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?

 

Felt heart

I had lost my groove a bit with having a baby but decided to get back into the swing of things with a mini project, something I could start and finish in one day even if there was a few stops and starts in between so I grabbed some bits and bobs

and ended up with this

felt heart

I just can’t seem to do hearts for some reason, they always turn out a funny shape!

felt heart

But it did help me get some mojo back so I have a little to do list for this week, when I say little I mean it has two things on it:

  1. Finish my sons quilt
  2. Make some more home made soup

Wish me luck and hold me accountable if I am not back next week showing off a completed quilt.

more bags all sewn up

I have finally finished work, well my last day was Friday and I feel like I have not stopped so lets get on with the catch up…

I made these bags about two weeks….

tote bag photo 8 photo 9

 

 

flower lining
flower lining

I also made a cosmetic bag but the zip keeps getting stuck where I got a bit too close to the zip when sewing but I still like it quirks and all

pretty fabric
pretty fabric

make up bag lining

I really do need to say sorry again regarding the lighting in these photo’s but hey I now have another 5 weeks to brush up on my skills if the baby does not arrive before his due date that is.

Here is a sneak peek at what else I have been working on

sneak peek my oh so cute moment of the week was when my son declared he is going to marry me! I asked where he had heard the word “marry” and he said from a girl at nursery so I asked who she wanted to marry and he said “not me because I am marrying you” doesn’t your heart just melt or maybe that is my hormones on overdrive did I mention I cried at a disney film last week?!

 

 

 

Tote bag making

I have been honing my sewing skills with tote bag making and have really enjoyed it so much so that I am planning to make more… Here are two of them I made at the start of last week

Tote bags

simple you may think but can I get my boxed corners to line up? NO arghh I have finished my 4th bag and they are still slightly out! I will try and try again until I get those corners perfect.

tote bag

Oh and the other thing that is quite obvious is I did not swap the bottom thread to match the lining (D’oh)

tote bag with lining

 

tote bag with liningOn another note I have one week left at work before I go on maternity leave, I still don’t think it has hit me yet that in just 8 weeks (if I do not go over that is) we will have a new member of the family eek mind you the back ache and waddle should be a constant reminder!

Lined Tote bag

Hi Everyone

Where has this week gone?! I have been super busy but a good sort of busy, another first (I know there are loads on this blog of mine!) was the lined tote bag I completed last week

Summer is here
Summer is here
Lined!
Lined!
a corner
a corner

summer tote

I was so chuffed with the results I have given it away, this may not seem like much but normally when I make something I always feel like it is not good enough but not this time 🙂

Hope you enjoy it mum.

Talking of my mum it is her Birthday tomorrow so watch out for some baking pictures in the next post.

Purple cushion and a little helper

I bought some lovely fabric quite some time ago, I even cut it out and like so many other projects it lay there in my bottomless craft drawer for many months (ok I admit it there may be more then one drawer….)

I finally got around to making it up last week. I even had a little helper namely my son, if you were thinking it was my husband you would be sadly wrong my three year old has more idea about what the word helpful means although I have to say my husband is pretty nifty at washing clothes so he has his uses 😉

Do not worry though my three year old was not in charge of the sewing machine he just put the foot down for me and supplied me with a running commentary on how he was my helper and a good boy. We paused for dinner half way through and as soon as we finished he was on my back telling me we needed to get back to work so he also turned out to be my slave driver!

But it did get me one finished cushion

cushion photo 2

Happy Easter

Let me just say right now I am not religious in any way but I like to take a breather from everyday life (which the easter break affords) and step back and take the time to be grateful for things and for me the one big thing I am so grateful for is my family. Friends are pretty important too. You really can’t get a better “holiday” as it not only involves a long weekend and family but also has plenty of chocolate! (well apart from christmas)

So what have we been up to?

