Ava’s very special *Bunny

I really do LOVE love LOVE this little Bunny. She was made as a custom order for a very special little girl. Her Mum and Dad haven’t yet met her and are making preparations for her arrival from India. I’m so touched with their story of the adoption of Ava. They’ve set up a dedicated email account filled with diary entries, photos and special events so that one day when she’s older she can see all the loving preparation and consideration put into her arrival.

They wanted a handmade bunny companion for Ava to treasure that would also embrace her heritage and remind her of how much she is loved.

The ears are lined with fabric with an “Indian” feel. I went to an Indian haberdashery in South Africa to source something special. There were so many fabrics  to choose from and so many helpers who offered their advice once they’d heard the story in finding the “perfect fabric” but when I saw this (which is actually a wide ribbon) I knew this was the one and went with my gut.

Ava’s *Bunny is also special in two other ways.  I adapted the pattern to make the foot and leg all in one rather than the foot and leg sections separately. The other is the addition of eyelashes! I had several attempts to get them just right – but I think they are gorgeous!

Ava, if you’re reading this (in years to come) – thank you very much for the inspiration to make something so incredibly special and I really do hope your bunny has been an exceptionally special companion for you.

Nina

 

Navy Teddy Bear

A soft toy which I really enjoy making is the little Teddy Bear. I was asked for a Teddy in a bright bold colour (like Red, Green or Blue) rather than the softer colours I used before. The bear would be going to a little boy.

I loved the Navy I found in the bottom of my yarn stash and decided to give it a go. Once he was started, I just knew that this was the perfect colour for this bear. 

I tried making a white nozzle, which I felt was too bright. I also made and tried a lighter blue, but in the end an “all Navy” bear seemed the best. 

I made a contrasting  removable bow tie (secured with a little blue button) and used a little red heart shaped button next to his tail.

I hope he will bring lots of love to the little boy he’s destined for.

Charlotte’s Bunny

I do love making soft toys. I find such pleasure in making them:  watching personalities appear and once the final stitch is made – the joy of seeing the completed toy come to life.

I made this *Bunny for baby Charlotte who recently found her way to this world and brought her parents so many wonderful smiles. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and can confirm that she is gorgeous. Quietly drinking in the world with big baby eyes. Long pink fingers curling around soft baby blankets and the gorgeous ‘new baby’ aromas wafting in the prams wake. Nothing compares to new babies. She has her mums eyes and ever so slightly her dads ears. Baby features change so often from mum to dad and then back again.  Luckily for Charlotte as she grows older either parents features would see her through as a beautiful girl.

I hope her *Bunny brings her plenty of imaginative escapes and a friend to hold onto through thick and thin.

Charlottes *Bunny was made with Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter 100% cotton yarn.

Getting organized…

I am known by friends and family as a bit ‘OCD’ when it comes to organizing things. It’s no surprise, combined with my love for anything creative (including stationery, stickers and doodles) that seeing all my fellow bloggers posts on ‘bullet journals’ recently I was intrigued.

After seeing all the Pinterest, Instagram, Blog & Facebook posts on the subject I went about researching this concept to see if this would be something for me. There are many many posts on the World Wide Web once you get started and all of them hugely informative. The most important message from the collection of information is ‘make it yours – there is no right or wrong’.

Besides that it appealed to me from a creative point of view, I also learnt that running a bullet journal would help me stay organized with minimal fuss and ALL IN ONE PLACE. No more sticky notes here, cluttered shelf with notebooks for ‘this and that’ there.

An added bonus I suppose is that one keeps track of goals and things you do  everyday and often don’t even think about (habits/hobbies, good/bad) painting a picture of your year/month/week making use of various ‘collections’ and  ‘trackers’ (see, I’m already learning the lingo😋) which SooOOooo appeals to this so called ‘OCD’ side. Finally I can have an accurate view of how much coffee I drink in a week and exactly how many projects are on my to do list.

I was hooked by the time I saw the third post with all the little doodles and tracker plans and tips (DROOL)…and then there’s the stickers and decoration (DOUBLE DROOL)

And so, here it is… I have started and have set out and prepared the first month for my very own Bullet Journal… investing in a little time to organize my world in one place. I can’t wait to get started 😁

Happy Days 🙂

Back from holiday catch up

Well folks, I’m back to the cold and have had a wonderful visit with my family! Leaving Cape Town at a glorious 34deg, arriving in London at a dismal 4deg, sure added unpleasant thoughts to my miserable state… but I’m here and keen to crack on 🙂

The 3 weeks went by fairly quickly in hind sight, yet despite this we fitted so much in!  A safari in the Pilanesburg National Park being the highlight of the trip, my husband and I also toured around the northern provinces of SA and of course spent  a lot of time in the beautiful Cape.

South Africa is a beautiful country and if you do go for a visit I’d be more than happy to offer you some recommendations of must see’s, who’s who and where’s where.

Whilst on holiday I started on a few purses with my mom. Mom too had purchased purse kits (makeup purse size as pictured in the one image) for us to make together. I’m quite keen to finish them off 😊

I gave away some purses to my friends and family so if you were thinking of purchasing any of these shown below, I’m afraid you’all have to wait a little while for me to make another 😊

  • Leandra’s purse:-
  • Angelique’s purse:– Thank you for all your support 😘
  • Sandy’s purse:-
  • Mandy’s purse:-
  • Majha’s purse:-

On my return from holiday the post man left behind a parcel collection slip. Whoo-hoo! my next blanket project. The beautiful pattern and yarn came as a gift set and all packaged in a beautiful bag to store the yarn in as I work. I’m so excited to get started on this too  😆.

