Friday, 28 November 2014

Thank y'owl for being there!

In the U.K. the majority of our maternity and ante-natal care is provided by midwives. We then have a midwife to attend the birth, two if you're lucky, and then post-natal care is also provided by midwives for the first few weeks.

In my local health board area, you only see a consultant if you're considered high-risk, or have something different to 'usual'. Of course everyone is unusual because there is no normal with pregnancy so I was referred to the consultant thrice, and thrice I was referred back to the midwives.

Many of you know I suffer anxiety and panic attacks so I looked into having a doula. She talked through my birthing options with me and I decided to have a home birth to minimise my anxiety. I also hired the doula, an incredibly supportive lady called Catrin from South Wales Doulas, but more about her another time. Long story short, if you're in South Wales and can afford to, hire her immediately! (Only if you're pregnant, it would be odd otherwise, although she does do post-natal support too).

Anyway, where were we, oh yes! So before I even gave birth I felt that Catrin had been well worth her fee so decided to make her a thank you gift. I knew she was the kind of person to appreciate a handmade gift. She mentioned one visit that she likes owls so...KER-CHING! An owl cushion it was.

I used eyelet lace trim for the owl's ruffles and buttons for eyes. All of the fabric came from my scraps bin apart from the floral outer which was a single FQ.

I used a pure wool jacket for the backing, although I didn't fully think about using wool fabric on the bias so it was a tad tricky to sew straight! Thank goodness for walking feet. Walking foots?

Catrin was really pleased with her gift, and I was so pleased I'd been able to make her something.

I made sure she knew that I had started on her gift while I was on the gas & air. Oh how we laughed....

However, it was my addiction to sewing that saw me on my office chair with a bruised coccyx, one week after giving birth, using my crutch to sort of gondola steer myself between ironing board and sewing machine finishing this off!

Secondly then, I felt a bit bad for my midwife who'd been with me throughout my pregnancy. I saw her every week from around halfway through and although she was shocking at appointment times, she was very knowledgeable and very supportive. She wasn't on call the day that Elvis was born, so I had a midwife from Merthyr come over and a second from Pontypridd. As I was having a home birth, I had two midwives.

I wish my midwife had been on call, it was only being in the birthing pool that stopped me lamping the attending midwife for clomping up and down my wooden stairs in her wooden 4" wedge shoes. Honestly, have some respect woman, I'm kinda busy here.

This is the owl cushion I made for my midwife.

 The belly ruffles are made from some crochet trim and the backing is the same linen as the front outer border.

My midwife didn't open hers while she was with me so I don't know if she was overly chuffed with it, but she did call me later to say thank you.

Not that I was showing favouritism at all in giving my favourite one to my doula, Catrin, honest!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Sweet Cicely II

If you haven't heard of Sweet Cicely, you might want to check out my blog post about my beautiful grandmother, Cicely.

Now there's a new sweet Cicely in town and she's definitely making waves! Here she is doing her 'Rocky' look.

She's named Cicely Jane, Cicely after my grandmother and Jane after Dusband's mum who passed away in January 2000. It seems Cicely may be lucky enough to have inherited Jane's beautiful auburn hair, she came out very dark and it seems to be lightening up!

Cicely was born at 5.21pm on Saturday 27th September, at home as planned. She weighed 7lb 6oz and so far is proving to be a hit with all who come for a cwtch!

Please excuse the obvious blog silence that's still to come, it's taken me a week to work out how to have a shower before lunchtime, and even then only because we had back up in the form of my sister in law!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lazy girl's zip ends

Does everyone follow Maria's blog? I hope so, she makes some of the best bags!

A while back she posted photos of some metal zip ends and thus began a search internationally (not just by me) to find who supplied them so that we could all stop having to make zip end tabs!

I found a factory who made them but they didn't reply to my emails and after a while (ok, a few months) my brain finished whirring and I came up with the most ridiculously simple solution.

Funnily enough, Liz from Moment's blog also had the exact same idea, in the exact same week. Great minds think alike, or fools rarely differ?

Anyway, you can check out my lazy girl's zip ends tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew.

Happy lazying! x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Marilyn's Nappy Bag

Hello lovelies,

Check out Marilyn's gorgeous Nappy Bag!

Pop over to her blog to read more about it and see her detailed review of the Nappy Bag pattern.

Marilyn's blog, shades of bold, is so inspiring, she makes such beautiful bags, and very regularly inspires me to get off my bottom and go do some sewing!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Candice's Bookbag Backpack

It's always nice to receive compliments, but it's especially nice to receive them from customers who love making one's patterns.

Last week I was so blessed to receive the following messages from one of my customers Candice. She very kindly agreed to let me share the photos of her latest make, the Bookbag Backpack with you all.

Candice says she's not very good at photography but I think her pics look great! 

Here's the messages Candice sent with the photos:

About a million years ago LOL (okay, that's an exaggeration) you had asked if I had pictures to share of the back pack I made for my granddaughter using your pattern. Well, I didn't. BUT, she requested I use your pattern for her back pack again this year. :D She loves it, and so do I. She's certain she is the envy of ALL her classmates - not only does she have a one of a kind, it can be used so many different ways. I'm certainly far from a photographer, but I did the best I could. LOL And of course, heaven forbid I forgot to put the long strap in the pictures. LOL Oh well. Super super pattern, great instructions and is by far the best back pack pattern out there! I'm looking forward to buying your nappy bag pattern soon, though I'm far from needing a nappy bag. hahahaha 

I am just so impressed - again, you have a real talent! I know I will be making this pattern for her in different fabrics for other years and for my other granddaughter soon too! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. :)

Nothing in the world makes a pattern designer happier than to hear that her patterns are being used....and then enjoyed. That's the beautiful thing about buying PDF patterns, you can print it time and again and your bag will always come out unique depending on what fabric you've chosen!

Thanks for sharing with us Candice!
P.s. if you've made a bag from one of my patterns and would like to be featured on my blog, please do leave me a message or drop me an email!