Sunday, 30 September 2012

1st May block finally completed

DSCF1267 Okay so it's taken me almost the whole of this month to complete another block but at least it's another one done.  I actually stitched the hexagon strip together while watching Andy Murray win the US Open.  It was a great way of making sure I stayed awake to see him finally win his first grand slam.  However it's taken me until this evening to actually stitch the hexagon strip onto the block.  I've brought in some blue this time so will also have to use some blue in a few more of the blocks coming up so that it doesn't appear 'odd' amongst all the other predominately pink blocks.  I'm hoping that I can make a start on the second block for May this week and then I can reward myself and use my new sewing machine for the rest of the blocks.

We took Max for a nice walk through Plymbridge Woods this morning and then in the afternoon spent an hour or so out in the garden tidying up (again).  DH then promptly fell asleep while watching the football but I managed to get some stitches put into Yiota's Landscape cross stitch - will put an updated photo of this up on my blog some time this week.

I also have tomorrow off work and once I've got a couple of chores completed I can settle down to do some Fat Man.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Craft show stash

 I did it!  I actually went to a craft show and didn't buy a stamp - that has got to be a first for me.  There were lots of lovely stamps there trying to tempt me but I managed to resisit.  I didn't as you can see from the photo resist from buying some crafting goodies.  The 12 x 12 storage boxes are to help me sort out my papers and cards in a slightly more organized fashion.  I picked up the  quilting rulers and a new rotary blade and the Moda jelly roll also came home with me - this matches the fat quarters I picked up last week and will make life a lot easier for the quilt I have in mind.  It will save me having to cut the fat quarters into strips.  Both sets of the fabric will be used for the quilt but it should make it quicker for me - that's the theory anyway.  I'm afraid I couldn't resist the cute cross stitch kit which I will make up - not sure which grand daughter it will be for yet.  There is also a lovely snowflake rosette die cut, a couple of embossing folders and some craft bags. The show was really good and we all came home tired but happy with our shop til we drop experience.  Just need to start saving again now for the next one!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Almost but not quite

DSCF1247 I managed to get more stitches in the Fat Man SAL on Monday than I thought I would but unfortunately the light faded before I could actually complete this chart.  I do know it won't take much time next Monday to complete and I'll be able to make a start on the final chart or perhaps the bird and mailbox which goes inbetween two of the charts.

DSCF1248It's the craft show tomorrow which I'm really looking forward to just need to remember to put the camera card back into the camera so that I can take some photos while I'm there.  I left it in the laptop when I went to the craft show back in April so couldn't take any photos which was most annoying as they had some lovely displays there.

I spent yesterday evening going through some of my craft stash and have managed to sort out quite a few bits that I know I will not use so hope to try and sell them at the craft fayre in October.  I even managed to create some space in two of the cupboards.  I still have a few more cupboards to go through before now and the craft show so will probably have a few more items to sell and hopefully a much more organized craft storage area - I live in hope!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Baby project complete

DSCF1246 Last night I finally got round to making up the baby jacket I actually started knitting before Savannah was born.  I'm not entirely happy with the neckline but I followed the instructions on the pattern.  There were a couple of other issues with it but I've done it now and I am pretty sure Colette will be more than happy with the end result and as she is not a knitter herself won't notice!  The sleeves looked extremely long in comparison with the body but it should fit Savannah for a few months.

I have my Blocks of the Month for May to complete which are hand pieced hexagons so once they are done then I can start playing around with my new toy I showed off yesterday.

I have some sorting out I need to get done this evening but if I manage to get that task completed in plenty of time then I will allow myself some crafting playtime.

The sun is shining today but it was pretty awful weather the past two days but nowhere near as bad as some places in the country.  Wherever you may be in the country I hope you've not been too badly affected.

Monday, 24 September 2012

My new toy

DSCF1243 On Saturday I picked up my new craft toy.  I've finally decided to go for a proper grown up sewing machine for my quilting and keep the little machine for it's original intended purpose which was for stitching on cards and scrapbook pages.  The new machine is nothing fancy as all I really want to do is be able to stitch in a straight line and at a quicker pace.  I've yet to take it out of the box and try it out as I have a couple of projects I need to complete so when they are done I will reward myself with having a go on this machine.
Last week I mentioned that I had picked up some fat quarters when I visited Cowslips so I thought I'd show you a picture of the them.  I've got an idea of what I would like to do with them but think I might have to add a few more to ensure I've got enough - can a girl have too many fat quarters?

I am still busy making things for the craft fayre I am going to be doing along with a few other crafting buddies in October so most of my spare time the past week has been trying to get a few more items made - so many ideas and probably not enough time!

