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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
So it’s been a while since I last blogged but time seems to of run away with me again. I have been very busy though and have a few crafty makes to share!
Way back when I was a small girl, my grandparents used to take me camping. I decided in my young wisdom that I needed protecting from the cold nights and decided to make myself a blanket. I can’t remember who it was but I collared somebody into teaching me how to crochet. I started making a small blanket but didn’t seem to know when to stop so I crocheted and crocheted and crocheted until this was finished!
After I had finished this I just sort of went into my teenage years, crochet wasn’t cool and to be fair things amongst my friends haven’t really changed. You could say I lead two lives. Although they are now merging with an “I don’t care what you think attitude” to anyone that has a negative opinion on hat I am doing and hoping to achieve.
Anyway! I decided to dig out a hook (ok so I treated myself to a new one) and have another go at Crocheting. This was mainly due to the amazing elephant that Emma Lemonade had created for my son. So inspirational. So I started and decided that I would try a lovely little cosy home for my iphone. What do you think? Not bad for my first attempt!
Then I started to go full steam ahead, pulling out books and trying a few things and I accidentally (something else went wrong) made a flower which I thought could be made into a brooch. I had amazing feedback and these little beauties were born!
I have already sold 2 which I am so excited about and they were posted off today! I also have a purple and a green that I am going to try. I’m so happy with how these have come out that I am wearing mine with pride!
If any of you lovely people are interested in buying one either for yourselves or as a present they are priced at £4.50 each plus p&p. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one made for you 🙂
As always thank you for reading and have an amazing rest of your week!
What an amazing Christmas! Nathan (our two year old) was so much more aware this year and seemed to really involve himself in the festivities which was absolutely priceless. Our 5 month old remained oblivious. Christmas day came and went with us hosting a meal for all of our family and it went surprisingly well, everybody got on and there wasn’t a moment of stress…..
Looking towards 2012 I have so many goals that I am hoping to achieve. I’m a complete craft “virgin” if you like but have so many ideas that I need to learn everything very quickly. My aims for 2012 aren’t the usual get fit etc as I already get down the gym three times per week (sickening I know but I love it). Mine are as follows:
1) To still make sure all my boys (including my husband) are well looked after as this is my number one job.
2) Learn to crochet properly rather than get by on what I taught myself years ago.
3) Design and make some key rings and bag charms with the theme of the 2012 Olympics. Might even have a go at bunting!
4) Make sure I blog once a week and upload a picture of whatever I am making.
5) Become at “one” with my new sewing machine.
6) Return to my old passion of cross stitching.
7) Upload all of my makes to my Folksy shop (If I can bear to let them go)
I am already on the path with the crochet as I have been learning how to make Granny squares the past few days. I’ve also booked my ticket to Craft and Stitch show at Olympia on March 16th (can’t wait). I have some new fabric coming to design my key rings, charms and Team GB gifts so fingers crossed I find the time to make everything! I’m a very organised person (some say anal) so I figure I can crochet, knit and stitch in my evenings and any bigger projects that require a lot of light will be done in my free time in the days. As long as I get everything prepped it’ll be fine.
Thank you to everyone so far that has read my blog and also followed me. I’m very grateful and will make sure that you all have plenty to read and hopefully enjoy over the coming year.