Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mr A turns 6: Lego MiniFigure Party!

My middle boy is turning 6 in September.
Mr A loves lego so I thought it only fitting that I give him a lego themed party at home.

Here are some handmade inspirations I have found ... this is going to be so much fun!

From Top to Bottom:

1. Mini Set of 7 Rainbow Lego Men by Bubble Lane 

2. 12 Edible Lego Ninjago Cupcake Toppers by Sweet Party Treats

3. Lego Stacks Fill-in Party Invitations 10 pack by Paper Candy 

4. Yellow Lego man button by Mini Mayhem

5. Building Blocks Party - BUNTING Printable by Crackersart 

For more Lego Inspirations check out my Pinterest Board

Friday, July 27, 2012

{Collaborate 4 a Cause} Inspiration behind the creation


Have you heard about Collaborate 4 a Cause?  No.  Well its a amazing opportunity for creatives to team together to create something new.  Once this unique items has been completed it is then auction off and the money raised goes to the team's chosen charity.

This is the second year Collaborate 4 a Cause has been run. I really wanted to take part in it last year but chickened out.  This year however I got in early and team up with Bec from Little Toot Creations.

Our Charity

Our chosen Charity is Noah's Shoalhaven, a charity that has made some major changes in my life personally.  The Percy's first benefited from Noah's Shoalhaven when we were struggling with our eldest boy, at the time we did not know that Mr J has Aspergers, all we knew was that his behaviour was causing major stresses within our family.  Through Noah's we did the MCP program, which has helped our parenting style - I'm not saying things are perfect but it gave us the tools to make our home life and Mr J's life better.

Once we had Mr J diagnosed we were also able to tap into some of their other services, one of which was their Christmas family camp.  This camp was amazing!!  My husband and I met camping and we both love the outdoors but we haven't been able to go camping for many years.  This is because of Mr J's behaviour, his strong fight/flight response and his poor impulse control.  This camp was brilliant because it was made up of a number of families who have at least one child with a disability.  It was great to get out of the house, go camping and spend time with other families who understand and don't judge.  It was so wonderful!!!!

Our collaboration

For a long time I have wanted to make a tunic with a crocheted top section.  These dresses have been around for a long time and I've always wanted to give one ago but I don't sew!  So this was the ideal time to give this ago.

After completing the top of the tunic, I decided to add a shell stitched edge which would compliant the shell stitch at the base of the top section.   After creating these two pieces I nutted out the pattern for the cute handbag, I added the V stitch pattern detail to the bag and again I added the shell stitch to tie this piece to the tunic.  I also created a 3 layered flower for the bag and two cute 2 layered flowers for the clips.  After this was completed I sent it off to Bec to do the hards parts!

With create care and attention to detail Bec sewed the soft Japanese double muslin to the crocheted top and she expertly added the shell stitch edge.  It wasn't a simple task but with Bec's skills it has been sewn beautifully.  Bec then lined the bag so that the flower pattern will show through the V stitch and  when you open the bag.  She finished off the bag by attaching a fabric covered button to the flower and affixing it to the bag.  Lastly Bec created these sweet hair clips.

I caught up with Bec the other week and she showed me the completed outfit.  Its divine!!  Thank you Bec for all your work.

Why Blue?

I knew this dress would look lovely in any colour we chose but because I'm a redhead and pink looks crap on me, so I decided to make this dress that would suit a redhead or a little girl with swimming pool coloured eyes. This 100% Australian baby blue cotton has been teamed up with the pretty japanese muslin material.  It may not be so obvious in the photos but there material has little blue flower buds printed on the it.  

Work in progress shot.

I hope you agree that this is a unique dress in both colour scheme and design.  Many hours of designing and work has gone into this auction item and I hope that the little girl that gets to own this tunic treasures it as much as I do.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Another Beanie for the 100 Beanie Drive

Last night I made a beanie using some wool I purchased a little while back but had kept it in my stash as I wanted to use it when the right project came along. 

I made this for Angie Wilson from Gnome Angel as part of Epheriell Designs' 100 Beanie Drive.  It's a large Mens beanie made using one ball of 50g Sirdar's Escape (Colour 181).  It was made using my treble pattern and its a longish beanie that will cover the ears.  

It has come up beautifully and I'm so glad I saved this wool for this special project. 


Monday, July 09, 2012

School Update

Some of the Awards the boys have got at their new school.

In March I wrote about our decision to take our two boys out of the private school they were attending due to issues relating to bullying.  Well I'm pleased to say that both boys have settled into their new school beautifully and now my only regret is that I didn't move them earlier.

