Saturday, May 29, 2010

Softies fun with Oz Material Girls

A little while ago I decided I would turn into a crafty mum. With no sewing besides patching up holes and sewing back on buttons since high school (a longggg time ago) it took me a while to get started. I dusted off my aunts ancient sewing machine and ordered so much fabric I could probably do both girls entire winter wardrobe!

I decided to start with something fun so cut out all the pieces I needed for the Baby Chibi Doll (pictured below). Miss J decided out of the pile of fabric which colour the doll should be and for the owls tummy. It was much bigger than I thought it would be.

The first bit involved a little hand sewing to put the whites in the eyes, the mouth and the eyes and beak on the owl. Then came my big disaster after changing thread on my sewing machine I just couldn't get things working again, I really didn't think I had the sewing skill gene in me! So that night I sat in bed watching TV and hand sewing the rest of her up! It took quite a while this way but was really relaxing.

The next morning I turned her the right way out so I could put her stuffing in. There are some hard parts to get the stuffing into, like the ear things on top and the corners of the dress but I just used a chopstick to push it all the way in.

Miss J couldn't wait to take her to bed with her that night and as you can see below she turned out great and is a big hit! Think if I can do that one I can do any! Oh, and I found out what was wrong with the sewing machine, I just needed a new needle lol. Going to do the matching boy next once I get the needle and then onto some of the other patterns I got.

Now let me tell you more about the Oz Material Girls. I found this site towards the end of last year as they regularly have great giveaways and free postage offers. Such a huge range of fabrics and patterns they had to open a sister store Patterns Only.

One of the new features of the site I'd love to join in on after my Chibi Doll experience is The Softies Club. For just $49.95 per month you receive 1 pattern, fabrics and premium toy fill, needed to make one toy a month! How fantastic does that sound? Great idea for giving your kids something unique and made with love or for presents for their friends. Overseas buyers can also sign up for it for just $64.95 per month. I think I should be able to get one done every 4 weeks with my lack of skill!

Please let me know if anyone signs up for it as I'd love to compare end results and maybe have some support of another toy making novice.

And last but not least the Oz Material Girls have reached 2000 fans on their facebook page and are having celebrations of 10% off your order and a little gift! So check out the page and their blog for the details on how to take advantage of this offer, get in quick as I think it ends tomorrow!

Until next time happy sewing!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Those things you always lose!

I love that both my girls had quite a bit of hair since birth it's given me a great excuse to buy lots of cute clips, ribbons and ties to match their outfits. It's a pity though when you have them looking all nice and you're walking along and look down to see only one piggy tail sticking out the side of their head and the other tie missing and probably thrown out back in the cereal aisle at Coles!

Facebook has really opened me up to a lot of WAHMs that make their own hair accessories to earn themselves some extra spending money or just for a bit of fun. There must be hundreds on there and new ones popping up every day. One of my latest finds is Pinkberry Kisses with some of the most gorgeous bows on their site. Make sure you check them out on Facebook. The picture at the top of the page is Miss J in one of Pinkberry Kisses creations which goes so well with one of my favourite dresses for her. (wooden strawberry tea set from Raspberry Bub)

This is just some of our collection with a leopard print headband from Baby Bones Clothing (don't mind the brown crepe paper underneath holding it up so you can see lol) the skull print clips are also theirs, the cupcakes (top right) are from Little Bare Bear, the red and white corker on the right middle is made by Cate Bolt for Project 18 so you know your gorgeous hair clips dollars is going to a worthy cause, to the left of that one is some gorgeous ones I received today from Tikiboo kids who I will be doing a blog about very soon and the majority of the ones left are from Flirty Bird as their button clips and ties are just beautiful! Miss J has also decided that a necklace I received from La Bella creations is also hers!

The ones Miss J is wearing below are one of my faves as they say 'Big Sister' and Miss M has the matching ones in 'lil Sister'. They came from Zaras Pretties and only $2 a set!!! If our next one is another girl I might have to get a new set so Miss M can have a big and lil sister as there's no middle sister lol. Miss Js necklace is the one also pictured above from La Bella Creations .

The only problem I'm having now is where to store them? I have a hair clip holder from Pretty Things Distract Me (Miss Js J is in their facebook album!) but the ties I keep losing them! If you have any good ideas of where to keep them out of kids reach but still in easy reach for us I'd love to know. Was thinking maybe a jewellery box instead of my cars glovebox!

Also, if you know of anywhere I should be shopping for hair accessories I'd love to know! Until next time make sure you join our facebook fan page as we regularly have giveaways or let you know when a new blog has been written and sometimes sales I just can't resist! xx