Archive for November, 2011

A while ago I designed some penguin  digital stamps for the Christmas issue of PaperCraft Inspirations, and the mag is published soon. Jenny, the editor, chose five of my designs and I said I’d make the other four available on my blog, so here they are!  Just click on the file names, and save them, then you can print them out and have fun with them!

penguin009        penguin001

2penguins   snowballpeng

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Edgar’s book

Gorgeous guy on the cover…

This is the fabric book I made Edgar for his 6 months birthday. I’d done a fabric scrapbook for ScrapBook Inspirations a few years ago, using some brilliant fabric sheets from Crafty Computer Papers that go through inkjet printers, and that gave me the idea. I thought Edgar might like a book that had pictures of himself and his family in.

I find the cotton fabric with an adhesive backing is the best, it goes through the printer more easily, and the adhesive backing is good for positioning the pictures for sewing them on to the backing fabric without them moving around.
Edgar loves bright colours so I tried to use a mix of plain and
patterned fabricsin cheerful primary colours, although I wanted to
       use fabrics from my stash – I knew if I let myself go in to a fabric
       shop to buy one or two extra bits it could get very expensive –        I’m terrible when faced with the temptation of any sort of craft
          I printed out photos of Edgar with each of the members of his close
          family, and some simple words, and I then created the pages with
          some extra fabrics, ribbons, ric rac etc. It was frustrating not to be
          able to use buttons, but I didn’t want to risk Edgar being able to
          pull them off. As it was, I made sure I stitched everything down
          really well using my machine. I used a lot of zig zag stitches,
          mainly in red thread, giving a good edge to the pictures.
It was fun trying to think of different ways to do each page. I tried
to give them some texture and add things for Edgar to play with like
ribbon loops, but I didn’t have enough time to try making pockets
or flaps to hide pictures – maybe  next time!  
The pages, put together, make a small book that Edgar can handle, but it was still a bit thick to sew together, and my sewing machine had to be coaxed. I bound the “spine ” of the book with fabric to neaten it, and made sure all the ends and edges were well finished off.   
Everything goes straight into Edgar’s mouth at the moment, so, although the fabric is supposed to be colourfast and washable I tested
a few scraps with some water – not by chewing it as some of the family expected! – and the colours didn’t run.  But I expect Ben and Tess will
supervise him with it until he’s old enough not to mangle it completely. 
I really enjoyed doing this – it’s been a while since I’ve done very much with my sewing machine other than things for the house, but I can see myself  making a few more things for Eggles before he’s very much older.   

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Eggles is 6 months old

There was a bit of a dinosaur theme, with hats and cups too

It’s a bit unusual to have a 6 months old birthday party, but as Ben and Tess aren’t having Edgar christened they thought his 6 months birthday would be a good excuse for a family get -together, so we’ve had a lovely party today at their flat. Four generations were there,  with his  two great-grandmothers , and the birthday boy was in great form. He didn’t seem to mind being the floor show – he’s nearly there with the crawling now – and was quite happy to be passed from person to person. His Mummmy and his Auntie Agata played Happy Birthday and his Daddy blew out the candle on the cake that I made. And, as you would expect, he liked the blue wrapping paper more than any of the pile of presents he was given!

He seems to like the book I made for him...

It’s lovely how a new baby unites the generations and brings such pleasure to everyone. And it was really good to have such a great get-together. Ben and Tess worked hard and gave us a lovely day.

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