My husband brought home a choconchoc build your own house

mmmm
mmmm

My husband knows the way to my heart 🙂 On the pack it does say from age 4+ well my son is three but let me tell you he enjoyed it, not the making of the house really as there was not much he could do but he did manage to fit in a bit of this:

just like his mum?
just like his mum?

and he got to wear a hat which he was pretty pleased about

nothing better then dressing up
nothing better then dressing up 

He also enjoyed colouring in the garden

photo bomb!
photo bomb!

The end result impressed my son, the look of achievement on his face was priceless and definitely a moment to cherish. Would I buy it or a similar kit again? I would, for one the chocolate is very good and it gave us something to do together that we are both passionate about (if you have not guessed already it is the chocolate!)

choc house

 

 

Please note we may have had to do a little patch job as we was not patient enough to let it set completely in the fridge….choc house

We have just started to eat it today, yum.

 

Summer scarf

My mother-in-law has come and gone, one week flew by filled with shopping trips, my 20 week scan, work and an over excited 3 year old.

One of our shopping trips was of course to a fabric shop, have I mentioned that my mother in law likes sewing? bonus! anyway we bought plenty of fabric, some from the “bargain bin” I am not really sure what to call it as it is not really a bin but there is definitely bargain fabric… just look at this beauty…

bargain fabric
bargain fabric

Yes you read the ticket right 90p, not even one pound and there was enough to make a summer scarf

summer scarf
summer scarf
Pretty pattern
Pretty pattern

Another finished project!

Although I did pick up material for a small bag for my son and another lot of material for some cushions that my husband said he liked, so I actually added to my project list.

Did I mention the biggest news of the week? My 20 week scan showed I was having a little boy 🙂

A little bit shady- last completed project for 2013!

I made a lampshade with help from my husband, he knew I had bought a kit at a craft fair in (cough) 2012 (cough) and I had been looking at fabric for it for some time when one night last week he said completely out of the blue “why don’t you do that lampshade, I will help” My response was what I assume any wife that gets offered help out of the blue with no prompting would say “what is the catch?” As it turns out there was not one, best husband in the world right!

Anyway I really enjoyed this joint project and it turned out pretty well for a first attempt

lamp in progress
lamp in progress

As it turns out making a lampshade is not as complicated as I thought it would be.

lit up at night
lit up at night

We used Harris tweed, I was a little concerned that the fabric (or should I say weave) would not let enough light through but as it turns out it is just enough light to make the living room feel cozy.

daylight shot
daylight shot

Trouble is I now need a new lamp base as it has never really gone with the room and the lampshade now highlights this- maybe I could spray paint it silver? a new project for 2014? or more realistically 2015 ha ha.

Fabric wreath

While on holiday I was invited by relatives to a fabric wreath workshop. Who knew making a wreath could be so much fun? and that making a wreath with scraps of fabric could be even  more fun?

Well quite a few in the group went with the traditional red but for some reason I was drawn to blue with a splash of pink of course

winter wreath
winter wreath

 

photo 7

photo 8

 

Night time pictures again, you think I would know better by now, maybe that is something to work on in the new year, my first resolution for 2014 to work on my photography skills?

I thoroughly enjoyed making the wreath, so much so that I bought some items online so that I could make so more! I know what you are thinking, does this girl (at what age is it wrong to refer to yourself as a girl?) not have enough projects on the go already?! well is it not better to have choice and variety I ask you? 😉

Maybe another goal for next year is to finish all my outstanding projects…. ha ha

Now let me get back to my project the wreath took about two hours to make bearing in mind the fabric was already cut out for us. I literally have nothing to complain about or judge or anything I feel I could have done better! I think a big thing with many people including myself is that we can be very self critical and for once I am not going to be (not withstanding the rest of the post about all my unfinished projects that is) I love my wreath, all the wreaths made in the workshop were very different and all lovely. There was also tea and cake provided. I think this rounds up exactly what my perfect evening would look like.

If you happen to be in the western isles pop into http://tigertextiles.moonfruit.com Alison is super nice and very talented.

Are there any workshops you would recommend for a good evening or afternoon out?