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Time flies when you’re having fun!

What a difference a week makes! Finally, I’m feeling more like myself again and on Sunday I had the most productive day I’ve had in weeks. By 10am I had done 4 loads of washing, made more of the Scrummy Slice, homemade apple and raspberry jam and was about to start on a bunch of pikelets for afternoon tea.

Hubble and I enjoyed afternoon tea under the shade of my favourite tree in the garden. Although Hubble did have to go back inside for more pikelets.

I also started the very long process of tea dyeing the lace tablecloth I’ve been babbling about for a few weeks. The difficulty I had in this process was that I didn’t have a big enough pot to put the tablecloth in, so I had to boil the water and steep the tea bags in one pot and then transfer it all to a bucket. I added salt to this water to help the dye set and I put in 28 tea bags with the strings cut off.

Then that is where it sat for just over 3 hours. I checked it occasionally to ensure none of the cloth had risen out of the water and to agitate it a bit to try and ensure the tea soaked into all bits of the cloth. I then rinsed it really well, about 4 buckets of fresh water before I was satisfied that the tea was all out. I then soaked it for 10 minutes in a bucket of cold water with a splash of vinegar to further set the dye and then rinsed it again a couple of times before laying it out on an airer to dry.

Once dried I ironed it and had a good look at the colour and I must say I was pretty impressed with the job. It was fairly even throughout.

Here are some photos of the table done up with the cloth. I love that the tablecloth has been refurbished and now has a new purpose.

The candle is from the Yallingup Candle Co. Click on the photo if you want to check out their website. Soy candles that have a lovely smell.

I have been also working on my next design for The Paisley Hummingbird, which I can’t show you yet but it’s very pretty. I also caught up on some of my Stitch Therapy 365, although I am now about 11 days behind at the time of writing this post.

I keep forgetting to show you a little pouch I made some time ago. It was a free pattern I got off Angela Walters’ gift along she held on Bluprint. It was so easy to make and is a good size. I’ll definitely be making a few more.

Last night I started a class with Lena from the Knit Purl Yarn Boutique in Kalamunda. It is a 5 week class to make the Grinda Shawl. It was so much fun and the ladies were lovely. I’ve always wanted to crochet a shawl but looking at the patterns just totally confused me. So when I saw the advertisement for it on Lena’s facebook page I knew that I just had to take part.

I’m also taking another class on Wednesday to get some instruction on how to do mosaic knitting. I can’t wait to show you the little sample I will do in class.

Well that’s it for this week. I will be mostly concentrating on my designs and hopefully catching up on some more of the Stitch Therapy 365. Miss M’s quilt top is still brewing in the back of my mind about what type of border I’m going to put on. Oh and I want to have a go a crocheting a zig zag blanket. So I have some sampling to do there.

Have a great week and until next time…get creative!

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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!

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!

Balance · Healing

Brighten your day…

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This bunting sits in my office. I made it for Hubble & I’s wedding. I like that every time I sit in my office I am reminded of one of the happiest days of my life. One of the last times that my family will ever be together as a whole, now that my Stepfather has passed. My office also has one of my favourite photos. I took it with a compact camera and it is of my niece, Ivy. She is just a flash in the photo as she ran past me playing at the edge of the ocean one sunny afternoon. It really embodies the personality of her – playful, joyous, carefree and so full of potential.
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