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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Bunting Backlog #2 !!

It’s happened again! A little backlog of bunting snaps has stacked up, so here’s a peak into my latest bunting adventures and custom name bunting orders…

a groovy rainbow colour spectrum for baby Artemis in Greece.
A beautifully colourful range of red, orange, yellow, green and blue patterned and plain fabrics. Modern florals, stops and polka dots – a perfect not-too-girly choice for a little baby named after the God of war! :)
Want to see pictures in more detail? click here.blog-01-01…a pretty and girly palette of dusky pink, teal and bright blue for little Róisín in London, UK
The first Crafty Prawn name bunting to feature accents – well you want it be perfect after all eh? I love this selection of ditsy floral rose prints, striped linen and small polka dots. The subtle shades make for a girly but not too sickly-sweet-baby-focused colour scheme.
Want to see pictures in more detail? click here.
blog-01…and finally, it’s another special nephew bunting for my nephew Jago’s 1st birthday, back in Brecon, Wales!!!
Made in a soft tonal range of blues, greys and greens which will also co-ordinate with Jago’s quilt, this name bunting is extra long – for a special nephew after all – and features two spotty yellow stars on either end of the name.
Want to see pictures in more detail? click here.blog-01Would you like your own personalised name bunting for a little munchkin you know?
Take a look at my bunting section here for some examples of colour combinations and styles.
Or get 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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Made-to-order Rainbow Patchwork, Hand-Embroidered Quilt…For Baby Nora

A mainly-pictures post featuring my most recent made-to-order ‘Crafty Prawn’ quilt…
blog2-01…made a few months ago – still in the 2013th year, this quilt is a variation on my Rainbow Patchwork Quilt, originally created for my little nephew Finn who was born almost exactly a year before the recipient of this rainbow beauty.

a glimpse of the making…
blog-01…many a cup of tea, scruffy square tallies, and numerous safety pins are just some of my vital tools! Hand-embroidering the special name and birth-date squares is one of my favourite parts of the whole process. Basting with hundreds of safety pins…on the floor (clean+well swept of course)…occasionally pricking myself and kneeling on said safety pins…is not. But it’s all part of the fun of course.

a glimpse of the details…
blog3-01…I’ve used a striped two-tone binding for this one, which actually really adds to the overall appearance of the quilt and ties in all the various colours and patterns. I was doubtful that it would have this effect and was suspicious that it would confuse your eye making the full-on patchwork seem a little chaotic. BUT I’m glad I stuck with my instincts and went with stripey! Simple cross-hatched quilting also adds a beautiful texture.

a glimpse of the hand-embroidery…
blog5-01…’Crafty Prawn Custom-Made’ means hand-embroidery. In this case, a line of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet’s wise words in maroon, with rainbow touches to highlight special words. Each letter personally hand-embroidered by my little spindly fingers (they are really quite spindly) on soft 100% white linen.
***Not just any old custom-made…it’s ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made’!***

and a glimpse of little Nora modelling her quilt (beautifully I may add!)…
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‘The Crafty Prawn’ custom-made patchwork and hand-embroidered quilts are available to buy on my Etsy shop THE CRAFTY PRAWN. Choose your own special phrase, extract from a book or poem, or even song lyrics;  OR take inspiration from my Top 10 Quotes for Quilts.

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Bunting Backlog…!

 After a little flurry of personalised name-bunting orders just before christmas, I thought I would share my backlog of bunting snaps

…a sophisticated grey, red, navy and baby-blue palette for baby Hudson in Indiana, USA.
Colours chosen specially to co-ordinate with Hudson’s bedding with a smidge of checked red linen in there too as this was also used in the current bedding. Want to see pictures in more detail? click here.blog-01
…a juicy combo of sunny yellow, emerald green and royal blue for little Leo in Utah, USA
I ordered a special fabric for this one on the customers request – called ‘Delft..the city i love so well!’ by Bora (Deborah van de Leijgraaf) – and believe it or not was designed here in The Netherlands; printed in America by Spoonflower.com; and promptly shipped to Rotterdam where it was used in a lovely length of The Crafty Prawn bunting; only to be popped back in the post to the USA to be hung in Leo’s nursery. Amazing eh?! Want to see pictures in more detail? click here.
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…and finally, a very special one for my little nephew Finley’s 1st birthday, in Bristol, UK!!!
Made in funky rainbow colours to match Finn’s quilt, this name bunting is extra long – for a special nephew after all – and features a bold selection of graphic fabrics, with red letters for contrast! Rainbow name-bunting will soon be available in The Crafty Prawn shop…very soon. Want to see pictures in more detail? click here.
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Would you like your own personalised name bunting for a little munchkin you know?
Take a look at my bunting section here for some examples of colour combinations and styles.
Or get 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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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

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