Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A gorgeous hand-made Christmas Bon-bon that I received in our secret Santa swap at work...... It was full of chocolates which seem to have since dissappeared! I wonder who it could be from???
A great book and some lovely fat quarters from my Mum & Dad...... Mum has finally worked out i'm not so hard to buy for after all if she sticks with craft items! The cutting matt they're photographed on was my pressie from Hubby and the kids..... a generous 24" x 36" which is twice the size of my old one and so much easier to work with!
And a very cute Thankyou wallhanging from my friend Jess...... for giving her quilting lessons! Jess had to find someone other than me to give her lessons in hand stitching to make this as a surprise for me..... very sweet!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I found this pattern for a Stitchery Roll in Australian Country Threads Vol 8 No 6, ages and ages ago and have been meaning to make one ever since...... me being me, I decided to make a couple of changes.
Firstly....I changed the stitchery a little to remove the writting on one end.... I basically just reversed the pattern from the other end with minor differences. I also made my own ties with the same fabric as the roll instead of using ribbon and with the second roll, I stitched the ties into the seams which made them look neater once finished.
It irritated me that the space on the inside of the roll was wasted so I decided to make another roll that fit inside to hold all the threads and other bits and pieces.... The only problem I had then was what to do with the very unattractive red plastic ends if i wanted to be able to open it. Hubby to the rescue.... he and my wonderful father-in-law whipped up some much nicer wooden ones for me on the lathe!
Two completed stitchery rolls...... One for my Secret Santa swap partner Julie of Jewells
And one for my Aunt...... who just loves anything I make her:
I'll be back tomorrow to show you some more of my pressies.....hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas!
Monday, December 21, 2009
I've also been doing a little fabric purchasing from America while the Aussie dollar has been so strong ..... as my dear friend Jo would say "it would be fiscally irresponsible not too"......needless to say, I didn't need much convincing!
The lovely Be Merry Winter fabric by Riley Blake:All Star fabric also by Riley Blake:Both lots purchased from the Fabric Shoppe on Etsy. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas....... enjoy the break!
Friday, December 18, 2009
While I do admit that I haven't been good 100% of the time, I have tried really, really hard to be a good girl this year! I truly believe that a fat quarter bundle of "Ginger Blossom" from the Fat Quarter Shop would keep me busy and out of mischief for quite a while in 2010! Ooooh... the things I could make with this: Crossing all my fingers and toes and hoping I haven't quite made it onto your naughty list this year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The lovely Julie at Jewells was quite amused with my little reindeer.... thinking of all the corks she's thrown out over the years, lol (maybe she'll be keeping them now).
Until next time
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I decided to make the Bloom Journal covers a tad bigger to fit a diary for both children's teachers this year..... very happy with how they turned out!
While I was at it.... I finished another three journal's for one of my friends children for Christmas as they have been such a huge hit with Miss 10's friends!
Plus one for our beautiful neighbour..... And two more just in case!I think i'm done making Journal covers for now! And I only have one more pressie to make before Christmas...... finally feel like i'm getting somewhere!
Until next time
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Still secret sewing happening here at the moment so not a lot else to show!
Until next time
Monday, December 7, 2009
It looks like Julie from Jewells has spoilt me....with 3 lovely parcels, one huge one just for me, one for my whole family & one containing my beautiful handmade ornaments that I couldn't get opened quick enough..... sorry Julie..... no paper saving here today!
I did notice when I took the main parcel out of the box that it had a tear in the wrapping.... but thank goodness Master 7 was around to save the day..... he had that hole taped up quick smart, so no peaking for me!
So now all I have to do is look at this enormous parcel for the next 18 days....... not that i'm counting.
Not just one gorgeous handmade ornament....... But three...... how lucky! Thanks Julie..... I love them!
And, Thanks again to Chookyblue for organising such a wonderful swap...... it must take a huge amount of work to organise it all and make sure everything goes smoothly.Until next time....
Friday, December 4, 2009
I also have these little projects underway, but they may not end up finished for this Christmas as I have to finish sewing my gift list first: