Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Creative Space - Pram Bag & Box

The refashioning project is on pause because my creative space has been preparing for my very new nephew (who arrived in this world on Tuesday) and my sister, the mother of the beautiful baby boy.

I must admit to feeling a tinsy bit proud as I handed over the planes to my sister who said "I can't believe you made these". As with many crafters, it wasn't until my babies arrived and my whole world was turned upside down and shaken (then shaken again!) that I rediscovered sewing and craft and creating. A little bit of embroidery has opened up a whole new world of creativity, allowing me to find parts of myself that were hiding so well I didn't even know they were there. Now don't get me wrong... I don't think my little planes are going to change the world! But they are a product of an exciting little journey I am on.

Anyway.... so the planes were for the baby boy and this little purse is for my sister.

I really wanted to give her something that was linked to James' arrival but also something she could use. I stitched a girl and boy on the purse to represent her daughter and her son, and while very stereotypical with the pink and blue, I'm OK with that.


Then inspired by Kirsty's super cute project kit and 'roller' confession, I refashioned a cardboard box into a gift box, complete with a cardboard button. It was the perfect size to fit the planes, purse and few other goodies.


To take a peek into some other creative spaces, head over to Kooyotoo....

46 comments:

m.e (Cathie) said...

what a great package Nikki, congrats to your sister and her new baby boy.
thanks again for your sweet sweet gift & putting a little smile on my face. hugs

Amanda said...

Love that pouch, that will definitely come in handy!!!

Michelle said...

That's a fantastic gift! Love the louch!

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

Love the pouch, so refreshing to see something that isn't pink and blue. The planes are gorgeous as well! My daughter has just started to sing the "plane, zoom zoom" song that they do on playschool.

CurlyPops said...

Congratulations Aunty Nikki!
What adorable pressies (love the fact that you can clip the purse onto the pram handle).

Cass said...

Nikki, great presents and a great gift box

tea with lucy said...

Hand made gifts are the best!

It's all just so cool.

Well done!

Pippi creates said...

What a lovely box of gifts! And it is so nice to be appreciated for the effort and love you put in. I like the purse, these come it very handy for all sorts of things with new babies.

Hope you enjoy the racing car fabric when is arrives from Nic at yardagegirl.blogspot.com, I have seen it and it is pretty racy!

Leahdis said...

So clever! well done, love the box and all in it. Great present.

elk said...

you are a lovely sister & aunt...and artist!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on being an Aunty again. The gifts are wonderful and I love the box you made for it all.

Leonie Guld said...

That purse is Fantastic!!! What a great Idea!!

Kirsty said...

Eeeek...I LOVE your gift box.

Tammy James said...

Oh what great work ... all of it, I love the pink girl blue boy embroidery, and the gift box!

Dragonfly said...

Hello!! Especially love the box! You are very talented!
Cheers, Karen

Karen said...

I don't know which I like better your purse is great but that box, excellent!
Congratulations on being an aunt again - fun times.

Cindy said...

Aww super cute and love the spotty planes too. Fresh babies...such a special time, congrat to sis.

One Flew Over said...

What a gorgeous package! I especially like the little pram purse, not only is it sweet but very, very useful!

Christina Lowry said...

The pouch rocks! How did you make the handle for it? That is very cool. Were you inspired by your bag testing? The planes are super cute. I love the feeling when some one appreciates what you have made. :)

Best wishes for mum and bub.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

You should be proud too Nikki - what wonderful gifts you have made for your sister and little nephew.

There is something completely exhilerating about finding the inner crafter that has perhaps been forgotten, or you didn't know was there. I bet you can't imagine left without creating now!

MissyP said...

What a lucky sister. There's really nothing quite like the love poured in to a hand made gift. Enjoy the journey- good fun isn't it?!

Mookah said...

That purse is fantastic! My sister needs something that clips onto the handle like that, just big enough to put some keys, phone and a few bucks in. I might have to have a go at one myself.

handmaiden said...

love that gift box and yr sister will love all those presents...how generous

yardage girl said...

A lovely, thoghtful gift! Speaking of packages, I sent your fabric prize today so you should have it soon! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

woollywotnots.com said...

Oh wow, you've been so creative. What super ideas. The gift is just perfect and I love the box.

claribell said...

they are so lucky to have a crafty aunty. i love the purse fitting on the stroller

Kylie said...

These are all so fabulous. Such a beautiful thing to do :) K

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Wow Nikki! Brilliant! Lucky peeps to be receiving all of those goodies. I'll bet she was thrilled to bits!!

Sherrin said...

So so cool! I love the little purse... the idea of it being attachable to the pram, but easily removable, is great. The gift box is a pretty cool idea too. I'm going to have to remember that one!

trixi said...

Your cardboard box is so incredible. So are all your pressies. As for that 'exciting little journey' - it only gets better!

Alison said...

Lovely box with lovely gifts in. And how sweet a new nephew.

Leslie said...

That is really cute! I love the gifts and how you packaged it. So sweet.

Maria Rose said...

You're an awesome aunt and sister!

Debra said...

what beautiful hand made gifts and all boxed up pretty....gorgeous...love the pink, blue...stunning :)

Emjie said...

Well done & congrats on becoming an aunty again.

gretchenmist said...

it's a gorgeous gift you have made ~ congrats to your sister :)

Julianne said...

Love the bag and the embroidery and the box seems to strike a cord with me for whatever reason.

I am thinking that your gift box would make the bestest ever Pirate Treasure Chest or dress-up box.

Tom said...

the planes are so cute! as is the little purse, I want one ! :)

Sandrine said...

Congratulation Aunty Nikki!!Welcoming into this world your little James (Or should I say your sister little James)Hope everyone is well and healthy!It is nice to watch your journey into rediscovering some hiden side of yourself!I can relate so much to what you said as children bring a new you that you wanted or not!;)
Your pressies are wonderful and filled with LOVE we can tell!

Gina said...

I'm in LOVE with that box Nikki.

kellie said...

I love the little purse but the box WOW. What a great package to give and get!

Debra said...

ha ha...funny girl....its a tea cosy..not a hat...now i really need to revise my felting techniques...perhaps i had better ask my students...thanks for calling by :)

Tania said...

Honestly. You are the bestest present giver-er ever!

midge said...

congrats on the nephew arrival. i love the planes and i think the purse is fabulous

june at noon said...

I'm very late with my comments, but I had to say how much I like this post. I love how you used the box, and I totally identify with the way becoming a mother can go right along with discovering your inner creative parts.

craftschmaft said...

That refashioned gift box is the bomb - love the stitcing detail.