kate5kiwis: crafty goodness


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Saturday, October 25, 2008

crafty goodness

way back in july i was busy tricking myself into a Big Tidy Up and so i invented a *spring giveaway* as an incentive - which the derfwad of derfwads, Mrs. G. subsequently won. i actually finished creating her *designer tote bag* (ah, i crack myself up!) some weeks ago, but promised myself not to blog it until i'd also successfully made some cloth baby shoes
(free pattern here!) for newly-one-year-old Kinsee. even though i am a non-pattern-girl, i found the instructions really easy to follow - there's a bit of faffing about with iron-on interfacing, but the finished shoes look gorgeous, i think - i used some soft jeans fabric for the soles.
in typical Katie Fashion, my first shoes turned out too small - a *newborn* size - so i'm saving them for the first one of my preggie girlfriends who pops out a babygirl. and because the pressie for Kinsee is now arriving three weeks after her birthday, i've teamed the shoes with a cutesy wee skirt for wobbly-walking in -
both the shoes and the skirt are made from the same fabric as her mummy's apron *awwwww*

and here is the long-awaited bag -
to celebrate my spring/summer (little flowers) and Mrs G's ensuing winter (uh, that's "snow falling in the sky" lol - which is actually the same fabric as Hay's apron. Mrs. G is one of Hay's fans, so i think she'll love that.) the bag is lined with denim - yes, from a recycled leg of some jeans - because there is no "oilcloth" in the whole of NZ i am so global-friendly!
there's even a funky pocket inside for storing all things derfwady.


Blogger Mrs. G. said...

I LOVE it and will treasure. Only the best books will go in it. xxooxxo

7:08 AM  
Blogger Sharonnz said...

Gasp! Cute baby stuff killing me with it's sweetness!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

wish Id known you could make baby shoes I would have asked and paid you to make some for my new newphew

so cute especially the little skirt

neat bag
wtg my friend


9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dreamt I was preganant last night with twins, one boy and one girl. If hell freezes over, and that comes true, I'll have two pairs of those sweet shoes.
LOVE Mrs G's tote, love that we are sharing some fabric. You are so clever....
Now, about this camera bag...*grin*

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok yes, the shoes and skirt are super cute...but I want to talk about that bag. Beacuase I am CRAZY in love with it. It is so fabulous and you are one talented lady being able to pair those fabrics together. I would never think flowers and polka dots went so well together.

You are just the best Miss Kate.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Such an overflowing of creativity is so wonderful to see!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Ooooops I just realised when reading this post that I completely forgot to get back to you with length of skirt size.... V sorry, gotta blame my baby brain it's all mushy peas up there at the mo!!!!!! GORGEOUS stuff, love the bag, the shoes, the skirt, yep love it all.... Hope your lovely family are enjoying this great long weekend... J X

10:46 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

mrs g
oh yippee! so glad you love it. the best books... i think it's time for a Derfwad Book List.. X

bsby stuff is always so sweet, i think X

lol, the shoes were a bit twicky. though they came out looking rather cute! X

ta babe. i think the most important consideration for The Camera Bag is that it needs a pic of JB on the outside, just so that everyone KNOWS what resides within X

well - that is high praise indeed coming from you! actually, i think that it's difficult to mis-match fabrics - when there's a wiggly wavy line of ric-rac in between them. ric-rac is *magic*, i LOVE IT!!! thanks for the love X

ha! thanks. i do Like To Make Stuff. X

lol, it's perfickly fine, cos i had forgotten i had asked you! so we both win the mushy peas award this week! thanks for the GORGEOUS comments, we had a luffly weekend - especially today in the sun at the beach!! hope your weekend was full of sunshine too X

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME JOB on the bag, Mrs. Katie Q! I lurves it loads! :)

9:11 AM  

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