Ballon pants for my kids

When it comes to dressing my children, my first priority is that the clothes are practical and comfy. They are at the age of 4 and 2, they should have clothes on that allow them to crawl, to jump, to roll on the floor, to climb upstairs, to tickle each other (an the parents… and vica versa), to paint, to glue, to cook, to go outside and play catch-me-if-you can, to fight with the dog over food…

But I also like to dress them cute and stylish. In funy colours, with fun patterns, in clothes that are a bit unique and not everyone has them in the kindergarden.

When I shop for them, I mainly do it in H&M, because I find that it is good quality for good price, and also looks very nice. But last week, when I went to one these shops to find some new pants for Cherry (she seemed to grow out of all her trousers just overnight), I was a little bit disappointed. All the trousers offered for her age and size were the skinny style jeans, in different colours, or leggings. I didn’t want to buy her more leggings, she needs something a little bit more warm, and I am definately not going to buy her skinny jeans, because they are a pain to put on her, they are pushing her belly when playing in them and don’t allow free movements. Even I find skinny jeans a bit uncomfortable, and believe me, it is very rare that I am climbing over low fences or under small bushes in my free time, holding some plushies under my one arm and some sticks in my other hand… I understand that skinny jeans are in fashion, but for girls aged 2-8 years? No,thank you.

So I came home, and turned to my good-old pattern of balloon pants. You might remember, that I purchased some gorgeous fabric from Spoonflower recently. Well, when I was washing and hanging the fabric, Cherry saw them and immediately expressed her desire to have something made for her of the fabric with the dog cameos on. And Paddington did the same, repeating his favourite word, cars cars cars (so far that is the only word he says in both of his languages), pointing at the cute blue fabric with cars, buses, trucks and tractors on. So the choice of fabric was kind of clear πŸ™‚

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Here are Cherry’s new balloon pants, with dog faces on them, nice and comfy, wide and warm around the legs, and with some soft jersey fabric at the waist, which is my favourite part in the whole pattern, because no matter how much she fiddles around in the pants, her little waist is never gonna get uncovered and exposed to the cold.

Cherrys

And here are Paddington’s, I don’t even remember how I managed to finish them, because he was always next to me when I was working with the fabric, petting it, and pointing out the figures on it, repeating cars cars cars and tractor tractor tractor like a broken record πŸ™‚ He didn’t even want to let the pants out of his sight for the little time I was trying to make a picture of them, notice Paddington’s little fat feetsies next to them on the picture πŸ™‚ 2 seconds later he snatched the pants from the floor and started to run around with them in the room…

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Runs In The Family

For as long as I can remember, I always loved to make presents to my family and friends.

As far as I can see, so does Cherry. She comes home from kindergarden every single day with dozens of drawings, beaded necklaces and Hama pearl blades, and has a very accurate cataloge in her little head about what she had made and for who. A little bit surprising tough that most of the pinkish necklaces are meant to be my Dad’s πŸ™‚ Good he is so touched every time, that he couldn’t be happier to receive the necklaces, because there is a certain little girl showing them to him via Skype, chirping: “Look, Granddaddy, I made this for you, you are going to be very pretty!” Β πŸ˜€

But today, when I picked her up, even I was amazed. She was waiting for me with a piece of cloth in her hands, she, my not even 4-year-old daughter embroidered it with colourful yarn, and she said it was for me πŸ™‚ She also added that I should make a pillow of it, and sleep with it tonight in the big bed.

Cherry's cloth

So we came home, went through our afternoon-evening routine, and after dinner I took my sewing machine, a piece of Tilda fabric I had left in my stash, and some ribbons with horses on them (Cherry loves horses). Luckily I also found a lonely, small-sized pillow lying around, waiting for the perfect pillow case.

making the pillow

Cherry was very sweet and helpful during the sewing process. She helped me holding the fabrics, repeating a hundred times that this is going to be Mummy’s pillow, Mummy’s going to sleep with it tonight, she made it for Mummy, etc. Once it was done, nice and soft and fluffy, she laid her little head on it, to try it out.

loving the pillow

I think this is the most beautifil pillow on the whole Earth, and I am so happy for it, and so proud of my baby girl, and so touched by her warm gestures… I might even going to shed a few tears of emotion tonight, when resting my head on the pillow.

