Monday, 26 November 2012

Hearts and hot drinks

The weather has been on the cold and wet side this week, which is why I have spent several hours in the shed complete with hat and coat on!  I fancied making a few small things, hence these button hearts...

hang these up anywhere

I also made a paper lantern ...  
complete with fringe

Instructions for this is a tutorial over at the wonderful

I also made a  crochet cushion cover in cheery bright colours...
bit of crochet

And for a bit of Winter cheer these two mug warmers, one knitted, the other   using crochet, 
tea for two

should have made the knitted one on right a bit longer!

The instructions for these can be found over at the magnificent Mollie Makes

I have just completed a years' subscription, with lots of great features, and wonderful ideas! 

A big hello to new followers and readers of my blog, much appreciated! Hope you are keeping warm, and making lots of creations,  Why don't you join me over at Handmade Monday to see the lovely things featured this week. x 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Moving into the shed

This week I have made some more bunting (crochet)  using wool kindly donated, I made lots of little flowers, and this garland is now hanging in the shed.

a garland for the shed

I treated myself to a new table which meant
I was able to use my sewing machine, heater, and light, using a special trip plug which will suffice until the shed is insulated and regular sockets installed.
I love this table top, and can use the trestle legs as shelves. Over the coming weeks I will be adding other bits and pieces, but today I have been sewing, and crocheting to my hearts content!
sewing table tucked into corner

moving in!

trying out the new location

I made some little fabric hearts, then went on to sew a book bag, three actually, but  I like this one  the best.

book bag

I also received details for making two scrappy blocks that will become part of a quilt, (one of many) in an ongoing project   set up by Michelle over at  the Quilting Gallery to help people affected by hurricaine Sandy. (See link on side bar).

I am going over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone involved with Handmade Monday has been creating this week.  Hello to new followers, and thanks for reading my blog. Hope you manage to avoid the Winter coughs and colds that seem to be doing the rounds.

 Hearty homemade soups like this one should help keep the bugs away!
Italian pasta soup 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Handmade bunting

I've not had much chance to spend any time in the shed yet. But I have managed to make some bunting using fabric scraps, and a length of  pink and red bias binding. Red on one side and pink on the other. I thought I would use the red side for the Autumn and Winter. So far I have hung one strip along the back, and will try and make some more next week to hang along the front.

reversible bunting

strip of bunting

I  have also made something for my swap partner (see previous blog post),  but can't show the photo  yet as I want it to be a surprise!

I have been looking at ideas for a desk, including  charity shops, and the Ikea catalogue.  I moved a small round table and chairs inside,  the table and chairs were a bargain found on a camper van trip to Angelsey. The table top is a bit marked, so sometimes I use tablecloths on it.  I couldn't resist  making one in a soft pink cotton material, where I added a red and white spotted trim.  I cannot find the image, so I will have to add the photo to next weeks' Handmade  Monday if that's ok.

I have also seen  crochet and knitted bunting, I find it quite appealing to be sat in front of the fire with a basket of wool, making flowers and triangles. A great way to use up the tiny balls of wool  leftover from other  pieces of creativity.
I am now going over to take a peek at other projects over at Handmade Monday. I've not had much time to leave many comments lately  so hope to catch up.
Wendy x 

Monday, 5 November 2012

The Sewing Shed

Great excitement this week as my sewing shed finally arrived. I bought it at half price on the condition I waited till the Summer season was over and then it would be delivered at the beginning of November.
A base had to be prepared first.

wooden frame ready for cement base

hearts were added by OH at each corner!

Then early one morning it arrived at 7.30am just as I was leaving for work.  I could hardly wait to get back home to see it.

early morning arrival

The pieces were taken through to the back garden, and carefully put together.

one corner three more to go

almost there...

finishing off...
I think they did a great job!
side view on the day I bought it in the Summer
frosty roses

I love the details on these leaves

The cold weather is here for sure.  I can only stay in the shed for a few minutes,   but slowly over the Winter it will get light and warmth, and I will post more photos as things are added to the inside. I feel very lucky to have this sewing shed. So thankyou  Dad, for enabling me to treat myself to the shed. I know you'll be watching down on me from somewhere as I sit sewing in what will become a cosy place, to sew, make things and just be.

Couldn't resist hanging this up!

It's been quite hectic here lately, so I will slow down,  and  browse through the  makes on show at Handmade Monday. There are always great displays from lots of creative people!

Oh yes, I almost forgot! I have a swap partner over at Make And Craft. The very creative Alison at Fiddley Fingers, who also takes part on Handmade Monday.  So  must  get working on that too....