Wednesday, 19 December 2012

the pillow

Sick of Christmas posts yet? Me too! Here's a brief reprieve for you, I'll be all merry merry again tomorrow.

So remember the quilt I made my sister for her baby shower? And I said the kids made a gift to go with it?

I often buy craft supplies when I see them on sale, whether they are necessary purchases or not. The fabric crayons and textas were such a purchase. I do love to give a thoughtful, unique gift. And the kids love to draw. Mash the two together and this is what you get! Ruby created Uncle Ash and Aunty Bree, with baby Rome in her tummy (who was just baby at the time of commission). The red building in the background is the hospital, close by and ready for delivery! Cole's art skills (and enthusiasm) come and go. His rainbow started out beautifully until he decided he'd had enough and started scribbling all over it.. let's just call it expressively creative, shall we?

In years passed, I have also recreated Ruby's drawings with embroidery, turning them into pillowcases, clothing or simply framing the embroidered fabric. It's a really beautiful gift, and is always received with sincere appreciation. Children do SO many drawings in these early years, and I find it so hard to throw away the good stuff (even the not so good stuff for that matter), even when there's mountains of it. Something like this makes the art useable, useful and enjoyable for all who see it, rather than piles of pretty pictures stashed in a box in the cupboard that you just can't bear to part with.

*Thankyou all SO much for all your beautiful comments on the quilt post. I was really touched by your response. You guys are THE BEST.
*as an aside.. this is my 300th post! Yay me.


  1. a-dorable! next when I;m at spotty, I'll be purchasing some fabric texta's! This will make such a cute addition to the amazing quilt you made xx

  2. Oh gosh Tahnee! Could your ideas any more gorgeous! I love it... You should put a book together! I'd be interested in that esp if your photos feature :) I read your blog everyday. Just wanted to let you know that I love your work.

    Sophie xo

  3. I love it!!! I had purchased some fabric crayons for the kids some time back (also on sale) and wasn't sure what project they would become, T-shirt, pillow case, bag...all still possibilities but maybe there might be a cushion. I've also got my mum's craft items, she had a bunch of Hobby Text, do you know it. It is fantastic. I've not seen it since I was a kid so I am not sure if it is still being produced. Big love to your family xx

  4. I love the cushion! This would make a great grandparent gift. Filing away for next year.


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