Smeralda and Martino

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A few days ago I felt like sewing a doll for my daughter and I found this free pattern from Martha Stewart which I think is super cute!!!

I like the drawing of the girl hair, but my daughter wanted a boy, that’s why I sewed two!

(Actually they are so funny to make that I could go over and over and make thousands of them…:) )

By printing the pattern Martha says to enlarge 150%, but I did only 120% and I suggest you not to print it smaller otherwise the arms and the legs will be way too difficult to turn inside out once sewed.

My daughter of course choosed their names (and put them to sleep in her doll bed as soon as they were ready :D).

Here you are…

SMERALDA!

SMERALDA

MARTINO!

MARTINO

For the boy I modified the pattern myself, by drawing the inside of the pants and by erasing the hair sides of the girl.

Welcome home Smeralda and Martino!!!

New glasses!

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Sometimes I think it’s just good to make ourselves a present.

In this case, I had just thought that I needed new glasses for my kitchen, when I walked in a store and… BABAM! they were there, waiting for me!!! 

I fell in love with them, and I picked two for each color.

Good thing is you can put them in one another to store them well.

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And I love that they have small drawings on the inside.

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Aren’t they cute?? 🙂

The “Octopus-pocket” Dress!

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I like it when a creation “creates itself”! I had not planned anything for that old t-shirt, then I saw it among my fabrics to reuse and at first I thought I was going to make a skirt out of it, but it came out a dress!!!

I would like to share with you the way I made it.

First of all, I cut off the neck and shoulders’ seams.

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Then I placed a satin ribbon on the wrong side in order to put an elastic band to shape the dress.

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I sewed the elastic and closed the ribbon.

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Actually I found it pretty even this way, but it was on the wrong side so I had to turn it inside out 🙂

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Since my intention was to sew a funny pocket on it I did not want it to look too complicated.

To find inspiration I looked at my animal-bookmarks and thought the Octopus would have been perfect!!!

So I drew the pieces and cut them off.

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Then I sewed the face.

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And the tentacles on the wrong side and turned them inside out (I know they should be eight, but that would have been too much :P).

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In order to sew all the pieces together, that’s how I did:

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To be sure that by sewing I wouldn’t have sewed the tentacles in between, I placed some pins.

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I left an opening on the head in order to be able to turn the octopus inside out, then sewed it close.

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Finally I could sew it on the dress. I did it just around the head, leaving the opening for the pocket, because I wanted it to have flippy floppy tentacles!

(Here a picture with his inspiration)

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The shoulders were of course too large for a child, so at first I pinned the back as shown and then sewed it with a cute elastic stitch.

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For the shoulders I created two fabric tubes with the same fantasy as the octopus.

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Here you are!!! I hope you enjoyed it!!!

Camilla

Bookmarks – Animals

What do you think about these bookmarks???

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Actually I made them a long time ago, but I still find them very pretty (and funny looking too).

I used wood waxing sticks (yep, waxing ones, but I promise, they were new :P) and acrylic paint for the basis.

The animals are made of polymer clay, the type you must put in the oven to make it hard.

Ahah maybe Pac-man in the end doesn’t have much to do with the other ones, but that time I was kind of in love with it so I made it (and I have to say it was the most difficult to make because I didn’t use any tools for the clay).

Do you like them?

I cannot decide which one is my favorite. The starfish? The owl? I dunno.

How about you???

Advent calendar

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For this past Christmas I felt like creating an advent calendar for my daughter which we could use again and again and it could be washed if needed.

So… here is my project!

It’s not difficult to make but it takes a bit of time. (That’s why I actually started sewing it in November and finished it one month later… Hem 🙂 ). But anyway this is the result!!!

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What I did first is cut the numbers out of red light felt and then I did the same with the vlieseline. Then I cut the squares with the gold reindeer (by the way, isn’t that extremely cute???) and I ironed the three pieces together to fix the numbers on the fabric. Be sure you iron on the fabric side, not on the felt, because otherwise it will stick on the iron.

Then I sewed them together like this:

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After that I cut a white fabric into squares to make the pockets lining and I sewed the squares together on the wrong sides.

I turned the squares inside out and just sewed them with a zigzag on the red fabric basis.

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When I sewed the basis sides I made two spaces on the top and on the bottom to put two sticks in order to make everything more structured.

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That’s it!!!

Am I missing anything…? Oh yes! The funniest part!!!

To fill the pockets with cute tiny surprises!

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Happy sewing!!!

Camilla

What children teach us: TO TURN NEGATIVE INTO POSITIVE

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(This post is not to be read by a child).

Today I went with my daughter to the pediatrician. While waiting, an old woman came in with her daughter and her sick grandchild. After a while, she started asking me some questions about me and my personal life (I really do not like when this happens).

“Is your husband a good man?”.

“A very good man indeed.”.

Then she started telling me about the worst and cruel things she heard of.

A man who killed his wife and son. Some crazy guy who put acid on his girlfriend’s face. Then she said she would take these people and she would cut them into pieces and eat them. (Sorry if I tell you the whole story, but I want you to understand how big my panic was).

So in this terrible situation, I held my daughter as close to me as I could, trying to understand if she could get what the grandma was saying (I really hoped not).

The answer came soon.

My daughter started singing in a very low voice. I guess when children do that it’s exactly because they don’t want to listen to what one is saying.

I felt so in panic, I didn’t know what to do. So I tried to quit the woman’s last sentences with a couple of “Eh” and then I took a book and showed it to my daughter.

Once at home, I was helping my little lady to take off her shoes and I looked into her eyes.

“You know, some people can speak only about bad things.”

“And why?”

“Maybe because they are afraid.”

“Why are they afraid?”

“Because they are weak. It takes much more strength to be happy, and it’s a lot easier to be sad. And we are strong.”

She smiled.

What children teach us: SIMPLICITY

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Two days ago it was a sunny cool day, so I started thinking where I could take my daughter outside to breathe some fresh air. I don’t know why, but usually the first places that come into my mind are kind of far to reach, as if I’m always looking for something “special” to do. So this would mean to take a car, to spend at least one hour away and it would take a little stress. But this time I just asked her.

“Where would you like to go?”.

“Why don’t we take a walk here down the street so that I can find three big leaves to take back home?”.

So we went.

We reached a small lawn with a bench and we sat down. “Look at the sky! How high the birds fly!”. How wonderful.

Then it was fun watching two cats playing with each other and also a few chickens that came to us maybe because they thought we were going to feed them, but hey, unfortunately we had come just to say hi.

“Look mum! These leaves are perfect! I’ll take one for me, one for dad and one for you!”.

What can look obvious and simple for us, is instead something extraordinary for a child. The world is full of wonderful things but we are usually too use to them or too in a hurry to notice them; children teach us to rediscover simplicity.