April 21, 2012
As in other years, this year I am trying to make as many gifts as I can for birthdays… especially those school related birthday parties.
Those fun little 2 hours of celebration can really add up!
My 8 year old has picked up the making gifts bug and so together we pulled together this gift for a ‘Weather Party’……. I kid you not! That was the theme.
She didn’t do it all. Chain stitch was too hard and blanket stitch was too slow…. so I did those. I also helped out by threading the needle and ‘finishing it’ when she got tired.
She drew it out on paper first and I did the cutting out. She selected all of the buttons and enjoyed finding the right colours to make up the rainbow.
We had everything we needed right in the cupboard! I love that.
Do you recognise the spotty blue fabric?
Along with the textile hanger she put together an activity book of crosswords, colouring in, find a word and dot to dot….. all related to the weather…..and covered it with the cloud fabric used for the background here.
Her friend Kristabella really loved it.
Have any of you made simple gifts for your kids to give to their friends? I would love to hear your ideas.
May 25, 2011
About a month ago I made my first of these wallets for Sue.
It was for a gift.
She then straight away wanted another…. this time for herself.
If you look very closely, you will see in the stitching I have included little ‘kisses’. Sometimes single kisses…and sometimes a bunch together. I also mixed up the colours in the handstitching….to add a bit of excitement.
Still trying to come up with a better way to photograph these…. not that happy with the pictures.
May 16, 2011
For colour inspiration.
It’s not too late to enter the anniversary bag give-away.
Really all you need to know is…… tell me what colour your would like it in…. and let your imagination run wild.
I will make three in the most asked for colour, give one away and put the other two in my etsy shop….. with the possibility of massive discounts, up to 100% Leave your comments here… or on the original post.
April 28, 2011
Answering a few questions that might be floating around in your head…
- Yes, your mother would prefer something from harrysdesk over an appliance!
- Yes, I can post it straight to her.
- Yes, because you read my blog you can have a special deal*
- No, you don’t have to be a mother to celebrate and get presents on mothers day
- Yes, it is totally ok to buy, wrap and open your own present without consulting with anyone else (especially those who may buy you something you don’t really want!)
- Your welcome!
* Type mummylove into the discount code box when you purchase items from etsy in the next week and receive 30% off your total purchase. To help it arrive before mothers day…. do it soon. Love you guys.
April 24, 2011
This morning our Joshua Tree community rose before dawn to catch the sunrise.
It’s the second year we have done this… so I guess we now have a tradition.
What a fabulously tactile way to remember that God’s Son rose on the first Easter Sunday, turning the world on it’s head.
We read and thought about John 20.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20: 31
January 30, 2011
Today I discovered that sunny, windy days are good for other things apart from washing!
Regatta racing on Sydney’s beautiful harbour.
Tim has been commenting on everything floating for a long time now, so when a special deal came up close to his birthday it was hard to resist.
I am so glad we didn’t.
Thanks to everyone who came along. It made for a great day.
December 14, 2010
I have been using fabric to wrap for a while, maybe you have too. Turns out, it has a name. Furoshiki.
Let’s just say, this fabric wrap idea ain’t rocket science. Thankfully… or my tag line would need to be I make stuff rise UP.
It’s a square of fabric finished around the edges.
Why a tutorial then….?
Just to show you there are absolutely no skill you need that you don’t already have.
If you still don’t think you can do it (I am very disappointed in you and you really should see a therapist because you have latent sewing issues that really need to be released and not left suppressed for years and years until you become the sewing machine masochist!) just cut the fabric and leave it unfinished.