26 September, 2008

the oobee blankie... as promised

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summer pickles

As promised, a better photo of the oobee blankie made by the very gorgeous and talented Leslie (see the last post for all of the details). Of course, it wouldn't be this blog without the gherkin in the photo as well!

Apologies to h&b for showing off with the oobee facing the camera... one of the joys of a twelve week old... pose the oobee, distract the baby, take the photo!

Thanks again lovely xo

24 September, 2008

it's here!

man club meeting
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summer pickles

A very big thankyou to the lovely Leslie for our very gorgeous oobee blankie, which arrived in the post at the end of last week, and which you can see on the right of this photo (I have taken my sorry time getting this post up - sorry Leslie).

It is just gorgeous. Will have to try to take some detailed pictures later, so I can show you it properly, but at the moment the gherkin is asleep, so am trying not to disturb. I love Lesli'e fabric choices, they are just always gorgeous.

If you feel like shopping, then I would absolutely recommend popping into Leslie's shop ... just filled with beautiful, and beautifully made objects. We are really lucky now to have both an oobee and an oobee blankie for the gherkin.... if Leslie makes more windsees I might have to get one of those too...

Thanks so much Leslie, this was such a gorgeous swap gift. My return gift to you and your lovely little one is in progress... am aiming to have it to you by end of next week. (Leslie --- I may have sneak peeks here in the interim... so feel free to steer clear for a week!) xo

21 September, 2008

baby sunhat (reversible) #1

baby sunhat (reversible) #1
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summer pickles

It took me three days, but in stages I managed to make this sunhat starting from the fluted hat pattern mentioned in my last post, just with some modifications to the size, some of the construction steps and I made it reversible.

Definitely needs some refining and I made it too small so would fit only a newborn with a head circumference under 34cm, but it felt great to get back into sewing and to actually finish something was bliss!

Watch this space... more creations on their way....

addit: the fluted hat pattern and tutorial that this sunhat was loosely based on can be found here

17 September, 2008

a few favourite baby crafting tutorials

Well, it is amazing what happens when one is no longer spending six hours a day expressing.

Six midwives, one electric breastpump, four maternity bras, three lactation consultants, five hundred and sixty expressed feeds (about 56 litres of breastmilk!), one maternal and child health nurse, three rounds of mastitis, two breastfeeding clinics, one GP, australian breastfeeding association support and a paediatrician later, without any breakthrough, little gherkin's paediatrician has convinced us that no matter how much I may want to breastfeed, the gherkin is not going to be able to meet me half way.

So the weaning has begun... I am devastated, but there is nothing more we can do other than keep expressing... and I just can't keep this up - I was just becoming a complete exhausted wreck.

So, with a couple of extra hours on my hands (am doing the gradual wean, so have about two extra hours at the moment), I am thinking about craft again, and not just thinking, but getting out fabrics and patterns and starting (finally) to get my act together on the online baby swap! About time some might say!

I thought perhaps some of you might be interested to have a look at some of my favourite baby craft tutorials out there. I haven't tested these yet, but they look like they will be good. Once I have had some more time to craft, I will show off some of my creations using these tutorials...

Michael Miller baby rings here
Stardust Shoes cloth baby shoes here
Healther Bailey bitty booties here
Spool bird mobile here
Toddler sunhats x 2 here and here

Not strictly baby, but is a toddler's dress and I love it - here - also love her tshirt dress... those of you who have girls should check it out.

And just because, Molly Chicken's fabric pom-pom here

I am sure there are plenty more fabulous gems out there... drop me a line if you have a favourite that is not on this list...

Enjoy, chat soon xo

13 September, 2008

i'm not completely done with crafting!

fathers day tshirt
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summer pickles

Hi there!

Just when I thought I had come to a slamming stop, I have a crafting report!

For fathers day I was keen to make something a bit special for The Gherkin and Mr Pickles to enjoy together. So I made this tshirt! Well, I didn't really make it (thankyou bonds!), but I did decorate it. Here it is modelled by the The Gherkin himself.

Picked up these great iron-on transfer printable papers from officeworks. You just make or select an image on your 'puter, flip it horizontally so you are looking at the mirror image, print it our on the transfer paper and iron it on. Done! You can take the gloss out of the transer as well by ironing over again (once the image has cooled and set to the clothes) with plain paper. Think I will do this next time... I didn't this time round, but I think it would look better matt.

And just in case you wanted to be able to read the fine print... here is the whole image...

Thanks for popping in again!

05 September, 2008

taking a wee break....

the two of us - self portrait
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summer pickles

Hi all

Well! hasn't my life just completely changed in the past eight weeks! I almost can't remember what life was like without our Little Man (aka the gherkin). I am completely in love.

With my life currently spent doing anything but crafting, I have decided to take a wee break from this summer pickles blog... no time for crafting, certainly no time to blog about it!!!

If you would like to keep up with the non-crafting adventures of the pickles clan, you can check us out here: http://pugandpickles.blogspot.com/ ....perhaps I will see you there?

Thanks to all of you for stopping by, I have really enjoyed your visits, your comments, emails... our chats in general!

Take care, and have fun,


to my other half who puts up with the mess, makes me happy and keeps me sane.
to my beautiful boys who give me so much i want to remember and make the everyday something to treasure.
to my mum who alway let me play with fabric and the good scissors, and who knows a lot of songs.
to my dad who was always happy for us to make a mess and who laughs at us when we deserve it.
to both parents for making sure i still got the work done.
to my dear friends for listening and for sharing the laughs.
and, to you for visiting!