Bo Boo Biddly Bunting Backlog #3!!!

I’m back with bunting…a bunting backlog. They happen it seems! These beauties were all whizzed up somewhere between Rotterdam, Wales and Bristol. So they’ve mounted up rather.
I’ll try to be brief so just enjoy the pictures

…a funky CIRCUS themed bunting for Jackson in Texas, USA
We got spots, striped, checked, polka dots AND stars…
blog-01-01…. lime green, dusky pink, baby pink and baby blue for a Wilhelmina in Seattle, USA
my longest name bunting yet at 10 letters…
in a specially created retro colour combo to co-ordinate with an already purchased…a pretty and cute palette of rose pink, yellow and ivory for Halle-Rose in Lancashire, UK
blog-01…and finally some sophisticated muted tones of light blue, beige, blue and white for Logan in Texas, USA
blog-01Get in touch to create your own one of a kind colour combination to match your bubba’s nursery or bedroom colours! Great for parties, an original new baby present or a birthday gift for a toddler!

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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’…
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…
blog-01NEXT up, remember this little minky rainbow number
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!)
…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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Geometric ‘Sunburnt Panda’ Patchwork Quilt

This quilt got a lot of attention when I posted some pictures on facebook – but as yet no sale – so thought it deserved it’s own special blog post, with some behind the scenes making shots!

Wonderfully bold geometric ‘Sunburnt Panda’ patchwork quilt.
Fully reversible with modern black & white off set chevron patchwork on one side, a funky graphic animal print on the other; and a striking stab of red for the binding, stitching and one arrow…read on to find out more!

On sale NOW in my Etsy shop here, this quilt features, among other animals, pandas and with the red accents, I’ve named it Sunburnt Panda! Sure to deliver a punch of geometric style and graphic pattern to a toddler’s bedroom or brighten up your living room with a bold combination of black & white offset chevrons and unique funky animal pattern.
inspiration & fabric…
…classic colour combination of black and white, with a punch of red to blow your panda socks off!
…the star of this quilt is the unique ‘White Safari’ fabric (by Timeless Treasures), which features a whole menagerie of black and white animals, to name but a few…pandas, zebras and magpies.
…pieced together from hundreds of 100% cotton black & white half square triangles arranged to form the off-set chevron pattern; with one striking red arrow positioned in the right-hand corner.
…made using ‘Hobbs heirloom’ quality 80% cotton 20% polyester batting – quilt is light but surprisingly very warm.
…edged with handmade double thickness red binding, giving a lovely cohesion to the red accents scattered through the quilt.
…comes with a special ‘The Crafty Prawn‘ fabric label attached on the reverse of the quilt…
the quilt…

…nice and big measuring approx. 45” x 60” (114cm x 152cm)
…perfect size for…
…a generous baby quilt…
…toddler/children’s bedding…
…a fabulous sofa throw or blanket for everyday use.
…a truly unisex item, perfect for both funky girls and boisterous boys!…
…quilt is fully reversible, with a fabulous graphic animal print on the reverse (or front – whichever way you want to look at it!)
the special bits…
…machine-quilted using a combination of accent red coloured thread and invisible black and white on the geometric side; and simple white on the animal side.
…quilting detail gives a lovely highlight to the geometric pattern, while the invisible quilting through the chevrons add to the textural quality of the quilt and demonstrates real attention to detail!
…quilt can be used from toddler-hood when you’re little one can pick out the pandas, through to adult-hood, when the modern geometric pattern will still be right on-trend!
etsy2-01_sml060_edit_sml…thank you!…
…want it? buy it here
…shipped within 1-3 days…

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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’
~/ making…
patchwork // hand-embroidery // dense textural grid quilting // hand-made binding
~/ 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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~/ special bits…
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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A Punch of Pastel Power

So, I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of pastel colours, I’m more of a brights and vivids sort of girl. BUT pastels are everywhere I look at the moment. It’s safe to say…wait for it, I’m going to come out with some sales speak…they are ‘so on-trend right now, baby!
I figure pastels don’t have to be insipid, so here’s my Punch-of-Pastel-Power! YEAH!
pastel power-01pictures from top…‘pretty pastels’ photo by me // ‘diaphanous 2014 colour trend’ from //painting in pastel’ from blog // ‘spring/summer 2014 colour trend’ from //bunting points’ from The Crafty Prawn // ‘setting hues’ from

This is the first (and probably only time) that I’ve found a silver lining to the fact that our scruffy old Rotterdam apartment has an avidly painted salmon-y pink living room. We’re talking the walls, the wooden window frames, the doors, part of the ceiling, the pipes…whoever did it really loved that pink. I, on the other hand, do not. But after disposing of the lurid Kermit green in the bedroom and dark aubergine purple in my small studio space, I just didn’t have the courage to attack the salmon pink. So anyway, here it provides a nice little backdrop for some of my pastel-power inspired photos…
blog1-01…and finally, on that note, here’s a sneaky peak of a selection of fabrics destined for a new Crafty Prawn mini-quilt called ‘Abstract Gems’. Pulled ‘straight from my stash’ – as people in the quilting world love to say – that pretty in-your-face fabric you see is actually a very lovely printed linen I acquired from the kind-lady-who-gave-me-tonnes-of-fabric. We’re going to call it ‘vintage’ as I’m pretty sure it’s straight from the 90’s as it reminds me of Will Smith’s hair in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and a little bit of some lurid shellsuits my older sisters used to have (do you know what I mean?!) BUT once I’ve finished with it, it’s going to be mega cool honest. Imagine it in a stripped back, hipster East-London warehouse apartment and you’ll understand my vision! :)
blog2-01AND, notice those perfectly pastel tones? Intended to be a double-sided mini quilt a bit like this ‘Summer in a Square’ baby blanket, the plain fabrics of Dusky-Pink, Sand, Mint, Teal and Aubergine-Purple will make a funky patchwork for one side to compliment those Abstract Gems on the other. Watch this space…

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