Thursday, March 20, 2008

New dress

Finally... It's washed, and Maja's not been allowed to wear it until I was ready to take a photo. I made this dress a couple of weeks ago, but before I'd gotten my camera out, Maja had gone and got the dress dirty... that's 5 year olds for you...

Aaanyway... I found this tutorial for making a toddlers dress from an old shirt, and I thought this was such a brilliant idea that I wanted to try it out myself. And since I had just made a dress/pinafore for Susie, I figured I'd try and make this for Maja. I just got a bigger shirt to make it fit my 5 year old (instead of a toddler). It was really fun to make, and quite easy too.
It's not easy to get her to behave when there is a camera around....

The front of the shirt makes the back of the dress... brilliant solution... I didn't have to sew a single button hole...

I used the sleeves of the shirt to make a pair of trousers to go with the dress.

The best thing is that when I went to pay for this shirt (which I bought in a secon hand/charity shop in town) they told me they had "buy one, get one free" on all gent's clothes that day, so I got two shirts for the price of one... which was virtually nothing... hehe, I love a good deal. I've already started making a dress of the other one as well. I'll show you when it's finished.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mystery solved

Ok, so here it is... the "answer" to the mystery:

Now, what will I make out of it?? I guess I could make some more of these blocks and make a quilt... maybe...

Talking about quilts, why don't you head over to this blog for a quilt giveaway!! Yes, it's true... she's giving away a quilt. All you have to do is leave a comment on her post. But you have to hurry though, cos you only have until Thursday 20th March...

Monday, March 17, 2008

ATC from Australia

It's been a while since I traded any ATCs, but I got a comment the other day from Linda in Australia, asking me if I wanted to trade. Of course I would. And today this came through my door:
A lovely purple fabric ATC with a purple feather on it... Great!

This is what she chose to get in return from me. Hope she gets it soon.
This one is a collage called "Mosaic". I've used water colours, stamps and ink and tape transfer. I've had this one for a long time, so it was good that it finally found a new home.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mystery quilt

I've never sewn a mystery quilt before, so when one of the girls over at "Norsk Quiltegruppe" posted one yesterday, I couldn't resist trying this out. For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, I'll try to explain. When you do a mystery quilt, you don't know what you're making until the very end. You are given instructions to only a small part of the project at the time and when you have finished this, you get the next part. Did this make sense??

Anyway... This is what I've got after part 4 of this mystery: I don't know what this is going to look like in the end yet, but there is only one more part to this mystery, so I'm almost there... Well... I'm curious to find out what this will be, so I'll head over to Norsk Quiltegruppe now and print the last part of this...

I'll keep you updated!

Friday, March 14, 2008


I was thinking about finding Maja's old poncho and see if it would fit Susie. It will soon be spring (we could always hope...) and a poncho is such a great piece of clothing for those days that are not quite warm enough for just a jumper. Maja was soooo cute when she was toddling about in this... It should be in the loft somewhere... hope I can find it.
As soon as Maja heard about my plan of giving her old poncho to Sus, she wanted one as well... of course... Sooo, I jumped at the chance to do some crocheting. I found some cotton yarn in a bargain basket at the yarn shop... I hope cotton will work ok for this... This is how far I came last night. Maja was VERY pleased with the colours. She is helping me decide in what order to crochet them. This will also be a good project to bring when I go away on easter holiday... Can't wait till we are at my parent's cabin in the Norwegian mountains...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nothing much...

In lack of anything else to show you, I'll show you a pic of my newest Ballband dishcloth. I enjoy using the other two so much that I wanted more. They work a treat! And they look fab compared to tired old "normal" dish cloths. I used variegated blue/green cotton and plain white cotton on this one. I've got some variegated cotton in yellow as well, so I might make even more of these cloths.

I've also made some pin cushions lately. These were actually made a few weeks back, but I forgot to show you them.... Most of the other pin cushions like this (that I've seen) have a button in the centre. I didn't want mine to look like everyone elses so this yellow one has a ring of beads added to the centre instead. I used Perle Coton to tie it.
The blue one is a bit bigger than the other two, and I've just used the Perle Coton thread to make a circle in the centre. The little red/orange one only has a few knots in the centre.

I'm not sure what I will do with all these pin cushions... don't think I need that many myself...

Monday, March 10, 2008


I'm trying to upload some photos, but Blogger won't let me... Will see if I can do it later on, or else I'll try again tomorrow... Until then...

Sunday, March 02, 2008

A pinafore for Susie

I bought a lovely pear fabric at a secon hand shop the other day. I suspect it is vintage, but I can't be sure (how can you really tell??). I like it anyway. The big question was what will I make out of it? I decided on making a cute pinafore for Susie. It was a huuuge piece of fabric, so this little pinafore only dented one corner... so I got plenty left.... hehe... what will I make next?

Ok, so here it is;
It's a bit hard to get Sus to stand still long enough for me to take her photo, but I managed to trap her between the telly and the curtain...

The pinafore crosses over at the back.

Since little monkeys gets easily dirty, I made the pinafore reversible. I paired my pear fabric (!) with this floral fabric.

The shoulder straps just ties on the shoulders (I love this pic by the way). Easy peasy...

And the best thing is; Susie seems to like it. She would stand completely still when I was trying it on to get the pattern to fit her. And she will also stand still long enough for me to tie the straps on her shoulders... she doesn't usually have time for standing still that long.

Now I will have to make something for Maja as well. She's asking for a pinafore like Susie's, but I can't be bothered altering the pattern to fit a 5 year old... I've got something else in mind... stay tuned...

Edit: Woops... I forgot to say that I used this tutorial as a starting point for my pinafore. I've altered the pattern ever so slightly to make it my own though.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Happy happy joy joy!!!!

Late last night, I got an email telling me I'd sold something on Etsy! I'm sooooo excited... I've had my first sale!! Yoohooo... This is what I sold; the green reversible shoulderbag.

It is now in the post... on it's way to Norway... to a gal named... wait for it... Tonje! How cool is that...!? To Tonje....from Tonje! I hope she enjoys it!