Feathered friends

One of the things that I am enjoying making at the moment is little birds :0 it does sound rather random, I admit! But I just like their shape, and their colours….and, well – their general featheriness!

Some of the patterns I make up myself, such as the blackbirds and the robin ..who won’t be starring on today’s post being as it’s only Summer and not Christmas LOL.

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I have also really enjoyed making these little quirky birds :)

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They come from a pattern written by Ann Wood, which you can find here.

These birds are pretty small, standing just 10cm tall, and they are quite fiddly too…..No sewing machines necessary – just a sewing needle and a little patience ;)

But for all that – I just LOVE the moment when you glue on the little bird’s beak- and there he is! All full of character and personality ;)

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Once I get my Etsy shop up and running, I will be listing the birds in it. So if you don’t have the patience or time to make a little character of your own – you can adopt a little bird from me :)

(Just to be clear – Ann Wood has allowed people to sell birds from her pattern, as long as she is credited with their design. There will also be a link to the pattern provided on a label round each bird’s skinny little leg)

A Change in Direction…..

I’ve posted about this on Facebook, and on Twitter, so most of you probably already know that I have decided not to make any more babywearing bags.

Why?

I know that when I tell  people that I am stopping , they are bemused. Most of them ask Why? Was business not good? And when I tell them that business was in fact very good and that I had a waiting list of people whom I had to disappoint…well, their enquiring expressions become even more puzzled.

The easiest way for me to explain why I have stopped making the bags is to say that I was bored with them. I have been making bags for almost three years, and it just doesn’t float my creative boat any more! I crave variety, and you just can’t get that when you make the same things every day.

Also, I guess, I have just outgrown the whole babywearing scene. My own children are now 9 and 11, and they are huge!! So babywearing is a pretty distant memory for me…. It gets harder every day to answer customers who want to know how to adjust their bag in just the right way to wear with a sling, when the truth is that I haven’t carried my own babies for over 5 years!

So, where now?

This is the question that I keep asking myself – and honestly, I have no real idea yet. I know that I love free-hand embroidery using my sewing machine – so I will be doing more of that.

Some hoops that I sewed for Christmas last year.

Some hoops that I sewed for Christmas last year.


I have also started making a few feathery little friends – so more of those are on the agenda too!

These cheeky blackbirds are made from plain black fabric and embroidered using free-hand embroidery in black and silver thread.

These cheeky blackbirds are made from plain black fabric and embroidered using free-hand embroidery in black and silver thread.

This quirky little bird measures approximately 10cm tall. She is made from a pattern by Ann Wood.

This quirky little bird measures approximately 10cm tall. She is made from a pattern by Ann Wood.

 

 

Oh, and I can’t forget my mirror-making machine :D

These are already proving popular as teacher's gifts for the end of term.

These are already proving popular as teacher’s gifts for the end of term.

The good news is that I am back to loving sewing again – for the first time in quite a long time! I feel as though I am bobbing along like a piece of flotsam floating on the sea, and am just enjoying seeing how things develop :)

A Tying Tuesday….How to use the Zippy with Sling Rings

This tying Tuesday is either a little late or super-organized and early depending on whether you are a ‘glass- half- full’ or a ‘glass-half-empty’ person :LOL:

It’s all about the Onbag Zippy and how you can use the new loop (at the bottom of one of the straps) to attach sling rings :)

It really is very straight-forward!

First you thread the straps through the rings...

First you thread the straps through the rings…

Then you fold the strap down and tie it to the loop...

Then you fold the strap down

Then you tie the strap to the loop...

Then you tie the strap to the loop…

And just push the rest of the strap down into the bag to keep it tidy ;)

And just push the rest of the strap down into the bag to keep it tidy ;)

Ta Dah!! The sling rings are now attached so you can weave your other strap through them and away you go!!

Sling rings are easily adjastable on the go :)

Sling rings are easily adjastable on the go :)

There are changes afoot…

A few things have changed in the last couple of weeks…..the main one being that Daisy Chain creations will no longer be making Onbags :O

But don’t panic- the Daisy Chain Zippy will still be available, and I am busy finalising the new design features for our range of babywearing bags :D

Until my new designs are finalised, I am shutting my waiting list….but please bear with me, it won’t be long until it re-opens :D :D

 

 

 

A New In-stock Onbag :o)

NOW SOLD

I often get asked if there are any Onbags that are ready-made…but I am usually so busy making all your lovely Custom Onbags that I don’t get time to design any in-stocks :LOL:

But I managed to find time to make some for Big camp, and this one came home with me again…so it’s available straight away for anyone who wants it ;)

It costs £75 +£4 postage.

It is made out of scrummy cord dyed a deep, warm aubergine colour and matched with Michael Miller’s ‘Pet Deer’ fabric :)

This is an Onbag Classic- and it is like a tardis-you can fit LOADs in!

This is an Onbag Classic- and it is like a tardis – you can fit LOADs in!