Mystical lanterns - WIP

So many projects on the go.. I’ll be busy for quite a while yet :)🙂

Now to catch up on what I missed while I was out and oh yes – Happy Valentines Day! ❤️

Rika’s Rose *Bunny

I’m always amazed that despite using the pattern I wrote down for myself to reproduce another, every bunny I’ve made is completely different when compared to the one before. Then again, why shouldn’t they be different? They’ve all had different start dates; have been made with a different purpose; invariably all have different colouring and even different fabric patterns. Then there’s the personalities. I’m not sure everyone sees the human qualities I see in the soft toys, but perhaps it’s something to do with where I’ve placed the eyes, the ears or the nose… no matter how I try, I just cannot get an exact match to a previous toy. They all have a different ‘look’ about them, some more cheeky than others. I shouldn’t really fret about it though,  that’s what makes handmade things ‘unique’, ‘individual, ‘special’.

My aunt Rika loved the bunnies I’ve been making and wanted a bunny the same as the first bunny I’d made (see the bunny pictured on top of the Soft Toys page).  As luck would have it I’d run out of the pink yarn I used before and that specific pink had been discontinued so I’ve had to try a same brand, different pink for the nose and toe pads. The pink is a deep Rose colour, and would not have worked with the the soft pink and blue fabric of the first. I chose the pink fabric with deeper pink tones to it which I felt worked well with the deeper pink nose. I will no doubt experiment with pink yarns but, with my departure date to visit family I had to go with what I had.

Since the first *Bunny, I have too, gained a proper ‘pompom maker’ – a free gift with a crafty magazine I was given over the time I was off with my foot op.  Four plastic half circle shapes that fit together. The yarn is wound around the shapes, snips made along the center, yarn tied around the middle and voila, a super fluffy ball is born which for some reason, beats my hand made card board pompom maker hands down on fluffy appeal! ☺️

How do you like her? Can you spot the differences?

Pink Rose *Coin Purse

Ever have an idea and just have to let it roll even if you’re not entirely sure it’ll work out as it starts to take on its own design? Well I can categorically say this is one of those times. The outcome, not entirely as I saw it in my mind at the first planning stages has, thankfully, turned out not too shabby and I’m pretty pleased with it.

Considering the time spent on it I’m sure this one has tested me the most (and I’ve not yet shared with you all the purses I’ve made). Especially when self doubt creeps in. Usually this happens after spending hours on making that ‘one green leaf’ that just doesn’t seem to want to be a green leaf and the endless frogging and unpicking, restitching and re-crocheting. That’s the point when you start to wonder… are the colours what you’d planned?  Not quite. Do the roses need more colour? Maybe. Start over? Erm…

I’ve found that once you start on something it’s difficult to stop though. Your plan adjusts (sometimes derails completely)  but that’s when the ‘I’ve come this far, let’s see what happens if I did this instead of throwing away the hours spent on it already?’ starts. And so, the design drifts into its own and before you know it, the purse is complete. As it turned out, not quite as planned (hugely disappointing to the OCD side of me) but pretty awesome nonetheless.

Sometimes, I suppose, you just have to let plans slide and go with the flow.

Pink Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse

The first Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse was such a success and such a pretty little thing, I couldn’t resist – I had to make another. I’ve made a second and with it have also learnt a photography trick  😉

See if you can spot the difference 😋

Finished purses measure approx 4 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

Blue *Giraffe

Wishing all my blog readers a Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve all had a magical day filled with love and laughter! 

I’ve been so excited to share with you the handmade creations that has kept me busy over the last month, so please  forgive me if it seems the upcoming posts appear ‘behind the times’,  I have been saving these for ‘post Christmas reveals’ to avoid ruining Christmas gift surprises. Who better to start off with than Blue *Giraffe – (aka Hugo) whom you saw WIP posts for but not the finished article.

Blue *giraffe was especially made for and requested by a loving Grandmother for her new grandson, Hugo. On the 26th November 2016 (a month ago today) this little fellow, finally finished, began his epic journey travelling to half way across the world from Guernsey to Australia. With the wonders of technology these days I was able to track his journey from my local post office, via the U.K. Postal Airport with the sporty ‘passed customs’; ‘loading on gate 4’; ‘enroute to Australia’ notifications… I imagined him sat in first class sipping on some blueberry champagne, on the lookout through the windows for his new home…

He landed up with the cutest expression (don’t you think?) a sporty buzz cut and a cheeky medley of fabric star patches. I think he will melt anyone’s heart. He has a heart with ‘Hugo’ embroidered (by me) and little tiny star buttons sewn on. This blue *Giraffe  is going to be a fantastic companion to Hugo and with a little luck, the best imaginary friend he will have. I wish him all the best and much love in his adventures with Hugo and hope he brings many a cuddle, laughter and plenty a shoulder to cry on for the new baby boy. ❤️

Little Harvey *Bunny

I’m very pleased to introduce you to Little Harvey *Bunny. The little fellow was a custom order and is going to a special baby boy.

 I must admit (showing my age), I did not know who the famous ‘Harvey the Bunny’ was! At first I Google-searched images to understand what I was being commissioned to do and I was faced with some pretty scary looking bunnies indeed… I knew that couldn’t be right! Speaking with J, he went on to tell me there is no such thing as a ‘Harvey bunny’ and after some confusion on my part, he eventually told me the background story:-  “Harvey” a 1950 comedy -drama is now on my “must see” list and is about a man and an imagenary rabbit. 

This real Harvey has been made with the softest white yarn, with blue accents of a blue bow tie and a hand sewn “baby boy” fabric ear lining. He has a heart embroidered with his name  on and little blue stars.

I’ll be posting updates on my Christmas orders as soon as I am able to – watch this space 🙂