Monday, November 17, 2014

More UFO's completed

I started this teddy wall hanging in November 2012 without any real ambition to work on it with only a bit of stitchery done here and there.

On a mission to complete some long term projects this year I took the last few stitchery pieces to Europe with me to do while relaxing. Here it is some where in the middle of the Mediterranean.

I am pleased to say that tonight i stitched the last stitch in the binding, just in time to hang it up for this Christmas ( knocking off another long term UFO).

 

Another little UFO of sorts is this little red work stitchery cushion. I bought the pattern on a quilting trip in 2013, and the heart fabric and heart trim ( also used in the teddy wall hanging) were purchased in a quilting trip to Melbourne in March earlier this year.

I have also been making cushions for my grand daughter Willow to decorate her nursery, here are the three that I have made so far.

last but not least is my new love, Tilda. Last weekend I made my first ever Tilda doll, the ice skating angel. I have ordered another doll pattern as I had so much fun making this, as well as some Tilda books one being a Christmas one. I am looking forward to making some little gifts and Christmas decorations.

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

A busy weekend.

I have spent a very busy weekend crafting of all sorts. On Friday as I waited at home for any spooky visitors to treat with candy I stitched the binding on my Swoon quilt. This has been a WIP for more than12 months, in fact I cannot remember exactly when I started it. It is quilted all over with big loopy feathery type patterns on my domestic Bernina. The fabric is Paris flea markets by 3 sister which was a fat quarter set I had in my stash. I complimented this with a creamy all over rose tone on tone fabric.



Then I spent most of the weekend giving my bedroom furniture a make over. We are revamping our bedroom and have ordered timber plantation shutters for the bay window. I wanted a soft shabby chic look, ( we have had Baltic pine for the past 15 years or so).

I had heard about chalk paints, and one of my girlfriends had recently done up an old telephone table and I was keen to give it a try. Paints were ordered and Gillian came over for the day. Here are the before shots, I forgot to photograph them in my room before I started.

Here is the finished result. I am so pleased with how they turned out.



Then on Sunday I was hooked so I decided that the hall table would look better in blue ( the white has a blue coat underneath and I still had half a tin of paint left ).

Robbie is always up for a photo opportunity, usually it's sitting on a newly completed quilt.


How good does this look. And the whole lot was done in a weekend in my garage. I am on the hunt for my next painting project, would love an old beat up dresser for my sewing room to then fill with pretties.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A little finish and some cuddles

Only just getting back into the swing of sewing after my fabulous holiday and I have completed this little foxy quilt for a friend at work who is about to have her first baby in a few weeks time.  Rachael was a bit of a challenge as we do not know if its a little boy or girl, and she only likes neutrals and muted tones - nothing too busy.

I am so pleased that I found these lovely fabrics, and backed the quilt in super soft minky in a lovely shade of latte.


My other little adventure these past few weeks has seen me playing with scraps and I came up with a cute little tote bag.  I sent a pic to Homespun magazine and they said "yes please" so I cant share a pic, you will have to wait to see it in print.  Now to get down to some pattern writing, lucky I made notes as I stitched it.

I have made a promise to myself to work only on UFO's for the rest of the year so you should see some finishes coming through in the next couple of months.  The only exception being that my daughter has asked me to make some cushions for grand daughter Willows nursery, how can any Nana say no to that!

Here is the latest pic of my darling daughter Sheree cuddling Willow, so cute and snugly.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Europe 2014

I am writing this post from somewhere way up in the sky two hours or so out of Dubai on our way home from a months holiday In Europe.

My DH and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, and this holiday was in aid of that milestone.
We flew into Venice where we enjoyed three days before a Mediterranean cruise.

Our ship was the celebrity equinox and it certainly exceeded our expectations, 5 star luxury all the way.
First port of call was the medieval walled city if Dubrovnik where we walked the city walls and enjoyed a lunch in one if the street cafés.


Next stop was the Greek Island of Mykonos, we both agreed that we would like to revisit this island and spend more time exploring.


After Mykonos we sailed for one day and then arrived at the exotic port of Istanbul. As we sailed into harbour I could hear the calling to prayer. We visited the blue mosque, Aya Sofia and cistern. As well as the Grand bazaar, spice market and Taxim square. Our ship was docked here for two days.


After leaving Istanbul we enjoyed two days at sea before arriving at Salerno, gateway to the beautiful Italian riviera and Amalfi coastline. Here we took a tour to the Isle if Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii.



Next stop was Rome, first we visited the Vatican and imagine our surprise when we got to see the Pope ride very close to us in his pope mobile.

After touring the city highlights we enjoyed an underground tour of the Colosseum.


After Rome we visited the beautiful city of Florence, and if course the famous statue of David and the beautiful white marble Duomo cathedral.


Next it was in to ritzy St Tropez in the French Riviera.


Our final port of call was Barcelona where we stayed for two days to see the city sights.


After visiting Barcelona we caught a fast train to Paris where wen ended our journey with five days exploring this wonderful city. I enjoyed among other things a glass of champagne at the top of he Eiffel Tower, a visit tithe moulin rouge, a tour of the Louvre and a day in Versailles






And so ends my European adventure, I hope you have enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I did.

Monday, September 1, 2014

An exciting month

August was an exciting month. My daughter had her first baby, a little girl that they have named Willlow and I had the privelidge of being present at her birth. I can't believe that tomorrow she is two weeks old, it's been a whirlwind.

Her is my gorgeous daughter just one week before Willow arrived.

Here she is with her daddy, only a few minutes old

One day old

And last Saturday

The other big excitement for me this month is that I can finally reveal my darling daschunds quilt that is featuring in this months homespun magazine

 

It's always such a thrill to see your own creation spring to life on the pages of a magazine.

It has not been a big month of finishes, only this sewing case for August.

And this little knitted jacket for Willow for September.

I do not expect to have any more finishes for this month as ( insert happy dance here) I am off to Europe on 4th September for the rest of the month. We fly into Venice and then have a 2 week Mediterranean cruise, followed by a week in Paris. So until then, big love to all xx