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The Half Pinafore - A Free Pattern...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas is only nine days away you guys. Eeep!

If you're like me and have left your gift making to the last minute, I've made a little gift for you that will hopefully help you out. It's a free half pinafore pattern; I like to call her Pinny for short (or you may want to call her an apron... whatever floats your boat).

These are super quick to make up and make a sweet and lovely gift for your gardening, baking and crafty friends and family as well as for those who do the washing up - David in a floral half pinny doing the dishes? The gift that keeps on giving...

Plus, they're a great stash buster for all of those pretty remnants of quilting cotton you have laying around.

I like having multiple half pinny's around too, I wear one in the garden to stash away my gloves that I'm forever loosing, and have been wearing one in the kitchen lately while experimenting with ginger bread.

However, as I mentioned above, Christmas is only nine days away, so although these are really quick to make, if you still don't have time to whip one or two up, why not print out the pattern, raid your stash and give it as a little kit to your best crafty friends?

The instructions come with full diagrams and detailed descriptions of each step, just like my regular patterns, and I've provided the pattern itself in a standard A4/letter print-at-home format as well as an A1 print shop version if you wanted to gift the pattern as a kit.

So, do you think you'll be making one or two as gifts? Or even just for yourself? I'd love to see them if you do :)

Speaking of experiments in the kitchen, as you can see in the photo above on the left, our rhubarb is growing like a weed at the moment (and that's only one of the spots it's currently growing!) - do you have any yummy rhubarb recipes that you might care to share? I'd love to hear them!!

Talk soon,

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Your Felicity Dresses...

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Hello, hello...

Today I wanted to share some of the lovely Felicity Dresses I've seen around the blogoshere since releasing the pattern. Before I get into it though, I wanted to let you all know that my dear friend Caitlan (who runs Indie Stitches) is now stocking my pdf patterns as well as the paper Bronte Top pattern! Caitlan is in Australia and has some gorgeous indie patterns in her store and come early next year, she'll be stocking a beautiful selection of fabrics as well. I've been lucky enough to have been given a sneaky peek and there are at least four I want straight off the bat.

I'll be adding more suppliers next year and will keep you updated as my little list grows so that you know when one pops up that is close to you. On that note, if there is somewhere in your area that you would like to stock my patterns, please let me know so I can get in touch with them in the new year :)

Anyway, let's ooh and ahh over some beautiful Felicity's shall we?

I'll be back this week with a free pattern for ya'll! Just in case you've left holiday gift making to the last minute, this may help you out :)

Talk soon,

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's December and the weather has been glorious. Hot and sunny most days with a few cool, wet ones (perfect for floral-sock-wearing) to water the garden and keep those salad greens coming. They've exploded over the past few days and I think we'll be eating salad morning, noon and night in the coming months. We did plant quite a lot of them...

And Christmas is only a few short weeks away now. Oscar's first Christmas.

He more than likely won't remember it this year, but along with a few small bits and pieces, we've bought him the loveliest book. I found it when I was about 8 months pregnant and thought it was so pretty - both the story and the illustrations. Now, Oscar is spoilt for choice when it comes to books in this house - he has all of David's old childhood books, as well as new books given as gifts when he was born (and then there's David's current collection of books, but that's for another day. She gets fabric, He gets books...), but I've kept thinking about this book ever since I saw it and knew that we'd have to get it for him. It's called The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton.

The Dawn Chorus for our little dawn chorus. Perfect.

We've continued offering Oscar solid foods since my last little update and he's officially all for the strawberries. They are his absolute favourite at the moment. He's my little strawberry baby - and he smells so good after he's eaten one. A mixture of happy baby and strawberry... I do wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I was in my first trimester this time last year and that all I could stomach eating was strawberries and stone fruit (peaches, nectarines and apricots - lucky it was the right season for them!!). I could eat A LOT of strawberries in one sitting, but I did try to put some kind of limit on them, lest I turn into a strawberry...

And yesterday afternoon, Oscar rolled over from his back to his tummy three times - which is no minor accomplishment for someone who doesn't particularly like tummy time. He mastered rolling from his tummy to his back early on (and has perfected it over the last couple of weeks, making tummy time almost non-existent now) but to roll from his favourite comfy back position to his tummy was something we weren't sure would happen any time soon. He would lay on his side to get a better look at something, but was more than happy to leave it at that. So, we're pretty excited.

And I've been sewing!! I only really get moments here and there, but it's been lovely. I'm really excited to show you some of the new things I've been working on, hopefully in the new year. Or maybe sooner if I get too excited... you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be sharing sneaky peeks here.

Talk soon,

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