Final Day! Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour & Giveaway

December 20, 2014

We have reached the last day of our Big Little Doll Tour before returning for the giveaway results tomorrow.  I do hope you have enjoyed seeing the beautiful and heartfelt dolls these lovely ladies have made from my Fleur Doll Pattern.

Today we visit our last two crafty ladies - Sarah from Squiggling About and Christine from Beanniequilts.

Christine lives in Maine, USA with her husband, son and little three year old daughter.  Although Christine works part-time, she loves to make things with her children, knit, sew, quilt, crochet and embroider.  Christine's daughter named her doll "Farrah" and both children are just in love with her :)  You can read more about Farrah on Christine's blog - right here!





Sarah lives in the UK with her hubby and daughter and has never made a doll before other than a knitted one - so this pattern was something new to her too!

Sarah used vintage embroidered napkins to create a little flower "tattoo" on her doll and coupled her with pink hair - for her "pink obsessed little girl"!   Too cute :)   See and read more about Sarah's doll right here on her blog Squiggling About. 






If you would like to see some of the previous dolls in the tour, you can find them here:

Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
Leanne @ Paper Moon
Christine @ Beanniequilts

I have so enjoyed putting "Fleur" together and sometime in the future there are plans for more doll patterns from same basic doll body.  How to create her eyes in various colours, some modified eye styles (for the nervous amongst us!) different hair styles and of course clothes.  Once you make one, you will likely become hooked! 


GET FLEUR WITH 15% OFF, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY!

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.



Today is also the last day to enter the giveaway!
Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has lovingly made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why.   There are options for some extra entries too!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  Good luck!  The winner will be notified tomorrow and posted on Big Little's Facebook page xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)

Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour - Day 3

December 19, 2014

Today's stop in the Doll Tour is at Leanne's place!  Leanne probably doesn't need much introduction as you have probably already read her blog over at Paper Moon Living.  If you haven't, now is a great time as it is such a good read!

Leanne made rather a modified doll, helping me test out a simpler eye version to the original - especially designed for those who are a little nervous about embroidering the eyes.  It is the same classic eye shape but in simple black with a little highlight.

Leanne had lots of fun making the clothes too - modifying the bodice of the dress into a super cool vest and adapting her French knickers into pants.  Very clever!

Check out some more great pics of Leanne's super chic doll over on her blog - right here.


The tour continues tomorrow...

Wed   Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
          Kara @ Kara McMurray
Thu   Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Fri     Leanne @ Paper Moon
Sat     Christine @ Beanniequilts
          Sarah @ Squiggling About


GET FLEUR WITH 15% OFF, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY!

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.



You may have already hear, but Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has lovingly made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why.   There are options for some extra entries too!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  Good luck!   xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)






Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour - Day 2

December 18, 2014

Today's stop on the Big Little Doll Tour we are visiting Aimee, who lives in the South Island of New Zealand with her Husband and gorgeous wee girl.

Aimee makes all sorts of clothing for her little girl, but a doll was something a little bit different from her regular sewing.  She created an absolutely beautiful doll and has kindly donated her to be gifted to a child this Christmas.  You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.  Don't worry!  She also made another for her sweet little girl, who helped choose her delicious pink alpaca hair   :)

Be sure to stop by and check out Aimee's take on my doll pattern on her blog Small Steps Big Noises - right here.






The tour continues tomorrow...

Wed   Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
          Kara @ Kara McMurray
Thu   Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Fri     Leanne @ Paper Moon
          Sarah @ Squiggling About
Sat     Christine @ Beanniequilts
Sat     Imogen @ Imogen Eve


GET FLEUR WITH 15% OFF, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY!

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.
Click HERE to get Fleur with 15% off

To enter the giveaway for Aimee's beautiful doll, all you have to do is nominate a child you know and why.  There are other options for some extra entries too! Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  We would love it if you would share it with your friends as well.  Good luck! xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)




Fleur - A Big Little Doll Tour - and GIVEAWAY!

December 17, 2014

Over the last few weeks a wonderful team of ladies from around New Zealand and the world have been lovingly sewing some special dolls.  These ladies with varying sewing skills and experience have been helping me test my doll pattern to ensure everything was perfect and they have done such an amazing job.  The pattern is now it is ready for you to sew your own doll!

I thought you might like to take a peek at their lovely dolls before they are gifted to their little ones for christmas, so without further ado, let me start by introducing you to two very special dolls made by two very talented ladies!

Firstly meet "Giselle" who was lovingly crafted by Jenny of Mend and Make New.  Jenny is a bit of a sewing superstar so I was delighted when she volunteered to test my pattern.  Isn't Giselle just adorable!  You can see more pics and read all about her on Jenny's blog here.

Here is "Emma", crafted by Kara of Kara McMurray.  You may remember this post from a long time ago about the special crochet blanket I started making with my Gran?  Well it turns out Kara was the lady who so beautifully joined it all together for me!  Such a wonderful small world.   See and read more about "Emma" here.

