Thursday, 16 April 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness - April

Gifted Gorgeousness, a SAL organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, where once a month, on the 15th (Oops. A day late!), we show off any stitching that is either a gift or made from gifted materials.

This month I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Lynn B at Happiness is Cross Stitching ~ April Showers, one of her adorable Calender Cats, seen here being "demonstrated" by my beautiful assistant Jinx.

Lynn also sent me some matching gift tags and mini fabric labels, but Jinx wasn't prepared to do any more demonstrating.
You just can't get the staff these days...

And here is a gift I made for Eloise. The chart came from here . You can tell who it is right? David couldn't see it even when I told him.
I made him up as a free standing piece following instructions from a book by Judy Odell, which I don't think is available any more. He is weighted (with rice) so that Eloise can use him as a doorstop or a bookend or a paperweight or a cosh or whatever

And finally I made this little (he's about 4" tall) chap from a cover kit on Mollie Makes. That totally counts right?
Check out Jo's blog here for the other posts in the SAL

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all. 
I've no crafty stuff to share today but Naomi did make this delicious Easter cake. Sorry about the blurred photo.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Challenge Reveal

It's reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Ornament Challenge. This month the design was either of a pair of Santa designs from Kissy Cross
I chose the version with the trees, and worked it on a perforated wood blank.

I got the wood blank from Greek Art on Etsy
I had to jiggle the trees about a little bit and miss off the foreground fence to make it fit. Once the stitching was finished I just stuck a piece of felt over the back and added a baker's twine hanger for a really simple finish.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Nothing To See Here

I've got two stitchy finishes and I can't show either of them because one is for a Birthday present and the other is my Monthly Challenge ornament. I hate it when that happens.
We did manage to get a few cool photos of the eclipse yesterday though (despite the Cornish mist), so I thought I'd share one with you. I just love the symmetrical mathematical look to this one

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness - March Edition

This is my post for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. The idea is that on the fifteenth of each month you should post something which is in some way a gift, either something you've received or something you've sent, or perhaps something you've made using materials that were a gift, or - well you get the idea.
I've two small gifts which I sent out to show this month. The first is a  coin purse I made for Barb for her birthday last month. Barb loves sheep, so I made this from a souvenir tea towel with a farm animal design (the other side has a sheep dog on it)

The second is the prize I made for the GYOB giveaway which was won by Karin. A small decorative heart made from upcycled denim and a vintage doily

Check out Jo's blog (link above) to see what other people have done for the SAL

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Dandelions Again

Given the one-woman campaign of genocide I wage on them in the garden I seem to have quite a soft spot for dandelions as a decorative motif. I saw this tutorial for "pomdelions" at Flamingo Toes, and decided I needed some in my life.
Plus I'd just bought a rinky-dinky gadget called a Multipom, which allows you to make multiple pom poms at the same time.

I repeat. Make multiple pom poms. At. The. Same. Time.

So, I knocked out a bunch of pom poms in less time than it takes to say "are you finished with that cereal box yet I want to cut it into circles?".
I left them a bit shaggy instead of tidying them up as per the multipom directions because I thought that was more dandelion-y, and pretty much followed the tutorial, except that I made my calyces from felt not crepe paper, and I hooked the florists wires through and secured with green tape rather than hot gluing them.
Here they are on my hall table. (Next to a less than awesome watercolour of Naomi)

Too much fun for words. Anything in this house that stands still for long enough will soon find itself decorated with pom poms...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Two Challenges and a Chair

Two challenge finishes to show today, and one of them is even on time! Here are the January and February ornaments from the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Ornament Challenge.
January's New Year design is from Gazette 94 and February's Stag Design is from Luli, both finished as pillows.

My Ikea chair was looking a bit sad

See. Sad chair :(

So I decided it needed cheering up. I had a pile of small remnants of a lovely scandi style curtain fabric that I bought on Etsy. Just enough to make a cover for the head rest and edge a simple pad for the seat. I added some multicolour pom pom trim from Elephant in my Handbag because everything is always better with pom poms.

Ta da! Happy chair. Much better don't you think?
Although I should probably have taken the picture before I sat on it and got the seat pad all creased...