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Fabrics!

2013-11-08

Oh how I love companies with fast shipping. I ordered new fabrics on Tuesday, and they arrive today (Thursday). These are from LiandLo, a Swedish company who sells fabrics and clothes.

The patterned ones are just so much fun, and the colours are amazing. I’m going to make some sweaters with these, I can’t wait to match them up with some striped sleeves. I’m thinking about having a table at a local market in December so they’ll be for that.

(Illustrations by Wedgie)


Sewing and fabrics.

2013-11-05
I recieved my Ottobre pattern books last Friday, there’s so many lovely patterns in it. I brought them to my parents over the weekend so I could look in them and show my brother and Lina.I want to make some clothes for Joni so it was good hearing which ones they liked, and there was quite a lot of different ones they liked.

I started with a raglan sweater today, I just love that type. I picked out fabrics in brown and white. Clouds for the back and front, stripes for the sleeves. I’m actually going to make some adjustments to the sewing for the next one, some things I would do differently. Other than that, it was pretty easy to follow the instructions.

This one is size 98.

I have a huge amount of fabrics, but not many that actually match like this. So I sort of, ordered some. I can’t wait to get them to make some more sweaters, and some leggings. Just look at these!


Kids.

2013-11-04
Living in a house brings on the kids in Halloween costumes. No one went trick or treating when I was a kid so I never think about having any candy at home, or expect them.

On Thursday though, the door bell rang two times with a bunch of badly dressed up kids, they could put an effort into it at least. The first two went something like “Trick or treat!”, “A trick please!” *surprised faces* “…I don’t have any candy, sorry.”, “…ooh.. err.. I don’t know any tricks..”. Off they went to another house, and I’ll probably get a trick next year.

Then rang the bell for a third time. Two girls stood there when I opened the door.
“Trick or treat!”
“A trick!”
“…oh..”
“I don’t have any candy, sorry.”
“…money works!”
“….mmmnoo.”

What? …what?


And I returned.

2013-11-03

It was a great weekend at my parents. Matt and me drove down on Thursday evening with the kitties, it takes about four hours down to Vimmerby. On Friday my brother, Lina and Joni came and the plan was to go to Astrid Lindgrens World on Saturday. It’s a huge park with all of Astrid’s book characters and it’s 10 minutes from my parents house, it was going to be Joni’s first visit (I bet there will be more).

I gave Joni the animal leggings and when she opened the package she smiled, they were a perfect gift. She slept with them beside her, and put them on when she woke up on Saturday.

I haven’t been in the park for years, last time probably ’94. So much had changed. Joni talked a lot about Pippi, but she fell asleep after we visited Ronja Rövardotter and had some coffee. Walked around a bit and saw Emil in Lönneberga and .. some of the other stories until Matt and me walked back home. We found a neat cat basket at the market place which was set up before the exit, so we had to buy it. Kitty loved it.


Benny and Joni on Pippi’s balcony // Ronja Rövardotters castle


Joni at Pippi’s house // Pippi has such a messy house

And in the afternoon my granny and uncle came over with my other brother, Micke, for some coffee and cake, for my birthday. That was a really nice time, and to top it we watched McGrubber later. A really sick movie! At 22 everyone but me, Matt and Micke went to bed so we watched the latest Tom Cruise movie as well, ‘Oblivion’.
That was my weekend. We came home today, after a long trip on the road with too many cars.

Extra story. Kitty decided after 4 hours she couldn’t hold it any more and peed in the travel box. We went to a gas station, cleaned it out in the rain(!) and just as we drove away she decided to use the box again for the.. other thing.. so back we went for another clean.


Favourite Etsy shops pt 2

2013-11-02

Here comes another Etsy shop post. I just really love Etsy. And I love my lovely friend Wedge, and she has an Etsy shop with doll clothes called Ball & Socket. She makes sweet things for Lati Yellow & Green and MSD’s. I think she does commissions as well.

These are some of my faves from her shop, and I own a little grey dress just like that first one <3


Favourite Etsy shops pt 1

2013-11-01

Since we all hang around on Etsy all day long (don’t we? Yes we do), I’m going to post some great Etsy shops I’ve found. It’ll mainly be doll clothes, paintings, jewellery, kids clothes and such things.

A couple of months ago I found an amazing artist called Dilkabear. I followed her on Instagram for a while until I couldn’t resist buying one of her painting. I am just amazed over her talent and the magic she creats in her paintings.

This was the one I picked as my first. I just love the hair and the dress, and she’s holding a moth. The fact that her head is huge is another thing, hello Blythe. I’m planning to buy some more.. I just can’t decide on which ones to get!

She was so sweet to deal with as well. Oh how I wish I could paint like this.

I might get one or two, or four, of these some day. All photos by Dilkabear.


Little trip.

2013-10-31

We are going to my parents today. It’s a four hour trip with car and I’ll admit I’ll probably sleep for half of it. My brother with family are going down on Friday and I think we are doing a small trip to Astrid Lindgrens World on Saturday, it’s just down the road from my parents house. It will be Joni’s first visit there. We are also celebrating my birthday a little bit, I’ve already gotten my gifts so it’ll probably just be some cake and coffee.