There is an applique of the deer on the front flap…

The deer are playing chase round the little tree in the fabric ;)

The deer are playing chase round the little tree in the fabric ;)

The front pocket and side pockets are all made out of the aubergine cord, and this Onbag fastens with velcro.

Three velcro strips allow you to fasten the flap no matter how full your bag is ;)

Three velcro strips allow you to fasten the flap no matter how full your bag is ;)

And just because it is so gorgeous, here is a close-up of the fabric :D

Michael Miller's 'Pet Deer' fabric.

Michael Miller’s ‘Pet Deer’ fabric.

If you are interested, please email me at

daisychaincreations@tesco.net

Peacock feather!

This gorgeous Onbag is a present for my lovely Cousin :) She chose the fabrics aaaages ago, but I was too superstitous to make it up for her until her little bundle of joy had actually arrived…
Well, over a week ago, little Cameron made his way safely into the world so I

Black cord sets off the lighter colour print fabric beautifully :)

Black cord sets off the lighter colour print fabric beautifully :)

got out the embroidery machine and let it do it’s magic! And I was so pleased with the result, that I couldn’t resist putting a feather emboidery onto the strap too :LOL:
Two feathers have got to be better than one -right? LOL

Two feathers have got to be better than one -right? LOL

Two new Zippy Flippies

Lots of people have been asking me for Zippy bags – but with a flap :LOL:

So here are pics of the latest two….

Katy’s bag has a map theme- complete with a machine embroidery of a compass on the front flap :D

Kat's map themed Onbag Zippy-with-a-flap

Katy’s map themed Onbag Zippy-with-a-flap

The black cord contrasts beautifully with the jewel tones of the Amy Butler Lark fabric :)

The black cord contrasts beautifully with the jewel tones of the Amy Butler Lark fabric :)

it’s my Summer holidays – so I am giong to keep this post short and sweet- as my children are back at school in just over a week- and I feel the need to watch a nice DVD with them and eat cake :LOL:

A New Colour of Cord :o)

Over the past year or two I have searched high and low to find a grey cord. i found a lovely charcoal grey online, but it works out very expensive as I can’t buy it wholesale…so I was delighted to find this colour recently!

It is a mid-grey with a greenish tinge- and it reminds me of the sea on a cloudy day :)

This is the lovely Onbag zippy that is made out of the new cord….

The print fabric is called "Okapi" and it is from Rowan design

The print fabric is called “Okapi” and it is from Rowan design

This is another pic of the Zippy, this time worn as a back-pack :)

The Zippy can be worn in several different ways ;)

The Zippy can be worn in several different ways ;)

A new design of bag :o)

I have made a new bag today and just popped on here quickly to tell you about it :)

I say ‘quickly’ because it is the Summer Holidays and my stunning lego-model- building skills are required by my children so that they can finish putting together a Hobbit Home :LOL:

This bag is a ‘Hipster’ and it is based on a design by Embroidery Garden, to make using my embroidery machine. However, the embroidery machine doesn’t like it one little bit – probably something to do with the 10 layers of cord where the straps insert :LOL: So I am reduced to making it with my trusty industrial machine – who glides through the layers with barely a squeak or groan :D

This little bag is very handy to keep my purse and keys in ;)

This little bag is very handy to keep my purse and keys in ;)

the long strap is adjustable, so it can be worn across your body, or casually slung over one shoulder.

The long strap is adjustable, so it can be worn across your body, or casually slung over one shoulder.

Tha bag in the photos is a small version – ideally suited for popping out to the shop with your keys and purse in. I am also going to make a larger version, which will be just the right size to carry a kindle( or other e-reader) in. The bags are lightly padded to protect any precious contents from scratches

There is also a  fabric divider so that you can keep your keys away from that shiny screen on your mobile phone ;)

I’m trying to take better photos….

…but I’m not sure that I am managing it yet :LOL: I have enrolled on a Craftsy course called “Shoot it”

Have no fear, it’s not nearly as violent as it sounds – and is simply a course about shooting better photos of your products. It’s very convenient because you can watch a new episode whenever you have 10 minutes or so spare – which makes it nice and easy to slot into my busy schedule ;)

So, today’s episode was all about the colour wheel and choosing the right colour background to compliment your product.

This is easier said than done!

In my house, we mostly have cream coloured walls….and cream doesn’t appear to fit anywhere on the colour wheel- which left me a bit perplexed :LOL:

Sam’s lovely fabric is mostly blue with a little yellow  – so in the end I decided to go for split complimentary colours which meant that I could utilise the purple wall in our study, and I braved Fotor to make a photo collage with a cheerful yellow frame :D

So here it is – but I’m not sure that I have quite cracked the art of product photography yet , so be gentle with me :LOL:

fotor2Sam’s Onbag is a large Onbag Zippy made out of Michael Miller’s Caribbean Blooms fabric  and black sanded twill. The fabric leant itself to a lovely applique on the front pocket :D

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