So with the new year comes a slight change in direction for Kanga Creative. I would love to concentrate more on creating eco-friendly things from my African fabrics, where the ‘Kanga’ part of my business name comes from, so it makes sense really. I do have a lot of leftover fabric from last year though, so I will be making toys and things out of lovely pinwale cord also until it runs out.
So, I don’t have a Christmas tree. I am ok with that, my one year old would love one though just so he can pull it to pieces! Anyway, I was given some maps yesterday so I wanted to make something out of them, which led me to this tutorial by Everyday Mom Ideas for a paper tree centrepiece. I made one this afternoon after collecting some sticks on our walk, but I used black and white magazine pages instead of scrapbook paper, and I also made some feature leaves out of scrap fabric (which I have way too much of). I think it turned out ok, and will do for an alternative Christmas tree – no plastic, completely recycled materials, and free!
I am finding out the hard way how to be organised. I had planned to list a new range of softies on my madeit.com.au store, so after lots of thinking and comparing supplies, I ordered all the bits I needed online, drew up some patterns, and spent hours sewing. This was all a few weeks ago, I had planned to have the toys all finished off ready for the Christmas shopping weeks. What I hadn’t taken into account was the possibility that the suppliers had a pre-Christmas rush (probably due to people being more organised than I), and my bits not arriving on time. As it is, my bits are still not here, with only 21 days left until the big day. That’s only a week or two shopping time, taking into account the extra time people allow for postage when shopping online. Oh dear. Hoping a nice big package of crafty stuff arrives for me tomorrow, I have lots of things to finish off, photograph, list online, then hopefully, to tag, wrap and bundle up, and off to the post office..
Yesterday I spent some time creating a new banner for my madeit.com.au shop using GIMP. It was quite simple, I used a photo of my fabric and added text to create a very simple but colourful header for my store. It’s a bit ‘fresher’ than the one I had previously, so I’ve added it to my blog as well. GIMP is a free photo processing software which can be downloaded here.
I have been so busy since I’ve returned from Africa, and to get it all done I have set a new rule for myself: no computer until after dinner time, preferably after my little one goes to sleep.
So with all the time I am saving by not getting lost in the internet I have been making lots of new things, like phone and camera pouches, patchwork balls and nappy covers. My madeit.com.au shop is a mix of so many different things at the moment, proof that I get bored very easily and don’t make more than a few of each item. Today I created two flat elephants, out of some of my African kitenge. Will I make more? Who knows. I have no plans, just to create whatever I am in the mood to make!
|My baby helps me pack… making sure I don’t leave him behind!|
So after leaving Tanzania on Thursday at lunchtime, I arrived home to South Australia this evening, Monday. It was a huge trip with a one night stopover in Dubai then two nights at my sisters house in Perth to recover a little, but we finally made it! I have to say though that I really wouldn’t recommend travelling that far alone with a one year old in tow, it was quite exhausting really. I have to say though, the 3am flights, terrible connections, long hours stuck in a plane seat trying to keep a very active toddler happy, and the seemingly endless hours wandering foreign aiports trying to get bub to sleep, not to mention the terrible food, was all worth it. I had such a memorable time, and am already planning my next trip back to Afirca.
|Babies being worn as mamas go about their day in town|
|My baby sleeps as I work|
|Baby wearing starts young here!|
|A mama and baby on their way to the market|