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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

a bit of birthday DIY-ing

The 2 weeks leading up to Jemimah's 5th birthday was a busy one. I had set myself a couple of crafty tasks to complete.

Artemis over at her 'junkaholique' blog had put us all to shame by making her little girl an amazing fabric wendy house. I was inspired... How hard could it be? So I set to work...

I managed to find a company online that I could order the ready-made frame from, so that was straight forward enough. Then I bought the canvas fabric and measured out and sewed together the panels for the main frame. I had some bits of liberty fabric left over for a door and bought some ribbon for the ties. The bunting was made by my sister...
All in all, it took about 4-5 evenings to complete and if you don't look too closely it'll do for an amateur like me.
I'll probably be touching it up in weeks to come. It could do with me reinforcing the edges and bottom of the door, just to make it a bit stronger. But aside from that, I'm pleased with the end result and so it seems, are the girls. :)

The fabric for this little dress was from an old dress of mine that was too pretty to throw out...
(photo off my phone!)

And this was just a little bit of simple embroidery I did to hang on her wall...

Birthday aside, I picked up this little pine shelf in a charity shop for £4. It was a "lovely" shiny brown pine colour, so with a lick of paint (grey pearl)... it was quickly transformed and now looks rather lovely on my wall.

Needless to say... this week I haven't touched a sewing machine, knitting needle, crochet hook or paint brush... and barely picked up my camera. 
I think I needed some time out. But now my brain buzzing and the next project is looming ... i feel it. :)


  1. It looks fabulous and what a sterling job you've done...I bet your little girls were chuffed to bits - I know mine would be.

    Happy birthday Jemimah!

    Nina x

  2. LOVE everything you're pinning/blogging. I might not have the most time in the world at the moment (Aims is only 10th weeks) but I'm definitely inspired to get crafty for my two girls too:) you're brill x

    1. Lovely to hear from you Bex & congratulations on your new little girl! Two girls are lots of fun. :) I'm only just about finding the time for these little projects now that Anouk is 2 and they play for longer on their own. But yeah, I'm hoping to be THAT Mum that makes them wear handmade matching dresses etc. :) xx.

  3. Gorgeous! What a talented lady you are :) x

  4. Love your Wendy house! Your girls must be so happy in it. I'm hoping to make a similar one for my baby daughter, she is only 5 months old but I've got a feeling it will take me more than 4-5 nights! Where did you get the frame from? I'm stuck at the first hurdle!!


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