Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Crochet Hearts, Mr. Spool and Gold Glitter Pegs

January has been a little bit of a catch-up month for me in some ways, December being a bit of an odd month in 2016, where I launched my first ever pattern and the buzz of the holidays can make your head spin. January is to December, like boxing day is to Christmas day. A little. 

A lot of the craziness is done and dusted, you've got leftovers in the fridge from the day before so you can take it a bit more slowly. That is before February looms ahead and you realize it's no longer plausible to plead the 'but I'm on holidays' excuse in your mind...

This weekend I've had to step back and take a little break, as I realised I have been going full steam ahead since Hazel's launch, and even though I feel like I haven't done much at all, I've scarcely let my mind rest. I find I can creatively burn out just thinking too much sometimes. The new website has been launched, and like some kind of Mrs. Bennet-like regency debut (I'm reading too many books right now!) I've been making sure Hazel has been properly introduced to the world. When the flu came knocking at my door, I realised I might have been unintentionally running myself into the ground. 

I've had a few blog posts to catch up on this month, and this is one of them. A little gift bundle that was made as a Christmas gift, so wasn't able to be shared until after December 25. Though I've left it so long to post, it's probably up there with the rebellious Christmas trees I am sure are still lingering in some people's living rooms...


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Here & Now 09

The rain has come this year. I say that because the last couple of years, we haven't had much and the summers have been incredibly hot. This year however, the summer has returned to a more mild heat, and the skies have opened. There are puddles outside, it showers in the afternoon and the grass is starting to grow a little bit too high. I find rain so creatively inspiring. I find cloudy days, the mist hanging over the mountain, the vivid shades of green leaves and the jewel-like sparkles of rain drops clinging onto petals all so very refreshing. Everything seems to be washed clean and the world seems like a better place. It's like nature breathes a sigh of relief. The rain has come, life springs forth. Plants grow. Animals thrive. The land drinks it's fill.

As much as I love natural light, the gloomy overcast shades of the sky outside fill me with gladness. It's so cozy inside and I love being able to spend hours dreaming, designing and making new things.

Last year, I completed my first ever quilt and for 2017, I hope to make a quilt for myself. Doing a bit of patchwork relaxes me and I find it therapeutic. I've made the first block for my quilt, which is made up of nine smaller blocks. I decided I will work it this way - I want a print heavy, jumbled quilt with lots of interesting details and my favourite fabrics. I love all sorts of colours, pastels, brights, bolds and I usually favour quilts with a lot of low volume fabric mixed in. But this quilt is a bit moodier, a bit more reminiscent of winter than summer - at least it is so far.


A Pretty Little Apron

December last year was a flurry of activity and turned out to be one of the most creative months of 2016. A lot of this was due to the fact that Christmas lives in December and I thought it was a good time to make some lovely handmade gifts, ya'know?

 Among them, was this apron, that I made for a special friend, who, being an online friend, would have seen her gifts if I had shared them here before Christmas day.

I *know* I could have shared this a bit earlier than now, but time eluded me and I always feel that from December 25 to well into January is a holiday time of year... so I can forgive myself for being a little bit slack. It's a good time to pause, reflect and plan for the year ahead. I have lots of ideas for 2017, which should guarantee I will never be bored.


Sunday, 1 January 2017

A fabric bucket and A Hexie Postcard

Every now and then a project comes along that is the direct result of another project. Well actually, a lot of projects are like that, aren't they? You know what I mean - "I made a mug rug and then one thing led to another and...I now have this table runner, coasters and pot holder too.".... 
Except for me this time, it happened in a round about way.

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