Black apple dolls

If , like me, you want to join the xmas toy making project...here there is another nice example to make... with a "pattern" and instructions too.

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll?lnc=38f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD&rsc=showmain_tv_the-martha-stewart-show

When i grow young....


Last Friday, on my way home, i was carrying my sewing machine on one shoulder, a bag full of things on the other, talking to mom on the mobile, and struggling to move amongst hundreds of people... someone approached me and gave me a flower "let me give you a flower to make your day!"
I was so surprised... i had heard of people movements to encourage people being kind and more friendly but never experienced it myself...

Today, at lunch time, i have found my way to pay back! Have a look

http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/search/label/Spain

"forest friend stuffies "

I was looking at something else and i cam across this great blog with a lovely "how to" on making little felt woodland creatures.... I love it!

http://ricebabies-ca.blogspot.com/2009/09/forest-friends-birthday.html

I have been terribly focused on making my nieces and friends' kids' Christmas presents and so i am on the look for anything cute.... This seems to fit the bill ;-)

great news

A while back i mentioned how i purchased the first of these two books "pattern magic"... Having found it through a blog i bought it off Ebay...( http://sew-ing.blogspot.com/2009/05/pattern-magic.html )

Well, yesterday, i went with my husband to the Japan centre ( in Piccadilly street, off Piccadilly circus) to discover, that the food section has been moved down to another building around the corner in lower regents street.

As a result, the used-to-be tinny book shop is now large enough to cater for crafts books as well as magazines, manga or cooking books... we were very happy to find that they do, in fact sell, the same books here, at the price i bought them from the Internet (a tat too expensive when you know the "real" price) but without having to depend on the good will of the postal strikers!!! And so, I am happy.

There are books on children crafts, knitting, sewing projects, kimono books and many more :-)

Current projects

The next thing i need to report on is that i have, with some of my colleagues/friends, started to meet on Tuesdays to sew! we have officially reinstated the Tuesdays sewing tradition, and it was great! so much fun... i personally took the opportunity to begin work on my Xmas presents to my two nieces... two lovely dresses...
For the younger one, i used a kind of knit in deep grey which i am going to adorn with some contrasting flowers. The pattern i chose was "Sophia #BS-005" (which i got for free months ago, from the Burda website... http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/sophia...it appears to be $2 now...)
For the elder one, a girly dress with a beautiful "end of the roll" bit of fabric i bought at my local charity shop.... the pattern is a bit "traditional" but i will do it with a "twist"... something like this could be great fun... keep you posted ;-)