Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - May

OK, who stole the first half of May? I'm sure it was there a minute ago. So it would seem it's time for Gifted Gorgeousness again, the time when we show off our gift related crafting. For a full description of how it all works, and to join in the fun, see Jo's blog here
So this month I have a few things to show.
You might remember that last year I made Naomi a skirt using a Botticelli print in a very fine semi-sheer cotton lawn, well she decided she'd like a sheath type dress in the same fabric to wear over a little black bodycon dress, so here is the Primavera Dress.


Botticelli panels from Stitch Fabrics, pattern Simplicity 8293, adapted to omit the centre back seam, and bind the neck with a satin bias instead of using a facing which would have shown through.


Next we have an organiser bucket bag I made for a friend of mine for her birthday

The girls are doing a grand tour of Europe (well bits of it anyway) in the summer so I'm making them a sundress each. This is the first one, in the fabric Naomi picked. Eloise's isn't finished yet so I'll show that next month.

Fabric is an Indian block-printed cotton, pattern is New Look 6491

As a bonus gift for me (shoehorn alert), Naomi decided she didn't care for the first fabric she chose once it had arrived - the perils of on-line shopping - so I made myself a top rather than wasting it

I think that's about it for this month. 

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Easter Exchange

I thought you might like to see the ornaments from the Easter Exchange at Needle craft haven
Here is the one I sent to Sue

And here is the lovely ornament and goodies I received from Deb

Friday, 19 April 2019

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop. For the introduction to this Blog Hop please go to Jo's Blog - Serendipitous Stitching

This little pincushion - which I stitched a couple of days ago, when we had no power all day (due to them working on cutting down trees that were interfering with the power lines) and I couldn't do any machine sewing - is one of the projects from the Spring Craftpod, so I thought it fit the theme nicely.
Now the reason you are here. Your letter is

and your next stop is

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness for April

For full details of Gifted Gorgeousness - the monthly Blog Hop where we show off our gift related crafting and crafting related gifts - please see Jo's blog
Lots of GIPs (Gifts in progress) this month, that I don't want to show yet, but I did finish this little set of patchwork coaster with matching fabric basket for my friend's birthday.

Also my Mother's Day gift from the girls had a craft related element

Note the Winnie the Pooh fat quarter bundle
I shall have to have a "Think, think, think" about what to make with it

Monday, 8 April 2019

Better Late Than Never

My finish for the Winter Challenge at Needlecraft Haven that is. It should have been finished by the end of February.
We had a choice of a Christmas or a Non-Christmas design, and I went for the Non-Christmas one, a sweet little bullfinch from Aliolka (Chart here, there is also a Bluetit, which I might go back and do later)

I finished it off as a small pillow with a log cabin style mis-matched fabric border
At least I'm up to date on my Temperature SAL...

Friday, 15 March 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

Oh dear. Gifted Gorgeousness has rolled around and revealed that I have been a very selfish crafter this month, and only made things for myself!
I'm thinking I can get away with showing this little blouse I made (from a piece of Liberty Tana Lawn that I have had in my stash for well over 20 years, waiting for inspiration to come along), because the pattern (New Look 6107) was a cover gift with Sew Magazine.

Pretty tenuous I know, but it's all I've got.
Head on over to Jo's Blog to check out the other GG participants, I'm sure they'll all have done better than me.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

A Bit of Sewing, A Bit of Knitting

As you may know David and I are photographers, so when I found this wonderful indigo-dyed, block-printed Indian cotton on-line I knew I had to make us a shirt each (yes, I know his and hers matching outfits are cheesy, but I kind of like cheese)

The pattern is New Look 6197, which I've already used to make the Sloth Shirt in this post, so as you can see it's an extremely versatile and very good value pattern.
I've also been doing a spot of knitting, and here are my new fingerless mitts

Knitted in Cascade  Heritage Print (colour - Tut), pattern "Bristlecone Mitts" - yarn and pattern available from LoveKnitting
A step or two outside the old comfort zone for me, as they are :-
a) 4 ply
b) Knitted in the round on double pointed needles.
I'm really pleased with how they came out though, and there was enough of the wool left that I'm knitting a pair of matching boot cuffs too.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

February's GG

Here is my February post for Gifted Gorgeousness - Jo's Blog Hop, where we get a chance to show off our gift related crafting every month.
I've got a few things this month. First is the Valentine's Exchange at Needlecraft Haven. We had to send a stitched card, a skein of thread and some sweet treats to our partners.
Here are the goodies I received from Gill

I love the card, and will have to figure out a way to frame it so it can stay on display
And here is the card I sent to Julie.

The stitched section detaches to form an ornament. The design was one I found online, but I've forgotten where. I also forgot to take a picture of the other bits, but I sent a skein of  WDW "Ladybug" and some chocolate ladybirds/
Next is a little "plant" I made from buttons for Barb's birthday

And here is the prize I made for Jo, for winning my guess the number of finishes/books/shoes competition last year.

