The Ripple Revolution.

Well since my last slightly strange post I’ve found my mojo and really been cracking on so I have a few pictures for you all to see.

My MIL has gone through a phase of knitting blankets for my boys playroom, there are currently 5 and I have now asked her to stop for fear of not being able to move in there. However the last one she brought over on Friday she had backed with ‘Cars’ fabric, also giving me the leftover. Nathan asked me straight away for a new cushion and a new pouch bless him. Yesterday he had a rare daytime nap and I stupidly decided I would knock out the cushion. This was when I discovered that whatever my mum had done on my sewing machine previously had altered everything and something that should of taken me a few minutes to sew took me an hour by the time I had unpicked, rewound the bobbin, rethreaded the cotton and then messed about with the tension. I am now a firm believer that a sewing machine should only be used by it’s owner. It’s like a lovely pair of slippers. It moulds to the owner therefore this week I have the difficult task of telling her if she wants to sew she needs to bring her machine over. Am I being harsh? It feels like it but I really don’t get very much time so when I decided to do something it frustrates the hell out of me if I can’t get it done. This isn’t the first time my machine has been unwilling after my mum has used it! Anyway here’s the cushion!

What do you think? Nathan loved it and Ethan smiled, maybe he like the colour?!

I had a look on Attic 24’s blog this week too to get some inspiration and to see the beautiful photography that Lucy always has displayed in her posts. I saw her lovely ripple blanket and using her pattern I decided to make a lovely bright cushion for my front room. Here it is with the first few ripples:

I’m really enjoying this and can see my house being filled with lots of lovely ripples. The colours I’m using are really vibrant but they aren’t showing too well in the pictures as the weather is so miserable so there is limited light! Here is where I am up to now:

I’m amazed at how easy it all just flows. I’ve used a lovely pink, blue, orange, bright yellow, teal, deep purple and a pale yellow and now I’m going to start with the pink again. The wool I am using is a double knit that I picked up from the Creative Stitches show I went to at Olympia. I have place an order for some more wool and will blog about that when it arrives as it really will need a post of it’s own!

I’ve also made great headway with my Union Jack swap and will be sewing the final parts in place tomorrow hopefully and will also post about this on another occasion so as to not ruin the surprise!

Have a great weekend you lovely bunch and thanks so much for your visit. If you have time please leave a comment, I’d love to know what you think.

 

Love always

 

Lisa xxxx

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Time is going fast….

I thought I’d end a lovely day with updating my blog and sharing a couple of makes that I have made this week. I decided this morning that I would try to make another small purse in one of the many fabrics I have acquired. Nathan, our two and a half year old has recently cut out his daytime sleep so after reading him 9 stories, yes 9 I decided it was time to try and be a little bit proactive for me! He was happy to bring some of his toys out to the kitchen table where I set up shop and he loves the sewing machine. He also loves the off cuts of fabric and keeps them as his wiggly worms. The downside to him taking an interest in my sewing is the endless barrage of questions and conversations that he wants me to have with him! I have learnt the hard way today that anything that requires my attention and brain needs to be prepped but finished in the evening! I did however manage to get this made today. It’s a small coin purse in elephant fabric lined with a vibrant plain pink.

What do you think? I couldn’t decide whether to list it in my new shop www.etsy.com/shop/sewsofthandmade or keep it for myself. I’ve decided to keep this one for myself and make an additional one for the shop. This is a bit deep so I would rather make one that looks as close to perfect as handmade gets 🙂

At the beginning of the week (I think) I also made Nathan a small pouch for his buggy. Whenever we go out he feels the need to take a lot of small toys with him which always results in them being dropped and lost so I decided to make a small bag for him. He chose the fabric and supervised the making of and he absolutely loves it. It’s not quite used for what I intended as he likes to cuddle it but he is getting better lol. Here is the picture of it. I’m going to make some of these bags for my shop as they are just wonderful for taking little bits and pieces out and about.

I can’t believe we’re into April already. The time that seems to be ever slipping through my fingers like sand is scary to me, my husband Kenny, says that it’s because we are busy people. I never really think we are or that I am with the boys until I have a look over my week and see what I have made and achieved. I’ve also finished a crochet round cushion but don’t have the insert and haven’t made one today. Coupled with looking after my two young boys and doing everything else that every single parent out there does it’s no wonder I’m in a constant state of happy exhaustion (ok not always)!

I’m going to sign off now as I need to find something new to make. As always thanks for taking the time to stop by and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lisa xx

Swaps and makes

Well it’s been a busy few days in my house I can telly you! Nathan is waking up earlier for some reason so I’ve cut out his daytime sleep but it hasn’t helped, instead of his usual 7-7:30 wake up its 6! I get up at 6 to get on with a few bits so this is a bit of a nightmare at the moment. Never mind though, hopefully it’ll right itself soon!

