Baby keppsake boxes

Hi there
I was asked to make two baby keepsake boxes. You know, a box where the mother can put the first clothes, the first pacifier, a lock of hair and so on.
Fortunately, the two babies aren’t related, which meant the boxes could have different styles. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take better pictures before delivering them and these will have to do.

First customer: baby Carlota

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It was asked to be very girly, very pink, but sometimes too much pink can spoil the piece. It occurred to me to use cupcake colors and baby yellow was the winning choice.
For the letters (not my specialty), I found this webpage: http://www.dafont.com. Loved the fact that one can type any word and see what it will look like in different fonts, without having to download them.
The flowers I took from a beautiful garland on Pinterest (connected to FaceGFX, free to download, I believe), but did less flowers to make it more simple (I’m not very good with flowers).
The birds are from an old sketch of mine and were never used before.

Second customer: baby Afonso

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After doing a more detailed work on baby Carlota’s box, I wanted to do something completely different for this boy. After pondering a bit on every boy theme I could remember, the idea came from a vintage pedal car I saw on TV. And the research began.
The winner was this Ferrari pedal car and its characteristic color, which contrasts very well with the blue that I painted the box with.

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It didn’t turn out to be very baby like, but I didn’t want to make these boxes only for the mothers use. If they don’t use the boxes, the babies can use them for their own keepsakes when they grow up a little. Their very own treasure box 🙂

 

 

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Bunny doll

Hi!
It is been a while since my last post. My boyfriend and I are busy fixing up an old house and some furniture for it, so I haven’t had any time for new projects and already have a few collecting dust.
However, a birthday came up and I saw an opportunity to develop an idea that was lingering in my head. And this bunny was created!

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It worked out so well I still can’t believe it.
I started with Purl Bee’s “Soft Woolen Bunny” (http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2013/02/17/mollys-sketchbook-soft-woolen-bunny/), where you can download the pattern for free. But it was not quite what I wanted and only used the patterns for the head, arms and legs, which were elongated a bit.
To make a pattern for the body, I used an old doll that belonged to my sister.

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I really like this doll 🙂

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I also like the detail that went into its legs and feet

Its size was a perfect fit for the head and all went smoothly. Lucky me!!!
I used the doll’s dress for reference to create a new one, a short dress to show the bunny’s long legs (still amazed how I managed that).

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It worked out so beautifully that I am definitely going to do this again with another set of clothes to play with. 🙂

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Super fashion girly handbag

 

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…or so I hope.

Don’t know how it is in your family, but in mine it seems to be everyone’s birthday on the first two months of the year… after Christmas… which means I’m completely broke at this time of the year.

So when the birthday of a soon-to-be 5 year old girl was coming up, I thought I had to come up with a DIY idea that would not be expensive and also compensate the lack of variety in toys in the area I live. The result was to create a little handbag for her and then fill it with all the necessities of a young lady.

I started looking on the internet several handbag tutorials, meaning to resize it to kid size. I found very interesting examples, but as I studied the tutorials even the simple ones seem too difficult for a person with limited sewing skills and issues with sewing-machines, a.k.a. me. Ended up creating one of my own.

I decided to create a simple circular handbag. One would need fabric for the exterior, the inner fabric, a soft filling to ensure structure to the handbag and a small zipper. The idea is simple and can be applied to any shape you chose for the bag.

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The interior

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Before the decorations

I decorated the handbag with a colorful fabric flower I also made, to make it more girly and was pleased with the result.

Finally, I bought things to fill it: a wallet, a hairbrush, a little mirror and some hair-pins.

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I ended up not knowing if the little girl liked it. When I was giving the present to her, she looked seriously at me and said: “Not now, I am very busy playing”. Ah, 5 year olds… so honest, but it was her party 🙂

 

P.S.: I was going to turn this post into a tutorial but it got too confusing. Sorry

 

Little toy cotage

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I just finished this little cottage. It was one of those ongoing projects one puts on a shelf and never ends it. The idea isn’t new, you just have to “google” “handmade fabric dollhouse” or something similar and you’ll find the instructions and other people suggestions for the decoration.
Being easier for me, I decided to paint all the house decorations (except for the tiny curtains) with special paint for fabrics, which means the house can be washed.
It’s a good idea for a Christmas gift.

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Russian dolls from space!

I bought a set of ugly russian dolls and dedicated myself to another makeover. My boyfriend suggested turning them into astronauts, idea my girly mind discarded specially after making a more traditional set (see the post from 2 Jul. 2015). But the idea lingered for a few weeks and evolved into making a spaceship and its crew, from the largest to the smallest: spaceship, astronaut, alien, robot and space dog (Laika). And being Russian dolls, what better then turning the spaceship and astronaut russian as well.

So here is where the investigation began for spaceships and spacesuits, although the decision ‘to go russian’ was the best I could have made. It was a fortunate coincidence for me that the Soyuz spacecraft resembles the body of the bigger doll, without the orbital module. Better yet, it has its own space suit!

Okay, I admit I got a little bit excited. I like to learn about space itself, but I never bothered to learn about spaceships, astronauts and all its history, and it turned out to be quite interesting. Here are the dolls: a spacecraft resembling a Soyuz, the astronaut with a Sokol-KV2 spacesuit, the green alien (it had to be green), the helping robot inspired on the ‘Matryoshka Madness Robot’ set, and, finally, the trusty space dog Laika.

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