As the song from Gilmore Girls says “So welcome to my little corner of the world”. It’s all about me and my crafting – focusing around my love for stitching and sewing along with anything else that catches my eye. So welcome, grab a coffee and happy reading.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Wedding makes and holibobs

Hi Everyone,
Thank you for all the lovely comments on the spring swap.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a beautiful wedding of some dear friends. I made a penguin card as the bride is rather fond of them.

I also stitched a lucky horseshoe from a DMC blackwork occasions chartbook.

I thought I'd share the beautiful table flowers and the awesome cake. The groom loves his retro cars and has an Allegro like the one on the cake!

On to our holiday. We had a week at Butlins, Minehead at an event called Spring Harvest. We had glorious weather and the beach at Minehead is lovely.

The kids had a fab week, there was so much to do for the kids and it was great to spend time not worrying about the mundane and just be together.

So just a quick post here, I've got some Easter goodies to show you and I've been working on my quilt too.

Thanks for reading. x

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Spring swap part 2

Me again!

In my last post I shared all the gorgeousness Steph made me so now is the time to share what I sent to Steph. 

As you know I've been learning to crochet so I made a small granny blanket (moon pie sized let's say!) in colours that reminded Steph of spring. It's funny we both said yellow and green, Steph said white too and I said purple/lilac. Here you can see it with two new sock of the day candidates, a unicorn bag and some bits that went into the parcel.  

I made Steph a daisies in the lawn biscornu, it's funny that we both used daisy buttons on the biscornu! 

I also made Steph a felt book too, I made it so a page can be added each swap. The purple is the cover and green the spring page. The four seasons design is from a book called 2 hr country cross stitch that I've had for years. 

The inside cover has a place for cards and the spring page has an iris on which is one of my favourite flowers. 

The other side had a pocket to hold a mini cross stitch kit. 

And the back cover has a 4 seasons charm on some lovely hand dyed felt Laura gave me ages ago.

As it was Easter I made this little bunny cushion with Pom Pom tails. I found the chart here 

I enjoyed making all of this but I think my favourite make - just, was this stitch. It's a design called spring ride from The floss box and I knew as soon as I saw it it would be perfect for Steph. I finished it with some fairytale fabric into a cushion. 

The box wouldn't have been complete without some crafty bits, I really liked the varigated wool and the tortoise fabric was cute! 

I always end up with a last minute make and this was it. My daughter goes to preschool down a village lane and there is a bank of muscari which inspired me to bead this. 

So that was the spring swap. The ideas for the summer swap are already in flow and I've even made a few sketches and have several bits on various wish lists on t'internet!! 

Next up is the wedding and a few holibob pictures. Thanks for reading xx

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Spring swap part 1

Earlier this year Steph and I decided to have a 4 seasons swap and just before Easter we exchanged our spring parcels

Steph in all her marvellousness sent me an awesome Easter egg hunt...

Here it is all unpacked on the beautiful blanket. 

The blanket was made of the softest wool and is lovely for my lap on cooler evenings

Steph stitched this beautiful spring bunny cushion. You can find the link to the design on Steph's blog. 

There a stunning and very long granny square scarf. It was very handy on our break to Minehead last week as it was a little breezy. 

Steph stitched this friendship biscornu 

And the back with a lovely daisy button

A needle felted sheep...

Then there was this wonderful bag, stuffed full of goodies including a Lindt bunny, sweets, candle, charms, 3 cheerful crocheted brooches and flower garlands! 

Steph is a very talented artist too and painted me this postcard, here's the front...

And the back, I love the fabric in the heart. 

Still with me as there is so much more still to go!!!

Flower garlands

Bunny and monster egg covers for the kids

And one of Steph's fabulous fabric books. It's really worth reading Steph's blog about this as she explains is so much better than I can. 

The cover with a granny square in the same wool as my cosy blanket

A spring lamb in the field and spring is the time to get creative...

And of course a spring giraffe!! The back cover below had a beautiful mandala on it. I did hint to Steph that it would make a stunning brooch! 

And last of all is a wee Witchy postcard...

So as you can see I was truly blessed with the swap. Steph is an amazingly talented lady. I'm already plotting the summer swap. 

My makes for the swap coming up in part 2...

Thanks for reading. xx

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Wipocalypse and themealicious catch up

Hi everyone, 
So once again a month has passed since my last post so I am planning to sit and write several and schedule them for the coming week too. I hope you all had a lovely Easter, we had a week in Minehead and had glorious weather and also went to a friends wedding too. I'll share some pics later in the week.

I've missed a couple of wipocalypse posts so here are are the couple of finishes. I finished the Mouseloft kit of the blue tit for my mums birthday and the Mouseloft sheep as a biscornu. It's got a sheep button in the back with some simple cross stitches in the corner.

I continued on with the cover kit challenge I set myself and stitched the typewriter heart from cross stitcher. I changed the colours to coordinate a bit more and have more of a retro feel. 

Each month Measi poses a question for us too so here is the March one...Show us your favorite places to stitch..

A lot of you have seen my corner of the lounge. I sit surrounded by my clutter. I've been known to stitch on the bus on the way home from work and outside the pre school whilst I wait to I get my daughter. 

In April Measi asked...How do you keep your stash organized?

From the photo above you can see I have a unit that I keep my boxes of special threads in like metallics and varigated ones. It also houses my button tin too. The bottom draw has my letter writing stuff in. The spotty box on top has needles scissors etc. it was one that came with some DMC threads and accessories. The blue 6 draw unit has beads, buttons, charms and the like. On top sits my fabric box. On the floor is my WIP basket, magazine rack and generally stuffed in the corner is my bag of crochet and other bits and bobs. I do have almost a full collection of DMC threads on bobbins in their boxes and my fabric is in a big box under the kitchen table. Anyone who knows me knows my craft stuff is basically scattered in boxes round the house! 


So on to themealicious and March Madness. I aimed for 15 pieces, most of what I stitched I'll share with you in my spring swap post. Here is the list. 

Biscornu for Steph 
CS typewriter kit
Blue tit (Mouseloft)
Sheep (Mouseloft)
4 seasons
Book titles x 3 
Daisy biscornu
Granny blanket crocheted
beaded felt brooch

So not a bad attempt at madness! I thought I was barmy at sometimes during March. April's theme is April showers and Heather has set the following challenge...

What pieces can you find in your flood of WIPs that include water? Rivers, lakes, oceans, or rain (and anything that lives within). 

The only one I can think I of is a little Mouseloft kit of the beach. I might actually be able to get that one done! 

I'll be back over the weekend with my spring swap post!