And now, excuse me, I have to go, I have a date with my new pillow πŸ™‚

Poppy Goes Pro

I know I have been absent from the blog for a little while now.

It is mainly because Paddington got the chicken pox. Luckily he didn’t get very sick of it, no fever, slight discomfort and tiredness, but usually he is the same happy, all-over-the-place, full of energy little boy as he is, just little itchy. The main problem is that he cannot take part in any social activity, and sarts to get a little restless in this house-arrest we are both condemed to… πŸ™‚

But, I have also been sewing! As you might remember, one of my plans for this year was to open my very own Etsy shop. I am kind of tired of not finding a proper job, getting rejected all the time, but these are the times nowadays, I am not the only one in this situation. So I thought, if noone gives me a job, then I will give myself a job! Figure that πŸ™‚ So I have been working diligently and trying to build up a little stash. It is not easy, thanks to Paddington’s condition, but I seize every opportunity to grab my sewing machine, I also stay up late and I am basically running on coffee… πŸ™‚

To help this process, a little package of supplies arrived yesterday. I ordered some stickers, name and size tags from Ikast Etiket, and I am very pleased with the result! It was also for a very reasonable price, I would say.

supplies

So, What do you think?

stickers

tags

Is It Spring Yet?

My poor body is longing for spring. Mentally I don’t feel it’s been a long winter, at least not yet, but my body says: “I want sunshine! I want vitamins!” and it also says: “Let’s sleep!”. And so we do. I sleep 10-11 hours per night (I know, it’s unheard of among mums with small kids, but luckily mine are marmots – they are very good at sleeping – so noone disturbs me), still, in the morning I can barely crawl out my bed, and by the afternoon I cannot keep my eyes open. I am constantly craving for apples and tomatoes (and I swear, I am not even pregnant!) and coffee… These are all signs of my body is getting discharged.

But there is hope! Today suddenly the temperature rised significantly, and the snow started to melt in patches, also in our garden. And guess what’s been hiding under the snow? Spring! Spring has been hiding under it πŸ™‚

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Fabric delivery

I feel like a child on Christmas Day πŸ™‚ Not so long ago a very nice gentleman rang our doorbell, and presented me with the package I have been waiting for for sooo long: My Spoonflower order!

spoonflower

For those of you who are not familiar with it: Spoonflower is the most amazing thing that can happen to fabric! They take your design and turn it into fabric! Luckily for me, being not so good at designing, you can also choose from the thousands of gorgeous designs uploaded by other, very talented people. So I made my picks, built up a nice little stash, and now they are waiting in my “sewing room” to be used. Just look at these beauties…

the stash

I am so excited, have I told you yet? πŸ™‚

girl and boy

Cherry’s Rainbow Retro Circle Blanket

Ta-daaam! It is done πŸ™‚

the blankie

Isn’t it wonderful? It took longer time for me to join the squares than expected, and there is one very simple reason for it: My book arrived by post last week. And even tough I promised myself that I won’t open it until I’m done with the blanket, because I knew I am not going to able to put it down again once I start it, I couldn’t help it, and gave it a sneek peek… I basically closed the book again 800 pages later… damn, I am weak πŸ™‚ Or is it just an excellent book? πŸ™‚ Anyway, it is a shame you cannot read while you are crocheting, so my finishing of the blanket slowed down a bit.

book

 

But now I am finished with the book, and finished with the blanket πŸ™‚

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Cherry was very happy to see that her blanket was finally done, she has been waiting for it so patiently. Also, I say it was a very good timing, because the blanket was done yesterday, the very same day when the first dots of the chicken pox appeared on Cherry’s little body… A little bit of consolation for her missing out the mascarade in the kindergarden today…

rocking chair

I showed off the blankie to my Mum via Skype, and she said it is beautiful, and she ordered a throw for their double bed right away πŸ™‚ Well, first I would like to make a similar blanket for Paddington’s room, but after that I’m gonna start my parents’. I think it’s gonna be a nice Christmas present πŸ˜€

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