Saturday, 25 December 2010

Not quite a Cracker....

Well, today being Christmas day n' all I was hoping to bore you with lots of happy elf photos and present pics but Boo has been a poorly bear and this is what Christmas day looked like for us....

So I shall share with you - my present! LOOK! it's a 1930's sewing kit type thingy... the thimble comes off to reveal the cottons inside (and I presume that needles should be in the middle spoke) how fab is that?!

As photos of the Lost DVD box set aren't quite as intesting I shall now bore you with the first of many years of Toby's homemade decorations...

Googley eyes!

More googley eyes!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Manchester Tobyboo gallery (otherwise known as my best customers) ordered a bespoke Christmas angel - In return I got this gorgeous drawing from the incredibly lovely Daisy - I love it! Thank you so much!

wishing the House of Hutch a very happy Christmas a huge thanks for everything xxxx

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Santas little helper

So - I have given in to the shop loads of festive kids costumes! Here is the boy sporting an M&S elf one that I really couldn't say no too. Does he want to wear it everywhere - of course he does! I shall of course learn to send him out with a bucket next time to collect the pennies we could be earning!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

eye - eye

Lulamay eye mask by Jane Colquhoun £20

'ere be some fab eye masks from textile artist Jane Colquhoun on etsy

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Hugely happy girl this week - number one was the very lovely Rachel Goodchild had spotted that my stocking is in the January issue of Homes & Antiques magazine with this stunning photo by Carolyn Barber and styling by Keira Buckley-Jones - it's just beautiful! This has spoilt me now as it's the second year of being in a seasonal Homes & Antiques magazine

 ..... and happy girl reason number 2 was being in Bambino Goodies top 10 stocking list! I love the site so for me it's been one hoopla of a week! The stocking featured is a personalised one created especially for VUP Baby - and you've got till the 15th of December to order.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Blankets & Angels

I thought I'd share some of my commissions that I've just sent on to new homes. I've had some lovely stockings to do but this one for a baby girls' 1st Christmas is my favourite - I love that they didn't want baby pink and frills!

I had a birthday bespoke blanket to do - and its one duvet of a blanket that I could have happily kept in this weather!

And I've just put this one in the post - a bespoke angel, a Daisy angel to be precise. I have some genuinely lovely customers that just keep coming back and for them when they ordered my angel sculpture I had to do something a bit special so this little lady is based on their little angel!

A huge thank you to my customers but a bigger one to those that order bespoke and give me a teeny challenge!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Basil Exposition

Originally uploaded by Louche123
lovely feature on We Make Christmas -

Sunday, 5 December 2010

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas....

We had a lovely but exhausting day on Saturday at We Make Christmas at the Chelsea Town Hall - a huge thank you to those that said hello and spent their hard earned pennies! I had to say goodbye to one of my favourite things - my fireman doll - I hope he's happy in his new home!

One of my neighbours was West Country Vintage how gorgeous is this to have next to you - so many things that I loved; Deco nursery clocks along with all the furniture .... love-er-lee!

As ever fab - I heart Heart Zeena.  Am waiting for my roll of tape (that you can see on the left) we did a Swap Shop and hugely flattered that Zeena wanted my Teeny Friends tape.

The leathertastic Love From Hetty & Dave who bought one of my new hanging soldier dolls.

Hope & Eden stand was full of things I wanted too - loved the retro style plates especially.

....and here's my offering - my Wizard of Oz trio got a lot of attention so over the moon that they went down well. Mary - you and your team did a fantastic job, it's a such a fab fair and cannot wait till the next one!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Ah - the 25th of November, the day that everyone does the 'oohhh only a month to go' type thing. Well, I am a huge Christmas lover but have never had an Advent calendar so decided that Toby (the boy) should. First stop - T K Maxx (of course) saw some great wooden drawer ones for under £20 and then thought that I really should make one..... hmmmmmm I of course regretted this decision.

For those of you that make Advent calendars and sell them - I salute you - they are a pain to do and so much hard work for the pennies. So let the countdown begin and if you're looking for a sparkly way to start the festive malarky then look no further than We Make Christmas at Chelsea Town Hall on 4th December from the sounds of it I don't think you'll find a more tinsel-town of a fair; 88 tip top designer/artists, craft tables for the teenies, Christmas choir and pantodramarma thoughout - and if you can come (and I don't see why not) then please come and say hello to me I'm right near the mince pies and eggnog! 

the only problem is.... we have no where to put it!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

They're grrrrrrreat!

So, you may remember the bear baby mat that I made a few months ago - well I wittered on about Great Bear Nature Tours then - well I'm sort of about to again. The fab Tom & Marg who run the lodge came over to England this week for some promotional work and Toby and I got to lunch with them (that's another hideous story involving huge fish bones in the kids meal at Porter's in Covent Garden) as a gift I made them the piece of bear art (above). Luckily they love it.
Anyone wanting to see pandas (come on who doesn't?!) the bearific couple will be running a tour in China seeing the cuddly two tones next year - hugely jealous of those that do.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Nobody puts (VUP) baby in the corner....

I've recently been working on some exclusive products for the very lovely VUP (very useful products if you were about to ask) baby.

