Thursday, June 23, 2011

summer berries

You know what makes me happy these days... seeing both of my shops featuring in one treasury together :)
One of the double treasuries is the beautiful  Summer Berries by lesleysico 

This stunning cluster with the reach berry color scheme is so yami I could eat it from the screen
It features both my Ruffled Raspberry cocktail dress from my PettiBear shop and the new delicious Raspberry crème Pettiskirt from the new PettiBearKIDS shoppie
I should have guess that when I click on the curator's shop link I will enter into a magical and sweet shop, a real candy to the eye - lesley sico's fine art photography world

When I say sweet, I DEF mean it :)
Check her adorable works

laduree box . . . 5x5 fine art photography print

deux cafes . . . 5x5 fine art photography print

Does it all make you hungry too ?
It made me wanna eat macaroon and drink some coffee (and I don't even drink coffee :p )

So who is this talented photographer ...Lets eat  meet  the  artist behind the camera

"My name is lesley, and i love taking pictures!
I am constantly inspired by the world around me... textures, colors, shadows... subtle beauty that makes me want to pause and take it all in".

"I am head over heels in love with the city of paris, so she is the subject of many of my photographs".

To learn more about Lesley's life and what inspires her,  visit her blog:

Lesley, you made me drool ,now I'm off to bake macaroons :) 


Thanks to my fellow etsy artists ,my items feature quite a lot in etsy treasuries,here is one of the MOST original clusters I've ever been at-Facebook gathered by a VERY creative jewelry designer  Hagarae

Have I mention that Hagarae is a very creative jewelry maker ? 
Yes, well see it in your own eyes-so much lovely patterns and bright and colorful designs-you can't NOT to fall in love with
Here are some of my favorites

cool ha :)

And now,quick introduction to the colorful artist and how all this beauty started-
My love for textile, buttons, beads, lace and ribbons goes back very far to the time when I was a little girl visiting my grandma's house. My grandma had a room full of cupboards of all sizes and colors in which she piled her treasures that had come all the way from Germany back in 1939. It included fur coats, stray keys, strings, mother of pearl and crystal buttons from her father's shop, lace along with cotton night gowns and linen she had received for her wedding.
This room was my paradise.
When I grew up I followed my love and became a textile designer.
Many of the necklaces are made from second hand neckties. Neckties were always a mystery to me. No man in my environment has ever used one. Undoing this unknown object, using its tiny beautiful, colorful prints and turning it into female decorations was a challenge to my imagination.
I try to use as many recycled, reused or second hand materials as possible.
Every article is hand cut, ironed and stitched by hand in my home studio with great love and care. I do hope you are going to love it.

Well Hagar, I sure am-I'm LOVING it ALL!!!
Wish you lots of great success and LOTS of vintage neckties :) 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Is it Sleeping Fairy

Baby sleeping problem is well known issue any mother with a newborn gets to meet first hand sooner or later 
Sheluv's issues with the sleeping fairy were due to the jumping reflex most infant have .
Cherifa ,my french artist friend has recommended me to make for Sheluv a sleeping sack to sleep in at nights.
She told me how her 6 month old son is sleeping in one since his birth and showed me some pics of available styles and  varieties 
I've chosen one style that looked the most comfortable to me and headed to the drafting board

 Here is what I designed and sewed for Sheluv
Mimi Ourson (bear cub) Appliquéd and Hand Screen-Printed padded Sleeping Sack
My baby bear design was cut with Silhouette cutter and freehand machine embroidered onto 100% cotton fabric which was then hand screen-printed with Cherifa's lovely illustrations and then padded with wadding and sewn together to the cutest sleeping bag ever
The night I put Sheluv to sleep in her new sleep sack was the first night we all slept peacefully till about 4AM!!!
I STRONGLY recommend to any new mama getting one of these for her sweet pie

Available to purchase in my shop here

This mimi ourson sleeping bag is part of the snuggle buddies collection I'm working on, which also will include-
♥sweet bunny rabbit
♥ havhav
♥ miau
♥ petit bear
♥ snuggly bear
♥ baby elephant

(here below is the rabbit design sewn onto a changing pad cover-since the sack is made to order, the same bunny-rabbit will feature on your sleep sack if you choose to )


My NEW PettiBearKIDS shop

As you may already noticed,I've opened an additional etsy shop all dedicated to KIDS and their needs
It already has in organic cloth diapers ,diaper covers and organic and natural fiber hats...

