Bui Crafts Bunting

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Today I’m happy to post about my other self: Bui Crafts. Bui (pronounced bwee) is the Irish for yellow, so I’m sure you can see the connection between Yellow Dog and Bui Crafts… It’s all about colour! Actually it’s all about the dog but never mind : ) 

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One thing I love to do in Bui Crafts is make bunting. Whatever the occasion, a bunting is sure to please. This pirate fabric is great for all those little Captains out there, whether Jack Sparrow or Hook.

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It also looks great with orange letters. A great vibrant bunting that will really stand out in any bedroom or playroom.

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I love these classic blues too. Great for new babies and, with a slight vintage feel, this bunting will add a nice touch to Noah’s nursery.

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Little pink elephants are teamed with polkadot purple for Líle’s bunting. The soft pink felt letters are hand-stitched with a bright pink for a little girl who loves everything pink!

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More pink!!  This time for a new baby so softer and this time with little daisies for a really cute touch.

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So Bui Crafts just loves bunting!  If you’d like to see more pop over to my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/buicrafts  I’d be happy to make a beautiful bunting for someone you love. 

 

Old Denims Die Hard…

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At last my Sweet William has bloomed.  It’s the first time I’ve grown this butterfly-friendly plant and I’m very happy I gave it a go.  Its lovely pink and white flowers add a gorgeous splash of colour to the garden although I’m still waiting on the butterflies!

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While waiting I’ve been busying myself making cushion covers.  Remember last time I had some lovely tea-towel/scrap fabric I wanted to transform?  Well here’s the result.  The first of three summery cushions ready for lounging around in deck-chairs spotting butterflies during our long hot days.  Well, that’s the idea anyway…

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Here are the other two.  I love the stripes but I love the patchwork even more!  I teamed the two fabrics I had with some denim from an old pair of jeans and I’m very happy with the result.  The colours and patterns on the fabrics work really well together.  This is my first foray into the world of patchwork and I can already tell there’ll be no going back.  Addictive.  That’s all there is to it.

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Staying with summery fabric check out the dress I found at a local jumble sale.  I fell for the polka dots straight away and decided to use the fabric for another project.

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The old jeans came in handy again and the denim gives my polka dot bunting a lovely 1950s summer feel.  I think the next patchwork project will involve these two fabrics.  After all the washing and wearing the denim has faded and softened really nicely and it’s always hard to give up on a favourite pair of jeans isn’t it? This way they’ll get to hang around a while longer…

Good Day Sunshine!

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Summer has finally arrived and there’s nothing yellow dogs enjoy more than lazing around in the sunshine.  It’s a rare enough treat in Ireland so best to lap it up while you can.

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At last the buttercups and clover are displaying their wares and the countryside is getting back to normal summer conditions after our long, cold winter.

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But all thoughts of winter outstaying its welcome are forgotten once the strawberries appear! Fresh Irish strawberries are worth the wait and all is forgiven with the first bite, especially when accompanied by some cream (full fat!) and sunshine.

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Aside from eating strawberries and lazing in the sun I have been busy with some summer projects.  I’ve been making lots of bunting for children and even managing to sell some, but I fancy making something for me now.  I found this fabric in a local shop, it was an odd bit left over and cost next to nothing, and I loved the fresh, summer colours.  It brings to mind deck chairs, windbreakers on the beach and overstuffed sofas in bright conservatories.

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This lovely light blue is actually a tea towel, one of a pack of three that I wouldn’t dream of drying dishes with!  I love the colour and the design and think it deserves more than a future of mopping up spills.

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The two together will look great as cushion covers and will add a splash of summer colour to my sofa. I can’t wait to get started, just as soon as I’ve finished these strawberries…

From Blossoms to Buttons

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The apple blossom has finally arrived. With the recent cold snap the trees decided to keep their buds and blossoms under wraps for a little while longer, safer for them but a bit less colour for us!

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Meanwhile I’ve been busy making some boy bunting with the gorgeous pirate themed fabric I found.

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I chose a light blue felt for the letters, the yellow thread of the stitches stands out nicely against it.

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I love all the little details in the fabric design.

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Some buttons add another dash of colour across the top, the blue and white stripes in keeping with the sailor(ish!) theme.

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With little orange buttons just because they’re little orange buttons!

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And there we have it.  A pirate bunting for Captain Alex.  I hope he likes it!

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Remember the stash of lovely buttons I came home with?  Well here’s what I’ve been doing with some of them.  This cute heart is on it’s way to becoming a card to welcome a new baby into the world. But more of that next time…

Stocking Up.

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While dodging the April showers some of us enjoy being rubbed and fussed over…

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And some of us enjoy stocking up on materials!  Isn’t this pirate fabric gorgeous?  I want to make a bunting for a little boy and while fabric suitable for girls is no problem, fun, colourful fabrics for boys can be hard to find.  I spotted the fish design first and loved it. Then along came the pirates.  Perfect.  They’re quirky, cute, bright and will look great as bunting.  I was delighted!

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I love the ships bobbing on the sea and the bright colours of the design overall.  The green and white striped fabric will go nicely with the other two and lighten the colour scheme of the bunting.

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I was looking for some girly fabric as well, something fresh and light while not being too pink.  Easy peasy.  Happy bumble bees buzzing around some spring flowers and lilac hearts are just what I wanted.  The green and white stripes will look great with these designs and tie the brother and sister buntings together nicely.

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I didn’t stop at fabric.  I needed some buttons so I got some!

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Lots of buttons!  I have plenty of ideas for this lot.  Time to get started…

Soft On The Head!

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It’s still Spring but somebody forgot to inform the weather! The time for our Winter-woolies hasn’t quite passed yet, especially for wee ones.  I love this cold, clear weather, it’s great for brisk walks and it’s even better for knitting!  My trusty wool basket is always on standby so when a friend asked me to knit a hat for her soon-to-be-born baby it was just a matter of choosing the colours.

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I love this Debbie Bliss cashmerino blend wool and use it for all my baby projects.  It’s so silky soft and knits up beautifully, making it perfect for precious baby skin.  I chose light blue, lilac and white for this hat because my friend likes blues and we both thought that these colours would suit either a boy or a girl.  The pattern I follow is also Debbie Bliss, from the book ‘baby cashmerino 2‘; it’s a really sweet little roll-brim beanie that never fails to please.

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The colours come together nicely in stripey stocking stitch.  Only 83 stitches in width, it knits up nice and fast.

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Then the bit I sometimes put off for ages… sewing it all together!

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I use mattress stitch to sew the edges, creating an invisible seam and giving a great finish.  Thinking about doing it is always harder than the fact and once you start it gets easier and easier.

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And finally… it’s finished!

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A gorgeous little beanie, soft and snuggly, for a precious little somebody…

 

Oh Sew Pretty…Part II!

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Last time, I was making the most of the bad weather by sewing a pretty, girly bunting fit for any little princess’s bedroom.  A lack of bias tape meant the finished product had to wait a while but fear not… bias tape and buttons are now on hand to complete my rainy-day project.

After folding the bias tape along the top of my row of flags, I pin it in place.  I enjoy this bit as I now have a good idea what the finished product will look like, how it all hangs together.

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Once the bias has been stitched into place on the machine (less scary this time!) the finish line is in sight.  The bunting looks pretty but the addition of some decorative buttons   make it even prettier.  Some little pink hearts add a nice touch.

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And finally it’s finished!

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A cute ‘Princess’ bunting that will look great in any little girl’s bedroom.

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I think the teddies are happy with it….