Monday, 5 March 2012

Sketching on the run

I was very brave this weekend. I ordered some fabric from Celtic Fusion fabrics (brilliant service, glorious range) and rather than hoard it and take it out occasionally to stroke it, I actually cut into it and used it all up. This is a big step forward for me. I seem to have a subconscious fear that if I use up my favourite fabrics I will never ever find anything I like nearly as much for some as yet unplanned future project. Sheer madness.


Anyway, I needed to use special fabric this weekend because Tall Small has gone away on a class residential trip for two nights, which is one night longer than she's ever done away from us before. Blimey. She has printed out photos, selected the perfect teddy to take with her, chosen some new slippers and jimjams (and I packed her thermal long johns because it's flipping freezing today and they'll be outside for hours). For my part I decided to make her a travelling drawing kit, having seen the pattern at JCasa ages and ages ago.


And Tiny Small needed one too - this is actually hers. There is a pocket for small pencils, another for stickers and a third for a notebook. I shifted the central pocket up because I like it better that way, though it did introduce an element of wonkiness that's not entirely pleasing. Mind you, it matches the dodgy topstitching. I promise that in real life it is fairly straight but the pencils pulled it out of shape, That's my story, anyway.


Tall Small's is identical inside but has the cover guarded by some wise old owls. I do love the owls and the birds very much indeed.


The original called for a memo pad but I have a soft spot for mini moleskines and very slightly modified the pattern so I could fit one in. They're perfect for drawing pictures on yourself with your big sister when you miss her


and for listing all the games you'll play together when she comes home again.


17 comments:

  1. Love the peek inside her notebook (there's something so sweet about a little one pining for their sibling). What a lovely Mummy you are to make her something special for her trip. Are you holding up okay?

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  2. oh that is adorable. both the sewing and the drawing. hope she has a lovely time.

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  3. That is just as cute as can be! I'll bet the girls love them. And how fun to see the list made by little sister -- and now you have it preserved on your blog!

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  4. "Staining game"?? Do tell! :)

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  5. This is all lovely... the portable sketching kit, the fabrics, the peek inside the notebook (I rather like those little moleskines too) and even the wonky stitching ;)
    Hope you are not all missing each other too much. xxx

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  6. Awww Val it's perfect. You're such a good Mum to your girls and I bet Tall Small is having a fab time filling up her notebook with lots of drawings. Hope you're coping ok with her being away - keep busy and the time will flash by! Well done too for using the fabric rather than stashing it - it's definitely stashworthy but much better being used for your two lovelies x

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  7. What lovely things, I bet they adored them.

    I remember when my daughter went to USA with her aunt and uncle, I was bereft for six weeks, almost went mad. I hope you stay sane.

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  8. They are so lovely - what a nice thing to take away too. I hope your daughter has a great time. I'm just the same with fabric - I can't bear to cut into my favourites, and just take them out to look at and they fold carefully and put them away! Love the owls - we have a real owl thing going on here too! X

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  9. That is so touching. Notebook thingy and lil sisters game plan. Gorgeous. Ax

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  10. Esme would love one of those, thanks for sharing where you got the pattern. You are not the only one with a fear of cutting into fabric, I really have to push myself to do it :-)

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  11. Oh, those are GORGEOUS. I love those kinds of things. I meant to do two last summer but ended up frazzled, in WHSmith, buying zippy files.

    You win.

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  12. I will be making these, in homage to you of course, perfect for when the boys go on Beaver camp

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  13. This is even more lovely in real life. I meant it about the double commission.

    BTW you left your measurements at my house! I can scan them for you.

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  14. Oh how wonderful! I would have loved something just like that for sleepaway camp. And loved the little glimpse inside too :)

    K x

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  15. Seriously cute, and what a lovely Mum you are! Bet that homecoming will be sweet!

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  16. What a wonderful list and what fabulous art-on-the go kits - I love them! Hope tall-small had a great time xxx

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