Archive for June, 2011

Cushions for little tooshies

June 26, 2011
Kids Floor Cushion

Kids Floor Cushion

Taking all the cushions off the couch and throwing them on the floor to sit and bounce on is one of my girls favourite things to do. I have a cream couch so its really not in the couch’s best interests (or the amount of hours I spend spot cleaning) for this to continue. So I thought, what if I made cushions for the floor?

can't keep the kids off them!

I picked patterned fabric (to hide the dirt, I swear that’s not the only criteria for my fabric choices) and started searching the web for a tutorial or pattern. I really like Dana’s Rollie Pollie tutorial (and pattern) but my girls are still pretty tiny and I wanted something a bit smaller and easier for them to lug around. I think Dana’s will come in handy in a couple of years when its time to set up the play room for real.

I then came across this Floor Pillow Tutorial from Living with Punks. Which I quite liked but again I thought it a bit high. Then I thought hey, I’ll just wing it….why should this be any different from anything else I do?

I started out with the Living with Punks idea and made the proportions wider and shorter. I cut my two circles 52cm (20″) in diameter. I didn’t have a protractor so I invented one. I used a thumbtack stuck a piece of string on the top, tied the other end to a pen. I made the string half the diameter of my circle and drew away! Its not perfect but its more than accurate for this task! I then I made the side fabric 190cm (75″) long and 19cm (7.5″) high (by joining strips of fabric to get the length.

When it came to finishing it off I stuffed the inside with a ‘foam core’. Most of the things I came across on the web just fill with pillow stuffing but I wanted mine a bit more sturdy and I wanted it to maintain its ‘bounce’. So I just went to Clarke Rubber and got them to cut out a foam circle about 10cm smaller than the diameter of my cushion. I shoved it in and then padded it out with poly-fill (normal pillow stuffing). Luckily it turned out how I wanted.

Fun fabric and lug-it-around handle

I made my own piping because, well, its easy, and you can have anything you want that way. In fact it’s so easy I wouldn’t bother with the pre-made stuff unless its exactly what you want. Funnily enough after trying out quite a few fabrics I liked the pink, and I’m not huge on pink, but it looks cute in her yellow room.

the fabric suits the colours in her room

She can now jump on it and drag it round the house all she likes. When it gets so filthy I might attempt to shove it in the wash, otherwise I’ll just make another! Actually I better make another so there are no fights!

running and jumping

jumping and running

Pretty Pillows

June 20, 2011

Blue and Beige Pillows

I’ve been working on a big project for a while now and I’m on the home stretch. I cant wait to get it done and use it and share it. But I had to take a quick break from that this weekend to whip up a present for my sister-in-law who’s birthday it was (and who I forgot to call even though I spent the entire day working on her gift…go figure!).

She recently got a new blue couch which she loves. I thought a couple of throw cushions might be nice to go on it.

They might look a bit like this on her blue couch!

She has two boys so I thought it would be nice to give her a bit of girlyness, without over doing it, I hope. Plus I figured with that pattern any dirt they brought in wouldn’t show up too much. I was nearly lazy and didn’t put in a zip, but then I thought about the aforementioned boys…silly lady. So I followed Sew Katie Did‘s tutorial on how to insert an invisible zip. Brilliant!

Pillows for a blue couch

Baby Boy Gift

June 10, 2011
vintage inspired baby boy gift

baby boy gift

I thought I’d share with you a little gift I made for my friends baby boy. I used a vintage overall pattern to make the suit, that coupled with the lining fabric makes a pretty traditional looking baby-boy-blue gift.

vintage pattern overalls with cute as a button lining

I don’t think I’ve found baby fabric that I have thought is more sweet, especially for a boy. Just to make sure they’re still cool and to add a bit of interest when the overalls are on (and you cant see the lining) I added some blue bias tabs.

All the cool babies have bias tabs on their overalls

Stylin baby right?!

Draw String Toy Bag

draw string gift come toy bag

I also tied it all up with this little gift bag I made. A few Peter Alexander Pj’s we’ve been given for the girls come with these and we find them handy for taking toys and snacks out and about, so I thought I’d include one for this new little guy. Plus its a nice way to wrap something!

toy bag and overalls for the little guy

Prints for the kids

June 6, 2011
prints for little girls room

perfect prints for a little yellow room

A little while ago I bought some lovely prints from the very talented illustrator Sarah-Jane.

Sarah Jane Trio

A sweet trio

three of the sweetest chairs

the happiest picture ever

It took some time but I finally got them framed and today we put them up in the rooms they were intended for.

Big Girl Room:

Illustrations for a little girls yellow room

the sweetest prints

She actually believes they are drawings of her, and I think they could be. She loves butterflies. She has a little friend ‘willy’ the-wag-tail who visits her in the garden and she LOVES jumping in muddy puddles. She has even requested and outfit just like her favourite print in the middle.

Little Girl Room:

Goldilocks' Three Chairs

For my little Goldilocks. I completely understand why Goldilocks had to try all three chairs when I see them like this! Too sweet. And perfect sitting above the chair in her room.


children at play

These children playing, to me, epitomises the imaginative, uninhibited play of children. I hope my children feel the freedom to play in this way. It seemed appropriate to place this in their playroom above the cupboard that houses some of their toys. It also reminds of a memory I have of my brothers and sisters and I, traipsing along in the dappled sunshine down the road where we lived, some of us on bikes, one on a skateboard and our littlest brother being pulled along in our home made cart. I think we were off on an adventure, we were always were.

The cuteness of these images is extreme isnt it?!

I think Sarah-Jane has the ability to capture all the joy of childhood. Her work makes me smile every time I look at it. Oh and she is about to release a fabric line, I think I might die when I finally can get my hands on it. Its possibly the cutest fabric I’ve ever seen. I’m not really gushy over many people (well people I dont actually know personally) but I love her stuff! Her and Sarah Richardson… wow maybe its something about the name Sarah!

Milk and Cookies?

June 3, 2011

milk and cookies anyone?

Recently one of my best friends went to Canada for a family wedding (different best friend to the one who actually lives in Canada) and she brought me back a gift from …


YEP Anthropologie! I would say it might be my favourite store but I’m pretty sure you can’t have a favourite store that you’ve never actually been to! But I’m sure if I could get to one, I’d love it! (Isn’t she cute, she even brought me the bag so I could have a complete Anthropologie shopping experience)

So anyway a tiny slice of Anthropologie now sits in my kitchen here in little ol Perth!

Anthropologie milk bottle measuring cups

Its it the coolest thing ever! Its functional and beautiful, all the best objects are. There is such a quaintness to an old milk bottle, but crack it open and violá its bursting with bright colours.