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

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

Here’s to 2012!

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.

 

Happy New Year xx