One month - a Giveaway

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Little Baby MiH has been with us for a month and I cannot really remember how life was without my 2 boys. I am not going to lie I have had my ups and downs - and in fact a lot of downs (well lack of sleep downs). But a month on, Little Baby MiH and I have managed to spend time together and found our feet a little bit. And this is something to celebrate... with a giveaway! 

I don't buy many books anymore - I get them from the library - unless all my favourite designers are in one book! I And I want to share the love of Made by Hand by Lena Corwin. 

It is full of craft tutorials - crochet, knitting, bead weaving, sewing, dyeing. And the tutorials are full of pictures - my kind of tutorial! 

And I do love that front picture!  

I happen to have two of these books - which even though I like it, may be too many. So here is your opportunity to grab yourself a copy for Christmas. 

You have 3 chances to enter the giveaway:

1. This giveaway is open only to my followers  - old and new. 
Let me know how you follow my blog in the comment box.
2.Follow me on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway - and mention @noaslibellule
3. Follow me on Instagram (natmadeinhome) and post the book picture and come back to leave me a third comment

The giveaway ends Thursday 25 December at 5pm (UK time). Please, please, please leave me a way to contact you if you are a no-reply blogger. Good luck!

Our Christmas 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014

Here are the bits and pieces I have been making for Christmas in situ (although I did not make everything, in fact Baby MiH had his own contribution). I love the natural theme I followed this year, but I really do not have enough ornaments for the house, but it something I can add to next year and the following ones - and replace (slowly) the ones I bought on the high street some time ago. 

The woven star was found on Etsy but they don't seem to sell them anymore.
My cross-stitched ornaments next to Baby MiH contribution
The crocheted gingerbread man from last year

No tree for us - a toddler, a baby and a Christmas tree, it was too much to handle.. However my Mum has a Christmas tree - so presents will be at the feet of a tree - and everything will be in order. 

I am really happy I had spent the time making Christmas decorations - I love how for once I can display what I have made - but maybe it is the process of making Christmas as early as I want that really appeals to me! 

Catching up - The Hooded Baby Towel {Sewing}

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I am a bit late - the tutorial of my baby hooded towel has been posted a while ago on the Simply Solids blog now. But I thought you might be interested in seeing in action - in case you are short of inspiration for a present for a baby. 

I had made an owl version for Baby MiH (which we still use) - the basis for this version, which includes curved corners. It is all organic and I am using it all the time! 

Handmade Wrapping Paper | Le Challenge {Ink}

Sunday, 14 December 2014

I am very surprised that I have anything to show you for this le challenge. It is a very quick project - which seems to be a theme on this blog at the moment, but still a useful project. My Mum's Christmas present requires a big box - I had a box that was perfect but it did not look Christmas-y, so what to do... Get some Christmas stamps, kraft paper, silver ink - and stamp, stamp, stamp... And then cover the box. Easy, peasy - and pretty special. 

I used:

- some kraft paper (bought at WH Smith)
- Some stamps bought from the English stamp company
- ink (ColorBox Ink Pad)

I did make this an activity with Baby MiH (although his final paper did not make it on the box)- he did enjoy it, for half an hour or so. But then moved on to licking the stamp.. not ideal. However the ink pad I used washes very easily from toddler fingers and surfaces - which is great news! 

I wanted to show you the box full of my Mum's Christmas present, but I did not manage to finish it. And now that she is here for the weekend, I may not be able to progress much with it. I will try to share it later. 

For all the other 'ink' projects, head to le challenge - and if you enter a project (big or small), you get a chance to win a $25 voucher at the Fat Quarter Shop! 

Wooden Snowflakes | Christmas 2014

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas is nearly here - and I am making the final elements to our decorations (during afternoon naptimes, so it has to be quick projects) - thanks to easy tutorials found on Pinterest. I will put everything up on Saturday night, so that when Baby MiH wakes up on Sunday (for his birthday) it is Christmas! Yes my boys will have to love Christmas as much as I do, 

This last project is one I was really keen on making when I pinned this picture a wee while ago. Unfortunately I did not have enough big wooden beads to make a massive snowflake - maybe another year - but I do have small ones to make ornaments the size of my straw ones. 

You will need 48 beads - which is quite a lot for a big snowflake. The original tutorial can be found here, but I worked it out from the below diagram really, It took me half an hour per snowflake, some thread and a needle (because my beads are so small) - et voil√†, two more ornaments. 

I was not sure how to use these small beads so I am very pleased they have become such beautiful ornaments that compliment my colour scheme. 

Only 12 days to Christmas!! We are off to France - we managed to get Little Baby MiH his passport on time! So it is going to be very exciting to have 4 generations around the table. Cannot wait!

Catching up - The Tibi skirt {Sewing}

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

I am slowly catching up with blogging - not much to be fair, catching up with sleep has become my priority these days. However when one of my makes appear on a blog, I will make time to read it. 

A while ago I had a post about the Tibi skirt - and had found a Butterick pattern that looked quite similar. Well, a skirt was made and now styled by Cee and appeared last week on her stylish blog

I followed the pattern except for the length - I added 12 cm. The fabric is a dupion silk - in a lovely midnight blue colour. I added horsehair braid (found here) at the bottom to give it more volume - following Gertie's tutorial.   

The pattern is not that hard, but the fabric was a bit of a pain, it frays quite easily and I spent some time trying to tidy the seams, and I am still not super happy with it. 

However I love the result - what a beautiful skirt for a fraction of the price of the Tibi one. I will try to make one with folds that match the real thing, so stay tune!

One week

Thursday, 27 November 2014

I wrote a post when Baby MiH was born - just to record how I felt. And with Thanksgiving being celebrated I thought I could give you an insight on how I feel about having 2 kids - when you never expected to have any. 

I never thought I was going to have a second baby. In fact I was so adamant I was not going to have another baby that I got rid of baby clothes, steriliser, bottles. I was lucky that the prams I have can still be used by Baby MiH, otherwise they too would have gone.

But Little Baby MiH is such an obvious addition to our family. Of course we have been talking about him for 5 months now. Baby MiH knew his name and had to include him in everything he was doing with me. When Little Baby MiH came he was so excited, everything in his world revolves around what Little Baby MiH does now. Look at that smile, it is genuine, he was desperate for a brother. I had an inkling, but I had no idea how much he was actually yearning for one. Good thing too because they will have to share everything! 

Little Baby MiH completes our family - to the point that he totally slotted in our routine. He is awake to say bye to Baby MiH when he leaves for nursery, he sleeps when we eat with Baby MiH so we can focus on that (we need to) and awakes usually for bath and reading times - as if he just knew. 

I don't think I could be more grateful today. All my fears were unfounded - and I should have trusted that we were meant to be a family of 4. I cannot wait to see how the boys relationship develops and how we grow as a family and individually. 

And, as it is a time to be grateful, I am SO grateful to have met so many people through the blog that inspire me and find my blog interesting. 

Anyway normal activity real resumes and of course the MiH boys will appear soon with some new crafty projects.