Wednesday, 20 February 2013

WOYWW Tempus really fugits!

Seems just like yesterday that I was posting last week's WOYWW. If you don't know what I'm talking about, pop over to Julia (see below) to see what it's all about.

The week has flown partly because I've just got home from 4 days with my 88 year old Mum.  I always have to take some crafting to do, and managed to finish this Summer Days Baby Blanket, to go on the 'for sale' pile.

It's made with the lovely bright 5 ply cotton from Lidl - I love working with that yarn.

Since getting home this afternoon, I've been recovering from the 3.5hr drive by knocking up a couple of stash-busting cotton dish cloths. I used a couple of balls of cotton that I've inherited along the way which are quite fine but ok when worked together.

One ball is white, and the other pale green, but - sorry - you can't really tell from either of these pics, one using the flash and one without.

Tomorrow (Wed) I'm off to buy yarn to knit a Ravelry poncho for Mum. She feels the cold these days, and wears a shawl that she's always having to pull up over her shoulders - hopefully this will make life a bit easier for her.

I'm posting this over with Julia at so why not make a cuppa, put your feet up and pop over to see what everyone else has been up to.

Have a great day, Chris xx

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

WOYWW and Delicious Decoupage

I suddenly had a eureka moment about the furniture upcycling - decoupage with napkins.

 I cut out the motifs then separated the backing. They were easier to cut with the backing intact.  The resulting tissue was surprisingly strong, ok being stuck down with a glue stick, and even coping being lifted a couple of times, for overlapping (just don't lick your fingers to separate them - they crumple!)  They are really thin, so they're like painting, with no ridges.

and this is how the whole pieces look

I'm very happy with the results, and will distress (sand) the edges and varnish them.

Now to make some pancake mix for when DH gets home, and then back to my crochet.

I'm putting this over on WOYWW with Julia and the others, so pop over and see what they've been up to.

Love for now, Chris x

Monday, 11 February 2013

Shabby meets stashbusting = LOVE

Oh, I'm such a happy flutterby!

You may remember from a few posts ago, that I'm attempting to recycle a blanket box and small TV table, by giving them a dose of shabby chic.  Well, I started by giving them a base coat of white, using the last of a pot of white emulsion. 

Then I invested a whopping £1.50 in a tester pot of Homebase Azure matt emulsion

and added it to the dregs of white.  Result?

I'm in love!  I can't decide whether to just rub down the edges, or to add some vintage rose (or other)  paper decoupage as well.  What do you think?

When they're finished, I'll top them with a coat of clear matt varnish, to seal them.

Lessons learned so far?  Try new effects out on items that aren't too valuable, so I don't worry about spoiling them, and to have a go!

Back to the crochet, while I wait for them to dry.

Hope your day is going as well as mine. xx

A very happy unbirthday ...

... to me, as Winnie the Pooh would say.  I had a lovely morning at church yesterday.  Firstly, I received this gorgeous bouquet as a thank you for my time working in the office before I retired. 

Then, on my way out, I was given a bag of crafty goodness from Anita. I love surprises like this!

As well as cards to recycle, there were three embroidery hoops

and the most beautiful vintage button tin

containing these little beauties, as well as lots more

Thank you Anita!

Have a lovely week, everyone. xx

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Handmade Monday

It's very wet and gloomy outside, but we're as snug as bugs indoors, watching Harry Potter on TV and where I'm surrounded by colour.

I love working with the vibrant cotton colours I got from Lidl. It's 5 ply and the colours are scrummy.

The little circles will form one of a pair of handwarmers for my sister in law, and there will be another pair in more macho colours, for her husband.  They will have fabric inserts, filled with rice, and can be heated in the microwave or on a radiator. I got the idea from here -

They should come in very useful when they go early morning dog-walking,

The large circles are the outside of a shoulder bag I'm trying out.  I'll make a fabric lining on the machine tomorrow, and start assembling it.    
I hope your weekend went well, and look forward to meeting you over at Handmade Monday

Bye for now, Chris x

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Sweet Saturday

It's great to see folks at the weekend but, I have to admit, after several peeps to dinner the last few weeks, it's also lovely to think that we've got nothing planned for this one.

I've just finished this cushion to add to the stash to sell, when I get myself organised for a craft fair.

It's the rose pattern, courtesy of the lovely Astri, over at Apple Blossom Dreams

Once put together, there seemed to be too much white space, so I added a few lines of pink stitching, and a couple of Lisa's teeny flowers finished off with vintage button centres, and I think it brings it all together. 

Thanks again, ladies, for your generosity in sharing your patterns!

The back is just two overlapping granny squares

and the whole thing is finished off with a picot edge.

I have no idea what to charge for this on a craft stall - any suggestions?

I've just started a round crocheted handbag which I'll post when finished. I'm thinking of making handles with the French knitting tool I picked up in Lidl last week. 

Meanwhile, I'm still working on the shabby chic treatment on the blanket box, etc., and hope to finish them next week - again, pics to follow.

I'm posting this at Sweet Saturday so, why not make a cuppa and visit the other crafty folks over there.  Have a great weekend, lovelies! xx

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


Hi - as soon as I return from this week's Lidl adventure, I'll be tackling -

my grocery bags (sorry, forgot to put the flash on). The handles are still robust, but the plastic-y linings are shot, so I'm going to re-line them with tough upholstery fabric - I just hope the machine can cope.

There are a few wear holes on the outside, and I will just put funky patches on for now, and eventually add new outsides, too.  Some people would scratch their heads, wondering why the mad woman doesn't just buy new ones, but that goes against the grain.

After that, I'll continue the saga of the shabby chic-ing - I rubbed down the said pieces yesterday, and will put a first coat of paint on today.  Then, I want to finish this cushion - for some reason, it's taking a long time.  The roses are on the front, and the back will be two overlapping granny squares, forming an envelope opening.

I'm posting this over at Julia's for WOYWW - - pop over and see what the others are up to.  Meanwhile, have a great day, All xx

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Handmade Monday - Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Last night a friend brought round my new (to me) blanket box. It's in the sewing room, ready to house as much of my fabric stash as I can squeeze in.

Tomorrow I'll give it a first coat of paint, ready for a touch of shabby chic (sc). The pieces on the top (metal) are other bits I'm thinking of sc'ing, too, but am not sure whether to leave them as they are.

While I've got the brush out, I'll also undercoat the kitchen windowsill - the whole room needs decorating but I don't have the oomph to do it all at once, but will tackle it a bit at a time.

And before cleaning the brush, I'll give the sewing box and tv table an undercoat, ready for sc, as well.

Both of the next two pictures are

using up stash fabric and yarn.

It's so lovely having the sewing room back in action, even if it's not decorated yet. It means I can pop in and out as I want, to run up things like a little pile of dollshouse duvets and pillows for Daisy, a little friend.

This afternoon (Sunday) I'm using up yarn stash to make rose cushions for my craft fair stall, while watching Harry Potter on TV, with DH.

I'm posting this over at Handmade Monday Why not add your crafting over there, and see what everyone else has been up to.

Love for now, and have a great week, Chris xx