Balance · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Happy New Year and such!

How far into January should we go until it is uncool to say Happy New Year to people? One day…one week? Well no matter whether it’s cool or uncool, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

I have had a very relaxing break over the last few weeks with Hubble. It was so enjoyable. Catching up with family was great too. I got to meet my new niece, Miss M and she is as cuddly as she looks in the photos I was sent. Best of all, she smells divine. I caught up with my other nieces and nephews as well – all so grown up compared to 2 years ago when I last saw them all. It was a sombre occasion then with the passing of my Stepfather so thankfully, this time was for a joyous occasion.

I decided on a quilt pattern for Miss M’s quilt. I didn’t want it to be really babyish. I wanted something that she can use for a long time and I wanted it to be easy to put together. I decided to use some 5 inch charm squares I had bought from the Fair last year. They are from Urban Chiks for Moda and the capsule is called Spellbound. I also used some white on white paisley fabric.

I laid it out in all sorts of combinations before deciding to go with the above combo. In the flesh it is much brighter looking. I have sewn all the squares together into rows and now need to join the rows. Then I’ll see if the quilt speaks to me about adding a border or two. I can’t wait to give it to her.

Having all this time off has allowed me to potter around the house and do some things I’ve had on the list since we moved in. I have started a little indoor garden in the foyer where it gets lots of natural light. I only have 2 plants so far but I’ll get more as I go along. It gives me such joy to see them every morning. There is nothing quite like having plants indoors to give you a sense of calm.

We also did a big tidy up outside and I planted a new geranium and added a little bird bath in one of bushes for the finches and wattle birds who spend a lot of time there. At one stage I saw about 10 birds in the tree. I’ve never seen so many in the one tree before.

Hubble and I also did some DIY, or rather Hubble did the majority of it. You see I hurt my back picking up a basket full of wet laundry and couldn’t bend down. We have had this secondhand king single bed that has been sitting in our spare room for about 18 months. We finally bought some of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to paint it and a little set of drawers to go with it.

What I love about the chalk paint is that you very rarely ever need to prep the piece beforehand. We just wiped them over with a damp cloth. We did two coats which left just a tiny bit of the wood colour showing through (it was quite dark). It gave it a vintage/distressed look which was exactly what I was going for. On the drawers I replaced the knobs with some that I bought in First Avenue in Kalamunda. They are gorgeous! The unpainted part of the drawers will be painted an Old White colour to match the knobs. However I just want to sit with it a bit and wait till I have the quilt and everything before confirming that’s what we’ll do. I’ll put some pictures up when we’ve bought the mattress and the bedroom is finished off. Our next DIY is our dining setting…but what colour/s to pick?

I decided that I would do Hugs N Kisses Stitch Therapy 365 this year. It’s a project where you stitch just one thing from the panel each day for a year. They are pretty simple designs and you get sent the pattern every morning. It is not so much to do with the panel of stitchers that you will have when you’re finished but with the moving meditation you do each day as you stitch your design. The calmness and clarity you feel as you embrace the moment of stitching each day. I’m really enjoying it so far, although I am 3 days behind because we had something three nights in a row last week and no time to stitch. Here’s just a couple of stitcheries I’ve done so far.

Well, that’s about all from me. I’ll try and write more regularly now that life has gone back to some semblance of normality.

Have a great week.

Until next time…get creative!

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Patchwork hearts and pink tables!

Ahhh only a few days to go before the man in the red suit visits us. Christmas shopping is done, presents have been wrapped and sent and I have nearly finished making my niece’s Christmas present. The Christmas gift tags on the other hand did not turn out the way I wanted them and so they have been put in a project bag to look at when I don’t have a postal deadline to hit. It’s a bit disappointing but whatcha gonna do? I am only one person, with so many hours in the day. 

Here’s the second part of the wall hanging. It’s a pattern I found in a book I have. I changed the colours around and added some more backstitch to it. 

Such a gorgeous patchwork heart! I hope it reminds my niece of how much she is loved when she gets older. Now I just have to put it all together. 

Well apart from some crocheting, that’s all I’ve had time for. I bought this great little table in Spotlight on the weekend.

It fits over my knees and has all the pockets on the sides to hold my stuff so it doesn’t fall between the cushions. Best of all, look at that colour! Absolutely gorgeous!

Well, it’s only a quick one this post. Three days left of my day job for the year and then Hubble and I will actually get the whole of Christmas off together for the first time since we’ve known each other. Speaking of Hubble, he’s made me a lovely dinner of rosemary and garlic lamb and baked veges so I have to go.

Until next time…get creative!

Block of the Month · sewing

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

I’m afraid to say that I haven’t got much further with my unfinished projects. My day job has been busier than usual and I haven’t had the energy to do much else in the evenings except go to bed!

I’ve managed to do about a half of the Christmas gift tags and made a couple of ornaments for the tree from some left over Christmas fabric from last year.

I haven’t decided what to do with some other fabric I have so I might pack it away until next year. I have some beautiful Christmas designs as well that I might make into a Christmas wall hanging or maybe a bed quilt. 

One thing I did get finished was block 5 from the Homespun BOM. In the end, I decided to use some flowers from a fat quarter I had and use them instead of the embroidered ones that were in the pattern. I just don’t have time to do all that hand embroidery. I would like to finish this quilt top by the end of January so I had to make sacrifices somewhere. I was pretty pleased with the finished block. Now I can move on to the last three blocks. 

I have also made some gingerbread Christmas trees but the icing was crap so no pictures this time but I’ll make my second batch next week some time.  Oh, & I have nearly finished my Christmas shopping, so that’s a bonus. My feet are killing me from today’s effort. My lovely Hubble kindly massaged some peppermint oil into them. 

This week I need to finish the Gift Tags for the kids presents and hopefully make up some more ornaments.

I hope you’re all on schedule for Christmas. 

Until next time…get creative!

Balance · sewing · Stitching

Holidays & babies & Christmas, oh my!

My, oh my, this last month has been a whirlwind of activity and unfortunately not much of it was to do with creating. I had the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life one weekend. Our team was the Beanie Bandits and we raised over $2,500 for the Cancer Council. Our team did the 24 hour relay at the Joondalup HBF Arena. Whilst it was an amazing experience, I don’t think my feet will ever be the same. I was delirious by the end but glad that I had been a part of it. My sister, the Team Leader was a power house. She never seemed to stop. She was amazing! Oh to be in my 30’s again…

Then Hubble and I had a short break in NSW with my Stepmum & Dad for my Dad’s 70th birthday. It was great to be able to show Hubble where I grew up. Hubble has never been to NSW before so my Stepmum had the week planned with a bit of sightseeing. 

It was great to be home and great to have a break from the everyday but as with all good things, it had to come to an end. 

Then early Thursday morning I got a message to say my little niece had arrived three weeks early. Such a gorgeous wee thing. Mum & bub are tired but doing well. I can’t wait to meet her at Christmas and to hang out with everyone. 

This has put a bomb up me, because I realised that it is halfway through November and I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet. So I’ve started making lists and planning. I decided that I am going to make Christmas ornaments for the kids this year and use them as gift tags. Then next year they can hang them on the tree. 

So apart from some crocheting, a little cross stitch and starting these gift tags, I haven’t touched anything in my sewing room. I have decided that I will have to spend a couple of evenings this week getting stuck into some of my unfinished projects. 

I also need to work on my designs, writing up patterns and such. There is so much to do and not enough hours in the day. If I didn’t have to go to my day job I could spend a lot more time on the things I enjoy…oh well, I’ll keep dreaming.

Well that’s it for now.

Until next time…get creative!

Block of the Month · crocheting · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

When life gives you lemons…

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Life certainly has been giving Hubble & I lemons lately and as much as you try to make lemonade out of them, sometimes you just have to face the fact that they are lemons and it sucks!

Just when you think things are back on track after the last curveball, you get thrown another one and it can be very stressful. Thank God for my rescue remedy and stitching. My sewing room has become my sanctuary, my little piece of what’s right in this world. So as I try to keep my chin up and carry on I have created the following items over the last few weeks.

I finished block six of the Homespun BOM and it is gorgeous!

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I’ve also completed block five up to the hand sewing which I haven’t started yet because there’s a lot of it and it’s rather overwhelming.

I’ve also been doing some stitching. The little bee at the top of the post has been put into a hexi frame and I wear as a necklace. I was really pleased with how he turned out. I’m also making a brooch, so hopefully that will turn out as good.

I have also been designing a lap rug with some wool I got from a local yarn store.

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It’s a very portable project and with my new crochet hook it is crocheting up really fast. It’s a Kollage Square Hook and it’s great for relieving hand fatigue.

Hubble and I after a particularly stressful week, decided to go hiking in our local area. Being out in nature was just what my soul needed and I felt rejuvenated (at least for a little while). If it ever stops raining, we’re hoping to explore other parts of our suburb.

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Well that’s all for this week.

Until next time…get creative!

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Another project finished!

Just a quick post today. Finally finished my cross stich. It’s very cute. I have two more designs to do and then I will get them professionally framed in one big wooden frame to hang in my sewing room or office.

Well Hubble’s out & bringing home fish & chips for dinner so I have an hour or so to start on my next Homespun BOM block.

Until next time…get creative!