Monday, 16 March 2015
I've been very spoilt this month with a visit from the travelling box and also receiving a Pay It Forward parcel from Laura
Here are my picks from the travelling box
Rachel made the beautiful bookmark, Laura made the mouse and pencil ami's.The super cute hedgehog brooch was made by Teresa and Steph O made the grey glittery head warmer. The biscornu was in a bag of bits made by Steph S along with the keyring and covered buttons. I'm going to make the buttons into badges for my bag.
My last minute pick was this hair tie made by Cucki. I think it will make a fab brooch so I'm planning to pop a brooch back on it at some point.
Did anyone else end up at the sewing machine at 11.30pm the night before world book day? My lovely 4 year old decided she should go as Mr Tod the fox from the Beatrix Potter stories. Fortunately we already had the mask as lovely boy went as fantastic Mr Fox a couple of years ago. So cue me scouring charity shops for a jacket and waistcoat to alter and making a cravat and tail...any hoo here's DS as Mr Tod.
Finally ages ago Laura did a pay it forward post on Facebook to send out 5 surprises to the first 5 commenter's on her post. Long story short, I did and this is what she sent me...
A lovely shawl, my favourite Turkish delight a cute felt card and a new brooch to add to my collection. Here's a close up of the button brooch and the cupcake card.
So the postie has brought me lots of loveliness lately so I need to get on with finishing the winter swap with Steph and making a leaving present for my friend Caroline who works in the office downstairs from mine. She's craft mad too so I've found a lovely stitchy freebie and have a couple of other things planned too.
Hope you had a great weekend, I did, the Formula 1 is back!
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Well this one completely crept up me! I didn't do last month's Gifted Gorgeousness run by Jo as I was making for the travelling box. Click here to see the gifts I made from freebie charts and with gifted fabric!! You could say threads were gifted too as hubby brought me most of my DMC threads too. ) Boom! I'll share my favourite make again though. The pattern is here
This month, once again I'm making for friends. I can show you a little bit of two I'm stitching for gifts and 2 I have kitted up ready for gifts too.
Below is a Gazette 94 pattern.
This one is actually one I found that is a Hama bead design but works well as a cross stitch design. I've had a few visits from the frog on this one including one where he stopped a very long time. 🐸
Next are the 2 I have kitted up and they'll be started over the next week. Both are freebies again. One I managed to print the wrong design as there was a spelling error so I shall do that at work tomorrow. I've shown it here with the design with a mistake as it won't change much at all. I've changed the colour too as I didn't like the really muted colours. My friend Caroline who the piece is for, is a vibrant person so it needed more colour. The pattern is here, just keep scrolling!
And this one is with the backing fabric too, I've chosen a red that's a little more pink to match the fabric.
I hope all the UK mums have a lovely Mothering Sunday. We're off to church soon and then to my mums for lunch. I've already watched the F1 so a great start to the day for me.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
It's been a lovely day here, glorious sunshine has made it feel very spring like. As I was sat watching the children play in the garden I realised that I hadn't shared my makes and what I kept from when the travelling box visited last month.
I made 8 items and took out 7 this time. I had a little assistance in choosing as usual!
So my makes were...
I stitched a lot of things this time... My favourite was the friend cushion from a freebie I found on Pinterest.
I changed the thread colours to match the beautiful fabric my friend gave me from the Downton Abbey fabric range and added the cotton lace trim and wooden wooden buttons.
I stitched this little cameo and beaded the edge. It reminds me of a ring I have that was my Nan's.
I stitched a chicken scratch butterfly.
I also had a bit of an experiment with some felt and beads and made this necklace and matching earrings
I also made a crocheted flower brooch, a felt and stitched button brooch and embellished a bag with buttons and machine embroidery.
I'll share my travelling box picks in my next post.
Ps this was written a few days ago when the weather was actually nice. Today has been cold and grey. Brrrrr!