Monday, 26 October 2009

cupcakes...

are all the rage edible or not.

Following my success with doughnuts I had to make some felt cupcakes.

I have no photos of my trials (yet) but so far they have been too small and too pork pie like...

I do like this knitted pattern too...

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Needlebook


I've been hankering after a pretty little needlebook but haven't got round to making one.

I finally made one using this basic pattern, however its tiny!

Which is probably a good thing as I do need to cut down on my unnecessary needle collection.

Here it is in action whilst sewing Big Girl's Halloween costume ("I want to be a King, Mummy. Not a Queen, not scary. A King!")

...and yes that is marabou trim...

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009

a long random list - update

  1. design Microsoft Access database and easy to use interface to store customer special orders, subscriptions and wish lists for Kingdom of Adventure
  2. continue to develop record keeping for Kingdom of Adventure
  3. organise a surprise for someone - sshhhhhh!
  4. baby gift - paint fabric, stitch and frame
  5. contact lots of various people re an outdoor space for local playgroup including grants and funding
  6. finish my Beginning Embroidery piece (now called Beginning Miro) for the Fife Art Exhibition 2009, i.e. 19th September.
  7. start to clear garden of summer flowers plant some bulbs in garden
  8. write my definitive Christmas list and execute it!
  9. rip out wall cupboards and extractor fan in kitchen, paper and paint walls and fit open shelving
  10. fix living room curtains!
  11. make lots of soft furnishings (cushions, curtains, rugs, towels) for Big Girl's Big House ("Its the biggest house I've ever seen!")
  12. finish all the unfinished knitting projects, including 2 ugly bags and a monster
  13. finish my ECDL in Excel spreadsheet course
  14. start an advanced Access database course
  15. plan my route to Art College
  16. start a business
  17. find a how to build a website course
  18. make doughnuts
  19. make a pretty needle book
  20. make 20 random cards
  21. clear the leaves....
  22. list another load of stuff on eBay

20 cards

some weather inspired motifs for my card challenge...


Thursday, 22 October 2009

20 cards

I'm combining my recycling challenge and 20 cards challenge...

I loved this idea of using handmade felt and papers and black thread. I'm still hopefully of using these squares (created for Exhibition 2008) but I have decided to recycle the idea and make things a little bigger for my 20 cards project...




Big Girl - Uncle John at the beach

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

20 cards

I used to make hand stitched cards, some I sold, most I gave away. Some are original designs, lots are cross stitch, most were only stitched once and so were unique in either case.




lots of Christmas cards

These were all stitched between 2003 and 2005.

I do like making cards, especially this size, the aperture is only 2cm x 2cm

And so, as I need yet another project/challenge, I'm going to use up my stash of cards and envelopes and make 20 cards... some will be given as Christmas presents (assuming I get them made before Christmas), others for my own use.

My sketchbook doodlings...

I think my new love of felt may be a dominant theme...

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Christmas gifts 2009

my Christmas list so far....

journal jar for 7 year old boy

stripey mitts 1 - 9 year old girl

stripey mitts 2 - 8 year old girl

stripey mitts 3 - 8 year old girl

black (emo) mitts - 11 year old girl

mitts - 4 year old girl

mitts - 3 year old girl

pitter patter socks 1 - 18mth old girl

pitter patter socks 2 - 18mth old girl

pitter patter socks 3 - 18mth old girl

Penelope - 3 year old

doughnuts - 2.5 year old girl

doughnuts - 3 year old girl

mitts - 36 year old girl

stripey socks - 36 year old girl

hot water bottle cover - Gaga

hot water bottle cover - Papa

crayon roll

magic painting box...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sewing on Leaves

Whilst crafting with Big Girl - she was making more of these - I decided to stitch some of the leaves we collected onto fabric... inspired by this post here...

I did want to use black thread but Big Girl was adamant it should be blue. Since I wanted to stitch, and not fend off a tantrum, I went with the blue...

