Category Archives: Things We’ve Made

It’s that pink, chocolaty time of year again…

Hello Friends

Yep, allegedly it’s February already. That means Valentines Day is just around the corner – get out the stretchy pants and show me the chocolate! It’s my turn to organise a craft activity at my little one’s Friday playgroup this week, and I am eager to put together a Valentines theme that doesn’t involve 10 kilos of red glitter and endless paper doily hearts….

Looking for a some inspiration, I revisited Ali’s beautiful treasury from last year:

(still coveting that little locket…)

…and this one from January:

Hmmmm, bunting?, clay necklace?…  All lovely, but no lightbulb moments yet.

On then to some *researching* amongst the many Etsy treasures, like this one:

and this one:

and this one:

(do click the link and spend some time perusing this lovely shop while you wear your heart on your sleeve…)

Umm, yeah, obviously papercutting and scalpels are not going to fly with the under 5’s – time to pop over to the trusty Ellen at The Long Thread, and her conveniently timed Valentines round up post – oh the loveliness!

The colour junkie in me really loves the crayon idea, but not a quick project to entrance boisterous little ones.  The recycled paper hearts centre bottom (from Ellen’s earlier post here) are getting the mind racing though….. as a garland? Mini ones strung together as a necklace? A mobile? Hmmmm…

Will take some pictures Friday and show you the resulting happy chaos.

M&A

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Things We’ve Made: To give or not to give

Hello friends.

We enjoy blogging here in this little space and sharing the behind the scenes of our blossoming little business. Up until now things have all been rather focused on shop happenings and product developments – Cool, we hear you say, but we wouldn’t mind you shaking it up and getting a little personal on us …. Got it.

In our endearingly random blogging fashion, today we bring you the first of our somewhat-regualar posts ‘Things We’ve Made’. It’s true – we do make other stuff. Usually for other people (Christmas was  a whirlwind of present making), but sometimes we even manage to treat ourselves to something just for us. Like this bag (no whimsical name sorry, unless you consider ‘Mummy’s bag’ a suitable moniker):

Action shot, forgive the awkward disjointed shoulder look

I (Megan) began this project intending to give it to my Mum for her December birthday. Taking inspiration loosely from this one, I imagined a simple and quick project that would produce  a jaunty little bag just right for Mum to take on a much anticipated upcoming cruise. Snip snip, stitch stitch, wrap it up, back to the pile of Christmas present making – right?. Errr, not quite.

  • I don’t  like to follow the rules.
  • If there is a long, frustrating yet sometimes successful way of doing an otherwise simple thing, I will find it.
  • Things have to be just so.
Determined to use my existing stash, I sliced up the legs of my favourite jeans that had ripped through the seat (here’s a tip folks – don’t sit on the sharp heel edges of your favourite boots a billion times a day, unless you are looking for some backside airconditioning vents to appear). I also found one of Hubby’s old shirts with some rather nice squared off pockets for the lining. Got to have pockets, my Mum.
I sliced out the pockets from the shirt, and a back pocket from the jeans, and added them to the outer and inner layers…. a tiny tucked under allowance, a bit of topstitching and presto!
Here’s the bag ready for the handles to be threaded through:
A tricky bit of not-quite-straight-but-blow-it-it’s-handmade detailing here:
and here on the handles (I lashed out on some webbing for strength – my Mum works her bags hard).
Not exactly a simple rope bag as you can see, but I was really chuffed with how it came out…. there was even a little part of me that was a bit sad to be parting with it. Never mind, I happily imagined Mum sauntering around the cruise ship with it dangling off her arm, and prepared myself for parting ways.
Unbeknown to me, my sister had had a similar idea, and had spontaneously taken Mum shopping for  a new bag two days before her actual birthday…. drat! As she giddily showed me all the pockets and compartments and dangly bits of her new treasure, I realised that a plan B was in order – so a delicious massage voucher it was. Everyone was happy, and I have a new bag. Nice.
I am sure if I had set out to make it for myself in the beginning, it would still be languishing atop an unfinished avalanche of projects while I moved on to something else that had a gift-giving deadline. Hooray for lack of family present buying communication!
M & A