Thanks so much ladies for helping me test my new Fleur Doll Pattern.  They did such a wonderful job don't you think?!

The tour continues tomorrow...

Wed   Jenny @ Mend and Make New 
          Kara @ Kara McMurray
Thu   Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Fri     Leanne @ Paper Moon
          Sarah @ Squiggling About
Sat     Christine @ Beanniequilts
Sat     Imogen @ Imogen Eve


GET FLEUR WITH 15% OFF, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY!

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.
Click HERE to get Fleur with 15% off

Also, in other exciting news, Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has lovingly made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why.   There are options for some extra entries too!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter (sometimes it takes a second or two to load) or pop over to my Facebook page and enter there.  Good luck!   xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally, however as the giveaway closes quite close to Christmas it will likely only reach a NZ residence in time - however we are happy to post internationally if you are happy for it to arrive whenever it does :)


Introducing Fleur - 15% off this week

December 15, 2014

I'm so excited to share with you the release of Fleur my very first doll pattern!  A beautiful and sweet vintage-style cloth doll with hand stitched features, who can be made from entirely natural materials.  She has taken three or four years to put together... and I am so proud of her :)

She has a braided/plaited hair style, wears a sweet kimono crossover dress with matching French knickers, and little shoes.   Fleur is a modified vintage pattern - I don't claim to have designed her, simply given her some tweaks here and there.  My work lies in the detailed instructions and tutorials for her construction, facial features, hair and of course clothes!

Fleur is suitable for someone who has used a sewing machine before, and has an interest in creating a magical doll for someone they love.  She is not a whip-it-up-in-an-evening project, rather she can be easily achieved in little pockets over time... nap times, evenings and spare 10 minutes here and there.

GET FLEUR WITH 15% OFF, NOW THROUGH SUNDAY!

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.

I simply can't wait to share her with you.  I hope she fills you with as much joy as she does me.

Starting tomorrow we will be taking a wee tour of all the dolls made by the wonderful group of ladies who helped me test this pattern.  I'm sure you are going to love meeting some new bloggers and seeing their beautiful work.  There will also be a wonderful GIVEAWAY for a lovely doll for a little girl starting tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and check it out.

xx

Tadpoles

December 11, 2014


We moved into our "treehouse" in winter over two years ago, planning in spring to welcome some chickens into our lives.  A little bit of rural life within our rainforest location felt so exciting and comforting and right.  Alas, spring came and went with a necessary overseas trip, and some broken limbs requiring lots of care so our beloved chickens were on the back burner.

During the following autumn my honey drew up some marvellous plans for a chicken coop, with the intention of building it as a winter project.  Alas, this year his winter was spent caring for me and lovingly parenting our little girl - a much higher priority wouldn't you say?  So although somewhat disappointing not to have our egg laying girls with us yet, I'm learning that good things happen in their own good time.  Hopefully next spring everything might fall into place :)

Saying that, I was still hankering for a little bit of "life" about the place, when I had a sudden revelation.  Frogs!  We have some resident green and gold bell frogs in the "jungle" part of our property already so introducing a few more wouldn't exactly be a big deal...

Anyway, long story short, a very exciting, much anticipated parcel arrived in the post!. Live tadpoles!  Oooh fun.  Our little girl has been chattering constantly about legs and tails, and feeds them frozen spinach after she finishes her dinner each night.

Simple fun.

Xx






Elephant Dress

December 01, 2014

You might have noticed that someone is sporting a full arm cast.  Which brings it to five broken bones (three accidents) in a year.  I know.  We can barely believe it.  This last one she simply rolled off the sofa and managed to break both bones and displace them requiring an urgent trip to Starship hospital for manipulation under anaesthetic.  This happened a while ago and we are nearing the end of this broken arm journey, thank goodness.

Luckily, it wasn't nearly as much of an impact on her life as her leg was, and after a few days she was running around like nothing had happened and barely noticed the cast.  Except of course when changing her clothes - which does happen multiple times per day as the whim takes her :)

As it happened I started sewing her this dress months ago in autumn, however,  it was abandoned when the sickness set in.  Remembering how it had button openings and even elastic loop buttons under the arms as well, it seemed to be the perfect "broken arm dress"!   With just the pockets needing to be sewn on to complete it, I hit the sewing machine for the first time in absolute months.  Ten very long minutes later it was done, mama took a nap and we had a dress that would go on easily!

Elephants are still her animal of choice hence the little free form embroidery I did ages ago on the pockets.  She calls all elephants "Heffalumps" after Winnie the pooh - too sweet.  Thank goodness it was an instant hit!  She chose the little bunny buttons which she found in my button jar.  I based the dress off a vintage pattern adjusting the length to fit.

Now, just need to figure out how to keep sand in the sand pit and out of the cast :)

Xx