to wrestle with pompoms! 

I absolutely love the fabric on the back but I couldn't find the exact match to share with you but this one is from the same collection and just as awesome. 

Pompom trim is everything and you can get some here, here or here.
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11 June, 2020

Two little pixies

Little knitted pixies by CraftyRie.
I knitted these little pixies for the kids.

I had planned on making lots but for me, the pattern just sucked. I struggled through it, knitting only two (one for each of my children) and then tossed the pattern.
Now, I don't know about you but I like a well layed out knitting pattern. To me, this pattern had too much 'white space' within the pattern and the graph/chart wasn't complete, you had to refer to the line in the graph/chart then turn the page to the instructions to find out how many rows you needed to do of it. I like graphs/charts that tell you exactly what to do without having to refer to the instructions for further details otherwise, why do you have the chart?
How do you like your knitting patterns (with graph/charts) to be layed out & written? Do you have a favourite pattern or a prefer a designer just because they layout their patterns & graphs/charts wonderfully, care to share which ones in the comments as I'd love to know.
Little knitted pixies by CraftyRie.

Anyway, the kids loved them, they play with them and that's all the really matters.

Pattern is this one.
The stunning yarn was this and it's seriously gorgeous!
You can get the wooden peg dolls from here or here.

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Little knitted pixies by CraftyRie.

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01 June, 2020

Caterpillar Butterfly soft toy

Yesterday was the last day of our self isolation (after 2 months of iso), so I took the opportunity to make one last thing with/for the kids before they headed back to school. I printed out a pattern that I'd had for a while (& not used) and hit out fabric stash to make these cute butterfly/caterpillar toys.

They start as a caterpillar and then you can turn them inside to reveal the butterfly then back again to the caterpillar & so on.

We didn't use the fabric type recommended as it's not something that I normally have in my stash. I actually cut up an old pair of jeans to use for my caterpillar!
Do you think they're cute?
Also, didn't Joe do an excellent job on his (the blue butterfly), I did the sewing machine bit but he did everything else.
Whilst it is super cute and the kids love it, gosh, the pattern was frustrating.
The pattern pieces were easy to cut out BUT the designer had skipped the most common thing when it comes to patterns. For example, they did not add "cut 2" etc to each pattern piece. It was so frustrating, I don't know about you but I tend to refer to that actual pattern pieces when cutting (like with clothing or bags) but I had to keep going back to the actual written pattern to find out how many I needed to cut for each piece.
It would also have been helpful to find have a note on what other fabrics were recommended too.  And when it came to joining it all together (inserting the caterpillar to the butterfly) the designer relied on a photo with a vague description on what to do. Luckily, I have sewn many bags & pouches and know how to do this in a breeze but my son struggled with this part.
Pattern is this one. You can quilt whatever design you want onto the wings, I just went with simple. I also just used a piece of batting on the inside to give the wings some structure.


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26 May, 2020

A crochet basket

Tshirt Yarn Bowl by CraftyRie
I've been having fun experimenting with crafty stuff whilst I supervise the kids at home and this tshirt yarn bowl is my first of three experiments.
I used a bamboo basket base, tshirt yarn and just sat and played around with it until I got something that I liked.
Tshirt Yarn Bowl by CraftyRie
I like the result, do you?
I think I need to go back and add an extra row of stitches to the base to cover up the holes but besides that, as a first attempt I'm happy!

Now on to the second base, which is bigger!
Tshirt Yarn bowl by CraftyRie
Have you ever used tshirt yarn before? It was a first for me and I'm liking it. I'll end up having some yarn left over, so I'll be testing it out to see what I can make with that too.

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30 April, 2020

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I confess, I'm tired.
I'm fed up.
I'm mentally drained.
Yes, this Covid-19 lockdown/self isolation is really hard and it's extra hard if you're at home with kids.
Now, Mother's Day is approaching and normally that would mean I would receive a handmade item from one of my kids that they made in school ...but they won't be at school for Mother's Day this year because we're "schooling from home" ......so this blog is here for everyone to tag their loved ones in for those big "Hint, Hint, Hint" reminders that they'll need because we all deserve to receive an treat this upcoming Mother's Day.

In no particular order, I'm going to list some really cool ideas that you may like receive or maybe even buy for yourself or your own Mum this Mother's Day.










Or you can check out the Mother's Day Gift Guide on Etsy here..
Which one is your favourite?

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15 April, 2020

Coping with self isolation & social distancing due to Covid-19

Hey there!  How are you?  How is your self isolating going?
I'm at home with two primary school age kids and my husband, who has taken over the kitchen table to work.  Life is umm... unusual, weird, hectic, annoying, frantic, slow, messy, chaotic but we're home & we're safe.

I thought I'd share some fun ideas that you can do at home, I've been using my printer to keep us all occupied and have found some great links for you & your family too.

If you have younger kids, then you might like these:


If you have older kids, then these printable might be fun for them:

My Body by GrammasLittleShop - this is so neat, you print out the pdf, 
then you cut out all the individual body organs then assemble then!