First on the conveyor belt is a gorgeous red and green personalised stocking (ooh) next up is 'a cuddly toy'!

well - it's a personalised sleepy boo gift bag that has a gorgeous sleepy bunny toy, boo boo comforter, muslin with applique initial all bundled in a very useful cotton drawstring bag with the babys initial on - oooohhhhh.
Finally, we have my favourites - a Hey Diddle Diddle blanket and cushion

Monday, 8 November 2010

Put 'em up, put 'em up....

The very lovely Dee, who is now my Twitter craft personal trainer, has been encouraging me to make more dolls - I wouldn't dare disobey so I've been working on these 3 fella for a while. Follow that yellow brick road and soon these shall be listed in my shop.

Dizzy Little Kingdom is Dee's sewtastic site. 

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Tobyboo is coming to town....... the tip top, cream of the crop, best of the rest (you get the idea) craft fairs - from We Make is back again for Christmas. Come and sparkle in its winterwonderlandness at Chelsea Town Hall (ooh fancy) on Saturday 4th December. I can't stress just how good We Make London make these shin-digs and am hugely proud to be a part of it. 

Expect fun for everyone and heaps to spend your hard earned pennies on. Gifts, decorations, cards and treats - I'd leave your Christmas shopping till then quite frankly. Hands up who's coming?

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Say it with roses

as for my lovely skirt - Mr Roses the gardener was sent to pass on my huge thanks

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Cabbage Patch Kid

Just over seven years ago I was on the hunt for a Peter Pan collar top - the obsession was huge - I saw Anya in Buffy wear one and I wanted the same top - that's when I first discovered Cabbages and Roses in Wandsworth and my heart skipped. So, just so many things that were in my teeny brain - in the fabric - yes, really there. The home wear is beautiful but the clothes (for me) are to die for - the cuts are amazing and never something that could be repeated on the high street (or in my sewing room) and the fabrics - just stunning.

Today I came home to a lovely, lovely parcel..... a couple of posts ago I rambled about "the skirt" and shock number one was anyone reading it and shock number two was the very gorgeous Cabbages and Roses being early Santa to me and ..... well look!!

I have no idea to thank all the elves at C&R - I want to wear it all day it makes me feel so girlie! Thank you - just thank you xxx

Sunday, 24 October 2010

"What are the chances ......"

The latest Boo blankets in my Etsy shop include this Owl & Pussycat one - it was only when I had taken the photos that I realised who the cat reminded me of............ Mr Harry - there's a Stoofur in that boat!

Monday, 18 October 2010

And now he is 3....

So, it's the end of Toby's 3rd birthday, the boy had his first taste of birthday hoopla because let's face it the first two years are about 'us'. We were going to go out but a combination of a new Chuggington set and me not feeling up to much meant 'new toy day' and a whole heap of mess.

The day meant that I got to do the whole reminiscing malarky which for the house of Tobyboo is a mixed one. How Toby is here amazes me - he was a 7 year baby quest and 3rd time lucky of IVF and at the final hurdle we almost lost him so to me he will always have a thin layer of bubble wrap until I can manage to pop those bubbles.
I desperately wanted a skirt the other week - a gorgeous £150 Cabbages and Roses skirt that at the time, I knew would make my life better and me happier..... obviously I couldn't afford it and I watch as other women easily with no question can buy it and those that save like mad to get it - but it won't be mine.

I was lucky with my Toby skirt - we worked as hard as we possibly could to get him from acupuncture and  no alcohol (even in cooking) to no nail varnish (if any of you have glanced at previous posts you may see just what a deal that was!) anyway... not sure I have a point just the rambles of a mummy looking back - but just because I wanted that skirt nothing gave me the right to have it and I would be lucky to have it. I have lots of friends in the past and now on the baby quest and when you're in it you don't stop and think about why you have the right to have one you just think that they should come to you. My wardrobe is just fine without the skirt now I look at it properly - I have a lovely skirt and another would make it different but not better.

Happy birthday to my Toby who will always be an amazing piece of haute couture that can't be repeated!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Belle & Boo and a tutu

Just what can you do with a Belle & Boo craft pack? will this do?

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Show me, Show me....

So today Tobyboo's adventure was the NCT Baby and Toddler Show. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a local event for local people but it had a lovely turn out and I was next to Looby Lous tempting cakes and opposite the ever tempting treats from Belle & Boo.

I sold some wares and bought some - including Belle & Boo's lovely Boo sticker that is now on the side of Tobys toy cupboard and some coconut ice - who could ask for more.

The show also had an appearance from Cbeebies' presenter, Cerrie - seen here doing a Diddi Dance with the boy.

I made for the ocassion, that was sponsored by B&B, a rather lovely skirt using their fabric packs.
Sorry no photo, but I try to avoid any of myself... but it was very gathered and I wore a 50's petticoat underneath it (you get the picture)

Toby did a top job of modelling the sunny yellow teeny friends t-shirt - at some point I shall list so at least you could buy one if you wanted to. So, I came home - tried to tidy the mess in my work room, watched a bit of Strictly then Merlin then made this....

 a Toby cake complete with googley eyes all ready for the boys birthday on Monday... is it time for bed yet?