Monday, 20 April 2015

How To: Stockings Doll

If you have a little girl maybe you can relate to all of the colourful, pretty tights that she has worn out through the years. My little Lane loves to wear pretty dresses with equally pretty stockings. They always end up looking dingy and usually have holes in the knees by the end of use.

What to do with all of them? Too pretty to throw out and too worn out to donate.

Why not make a cute dolly out of them?

One like this perhaps?

It's a simple process and a fantabulous Earth Day upcycling project.

Click on over to my Tawny Bee website to get the full step by step and happy sewing!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

W.E.S.T. Handmade and Vintage Sale VII

Did you know that the Winnipeg Etsy Street Team is having a handmade and vintage sale soon?

 And did you also know that I was invited to be a vendor at this very sale?


 I have a supreme love for all the talent and creativity that comes out of this group and I'm so honoured to be counted as one of them. This team continues to amaze me with all their new projects, fantastic sales, support and learning opportunities, creativity, artistry and overall awesome awesomeness. I can't say enough good things about them. I'm just glad they let little old me have a table at the most ridiculously fabulous sale of the year.

 Do you want all the details?

 Of course you do!


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spoiled Princess Kitty

Well... that does it! We have to admit that our new kitty is the most spoiled little princess cat in all of the world after what I just made for her.

Mathilda now has her very own cat couch - complete with catnip fishie pillow.

Is she totally pampered or what?

She seems to like her couch. I noticed that one of her favourite places to hang out in the house is on my computer chair, which is made from canvas and has arm rests. I figured she liked being enclosed, but not too enclosed when she goes to take a nap. She likes hanging out in her t-shirt tent when it's not nap time, but prefers my chair when it is.

So I made this couch for her out of strawberry shortcake canvas. I also happened to have two pink upholstery buttons in my collection that I used to make Mathilda's couch look all the more authentic.

I used fleece for the bottom cushion so kitty would be extra comfy. The bottom, back and arm rests are all stuffed with foam. This couch is durable and lightweight. So we can move it around to Mathilda's favourite spot in the house whenever that changes (which is like every single day).

As you can see, kitty isn't so much interested in the couch than the fishie pillow that I stuffed with catnip. hehehe - she's such a stoner!

Now pose and look pretty for the camera Mathilda!



This will have to do I guess.

Do you spoil your pet? I think Mathilda doesn't really care about all the stuff we get for her, but at least I enjoyed making this couch. :)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Iron Craft #7: "D" is For...

This week's challenge:

"Last year we did challenge around the letters “A”, “B” and “C”. Let’s continue making our way through the alphabet with the letter “D”. Make a project using a technique, material or subject that begins with the letter “D”." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Well... I thought of a few things. Maybe a dinosaur? Maybe something with a Damask pattern?

But then I settled on the most obvious...


I was lucky enough to get a huge box of vintage patterns from a friend of mine who was selling them off. There are tons of little girl dress patterns in the box, plus costumes, and... well just about everything. So Lane has been checking out all these patterns for a few weeks now and narrowed down her Easter dress selection to Simplicity 9777.

It had all the features she wanted: puppies, bows, and puffy sleeves. She also wanted it to be pink and have laneybugs (that is what Laney calls ladybugs).

So... even though this dress is a little too busy for my tastes, Lane absolutely adores it!

And I gotta admit, it's growing on me mostly because of her enthusiasm about getting to design her own dress pretty much.


The pattern was good. I love the fit of Simplicity patterns so I didn't make too many changes (which I know is really odd for me). Putting in the zipper didn't make me cry, so I say it's a win!

Lane will be wearing her dress to her spring school photos, so stay tuned for a pro shot of her looking all fancy in her poofy, puppy, laneybugged, pink bows dress.

Doesn't she look Deliciously Darling in her Designer Dress?

To see all of the D projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Oh My! How They Have Grown!

Above photo taken Earth Day (April 22nd) 2010.

Five years later....

Give or take a few weeks....

Above photo taken yesterday (April 1st) 2015.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Iron Craft #6: Treat Yo Self

This week's challenge:

"Were you a fan of the recently ended tv show Parks and Rec? Two of the characters on the show, Tom and Donna, would have Treat Yo Self days where they would shop, get manicures, have cocktails, etc. Well, we are going to use that as our theme for this challenge. Make something special for yourself. It can be something blingy like jewelry, something to pamper yourself like bath products, or even sew up that skirt in that high end silk you’ve been eyeing. You have an excuse because Iron Craft is ordering you to Treat Yo Self!" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Uh oh...

I guess that means I get to subject you to photos of myself. ACK!


I made Gwen the dolly for myself last Iron Craft Challenge, so she made something for me for this one...

Er... well... not really. But she looked super cute trying.

This pile of crocheted yarn turned into this:

I call it my Sunset Shawl because it has pretty sunset colours in it.

I'm wearing orange, so it might be difficult to see. I started with this Tropical Breeze shawl pattern. But then I ran out of orange yarn. It's one thing to make something for yourself, but it is quite another to go buy more supplies to make said thing. So I switched directions and decided to increase the size by making a border around the orange triangle I already had done. Then I ran out of the orange/yellow colour. I asked Lane's expert opinion and she said it needed a little extra. So I added the pink to make it look like the sky at sunset.

I can't wait for it to be a little more Spring-ish here so that I can wrap myself in it while I take the kids to school in the morning. Or when I pick them up at lunch, or when I drop them back off after lunch, or when I pick them up after school. Yeah... I am at that school 4 times a day. Hopefully the weather will cooperate one of those times to allow me to wear my shawl. :)

 So there ya go! What do you think? Too colourful? I know that orange and pink aren't usually paired together... but did you see my patchwork pants in the photo? I never match!

To see all the indulgent project from the Iron Crafters this week, please check out the Flickr Group.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Do You Want 10% Off Your Tawny Bee Purchase at the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza?

Well... do you want 10% off your Tawny Bee purchase at the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza this coming Sunday?

(details in the previous post in case you missed it and want to attend)

We're going to play a bit of a game for your discount.

 I made a very special doll a few weeks ago. She was so special and cute that I couldn't bare to sell her. So I made her the official doll mascot of Tawny Bee. 

She'll be at the show with me on Sunday.
  Tawny Bee Doll

Isn't she precious? If you have visited the Tawny Bee Facebook Page or this blog, you might remember her name? (I actually linked right to the post about this particular doll on this blog, so there's no excuse for not knowing it).

 That's the game.

 If you come to the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza, visit my booth and can tell me this doll's name - then you'll get 10% off your purchase (and probably a special little gift as well... because I can't help myself)

  Tawny Bee Doll

Details about the Doll Show in the previous post and also in the photo below. :)

  Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza