Sunday, 31 January 2010

Finished Blind!

Well that's another 2 blinds out of the way! The blinds were fitted in a top floor flat, my friend wanted a plain fabric so she can accessorize with cushions and throws! Now I just need to finish off the other curtain job I have, and then I can start having some fun again.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Lazy Weekend

Well it was my new years resolution to post on a more regular basis, but I've broken it already! and I had been getting new followers and more readers which I am so pleased about so I must carry on the good work! I cant even put it down to being particularly busy, I think it's just the first few weeks back at work after such a long break!

Well the pic above is what I'm doing at the moment, it's a pair of roman blinds I'm finishing off, I'll post a pic of when they are fitted!

I have also been inspired by a new friend I have made in blog world called 'silversewer' she is so organised with her meal planning, and I am as far away from that as can be! I am as we speak roasting a chicken, stuffing roast potatoes and veg, which is rare for us! I usually cook what ever processed frozen food is left in the freezer and if the freezer is empty I order a takeaway! Really wasteful and I need to save some money this year for a few things I'm planning, so I can do without takeaways at £20 a throw!

Back to the subject of crafting!! I have so much curtain work to finish off it's untrue! I'm going to get my head down now and plough through it then I can start being a bit more creative again with the cushions and embroidery etc.

I hope you are all well, and I'll be back in a few day's!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Lovely Day

well I had a lovely day today! bagged another day off of work and so decided to have a bit of a day out! First of all a trip to Hobbycraft, really only needed a few rolls of thread and thought I might find some inspiration, felt it was a little bit samey, nothing really unusual just tapestry kits teddy bear making kits and lots of art stuff, oh well I then had to run an errand for a friend in Wiltshire, so I decided to ask my Aunt if she fancied a trip in the car, she had been snow bound for about a week, she has a problem with her hip and didn't want to risk a slip on the ice so she was well happy to get out for a few hours!

So after we did the errand we had a quick look round Dunelm Mill in Swindon, the sale was on and they had some good stuff! I bought some buckram and a few other bits I needed, we then nipped into Sainsburys where my aunt did a little shop, she doesn't drive and rely's on her pushbike to get shopping, so I think she appreciated the day out as much as I enjoyed her company!

Above are a few of the purchases and finally I have machine appliqued the Love Cushion, only my second attempt but I can really see i've improved, what do you think about a matching tassle in each corner when I turn it into a cushion??

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Lark Rise to Candleford

Yes the new series started tonight! And as usual excellent viewing! I just finished watching the first episode, and now i'm wondering why can't we have a permanent 3 times a week soap of it? no more Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale need I go on! We are all unfortunately too aware that we must lose loved one's that children take drugs and people get stabbed walking to the shops, so why would anyone want to watch it on TV 3 or 4 nights a week and then all showed again at the weekend for those who had the good fortune to miss it!

Let's have make believe televison land where for a few hours a week we can dream of how much better life used to be! Of how wonderful it would be to live somewhere with a Greengrocers a Tailors and a Forge, much better I think than a Pimp, Dealer, and a shady car sales man!

Is it just me?


Well I didn't have any correct coloured thread to finish the Love cushion, so I had a go with some other scraps of fabric so I could practise my zig zag applique, I really need more practise as you can see! but I am really pleased with the overall look and as they say practise makes perfect! And then I thought while I'm at it i'll pipe it and turn into a cushion cover!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Love Cushions

Well I must be bored today, or should I say inspired? I have recently become a huge fan of Jan Constantine's embroidery, in fact I have ordered the book, but tonight after looking at her web site I decided to have a go at a cushion cover, I know some of the letters blend into the gingham background but I think if I embroider or zig zag stitch in the matching claret shade it will stand out well, I hope anyway! But this will just be a practise run as the fabrics were all I could find tonight.

So far I have just cut out the lettering and used bondaweb to attach to the back fabric, but again tricky part is finishing it off!


Well I have been a bit bored today snow is still outside so rather be in a warm house looking out at it! So I thought I'd have a go with a few of these Cath Kidston projects! Well the supplied pre-cut fabric for the bag was a nightmare or rather I should say the roule loop! bagging out 3mm of fabric and navvies hands are not a marriage made in heaven!

So i've started the bag but I am leaving the button holes and roule loops for when I have more patience! The padded heart was much easier thankfully!

Friday, 8 January 2010


Well even though I did have to go back into work thurs and fri, and I had gotten very depressed after finishing work on the 19th December, and returning on wednesday 6th January, and then being snowed in on the wednesday an extra day I wasn't expecting! too much of a good thing syndrome me thinks! and the thought of going back filled me with dread! However It's friday night! And I received lots of wonderful things in the post! See pics! Kath Kidstons Sew finally arrived belated christmas present! Everywhere around here had sold out of it! And my most favourite magazine House & Gardens!

Not sure what i'm going to do with the hand bag thing when i've made it! Don't Laugh!! If my mother doesn't want it I will do a draw and one of you can have it LOL

Oh and new people have admitted to following my blog and added themselves as friends! So many thanks for that and I hope I don't dissapoint with boring posts!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it snow

Well it was meant to be my first day back at work today after the Christmas break but just after 6am I received a text from my boss saying the office was closed! So I took some pictures of the snow and found a black and white picture of the cottage! Hope your all enjoying being snowed in!