DSCF1232Today it's our daughters 25th birthday and I have taken her out to lunch to celebrate - nothing fancy just a trip to one of the garden centres but we were able to take Logan to see the pets there which he always enjoys.  We would have taken him to Central Park for a play around but the weather is so unpredictable today we didn't want to risk getting caught in a shower.  Logan was happy with seeing the animals and they were also starting to set up all the Christmas displays and he was entranced by this singing and dancing Christmas tree they had for sale.  It's hard to believe this will actually be his third Christmas as it's his 2nd birthday just a few days before - oh this little man seems to be growing up so quick.  I think Colette enjoyed herself too.

I'm covering someones shift for the next couple of weeks so earlier starts for me but nothing like the early starts on my last job.  I'm not working Thursday but will be going to the craft show at Exeter with some crafting pals where my objective is to try and not buy anymore stamps.  I've got a couple of quilting items I would like to try and pick up which will help out with future projects, other than that there really isn't anything I need!!!

Right I must now try and put some stitches into the Fat Man - somehow I still don't think I'm going to finish that block this week - my mind isn't really in focus today and keeps flitting from one thing to another.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Going postal, bingo and flowers

DSCF1224 I'm trying hard this week to catch up with some cards for the challenge blogs I like to take part in.  The Jingle Belles challenge is Going Postal this fortnight and I should just about be able to get this one in on time.  I've kept it really clean and simple and used a Papermania sentiment which has been punched out with a CM square punch and then mounted onto a scalloped nestie die to give the impression of a stamp.  To finish it off as I felt it looked too plain I added some pretty white lace down the left hand side - it was just lying about by my workspace and suited what I wanted.

The previous fortnights challenge on Jingle Belles was a Holidays Bingo challenge  and I opted to go for the left hand vertical line which consisted of Santa, lace and embossing.  I went to my scraps again for this card and used some more of the lovely Anna Griffin Christmas papers and inked all the edges.  The cardstock is SU's Real Red and was run through my Cuttlebug with and embossing folder and I think the image was set of free stamps from a magazine.  I came across some green lace and vintage lace and attached to the side and under the image.  Finished off with some SU red gingham ribbon and a sentiment.

Had a lovely day out with Mum yesterday and have finally put my boxer cross stitch in to be framed and that should be ready in a couple of weeks - not sure where in the house that is going to go yet but I'll find a place for it.  I also took mum down to Cowslips as I wanted to pick up a couple of fat quarters in blacks and red to make one of the baskets I made when I stayed with Karen recently for Colette as a stocking filler.  While I was there a bundle of Moda Christmas fabrics also came home with me and last night I spent an hour looking for a project that I could use them on.  I think I know what I would like to do and will have a trial run with my scraps of fabric first before cutting out the Moda fabrics.  Lunch was gorgeous - homemade vegetable soup for me with some rye bread - just the thing to warm you up on a crisp but sunny day.

DSCF1217As promised here is a photo of the flowers I have been making recently.  They are so easy to do and each day I punch out a few more ready to add to the collection.  Here is the link if you fancy having a go yourself, the only difference is I've painted on some Stickles to the flowers to give them some added sparkle.  I also scrunched them up a little tighter which means I didn't have to worry about decorating the inside of the flower with a fancy brad or gem so I've been able to use up all the brads I'm not likely to use otherwise.



Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Some stitching updates

 Firstly the Fat Man SAL - this is as much as I have managed to achieve for the past two Mondays - stitching time on both the days was limited but I'm pleased with how it's going.  I'd have liked to have finished the chart by now but I think next week could be hopeful as there is only the snowmans head, a little bird, some words and the rest of the border to do - I'm optomistic.  Yesterdays stitching progress was limited as I took Colette and Logan swimming which was great fun.  Logan loved it and as always it was nice to spend some quality time with both my daughter and grandson.  Baby Savannah was being looked after by my parents which was their first time in charge and they loved every minute of it - she rewarded them with smiles which obviously exhausted her as she was sound asleep when we got back.
 The rest of my stitching time has been taken up with Yiota's landscape cross stitch and I will be working on this for the rest of the month now.  It's really starting to come along now and once I have filled in the windows and added a little more of the arch then it will be approximately a quarter complete.
 I have almost completed my next quilt block, just need to attach the block of hexagons to it - hoping to get that done by the end of the week to show you.  There is another one to do for the month of May and then I think June's is quite easy so am hoping to pick up a bit with this.

