Wednesday 25 September 2013

Strolling and Jelly-Rolling

I often see blogs where people post photos of their neighbourhoods and I always love to get a feel for where they live. In the past I've put up photos of various parts of Cornwall, but I don't think I've ever posted one of the village where I live. I think this is because whilst it is a wonderful place to live it lacks the picture postcard, chocolate box lid good looks of many of the other villages around here, but it occurred to me the other day that maybe it's ordinary everydayness is because I see it everyday, and maybe you'd like to see anyway, and since I was taking a stroll down the lane to pick blackberries I took the camera along.
This is a section of a typical Cornish Wall, they differ from the traditional dry stone walls you find further north in that they have a central bank of earth within them, so that after a while, plants grow on them and the actual wall disappears. If any of you have ever been down here on holiday and thought we were just being ignorant, this is the reason we tend to be disinclined to pull our cars "into the hedge" to let people past. Those "hedges" are hard.

This is the stile going from the lane into the field
And this is a view back across the village from the field, showing the church and a few of the houses.

On the sewing front I came across the concept of a Jelly-Roll Race Quilt and I was intrigued, so I bought myself a roll (Ruby Black from Fabric Freedom), and added in a few extra strips I had left over from another Fabric Freedom Roll (they actually call them "strippers" because the term Jelly-Roll is apparently trade marked to Moda, but it's not a good idea to try and find them on the internet using that search term!), and off I went.
Ta Da!  It was so much fun it was scary, and so quick too, I reckon it took me a shade over 4 1/2 hours start to finish. There is an excellent tutorial at Crafty Garden Mom here. It still needs backing and binding, but I'm really pleased with it.
I also made this Harley Quinn cushion cover for Eloise this week, inspired by a picture I saw online.
Why yes, it was on Pinterest, how ever did you guess?
Now to make a Mr J cushion to go with it...

Saturday 7 September 2013

Knock Knock

Oh, there is some one at the door, I wonder who it could be.
Everyone's favourite Consulting Detective perhaps?
Eloise and I made this from a 1/12th scale doll's house door following instructions found here.
The original plan was to make it into an ornament for the Geekmas Tree but it seems too big so we made it into a free standing ornament instead.
I think I'm going to make another for the tree using a 1/24th scale door, maybe put a little wreath on it.