Monthly Archives: November 2012

Painting Tip

A tiny little post…

Today has been about errands, bills, playing schools, babies and painting!

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I thought I’d share a little painting tip with you:

Instead of scrapping your excess paint on the tin side (which then makes it hard to close the lid) place an elastic band on the tin and use this.

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Have fun with your painting projects.

Right we’re off to the shops!

♡ naomi

It’s a Party Celebration

52 Create is a month old today!

How time has flown by. Thank you to all my lovely readers. It has been such fun sharing all my projects.

In honour of the anniversary I thought I’d share photos of a party we recently had chez nous.

There is a little someone with a bit of a Hello Kitty infatuation. She can hunt out a Hello Kitty from a mile away, no joke. I have no idea how this love affair started. She doesn’t watch it, we have little contact with Hello Kitty but somehow the clever branding has entranced my daughter’s psyche.

So to delight and captivate her for one day we went Hello Kitty crazy.

Here’s the evidence:

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I decorated a lampshade a la Hello Kitty.

We had pin the bow on Kitty and of course she had to take cupcakes to her childminders the next day.

Breakfast table:

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For her 1st birthday my maman made her a dress. Last year I made her a 1960s style red dress. Think Kennedy children:

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This year I added, you guessed it, Hello Kitty to a dress pattern.

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I will make her dresses each year until the lures of Topshop win her over.

I keep each one pressed in tissue paper once she has out grown it. If one day she has her own daughter they may get more wear and gather more memories.

Final photos of our window display:

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Phew. That’s a lot of photos.

♥ Thank you again for checking into my posts ♥

Hopefully soon I will post a knitting project…

♡ naomi

Tie T-shirts

I’m on a sewing frenzy to finish all my sewing before next week. I want all the gifts stitched and wrapped. Phew. A lot still to go.

Here is a very short and quick post to show you the latest t-shirts.

I originally tried making ties from fabric but it was fiddly and looked like a throw back from the 90s and not in any good way. No geek chic here. Probably bad colour choice coupled with bad shaping. Either way enough for me to not want to look at it for a good few weeks.

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After a lot of huffing and leaving it to one side I couldn’t procrastinate any longer.

Felt. My saviour has been felt this year.
So these new ties were crafted with lovely marly, thick felt. Delicious. 

Here they are. I have only sewn them to the t-shirt at the’ knot’ so that when they run and play the tie shall flap and wave, as true gentleman ties should.

Rightio, I’m off to bed. Enjoy this photo and buy yourselves some felt. The possibilities are endless!

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♡ naomi

Sewing Project: Dolly Nappies

My daughter LOVES her dolls. She plays with them every single day without fail.

As she has watched me on the sewing machine to my delight she is now putting in orders and has a belief that I can create anything. I love her confidence in my sewing abilities!

She has asked for nappies for the dolls and as I have some old toweling fabric I thought this would be manageable (and a perfect cost effective Christmas present).

I wanted to make nappies for my minou’s most played with dolls. Let me introduce Shella and Lilly Belle:

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Try pattern on dollies as you go…

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Behind the scenes:

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As you can see it can take a while to create the perfect pattern and even then I had to make some alterations as I went.

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As the fabric was very fray’able’ I had to sew two pieces together and turn inside out. I sewed a sweet heart on the front. Each of the hearts look a little different as I was using up the felt scraps.

I sewed a little Velcro inside the nappies for a little ‘wee’ to be added and taken off when the nappies are changed!

I also made a few wipes with the scraps left over.

Here are the finished nappies, wipes and wee!:

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When I get a computer I will try to make some pdf patterns so that you can simply download them and stitch away! I still have to work out how to do this…

Let me know if you have any questions about the construction.

I am now seriously more excited than my daughter about Christmas! I just can’t wait to see her play with these.

I have had several people ask when I have the time to sew etc. Unfortunately, its just not possible to concentrate with my minou around so I make my projects in the evenings. However, I then get caught into wanting to finish it so I end up going to bed very late! Good job I’m a night owl.

Happy weekend
♡ naomi

Advent Calendar

I loved advent calendars as a child. Waking each morning to open a little door to a tiny piece of chocolate and guessing the hidden picture.

My minou doesn’t eat much chocolate yet so I wanted to make a variation on the advent countdown.

On our days together its nice to have a planned activity for the day. I thought it would be good to combine some tasty treats with fun mama and minou activities.

Recently I accidentally left out two stocking fillers which she has seen and not forgotten even though a few weeks have gone by so I will also incorporate them as I don’t want tricky Santa questions just yet!

Here is her advent selection
→ paint a Christmas canvas picture
→ have fun with sparklers outside before bed
→ have a hot chocolate, biscuit and watch a little programme before bed
→ playmobil toy
→ Dr Seuss book~ the grinch that stole Christmas
→ Hello Kitty lego
→ write a letter to Santa
→ go to a cafe for a smoothie
→ make cinnamon ornaments for our tree
→ see the London Christmas lights on a double decker bus
→ make orange clove decorations
→ make sparkley decorations
→ Hello Kitty number book
→ decorate a gingerbread house
→ make a pinecone elf
→ watch Tinkerbell at the cinema
→ have a winter picnic
→ have an afternoon of playdoh fun
→ make thank you cards
→ some chocolate treats
→ set out Santa and the reindeer’s treats

I literally scoured my home for boxes and containers. Yes I admit I have slight squirrel tendencies so it wasn’t too hard to find 24 homes for treats and trinkets.

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I set about decorating and spray painting my containers until they were a pretty collection.

I had a small nightmare with the spray paint. Firstly, I accidentally bought gold glitter spray which went nowhere near covering the tins.Secondly, once I had the correct spray it only gave mediocre coverage and wiped off once dry!

Equally the glitter was tricky. Initially I wanted to coat the insides of the jars and containers so there was no chance of leaving glitter trails every day. I watered down the glue slightly so it would swish around. No good. Too runny. Anyway to cut a long story short and to save you the experimental time add glitter to glue and just paint it on or you can paint the glue on and sprinkle with glitter but this method does drop glitter a little.

These will nestle in a wicker basket under the tree ready for little hands to discover.

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Next year I think I will stick to just two colours and two different wrapping papers for a more uniform look.

Happy Christmas planning
naomi ♡