Yesterday morning was a lovely bright sunny start to the day and I took Max for a walk along the creek for our morning walk.  There were plenty of seagulls perched on the boats and it all looked so nice and serene which was aided by the fact it was still early in the morning and not many people around.  We walked under the railway bridge and around the point and admired the view down the river towards Calstock.
I also manged to catch up with my friend Jill yesterday for coffee before she jets off on her holiday which I am so looking forward to seeing the photos of already.  Have a wonderful time Jill x

I've been on a flower making frenzy the past few days, lots more to make and I'll take a photo of them sometime this week for you to see and also provide the link with the simple tutorial on how to make them.  Today I'm taking mum out for lunch and stopping off at Kelly Bray to finally get the boxer family cross stitch framed.  So far it's another bright but chilly day and I'm hoping it won't rain later as I've manged to get some washing on the line.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Fat Man SAL and September is complete

DSCF1173DSCF1172 What a wonderful week it has been weather wise the sun has been shining every day since Monday however I think it's all set to change again next week :(  Anyway on Monday I did manage to get some stitches put into the Fat Man SAL and I was able to complete the cute little bunny, a dear little bird and make a start on the snowman and his scarf.

I have been alittle distracted from crafting this week as it has been the US Open Tennis and as a huge Murray fan I have been trying to watch his progress through the tournament.  Thankfully despite a few scares he has made the semi final which is good although he did keep me up until 1am this week as I just couldn't go to bed without knowing the outcome.  Another late night last night too as I watched another of the quarter finals Tipsaravic and Ferrer which went on until minnight but what a match and worth the few hours less sleep!

Today I have managed to put the final stitches in the month of September and am really pleased that I have managed to complete it so early in the month.  This means it will free up some time for other stitching WIP's - I think I will concentrate on Yiotas's landscape cross stitch and also try and get some more of the bear sampler done this month.  So long as I get it done for Savannah's first birthday I'll be happy.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Broken spider web block

DSCF1168 Oh the weather is so fickle - today it is glorious sunshine.  I've managed to complete another block - this one is called the broken spider web block and I think is my favourite at the moment.  My little machine which only runs on batteries is still coping very well with the blocks but now my confidence is growing I'm wishing it would go a little quicker.  Proper sewing machine is now on my wish list.

DSCF1160While out walking with Max this morning I came across this wonderful spider web which was glistening in the morning sunshine.  While I don't actually like spiders I think they are amazing creatures being able to spin something so beautiful to the eye on a dewy sunny morning.  We were out for almost two hours and it's so relaxing just walking along with Max and enjoying the relative peace and quiet of Plymbridge Woods.

I've managed to get my ironing done, more washing on the line thanks to DS2 bringing his home with him last night after housesitting for someone, hoovered the car out and have made some pizza dough (with the help of the bread maker) so we can have pizza for tea.  So far no stitching on the Fat Man SAL has been done but once the grass has been cut I think I can sit down for an hour or two and put some stitches in as a reward.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

All by myself–the correct block!

DSCF1157I actually managed to do one of the Craftsy BOM's without any help or guidance from Karen (although that help and guidance would have been fun). The block itself is pretty straightforward and easy enough to put together, the only thing I struggled with was being random with the different widths and strip placement - I so wanted it to be perfectly lined up but that isn't the idea behind this block. I think I just about managed to make it random enough and my dear little machine just about coped with all the layers. Despite giving it the tiniest of seams I only just about got my 12 1/2 inch block! It's a fun learning process and who knows I might even get another one done by the end of the week.  For those eagle eyed among you that may have seen this post earlier this is actually a different block to the one shown earlier - in my haste to get the block done I actually stitched it up differently than this picture.  The first block I stitched up with the white strips creating a cross whereas it should have been stitched up as in this picture.  It now means I have created a new block all by myself - maybe I'll make a cushion out of it to go with this quilt when it is complete! The weather has been pretty miserable so we haven't been to the park and I haven't been out in the garden hence the reason the block got done instead. Father in law is in hospital at the moment and DH has taken mother in law up to visit him this afternoon. In the meantime I must catch up on some housework again as mother in law is coming for tea and although that's not exactly the reason for tidying up I think it might be useful if we are to sit at the table later. My dear friend Karen would have a fit if she could see the state of my dining area right now!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

CASology – Relax

DSCF1139 I managed to quickly make this card this morning for the CASology challenge where this weeks cue card is RELAX.  I remembered I had this sweet stamp in amongst the many I possess and thought it was perfect.  There's no better way to relax I think than with a good book - although I probably wouldn't climb a tree to do so.  The stamp is from a company called Rainbow Studios - not sure if they are still making stamps as I couldn't find their website.

I've had a couple of easy days at work - I think I made the right decision changing jobs and work life should be a lot easier from now on.  I'm covering for someone who is on holiday next week so no having to work this Sunday which is nice.  Not sure what I will do tomorrow, there is a Family open day at Devonport Park so we might take Logan there for a while if Tim and Colette don't take him.  I could also do with getting out in the garden and weeding the borders again!  We'll see what the weather brings and decide then I think.