This has loads of possibilities!

but I'll leave it a while and see how it is in a few weeks...

the red leaves are from my blueberry bush, the orange from a jasmine (maybe?!?!?!)

it looks abit like a colour wheel...

an autumn colour wheel

like I said, loads of possibilities.

it also reminded me of this photo of strawberry leaves taken in October 2007.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Knitting - Penelope

using Penelope from Dangercrafts.

She is very very wonky! I didn't do the base correctly so instead of a nice neat bottom flap mine was squint. I also used one strand of DK so when it came to knitting the eye I struggled with the 'fine' wool and the double pins so I just used buttons and added two bows for interest.

I think her mouth is too big and she doesn't look very friendly AT ALL. but she is squeezable...

I will knit another one... hopefully getting her bottom right! Not sure whether she is good enough to give... or maybe its just my high(ish) standards...

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

black & white wall - Part 1


There is a wall at West End, St Monans which is black and white. I must have passed this wall many many times but I have never 'noticed' it.

Today I did.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

beach sculpture


by Uncle John

another pile of colour

I had a subscription to Gardeners World magazine.

They were piling up.

So ahead of the recycling bin I cut them up - looking for inspiring colours, structures, textures.

I photographed some of the best clippings (scraps?) and I've used them here and here.

I'm not sure what to do with all the other bits but I created a quick colour wheel as a start (not much blue!)


and of course some photo editing (with an eye on fabric scraps and stitching marks...)

Monday, 5 October 2009

Hand Embroidery Network

Can't remember where I saw Hand Embroidery Network linked and although I signed up for the email newsletter I hadn't really explored the site.

I have since received their October newsletter and it has a link to an online exhibition and a application for a future exhibition.

The future exhibition looks interesting, a Winter Wonderland theme.

They also have a stitch a day on their blog a la Take a Stitch Tuesday.

Not sure how active I will be, still haven't got into Stitchin Fingers...

But it is nice to connect with people...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Doughnut


Instructions found at Skip to My Lou, although mine is all handsewn. It was surprisingly easy (for a novice softie maker like me). Trickiest bits were:-

  1. catching the 3 layers of middle hole neatly.
  2. stuffing (think I could have made it even firmer).
  3. and stitching up the opening neatly whilst keeping the stuffing in.
The most time consuming bit was the sprinkles.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

more courses...

Not that I need any since I have some lessons to finish from other courses (here, here and here)

I am tempted by these classes on Joggles...

Fertile Earth by Susan Sorrell starting 31st October
In Stitches by Tammy Gilley starting 5th November
Embellished Travel Journal and Memory Book by Janet Lasher starting 12th November

And this class
Journal Making for Fiber Artist by Sue Bleweiss

Mmmmmmmmmmm

Thursday, 1 October 2009

a long random list - update

  1. design Microsoft Access database and easy to use interface to store customer special orders, subscriptions and wish lists for Kingdom of Adventure
  2. continue to develop record keeping for Kingdom of Adventure
  3. organise a surprise for someone - sshhhhhh!
  4. baby gift - paint fabric, stitch and frame
  5. contact lots of various people re an outdoor space for local playgroup including grants and funding
  6. finish my Beginning Embroidery piece (now called Beginning Miro) for the Fife Art Exhibition 2009, i.e. 19th September.
  7. start to clear garden of summer flowers plant some bulbs in garden
  8. write my definitive Christmas list and execute it!
  9. rip out wall cupboards and extractor fan in kitchen, paper and paint walls and fit open shelving
  10. fix living room curtains!
  11. make lots of soft furnishings (cushions, curtains, rugs, towels) for Big Girl's Big House ("Its the biggest house I've ever seen!")
  12. finish all the unfinished knitting projects, including 2 ugly bags and a monster
  13. finish my ECDL in Excel spreadsheet course
  14. start an advanced Access database course
  15. plan my route to Art College
  16. start a business
  17. find a how to build a website course
  18. make doughnuts

Dolls House - cushion for couch


cut 10 x 13cm fabric
fold in half
allowing 1cm seam allowance, and WS, sew up open sides leaving gap
turn right way out
stuff lightly
sew running stitch down middle, adjusting stuffing evenly
sew up gap
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