Saturday, 14 July 2012

A few gifts from America

My sister spent a week in America not so long ago and when ever she goes on holiday she always buys me lovely presents.

I asked her to look out for some nice fabric while she was away. I wanted something different that would be a keepsake of her holiday. She ended up buying me 3 meters of this lovely Fabric

And these buttons

They match the fabric.

I also had a box of lemonade crystals You add a sachet to cold water and it makes instant home made lemonade. It tastes delicious and just like the one I make on hot sunny days.

Shadow wasn't left out either. He had a tennis ball!

My sister asked me months ago if I would make her a brush roll so when she gave me this fabric I decided to make her one based upon the design of my own brush roll.

If I was to make one again I'd definitely make some adjustments. I'm not keen on the lining, it's also the same fabric used for the outer case. My sis was happy with it though and is using it :)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

A few little treats

A while ago I discovered a lovely website selling lots of gorgeous fabric called Sew La La. I admit I have spent a good while browsing all the lovely fabrics, adding them to my basket and then taking things out again! I had to, otherwise I'd have spent a fortune!

I finally decided to treat myself to something nice and went straight to Sew La La to buy some fabrics I'd spent so long drooling over.

As my order completed I felt so excited and couldn't wait to get stated on some sewing. I jotted down some notes and sketches of what I'd like to make so when my parcel arrived I could get started.

I was really impressed with the fast delivery. I received it next day and was packaged really well.

Here are a few pictures of what I received

Lovely Polkadots




More Flowers
Pretty Patchwork

I love the patchwork fabric and wanted to make a pretty makeup bag for myself. A while ago I bought a Catg Kidston brush roll, so I really wanted a make up bag that was big enough to store it in as well as my every day essentials.

I quilted the patchwork fabric, added.a zip and some polka dot lining and ended up with this

I like the ric rac trim and the button was part of a set that my sister bought me from America.

Whilst I was at my sewing machine I also had time to make a cover for my notebook. It's A5 size and will brighten up my sewing desk.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

A little bit of Cross stitch

A few weeks ago I had Cross Stitcher Home Style and as soon as I recieved it, I wanted to get started on a project straight away. I just had to choose which one and with so many beautiful patterns it took me a little while to decide. I finally settled upon a design featuring two birds sat upon a tea cup. I thought it would look nice in my kitchen when finished, hung on the wall. I had an empty frame which I knew would be a perfect fit.

As I did not have the recommended threads I rummaged through my stash and found I had colours in similar shades. I really do have a lot of embroidery threads so this was the perfect way of finally using some up.

I mainly stitched in the evenings whilst watching television. I have a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy which effects my left hand and wrist so cross stitching is a perfect way of keeping my joints moving and enjoying myself at the same time!

I find cross stitch very addictive and after a couple of weeks my project was completed, back stitch done and hanging up in my kitchen.

I've already started my next cross stitch, again I chose one from the homesyle book. This time I am doing a floral display. I might turn this one into a cushion.