I'm very proud of my two quirky boys, we now have two happy boys and our after school home life is much improved. We don't have the amount of meltdowns we use to have, Mr J isn't as stressed out and Brett and aren't made to feel like we are bad parents on a daily basis.  Parenting is always going to hard work but it has been made easier since the move to the public school system.

Punishment won't cure my son's Autism, but kind words and positive encouragement will help him to be the best person he can be.


Friday, July 06, 2012


I was featured on Handmade Kids this week just gone in their post about buttons.

Georgia Slouchy with matching Scarf
Photo by Katie Toland Photography as part of the
Missy Melly and Appleberry Kids Red Riding Hood Collection.

I must admit I adore my custom made buttons.  I've been using them to brand my beanies by putting them in the centre of my flowers and on my 'read all about it' Caps

Original Alexis Beanie GRAB A CUSTOM LISTING

'read all about it' woollen cap GRAB A CUSTOM LISTING
Photo by Capturing Essence.  
Model is wearing a long sleeve tee by Little Toot Creations

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Beanies, Beanies, Beanies

This week has been a little slow in Percyland, it usually is around the end of financial year. I've been taking advantage of the slow down by making some non-profit beanies.
This beanie has been made for Epheriell Designs' 100 Beanie Drive.  It's a XL Mens beanie made using soft100% Australian Cotton (Noir and Latte) using Anne Lecrivain's Galen's Manly Hat pattern.  

I enjoyed doing something different and the end result is very nice.  I may make one for Brett for his trip to Germany in September. 

I made this tiny Premie size beanie (38-40 weeks) and matching booties last night for a SewGood, KnitToo Customer.  She was in the shop yesterday when I was replenishing my beanie stock and she mentioned that she wanted something bright for her new granddaughter who was born 6 weeks early. 

Since the birth of my friend Heather's daughter Isabelle and my nephew Oliver, I have a special place in my heart for these tiny babies.  So I offered to make a beanie using Sirdar Snuggle 'Smiley Stripes' bamboo and wool blend yarn. The premie pattern is my own using the measurements on Bev's Country Cottage.  I made the Mary Jane booties using a Cleckheaton pattern as a guide, I left off a row from the sole and I used a htr for the sides.   

This final beanie is one of the ones I've created for the little girl I mentioned in my post on Monday. Its also made using soft 100% Australian cotton.  I've used a dc stitch to stop the beanie from stretching.  To jazz it up I've used a simple shell stitch in bright colours.  I crocheted over sheering elastic at the base of the beanie, again to avoid any stretching. I think it looks okay, I'm a bit concerned that its too bright. 


Monday, July 02, 2012

Paying it forward

Recently a long time friend contacted me to see if I would make a special beanie for her daughters' classmate.

The classmate is about to start Chemo and they thought a pretty beanie might be a nice gift.  I of course said 'Yes' but now I'm a little stumped.

What am I going to make?

She likes pink, purple and butterflies - thats simple ins't it. It turns out that it isn't.  I asked the lovely ladies in a forum I frequent and one forum buddy suggested that I make it in soft cotton as it will most likely be worn inside, its light weight and its also soft and won't irritate the skin like wool sometimes does.

Sue, a friend from my local wool shop SewGoodKnitToo, suggested that I should put elastic in the final row to stop the cotton from stretching but the elastic must not be exposed as that too can irritate the skin and to make sure that if I'm knotting the elastic, that I don't have it at the back but on the side, that way if they lay back with the beanie on they won't feel the knot at the back of their head.

Tonight while I was waiting for some photos to upload I decided to do some more research on Chemo hats.  Yet again Google lead me to Bevs Country Cottage. This website is full of great information and has been handy in the past with regards to making gestational appropriate clothing for SIDs and Kids Victoria.

Below are Bev's helpful guidelines for making Chemo Caps.
  1. Softer yarns: cotton, baby yarn, soft worsted like 'Caron Simply Soft' or 'Lion   Brand Pound of Love' are more comfortable to wear, and cotton is really nice for summer.
  2. Thinner, seamless (crochet or knit in the round), non-lumpy caps for sleeping/increased comfort on the recipients heads.
  3. Please use yarns without WOOL content.
  4. Please wash and machine dry hats before sending, as this will often soften them.
  5. Do not use scented fabric softeners as many people are allergic to them.
  6. From Breast cancer survivor, Barbara B.: "I DO want to pass on my personal feeling, relative to cancer caps, that when I was bald, I wore hats and caps to cover that up.  So speaking only for me, I preferred solid caps and hats.  A shell stitch or a V-stitch or a granny-square cap would show the baldness through the spaces."
I made a beanie last night using cotton and it looks okay but the sizing is all wrong and I'm a bit concerned about the joining of new colours, so its back to the drawing board.  I'll let you know how I go.