Sunday Catch-up

Hey there,

It’s been a couple of days since my last post and I have been busy busy busy. Partly with crafting but also partly with life in general. First of all I need to say goodbye to my trusty sewing machine. It means that this is going to be a slightly long post. I just got extremely fed up with my cotton real constantly flying off of my sewing machine (the spool snapped off a long time ago and so have been using the inside of a biro). Plus it doesn’t actually belong to me, I actually borrowed it about 2/3 years ago from my mum and it really is about time it went back :-p

My old trusty sewing machine

As you can see at the top of the sewing machine the biro is slightly wonky from all the times the cotton reels have flown across my craft room. But my mum will continue to use it so I know it is going to a good home.

Now I need to welcome my new sewing machine into my life. Hellooooo beautiful!

My new sewing machine

Sewing machines are a bit like cars…my old one was very boxy and had lots of straight lines (like an old car) and my new one is very rounded with lots of curved edges (like a more modern car). Although it is not an all singing and all dancing it is perfect for what I need it for at the moment. It’s got a couple of decorative stitches, I can use it for my applique patchwork and (once the correct foot arrives) I will be able to do free quilting (I think that’s what its called).

I plan on making a new crazy patchwork cover for it.

I’ve been on the glass workshop and made four coasters. Each one being different in style and colour. I enjoyed the workshops so much that I booked to go on three more! The next one being next Thursday when we will be making a curved free standing structure that we will be able to put a candle behind.

My coasters before being fired

Hopefully, once its been fired the hard edges will be taken away and they will become more rounded and soft. Luckily we were given some practice time at the beginning of the workshop, which is great as it turns out I am not a natural at cutting glass. Curves I can do as it is less obvious that I have ‘gone wrong’ but I don’t think they are too bad.

Has anyone else made things from glass before? I would be interested in seeing because the things the tutor had made in her workshop were just stunning. One day that will be me!

On Friday I decided that I really needed an apron. Especially considering how much mess I make whenever I cook in the kitchen. So off I went to have a look in my fabric stash to see what co-ordinating fabrics I had and to find a tutorial on the internet. This is the result!

My apron

 

The apron open flat

This should protect me from any rogue flour or sauce when cooking! If it doesn’t I may have to just cut three holes (two for my arms and one for my head) out of a bin liner! :-p

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Fabric Doorstop

I have been lucky enough to have been given some curtains. If a year ago someone had told me that being given a free set of curtains would have made my day I would have laughed. However, now I don’t just see them as a free set of curtains…I see them as a whole range of possibilities.

Once I had finished another block for my quilt I decided to give myself a break by making something small so I decided to make a doorstop using the curtain fabric to stop the door from slamming whenever I have a window open somewhere in the house. I found a tutorial on the internet and set to work.

My doorstop

It was pretty easy! It was just a matter of making templates for the four triangle sides and the square base, putting these on the fabric, cutting them out, sewing them together, adding dry rice inside of it before finally sewing it up. I then added a ribbon and a heart shaped button for decoration. I’m going to make more using some patterned fabric from my stash for different rooms in the house. That is once I have been to the shop to buy more rice…it’s a good job I don’t need any for dinner tonight :-p

Speaking of tonight I am lucky enough to have been able to get myself onto a glass workshop where I will be learning to make coasters from…surprise surprise…glass! I can’t wait. We are in desperate need of coasters because at the moment we are just making do with whatever we can find to put our cup on. Tomorrow I will hopefully have pictures of the coasters as I make them, although not pictures of the finished products because they will need to be fired! It will be interesting to see the results.

Seventeen Down, Three More To Go!

Today I have had a bit of a sewing day. It’s been a while since the completed my last block and I figured that I had better pull my finger out and complete the last four blocks. By the end of it my eyes were feeling strained from all of the concentration. I did manage to complete another block from my sampler quilt. Unfortunately it was an applique  block and that is not my strongest of skills. In fact I really struggle with it, however I am hoping that if people only look at from a distance they won’t notice that it’s slightly lumpy and uneven. I have also included images of the other blocks I have made so far.

