Sunday, February 2, 2014

January is over, time for an update

Maisie Moo has been back up and running for a month and surprisingly, I am managing.  I was a bit nervous at first as a few close friends laughed when I said I planned to continue sewing with a newborn and a pre-schooler whilst still performing my wifely duties (tongue is in cheek here).  So far so good!

The month of January saw record order numbers and over 30 creations left Maisie-Moo headquarters.  I have also had to extend my completion times out to 5 weeks.  I have been asked why this jumped up so quickly.. well it is due to having an influx of custom orders all at one time as well as taking time out for a family camping holiday during February (can't wait!).

Thank you all for your patience while I was closed and for standing by me.  My fears of being 'forgotten' were unfounded and your return custom is so appreciated.  Also thank you too, to my wonderful parents... Maisie adores her 'Nana Day' each week and without Dad and his workshop I would not have any mobile hangers. 

Following are pics of creations, old and new posted off for the month of January.

These teal and yellow elephants have already been received by Sarah in Hamilton.  Here is her feedback via Etsy - The mobile arrived safe and sound today. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thank you so much.  - Just makes my day to get feedback like this.



I regularly get asked to match nursery colours and bedding.  This mobile was made to match 'Just Born Babywise' crib bedding.  I love how this turned out.


This is one of three fox mobiles that have been sent off to Canada this month.

 Clouds are still very popular, this Simply Cloud mobile was posted off to New York


Happy Raincloud and Flower Baby Elephants 




Everyone have a great February!

xxx Ria

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Friendly Fox Nursery - Inspiration Board

 Another inspiration board... this time foxes... enjoy xx




1.     Maisie Moos own petite mobile - The Curious Fox Mobile
2.     Retro Grey Cot - Pinterest
3.     Large Monty the Fox Lambswool Plush Toy
4.     Hoop Art by Pillipilli
5.     Light Switch Cover - SSKDesigns
6.     Lamp with Fox - Zazzle.com
7.     Retro Wooden Blocks
8.     Liam the sleepy woodland Fox - Sleepy Kind


Ria xx

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Baby Crawfords Room - Sneak Peek

I did not leave much time to get Baby's room ready... with only 10 days before she was due I really wanted to make a wee effort.  I found some lovely pink and grey elephant fabric and then worked around those colours.  I only have a small room for the nursery so wanted to make the most of the space.  Storage is important and I loved the idea of using the wasted space under the cot.  I could not find a valance to buy, so decided to test my (novice) machine sewing skills and attempt one myself.

I was so pleased with how the cot valance turned out.  Three hemmed pieces of fabric, a simple box pleat to join and voila the perfect storage space under the cot.  It will even adjust to all cot levels! 

I made the cot blanket in a strip quilt style, backing it with soft pink fleece. The pillow cover is made using the left over fleece and cotton fabric from the quilt.

I decided to put some of my redundant embroidery hoops to use by adding fabric and wee touches of felt.  This is a great way to break up a blank wall.  I have added some pretty bunting and even pimped up the ceiling light with pom-pom embellishments too.

I still have to make a baby mobile for above the cot, but otherwise I think we are all set!! Getting so excited.

xxx Ria





Sunday, October 6, 2013

Getting excited now...

Only 3 more sleeps and baby Crawford will be here!!  Maisie is so excited at becoming a big sister and has so many plans.  She told my midwife yesterday that she will be 'dropping the baby gently' hehe. 

What does all this mean for Maisie-Moo?  well, I have put both my shops on holiday for the time being.  I expect to reopen though within the next month with my ready to send range listed.  I do not intend on taking on any custom or personalised orders until the New Year. 

If you wish to contact me, feel free... there may be a wee delay as I am not too sure how much time I will have over the next few weeks.

Thank you all

Ria xx



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Busy Morning

What a beautiful spring morning it has been here in the Bay!  I was dreaming of heart magnets last night so first thing this morning, still in my dressing gown, I finally finished some I had in my 'to do' pile.  I have a thing for hearts at the moment and have decided to make a small range of magnets for my ready to send range.  These are the larger size in rainbow colours, but I intend to make smaller hearts in smaller packs... perfect for housewarming, Christmas or 'just because' gifts.


I have also included some snaps of the lemon curd Maisie and I made while waiting on our Leek and Potato soup to cook for lunch.  It is such a super easy recipe and I have been dying to use some of the lemons from our laden tree.  Made in the microwave it really is so very simple... here is the link Yum!






 Hope you have all had or a having a wonderful weekend xx

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Early night.... a quick update first.

Its 8.30 and I am off to bed for an early night, yawn.  Maisie has been quite sick with an ear and throat infection which has meant a few sleepless nights.  I suppose it is good training for things to come.

I am quite pleased with how I am getting  through my list of custom orders, yay!  I expect to have all orders placed before mid July, complete by the 15th September.  Well within the 8 week completion date I advised at the time of purchase.  If you are waiting on your order to be completed, please rest assured you are my priority during my normal working hours.

