Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wonderful Wednesday...

I spent the day in the company of friends today, very special friends…

Stolen photo from Di's Instagram feed!
I can't really verbalise what a precious memory today will be, but in true Brit Bee style, there was the swapping of gifts, and the handing over of fabric; a fun pub lunch, much laughter and maybe a few tears...


Thank you for such a lovely day Terri, Di, Ceri and Susan xxxx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

#IGminiswap Extra...

I have bought a couple of extras for my #IGminiswap partner, but won't show you until they have received the parcel on the off chance that they are looking in.  However I have just stitched up the last bit of the bundle…


I used my boxy pouch pattern from Love P&Q, and am rather taken with the grey home dec bottom and patchwork top.

As mailing has now begun, I will be off to the post office at the weekend, and then my side of the deal will be done.

Monday, 24 November 2014

No mean feet...

I have had a pair of expensive sheepskin boots sat in my wardrobe unworn for many a year, so today I decided to go brave and chop them up!

They have always been too tall and tight around the top for my chubby calves, so they have only been worn for short bursts, before cutting off the circulation to my feet.

I won't fib, they were a pig to re-bind on my sewing machine, a snug fit and all that fluff!  But they are done; actually look fine when on, and perfect from a distance...


I reckon anyone close enough to see the wonky binding on the inside is too close, or grovelling just a little bit too hard ;)

And as today was an Inset Day, I took the kids to see Nativity3 - maybe even more brilliant than 1 and 2; we heart Mr Poppy!

A good day x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Baggies...

I promised you pictures of the other makes from yesterday; honestly, it feels like we have moved up into the Arctic Circle with the lack of daylight this weekend, so these are the best of a bad bunch of photos I'm afraid…


Baggy pouches and mini key-fobs for the daughters of an amazing friend, who I am thankful I will get to spend some precious hours with on Wednesday.  Some Tula, Cotton & Steel and a little Brit Bee Forever tag on each, to remind the recipients that there are a bunch of oddballs 'aunties' over here who will keep them in their hearts for always xxx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Ins and out...

Double incoming lovely mail this morning, my month as Stitch Tease queen bee has started to reap wonderful rewards...


These from Di, with the added bonus of some scrummy sounding strawberry and rhubarb jam from Dr Kyle and his new misses' wedding.

And these from t'other Di


The girls are thrilled, and realise that they are actually going to be getting a big quilt each sooner rather than later!

Thank you ladies, they are perfect xxx

Outgoing was this little Baggy Pouch, stitched up after lunch in time for the girls to take and gift at their friend's birthday party at 3pm…


Yes the latest in a line of high-pressure/short deadline makes this week; stuffed with chocs, hoping it will be loved.

I also made another couple, but no photos as yet, soz xxx

Friday, 21 November 2014

Love my boy...

Yeah, no sh*t!! 
He had an amazing time,; the weather was kind, it only rained as they were packing the coach to come home, and everything was awesome!

Fast asleep as soon as his head touched the pillow x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Worst photos ever!

A friend at work has a big birthday on Saturday; so big she should be retiring, she isn't, but is spending the weekend at Belle Tout, the lighthouse from Love and Lives of a She-devil, the one that got picked up and moved further inland, and was probably on Blue Peter or something!  (All meaningless words to my non-middle-aged Brit friends, but check the website if you like).

Well her love of lighthouses was mentioned a few weeks ago, and just before I left work today I remembered that I had planned to make a pressie; doh!  So a quick sketch from what I could remember of the pattern I saw in Patchwork 318, and a diversion via Eclectic Maker on the way home, and I was sorted.

Ta da!  A lighthouse cushion…


Awful photos, dreadful light; the background is actually a lovely pale blue; Architextures in Lake, if you know it.  (I hurried past the Doe, totally gorgeous!).  Anyway, the white is a new-to-me super find of Stephanie Ryan Modern Roses, Haze in Flax, soooo perfect!  A bit more Carolyn Friedlander for the light beam and the last of a Boo Crew bolt of Flyscreen; they all look so, so much better in real life!

I just winged/wang/wung the piecing, sewing the strips, trimming into shape, sewing the diagonals on a wing and a prayer; I could have made some paper-piecing templates, but I didn't have the time, but I am rather pleased with how it worked out anyway...


This is no more true to colour, but the best of a bad bunch.

I didn't use wadding, but simply lined the front panel with white cotton; I topstitched each seam, securing the pressed to the side seam allowances for a bit more strength, it looks good too, sorry you will have to take my word for it!

There is also a little strip of the yellow as binding across the envelope back, which is a grey home-dec weight.  It measures up just shy of 16" square, and is already wrapped for work tomorrow.

I had fun with this, and as ever, I am rather surprised at what I can achieve when I have to!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Month 2 of !!!!!!!!!!

These will keep me busy…


… although the agony; some of the fabrics will be coming in future parcels!  According to the notes, I have the ingredients to complete 4, so that's what I'll be doing, as soon as I can x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Next Best Thing...

Today's happy mail was a bundle of fabric, pre-cut for me to make another Sew Together Bag.  If sewing with friends is the best, then sewing for friends is the next best thing…


This one is for Sarah, because she has her hands full of baby, and as I think I have mastered the pattern, I offered.

