Thursday, 5 March 2015

A Hand-y Bag!

I’ve made this handy little bag for carrying around my stitching ‘bits n’ bobs’ when I’m on the move .......... this one in brown is for me!!

and this one is for my lovely bloggy friend, Wendy over at the ‘The Quiet Room’.

It was Wendy’s birthday recently, so I had made her a few things, although I admit I was a tad late sending her gifts ….. but I think she’s forgiven me though!!

I made Wendy’s with some of the beautiful ‘Field Notes’ fabric by the very talented ‘Blackbird Designs’ ladies – such gorgeous fabric. Whereas mine (above top) was a ‘cheap as chips’ fabric I picked up in the market a while ago …… quite cute though all the same I thought.

I’ve never sewn with PVC before (see pocket), so that was a challenge, and I haven’t put many zippers in before either, so it was a double whammy!! In all honesty, the brown one was a bit of a practice run before making the one for Wendy …. wanted to make sure I got it right you see, so I hope I did!!

A hand-y bag for when you’re on the move, and just have to take a bit of stitching along!!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Giveaway at Linden Grove

Simone is hosting a Giveaway for her latest project, a ‘Mini Celebration Kit’, which contains a blank card, a little candle and a string of mini bunting. The idea being that you can carry it around with you (or perhaps keep it in your desk draw at work) for those emergency/forgotten!! situations when you realise you’ve missed a special event. So why not pop over to Simone’s blog at Linden Grove and enter for a chance to win!

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Sampler Book

I found such a lovely book today in a charity shop at the bargain price of just £1.00. It's full of photographs of beautiful old cross-stitch samplers; and not only that, but it also contains the charts for the patterns too should you wish to have a go at reproducing one yourself, although you have to choose your own threads. I’ll let the following photographs speak for themselves …………….

Beautiful eh!!

Monday, 23 February 2015

I'm still here!!

Doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying yourself? It’s been a while to say the least, but hey!

A couple of weeks or so from work following a bit of minor surgery have caused enforced long spells at home, and consequently some sewing time – the silver lining!

I’ve completed a small Valentine theme cross-stitch pillow from a design by ‘The Primitive Hare’ - a bit late, I know! This was a nice easy finish done in just a day, but all being in the one colour helped a lot

And secondly, now don’t laugh at me too much, I’ve finaaallly resumed work on my ‘Heart and Home’ quilt, which I actually started …… wait for it, nearly 6 (yes 6) years ago – I’ve just shame facedly looked back on the blog …. July 2009 was when I started it (check the link for proof)!! I made the quilt top up quite quickly at the time and then it sat, and sat, and sat for about the next 5 years, until last year when I added a further 'Piano keys' border to make it bigger, and then had it ‘sandwiched’ ready for quilting: then finally on Friday last week I made a start on the quilting. Truth to tell; I’ve been putting it off really having decided to hand-quilt it (mad I know!!), but I just luuurrrvve the rustic, country look of hand-quilting – I just hope it’s not going to take another 6 years to finish! Nooooooo!!

It’s probably difficult to see, but this is a close-up of part of the bit I’ve done so far – can you see, around the red heart? You won’t believe how excited I was when I did this …… little things etc. etc LOL

And, from a distance …….

I'll be back soon (I hope!!) to show it finished 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Spooky presents for me!!

Apologies to Wendy (The Quiet Room blog) for being so late in posting photos of the gorgeous Halloween presents she sent to me …….. and they arrived bang on 31st October – perfect timing, although I think Wendy thought they might not arrive on time! As I told Wendy in an email though, had I been at home the day before, I would have had them then, but instead I had one of those ‘excitement inducing’ cards from Mr Postman telling me there was something ‘too big to go through my letterbox’ waiting for me at the post office depot. And as you can guess, I was there at 7:00am the following morning (on my way to work) to collect!! I seem to have been so busy this last week and/or late home from work, which is why I’m so late!!

And look at what I got
One more pumpkin to add to the collection that Wendy sent to me before – and as she says, you can never have too many pumpkins (Pumpkin Queen she is!! LOL)

And then, two beautiful cross-stitch pillows/pin cushions

Aren’t they just lovely? Look at that quirky green pumpkin face in the 'Trick or Treat' one, and I love the colours in the 'Boo' one! 

They have all been added to my Halloween/Autumn display – can you see the new white pumpkin at the front there?

Thank you again to my very kind and generous friend Wendy – I love my gorgeous pressies.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Happy Spooky October!!!

No sewing this time – I’ve been playing with paper ……. as if I had time for paper crafts when I don’t have anywhere near enough time for my sewing LOL!!!

I've made a little spooky Halloween house using some of this beautiful Graphic 45 ‘Eerie Tale’ papers – it’s almost too gorgeous to cut up, but I was brave:0) 

It’s only a little house, about 4 inches high, but it has lots of detail – layered pumpkins and orange moss inside, die-cut window frames both sides ……. and can you see the trinket hanging down inside (a spooky spider one side and a moon on the other side?

Outside ‘fussy cut’ roses are glued around the windows trimmed with glitter, a tiny glittered bat attached to the side of the window, and on the roof a chain holding another trinket, a bead and a layered card sentiment.

I hope you like it! I believe doing this is classed as ‘Altered Art’. It’s my first attempt and it’s really a practise for something similar I would like to make on a Christmas theme…….. if I get time of course!!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Say hello to …….

Humphrey the Elephant!

