Friday, 27 March 2009

Is It cool To Sew....

I think I may have some Jumping beans in my fingers, my friends think I have gone a little loop la lou what with all my sewing. They think the girl they know and love has jumped ship and a lovely, dear little old lady has come back in her place. Am I no longer the cool dude :)

What do your friends think of your crafting, maybe its a phase, maybe I am going through an early change but I seem to have to be making something, even if it is only a little something every day.

Here is a little cushion cover I made.

A cover I made for a 65cms by 65cms Ikea floor cushion. I would like to put some buttons on it, though don't know if I am up for doing button holes :)

Then a little lined Tote Bag using a lovely Tutorial and the beautiful fabric Dolly Dollop wrapped my Mother's Day goodies in. Here they are looking pretty.

A beautiful and special Enid Blyton book, pretty handwritten card and tag, something special from her wedding and some of the gorgeous fabric.

A lovely handmade birdie for Master. Poppins.

And a lovely handmade birdie for Miss. Poppins, thank you Claire they are beautiful :)

I shall keep you waiting to see what goodies I got from A Thrifty Mrs :)

So here is the little Tote Bag I made

Though I did have my pocket on the wrong side :)

Ohooo and then a little 1 hour bag using a fantastic Tutorial Sew Hot Mitmot used to make her beautiful ones. I used LA Bibi for the main bag and pocket, and an Ikea Gingham for the lining.

Here is my pocket sewn onto the lining, two hems.

Sewing in the wadding.

The bag ready to go into the lining.

Tucking the lining inside the bag.

My getting better Top Stitching

The inside with the pretty pocket.

Looking Pretty.

Right I am off to make one of These


Monday, 23 March 2009

I Have come so Far....

Thank you so, so much for all your lovely comments they meant so much and Our Mother's Day was lovely, special, peaceful and full of fun :) I hope yours was too.
As the title says, I feel, since I pressed that first publish post, that my crafting has come so far.I am really happy with the way things are improving. I could never have imagined that I could have made my daughter her very own patchwork quilt from her little baby and toddler dresses. Of course I had a wonderful teacher in Sew Hot Mitmot whose tutorial was excellent, here is how it went.

So I decided to do a different design, using 99 5 inch squares, next time I think I would use a rotary cutter as I think my squares would have been much neater. My first two strips sewn together.

Halfway there.

Here it is looking pretty on my bed, now need to choose some backing.

I had this lovely vintage M&S fleecy sheet that I was waiting to do something with, perfect. I thought it would be lovely and cosy for Miss. Poppins to cuddle up with.

I kept the wadding quite lightweight, and here is my first attempt at quilting.

The pretty Bias Binding, I did find this tricky, though from the perspective of a seven year old, it is indeed perfect :)

And here is is looking pretty....

I am even happy with my Lavender Hearts. I love making them with the pinking shears, for me so much less fiddly than the turning inside out way, and I think the edges look really pretty. Smell gorgeous too, I use the lavender from my childhood garden in Wales, it seems to smell lovelier and lovelier the drier it gets, a sort of minty smell.

Next up was a pretty little quilted needle case, again with a fantastic tutorial from Sew Hot Mitmot this is how it went.

The quilting.

The tricky Bias Binding.

First sewing on the Bias Binding.

Mmmmm not sure my join is in the right place, I shall have to cover that.

My pretty ribbon would do the job.

Looking pretty.

Please note, my pin tin and tulip props used are there of course to look pretty and also to hide the dodgy sewing ;) My work is not brilliant, though brilliance is not my aim, it is to enjoy, to create. I think there are some of us that are too hard on ourselves and our sewing accomplishments, we are all brilliant in our own ways and anything that has been made from the heart is a true treasure indeed.

Would you like to see some thrifted pretties, all bargains and all beautiful.

Vintage Curtains.

Beautiful Buttons.

China Bowls.

Vintage Ladybird.

Gorgeous Family and Friends photograph frames.

Beautiful silver and unknown stone bracelet.

Pretty Thimbles, the Royal Doulton one is a present for a special lady :)

Gorgeous Tea Set.

Pretty Posy, it is 5 inches tall.

China Thimble and Teeny vase.

Something pretty not sure if one puts anything in it.

I have had some pretty treats too, thank you to Claire at Dolly Dollop and A Thrifty Mrs for my Mother's Day lovelies.

Thank you A Thrifty Mrs

Thank you Dolly Dollop

And thank you too to my lovely children for the best Mother's Day present in the world, some hand selected twigs, only a Mother could go all soppy over some pretty twigs :)

Happy Crafting.


Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A Little Crafting And A Pretty Swap....

Inspired by Diary Of A Tinyholder's pretty covered lampshade I decided to give mine a little CK inspired makeover too. It was so easy. I had a lovely BHS floor lamp, though felt the lampshade a tad boring for my taste and wanted to liven it up a little. I used CK and LA samples and offcuts, and along with some PVA glue, some pinking shears and some pretty pom pom braid to hide the join, this is what I came up with.

I like the idea that I can turn the lampshade to see a different look depending on my mood :)

I have also received my lovely Pink inspired swap from TheGiantess's Weblog over at the SC Cafe.

Gorgeous little jewels for me to have fun with.

Yummy chocolate liqueurs, beautiful ribbon, hand covered note book and a sweet bathroom pretty to scrub Big Sister's and Little Man's cheeky faces.

Beautiful handmade carrier bag holder.

A wonderful fabric painting pen.

A very special handmade heart.

And a beautiful and something I shall treasure, personalised finger pin cushion.

Thank you The Giantess, they are all very special and I love the swap you sent me :)

I am enjoying a little project here at Home Sweet Home. I have decided having had much wonderful encouragement from my lovely friends, to make a little patchwork quilt, yes I know, one would really think it was beyond me but it is amazing what some encouragement does to the soul. You actually believe that maybe, maybe you could make something wonderful :)

Miss Poppins' old pretty dresses. I could easily find 20 or so pretty baby and toddler dresses, and feels so much nicer to use them this way than to bring them out every so often, give them a sniff have a good cry and then put them back again.

I am aiming for one very similar to Sew Hot Mitmot's

Ha Ha in my dreams. Isn't it the most delightful thing you have ever seen.

I really love the way she has the squares, so clever.

Thank you Mitmot for the use of your pretty photographs.

Here are all my little girls dresses ready for the big cut.

The first dress I wept, but from then on was easy going, and I have plenty more dresses. Here they are all piled high having been chopped.

And here are 50 squares prettily displayed on an Ikea child's cot duvet I have used as a template, as yet I am unsure how big to do it.

So a little crafting going on here, keeps me busy and out of mischief :)