My first craft swap begins…..

I’m not quite sure where the time goes but I have been very busy doing a few things. The world of Twitter was all very new to me until just before Christmas, and now there’s no stopping me! I don’t know where I’d be without my daily fix of crafty tales and inspirational pictures! I’ve also been talking to some amazing people as well, one of them being a lady called Kellie AKA MrsDG. I’m not sure how the conversation started as my memory is awful sine having my two children! Anyway the topic of a swap came up. We started to discuss a few optiond and it was decided that I would cross stitch this for her:

The pattern

The greeny colours will be changed for red so the colour scheme will be cream, white, red and gold! In return Kellie has offered to make an embroidery that I can frame for each of my little boys to have in their playroom. How lovely is that! I have also been coerced into signing up to a heart swap with Popular Craft magazine which I have just submitted (god help me)!

I have been lucky enough to be given some amazing advice and tips from so many lovely people, a special mention to Rachael @sewrayme and Stacy @SoStacySews. Both have been great!

My mum has recently returned from a holiday in Egypt and on visiting my house declared that she ‘needed’ a Kindle cover apparently the one she asked me to buy her for christmas now has suntan oil on! (think she just wanted an excuse). Anyway I picked these fabrics for her:

 

 
These are just loosely pinned. I have sewn them together today and included the wadding but I’m really struggling with the tab on the top so am off to look for tutorials on the best way to do this. I will post a picture once hers and mine are completely finished!

Other news in the Rye household is that I decided last Friday night that Nathan, our 2 year old would try without nappies on the Saturday. We got up in the morning and to say the day was stressful and wet is an understatement. By Sunday there was a definite improvement and one week on he’s now asking to go to the toilet. We still have the occasional accident but what a big boy! Our 6 month old has started to turn over frequently now and it looks as though although he’s been a bit relaxed about this he’s now keen and raring to go!

Must dash now as need to find myself some help on that tab before I start my fourth attempt!!!

Thanks for reading………..xx

My first “proper” make-The Kindle Cover…..

Wow, I see I’m not doing too bad on the old blogging front, only 4 days since my last confession….. Anyway I digress! I was fortunate enough to receive a Kindle for one of my Christmas presents this year so I decided it only fitting that rather that shell out £27 for a mass produced cover from Amazon I would make one myself choosing one of the many fabrics I seem to of collected over the last month! I did in fact (with the help of my husband) decide on two! Some of my lovely new friends on twitter suggested that I google to find a tutorial which I duly did and I have to say there are some amazingly talented people out there. However I decided that a lot of them were too tight fitting/fancy for me so I changed the directions for a lap top and phone cover that I had seen in Craftseller magazine and came up with my own method. Here are the chosen fabrics.

Chosen fabrics

These are the fabrics that we chose and also the 1.5oz wadding with a blue plain cotton that I decided to use to line it. I found that I was putting off the actual sewing and I think it was purely down to me being terrified of failure.I’d decided that I loved fabrics, fallen in love with items handmade with fabrics, brought a sewing machine and now I was faced with the sheer terror that actually I might be rubbish at making things! I decided to suck it up and get on with it. It was sewn up surprisingly fast (at least it was for me). There was a slight problem though in that I had cut all of the fabrics and wadding the same therefore the wadding insert was too big for my actual cover.

Ooops!

The kindle did actually fit in but as you can see the insert didn’t! I was a little bit sad but figured that I could just make another one and then I thought actually you know what? I can fix this! And so I got out some scissors and needle and thread and I did just that!

The tweaked version

So here it is. The final version although I still want to make a popper tab to go over the top to protect it from falling out. To say I was/am still chuffed with it is an understatement. I even posted a picture on my facebook page and didn’t care about what my non crafty friends had to say on the matter.

Lessons that I have learnt: Don’t be afraid to get on with it-it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go perfectly first time round.

What would I do differently next time? Make the fabric an extra inch in length.

Will there be a next time? Hell yeah!! I’m already deciding what to make next!

I have had wonderful comments from all of the lovely folk on Twitter and really feel that I am part of an amazing community so thank you and thank you also for taking the time to read this.

Until next time………xx

Crafting, fabric and life….

Well, first post of 2012 and what a year it will be I can feel it in me bones as they say. We’ve had a great start to the year both boys have been great if not a little bit over excited and cheeky. This picture was taken by my sister on Christmas day and although it’s out of focus it’s a rare occasion that our 2 year old will sit still enough to have his picture taken!

Our lovely boys xx

Ive started to get really excited about sewing and fabrics and my first project will be a cover for my Kindle. I also have some great ideas to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and have some fabrics to start playing with for those too! I have said though that I won’t be buying anymore until I actually make something! Here are the lovely fabrics that I have:

I also stumbled upon an unfinished cross stitch pattern that I am now determined to finish, especially since our 2 year old, Nathan saw it and became very excited at the ‘Dragon’! It doesn’t seem like I’m getting anywhere fast but looking at the pictures below I can definitely see that it is growing!

Hope you can see the difference!

I am really enjoying easing myself back into hand sewing but really can’t wait to get back on my sewing machine either. I’m going to dig out a tutorial for my kindle cover and then the process of choosing the fabric begins! I’d like to thank anyone that has taken the time to read this, retweet it, like it, comment or follow and I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings?!

I must also say that I am amazed at the kind and friendly people that I have met on Twitter. It is amazing how many people are there to offer advice, point me in the right direction, not get annoyed when I join a conversation and generally accept me for who I am and what I’m doing. You’re a great bunch of people 🙂

Now then….Off to find that Kindle tutorial………..x