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My favourite thing at the moments is to sew beautiful things. Dresses, bags, baby slings. I like my creations to be a bit different and a bit special. I love making things for friends and family as I know they will be treasured.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Busy bee needs a breather.

Well, things just keep geting busier for Isah Boo, which is great. Luckily I still have time to indulge in my other craft pursuits, in particular knitting. Here are a few things that have been taking up my time lately:

Another Isah Boo dress. One of these days I am going to have to make Isobel some more dresses, as she is growing out of them fast!

The first of six bunny bowling pins. For another craft swap. Saw the pattern on and thoought they were gorgeous!

Another nappy bag. Denim on the reverse side, so hopefully will appeal to people.

A knitting needle roll, works much better than my holey plastic bag was! Probably coould do with more pockets, but not bad for a prototype!

And of course, still doing more knitting. A hat for my partner, and when I get a chance to get to the shops for some more needles, some baby legs for the gift swap.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Knitting nutter...

Well, Isah Boo now has it's very own Facebook page. Feedback has been really positive which is great.

In the midst of all the sewing, when my brain starts to do silly things like sew pockets on the bottom of pant legs, I have gotten back into knitting big time.

So far I have knitted a dress and some longies for Isobel, and a hooded poncho. At the moment I'm using a bamboo/wool blend which is amazingly soft to make a baby's hat. Will hopefully also get around to making matching leggies too. My absolute favourite site for knitting patterns is What a treasure trove!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Apple bottom jeans

Ok, so boys clothes! What a challenge to make things that are cute, but not too babyish, and not too grown up. Here is my first pair of "apple bottom jeans". Matching shirt soon to make an appearance!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

For Lily

Dresses made for the beautiful Miss Lily for her birthday celebrations, can't wait to see them on.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The newest baby...Isah Boo

Well, it would seem that I have a new baby. The last couple of days has bought the conception of Isah Boo, my new label of gorgeous, one-off pieces for kids and mummas who care about quality and value individuality. There have been requests for some boys clothes to be included as well, and eager to please, these are now in the pipelines. The pieces you see on the blog are all unique, and so if you are inspired by a fabric or a style, let me know and I will be happy to make you your very own. And of course, as long as they haven't already been snapped up, you will be able to purchase what you see here as well.

Size 18 months

Monday, May 25, 2009

May Days

Life has been busy with a new born, although at four months old I'm ot sure whether she qualifies anymore!

I have been knitting for her. The first is a dress knitted from this pattern: So easy to knit and lovely made in "Smoothie" yarn.

The second is a hooded poncho: (I think I will be making another of these.)

In other news, I have been stocking up on fabrics from Spotlight in the hopes of creating enough pretty dresses and girls clothes to sell. Here are two dresses I made for my niece:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

All the pretty girls...

Have pretty dresses. Here's one I made to fit an 18 month old. It had to be a warmer dress so I used a fine corduroy and heavy cotton. Ribbons in matching and contrasting colours were added to give it that personal touch, as well as a pocket for storing treasures found.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's in the bag

Problem: My five year old nappy bag was getting old and a little tatty. Plus, it was like, so five years ago!

Problem: I spied some gorgeous fabric but didn't really know what to do with it.

Solution: A new nappy bag! Fully reversible, lots of pockets and completely unique.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bags this one!

So, I am making some gifts and the first is a carry bag. The fabric is a beige Indian cotton duck, the paint a test pot of Dulux! My notions of making a stencil with wax paper were sadly abandoned when the paper wouldn't stick to the fabric, so this was painted free hand.

Painting the print

The finished print, before the bag was sewn.

The finished bag.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Keeping it in the family

Proud mummy moment today. Noah has been doing lots of drawing and here are some of the results:Me as a rock star (aged 20 apparently!)

Noah and Mummy in the rain

Spongebob and Plankton

Noah and Mummy (hearts are a theme at the moment)

Our Family, our home and the car (note baby Isobel in my arms).

Friday, March 6, 2009

Isobel's Room

Well, my partner, Nick, and I bought the house in March last year and we have spent the last almost 12 months renovating. We have still to do the bathroom, and bits here and there, but on the whole we have done most of the major jobs.

What was originally going to be my office/sewing room when we first moved in soon became the nursery when we found out Isobel would be arriving in January. Luckily, it was easy enough to add the pink to the neutral colour we had painted the bedrooms, although a lot of people thought maybe we should wait until we actually knew she was a girl. I made her quilt and the fabric canvases to match, as well as the picture frame, which actually has a cork backing so keepsakes can be pinned to it.

Next on the list of things to do when I get some spare time (i.e. in between providing the good stuff on tap) is the curtains. Could take a while...

In the beginning

I am new to this whole blog thing so bear with me if you can. Apart from feeding the somewhat self absorbed side of my personality I am hoping to make this somewhere to exhibit my attempts at being crafty and creative.

Firstly, here are my greatest creations so far, two gorgeous children Noah (5) and Isobel (6 weeks)