Finito! – Irish Inspired Quilt

So this is my final completed commission before Coco arrives – an Irish inspired personalised quilt. My client sent an emblem they wanted to use as colour inspiration for the quilt; the colours were navy, light blue, white and grey. My client wanted to add a name, and 3 applique animals to the quilt to reflect the pets the family own.

She wanted a simple design, so we stuck with a straight forward checkerboard pattern with feature fabrics to reflect the animals. Boy themed feature fabrics were used for back of the animal applique. I stitched a rabbit, dog and cat :)

Animal Applique

I used Irish type lettering for James’ name, and I love how it turned out – the light blue really contrasts against the navy. The quilt was finished with white polka dot binding, and the backing was a simply grey star fabric. My client request that stars were added into the quilt somehow, so when I saw the grey flannel fabric I knew it would work perfectly. I stitch in the ditch quilted it to create the checkerboard pattern on the back of the quilt.

Here it is in all it’s glory!

The finish of this commission means I’m now able to start on some pieces for Coco! At this stage, I’ll definitely be sewing up a quilt and most likely a cushion, I just haven’t decided on the design yet .. The possibilities are endless!

I’d also love to try and make some shelves and a mobile for Coco’s room, so we’ll see how that goes – I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Erin1

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Tada! – Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch

I did it. I finally finished my 3rd and final Harry Potter sample cross stitch / cushion!

Not going to lie, I did a MASSIVE happy dance when this commission was all done .. It’s been a hard slog for these! There are SO many stitches, so many colour changes, and so much detail that it takes me weeks and weeks to stitch these.

Don’t get me wrong, the end result is always, always worth it. Just as seeing my client’s face when they receive their cushion is worth it. Here’s the final one I completed.

Aubergine surrounds for the cushion along with turquoise binding, and a simply lapped zipper back. I added a floral decorative stitch to the back of the cushion just as a lil’ something.

This was completed a couple of weeks ago, we’ve just been busy over the last few weeks and I haven’t had time to post anything.

Harry Potter Sampler Cushion

Harry Potter Sampler Cushion

Baby Coco’s Nursery Painting

Mr A & I finished painting Coco’s nursery over the weekend and I’m delighted with how it turned out. Here’s the colours we ended up going with; Dulux – Grey Pail and British Paints – Kara Sea

It took us about 5 days on and off to paint the nursery – I’m sure we could’ve completed it quicker, but Mr A & I were painting after work so it took a little bit longer.

Navy Blue Feature Wall

Navy Blue Feature Wall

This is not the greatest photo, as we need to get a new light in the nursery but here you can see the navy blue feature wall.

I have some great memories whilst painting this room, including Mr A busting out to Taylor Swift whilst rolling, not realising I was standing at the door watching. These are all the kinds of moments that I record in our pregnancy journal, which perhaps Coco will one day read.


We placed the chair, the cot and the navy blue jute rug in the room and I had a quiet sit down in the chair once we had finished – it is so comfy! I can’t wait to cuddle Coco in there.

At the moment I feel the nursery lacks some personality, as it’s very gender neutral, but I figure it will be easy to add boy or girl prints / items in once Coco is here.

Navy Blue Nursery

Navy Blue Nursery

 

Here’s what the nursery looks like with furniture in it. I am so pleased with how the cot turned out. I’m putting together the dresser that will double as the change table at the moment. Some additional touches to go are to mount the curtain rail and add the curtains, and turn the chair into a rocking chair with an ottoman.

I have 1 more quilt order to go, and once that’s done I’ll be starting on some DIY’s for Coco’s room. I’m planning to make a baby mobile, a quilt, possibly some bunting, and I’m looking into some DIY shelves to hold books. I have to be careful not to add to much into the nursery too soon, as I’m sure once Coco is here I’ll want to add boy or girl things. For the moment, this is a great starting base and a cosy room for Coco to grow and be loved in.

I’ll be sure to take some more photos and post them once we are closer to Coco arriving, as by this stage some DIY’s and final touches will be complete, and we’ll also have a better light in the nursery!