Humphrey was a very popular greetings card character a few years ago – not seen so much now, but I used to buy lots of ‘Humphrey’ cards. This is one of the sketches they used to use:-

I made him from a kit I bought from ‘Create & Craft’ on the Freeview Shopping channel on TV – I just had to have him when I saw Debbie Shore making him, although I didn’t realise just how many separate parts there were ……. 25 individual sections to cut out and sew together! The fur is beautifully soft, although that made it difficult to work, but thankfully he still worked out quite well. 

The dungarees didn't come as part of the kit, so I had to make those up myself – really pleased with my bargain too – yellow corduroy for £1 a metre – and I only used half of it, so 50 pence they cost to make ……. Not bad eh? I had no plans for Humphrey when I ordered the kit, and I was going to keep him for myself, but while I was making him, I heard from an old neighbour that their little 3-year old girl has just been diagnosed with leukaemia, which is heart-breaking, so I think I know where Humphrey will be heading off to – I hope he manages to raise a small smile when he’s received!

My next finish is this wall hanging. 

It’s from a pattern called ‘Pleasantly Primitive’ by Kim Diehl from her ‘Simple Blessings’ book, The fabric is a random selection, but based on a similar colour palette used by Kim Diehl. I love it, and it’s now hanging on my dining room wall. The patchwork is by machine and the quilting is by hand for a more rustic/primitive look.

So pleased I managed to get something posted – it’s been a while!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

My new bag

Like my new bag?!! This is the front

I bought the pattern and fabric when I was the Malvern Quilt Show the other week and decided to set to work on it straight away. The sheep is my own adaptation, as the pattern called for an applique angel, but I'm not particularly in to angels too much and preferred a sheepy! 

...... and this is the back, including a large pocket!

and the finishing touch - a metal charm dangly thing!

You like - I just love the colours of the fabric?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Dolly Mixtures!

For ages now I’ve been working on a new doll – I’m known I suppose in the blogging world mostly for the ‘Tilda’ dolls I’ve made in the past, however, I wanted to try to make a more grown up doll, with more detail. These two have taken me months, and although I suppose they’re alright, they’re not really what I hoped to achieve ……….. the problem is, I never had an exact picture in mind other than ‘more grown up’!! These two were meant to be the prototypes (or do you only have those in cars!!?), but I got rather sick of them during the process, because they were sooooooo fiddly and time consuming! And at the same time I was itching to get back to a quilt I started ……….urmmm, 3½ - 4 years ago!!!!  So as a result, although I managed to finish these, I won’t be bothering to make any more after all – these can just  sit in my sewing room and collect dust! What I do love about them though are the fabrics I’ve used ….. lots of silk – very luxurious! Anyway, on to doll No. 1 …. Note here, I haven’t come up with a name for either of them yet, just No. 1 and No. 2, so any suggestions would be welcome:

So , Doll No. 1:

Quite dramatic, with her long black hair and striking red dress! Her dress is made of a beautiful stripe deep red dupion silk (bear in mind what digital photographs do to colours!). It has a dropped waist, trimmed with red rose beads. Now excuse me for being a bit rude, but I want to show you what’s going on underneath too. 

Under the dress is a lovely red tulle underskirt, and under that, a pair of frilly drawers ……. oh naughty!! 

Her shoes are like a ballet slipper with the ribbon tied around her legs. Did you spot the cute little ballet shoes necklace above (made that myself too!!). 

Now you must excuse this piccie too, because I’m attempting to show you her cleavage, because I actually gave her boobies (more grown up you see) and her nose!! I never like to see the drawn on noses on dolls – they just don’t look right (not to me anyway), so I was amazed when I discovered a method (Waldorf dolls book) which shows you a clever way to make a good head shape by using two layers of fabric. I adapted the method by adding a nose from shaped fimo/polymer clay (my invention!), which I then stuck on to the underneath skin layer: then when you add the second skin layer, you have something like a real nose – using the two layers of skin method is such a simple idea when you know how – flipping, flipping fiddly though!! Having made the nose, I then came up with the idea of making her boobies in the same way!! The trouble is (photo trouble again!) you can’t really define them in the picture – they are there though!

Finally, because I always like my dolls to have some little accessory, I made this little charm dingly, dangly thing.

Doll No. 2! She looks a little more wild with that hair!

I had a regency theme in my mind, hence the ‘Empire line’ style dress made again of dupion silk, but in the most beautiful coffee/chocolatey shade, and her little cropped contrasting jacket is made of Silk Tullah – what a nightmare to cut though – it frayed like crazy, so DO NOT look too closely!! 
Now when I say these were prototypes, what I mean for example is No. 2 has a choker crucifix necklace and the reason for the choker, is that I made a real mess of attaching her head to the neck and the only way to cover it up was to do that – it almost works!

And underneath we go again!! How about these matching silk frilly knickers and sexy stockings, held up with ribbon garters ……… I just love this detail – even though it’s a bit rude!! LOL 

The finishing touch for No. 2 is this little blue velvet bag, with antique brass eyelets. I might decorate this yet (can’t decide) with some beads or something, as it looks a bit plain.

So, after all that, I’m getting back to a bit of quilting for a while, maybe a bit of cross-stitch too here and there, and so here’s a sneaky peak at my current project (this isn’t the aforementioned 3½ year old quilt by the way!! LOL), it’s something I picked up at the Malvern Quilt show I went to last weekend, which I hope to have ready to show you very soon.

But that’s it for now!