This was 30 years ago, if you count the candles you’ll know what my age is now. Hah I seriously had to think myself, I just can’t remember how old I am any more.. ‘is it.. twenty… thir.. wait.. thirty.. something..’


Ottobre patterns.

I just ordered four pattern magazines from Ottobre, a finish design company. They had an offer to buy 4 magazines, and you’d get one for free. So.. I couldn’t resist when I saw the patterns. I hope I can make some neat Christmas gifts for Joni, and some clothes to add to my shop. I really want to print some bigger versions of my ‘cats in hats’ and sew onto some sweaters.
I got these two to start with, issue 4/2013 and 6/2013.

 I’m most excited for some sweaters and leggings, this striped sweater is just perfect! And leggings with knee patches, a skirt with cats and a panda hat! They have some awesome fabrics on their Etsy which I wouldn’t mind having.

Jeez, this is turning into some kind of crazy consumerism site.


Things of today.

2013-10-30

I tried the train into town today, for the first time. I usually take the bus, which takes 25 dreadful minutes. The train is 10 min away on bike and it only takes 9 minutes in, I might just take the train a bit more often.

I was going in to find a coat, I’m using hoodies at the moment and it is getting a bit cold. Matt gave me money for one at my birthday last week, but I didn’t find any. For a country which get pretty cold there’s an amazing lack of jackets. I bought a dark grey tee instead, very helpful for my mission.

I also found two small gifts for Wedge who’s birthday is this weekend, so my package is now filled with stuff to send. On my way to pay the tee I saw some hoodies so I got a dark grey one for Matt, because I am that nice. When I got home I tried it on and thought for 10 seconds that I would keep it myself, but he liked it so much he took it! I’ll just steal it later, like I do with all his hoodies, says Jenny wearing one of them right now.

The animal leggings aren’t mine, thought it would have been stylish. I got them for Joni, my brothers daughter. He came over here with Lina and Joni the weekend before my birthday to have some cake. Joni had been saying my name and talked about my cats in the days before. She’s almost two so she just learned to say Jenny, which is too cool. There was a lot of ‘Jenny’ and ‘cats’, even days after the visit. So aren’t these leggings perfect for a little cat obsessed kid? We are all going down to my parents over the weekend so I’ll give them to her then.


Cats and feathers.

2013-10-29

Spoonflower just shipped my order. Sweet!

Now starts the wait. It should take a week to arrive, but for some reason it takes two weeks to my house. If I’m lucky.

This order has my new sweater fabrics and wall decals! I’m going to do sets of them and add in my Etsy shop, I really hope someone will like them enough to get some. Yes. I added some new colours this time, an autumn and a pastel set. Tempting photo follows..



Favourite Spoonflower shops pt 1

Spoonflower is an amazing place to find fabrics, and a good place to support designers. I’ve made some fabrics of my own, and I’m waiting for my brain to come up with some more ideas. It’s so neat going from an idea, to designing it and then having a fabric in your hand.

So, there’s this one shop which has these colourful fabrics, mine!

I made these in scale for doll clothes. They have been sold a couple of times which is beyond amazing.

But I’m not really going to just talk about my own shop, there’s so many wonderful ones on Spoonflower. These two for example, so quirky and colourful you must check them out. Heidi Kenney and Bora.

 


Cat sweaters

2013-10-28

I made my first fabric for doll sweaters a couple of weeks ago, using Spoonflower. They worked perfectly for Persons and Lati Yellows. They are so colourful and fun so I had to order more fabric, I’m waiting for it to arrive now. These are four of the six sweaters I’ve made so far, cats with hats and feathers. The sweaters was part of sets that included sweater, stockings and socks.

In this new order I made some more designs, I hope Spoonflower is fast!


Fantastic Mr. Fox

The little Maine Coon we brought home in February 2012 is soon turning 2 years. A new thing he’s picked up this year is stomping the bed. Every evening. He starts at the end of the bed, then works his way up. He does this 2 or 3 times. You can’t touch him while he does this, as he then must start all over again.
It takes quiet a while until he’s done, since a couple of months now he comes up to me and lies in my arms with his head on my pillow. Mmmm. It’s the best.


Favourite Etsy supply shops pt 1

2013-10-27

I have some favourite shops on Etsy for supplies, such as fabrics, small buttons and thin velcro. Stuff needed for small clothes. I thought I’d share some of them in different posts, starting with these two.

  

 

Cottonholic has lots of awesome knit fabrics, usually you can find some really sweet patterned ones. You can also find loads of nice cottons and lace.

Thaifab is the best shop I’ve found so far for tiny buttons. They have 4mm buttons in so many colours, there’s just no resisting. So perfect for tiny clothes. There’s a lot of 6mm colourful buttons as well.

 


Give away numbers are drawn.

2013-03-13

Thanks to everyone who joined, it was an amazing number of people who did.

So to the good part, the numbers were drawn with Random.org. I will email you all soon.