Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Creative Space

A quick thank you for all your words of encouragement! It's quite motivating and inspires me to try to get things finished off.

I've managed to complete three double page spreads now, but I think I just need one more page. The rabbit is my new favourite, but maybe I need a cat character or something to complete the series? I also need some front and back pages. Of course, I still have no idea how I'll sew it all together, but I'm sure when the time comes I'll work it out!

I have a few more half finished projects featuring these characters which I will try to finish off today, but next week I think I'll move to some painting and illustration work to go up in the nursery. What a luxury to have the time (for a little bit longer anyway!)
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Monday, July 26, 2010

A belly pic!

I've had a few requests for some BELLY pics and have been meaning to get one up here for a while. This is a few weeks ago and I'm already bigger than this now!

With only about 4 weeks to go, I'm starting to feel the effects of the late stages of pregnancy! I'm not wanting to venture too far from the house and my sleep pattern is already broken up with endless loo stops, painful leg cramps and aching hips! All part of the training for all of those sleepless nights ahead (and all worth if of course!!). The little flutterings of movement have become strong kicks, and my internal organs seem to be getting a bit of a bruising these days.

The nursery is coming along well, our bags are packed for the hospital and we seem to have most things organised should the baby decide on an early entry into this world....oh, except for the baby seat fitted in the car, a mattress for the cot, a change mat for the change table, the much STUFF for such a small little thing!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Creative Space

I got a little distracted away from the book project this week to see how this dog character would adapt into a different product. I've been working on some projects from this great basic book, and pushing the designs a little further.

This is my interpretation of the rattle. I had to put x3 bells in it as the stuffing really muffled the noise of the bell, but I think it's turned out quite cute!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Creative Space

After yesterdays fruitful afternoon of ideas, I decided to start these characters off in a small cloth book.

I made some templates of each of the character shapes, so that I can apply them to other things later.

I love my old Elna sewing machine. It's just been serviced and it sews like a dream. Basic, but that's just how I like it thanks very much! It's been so long since I've sewn that I almost forgot how to thread it up and adjust things like the tension!

It didn't take long for it to feel like old times, and I was soon zig zag stitching with the best of them!!

I'm looking forward to starting on the Bunny, and the Crocodile pages next. Of course, I have not quite figured out the logistics of stitching all the pages together yet, but will deal with that one later!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Character ideas

I've had to resist the urge to just dive into the sewing, as I also want to add some detail and characters to things. So I made myself sit down and do some sketching. Before I knew it I was "in the mode"! What a lovely afternoon!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Creative Space

Now that I am a woman of leisure (well for a few more weeks until the baby arrives!) I thought it was a great chance to participate in some activities with fellow bloggers.

So I'm starting things off here at Kootoyoo where there are some very clever people sharing their creative spaces.

Here's what's been on our dining table of late!

My studio space has been converted into the baby's nursery, so I've had to find space elsewhere to keep the creativity flowing!

I haven't sewn for years, so I'm cheating a bit and decorating some plain tees and bodysuits that I bought for the baby.

The whole piece is hand sewn, as it's obviously a finished garment and a bit tough to guide under a sewing machine. While it's been very time consuming it's also very relaxing.

I just need some blue in there somewhere now.

The big challenge is to finish it off before starting the next piece! Too many ideas!

There's knitting to finish, rugs, bibs and cushions to be sewn, and I still want to paint some illustrations to decorate the walls of the nursery!.....SO MUCH TO DO...and loving it!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Commence the nesting!

We are now 33 weeks into the pregnancy and somehow I still can't take in that we will have a baby in this house in a little while. It's just too exciting.

Time just races by and I have now officially finished work. While it was with mixed emotions that I headed off on maternity leave, I'd have to say that deep down I'm quite relieved in the end! The travel was getting too much and the exhaustion has set in. I've been sleeping 10 -12 hrs a night (with several loo stops of course!) but my body is really demanding some rest time!

Having said that, I've just enjoyed a week of family staying over which meant we could finally get some furniture moved into the nursery! Here's the progress so far:

I still have to work out what to do with that window that you can see above the shelving. I assume it was meant to have a stain glass window in it at some point but the previous owners never finished it. It opens into the living room/kitchen, and I'm thinking of adding some shutters...or creating a diorama, or simply some curtains!

Funnily enough, there's more red in here than I planned, but I love it, so am going with the flow on this one!

Even the feature wall has come up well with the contrasting red in front of it! I have started buying the nappies, creams, wipes etc etc and I can't believe how much STUFF babies need! It was really odd buying my first pack of nappies!

We've picked up a second hand cot, and I am still avoiding the whole pram buying thing! It's just too overwhelming. I've no idea where to start with this - there's just too many options out there and how are you meant to know what you'll need when you've never used one!!

My wonderful work colleagues helped to start things off on the clothing and toy front, so we can now build on that.

I'm not sure when things will start to feel real for me! The baby is certainly active enough to be a constant reminder, but somehow I still can't take it all in! I guess I have several weeks now to just focus on the nesting instinct and to enjoy the build up to such a life changing moment!

I've also given in to the crafting bug, so lots to share in the coming days!
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