Today's block is top centre

You can see from the image that it isn’t as neat as the others. I am really enjoying making the blocks and I only have three blocks left to complete then I will have enough for a double quilt. Once I have completed all of my blocks I then need to add borders, square them off and then add deep purple sashing.

Some more blocks.

I really enjoy making the log cabins and I particularly enjoyed making the variation of it called Court House Steps. That’s the block on the top right.

More blocks

The ones that I have already managed to put borders around I think look really effective, especially the double borders done in the same fabric patterns as the block.

Once I had completed my block I didn’t feel up to starting another one, especially one containing applique! So I got out my scrap basket and made a little hanging heart. For a first attempt and no instructions I think I did pretty well.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice. The buttons stand out against the fabric better than the picture shows.

My newest addition to my craft room.

I look forward to putting it on display in my craft room.

A little bit of homemade goodness.

Everyday I become more and more of a domestic goddess. At the beginning of this year I decided that last Christmas was ridiculous on the purse strings. So I pledged to make all of my presents through the year. So far it is going well, although I have not yet started on the Christmas to come presents. Today it is my Nanna’s birthday and having made no plans for it I decided to use ingredients I already have to make her some cupcakes.

My final result

I already had the presentation box from my last visit to lakeland (I just couldn’t resist and I’m now glad I didn’t).  The butter icing is blue as that is the only colour I had left in my baking cupboard and I found some chocolate sprinkles in the back. My boyfriend politely said that the butter icing is nice but not quite right. When I asked him to elaborate he said he couldn’t put his finger one it. Not very helpful at all but there we go.

The plan was to make a total of 12, which would mean 6 for Nanna, then 2 for us at home and 4 for my boyfriend to take to work for him and his work friends. However, this plan was sabotaged by my spaniel cross called Chappie. Unlike my boyfriend it turns out that he did enjoy them and had no complaints (I could tell this because 1 just wasn’t enough…he devoured 2!)

The half eaten evidence!

The guilty culprit!

At least I can say someone enjoyed my cakes :-p

Now all I need to do is clean myself up (my once black t-shirt is now white) and take my sweet treats across.

It’s been a while but here I am…

It’s now two months on and I now have a brighter and happier crafting room. It still isn’t the craft room of my dreams but I have to face facts…I don’t have the bank budget of my dreams either.  Especially as August seems to be the most expensive month of the year (excluding December) what with birthdays, car insurance, MOT and servicing plus the usual monthly bills. Anyway, it’s no longer a sickly lilac box room but has been transformed into a bright and happy crafting room with lemon juice yellow walls.

My desk area

From this picture it still looks like the side of my desk area is still cluttered, however, I would like to reassure you all that the boxes are only there due to the fact that my current ongoing project is a sample quilt and I quickly became tired of keep getting my things in and out everyday.

The dresser I am using as storage.

I’m pretty impressed with this dresser.  I love the shape of it and the engraved details in the wood. There is a part of me that wonders about painting it to make it look Shabby Chic, however there’s another part of me that thinks it is beautiful wood and the effects of painting it would be irreversible. I’m going to look for similar things that have been painted to see how they turned out.

Temporary shelving

This shelving was left over from my pre-decorated craft room. I want to find a lovely real wood cupboard to replace this.

So my aims for my craft room are as follows:

  • finish my Lloyd Loom ottoman.
  • Buy some box files to neatly store my magazines.
  • Make some sort of blind or curtain to shield out the sun.
  • Possibly paint my dresser a lighter colour and add some homemade scented hearts (I think they are very sweet).
  • Buy a wooden cupboard to hide my mess in and paint it the same colour as my dresser.
  • Personalise some picture frames to put onto the wall.
Looking at it now this is quite an extensive to do list but I will crack on and add updates as I go.