Feathered friends

One of the things that I am enjoying making at the moment is little birds :0 it does sound rather random, I admit! But I just like their shape, and their colours….and, well – their general featheriness!

Some of the patterns I make up myself, such as the blackbirds and the robin ..who won’t be starring on today’s post being as it’s only Summer and not Christmas LOL.

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I have also really enjoyed making these little quirky birds πŸ™‚

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They come from a pattern written by Ann Wood, which you can find here.

These birds are pretty small, standing just 10cm tall, and they are quite fiddly too…..No sewing machines necessary – just a sewing needle and a little patience πŸ˜‰

But for all that – I just LOVE the moment when you glue on the little bird’s beak- and there he is! All full of character and personality πŸ˜‰

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Once I get my Etsy shop up and running, I will be listing the birds in it. So if you don’t have the patience or time to make a little character of your own – you can adopt a little bird from me πŸ™‚

(Just to be clear – Ann Wood has allowed people to sell birds from her pattern, as long as she is credited with their design. There will also be a link to the pattern provided on a label round each bird’s skinny little leg)

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A Change in Direction…..

I’ve posted about this on Facebook, and on Twitter, so most of you probably already know that I have decided not to make any more babywearing bags.

Why?

I know that when I tell Β people that I am stopping , they are bemused. Most of them ask Why? Was business not good? And when I tell them that business was in fact very good and that I had a waiting list of people whom I had to disappoint…well, their enquiring expressions become even more puzzled.

The easiest way for me to explain why I have stopped making the bags is to say that I was bored with them. I have been making bags for almost three years, and it just doesn’t float my creative boat any more! I crave variety, and you just can’t get that when you make the same things every day.

Also, I guess, I have just outgrown the whole babywearing scene. My own children are now 9 and 11, and they are huge!! So babywearing is a pretty distant memory for me…. It gets harder every day to answer customers who want to know how to adjust their bag in just the right way to wear with a sling, when the truth is that I haven’t carried my own babies for over 5 years!

So, where now?

This is the question that I keep asking myself – and honestly, I have no real idea yet. I know that I love free-hand embroidery using my sewing machine – so I will be doing more of that.

Some hoops that I sewed for Christmas last year.

Some hoops that I sewed for Christmas last year.


I have also started making a few feathery little friends – so more of those are on the agenda too!

These cheeky blackbirds are made from plain black fabric and embroidered using free-hand embroidery in black and silver thread.

These cheeky blackbirds are made from plain black fabric and embroidered using free-hand embroidery in black and silver thread.

This quirky little bird measures approximately 10cm tall. She is made from a pattern by Ann Wood.

This quirky little bird measures approximately 10cm tall. She is made from a pattern by Ann Wood.

 

 

Oh, and I can’t forget my mirror-making machine πŸ˜€

These are already proving popular as teacher's gifts for the end of term.

These are already proving popular as teacher’s gifts for the end of term.

The good news is that I am back to loving sewing again – for the first time in quite a long time! I feel as though I am bobbing along like a piece of flotsam floating on the sea, and am just enjoying seeing how things develop πŸ™‚

There are changes afoot…

A few things have changed in the last couple of weeks…..the main one being that Daisy Chain creations will no longer be making Onbags :O

But don’t panic- the Daisy Chain Zippy will still be available, and I am busy finalising the new design features for our range of babywearing bags πŸ˜€

Until my new designs are finalised, I am shutting my waiting list….but please bear with me, it won’t be long until it re-opens πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

 

 

Peacock feather!

This gorgeous Onbag is a present for my lovely Cousin πŸ™‚ She chose the fabrics aaaages ago, but I was too superstitous to make it up for her until her little bundle of joy had actually arrived…
Well, over a week ago, little Cameron made his way safely into the world so I

Black cord sets off the lighter colour print fabric beautifully :)

Black cord sets off the lighter colour print fabric beautifully πŸ™‚

got out the embroidery machine and let it do it’s magic! And I was so pleased with the result, that I couldn’t resist putting a feather emboidery onto the strap too :LOL:
Two feathers have got to be better than one -right? LOL

Two feathers have got to be better than one -right? LOL

Natural Mamas

Many of you will already be familiar with the Natural Mamas forum….where like-minded peeps get together to chat about slings, babywearing and all manner of other things πŸ˜‰

Every now and then, they all get together to commission a Girasol wrap…… and the flap on this Onbag is made from the latest one πŸ™‚

Luckily, the colours on the Girasol wrap matched very nicely with my purple cord….

The view from the front...

The view from the front…

…..and I ordered a delicate, summery light turquoise cotton for the lining….

Another view from the front.

Another view from the front.

There was just enough wrap fabric left to squeeze in the front pocket too πŸ˜‰

This Onbag fastens with velcro.

This Onbag fastens with velcro.

 

kathrins Firefly Onbag

Poor Kathrin has been so excited about this bag, and it seems to have taken me ages to finish- so thank-you kathrin for your patience πŸ™‚

This bag is a little special- on the outside it has glow-worms and leaves, which match beautifully with the dark green cord.

The Applique on the front is taken from the glow-worm fabric.

The Applique on the front is taken from the glow-worm fabric.

But if you open it up……the inside is full of fireflies!

Fireflies!

Fireflies!

And here is the final photo, of the Onbag Classic along with all 4 zones πŸ™‚

A brick zone, cube zone, flat zone and cube zone :)

A brick zone, cube zone, flat zone and cube zone πŸ™‚

 

I do love Elephant Bags :o)

I have made a few elephant bags over the last year, and I do love how they look with the large, flowery elephant appliqued on the front πŸ™‚

All of the bags have had their little differences that made them unique – some were made with a different colourway of print fabric or basic fabric. This is, in, fact, the very first Onbag that I have made with red cord! And there’s another first too- it is the first Large sized Onbag Baby πŸ™‚

The Large Onbag Baby is still rounded at the edges like it’s namesake, but it is a medium sized Onbag. A bit smaller than the Classic, but more spacious than the Baby.

So without more ado……here it is!

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Tossed butterflies….

The lovely print fabric on this Onbag is called Tossed butterflies from Timeless Tresures. The fabric on the front flap looks very sophisticated and elegant πŸ™‚

An Onbag set comprising of an Onbag Classic and a Brick Zone.

One slot still left….

I have still got one slot left for a semi-custom Onbag πŸ™‚

The cost of an Onbag Classic is Β£75 +Β£4pp, and an Onbag Baby is Β£65 +Β£4 pp.

This includes the fabric of your choice from La Chakra ;o)

Youare welcome to choose one of the lovely Echino or Kokka fabrics, but these will cost an extra Β£12 as they are expensive to buy and to bulky to ship πŸ˜‰

Email me if you’d like to snap up the last available slot:

daisychaincreations@tesco.net

Semi-custom slots….

are open tomorrow night(20th August) at 7pmΒ  πŸ™‚

If you would like one, then please email me as soon after 7pm asΒ  possible!

More details on how to order are hereΒ  πŸ˜‰

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