Monday, May 30, 2011

caught !

I met a lovely old dear the other day .

She told me she had seen my Catchit bag in a
magazine and how much she loved it .
If fact she loved it so much she wanted 3,
one for each of her great-granddaughters.

I tried to politely explain I only do the
patterns I don't take orders for the bags themselves.

Never mind about what patterns she said
 I'd like one in greens,

and one in pinks ,

and do you have one in bluey greens
for the oldest one?
But , but I only sell the patterns !

I delivered her new Catchits on the weekend
and the old dear told me I was such a good girl
she would tell her friends !

If you would like to make your own Catchit bag
the pattern to make your own
is in my shop .

Thursday, May 26, 2011

my creative space

I was bored for a split second last week so
of course I went shopping online .
I bought two charm packs of Hullabaloo.

As you might know I am not a quilter
 but would like to be so I thought I could
just stitch all these squares together
and then go ta da I made a quilt !

Then I convinced myself if I was capable of
buying quilt fabric I could do something
a little more adventurous .(silly girl)

So my creative space has been full of circles
on squares . I love the handstitching part
but really don't like getting the circles ready .

Hope to show you it all finished by 2020!

Smarter creative spaces here .

Monday, May 23, 2011

the great cushion swap

I joined Vics cushion swap , yes I know I said
no swaps this year but.....
Anyway I had no idea who my partner was
until my cushion turned up here this morning .
Well Jennie from Craving Frocks really
out did herself with my lovely cover !
After going through my blog Jennie decided
to use my own images on my cover
how clever is that !

I really love my new cover and appreciate
the effort and creativity that went into it,
Thanks very much Jennie .

I have sent my cover to the hostess with the mostess
but she hasn't received it yet so I won't show
it to you , I like to keep her in suspenders !

PS I do apologise that I have been unable
to email and thank Jennie personally so to speak.

Friday, May 20, 2011

you have come to the wrong blog

If you were looking for some creative inspiration
or perhaps a glimpse of my rosy cheeked children ..

maybe you were hoping for some witty banter or
at the very least some lovely neat stitching...

were you breathless at catching a peek at
 my immaculate home
or wanting to see a new pattern release...


you're out of luck ,
 maybe next time !

Saturday, May 14, 2011

settle down

Well blogger sure had some issues this week .
Time away from the blog led me to a garage sale
where I found these beautiful cups , sigh ...lovely !
I think I'll use them for a bit and then make them
into pincushions , what do you think ?

I'm making pumpkin soup today with the
 ugliest pumpkin ever!
Here's hoping you have a great weekend !

Monday, May 9, 2011

the mystery of the missing head

Yes I think my head is missing !

I have been a little distracted lately and having
just a bit of trouble staying on track .

This poor softie that I have been working on
has been sitting on my workbench for oh um
about a month, headless !

I've worked out the body but just can't get
my act together and get the head right .

I did say a few weeks ago I was going to have
a new pattern release and a giveaway so
I'll kill two birds with one stone ,this is just
a saying please don't call the R.S.P.C.A.

See if you can guess what my new softie is and
I will draw two winners to receive
one of the books below .

The fabric used in the mockup won't help you
I only used brown because I know I don't have to keep it !

Thursday, May 5, 2011

fabric tulips tutorial

So you'd like to make some tulips ?

First you will need some scrap cardboard .
Copy the diagram below , my finished template
was about 6" long by about 2 1/2 " high
with a little edge about 1/4" on each end .

Trace around your template onto doubled fabric .
Do not cut out yet .
Begin your stitching on the little edge leaving
the longer side pieces open .
Stitch all around the petal shapes .
Trim and clip curves before turning out .

Give your petals a good iron .
Open the fabric and match the unstitched edges and stitch .
Turn the tulip right side out .
Fold under the raw edges at the base of the tulip
and use a double thread to tack all around
and then pull the gathering stitches to form the base .

Push a stick into the centre (you can use a chopstick)
If you find your flower a bit wobbly on the stick
you can add some glue on the inside .

Tie a piece of green ric rac or ribbon on the stick
because this makes the tulips look even more real !

A few variations could be putting two flowers
on one stick for double tulips or having
different fabrics on the inside .

All done !
Let me know what you think and if
you make some I'd love to see them .

Thanks a bunch for visiting !



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

fabric flowers for mum

Would you like to make your mum
a pretty bunch of flowers ?

They look realistic don't they ?

Don't you have flowers like this in your yard ?

I must just be lucky !

Pop back for the full tutorial on Thurday
and while you're gone I should really do some weeding !

Sunday, May 1, 2011

vintage sheets

I always feel a bit sad when I cut into
one of my vintage sheets .

But then again if I'm making something for
someone else I feel a bit more confident
that if I stuff it up there is plenty more
beautiful fabric to work with .

There is also the added bonus that if I make
something for someone else and I just adore
it and can't bear to part with it
there is plenty more to make one exactly
the same for me !