Saturday, June 29, 2013

stitching new houses

More stitching of the house variety.  I decided to make a change of address card to hand out to the few people, nearest and dearest, etc who might wish to know where we are going.  After an extensive search on pinterest and a collection of a few ideas from there, I found a plan of our new house, and decided to use that nice simple image as my picture, and I did a very simple stitching of it on an old linen doily.  Not sure what to do with the rest of it, but i'm sure something will come to me.  An address would probably help.
And then I was looking at Tiny Happys blog and she had made a sweet birthday card for her son with paintings of all the houses they had lived in since he was born, and I marvelled at the collective unconciousness of it all, if we can count two people as collective, which I am happy to do.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


My dearest beloved friend in Australia asked me to make an embroidery for her to put on the back of a coat.  I had done a t-shirt for her for her 40th birthday which she had put on the back of another jacket and she decided it was time for another one.  Given no design brief but for a photo of said jacket, I had a bit of trouble deciding where to go.  We have known each other for many years, and from age eleven and for a few years, we dressed similar like, but life dragged us in different directions, physically and style wise, so I had to just bite the bullet and go with whatever my brain came up with.  These things take on a life of their own after a while. Here are some pictures.
 This was designed around a paper-cut/ doily idea, some black fabric paint and stitching and some waves.  I like it but am undecided as to what she will think.
 It is a picture of my house and her house on different sides of the Tasman Sea.  She has recently started to learn to surf, so there is a picture of her with surf board amongst some waves, some clouds and some manuka flowers.

 My new addiction to pinterest was very helpful, although the inspiration search takes up more time than the actual doing.

Friday, June 21, 2013

painting shoes

We have just had older childs 14th birthday, so her little sister bought some white sneakers and decorated them.  And she also painted some for herself, below.

 I love the little clouds.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

$2 shop doll

a friend at work asked me to make some clothes for a little doll that she had bought at the $2 shop.  She was a little ceramic doll.  I made a little fur coat and a little red tunic dress, in this cute fabric with pandas on it.  On another note, we have bought a house and hope to move in about 3 weeks time.  I hate moving, but will be nice to have our own place, we have been renting for about six months and is getting a little cramped.
 I would love a coat like this, looks nice and warm, which today would be good.  It has got a mite chilly in NZ this week.
 I'm not sure what she thought about the outfits, but I hope she liked them.
I would also love a dress like this, at this scale of fabric design.  This came from a piece of fabric I bought at the op-shop in Hackney, London about 15 years ago.  It is so pretty that i find it impossible to do anything with it, but store it away.