All work and some play

Well, rather unexpectedly I wound up working full time as of last week. Phew is all I can say. My eyelids are tired as I write this and it’s only 7.30pm. And to coincide with this Astrid has started waking up at 5.30am when she used to sleep through till 8.30am.

So please accept my apologies if I haven’t visited your blog of late. My usually clear bloglines is now telling me I’ve have 296 posts to read.

The good news is I made a dress for Astrid.


And I’m about to make her some trousers. Both are from this book. I have three and I keep choosing things from this one. I think it must be the easy book.


I’ve also made a play mat which is 145cm square – so big enough for now – and when Astrid’s finished with it it will be a picnic blanket. It’s Cath on top. Natural calico on the botton and wadding in the middle.

I didn’t take any decent photos of it – so here is Astrid on it in her new hoodie that Joolsie bought in New York. She didn’t know why she bought it and when she got home from her trip she had an email from me telling her about Astrid’s arrival. She then knew why she’d bought it! It’s super snuggly and cute – and even has Astrid embroidered on the back.


I also painted a painting. It’s very detailed and I think just bits of it look best.


I’ve designed a range of cards which I’m getting printed up. And done my gardening photography portfolio for a local magazine. I haven’t sent it out yet.

I’ve also launched a client website, moved all my hosting from the UK to NZ (which was a major undertaking and isn’t totally sorted yet), designed an exhibition stand and designed and printed a load of business cards. I’ve been out to client meetings, won some new business and… and… and…

No wonder I’m tired.

And one final thing. I have got this book back out from the library. It’s so good. I just love the idea of repurposing old feather pillows into new ones. I do so love feather pillows and can’t wait to make everything in this book that calls for feathers!








17 responses to “All work and some play”

  1. Carolyn avatar

    I feel a little tired just reading your list of recent accomplishments!

  2. deborah avatar

    i love hearing about your creativity. you should be so proud of yourself.
    lovely green dress, i picked up a similar coloured one at my last op shopping expedition.

  3. itziar avatar

    all righty! where did you find the extra hours in your days??
    it’s amazing you still have the energy to share it with us…
    love the dress!! AND the colours of your painting! (at least on the part you show) AND your girl’s eyes (wow!)

  4. Arch avatar

    Oh is the dress you were stitching for your daughter :-))

    Love it!
    Great Blog…will be dropping by more often.

  5. Lindy avatar

    5:30!! Eeek!

    What a cute dress! I’ve been wanting to make a dress for my Boo(Esme) but am too frightened of the pattern I bought. I’m soo jealous that you have THREE japanese books! I keep hearing they’re much easier to follow the paterns.

  6. Elsa Castelo avatar

    Wellcome back, Charlotte!

    I heart that dress you’ve made for Astrid. The fabric it’s simply stunning.
    And what a lovely sewing book.

  7. cristina avatar

    wow!! you really HAVE been busy. but in a good sorta way…busy creating beautiful things.

  8. Kristina avatar

    Phew….I’m exhausted just reading all about your acomplishments!!!!
    ABSOLUTELY just LOVE the top photo – gorgeous ;o)

  9. janet clare avatar

    I’m exhausted just reading about what you’ve accomplished! Puts me to shame…!

  10. Emily S. avatar

    All I can say is WOW… the dress is adorable, and I love the painting just as it is.

    I think it’s about time you laid your head on a nice feather pillow, young lady! 😉

  11. Veronica TM avatar

    you have been busy! i love, love that dress and the photo you took of it! {will have to get the book soon}. and i have the french sewing book and love it too.
    the painting looks beautiful.
    now take a little time to rest.

  12. Anna avatar

    Wow, where you find the time and energy to do all this, I dont know. But the results are so sweet!

  13. Jimin avatar

    Great blog! I love the top photo. I have the Simple Sewing book and I love it.

  14. Anna avatar

    The dress is gorgeous, I love babies in green! I bought Simple Sewing in my internet shopping frenzy a couple of months ago and haven’t used it yet. I can’t decide what to try first.. I love the beret in it.

  15. Lesley avatar

    Wow! You have been packing the action in! You are wonder woman (but without the costume!). That dress you made for Astrid is really lovely and she seems to get cuter and cuter!

  16. leslie avatar

    wow, you HAVE been busy! love all the pics.

  17. jen avatar

    I just got this book on Saturday and can’t wait to make something else from it. Your dress looks WAY better than mine! I’d love to see Astrid in it!

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