Anyway, not sure if you remember I previously wrote about a swap that Kelli @MrsDG and I were doing? Well her beautiful embroideries arrived on Monday. How amazingly talented in this lady?! Both my boys loved them and my husband was in awe! Here’s Nathans.

And Ethans:

I’m just blown away by these and have started hunting for the ‘perfect’ frame for them! Nathan said cushion as soon as he saw it but there’s no way they’re getting their mucky paws on them 😉

I have also been very busy myself. I have made no bones about the fact that zips terrify me and have been putting off trying to install one for months. There is so much I want to make that uses zips it was crazy. However yesterday Rachael from @sewrayme made some beautiful purses that inspired me to bite the bullet and give it a go.

I had a look on You Tube and found a short clip. As I was watching it the penny completely dropped and I had this made within half an hour!

I know it’s out of focus but you have to appreciate that I was extremely excited at the time! I’m going to be selling these so will definitely need to take better pictures! Here’s the inside. Its red with white spots!

What do you think? I have also been very busy crocheting a round cushion cover for my front room and last night finished one half. Please excuse my PJ’s.

I’m so excited about getting this finished and will be starting the other half this evening. I have also been lucky enough to receive my Heartswap gift from @SoStacySews but I’ve rambled on enough for the time being so I will give that a post all by itself over the weekend!

Until next time, thanks for reading, thank you to all those that leave comments and Happy Crafting 🙂

Crafting frenzy!

I was going to wait until the weekend to blog again but I will have lots more to say by then so thought I’d squeeze a quick post in now. I received some great news today which I will share on Saturday. I will also post about my visit to the Stitch and Craft show at Olympia which I am visiting on Friday.

I have been overtaken with my crochet. My mum asked me a couple of weeks ago to make her a hat for next winter. That translated in my mums world is can I have it now please?! I told her I wouldn’t do it until I felt more confident but I took the wool and hook with me when we went to Amsterdam last week.

I started by creating the chain and joining it to make the round.

I then began to follow the pattern It’s taken out of my favourite book at the moment, Cute and Easy Crochet and it really is. In no time at all I was tackling Cluster stitch in amongst the double crochet and half treble! I couldn’t believe how quickly it all came together!

I’m not sure if you can see properly the different stitches but I was this far along after just a couple of hours! I then carried on one evening and managed to finish it off! This is the top of the finished hat. What do you think?

 

That was it. Finished. In total it took me about 4 hours I think and whats nice is there is no finishing off! Needless to say my mum loves it and the colour, although not my choice really does suit her. I’m thinking of buying myself a darker wool and making myself a hat! Whilst travelling I had to put the crochet and hook loose in my handbag which I didn’t like so I knocked up a small fabric bag to put in my bag! Not bad for my first ever attempt and I admit I was too lazy to refer to a book which is why there were mistakes made. It is only for me though and I do love it!

The fabric is Tanya Whelan and is so pretty!

 

I have to dash now as Nathan needs taking to Pre-School Have a great afternoon and I hope you like my makes!

 

Lisa xx

 

Sewing and more books!

Wow what a funny old week! I returned from the gym on Monday morning to find that our eldest son had a full blown cold. Strange as when he went to bed on the Sunday evening he was perfectly fine. It turns out this cold is some sort of viral infection that has completely knocked him for six. I’ve even had to take him to the doctor to get him antibiotics for an ear infection. I’m hoping he’s turned the corner now as he finally asked for some food this morning and proceeded to eat two weetabix. It’s the most he has eaten in seven days. That said he has only eaten three bites of cheese on toast for lunch! Anyway enough about that. Due to this though I haven’t been getting as much done as I would of liked as I have been so tired.

I have been making great progress on a current swap I am doing and really can’t wait for that Ta Dah moment! I love how it is looking and really hope Kelli does too! I’ve also tacked the petals down for my Patch! cushion cover. This is now ready to be sewn together which I will be doing this week. Here is how it is looking so far!

I think I like the arrangement as it is but will have a play around before I actually sew it together. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated?

I have also brought a couple of books to add to my collection. I decided it would be easier if I have a few hand sewing projects on the go as well that I can pick up and take around with me.

I intend on having a look through these this evening. The problem I have is that the more books I look through, the longer my list gets so these will be the las books that I get for some time. I now have my own library!

I’m off to have a little sleep now whilst the little ones have theirs! Have a great afternoon and as always thanks for taking the time to read 🙂

Lisa xx

 

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