Saturday, 28 March 2009

More sewing project completed

lots of pictures and no words today!

All that sewing and i also made and iced a birthday cake :-)

Enjoy the weekend and don't forget to spring forward with the clocks toninht
ps - hope you are all sitting in the dark for the next hour!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

completed sewing projects

The garden has kept me busy this week, but i have managed to complete a few sewing projects
I made these needle cases for a tutorial on the Shabby Chic Cafe
and these bits are for a Charity fair in the summer
another tutorial produced this cushion cover

Hope you all enjoy the sunshine while it lasts - more gardening for me this coming week, one day i may have removed all of the weeds :-)
MM xx

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Patchwork cyber quilt

Today on the Shabby Chic Forum several of us are going to make patchwork quilts. I made one a few years ago and am going to try and help Mary Poppins and Lacey who are both very talented make theirs. When they realise how easy it is Iwill be busted!

Last night I ran around and cut out some fabric squares, I had some left over from making my big quilt but as this was a quick project and I wanted to take some 'how to' pictures they were a bit big, so each original 4 inch square has been cut into 4.

I will post some pictures soon on our progress!

MM xx

Saturday, 7 March 2009

30 hats and some completed projects

I have completed the 2 project I started last week. The linen basket was a pain to paint as the paint gets stuck between the weave, no matter how hard I scrubbed it in! - now I realise why so many people on the Internet recommend spray painting!.
The other project for the week was this little sewing box and I am really please with the result.

The knob is glass and was what attracted me to it in the first place.

I may have had one too many glasses of wine when I took this picture!
This is the next project and I have decided not to paint it, but just recover it. I was forced to order some fabric from CK to go with the soft green :-). So far I have removed the cover and managed to save the plaited braid and have washed the box and it is covered with bicarb to remover the nasty niffs!
I made 30 baby hats yesterday all from 8 old spaghetti strap tops. A local lady travels to India ever year with colleagues from the Royal Berks Hospital. This group of talented surgeons have been improving the lives of children in India for a number of years and my Mum knits hats for them to take out. Now as I can not knit I came up with this idea they are simple to sew and much quicker than knitting, they are also easier to transport out there.

A simple knot on the top finishes them off, but I leave them un knotted as they take up less room.


MM xx

Monday, 2 March 2009

Stolen day of Spring

Today I really feel like I have stolen the first day of Spring, the weather forecast for the rest of the week is down to -5 and perhaps some snow, but today was lovely.

I picked these flowers and wish you could smell the violets, they remind me of my Grandmother.

I did my first real gardening of the year and cleared this bed of weeds and herbaceous dead stuff- only took a before picture though!
But look what i found in full bloom

Its a winter flowering iris and when we did work on the house I rescued a clump that lived in a bucket for months before i finally replanted them in lots of different spots and they have flourished this year.

A real wild primrose from seeds I gathered from my parents woods

The sun got me motivated to go outside a sand one of my latest projects - it has now had its first coat of cream paint and is drying by the Aga

The linen basket got scrubbed and washed and then covered in bicarb to remove any nasty pongs - the painting will start in the next few days.
I hope you all managed to see some sun today
MM xx