Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Crafting

Happy Easter everyone! 

Or for me happily getting on with things that make me happy weekend. 

Although that was intermingled with quite a bit of things that didn't...such as re-caulking around window and door frames, filling in holes in the wall, doing my laundry and food shopping. Still I now have two windows looking a lot tidier, a hallway that's now prepped for painting and most of my household chores are complete. Really haven't been one to sit still, runs in the family! 

My idea of resting is getting out the sewing and I've thus far managed a lot this weekend so I suppose I have been resting :)

I've finally gotten around to giving Calico the Flying Pig a bit of a holiday makeover, and is now sporting bunny ear headband and a new pink ribbon. This pig his getting quite the wardrobe. Those ears were fiddly as heck to make and made from scratch, I now feel I could probably make myself a pair but I'll leave that for another lifetime. 

When I wasn't working on Calico's fashion fix, I was cracking on with my friend's monogram, with the trailing complete I moved onto stitching the padding. Lots and lots of rows of chain stitch using several strands of cotton. You might note it's a different colour to the other blue used to stitch the outline. That's because I don't like to waste the thread I am going to use for the satin stitch in case I run out, and because I have loads of anchor thread I don't particularly like to use in odd colours. If you stitch the satin (top layer) correctly you shouldn't see the padding stitches anyway, not that I would recommend using a red thread with blue, unless your looking for an interesting effect. 

The satin stitch is now under way and you'll note it's slanted so that it follows the flow of the shape, rather than straight satin stitch (going straight across). I do have to stop myself from stroking the stitching. 

When I found myself going a little blind from tiny stitches I returned to piecing my quilt. One of things I am determined not to happen is to totally forget about it, cosigning it to the pile of unfinished projects. I want it finished this year, ready for when I come to decorate my bedroom next year. So I have until the end of the year!

Which given we are not far away from heading into May I had better start getting a wriggle on again. With the fabric cut for the 3rd and 4th row done the other week, I've been setting about piecing them together, only one more another four blocks to go then that target is complete. After that it will be cutting and piecing one more row, then sorting out the sashing. It will be a little while before I get to that stage, which is fine because I keep changing my mind about how I want to quilt it. 

Going back to the monogram for a minute, when it is complete I'll be sorting out the sample for the next season embroidery pattern, you might recall the free embroidery spring pattern I released the other month. I also want to stitch my own monogram in a similar style to the one I'm stitching for my friend. With two then complete it will mean I can perhaps look to release it as a custom order option, depending on the level of interest. 

For now though, it's time to chill out with a film and another cup of tea.

I hope everyone is having a relaxed and happy Easter xx

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Spring Days

I'm writing this blog post in a ridiculously good mood, singing along (badly) to radio, and once I've stopped writing I'll be sorting out a spot of dinner, speaking to my best mate and then getting back to stitching. I would say it's down to a combination of enjoying the sunshine pouring through the windows, buying more plants for the flat, and just enjoying what I am making. Sure this week hasn't gone to plan from dentist's costing an arm an leg, unexpected bills...too and this is the funniest thing, having a sparkie come out only to realise the lights that you thought were going in the hallway hadn't been ordered...because it was you that was meant to have done it. Yes, I felt like a right idiot. 

Not that it mattered cause at the end of the day my teeth are in good order, the bill will get paid and the lights whilst not up, are now ordered, and most of the prep work has been done. Oh, and a phone socket issue was also sorted out in the process. 

So what does it matter, these things are sent to try us but I am slowly learning to just go with the flow...ish. 

Anyway, enough of that waffle! I've made some pretty things, well one finished pretty, another is in the process:

Mia Mouse

This little Tilda mouse was made for a friend's god-daughter, the dress/apron gave me a bit of gip but it's come out well. Bright colours were a must for the little girl it's going to. Slightly tempted to make a coat or a blanket for it, perhaps I might if I have a moment over the Easter holidays.

Then afternoon, I started work on the monogram for a friend in the States. Starting with a bit of prep work then moving onto starting the trailing. I have to really think about the order I work the monogram in as there is a lot of over lapping. The lettering was designed by me and I've found myself doodling what the rest of the alphabet would look like. So chances are there might be more like in the future.

Getting smart-arse with the filters on Instagram...

Looks like an 'e' but really is a twiddly bit (technical term) at the end of the letter, finished with a tiny little tassel, to help it stand out from the rest of the gold trailing, I flecked in some of the blue I'll be using to work the main part of the letter in. 

It's not the only things I've been doing this weekend, there's been a lot of shifting about, perhaps its the need of wanting to spring clean has got me spirited to do it. I'll not complain, because whilst it lasts the flat is looking utterly smashing. 

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend! 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

A Very Happy Bee

This has certainly been a mad, entertaining sort of week, topped off with a really calm and lovely weekend (thus far - not over yet). From a drunk Glaswegian on the train trying to get weary commuters to join in with a rousing chorus of 'you canny kick your granny off the bus', to a sweet conversation with an old chap and his numerous charitable work. Yesterday was all about hanging out with my mum, purchasing a few little gems for the flat, and finishing off the latest pattern.

Now that I am nicely full of pancakes and bacon, I am pleased to announce the arrival of the newest pattern, which is now available to purchase and download:

I don't know about you, but every time I look at this little chap I can't help but smile, and I hope he makes makes you smile too. To purchase, click here to head straight over to my shop

What else is making me happy or rather what is starting to make me think a little differently about how to appreciate each day. I signed up for the 100 Happy Days, now it is one of those things where you can I am sure be a little cynical about it, and whether or not I make it to a 100 days will remain to be seen as I am sure there will be days ahead where I'll no doubt forget to do it...put it this way its only been in the last three years that I've gotten better about daily flossing and taking evening primrose tablets (got there in the end mum!) after ten years. 

If nothing else I've taken some pretty can follow my progress over on Instragram, and occasionally will share on Twitter (trying not to bombard folks). 

For the rest of Sunday, I have two commissioned pieces to start tackling, the personal monogram I mentioned the other week (will talk about that in more detail next weekend, when I'll be starting it), and the other sees me adding lettering to an existing piece. I've also got this bundle of fabric, purchased from Village Haberdashery to work with. Yummy!

  • Hothouse Flowers - Glass panes in pink and Seeds in Green
  • Kona Cotton Solids - Valentine and Lilac
  • Clover Sunshine - Snow Globe in Cream (not shown) and Kite Trail in Pink Red
A couple of things will come from this little lot, hopefully a hexi sketchbook cover and a little mouse for a little girl with a love for bright colours. Hopefully be starting both projects this afternoon.

What have you lot got planned today?