Friday, January 28, 2011

For the love of Torquoise

I love colour, but for me it is always the calming shades of torquoise that catch my eye and the more blogs I read I keep finding more and more people like minded.  I just just adore a five minute getaway reading House of Torquoise by Erin.  I feel as if I have been on a power vacation.

Out and about in Sydney this week I happened upon an absolute find.  This amazing torquoise vintage inspired, crochet cushion fit for the princess in our family, Miss Matilda.  It will be perfect in her nursery!

I found it at the Kaz outlet store at Alexandria in the inner west of Sydney

I just had to photograph this gorgeous cushion with a pair of my favourite Knickernoos from my Rowantree collection.  How this cushion reminds me of my Nan's house.

The Kaz children's collection!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Think outside the box for inside the crib!

When we were expecting Rowan to come along I wanted to make him something very special that he could use, love, and keep forever.  I would make him a quilt.  A quilt made with love.  First an inspiration then a picture to work with and see how it goes along the way.

Think outside the box for inside the crib!

Peace, Love and a Funky Carnival

I found this carnival themed piece of vintage fabric and and put it together with a piece of American folk styled fabric, as you can see I just sewed panels of fabric together and added a mix match border 

The Carousel

Having had so much creative fun making the first quilt I just had to make another.  I had a thought about going to the fair and riding on the carousel.  Which horse will I choose, and waving to my mum each time I passed.  Hold that thought, don't put it on paper but sew it in a quilt for life.  

The Peaceful horse



A book for inspiration is "Quilts Baby" by Linda Kopp, published by Lark books.  Now that the festive season is over and the house is getting back to normal embark on a quilting project a beautiful and creative way to relax.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Baby Rowan James Sutherland

Rowan James Sutherland arrived at 5.59am on the 5th January in all his beauty.  3.52 kilos and 55 cm long.  The first time I saw his beautiful little face I could not hold back the tears.  My heart was overwhelmed with love.  What a proud moment for my family. I could not wait to hug my daughter and my son-in-law.  In fact, I was hugging everybody.  What a glorious morning waiting anxiously at the hospital with my husband Patrick, and other daughters, Lauren and Alexandra.

The first time I saw his face

I felt so proud I could not stop the smiles

Dressed and waiting for his visitors

Ready to go home in his  Bugaboo Pram, wearing his very French and gorgeous Jacardi outfit I bought him especially for his trip home.  He'll have plenty of time to wear Rowantree Designs

Matthew looks the very proud Dad.  

Ready to go Dad

Rowan's Nursery.  What a beautiful peaceful space Peta has created for her son!  I love the funky animal wall stickers from the Wall Sticker Company and the replica baby Eames chair we found at Matt Blatt. A must visit replica furniture wonderland, the show room is in Leichhardt in the inner west of Sydney.

And here is Rowan's groovy horsey quilt that I made especially for him.  These quilts are available by order at Rowantree Designs

Playing with his Aunt's Lauren and Alexandra

Sound asleep

Welcome Home Rowan James, your life will be blessed with Love

Monday, January 3, 2011

Rompers for the long summer days ahead

The long hot summer days are upon us,  perfect for picnicing on any one of our beautiful beaches in Sydney or spending it at one our spacious picturesque parks.  When my family go on picnics it's all about big retro quilted throws with loads of tupperware containers bursting with food, children, bikes, tables, chairs and of course the kitchen sink.

I wanted to design cute little rompers for the babies in my family.  Rompers are just so summery, they look very,very cute  and are very cool and comfortable to wear.

I love the kitsch fabric and old retro buttons

This design is a fuller style with a soft frill cap sleeve

I chose a little triangle pocket with an old vintage button for the spring fabric

For this soft floral I added a touch of cotton lace... perfect

The neckline slightly gathered with a frilled cap sleeve.

I wish every body a wonderful and happy New Year.  I hope to see many of my friends out and about on the beaches and in the parks wearing Rowantree Designs.  These beautiful rompers will be available on the Rowantree site very soon.  

I have a huge year planned and I am overwhelmed with excitment.  My grandson will be arriving on the 10th January, so much love in my house over the next week.  I would like to keep you up to date with the renovation and decor of my beautiful home.  Our sailing adventures and of course my love of beautiful children's clothing.


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