Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Showtime and Sharp Objects

I thought you might like to see some photos from the village horticultural show last Saturday. No, I didn't grow any of these fabulous veggies, but I am show secretary so that must count for something right?






As for the sharp objects, I treated myself to the beginners paper cutting kit from the lovely Paper Panda. Oh dear, I needed a new obsession hobby like I needed a hole in the head. Looks like I found one anyway.
I made these two cuts using templates from the starter kit. I even ended up with the same number of fingers as I started out with.


Yes that is a tea ring on the birdy one. The only reason the culprit is still breathing is because I don't actually know which one of them it was...
Anyway, all inspired by doing those I made one of my own.

Words by Page and Plant, cutting by Christine.
The tiny butterflies are a conscious design choice and by no means intended to disguise small mistakes in the cutting.
Off now to cut up some more stuff.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

An Exchange Received

You might remember I posted the gift I'd sent out in the VSCyberstitchers exchange in this post.
Well my gift arrived this week. Look what I got!


Donna sent me this beautiful dragon fob in shades of green and purple. You can't really tell from the photo, but in real life it is very sparkly, with dozens of iridescent beads. Thank you Donna, I love it.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Carnival 2014

It was the village Carnival yesterday. Naomi went as Lara Croft


Eloise went as a completely terrifying undead thing...


Ah, how I miss the princess days. Honestly, how authentic do those make-up bruises look? I think the St John's Ambulance people thought all their birthdays had come at once.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

An Exchange on it's Way

I've just finished my piece for the VSCyberstitchers July Exchange. This exchange is a little different from many others in that we can show pictures of the piece we are sending in advance, we just can't say to whom we are sending it.
Anyway my mystery recipient will be receiving this little thread roll (or I suppose she could use it as a small jewellery roll instead if she wanted).
Outside

Inside

Rolled Up

It's stitched with Victorian Motto Sampler Threads on a piece of Crafty Kitten fabric (I think, I've mislaid the bag I took it out of). The lining is made from offcuts of silk dupion, with mother of pearl thread rings. I was really lucky to find the embroidered piece of dupion, I think it matches the colours and theme of the stitching. rather nicely.
The quote is from "A Winter's Tale", design by me.
I hope she likes it.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

A Bunch of Flowers

Corsage pins to be precise, made in the same way as the felt flowers in this post, but with the addition of petals of folded fabrics (some new, some vintage).
I will admit these were so much fun to make that I might have got a bit carried away...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

This Weekend's Makes

Another version of the Simplicity 1463 top from this post. This one is in the same lace (it doesn't use very much, I did both tops with 1m and have some left over) and a manga print jersey. Modelled (with attitude) by Naomi. Again I had to cut a size smaller, this is an XS.
This time I remembered to take a picture of the back.

Also I decided that since we're having a spot of summer I should replace the "spring" wreath on the front door. Last year's summery one (see this post) was looking a bit sad when I got it out of the garage, so I freshened it up with a boat and some teeny tiny bunting.
And yes, the front door HAS been painted


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Cat-proofing the Knitting and a Bit of Sewing

I thought you might like to see my new wool bowl. Gorgeous or what? It came from this shop on Folksy.


The idea is to stop a certain feline from chasing my wool all around the floor. Yes, Loki, I'm talking about you. Look at him, looking as if butter wouldn't melt...


And the bit of sewing? Something for me for a change. The pattern is Simplicity 1463, and the fabric came from EvilBay. The lace panel goes across the back as well as the sleeves


A picture of me. Something you don't see too often on this blog. Probably didn't really want to see this one either!
If you are thinking of sewing this pattern, it comes up a bit on the large size, I ended up cutting a size smaller than I'd normally use.