Over the Winter months I joined in with a lovely linky party where each month we shared what we had been making, I have missed this during the Spring, it focused me on writing about it. My time hasn't allowed for as many posts of late so my making has stayed hidden from the world.
It has been a busy season of birthdays which means more making for me, there are far too many for me to make for them all, but I make what I can find the time for. It has taken me so long to get round to writing this post, its ironic that when I am busy I have so many blog post ideas floating about in my head and half written on paper and when I life is quieter I have more time to write posts and am scratching around looking for ideas.......
Alice has a birthday in Spring and it goes without saying that I spent much of my time making presents for her! She also wanted me to make party bags for all her friends (and their siblings) whom she had invited to her party, so of course I said yes.........
....nine bags made entirely with fabric from my stash, small leftovers pieces from larger projects. They seemed to take forever to make, but it was worth it when I saw the looks on the children's faces as they were given out.
The birthday girl herself got more clothes for the the best dressed dolly in England and a drawstring bag which I don't seem to have taken a picture of and I can't find the bag. The bag contained a book on learning to knit and the pieces to make her own knitting needles, we are going to start on that new journey next month.
I made another noughts and crosses game, using slightly different ribbon this time as I couldn't get hold of the spotty one I used last time. This was sent off along with several beanbags, to a very old friend of mine's children whose birthdays are on consecutive days. It was a rather heavy parcel, due to the weight of those beans, something I had foolishly not considered before making them.
I took part in a swop for the Summer Solstice, we were all paired up with someone to send a parcel of goodies to. I sent my swop partner, a knitted washcloth and a bar of soap, a drawstring project bag, two homemade beeswax food covers and a book which was one of my favourites last year. It was well received!
I made an appliqué sun for our seasonal table, we had it hanging in our tent for the summer camp.
Over the last two years I have made many play capes. Each time I make one I am left with a quarter of a circle of fabric (plus a few strips too depending on how accurately the shop has cut the fabric). I have kept every single one of those quadrants and had amassed quite a pile of them. I have had a few ideas for projects to make with them none of which have come to fruition until I came across a photo whilst surfing online and knew that I had found just the thing. Rainbow wings. I have no idea where I found that original photo or whether what I have made looks anything like the same. I made it up. I used bias binding across the top of the wings with elastic sewn in to attach the wings to the child. I need to redo this, it has pulled away in places as has the elastic but they still get used all the time despite the fact that they are currently held together with several safety pins!
I have slowed down a little now the summer is here. I am hoping to make myself a dress and I have a few projects on the needles, some of which are nearly finished. I know come the Autumn I will be busy making and creating again!