Sunday 27 May 2012


In my last post I meant to show you another pretty thing I have recently acquired, but annoyingly forgot to include it in my post... it was a little present, for no particular reason, from Roon (my lovely sister-in-law) - aren't unexpected presents the best?!

Lovely 'HOME' blocks!  Don't they look so lovely next to my little quilt?!

The sun was in the wrong place, so this looks a bit dingy I'm afraid - poor photography skills!  I guess I should say that it was my camera that was in the wrong place - the sun was merrily shining in the sky where it should have been!!!  Heheheeee...

Thanks again Roon!!

Oh, and I have been meaning to say a big thank you to Hazel, for awarding me with the Sunshine award!  Go check out her blog, Ramblings and Such - she's recently renovated a dresser and chest of drawers that look really great.

I'm really sorry, but I'm not going to answer the questions or pass the award on (I know, what kind of an evil witch am I?!) - I've done a few in the past, and am running out of blogs that I haven't already passed awards onto!  I do really appreciate the thought, though - thank you Hazel.

And before I go, a picture of what I've just started working on (let's forget all the projects I should be finishing...!)

I'll show you more when (if!) I get it finished!

Oh... and one last thing - it was the Lumberjack's birthday yesterday... here is the cake I baked him:

We had such a lovely day out in the sunshine at Hinton Ampner - such a pretty place!

I hope you've all been enjoying the weekend and the beautiful weather!  :o)

Monday 21 May 2012

"The Girl Needs a Craft Room"

The subject of this post is a quote from the Lumberjack!  It was said a week ago Sunday, while he was happily immersed in motorbike racing on TV (World Superbikes, Moto GP, British Superbikes... one or all of them, who knows!) and I was happily immersed in my mini-quilt mat/runner!  In fact, the full quote went... "There are pins everywhere!  The girl needs a craft room".  I couldn't agree more!  :o)  Living in a one-bedroom flat and not having a table, I have to use my ironing board as a sewing machine station, and sew standing up.  My living room floor becomes my craft table... hence the pins scattered willy nilly in any place I happened to settle myself on the floor for any particular stage of proceedings!  There really were clusters of pins all over the place!

I just remembered that I took a picture on my phone of my living room a few months back, in the middle of a crafting session, so here it is...!  Imagine trying to sit and relax in that room?!

Well... I will continue to dream of having a craft room one day - where I can have prettiness and organisation, lovely storage showing off piles of fabric, reels of ribbon, jars of buttons... excuse me while I drift off into this lovely fantasy...!

But until then, here is the prettiness I am enjoying at the moment:

A new PiP Studio milk jug!!  Only £6.99 - I thought that wasn't too bad for a bit of PiP magic!

These fabric/ribbon/tape thingies (not sure what you call them!) that were given to me by the Lumberjack's mum, that she used on clothes she'd made for him when he was little!  We think they are from the late 70s!!

Some pretty fabric that called to me from the fabric shop in town - £1.75 for half a metre... I couldn't resist!  (It would look lovely amongst a pile of fabric in my imaginary craft room!)

And today... I spotted and bought this:

The Cross Stitcher magazine!  I've not really done any proper cross-stitching for years (apart from when I did the name on the PE bag for my friends daughter a while back).  I also don't usually buy magazines.  But for some reason, this called to me!  I Just loved those retro deer on the front - so cool!  It also comes with a kit to stitch a jubilee heart that I'll have to try to fit in around my many unfinished projects!

(Yes, that is my quilt appearing as the background in some of these pictures!  Not that I love it or anything!!!)  Hehehehe!

Oh, and just for fun here is a picture of me in a Minnie Mouse costume, from a work's fancy dress party on a boat on the Thames I went to on Friday!

It was such a good night!  Really good fun!

Well - this has been far too long and waffley today... so I will leave you now!

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Tilda Mini-Quilt Runner Ta-Dah!!

I have been working hard with the Tilda Charm Pack I showed you in my last post.  Trying something new to me... a bit of patchwork quilting!

