Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Dress for Olivia

I want to share with you today a cute little outfit that I’ve made for Olivia.New Handmade DressThe main floral fabric is an Amy Butler design which mum had wrapped a present for me in many years ago … it has been sitting in the drawer, patiently waiting for the perfect project. Finally I knew it would look gorgeous in a cute little dress for Olivia. New Dress 11While choosing the fabrics to use, I wanted to bring in the coral hexagon fabric for the neckline trim to add some depth, but that on its own just wasn’t enough so I tossed around some ideas and decided to add some prairie points along the border too. New Dress 10New Dress 9New Dress 2It was a challenge to get any photo’s of the hat actually on Olivia’s head as she thinks it makes a far better chew toy at this stage… Lets hope once she grows and it fits her a little better she might prefer to wear it on her head?! New Dress 4New Dress 6New Dress 3New Dress 7New Dress 5New Dress 1

 

 

Elastic Headband Tutorial

Elastic Headband Tutorial | blog.mikaelabeth.comA little girl just has to have some pretty hair accessories, and since Olivia doesn’t have much hair yet headbands are the perfect solution 🙂
I decided to make some simple soft headbands from elastic so they will be easy for her to wear and not too big and extravagant that they take away from her big blue eyes and chubby cheeks.

To make a headband you will need just a few basic supplies
– Elastic (Search for Fold Over Elastic on Etsy and there are lots of suppliers)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Tape Measure
– Scissors

DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 2
Here’s a guide on how long to cut your elastic – but always best to measure the childs head first.
Newborn: 13″ (33cm)
3-6 months: 14 ½” (37 cm)
6-12 months: 16″ (40 ½ cm)
12 – 24 months: 17 ½” (44 ½ cm)

DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 3 DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 4 Put a small dot of glue on one end and glue down the other end to create the headband. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 5 Cut 3 more pieces of elastic in a contrasting colour or the same colour
– 5″ (glue the ends together to create a circle)
– 3″ (Cut a triangle out of each end)
– 2″DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 6 Glue the 5″ Circle and the 3″ strip together to create the bowDIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 7 Glue to the headband on top of the join. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 8 Wrap the 2″ strip around the middle of the bow and glue both ends underneath. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 9 The Final Product – a cute bow headband for a stylish little girl.DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 10Have fun creating as many colour combinations as you want! DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions

 

Baby Kina Cardigan

Baby Kina Knitted Cardigan | www.blog.mikaelabeth.com Baby Kina Knitted Cardigan | www.blog.mikaelabeth.com Baby Kina Knitted Cardigan | www.blog.mikaelabeth.comAs the weather started to warm up and little summery outfits became the normal attire, I noticed Olivia’s wardrobe was missing an essential item, a little cotton cardigan to always have on hand to put on when it got a little cooler. I searched the shops but found nothing that my little girl just had to have. So I decided to get busy and knit her a ‘Baby Kina’ out of some super soft cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mill. You can find all the details and the pattern over on my ravelry page.

It has come with us wherever we go since I made it and is such a practical and cute cardigan for a sweet little girl.

It is so cute that I’ve already started a second one in pretty pink…

Does it spark joy?

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Lately I’ve been wanting to declutter and organise our home. I have never considered myself a hoarder and always thought I kept things organised most of the time, but at the moment everything feels like it’s busting at the seams and filled to capacity. I’m on a mission to create some ‘space’, an empty shelf in the cupboard or just the space to lay things out rather then stacked in a particular way, which then creates more effort to keep tidy.

I love Marie Kondo’s strategy – simply ask yourself if the item ‘sparks joy’? if it doesn’t (and it isn’t a necessity) it’s time to get rid of it.

Time to put this delightful decluttering strategy into practice and see how I go.

The first bag of stuff is at the door ready to donate.

PS. I also love these 5 minute decluttering tips