It says "Mae Govannen", which is Sindarin for "Well met". It's stitched in a Kate's Kloths overdyed green floss on Crafty Kitten's 32 ct Murano in Faded Olive
And finally, not stitch or craft related at all unless you count cooking, but I won  a caption competition on Ainsley Harriott's Instagram, and got this fantatsic goody-box with one of every Ainsly Foods product (there's a load more than you can see in the picture) and  best of all, a signed photo of the man himself (which is up on the kitchen wall now)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Secret Stitching Sweetheart

Welcome to the Secret Stitching Sweetheart blog hop as organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching
If you visit Jo's blog you will find a list of all the blogs participating in the hop. Each of us has sent and received a stitched picture, and none of us know where our picture will have ended up.
Here is the gorgeous picture I received:-

How adorable is that? And the cuddly little dragons? Just too cute. I love it. If you are my Secret Stitcher please own up.
I'm off now to see if I can find out where my picture ended up.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Signs of Spring

After last weeks snow we are starting to see some small signs of spring:-

Crocuses in the garden

Playing with my new toy at the beach

Some "green" days on the Temperature SAL

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Snow and Stitching

Yes, we had snow. Not too exciting for some people, but it's quite unusual around here.

You can see the small patch of blue stitching showing the colder few days in my Temperature SAL
and if you look carefully you'll see that I indicated the snow by filling in the background of the relevant squares with white.

I've also stitched a Valentine's Exchange piece, which I can't show yet as it's a secret, and this little Year of the Pig ornament to add to Naomi's Chinese Zodiac collection.

He's stitched in GAST Schoolhouse Red on Crafty Kitten Just Peachy. I couldn't find a chart I liked so I charted him myself. I drew the Chinese character by looking at various New Year greetings online, I hope it does indeed say "Pig", and not one of the more colourful Chinese expressions from Firefly.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Temperature SAL

In 2018 Hetti of Stitches in Blue designed a Temperature SAL, where a small block is stitched every day of the year, the colour of which is determined by that day's temperature.  I discovered this when I saw the version that Jo stitched. I really enjoyed watching it grow over the year and loved how it turned out, so when Clare said she was going to do a 2019 version of the design and asked if anyone wanted to join her in a SAL I decided to have a go.
I'm stitching mine on Crafty Kitten 32 ct Oatmeal Murano, and using variegated threads (mostly DMC plus a couple of Fincas), and here is my progress.

Last Friday

This Friday

I'm really enjoying stitching this so far, though, as you can see, we haven't had much temperature variation here in Cornwall.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Kicking Off Gifted Gorgeousness for 2019

New year, new Gifted Gorgeousness, same format - a forum to show of our crafting gifts and gifted crafting - for full details see Jo's Blog here.
First of all some gifts I received for Christmas
This beautiful little stitched stocking from Clare

and these lovely fabrics from Karan

And here are some things I made as gifts:-

I made Eloise and Naomi a snappy pouch each. These have strips cut from a retractable metal tape measure in the top so that they snap closed. They get double GG points because I originally received my own snappy pouch and instructions on how to make them as a gift from Julie
And here is a jumper I knitted for Naomi (Pattern and Paintbox Metallic DK yarn used available here)

This is the front - nice, but not earth shattering, however take a look at the back!

I'm really pleased with how this came out.
And finally, as she was packing to go back to University, Naomi complained that she needed something to brighten up the front room of her rented house and "make it look like adults live there", so I knocked up a little runner to go on their coffee table.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Rounding Up 2018, A Winner, and a Tree Explained

Happy New Year!

Here is my annual round-up post. The official total for 2018 stands at:-

Finishes - 78
Including these two last minute ones.

The tattoo heart brooch cover kit from the January 2019 issue of Cross Stitcher, which I couldn't resist starting when the magazine popped through my door 3 or 4 days ago. It is now gracing Naomi's new laptop bag
And this little chap.

I bought a whole book to get this pattern (It was only a small book, but still)
As you can imagine the really tough part was eating the two choc-ices to get the sticks for his skis. I am a martyr to my crafting.

Books read - 46
A bit down on previous years, but in my defence some of them were pretty long books

Shoes bought - 8
Yes, I was very restrained this year wasn't I?

So, that makes a total of 132, and the closest with a guess of 73, 54 and 12, was, for the 2nd year running


Well done Jo, a prize will be on it's way. 
Please comment  on this post with your guesses for 2019 if you want to be in the competition next year.

Finally a tree explained. In my last post I showed you my Geekmas Tree - I've got so many geeky decorations that we decided they merited a tree of their own and so the concept of the Geekmas Tree was born. (we also have a much more traditional tree in the living room). I challenged you to spot the fandoms and other geekiness represented. It would have been hard to get them all as they aren't all clearly visible in the photo, but here goes.
The angel on the top is Castiel from Supernatural and then reading from the top of the tree down we have:-
An ornament made from Scrabble tiles
A Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)
An ornament made from Lego bricks
A stitched penguin wearing a Jayne Cobb hat (Firefly)
Winnie the Pooh
Iron Man 
A Chemistry bauble with an organic molecule on it (the one that gives Christmas trees their smell)
Donald Duck
A bauble that says "Shiny" (Serenity/Firefly quote)
A glass Dalek (Doctor Who)
A stitched Hello Kitty
A Winchester Brothers bauble (Supernatural)
Captain America
A stitched Lieutenant Worf (Star Trek TNG)
A glass TARDIS (Doctor Who) also a gingerbread TARDIS and a stitched TARDIS
A stitched Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek TNG)
The Incredible Hulk
and an undead fairy