I didn't really take any pictures along the way, but I picked 15 of the 20 charms, and sewed them together in a 3 x 5 rectangle.  I then put wadding and a plain pink backing behind them, and quilted them together (on the machine) along the stitch lines between the squares.  Stitching in the ditch I believe it's called!  (Or attempting to, anyway - there were a few wobbles, but not too bad on the whole).

That was pretty scary doing the quilting part - worrying I was going to ruin it all!

Then I cut and joined a couple of strips of pale pink polka-dot material to make the binding (after much research on the internet, as I didn't have a clue what I was doing!)  It all seemed very tricky and I did a fair bit of searching for some kind of cheat's way - but in the end just went for what seemed to be the proper way of binding.

I machine sewed it to the front, then hand-sewed the back of the binding - here I am above, part way through the hand sewing.  (I did trim back the wadding before doing each side).

After all my reluctance over the binding, I actually really enjoyed it!  So satisfying, and not as tricky as I thought.  Here is a nice little corner above!

I even like the look of the back of the quilt - it looks all cosy and squishy...

The binding was hand-sewn at the back, and it was really nice and relaxing to do.  Looks pretty neat I think!

The finished item is a little matt/runner for my coffee table... ta-dah!!

I love it!  The only bit that annoys me is where I've kind of pulled it a bit while doing one of the vertical quilting lines, so a couple of the squares seem to be pulling towards the top.  It is irritating, but I'm hoping it's not too noticeable, and am trying to remind myself that this is my first attempt at quilting!

So, there you have it!!  This is my May Monthly Make, and also part of me making a Pretty Crafty Home!  (See side-bar for these).

Oh, and I've been given an award - more about that next time, as I really should be getting ready for work, not faffing about doing blog posts!!!)

Wednesday 9 May 2012

What I've Been Up To...

Firstly, thanks for everyone who entered my giveaway, and hi to all new followers!  Thanks for all the lovely comments too.

Oh, and for those who are interested in the new job... sorry, I've been a bit quiet about it!  I'm halfway through my 6th week already - the time has really flown!  I miss my friends from my old job, but the people at the new place are friendly and the job is good, so I'm happy!  It already feels like I've been there for ages.  It's only a six month contract, but I would like it to carry on afterwards... we'll see... fingers crossed!

Onto craft!!  I've got many half finished things going on, but have had a sudden desire to do something with these...

(Sorry for the dingy lighting... I blame the weather!)

They are the contents of a Tilda Charm Pack!  I won them last year from The Krafty Cupcake, but they are one of those things that I'm too scared to use!  I really must get over this issue!  I take them out every now and then, arrange them into pretty arrangements, then put them away again!  I've got an idea of something I might use them for, so I can see and appreciate them properly... watch this space...

I am also trying to finish my African Flower cushion!!!  I really must finish it before starting a new project!  I've been crocheting half-flowers to square off the hexagons so I can make a 16 inch square suitable for a cushion...

I am slowly but surely getting closer to the finish, helped with some nagging persuasion from the Lumberjack!  He is very keen to see it finished - probably because he is fed up with coming round to my flat to encounter half-finished projects littering every surface!  (Also he does really like the colours and design!)

Hopefully I'll have something finished to show you before long!

Tuesday 1 May 2012

And the Winner is.......!!

Well... the day is here!  Time to pick the winner of my giveaway!

I put the names into my PiP Studio bowl...

Here we see the hand of the Lumberjack as he picked a name...

And the winner is........


.....who's it going to be....??!!.....

Congratulations Becky J!!  (Becky's blog is The Fluff Pot)  Becky was one of my first followers, so it was really nice to see her name on that bit of paper!  The poor woman has been reading my nonsense for over a year... the universe clearly decided she deserves some compensation!

I'm sorry for everyone else who entered and didn't get picked out of the bowl... I'll have to do another giveaway!!

Becky, please email me with your address, and I'll get this posted out to you!  :o)

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