Category: Sewing

A Crafty Afternoon

Crafty Afternoon

Another week goes by where there isn’t much chance to be crafty. I have been continuing on my secret project but it’s going very slowly. This afternoon I was desperate to practice some of the projects that I’ve had in mind for ages. With that in mind, and a sore body from gardening yesterday afternoon, the thought of sitting at the sewing maching was heaven. I’ve been meaning to sew myself a knitting needle bag for a while now but I needed to practice my hemming first. They’ve been a bit wobbly in the past so wanted to get them right for this project. Also I wanted to make my Granny a Mother’s Day card & I’ve got a friends birthday this week so thought I’d practice my stenciling by making her a card too.

Crafty Afternoon

 

This is what my craft table currently looks like. I’ve dawdled and struggled with the instructions for my case so I’ve not completed it. I have completed the cards – You can see the birthday one in the background. It’s much better than the one for my Granny, but she’ll love it!* I hope my friend will like this one. I really enjoyed stenciling it. Painting makes me feel like I’m still in primary school!

I will have to finish the case next weekend if I don’t get a chance during the week. It’s from the Cath Kidston ‘Sew‘ book. As a beginner, I find the Cath Kidston Homemade Bag instructions really difficult to follow so it takes me a while to get going. I am looking forward to finishing it though. And before you ask, yes I have made the bag on the front. Painful, very very painful. It took me ages but I did it! Granted it looks a little more ‘homemade’ than the one on the cover and I’ll never use it as an actual bag but at least I did it and it was good practice.

I am hoping the knitting needle case turns out better! Check back next week to find out.

 

* I am making my Mum’s Mother’s Day card too, but she reads this and I don’t want her to see it before she gets it!

Crafty Me

Woolly Knitted Socks

Knitted Wool SocksIn my efforts to make as many things as possible, I’ve been knitting for a while now. I received a pack of wool & instructions for some slipper socks this Christmas. The beauty of kits like this is that they push you & your skills further & make you learn new stiches. For instance, before this I didn’t know how to increase stiches nor did I know that you could break yarn off mid-project or how to restart your knitting. I now do. Even though I can’t see anyone asking for me to make them a pair of these little socks, they are incredibly warm. This is good as I am pretty chilly most of the time (even in the Summer!). I am pleased with these & glad that they are done so that I can move on to my next knitting project.

Woolly Knitted SocksI’ve also had a go at making some cards this week. I love stationary & cutting and gluing things together – always have. So I guess it was just a matter of time before I made some greetings cards. I had a bit of practice with the anniversary & valentine’s cards that I gave my OH (He had to like them!) Then, looking around, I had a few ideas about possible Easter cards (which I don’t normally send but think these are lush so will definitely pop them in the post). I’ve also made a New Job & a Good Luck card for friends too. Now while they do look ‘homemade’, they are the first ones I’ve done. I really like
Handmade Cardscards like this & figure that if I give them to loved ones, they will too! (Or be too polite to say otherwise!)I’m also thinking about making my Mum a Mother’s Day card so starting to look out for ideas for that. I know that I need to work on the lettering a bit so am thinking about investing in a cutter board & maybe a knife as my scissors aren’t so good. What I like about these cards is that the paper is recycled & I’ve either inherited the fabric or it’s just left over from another project, as are the buttons. Wicked!

Flowers

Happy Easter Card

This week I’ve been busy with flowers. The garden is mainly brown, with very little life poking through the mud yet. So I needed to bring some colour into the house.

My first idea was to get organised & make an Easter card for my Granny, who is 92. I don’t send many Happy Easter Card Easter cards but I know she’ll love it & really appreciate my efforts. She doesn’t get around much, so it doesn’t take a lot to brighten her day. I hope this helps. I bought a little kit from Hobbycraft, along with some needlecraft cards. It only took a few hours and it came with everything you could possibly need. I even had some left over thread, which I’m sure will come in handy at some point. The most difficult bit was the outline & the writing, as it wasn’t always clear where you had to sew but I think it looks okay! I am super chuffed that the card fits pretty well, as it was a last minute purchase & it’s all stuck together with a bit of craft glue that I bought in town the other week. Nice. I think Granny will be pretty impressed with my crafty skills!

Tulips in February With it being a pretty gloomy February weekend, I couldn’t resist these gorgeous tulips from Waitrose this morning. Bright & sunny when there is no sun, they made me feel warm inside. (ahhhhhhh!) I love flowers. They really brighten my mood & my day no matter what. They are even more important to me at the moment, as I have now realised our garden needs so much work doing to it that we won’t be having anything growing in it for a while. With that in mind, there’ll be plenty of flowers in the house!

Crafty Cirencester

Lexi Loves in Cirencester

My lovely OH is very patient with me & my crafty ways. He sent me an email Friday lunchtime telling me that he was taking me on a little trip on Saturday but wouldn’t tell me where! So Saturday morning comes & we head of in the car. A little while later we arrive in Cirencester. I’ve never been before, but knowing my OH like I do, I knew there’d be a lot for me to enjoy (& spend some cash on!)

Lexi Loves in CirencesterThe first place we visit is a fab shop called Lexi Loves… & what a shop it is! With its pink decor, material, buttons & craft galour, it is truly worth a visit. The buttons in the picture were great value at £3 a scoop & I couldn’t resist the material, though I have nothing planned for it yet! There were so many lovely materials there that I will definitely be going back with projects in mind. My final purchase there was the lovely lavender bag. The lavender is lush & my whole study smells of it now. This is wicked, as a lot of lavender bags only smell when up close & personal. Am very impressed!

After a little more mooching, we have a coffee & cake (Saturday ritual) in an amazing little place called Keith’s Coffee Place. We weren’t sure if we’d get a seat, but managed to squeeze ourselves in. I had an Americano & a Bakewell tart. Both were LUSH! The coffee wasn’t too strong or bitter, as black coffee can be in places. The tart was really nice, very moist and plenty of jam. My OH had a cappuccino & a cheesy scone. I could tell he was pleased as he wolfed both down in minutes! Not that mine hung around for any length of time either!

Further down the road that Keith’s is on, we came across Pulp,which is a new stationary shop in Cirencester. I love stationary and cannot leave a stationary shop without buying something! There was so much choice here & I took a long time deciding what to get. I spent a long  time drooling over some Orla Keily stationary, but finally settled on these super cute sticky notes (another obsession of mine!) I cannot wait to have an excuse to use them. There was also an excellent range of Filofax inserts & designs, which also impressed me. I can see me ‘needing a new note book’ next time I’m there! 

Our final stop before our parking ran out was at Coln ArtIt wasn’t so much the art supplies that drew me in, but the massive collection of Coln Art Wooden BowlEmma Bridgewater pottery that they had on display. However, that’s not what finally caught my eye! This beautiful bright green wooden bowl, which is fairly traded would look great in my study, I thought. And it most definitely does! It is really bright & spring-like and I really love wooden objects so this was a really good find.

Everywhere we went in Cirencester, everyone we spoke to were really lovely, friendly & polite. I’ll be going back, & quite soon too, as there were some baking shops that I need to have a good ol’ mooch about in. Better start saving my pennies!