I pulled some co-ordinating zippers and fused the interfacing, and now I am good to go.

Hoping a bit of sewing time will be in order over the weekend, but I am fearing that my time will be taken up with washing a lot of muddy clothes!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Perfect 10...

He's off on an adventure week, whilst we are left at home sending out "Happy Birthday" thoughts to the wilds of Surrey…


So proud of you, see you on Friday xxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Because...

… after all the aggro and secrecy, he's worth it…


Happy Birthday Eve dear son, 10 tomorrow! xxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Grrrrrr!

Well today started with spilt milk, all over the conservatory floor.  So impromptu mopping whilst I had a million other things actually on the list, did not make for a happy me.

Then there was organising enough clothes for the 10yr old-to-be to wear for a week, in all weathers and definite mud.  If the weekly plan that the school received gets altered, then who knows what he'll be wearing; raft-building gear for fencing?


Apart from packing the few things that are still a bit damp from the wash, and the pressies he is getting a day early tomorrow, I think my work is done.

So mid-afternoon, after shopping for the early birthday lunch, I started wrapping presents.   New trainers, needed for Monday, one size 3, one size 4!!!!!!!!!!!  WTF!?

So frantic phoning the shop and other branches, I located a pair similar enough and in an actual matching pair, hence a 30 mile round trip to exchange and then back home to carry on.

I hate days like these, but tomorrow will be a better day, I dare it not to be!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Children In Need...

An evening in front of the TV with Pudsey…


… and as if hoovering up loom bands wasn't enough, we have now added Beados/Aqua Beads to the mix.


All craft is good… mostly!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

I have cut and sewn...

… and I still remembered how to do it!

I am making a modified version of one of the minis from the beautiful Little Quilts book…


There will be a mix of machine and hand stitching (bonus), but it will be for a blog hop I am involved in nearer to Christmas, so this is all you are getting for now, sorry.

It's good to be back in the saddle, albeit briefly; this weekend will largely be taken up with preparing and packing dear son's supplies for the residential, celebrating his birthday a day early, and generally running round like a headless chicken.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

There will be sewing...

… at some point, but for now we are celebrating dear hubby's birthday.

A day out in Brighton, dodging the showers, more birthday cake and one happy chappy.

We started the day in Costa…


… unfortunately this was just a mural not the view xxx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Let it snow...

Well it has got to be better than the rain!


I know I am in the midst of the birthday season, but it's all about the snowflakes at the moment.

Probably a sign of exhaustion and losing my grip on reality with all the cake, wrapping paper and lists that consume much of my days, but hopefully they will turn into something pretty!

xxx

Monday, 10 November 2014

Eight...

I am not sure where the last eight years have gone…



… but life wouldn't be the same without these two in our lives!

Happy Birthday beautiful girls xxx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my #IGminiswap quilt in the scrappy quilt category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival… I only went and bloody won!!!


Totally and utterly honoured and gobsmacked!  

So dear partner, if you happen to look in on this, you'll be getting your hands on this prize-winner in about a month…


I shall just enjoy looking at it for a little longer xxx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

I. need. sleep.

The girls were still loudly awake when we want to bed, playing DS at 3am and up and ready to go by 6.30am.

However the goodie-purses went down better than expected - and I am the best mummy in the world, apparently.


There was bowling and then lunch at Frankie & Benny's, then home in time for an afternoon nap.

Now all I am good for is the Doctor Who finalé and an early night.  I do have rather a lot of birthday wrapping to do, but that is going to have to wait until tomorrow night, otherwise I would not be able to guarantee who would be receiving what!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Seemed like a good idea at the time...

Dear son is away for the night, so the girls have their best friend round for a sleepover.

'Sleep'over?  Pah!  So far there has only been screaming and jumping about!

These are the goodie-purses I have made them for the morning…


Suitably filled with chocolate, chapsticks and loom bands!


Hoping they will gain me adequate mummy-points for an early night tomorrow xxx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Ode To Green Tea & Sweet Beans...

Love love love!!!

It started with two small blocks, selected with Sonia, back at FQR in Jen Kingwell's wonderful hand stitching and appliqué class, and then grew…


Although I desperately want to make the whole Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt, I decided a cushion, pillow-sized (just to confuse the pants off non-Brits!), was just the ticket to start with.  I had never hand-stitched before the class, and only since hand-quilted one cushion, so this is a practice piece, to keep me going for now!


I so love it when a beautiful plan comes together!


I backed it with a lovely spot, which I know was a bolt end of an extra-wide backing from Village Haberdashery.  The binding is my all time favourite Liberty Lifestyle print; if you know where I can get any more, please let me know, my precious meter is now down to significantly less.

So there you go.  A long time coming, but I definitely think it was worth the wait.

Oh and a FAL tick - woo hoo!

PS. If my posts become even more speedy/sporadic over the next 10 days or so, it's because crazy birthday season will be in full swing, starting tomorrow with a girly sleepover whilst dear son spends the night at the museum.  No. sleep. for. anyone!