Meet Valentino, aka “George”

He’s finally here. He was born on August 1st, at 8.49pm, after an extremely quick but very intense and extremely painful, labour. 
We are all madly in love with this very peaceful little guy. xxx

Fabric canvas art

I cannot remember how I came up with the idea of making fabric canvases. The first time I experimented with this technique was before Olivia turned 1. I was looking at making my own party’s invitation cards and tried gluing some fabric to a piece of cardboard. And that was it! I liked the process and the end results, although I didn’t use the card at the end, because I couldn’t figure out a way to scan the image properly and get it printed out on time. But that is a different story.
During the past year, I had another go at it, this time using a canvas as a background and introducing gel medium in the final process. I failed twice; first time I used too much gel, second time I tried a matt gel that didn’t quite work.

But, as they say, third time lucky, I finally managed to produce something I was pleased with. So that so, I gave it to my friend’s baby girl as a present for her first birthday.

The process is a bit messy, but fun, and I’m planning to write a short tutorial on how to make a simple fabric canvas soon.

This is something I enjoyed doing very much; it combines my love for printed fabric and my inability to sew properly. And it gives me a good excuse to keep buying pretty fabric.

As I made two identical canvases at the same time (I like to work in tandem!), I’m putting one up for sale in my Etsy shop.

Cross stitch fan…not!

We started to receive baby gifts from family and friends! G’s auntie gave us a yellow baby bib with some plain Aida fabric on the front. Since I realised I don’t particularly like proper baby motifs, I chose a stylised tree instead. I initially picked yellow and blue anchor threads, but didn’t like the finished stitch effect (too messy!), so I swapped it for some embroidery thread which was easier to use. After stitching the middle tree I decided to add two other colours to make it less boring and picked some olive green and a lighter blue. Did like the overall results, although I don’t think I like cross stitching very much…….

Homemade gifts for my friend’s baby – Part I

When my friend told us she was expecting a baby, I’ve decided to make something to celebrate her pregnancy. I had some spare towel fabric which was perfect to make a burp cloth. For the turtle I used some scrap felt from another project I’m working on. All sewed together very easily, although the stitching on the appliqué are far from perfect!