Erin1

DIY Cot Painting – Coco’s Crib

It’s been pretty quiet around here as I’ve been stitching away on my last Harry Potter sampler cross stitch, whilst starting work on Coco’s nursery!

The first project that I’ve completed is painting Coco’s cot / crib that was kindly given to us from a family member who no longer needs it. It’s a very sturdy cot that meets all Australian standards; the original colour was a brown timber. It would look great in a nursery, but didn’t suit our gender neutral colour scheme (more to come on that later!).

Original Cot Colour

Original Cot Colour

I decided to paint the cot white to suit our theme so got busy with planning paint types etc.

One of the first questions I asked myself was, ‘what will be the safest paint to use for children’s furniture?’ I originally thought water based, as I know Coco will likely end up chewing on the rail edges. After a fair bit of research, speaking with friends and family, and speaking with paint specialists, it turns out oil based was by far the paint that most people recommended; it is less likely to flake if chipped, which is definitely a plus in my book.

Lots of people online have painted their second hand cots so there’s heaps of instructions available, but just about every person’s blog or instruction that I read suggested sanding the cot first. I was amazed – no way was I going to sand this whole cot down!

Instead, I used the 3 in 1 primer & sealer I used for our DIY bar many moons ago; thankfully I still had about half a tin left and it was still in good knick. This meant rather than sanding the cot, I was able to just paint the primer & sealer onto the cot to provide a gritty surface for the final paint colour to adhere to. The other bonus of using this primer & sealer is only ONE coat is required – a definite time saver!

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Painting the primer & sealer took about 2 days. I painted one side of all cot pieces first, allowed to dry, and then flipped and turned them to paint the other side. I used about 1L of primer & sealer for the first coat.

Once that dried, it was onto the first coat of paint colour. The paint specialist I spoke to advise a pure white oil based paint tends to yellow over time – Mr A and I plan on using the same cot for other kids (assuming we have them), so yellowed paint didn’t appeal to me.

I ended up picking Infinity White by British Paints as the cot colour; it basically looks white but is slightly tinted grey which should prevent the paint from yellowing over time. I painted the first coat in the same way; paint one side, let dry, and then flip and turn so all other sides / surfaces are painted.

It was quite hard to try and keep brush marks whilst painting with the oil based paint. I made sure to do long lines with the brush to prevent too many marks, but quite honestly, brush marks whilst painting with a brush are pretty inevitable really!

Each side took me about an hour, to an hour and a half to paint, so not too long really. The main thing was making sure I didn’t drip the paint on either side, which was actually quite hard. Mr A ended up sanding out a couple of spots for me once each side of the first coat was painted, as I’d accidentally dripped on one side by loading up the paint brush too much.

I painted a second coat on each side of the cot which really covered the brush marks. Here’s what the finished cot looks like!

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Finished White Cot

I’m really happy with how the cot turned out; you can’t see any drip or brush marks on it and it will fit in perfectly with our nursery theme. A comparison of the original cot to white cot;

Completed DIY Cot Painting

Completed DIY Cot Painting

It was well worth the 6 hours it took to complete this project. If you have any questions on what I did, feel free to drop me a line! I’d be more than happy to help. And yes, for those of you with a keen eye, 1 rail in the mattress frame has been left the original pine colour, as there’s instructions on how to fit everything which I didn’t want to paint over in case we sell it or something.

Erin1

Tada – Applique Cushion

Latest completed commission is a pretty adorable personalised applique cushion for a baby girl. My client stated she wanted something girly, but not overly so, so no huge use of pinks or purples. Once I saw this fabric range, I knew we we were onto a winner as it’s feminine and girly, but subtle.

There wasn’t too much scope for this commission, just that Stella’s name be on the front of the cushion. I kept the pattern quite simple to show off the fabrics, and had fun adding ric rac to define the edges of the pink rectangle. I also like having different textures on cushions for young children, so the ric rac was a double win.

I kept the back simple with applique hearts and more ric rac to tie in with the front, and used fabric within the range for the binding also.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and so is my client which is the main thing! :)