Monthly Archives: June 2012

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I’m so sorry to have been ever so quiet on the blogging front recently, but to say I’ve been a busy bee is an understatement.  I’ve been sewing sewing sewing and more sewing and not had time for much else, but look at what I made!  I’m so pleased with these little things.  The little chap is called Jacques.  He’s part French Sailor, part Gondalier and part Matador.  He really is adorable, and a bit BIGGER than I intended – he’s about 2 feet tall and very cuddly and fun.  He has a hairy little chest, a flabby little tummy and gorgeous little espadrilles. 

The little dress is reversible (I do love a reversible anything) and is pompoms ahoy!  It’s dingly and dangly and just so cute and perfect I wish it was my size. 

And finally, the skirt.  I’ll take a better picture of it in context, but I just wanted to show you the flowery applique on the front.  I wanted it to be bold, folky and mid-century feeling.  I’m very very pleased with it…

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Ooh la la monsieur… Say hello to Claude. Boy doll two of my prototypes. He’s nowhere near finished – his legs are too short, his arms are too beefy, his body is too long. But his face and tattoos are amazing…

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Well, seeing as everybody seems to be having boy babies at the moment I thought I’d better make some boy toys for them too.  This moustachioed chap is in the very early stages at the moment, but I’m loving his little face and funky little tie…

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We’ve been having the most tremendous storms here recently.  There’s something about living so close to the sea that makes it so exciting.  Last week, on the evening of a very high tide, the harbour started overflowing.  Not very much, they’ve done a lot recently to stop West Bay flooding like it used to – as a child I remember it flooding all the time.  But enough to be exciting.  It came up and over the harbour wall and the bigger waves came up and out of the slipway and onto the road.  Some of the boats literally looked they were going to bob right up and out of the harbour and the kiosk on the prom was getting swamped…

…and then this happened the next morning….the sun came out!

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I’ve been playing with some new ideas recently and making some fabric Dollies.  I’ve already had my lovely little girlie dollies printed up and they’re gorgeous and lovely and happy and jolly and cute.  But I thought it’d be fun to make some bigger ones too – and use up some of my vintage fabric stash.  I’ve made two so far – both quite different from each other and opinion is very divided about which is favourite.  The first one, the smaller one with the black bobbed hair, is wearing adorable purple knickers and has a really cute reversible dress on – I do so love reversible things!  And the second one, with the brown bunches is just fun!  She’s kind of odd looking which is why I like her, but there are still some adjustments to be made.  I think her limbs are a bit too gangly, and her bunches need a bit of work – but she’s definitely my fave.  Which is yours?

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…I’ve just finished a marathon sewing session making cushions for a shop in Oxfordshire.  I had such fun putting together all the lovely patterns and colours and fabrics and they look soooooo scrummy all stacked up in a big comfylicious pile….

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…and at bedtime we were all treated to the most beautiful glowing orange full moon…

 

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…we had a ‘tomato and spoon’ race (we used all the eggs in the sandwiches), a three legged race (my sister and I came last, fell over and then couldn’t get untied), soldier skittles, cricket, running through rolling hoops and human pyramids…

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