Saturday, 25 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Monday, 20 February 2012
Friday, 17 February 2012
A little bit of crazy patchwork for you today.
We're trying to get together some new goodies to sell on our Buns & Roses craft stalls, so I rustled up these little keyrings.
I pieced together scraps on my machine, then made a sandwich with the crazy patchwork piece, pelmet vilene and a single piece of fabric on the back.
Stitched over the fabric joins on the top piece through all layers, then round the edge, and finished off with pinking shears and an eyelet and keyring.
Rather nifty I think. Hope they sell!
Saturday, 11 February 2012
T'was my birthday on Thursday and I was very lucky to spend at the The WI's Denman College in Oxfordshire.
My room ...
I was there as the College Host for the week, which meant I was there to assist with any problems and generally keep an eye on the students and visitors.
This turned out to be the main part of my job as Hazel Everett was there teaching a goldwork course and she always manages to have a classful of cheeky women! There was plenty of laughing going on, but their work was fantastic too.
It was incredibly busy at times but always great fun and I met some lovely people.
On my birthday everyone sang as I walked into the dining room for breakfast and there were lots of treats and surprises for me. I can think of no better way to spend a birthday than in beautiful, peaceful surroundings with dozens of (slightly crazy) women and having all your meals cooked for you!
Among my pressies I had a box of cucpcakes delivered from my friend Kat, Hazel's goldwork book, plenty of wine and sweeties and .... an experience day at Silverstone!
Hayley, Helen, Flower and my mum had coordinated to get me a session driving a single-seater at the track. I was so excited and overwhelmed with it all I was bawling like a baby!
Needless to say I had an excellent birthday and a really lovely week.
On Thursday night I hosted a quiz for some of the students, which seemed to go down well, and we even got a bit of snow.
Denman in the snow ...
I'm back at Denman next month for a conference, then a further two times later this year for WI Adviser training.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Another card commission for Hayley for a little girl who likes pink!
The lack of typical girly things such as princesses and fairies has never worried me and instead I turn to the Just Believe stamp set, Boho Blossoms Punch and Beautiful Wings Embosslit.
Some Rhinestone Jewels for added bling, et voila!
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Canvaswork has been a bit of a love/hate thing for me.
I love that it is fairly straightforward, even more so than cross stitch, and the geometric designs really appeal.
But sometimes I hate the feel of the canvas and it always catches my threads as I'm stitching.
Here is one thing I have done with canvaswork recently ...
A little brooch and a magnet, which is handy for when you drop your pin box all over the car park/living room floor! It also keeps the random sewing pins in my workbox in one place!
I'm now working on a new canvaswork piece, which I hope to finish in a couple of weeks.