12 November 2014

A Babygro Bunny for a Boy

Meet my latest Babygro creation, Babygro Bunny, this time for a little boy.  My first Babygro Bunny was for little Blair, you can see the pics here lots of pinks and girly colours. The dominant babygro for this new boy bunny was a rather lovely Cath Kidston train print in lovely bright primary colours.

When this order came through my friend was keen to involve some kind of 'feely' element to it, with different textures and shapes etc as she explained her son Isaac is in a very tactile stage and loves little details.  So we decided to go with feely tags and I thought why not make a feature of these, so I chose some bright coloured ribbons to match the trains in different textures for a band across the front.

To hide the joins I hand sewed on a button strip from one of the babygros, leaving the popper detail on.  I like to make it 'obvious' what the bunny is made out of by keeping in these little details.

The details are all hand sewn, the 'muzzle' part is simply the back of one of the gros. They were all patterned but I wanted a solid colour here for this part so thought this looked quite good on the back. 

The eyes are embroidered and then the nose and cheeks are little pieces of felt hand stitched on in contrast thread to make a feature of the stitching.  I like my bears and bunnies to look a bit 'rag doll' like!

I was so happy to discover this tiny bit of Cath Kidston star print hiding on the underside of the feet of the train babygro! Perfect extra little pattern here for the ears.

Here's the back view.  I really wanted to use all the babygros that my friend sent me, so like the front, I joined two patterns together.

I hand embroidered Isaac's name onto the bunny's bum, so we are in no doubt who this bunny belongs to!

It took me rather a long time to figure out exactly how to embroider a name successfully onto a babygro, with lots of trial and error the first time I attempted it with Blair's bunny!  I settled on using carbon paper. I printed off the name in a nice font the right size.  Then place the carbon paper over the babygro and the printed name over this. Then you go over the words with a ball point pen and press hard, this leaves an ink mark onto the fabric ready to use as a guide for embroidery.

I was so happy I finally got to use my new stamp! This little beauty was a birthday present from THE bestest sister ever! This is the first order since getting my stamp so I have been so excited to finally use it.
Babygro Bears (and bunnies) are currently priced at £15 including free P&P! They make such a lovely keepsake for a special little one.  Do get in touch if you would like to place an order.  perfecthidingplace@live.com
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6 November 2014

This Month... October

Stuff that made me smile...

« A day with Corey « cuddles with baby James « a little spending spree « excellent mountain biking « cold dark evening runs « a lovely weekend away with friends « Halloween stuff in all the shops « re-discovering favourite old games with Meg « new bedcovers « hot chocolate weather « Kara dog « the clocks changing for winter (cosy!).
Stuff I snapped...
« yummmmm Filling Station Cafe's Cinnamon sugar pancake stack « its frosty on those fells « a tent for Meg « Meg being cute « new covers yeah! « Meg helping with changing the bed covers « Corey with his grandad « new Cath « an Aunty Jo and Corey day « Meg is just the cutest this month! « Scary Halloween nails « an evening of baking pizza from scratch and apple crumble.

Blog posts loved...
Zoe London - Anything is possible if you just believe in yourself
LOVED this post, super fab inspiring advice and I SO know how she feels, it actually brought tears to my eyes.  My massive dream is to visit New York one day too! I've loved watching her YouTube vlogs all about her travels.
Ok so this might not mean much to anyone who does not know our uni campus but this post made me literally LOL loudly at my desk at work.  This is our uni, where I work, graphic design course blog.  There is actually some fab stuff on here for anyone with an interest in that area, super useful stuff but also some seriously funny stuff, this post being my fave yet I think.
HOW pretty is Claire's craft studio? I just love how everything matches perfectly in the pretty pastel shades. She's done such a fab job. Looks like such a light and inspiring place to work.  Not jealous at all, nope, not (grrr!).
I'm such a huge advocate of the To-Do List! I have so many lists its getting out of hand a bit! haha.  I love posts where people share the types of lists they make, is that a bit weird that I love hearing about other people's lists? probably!
What? How amazing is Meredith's apartment? I want to pack up and go and live there right now! Oh how I wish I was just a teeny bit as stylish. Loved drooling at these beautiful pics.
You know when you hear about a place and see it in movies and think well it can't possibly be as pretty in real life right? Well if these stunning pics are anything to go by Vermont has shot up to the top of my list of places I must see!
LOVED this post. Carrie talks about her pretty girly side versus her desire to dress goth and listen to heavy music.  I can SO relate! My style has changed a lot over the years, in my younger days I would think you were insane if you said I'd love twee floral patterned anything! haha. I may be old now but oh yes, there's still that grungy goth girl inside me who loves nothing better than blaring out metal as loud as it can go and bounding round my flat like a loon!
October goals review...

My goal for October was to get off my arse and do some serious exercise and I am pleased to report I have achieved it, mostly! I have certainly done a lot more exercise in the last few weeks than in the months beforehand and feel really positive about it. 
I love running the most at this time of year, layered up, some new gear to inspire me and pounding the pavements in the cold crisp dark evenings when noone can see my beetroot face, perfect!
We've done a bit of mountain biking too with a visit to Ae, my fave of the 7 Stanes and I paid the gym a few visits and signed up for Gelt Gladiator in May, which is half the length of Total Warrior but I think a good warm up for the main event in Summer.

November goals...
My goal for this month is related to October's goal and that is to get better at running! I have the same usual route and I never seem to progress.  I can run about 5km but I want to be able to run 10!
I am going to start doing some serious timing and measuring of distances, get down my local Park Run a couple of times too for that extra challenge.  I just need to push myself more and set myself some targets, which let's face it I'm not very good at!