My Journey

From mind to paper and back again.

Project life

Every time I have looked up ideas for scrapbooking recently Project Life comes up.  I have been looking for something to use to gather all the memories from Olivers first couple of years and display them but I haven’t got lots of time for crafting so I looked at the products in Hobby Craft.  Then I fell in love with the idea.

For those of you who haven’t seen, project life is a quick way to still make elegant scrapbook pages.  The page protectors are split into different sections of either 3″*4″ or 4″*6″ and each one will hold either a journal card, filler card or photo.  You can embellish if you want or not.  The cards look good as they come.

I bought the mini project kit for new baby (boy) and a pack of the page protectors to get me started and ordered some of Olivers baby photos off the free prints app I use.  I have decided to use them for a base of the scrapbook.  While I wait for those ones to arrive though, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer to get started so I did this one.   Not the best picture as it is late here but I wanted to show you how it turned out.

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I can’t wait to do some more!

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Clothing Testing

So for me when sewing bibs and burp cloths are the norm and clothes are something that really talented other people do. But tjis week I have been trying to work well out of my comfort zone. I bought a pattern that is a shirt and trousers and made Oliver the shirt. Trousers still to come.

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I used snap fastenings instead of buttons as I’m turning the set into Pjs for Christmas eve for him.  For my very first shirt though I’m pleased.

Then this week I have been lucky enough to be asked to test a new pattern for A Sparkly Baby. It’s a Raglan hooded jumper. I’ve made two so far – one is up to 7.5lbs and the other is a 2T slim fit and I can’t wait to try it out on Oliver x

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I will definitely be making plenty more of these little jumpers x they sew up in a couple of hours and are gorgeous!

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A Catch Up

So it’s been a while and I’ve got a lot to tell you and share with you 🙂 I hope everyone is okay.

The biggest news I have to share with you is that I am pregnant (22 weeks) and that by the end of the year Oliver will be having a little brother 🙂

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So in preparation I have started sewing.  Some of the items I have made more than one of and am putting them onto my Etsy page for Snugglebugz (find me here).  The first thing I have been practicing is my changing bag.  I used the Stellar Weekender pattern from Swoon and love it.  So far I have made two at 70% for a perfect sized changing bag.  I can fit 5 of Oliver’s nappies in (he’s a size five), a pack of wipes, nappy sacks, creams and hand sanitizer, a juice bottle/cup, my phone, purse and keys, and a spare set of clothes.  Perfect for a day out.

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This week I have also made one of these full size, for my hospital bag and started to pack it.  I can’t believe how much space is still in there after everything I have packed!  There is a carry size pack of newborn nappies (how small are newborn nappies, I really don’t think Oliver was that small ever), a pack of the fabulous H20 Water wipes so I don’t have to mess about with cotton wool and water every bum change, 3 sleepsuits, 1 vest (I need to get a couple more), one towel for bath time, my toiletries (travel sized) babies toiletries, a blanket/wrap for in the car, birth announcement notes and a pen, breast pads and hat and mitts.  There is still plenty of space for all of my clothes and a coming home outfit for us both too 🙂 I am in love with this bag, I love the fabric and all the other things about it!

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As you can probably see, it has 2 patch pockets on the front, 2 open pockets on the back, an open pocket on either side and 4 big open pockets inside!  Plenty of space and lots of places to separate different items, mine and baby’s toiletries are all in one pocket, with announcement cards and pen in another.

I told you I have packed breast pads and a hat and scratch mitts.  Guess what? I made them!  The breast pads are reusable, breathable and have the softest fabric on top :)  They’re also a lot prettier than the disposable ones and took minutes to do, so I have decided to make some more.  Four pairs won’t be enough for me anyway :)  The hats, I have made in both blue and pink (I made them before our last scan) and there are plenty for in the Etsy store – I also have some plain denim look knit material so may even make another little hat in that too.

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I am also hoping to make a few more items to go directly into this bag 🙂 a changing mat that can be rolled up to keep handy but also not be cold on new baby bums, a dummy pouch and some more bibs are all on my list as well as burp cloths.

