Monday, 23 April 2012

Holey Cowl!

I've had a wonderful time back home the past week. Here is a pic of mum and I taken last weekend at my niece's Christening.

We normally Skype daily for at least about an hour and while chatting, she has to keep herself busy...

This is her latest 'Skype creation'. Some unintentional holes and dropped stitches are from when our chats were particularly interesting and distracting.

 Obviously these were mostly boring chats as this cowl looks perfect to me!
A large Incomparable heart button comes in handy to hide large flaws! finish it perfectly.

 I love it so much I've asked sweetly for one in a soft green. Unfortunately with no Skype chats for the next couple of weeks it is on hold!! Luckily the weather over in the UK remains cold enough that I'll be putting it to good use throughout the summer.

If you would like the pattern for this pretty cowl, minus the dropped stitches, email Jen and she'll send it to you.

Friday, 13 April 2012

For Katie-kins

I am flying home to South Africa tonight for a few weeks while my hubby is travelling in China & Australia for work.

This trip coincides perfectly with my niece's Christening this Sunday.
I am so glad travel plans have worked out so I can make it home for this special occasion.

I haven't seen Kate since January and I think she's done a lot of growing since then. 
I made her a few soft blocks with the letters of her name on them.
Fortunately my brother and sister-in-law have chosen 4-letter names for all their children which makes the task much easier! I had to add an extra block using our super cute Incomparable pink & green teddy fabric though.
 I sewed a large bell into the K so it jingles and attached ribbons to all the blocks for Kate to chew on and grip to throw them around the room.

I love how well our teddy buttons have translated into a fabric design. Perhaps my brother can be persuaded to create a few more fabrics incorporating our buttons in the next few weeks!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Another One for the Girls

A couple of weeks ago I made a few beanies for boys

It has taken me a while but I finally made a pink beanie for a baby girl aged 0-3 months using our Incomparable pink teddy bear stretchy knit fabric.

I simply traced the size from a store bought beanie...this is a very easy project to sew without a pattern.

It's slightly large for ted's head but he's the best model I have on hand.
I did consider asking my cousin if I could model it on her little boy (she has just taken him skiing in his cousin's pink snowsuit so I didn't think she would mind!) but ted wasn't having an afternoon nap so he ended up posing instead.

The matching Incomparable teddy bear button adds the finishing touch.
And its ready to keep a little head warm this coming winter in South Africa.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Lace Embellished Tank Top

This is something so simple to do yet it transforms an ordinary store bought top.

Take a length of lace from your stash and sew it along the neckline of a plain tee.

This lace looks rather 'frou frou' on this sleeveless top but its rather fun and decadent.

I added a matching green Incomparable flower button...

 Now all I need is for the weather to improve so that I can wear it out and about!

Until then, I'm going to go and transform my wardrobe and give all my plain tees a new lease on life!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Meg-made Doorstop

My friend Meg of Meg-made has been very busy creating beautiful items for her home incorporating our Incomparable buttons in her creations.

I love the fabric she has used for this doorstop.

It looks like it was made to complement our Incomparable range of black and white buttons. 

It's definitely the most stylish doorstop I've seen.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Hoppy Easter EveryBunny!

Hope the Easter bunny that visits your home has overflowing baskets and a big heart...

and a cute little button tail...

Wishing you all a very happy Easter.

Friday, 6 April 2012

And one for the girls...

I couldn't dream of making a dinosaur pencil case for my nephew and not make something for his big sister.

I have this fun and vibrant apple fabric in my stash and thought it would be perfect for her.

The lining fabric is this bright pink and white polka dot:

I debated using one of our Incomparable worm buttons on the satin ribbon, but opted for a white daisy instead.
I still want to make one with the worm - he would be the happiest worm on earth surrounded by all these juicy apples!

Now I just need to fill these with sweets and I think they'll be a hit.

The tutorial I followed for these can be found here. An easy Easter gift.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easy Delicious Roast Tomato Soup

Mum has been cooking up a storm at the farm and has been emailing me pictures to torment me to make me feel like I'm at home!

This dish is soup-er easy:

Put 2 punnets ripe tomatoes into a roasting dish with about 6 large onions sliced in half.
Add a tub of whole cloves of peeled garlic.
Drizzle olive oil liberally over all.
Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper.

Roast at 180 c for about an hour.

Blend together & add a handful of fresh basil leaves.

Put in a pot and add a cup of good liquid stock or a stock cube and a cup of boiling water.

Adjust seasoning to taste...cook for five minutes.

Add a cup of milk or a cup of cream...

Heat till just simmering and serve (invite me ;))

 You can add a few basil leaves on top for decoration...or a swirl of cream...or some finely grated Parmesan...or all three!
Serve with some fresh crusty bread and butter and enjoy!

Sewing Cover & Eggs-cellent Easter Gifts

My friend Meg made me this sewing machine cover - which is being put to good use as my machine sits in full sunshine for several hours a day (not today though as we are having another wintry spell!).

She secured the side ribbons using our Incomparable pastel hearts in blue and pink.
You can see the version she made herself here.

Those heart buttons gave me a quick and easy gift idea for loved ones this Easter.

I used Bostick 'Home' glue to attach one of our heart buttons onto a plain ceramic egg cup. 
This glue can go through the dishwasher.

I can't wait to serve it with toast soldiers this weekend.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Dinosaur Pencil Case

My 4 yeur old nephew started at play school this year and he is dinosaur crazy.

This dinosaur fabric was too cute to pass up and I used it to make him a zippered box pouch for his pencils or sweets!

It wouldn't be complete without our friendly Incomparable dinosaur button. I've attached him to the zip with ribbon to make opening and closing easier for small fingers.

This contrasting green dotty fabric is perfect because green is also his favourite colour!

I followed this tutorial from Make It Modern

I think its super sweet but will try make a larger size next time so that all the pencils will fit.

I'm going home next week and can't wait to give it to him - of course I'll have to fill it to the brim with British novelty sweets first!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Feather Print Buttons Headband

This lovely headband was made by my friend Meg of Meg-made.

And here is beautiful Meg modelling her creation:

Meg used 5 'feather print' hand painted buttons from our Incomparable adults range of buttons.

Would you like to make one for yourself?
Follow Meg's simple instructions:

Measure your head and cut a piece of satin ribbon roughly an inch or two shorter than this measurement.
Sew your choice of buttons individually where you would like them onto the satin.
Then sew the edges of the ribbon around an elastic hairband which will provide stretch and comfort.
Wear it with a pretty smile and you are all set.

It looks quite striking and has me thinking I should ask Meg to make me one! make one that is Easter themed for this weekend.
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