For little kids, big kids and grownups:

Flying Squirrel Paper Puppet from ArtistInLaLaLand, it was so incredibly hard to choose only one to show you as they have a shop full of awesome stuff!

Rhino mask from LPobjects and other gorgeous 3d diy pdf projects including a unicorn, bears & koala just to name a few.

Cute puppets from Aniushop like this Poppycat DIY puppet

For you:

Take the time to write up some of your favourite recipes up onto cards for either yourself, your children, neighbours or penpals using this personalised template from TheLittleBride.

Write your loved ones or penpals some letters to cheer them up in this time of self isolation using either this gorgeous print from BreezyColorsDesign.

Now that you've done something for everyone else, why not take some time to do something for you.
Here's some suggestions on some patterns to print & create something for you:

this is actually already printed & sitting next to my sewing machine already!

I've got this one printed too, just waiting for the kids to be fully distracted before I start it!

yes, I know it's months until Christmas but this year, we've been given this opportunity to be really organised!

#standwithsmall

Ok, that's my suggestions for this week, do you have any printable/pdf suggestions that you'd care to share as well?
Covid-19 really sucks doesn't it.
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29 March, 2020

Crochet Rainbow Love

  A fun, easy to make crochet rainbow to hang in your window to cheer everyone up!
Oh, how I love this crochet rainbow that I just made.
Would you believe that it took under 30 minutes to make!
It took longer to choose the yarn than it did to hook up!
A fun, easy to make crochet rainbow to hang in your window to cheer everyone up!
The pattern is this one. Grab the pattern, it's easy and the results are super stunning,
Yarn is this yarn from my stash, I love the abundance of colours.
A fun, easy to make crochet rainbow to hang in your window to cheer everyone up!
I hung this rainbow up onto my kitchen window as I seem to spend the majority of my day there washing dishes, cooking, meal prep etc.

Next up it a rainbow for each of the kids then I might make a few to scatter around the front of my house to make the neighbours smile.
A fun, easy to make crochet rainbow to hang in your window to cheer everyone up!

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25 March, 2020

Photo Wall

Ok, you seriously need to see the new print that we just popped up on our bedroom wall.
The gorgeous print is from PhotoWall.
We were originally going to put a mural up on the wall but we (as a couple) struggled to agree on something together and also, our bed is weird! As you can tell from the photos, we have a purple ribbed bed, so a lot of stuff that we liked would have required a new bed but we like our bed and I love how the colours in this artwork complement the bed!

I thought I'd also share some of the other designs that I loved, like this greyish mural, the birds & branches would have looked great coming down from the ceiling.
We also loved this crisp clear twig mural, the bright white background and the branch/twig was really look lovely.
We ended up choosing this gorgeous print, it's called Golden Riptide.
We first thought it would make a fab mural over the entire wall but after staring at our bedroom wall for a bit, we decided it would look best as a print. I jumped straight onto the computer with the dimensions in hand and ordered the canvas print of it straight away.
Oh and before I forget, I also need to share with you the other design that really, really, really, really, really, really loved. It was this gorgeous bird one but hubs said no. He wouldn't budge, even though I practically begged him but that's ok as I'm super happy with the artwork that we chose together.

Now, I have a special deal for you. you can get 25% off from the PhotoWall website using the code: craftyrie2021  

Also, I have to tell you that I ordered it & received it four days!  That was super fast! I think it took longer to choose just one print than it did to receive it!

Yes, my bed is purple, hubby made it about 20+ years ago and he actually let me paint it purple!
Yes, I have a ton of books on my bedside table but it's actually less than half of what it normally is cos I knocked it over whilst putting the picture up!
Yes, I made those cushions .. you can check out how easy there were to make in this old blog post.
Yes, I made the granny square blanket, in fact it's about 30 years old!
Yes, the crappy flower artwork on either side of the really nice artwork is made by amateurs (ie me 7 hubs)!

06 March, 2020

New shorts for Joe

Sharing the lastest make, a new pair of shorts for Joe.
Quick to cut, to sew but I can't recommend the pattern as the designer no longer is in business!
So anyway, here he is, my cutie in his new (long) shorts:
Hot tip: I make long shorts rather than trousers as they last for years as he grows, they just get shorter shorts whereas if you sewed trousers then they look funny when he's had a growth spurt!

Fabric is from stash.
Pattern is no longer for sale.
Ha!  Can't really help you out if you like either the pattern or the fabric but hey, life goes on!

   
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05 March, 2020

Unisex Kids Romper

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I just finished sewing this very cute and super easy to make romper.
I totally admit to 'testing' it on the smaller size in older fabric from my stash for Delaney before cutting & sewing one for Joe!
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I wanted to see how easy it was to sew and then to see how it fits.
It was super easy to cut, only three pattern pieces, easier to sew and gosh, it fits really well.

So yep, I'm now off to find some fabric for Joe so he can have one too.
Pattern is this one.

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