Bitsa this…Bitsa that…!

…Put them all together and what have you got? Bitsa bitsa bitsa bits and pieces!!!

Any other 90’s children remember Itsa Bitsa…? I thought it was called ‘Itsa Bitsa’ but google tells me I’ve imagined the ‘Itsa’ part and it was just ‘Bitsa’… Anyway why am I referring to a popular 1990’s kids tv show…? Maybe this indicates just how much TV I watched when I was little and how engrained it is on my adult brain. I was just thinking of all the custom orders I’ve been whipping up lately, doing bits of this (a custom owl tote bag), bits of that (a rainbow blanket hand-embroidered with the name ‘shannon’) put them all together and what have you got… (a very busy little prawn, that’s what!). So anyway as a brief sideline to the orginal reason for this post – let me reminisce on a theme tune which slightly resembles my life…

Bitsa this, bitsa that
Bits and pieces, bits and bobs,
Put them all together, what a lovely job!
With strings and things,
and loo rolls and glue
You can do whatever you want to do!
bitsa this, bitsa that, bitsa bitsa bitsa bits and pieces!

Ahh! and do you remember freaky ‘Hands’…
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ANYWAY…Here are some ‘Crafty Prawn’ custom orders I’ve been busy with recently…
Do you remember this little owl bag
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well…he seems to have come back in fashion with a couple of sales recently including a custom order for a pink and purple version. Here it is complete with liberty print tana lawn fabric and up-cycled purple wool…
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allthecoloursoftherainbowblanket_3Well, the lovely Christine from Austin, Texas was particularly fond of it so ordered one mini minky blanket and an extra large 35″ x 55″ one for her bub that’s on the way. I also did a bit of personalised hand-embroidery for her on the little blankie – the name of the bub’s grandmother – which I thought was a pretty sweet touch. Here it is in all it’s patchwork glory in the dutch evening sun before making its way to Texas…
blog-01 …and last but not least, my fella’s bro (brother in law sounds a bit, you know, grown-up) asked if I could make some monogrammed hankies for his lady-friend a bit like the ones I made for my Pa. I obliged and popped them in my shop. Turns out people quite like the idea of hand-embroidered hankies and the orders have come streaming in – just like a runny nose. So here are the first official Crafty Prawn Hankies – complete with Crafty Prawn postage stamp labels (sorry Pa, yours were the originals, no label for you!)
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…lots more custom hanky blog posts to come I think…been a bit of a handkerchief machine the past week…
here are just some of the others I snapped before popping them in the post to Humberside, UK; Florida, US and San Diego, Californ-nii-yey!
…I feel this is particularly apt as me and the fella will be metaphorically wrapping our spotty hankies full of our possessions and trotting off on new adventures in Dick Wittington style. Almost time to say Bye Bye Netherlands and the-little-white-bit-of-wall-which-gets-the-most-light-where-I-take-all-my-pictures. More about that next time…
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If you’d like something custom madetotally unique just for you – I love to work on custom orders, so just get in touch and we can talk ‘custom’! You can…
…email me @ hello@siobhanmilne.com
…etsy convo me @ thecraftyprawn.etsy.com
…or facebook me @ facebook.com/TheCraftyPrawn

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and ta-dah! One ‘Abstract Gems’ Mini Quilt…

…so, following my latest Punch of Pastel Power post, here’s the result.

~/ inspiration…
powerful pastels // dusky pink – teal – sand – mint green // very cool abstract printed linen // ‘Abstract Gems’
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patchwork // hand-embroidery // dense textural grid quilting // hand-made binding
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~/ mini quilt…
bring that bubba a bit of modern style // totally reversible // 30” x 33” (76cm x 84cm) // rolls up VERY small
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a touch of hand-embroidery magic // hundreds of 3” x 3″ (7.5cm) patchwork squares // genuine 90’s vintage fabric
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~/ buy it…
available to buy now! // click here to read more // ready to dispatch in 1-3 days
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One-of-a-kind Personalised Winter-Wedding Throw…with mice!

057_smlThis is a personalised throw/blanket I made for some family friends as their wedding gift. Said wedding was actually back in December, so I’ve been sitting on these mice pictures for a fair few months, waiting for the right time to blog about them. And saying that, I’ve actually been sitting on THESE mice pics (see below) for well over a year…this is the engagement ring box I embellished for the big proposal for said wedding. Phew!

…white hand-drawn mice surrounded by stylised silver and gold decorative flowers, leaves and foliage...
for blog-01for blog2-01The mice got a little more (ahem) ‘refined’ since the box. Although it must have done the job – she obviously said yes.
So anyway, back to the blanket. Before 2013, I was a complete wedding-goer virgin having never been to even one. 2013 sorted that right out and now with three under my belt and already two lined up for 2014, I’m truly into the swing of weddings. Well, what’s not to like, a party with lots of nice food, drinks and dancing…my favourite things. Oh yeah, and of course all the nice-meaningful-love-friends stuff (pah!). So that’s all good but the wedding present stuff baffles me a bit. As you may have noticed from my previous blogs, projects and products…I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to give a gift to mark a life event – baby, wedding, whatnot – it may aswell be a bloody good one. This is also slightly selfish as I enjoy making things and don’t much enjoy giving my money to random big shops for meaning-less stuff when I could do something better (so there!) ((p.s. please don’t hold me to this when I buy you a meaning-less bit of stuff from a random big shop)) (((p.p.s. oh and don’t think you can’t buy my some meaning-less stuff from random big shops…))) Ahh, I’ve dug a hole!
Anyway, I thought wedding gifts are ‘sposed to be sort of housey and something you can have and use forever so a big bed throw or blanket ticks those boxes…and it’s fabric, which is my friend…so I will stop waffling and show you some pictures…054_edit_smlAfter sourcing some very cool classic woolen fabric in a kind of fawn and burnt sienna two tone weave (yeah, ok, I mean brown…), I whipped it into a lovely blanket with think marooon edging and went forth to personalise the hell out of it…with mice! As I had already established that the bride and groom to be,  were rather fond of mice (it was a specific request to include them on the ring box), I thought what better way to adorn the throw. Check out my appliqued, hand-embroidered mice…