I'm trying to add new things every week and eventually it will hold stock starting from bedding needs as sheets/bed skirt/duvets/head bumper to baby sleeping bags and nursery complimentary accessories and decor as diapers stacking bag /wipes box pouch/fabric basket etc.
To make the package perfect,in addition, the shop will carry items for bigger sisters and brothers-you'll see  sweet girly hair accessories,preschool backpack bags,reusable sandwich wraps and  of course room decor

Here are some of  the already available items from the shop
My FAVORITE would be the Sunhat here is modeled by the lovely Sheluv,but can DEF be on your precious petite's head

and here is the all loved newsboy cap hat made of organic bamboo velour ,fully lined with jersey
knit and is REVERSIBLE!!!

in the shop you can see another newsboy hat in mint green bamboo velour

Other styles will be added in time :)
Till then-taaaaaaaa

New life...New Beginnings

Uh wow, I have so many new items to show you and things to tell I don't know where to start...
I guess, I'll start from the beginning-the birth of my second daughter-Sheluv

Even before Shelav's birth, I decided I wanna go with cloth diapers and at the last month of my pregnancy I started to sew the stock for my new sweetie.
I started with the smallest size-preemie . Although I gave birth on my 41 week of pregnancy and Sheluv was far away from being a preemie, I remembered how small Sierra was at her birth and wanted  Sheluv to have diapers  that fit her perfectly!
Sheluv was born at the weight of  3168 kg and the preemie diapers which run in 2-5 kg sizes were just PERFECT for her. 
I made two types of diapers -the turned and top stitched fitted style and the pocket fitted ones.
 Both versions made of organic bamboo velour in and out with hidden layer of organic hemp fleece for extra absorbency

Sheluv is modeling her new cloth diaper
★Since the diapers are made of absorbent materials inside-out , they DO require a diaper cover to be used with them.
And so,I made a pull-on reversible PU  diaper cover using two lovely prints
NO front or reverse side here-both sides are wearable without visible seams to irritate the delicate skin of my precious can work great as a swim panties too, since it's made of fast dry woven waterproof polyester
AWESOME and very comfortable item! 

Sheluv is modeling the Pink Argyle Plaid side

I also made some wooli minis for Sheluv

I LOVE these woolies so much! They are made of 100% merino wool and are just perfect as a diaper cover!!!
In opposite to PU covers,they don't hold odor in and only require some airing between uses  if not soiled !!!
At the beginning I didn't believe to the airing part and kept washing them after they soaked the pee during the night,but one day I left them hanging outside for a while and after about an hour ALL the smells had miraculously vanished !!! 
Wooli Minis will be available to purchase in my shop in natural white color during the month-I REALLY RECOMMEND  getting a pair or two

Now I'm waiting for new fabric delivery to arrive so I can make some AIO and AI2 style cloth diapers to add to my collection as well as adjustable rise One Size ones...So stay tuned for more pics later this month :)

At the mean time I can only tell that I'm super happy with the cloth diapers and wouldn't even think of  exchanging them to the disposable ones 

Some tips for those who may consider to get some for their babies would be 
A. wash the diapers several times before use to remove the natural oils from the fibers which prevent the diapers from soaking in the wee wee and the poo (I can tell from my personal experience,that my diapers started to absorb really well after about 5 washes!)  
B. Never use bleach to remove stains as the sun light does a great job at that department !!!

And if you ask my personal preference, I like the pocket fitted better then top stitched with the insert sewed in ones,since they dry much faster and I can play with the amount of  liners ...I also find the pocket fitted to hold the poo better!!! 
Though,I'm working on improving the pattern of the turned and top stitched ones to make them hold the blow-outs as good as the pocket ones :)
*UPDATE-the improved pattern is already done

AND...try the wooli minis !!! Your baby will Thank You