Summer

August 9, 2011

With all the mayhem of summer I haven’t had a chance to even think about posting!  We have been so busy with so many different things its been hard to keep up.

Our family had a great time at the Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake in July.  It’s always nice to see old friends and meet new ones and talk to customers in person and see their sweet babies!  It was super hot that weekend and we ate a lot of organic ice cream – YUM 

I made lots of lovely dresses and bonnets for the little girls.  Plus I also made a bunch of wrap skirts, halter tops and dresses for women.  It was really nice to get back into clothing making and get creative.

I feel so lucky to have caught a bit of this performance on Sunday night:
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80

It was amazing!

I also got to see a tiny bit of Shad perform but it was next to impossible to even get into the tent because it was packed!

I also snuck away from the booth and caught a bit of Ganga Giri :

 

 

 

 

Holiday dollies – sold!

December 6, 2010

A sweet forest Pixie up for sale !

Rainbow Pixie ❤

You can find them both at my Etsy shop just in time for the holidays!

How to Dye Play Silks

December 26, 2009

I thought I would make a tutorial for anyone who wanted to dye their own playsilks.  This was a fun and easy way to do it with simple ingredients. 

Things you will need to dye your own playsilks :

Vinegar, Wilton’s Icing Colors, a pot, and some 100% silk scarves. 

I think Wiltons is probably the most colourfast way to do this, I don’t recommend food colouring or Rit dyes as they do not hold their colour as well.

You can get the scarves at Dharma trading or Thai Silks online.

Fill a medium pot with water, put in a spoonfull of the icing dye.

Mix it up until its mostly dissolved.

Wet the silk scarf in the sink then immerse it into the dye bath.

Bring it to a boil until its nice and steamy hot.

You can see how the silk has not absorbed a lot of colour yet.

Push the silk to one side of the pot and pour in a big glug of vinegar.  Try to not pour directly on the silk as it will not dye evenly.

The vinegar helps the silk to take up the dye, see the colour difference now?

Next I put the lid on the pot and turned it down to simmer for 20 minutes.

20 minutes later you can see the colour is quite deep blue now.

There is not a lot of dye left in the water, the silk has absorbed most of it.  Now I leave the pot on the stove to come to room temperature.

Now I pour the silk out into a strainer.

Then rinse with cold water until it runs clear.

 

This is the red and purple at the end of their dye bath.

I made one in each colour, one pot at a time.  If you wanted a tie-dyed effect you could use string or elastics to tie them up, I just kept mine solid.

Then I put my washing machine on the delicate cycle and filled a small load with hot water.  I put in a cup of vinegar and tossed all the scarves into the wash.  This helps to wash out any leftover dye.  I then put them in the dryer and this is how they turned out.  The golden one on the bottom left I dyed with coffee.  This was a christmas present for my daugter who loves using the silks when she sets up her little toys or plays with her dolls.  They also make great dress up accessories!

holiday time

December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays Everyone

These are a few of the dollies that went out for Christmas –

  

 

 

 

and now I’m going to curl up on the couch and nap and let my sewing machine have a rest!

Almost done..

December 23, 2008

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After a busy pre-holiday season I am looking forward to some rest and time to be with my family.  I can’t wait to go visit my sister after Christmas, I will feel so much better when I see her.
I just dropped off my last order for the season, a beautiful little doll for a holiday birthday.  I was so lucky to meet this sweet little baby when she was only a few days old and taught her mama how to use the PandaWrap and I feel very special that I got to make her birthday present for her first birthday.  Her doll has amazing bamboo/wool hair, it’s so soft, like silk and a wool knit dress.  We also sent along a cute little kid sling from us, so she can ‘wear her baby’ 
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I still have presents to wrap and a sewing room to clean up and some baking to do.  Ooo and snow to shovel.. there is always snow to shovel.

December 25, 2007

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~*~ Happy Holidays and Peaceful Blessings~*~