Bec Williams fabric

I ordered the most beautiful fabric from an Australian designer, Bec Williams. At first I thought I’ll never be able to use it as it is so beautiful.

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But after washing it I just couldn’t resist any longer and I made the first dress. I smocked and embroidered the insert in the bodice, but kept it very simple as I want the fabric to be the hero

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border dress

I still have two other designs of her fabric for two more dresses, and also ordered another one with kittens in the border. These will be saved for special little girls and special little dresses. To be honest I think the fabric of the one I made today will be perfect for flower girls or bridesmaids

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Lavender bags

Not my idea at all, and totally copied everything from the Sum of their Stories blog – but they were so pretty I didn’t want to change anything. Small little presents for special friends, to pop in the drawers or hang in their wardrobes and they smell wonderful – I actually had a proper sneezing fit after filling them with the lavender

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And then I had some time left and wanted to try another little pattern I found to make Pocket Pack Tissue Holders – super quick and SOOOO easy to make

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A new arrival!

I new little baby girl has been welcomed into our extended family. Little princess Evie made her arrival a little ahead of time, but she is here and she is perfect. I haven’t met her yet, but daily photos are keeping me up to date

The best part is that I am now making dresses with her in mind. Next week my son will deliver a parcel full of homemade dresses and jackets and hats and booties and blankets, when he travels to Sydney to meet this little girl

This week I smocked three little shop-bought vests and made her a little dress, as well as a romper (the green smocking in the vest looks a bit wonky in this photo, but I am not sure why because it is actually straight)

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Yesterday and today I spent in the sewing room, making a little outfit for a six-year old. I am pretty happy with it. The beads came from an old necklace my daughter had, we actually found it in the garage a couple of weeks ago. I am sure she won’t mind that I used some of the beads for the top and pants (not that I am planning to tell her, of course)

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This week I also sold one of the smocked dresses. The first one ever. And the last……..I did not enjoy the experience at all. I always said I do smocking because I love it and will never sell it, I prefer giving it away. After selling one I am never going to again and will continue giving it to whoever I want to. The positive side of the whole experience is that the lady who bought it (as a present for her brother’s daughter) is delighted and loves it. It was the butterfly dress I made a while ago

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Recovering mode and needlework

Two weeks after my surgery and I feel so good. I am now at the stage where I have to stop myself from doing things, as I feel so well. It makes me feel guilty not to clean the house and help with the painting, but although the external wounds are healed I have to be conscious of what is going on internally and make sure I give that enough time to heal properly too. So I am still focussing on needlework and resting for the rest of this week

I haven’t work on the Neverending sampler for quite a while and were 9 bands behind. But now I am all caught up again. I didn’t embroider the full last one as designed because I didn’t enjoy doing the little flowers, so did only one row instead of two. Still looks pretty though. (and becoming very hard to photograph)

This is where I was up to ages ago:

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Before

And this is where I am now:

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Now!

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I also completed another knitted baby jacket and booties. Going to start on the little hat today. It is a lovely pattern and although it has not been blocked yet I couldn’t resist taking a photo. The little baby girl is arriving in November. It is lovely to knit for a specific baby

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And the fabric for my new project has arrived!!!!!!! Can’t wait to start. I have made a Crochet Fusion quilt before but decided to make another one in blues. I might make this one a little bigger too

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This is the one I have made already:

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