Enough about babies though, I have a toddler too!  And he’s growing up so fast 😦 in less than seven weeks my gorgeous baby will be two!  It doesn’t seem two minutes ago since I was preparing for his arrival, let alone his first birthday (and now his second).  He’s a very chatty little boy and although he doesn’t have tonnes of words, he has enough to get by, and definitely knows his own mind.  I asked him for a kiss the other day and he shook his head, laughed and then pulled his tongue out at me!  Cheeky monkey!  He still likes his snuggles though which is fine by me.

Here’s a recent picture so you can see how far he has come from that little man in the incubator.

2014-08-19 21.47.55-1I’ve also been doing some sewing for him over the summer and made him two little pairs of shorts, and a pyjama eater.  The pyjama eater I got told would scare children but Oliver loves his, they will be added to the Etsy store in the next week or so.

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Of course, you can still find the staples of dribble bibz, messenger bagz and burp cloths on the store too.  If you can’t see something you are looking for, please send me a quick message, either through the Etsy store or on my Facebook Page where I will do my best to help.

What does all this mean for me though? 

Well being pregnant means I can’t have any of the treatment I need to sort out the slipped disc that I have, so I have to wait until at least January before I can have my MRI scan to help the specialists decide what course of action to take.  It also means that I no longer work for Santander as they have ended my contract due to ill health.  So instead, I have been on a short course with the Prince’s Trust and registered Snugglebugz as a business and am starting to work on building up stock for Christmas fairs and things like that.  Hopefully I will be adding a newborn clothing range and some gorgeous snuggle blankets once I have been through the CE testing with them.

So that’s everything I have to tell you all, I hope you are all well and am looking forwards to catching up with you! x

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A quick crafty post

So by now these cards should have been received.  But they are a great make for any occasion off a little one to a loved one.  And as they get older they can help too!

What you need:

A card big enough to put your childs handprint onto.  I used a small one since Oliver has only got little hands.

A piece of scrapbooking paper – A4 size is big enough to get all three hand prints out of for Oliver’s age and a little older.  I found a free printable online that I liked and printed that off.

A smaller piece of patterned card or paper to do the middle with.  This only needs to be 1” wide by 10” long.

Glue

Scissors

A Black Felt Pen

A Pencil

A Piece of plain card or paper to do the template hand shape with.

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How to make the card:

Draw around your childs hand on the piece of card or paper you have for the template and cut it out.  Since Oliver wriggles so much I found it easier to do while he was asleep.

Trace and cut two hands where the thumb is on the left and one where the thumb is on the left from your scrapbooking paper.

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On your strip of patterned paper, fold it into inch wide squares so it concertinas and then on there, one letter per square using the black felt pen, write ‘This Much’.

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Take your card and glue down one of the hand shapes you have two of, on the front leaving a space at the top to write.  At the top of the card write the persons name and on the hand write ‘I love you…’

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On the inside of the card glue the other two hands so there is one on each side.  Making it look like the hands are open wide. 

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Once they are dry take the concertina ‘This Much’ and put your glue on the back of the ‘T’ stick it down in the middle of the hand on the left and then fold it into place so you can glue the back of the ‘H’.  Once done close the card, this will position the other side, all you need to do is press down hard.

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All that’s left to do then is open it back up and write your greeting in the card 🙂

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I made 6 of these cards in the end and found them nice and easy to do, of course with older children you could use ink or paint to do the hand prints and let them take more of a lead in the activity but for now Oliver’s mark making skills are still growing so I like this way for preserving his little hands x

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Sew, what have we been up to?

I wonder if you can guess before the end of the post Smile

First I hand dyed some fabric green, then I made a little bag out of some printed cotton fabric I had in.

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Then I printed out some pairs cards and a nursery rhyme.

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I also printed and laminated a small pattern.  Then cut it out and started to trace around it on the hand dyed fabric.

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Then I got started on stitching them up.

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And stuffing them.

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And then I made four more Smile out of hand dyed speckled green fabrics Smile

Have you guessed yet?

We’ve been making a nursery rhyme bag for five speckled frogs! Open-mouthed smile  If you would like to make your own, you can get the pattern from here.

The pattern has the chart and instructions to make your frogs, the chart and instructions to make your bag to hold them, the pair cards and the nursery rhyme to print off and laminate too.

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A Stitching Update for May

 

I haven’t had much chance to stitch anything really over the past few weeks, my QS Literate Dragon for the HAED BB SAL still looks the same – he hasn’t had a stitch in him.  I have managed to get the website back online here – www.kirstyskrossstitch.co.uk and have been doing a lot more designing than stitching.  However there is a small consolation as I have managed to do some stitching on QS Dragonflies and have now completed 5 out of 9 pages.  This is what it now looks like:

 

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This is stitched 2 threads over one on 18 count magic guide aida from DMC which has been a god send for helping me keep count. x

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Wow! It’s been a while

since I posted anything, for that I apologise.  My only excuse is that we have been slightly hectic in the past 2 weeks.  To start with, Oliver is still teething so we have had a few bad nights, and on Thursday he has is third lot of injections so mix that with poorly teeth and I’m not looking forwards to Thursday afternoon.386389_4003560412548_938101277_n

Two weeks ago we had my Gran’s funeral, it was a nice service and it went as well as a funeral can be expected to go.  Of course, Oliver stayed with an Aunty and didn’t understand what was going on at Grandma’s (where everyone went back to) afterwards.  All he knew was that he met lots of new family members, including my Aunty who lives in America and my cousin who lives down South.

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It was a hard day, and most days still are hard days but Oliver has a lovely smile and is learning something new everyday, so we get up and carry on as normal.

Oliver has had some new experiences!

The first one was last week we went swimming for the first time, well, first two times actually, and we’re all booked in to go again on Wednesday and Friday this week.  We go to the swim a song sessions where all the actions are done to nursery rhymes and if Oliver loves anything it’s singing along 🙂 He was laughing all the way through the Grand Old Duke of York and didn’t even mind when I dunked him under the water when they ‘all fell down’ in Ring-a-Roses.  I love the sessions too.  Of course, you can’t take pictures in the pool due to child protection but we have some from the changing rooms 🙂

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He has also got a new cup from Nuby – it is brilliant, from four months old, and has handles (Oliver has been trying to hold his bottle for weeks so he likes to hold onto the handles) and as well as the sippy cup top that Oliver can already do, it fits his bottle teats as well, which is brilliant as it getting him used to holding his own bottle so he should be fine when it comes to holding his own cup too!

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I’ve not posted anything to do with my stitching recently but here are a couple of quick updates:

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This is Literate Dragon, designed by Randal Spangler and charted by Heaven and Earth Designs

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This is a bookmark that came as a free cover kit on a magazine.

I do have one other project but it is a secret one so I won’t be sharing it until it has been completed and given to the recipient.

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QS Free Pirate Dragon Update

 

Well I’ve been up since silly o’clock itching again.  It’s a good job I’m seeing the consultant today as I’m really run down due to lack of sleep and not being able to get right.  Anyway, I managed to get some stitching done between 6 am and 7 am when Andrew got up for work and then I have done some more since then. 

Here is where I am up to.

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I have also worked out how many stitches I have done (each colour has a stitch count so I have just added them all together) and worked out, from 4050 stitches that the chart has, I have already stitched 2837 stitches which means that I am 70% of the way into this little chart.  Not bad considering I only started it 12 days ago! Now all I need to do is find a nice frame for it and also some nice card to make into a mount to match.  I will have to have a look around as I am stitching it on 18 count aida it is 3” x 4.2” which is a really unusual size so I know I am going to have to do the mounting myself to make sure it fits properly 🙂 Anyway, am off to have some lunch before I have to go to the hospital for yet another appointment x

Hope everyone is well x

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Sparkly :)

 

I’ve fallen in love with this Kreinik blending filament – it adds a lovely sparkle to the clouds 🙂  I have to share, even though I’m currently working on finishing up another colour x

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35 Week bump pic & Stitchy update x

 

I didn’t get around to posting these for you yesterday so am I popping them on now x will do a full bump update once I have seen my consultant again on Monday x

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