I have been putting in a lot of extra overtime too, mostly at night.  This is time when I will try to create for my 'ready to send' range which you will find listed in my Felt and Etsy shops.   I will announce when I list something new on my Facebook page or if you waiting for something specific I can add you to my notification list.  Sorry it is first in first served at the moment  :)

It really will be hard to know how much time I will have with a newborn and Maisie too.  However I will be doing my best to keep on creating, especially with Christmas coming up.  I can not say when I will be reopening for custom or personalised creations though sorry.  I expect it to be in the New Year.

Thank you to all my lovely customers for your support at this very busy time xxx

Right, a wee read then off to sleep zzzzzz










Thursday, July 4, 2013

Maisie Moo Hot Air Balloons


I have been so very busy over the last few months I have let my blog slip a little and in doing so have not had a chance to update with recent creations.  Therefore I thought I would do a collection of themed posts over the next few weeks.  Today is Hot Air Balloons, so very popular at the moment for both girls and boys nursery's and bedrooms.  I really enjoy making these and hope you like this wee selection.
















xxx

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pink and Grey Inspiration Board

'Pink and Grey' gives me fond memories of a jacket I had back in the mid-eighty's.  It had a padded pink body and grey zip off arms... perfect for those in-between days, very cool and oh so eighty's.  Well Grey and Pink is back and one of my favorite combinations for pretty girl nurseries.  I have made numerous elephant and bird baby mobiles in these colours so thought an inspiration board was in order.  I do hope you enjoy xxx




1.   Cloud Pillow by bunbunbabydesigns
2.   Pink Bird Baby Rattle by All Thinks Granny
3.   Lambie Lamp at the Larkstore
4.   Pink and Grey Chevron Baby Blanket by Puddin Toes
5.   Pink Toadstool lamp at Tea Pea
6.   Dreamtime Elephants at Maisie Moo Felt Creations
7.   ABC I love you from Paper Plane Print


Have a great long weekend! (for you kiwis)

xxx

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Inspiration Board #1

Hi all,  well this is something new for me, an inspiration board!  I get sent so many pictures of baby nursery's by my lovely customers (usually for colour reference).  I thought I would put together my own colour boards to hopefully inspire you.  Enjoy xx
1.  Neve Designs
2.  Baby Mall 
3.  Le Luni
4.  Maisie Moo
5.  Little SideKick

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Baby Names by Maisie Moo

I often get asked what the most popular baby names for my personalised creations.  I tend to only really remember the most recent names I will have worked on though.  So today I sat down and worked through all my orders that included a baby's name (about 300!!) and came up with the following lists.  There are some unusual and some popular names, you may spot your child's or may be inspired for a future addition!  I hope you enjoy xxx



The above short list shows names that have been requested more than 3 times.  Chloe and Grace have been requested more than 8 times each!


Here are the full names lists for both Boys and Girls!




And finally some word art... I love these name cloud apps you find online.






Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Tutorials Tab

I have been asked numerous times by all my lovely customers and followers for felt tutorials. But because I am so busy keeping up with all my orders (thank you!) I do not have time to create my own.  Therefore I have put together a list of some of my favorites, many have been lurking in my bookmarks file a while.  All are using felt of course!

 You will find links to all these tutorials here

:)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Maisie Moos 3rd Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate Maisie-Moo’s 3rd Birthday I will be giving away a $50 gift voucher to one lucky winner to spend on whatever their heart desires.
To enter click on the following link and tell us what is your favorite Maisie Moo Creation?  This giveaway will be running for 1 week so feel free to share with your friends. Good luck!
Thank you to all my wonderful customers and fans, without you all I would not have been able to make my dream a possibility. I adore what I do and take great pleasure knowing my creations adorn many a new baby’s nursery. Lots of love and thanks, Ria xx

 

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Changing times

Over the last few years it has been interesting to see whats 'hot' in nursery design and themes.  In the past 6 months chevron seems to be everywhere and I have been incorporating it into my mobiles for some time now.  Hot air balloons and aeroplanes are all the rage at the moment too, which is great because I just love making these.   Funnily enough elephants are constant, they are especially popular for little boys nursery's.  And sadly, owls don't seem nearly as popular as they once were.  It is always fun to see what requests are made and it makes my job even more fun to design and create something new.  Here are a few snaps of what has been sent off lately xx Ria






Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Update

Yes I'm still here.... just!  Sorry, I know I have been a little silent on Facebook and Blogger.  I have been frantically sewing as August saw the most sales in one month for Maisie-Moo, my busiest month yet!  Plus with a few personal dramas thrown in (hubbys redundacy scare and me writing off our only car!!) it has meant I have just not had the time. 

Things are getting back to normal now, we have a new (to us) car, hubby is still employed and I feel like I can see the light at the end of my orders, so have found a moment to reconnect. 

I hate to mention Christmas so early..... but I am still working to my 4-5 week turnaround for custom creations.  With the extended postage delivery times and traditional increase in orders, it means I tend to have an early cutoff  (mid October in 2011).  Therefore to avoid disapointment please advise if you wish to order one of my creations as a Christmas Gift.

Welcome to all my new likers on Facebook and followers on Blogger, thank you for the kind words and support!

Here are some recent creations that sat still long enough for a photo before getting packaged off to new homes.  Enjoy!  xx

 Loving the little hand that crept in on this one....






 
Thank you all xx Ria