Christmas cushion….

Now I am either really late for 2014 or really early for Christmas 2015, I will leave it up to you to decide!

HOWEVER I like to see this as the new more organised me and that I am smashing my new years resolutions already…

I finally finished my Christmas cushion

Patchwork
Patchwork

This is really special to me for several reasons

firstly because I have only ever done the bog standard square patchwork and this is not just squares.

Patchwork cushion

secondly, I adjusted a pattern to suit what I wanted and I have never attempted to adjust a pattern before. I am in love with the magazine QuiltNow and this cushion is adjusted from their christmas wishes cushion in issue 4. Talking of the magazine if you have not picked it up before run down to the shops now and pick up a copy it is full of inspiration and has loads of different projects at all different skill levels so even a relative newbie like me can find something to try.

He wanted to be in a picture and when I said no I got this little face!
He wanted to be in a picture and when I said no I got this little face!

and last but not least this is the first time I have ever put a zipper in a cushion!

Told you I was smashing those new years resolutions, one of which is to learn new skills…..

This also takes a project off of my to do pile, I tell you my shoulders have never felt so light… ok ok that last one may be a slight exaggeration because every time I open a drawer lately I keep finding half finished projects.

But for my first finish of 2015 I am pretty chuffed.

What has been your first finish of 2015? and was it an unfinished project from 2014? please tell me I am not the only one with a pile the size of a baby elephant?!

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My year in review

I am going for the alternative review today so here goes:

Most special moment:-  Well this one is easy my son was born in August and my oldest son is over the moon with his new little brother, what more cold I ask for.

In the hospital
In the hospital

Projects still in progress:- Well I couldn’t really do a list of my work completed as because quite frankly it would be very small.

  • THAT Scarf, that is what I call it now seriously will  it ever be finished?a little longer
  • A christmas cushion
  • a tote bag
  • my son’s patchwork quilt
patchwork
patchwork

Disclaimer: this is probably not a complete list, there may be more hidden round the house that I may have stored for a later date.

Did I blog at least twice a week? (as per last years resolutions) Hahaha That is all I have to say on that one!

Seriously though this has been my year of learning…

What did I learn from this year:

  • How to cut straight with a rotary cutter, seriously this was not easy for me! (p.s I could not remember the name of that knife thingy, I had to look it up on the net until I came across what I was looking for: rotary cutter. Oh 8 hour sleeps how I miss you)
  • Not to be so critical of myself when it comes to sewing, my sons quilt rarely matches up but you know what he will love it so why was I worrying? (well he will love it once it is finished that is!)

What did I achieve?

  • I guess giving the tote bags away to family was a big thing. Hardly anyone in my family (or friends) knew that I was blogging or sewing!

I hope to have an actual finished project list for 2015. Fingers crossed….

New year new me?

Well we had a wonderful Christmas and new year, I hope you did too, but one of my most favourite things is the start of a new year, the blank page, the pristine sheet of fallen snow before anyone walks across it.

With a new year comes new years resolutions, please do not groan because I understand you either dislike new years resolutions with a passion or you are just sick and tired of hearing about them by now am I right?

If you are like me and love goals or maybe need goals for motivation then read on….

goals book by: Migoals
goals book by: Migoals

I have a little secret to confess… I did not meet any of my goals from last year! not a single one and in some cases (like blogging regularly) I was way off.

So this year I thought lets make it a little different, not so strict so I came up with:

1. Cook through my cookbooks, I don’t have a huge amount of cookbooks but I do have a few and I never really use them so this year my goal is to work through them one recipe at a time. This means we will branch out from our comfort zone and try new things and may find we like some things that just don’t sound that appealing, I mean who likes the thought of cream of artichoke soup? but hey it may be amazing I just don’t know yet. There will be no set date to finish a book, I may not even finish one book but hopefully we will find new dishes we love so there will be an achievement.

2. Be more organised, this is on my list near enough every year in one form or another, for the last few years it has been to remember peoples birthdays well this has never happened! I have trouble even remembering which date my husbands birthday is on- is it the 23rd or 24th? It is in January by the way so I am about to find out.

SO how could I make this goal of being more organised more achievable? well I am ditching trying to remember birthdays and have bought myself a diary and I can be quite organised I have a weekly meal plan and before baby number two it used to be a monthly meal plan! If I can do that I can surely shape up in other areas too so this year my goal is a cleaning rota, I am going to try and stick to it but have a 5 day rota so anything that gets missed I will do at the weekend. I have also popped it up on the fridge so I am reminded of what I need to do at least 4 times a day, no excuses right?

3. Last but not least to be more conscious  of my sugar intake. I am addicted to chocolate and can’t seem to give it up entirely but last year I cut out sugar in tea and then cut out sugar in coffee. So this year I want to do better with breakfast… See I am a snacker so I figure a more filling breakfast will help keep me full until lunch time. I have started with porridge sometimes I have a little fruit and sometimes not. we will see how I go.

I have other goals, many little goals because that is how I work best, todays goals was one load of washing, helping my son write his thank you cards and modernising my blog a little, all of which I have achieved, I know some people may call it a to do list but where is the achievement when the list is complete? completing a goal is much more of an accomplishment right? plus does a to do list ever end?

Christmas wrapping

I absolutely L O V E Christmas but I absolutely hate wrapping presents. If i could get out of it I would but with a 4 year old and a 4 month old it doesn’t look like this chore will be reducing, lets be honest in the next couple of years it is likely to be increasing, humph.

However I love anything crafty and I started to stamp my own wrapping paper last year and when I saw some delightful little stamps I decided to do it again this year and here is my first parcel

stamped wrapping paper

Christmas wrapping paper

I really like the new stamps I have bought from the English stamp company, the detail is amazing and the lines are so sharp now I can compare the stamps from last year and there really is no comparison. Would I buy from them again? the answer is a big fat YES.

The ink was new as well and they are Versacolor mini cubes, the gold I used with this parcel is very rich and sharp, well you can see for yourself of course!

I have completed some more wrapping I just need to take a few minutes during day light to take some more pictures.

What do you think? have you used the English stamp company before?

I also have lots to tell you about a little someones 4th (Yes 4- time is passing so quickly!) Birthday and our trip to Scotland but that will just have to wait for another post there is not enough hours in the day anymore!

Christmas cards

Anyone that knows me will know that I absolutely love Christmas and what better way to kick off the season then making Christmas cards?

I am lucky enough to have a mum who has a house full of card makig supplies and gadgets, let me tell you now card making is not cheap.

After a good few hours over a couple of days what do I have to show for my efforts?

Christmas  cards

 

 

Christmas  cards

 

Christmas  cards

Two cards. Just two cards. I may be pleased with them but at this rate it will take me about 7 years to make enough to send out for Christmas… So I ended up buying the rest of the cards haha.

have you tried something new recently? How did it turn out?

 

Attempt at free motion embroidery

I bought a free motion foot recently and had a go at writing using my sewing machine

attempt no: 1
attempt no: 1
attempt no: 2
attempt no: 2

I was pretty chuffed with my little trial run however tonight when I put the foot on again I wanted to neaten it up and use thinner material but I was having loads of trouble, thread coming up through the material lots of missed stitches etc.

I have given up for this evening because if I had continued I may just have tried to throw the machine out the window! ever have sewing sessions like that?