…two hand-embroidered mice on 100% oatmeal linen, with detailed whiskers, furry bits and little black noses…
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…hand-embroidered bride and grooms initials in co-ordinating maroon colour to match blanket binding, positioned as a monogram between the mice…
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…and topped off with a ‘Crafty Prawn’ label.
Ironically while I thought this lovely woolen throw would be a perfect gift for a winter wedding, the newly weds actually went to India for their honeymoon. So I wonder if they’ve got much use out of it yet! :)

One-of-a-kind personalised Winter-Wedding throw available soon…
…from The Crafty Prawn.

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Something for a Little Niece this time!

Two years after making my first ever quilt for my first little nephew, I’m blogging about a something special I made for my first little niece this time. Three nephews and three quilts later, I decided to make something a bit different for my sister’s second baby – little did I know, it was going to be a little girl baby!

Introducing Bo’s ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ patchwork baby blanket, with super soft navy minky-dot backing.

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THE ‘COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW’ PATCHWORK:
…I’ve been really inspired by all the gorgeous products around at the moment that play with the colour spectrum and decided to make a blanket or quilt that had that beautifully sumptuous rainbow effect. Armed with my ever-growing stash of used, recycled, collected and bought fabrics, I chopped hundreds of very carefully selected 2″ x 2″ squares in a vibrant rainbow colour palette. Not being one for much white, I omitted it completely, which I think gives the blanket a really rich feel and makes it suitable from baby time – through to toddlerhood and beyond…
rainbow stripe 1l…A patchwork colour wheel of zingy, bright and fun fabrics, the patchwork goes from red to orange, to yellow, to green, to blue and finishes with purple. Achieving this colour wheel effect is actually more difficult than it sounds and involved lots of ‘thinking’ about which tones to place next to each other…rainbow stripe2…the 2” x 2” (5cm) squares are a variety of collected, found and re-cycled fabrics, all cotton and cotton mix. Some special ones include William Morris designs such as ‘Strawberry Thief’ in lovely modern colourways; Liberty print tana lawn ‘Thorpe’  in turquoise and green and a range of hand-dyed and mottled cottons, which I acquired from a nice lady giving away her mothers stash of quilting fabrics…
rainbow stripe3…A great feature of this quilt is that as your baby turns into a toddler and starts to learn their words and colours, you can play with them to pick out simple colours like red, yellow and blue and spot the different flora and fauna such as flowers, elves and birds! This blanket top also includes a little spiderweb square as well as the odd elephant – see if you can spot them hiding.

THE MINKY DIMPLE-DOT BACKING:
All over the baby world at the moment is the minky blanket – but what is this “min-key” I thought? Yes, I’m admitting to my minky ignorance. But after a bit of research and coveting of the vast land of the etsy-minky-blanket, I was itching to use this super soft, lightweight but warm and entirely washable fleecey fabric – perfect for that delicate new baby skin! Especially once I spotted the minky-dimple-dot with it’s soft dimply, fleecey-ness! The minky dimple gives a great texture and something comforting for your baby or toddler to stroke and hold onto while drifting off to sleep. I chose a deep navy blue – to tone down the very vibrant patchwork front – which works really well and you don’t have to worry about something white -white becoming very quickly off-white through use!

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THE DREAMY HAND-EMBROIDERY:
So to the totally unique aspect of this very special minky blankie…I just couldn’t resist a ‘bit’ of hand embroidery for my fourth little nephew/niece. I wanted to find something dreamy, sleepy and fitting for a cwtchy blanket that could go on the reverse or the blanket, so that when used, the little one would be wrapped in the words while going to sleep. I chose a delightfully quirky quote from Roald Dahl’s BFG about dreams, perfect for a sleepy bubba when going off to sleep…
“Dreams is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy-misty bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people.”
Stitched entirely by hand, each letter is hand-embroidered using duck-egg blue colour-fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch, on 100% cotton forget-me-not-blue fabric. The embroidered strips have been top-stitched securely to the minky backing.

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So there it is, one extra special blanket for my little niece called Bo – I hope she spends many sleepy hours wrapped up in it. Hopefully I’ll nab some photos of her modelling it at some point!

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I have two little piles of neatly stacked rainbow squares all ready for sewing into a blanket just like this, once I get my sewing mojo back, so this blanket is available in The Crafty Prawn shop right now!
***This blanket is available both with and without the hand embroidery…***
With hand-embroidery here
Without embroidery here