Handmade Christmas part 1 year 2

As Eve is still little and not actually asking for anything I decided that I would make her Christmas presents rather than spend money on characters from TV shows that she seems to like or other stuff that we really just don’t have the space for.
So with a whole few days to spare I pulled my finger out and got started, so at least she’ll have one present under (next to) the tree.
I really liked the play teepees that are around but honestly couldn’t come at spending close to three hundred dollars for one, especially when I don’t particularly like the fabrics. So with some bamboo broom handles, a lace table cloth and doily from mum’s off casts, some Velcro, leather and beads I threw this together.

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Because I am lazy I have just draped the tablecloth around and therefore we have gaps etc at the bottom. Personally I prefer things a little imperfect and haphazard but that is born of said laziness I’m sure. I could pretend it’s the organic nature of the process or an attempt at understanding wabi sabi but that would be pretty transparent.

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In total this cost $34.40 for the bamboo poles and $12 for the Velcro and beads etc. I’m pretty happy with it for $46.40.
What’s more important is I think Eve will be happy playing in the yard with it and it will look gorgeous as a backdrop to her bed when she moves into her own room. Maybe by then someone like Ikea might want to send me one of their lovely Minnen beds to review?

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Handmade Christmas part 1 year 2

As Eve is still little and not actually asking for anything I decided that I would make her Christmas presents rather than spend money on characters from TV shows that she seems to like or other stuff that we really just don’t have the space for. So with a whole few days to spare I pulled my finger out and got started, so at least she’ll have one present under (next to) the tree.
I really liked the play teepees that are around but honestly couldn’t come at spending close to three hundred dollars for one, especially when I don’t particularly like the fabrics. So with some bamboo broom handles, a lace table cloth and doily from mum’s off casts, some Velcro, leather and beads I threw this together.

Because I am lazy I have just draped the tablecloth around and therefore we have gaps etc at the bottom. Personally I prefer things a little imperfect and haphazard but that is born of said laziness I’m sure. I could pretend it’s the organic nature of the process or an attempt at understanding wabi sabi but that would be pretty transparent.

In total this cost $34.40 for the bamboo poles and $12 for the Velcro and beads etc. I’m pretty happy with it for $46.40.
What’s more important is I think Eve will be happy playing in the yard with it and it will look gorgeous as a backdrop to her bed when she moves into her own room. Maybe by then someone like Ikea might want to send me one of their lovely Minnen beds to review?

Precious presents

As with most babies we received some lovely gifts for Eve. My favourites were handmade by two lovely friends quite independently of each other, but funnily enough two of my oldest friends intuitively made the one thing I couldn’t find anywhere.

Eve has not one but two precious handmade quilts.

One for her cradle and one for when she moves to her cot.

I love that they each have their own style, much like my lovely friends and are both practical yet soft and snuggly.

The cradle blanket is vibrant and lovely.

The cot blanket is intricate made with love and sentimentally handed down fabrics.

Eve's special quilt

Both are tangible reminders of the love of friends even when we are hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart.

Precious presents

As with most babies we received some lovely gifts for Eve. My favourites were handmade by two lovely friends quite independently of each other, but funnily enough two of my oldest friends intuitively made the one thing I couldn’t find anywhere.

Eve has not one but two precious handmade quilts.

One for her cradle and one for when she moves to her cot.

I love that they each have their own style, much like my lovely friends and are both practical yet soft and snuggly.

The cradle blanket is vibrant and lovely.

The cot blanket is intricate made with love and sentimentally handed down fabrics.

Both are tangible reminders of the love of friends even when we are hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart.