January thoughts

Hello and hope you are all having a good start to your crafting year. I have been thinking a lot about goals for this year, not resolutions but things that I want to get done and so thought that putting together a list on the blog would give me a point of reference.

I like the idea of looking back at what you have done and looking forward to the future, January being named after the Roman god, Janus, the god of doors because this month is the door to the year. The Roman god Janus represents all beginnings and possesses the ability to see all things past and future which I think is a lovely idea and why he is represented with two faces.

So what did I achieve in 2016? This was very much a year of new things for me, coming really from a couple of courses that I went on at Simply Solids where I learnt to make baskets and had my first experience with zips with my pouch. I also used some of my ideas from Pinterest for pincushions and the little houses and made a sewing machine cover.

Looking at my photos for last year it doesn’t seem as if I did a lot but there also extra things that I did like the gold braid on Ellen’s dress, finishing the tabard for Jamie, a ring pillow and the Christmas ornaments that were also completed. The fact that I changed job roles in the summer has also meant a lot less time for crafting since June though hopefully that has calmed down now.

So plans for 2017. First of all to tackle some of the pesky WIPs. Like most people I am a bit of a flibbertigibbet when it comes to crafting, I see a new thing that I want to do and then go off and do it and don’t finish other things.I have also been guilty of abandoning difficult things which is not good practice!

These all need finishing.The first one needs a frame but is done otherwise, the quilt block is part of the challenge that Helen, Sharon and I did the year before last. I have 6 blocks but need a few more. The cute car hexagons were supposed to be a present for a baby who is now two! The vintage crochet hexis are going to be a bee quilt cushion and the last set of hexis are a long term project which is good for travelling, I have made some more of these in Spain.

Then the new stuff. I would like to go back and make some more of the Splendid Sampler blocks, particularly these stitched ones.

I would also like to make some of the items that I have saved pictures of on the blog.They range from things from books such as the circular tile quilt and the triple hexagon tea mug  to more pincushions, pouches, baskets, mug rugs and bags from blogs, some of Lori Holt Bloom Sew Along and a Dresden block using vintage linen from a magazine.

I would like to do more of Jenny of Elefantz’s lovely embroidery, the hexagon and roses one above is one I have been meaning to do for the craft room but think it would make a great zip pouch as well.

I also need to find a use for these gifted hexagons from my friend Helen, zippered pouches maybe? Probably more likely than a whole quilt given my productivity!

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Finally there is more cross stitch, something I haven’t done for a long time but am feeling the urge for in preparation for next year’s Christmas ornaments.

Well that lot should keep me going for a while, meantime there is some crochet and lace zips calling me upstairs so I had better go and see what they want!

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Note to self, buy a zipper foot

Hello there, the final countdown of Christmas crafting has begun, only 6 more days until we leave for Ellie’s. I have not been well this past week, have finally caught Jake’s horrible chest infection and have been confined to barracks but that answered the question about whether to buy or make the last few presents as I have not been able to go shopping.

Luckily I have lots of stash and lots of ideas and tutorials – thanks Pinterest 🙂 and I set about yesterday to make a pencil case pouch for one of my younger relatives.

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I had made the little hexagons out of the cute cat fabric scraps I got from Simply Solids some time ago and used some of my recycled denim and stash fabric for the body of the pouch and have had lots of these cute lacy zips also hanging about.The hexagon was appliqued onto the denim with zig zag stitch.

The only thing I didn’t have was a zipper foot, naively I assumed they came with the machine but after careful checking of all three sets of feet from current and old machines discovered that is not true.

However I did manage to find a foot that only had a metal piece on one side, no idea what it is really for but have managed to cobble it together and it all turned out very well for a first attempt.

I used this tutorial here from Emkie Designs which was very easy to follow. The only thing that I did differently was stitch wadding to the lining pieces to give it a bit more body.

Have also been hard at work with the last of the Christmas ornaments, some bigger versions of the folded one with the addition of Suffolk Puffs, partly because I love them and partly because I have run out of ribbon roses!

I also made another cathedral window one but not sure about it, maybe it is the lack of contrast between the two patterned fabrics, maybe I am just not that into Scandi colours. It also turned out rectangular for some reason.I do like the wooden button though.

 

These are some I made a while ago, English paper pieced and stuffed, I really like the look of these but they took a very long time so not a bulk make ornament.

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Just the Suffolk Puff tree to finish now and that will be it for ornaments 2016 though at the speed I was getting them done this year might start in Jan for next year!

However did find a very lovely post with links to tutorials for 100 different pouches so might have to make some more of those for gifts… after I have got a zipper foot of course!

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Take care and thanks for visiting, will pop in later on in the week to wish you all festive greetings.

A little light entertainment

Hello everyone ,hope you are all having a good time. I have had a very excellent weekend, have finally put up the Christmas decorations, been out to see a friend’s very good band play and spent all of Sunday binge watching a new and very exciting series on Netflix while finishing my Suffolk Puff wreath.

I came across this series by accident just from a mention in the newspaper we get free on the bus and am so glad I did as it has been very good. It is called Medici-Masters of Florence and is full of the most gorgeous period costume and lots of very tense drama.

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I do love a man in period costume, they just look so wonderful and the women’s costume was amazingly beautiful. Sadly could not find many pictures so you will just have to watch it yourselves.

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Watching it has been made all the more special by the fact that Mum and I visited Florence a couple of years ago so have seen lots of the paintings, buildings and art of the time. It brought back very happy memories and the way that Florence is portrayed in the series is very good, such beautiful scenery.

All this lovely entertainment made light work of finishing the wreath, which I am very pleased with.I bought the metal ring frame from Harrogate and covered it in red felt and ribbon before sewing the puffs to it. I have used up nearly all of my ribbon roses doing this so will have to order some more.

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I am now making more puffs in an attempt to make a Suffolk Puff Christmas tree, I do still have a couple more ornaments to make at the weekend but this is nice evening in front of the telly creating.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead, this is the last week of term for me so am looking forward to Friday after which I will not have to get up quite so early, not a fan of going out and coming home in the dark!

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Christmas is coming!

Hello everyone

In all the excitement about getting my ornaments done and general busyness I forgot to post about my blogaversary which was actually on the 4th Dec.

I have been busy with Suffolk puffs this week making myself a little wreath from them with a ring I bought from Harrogate. I do love Suffolk puffs, they are so easy to make and look so pretty, here’s more inspiration for me for future makes.I love that pale wreath.

Anyway as is traditional now I am going to do a giveaway for some Xmas ornaments, but I am going to vary it a little. I have been thrilled that so many people have chosen to follow my blog, now have 183 followers which is fantastic, so thank you everyone, I am very honored 🙂

Therefore I have decided to do a random number giveaway to one of my lovely followers, if you are not already a follower and want to join in then please do so and I will choose one of you on Weds 14th Dec by the miracles of the random number generator to send some ornaments to.

Take care and thanks for visiting and see you again soon.

 

Fabulous folding

Hello everyone, how are your Christmas crafting preparations going? Mine have got back up to speed thankfully with a couple of intensive sewing sessions over the last two weekends and I now have the majority of my ornaments made, just in time for the 1st of Dec!

I have made a cathedral window ornament and am very pleased with it. I would have two to show you but the second one is still a work in progress as it was so thick once I had finished folding that it jammed the machine three times then broke the needle so I am hand sewing it.

The first one I made turned out very well. I used this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop , it does use up a lot of fabric, but then I do have a lot of Xmas fabric 😉 and found it very easy to follow.

I also looked for some quicker ornament designs for presents and came across this lovely one which I remembered seeing a while ago. There is a very clear step by step video tutorial here by Crouton Crackerjacks and they are very simple to make.

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I stuffed mine with wadding which I did by making a little slit in the back which is why I have a ribbon rose at the back as well as on the front to cover that up.

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I already had some of the ribbon flowers in my stash but ordered some more from this Ebay seller.She has some gorgeous pastel coloured ones as well.

 

We had a lovely time at Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show, Ellie, Kerry and I were very restrained, I only bought 1 metre of Christmas fabric, some of which I have already used on some more folded ornaments, a few Christmas ribbons and some very cute buttons.

I also bought some little wooden bobbins to cover with fabric. I am going to make some glass jar sewing sets complete with pincushion tops for Sarah’s stall for next September at Yarndale, (planning ahead!), and am collecting jars to do that. Some will be jam and pickle jars but I have also bought these from the wonderful Chinese shop in Spain.They have all sorts of cute storage for less than a Euro apiece.

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However these look so good on my shelf in the craft room they might have to stay, the other one is full of my ribbons with sewing themes.

I am off to stay with Ellie this weekend as we have our re-enactment group meeting on Sunday so we are going to go and visit a few Christmas themed events while we are in Worksop. She has promised me a visit to a Christmas tree festival at Worksop Priory and a visit to Hardwick Hall where she used to work to see the decorations there. So I will come home all festive ready to finish off the last few of mine.

I have the next two weekends at home after that so will be decorating my house then having some quality stitching time on the sofa with lots of TV and cups of tea to keep me going.it has been such a busy term and I am so glad things are calming down, my poor sewing room has been sadly neglected!

I hope that you have a very nice weekend and I will see you soon for another post, there may just be more pictures of ornaments! Take care and thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Creativity

Well that was a lovely weekend, my last one of sitting making ornaments for a while, not that the fact that it is nearly Christmas will stop me as I often make them into January ready for next year.

It is hard to stop when I am on a roll and I love just sitting in the craft room surrounded by all of my boxes of fabric, ribbons and beads deciding what would look good together.

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These very cute bells are some I ordered from an Ebay seller, Rinoohead, earlier in the year and look very nice pinned onto baubles.

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Next weekend we have family here celebrating Christmas a bit early then we are off to Oslo and when we come back from there I am off to Spain for New Year.

I am really looking forward to three weeks holiday and lots time with my lovely family 🙂

I will leave you with a couple of pictures of the collection of quilted baubles that I have made for my friends, I will be giving these away this week when we have our pre-Christmas catch-up.

Tutorial for these is here if you fancy any last minute festive makes, they are quick to do and very relaxing.

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I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year, thanks so much for visiting my blog and for all your kind comments and likes. Best wishes for the festive season and I will see you all in 2016!