Wednesday, 5 November 2014

WOYWW Crafty Adventures

This is where I craft most of the time, these days, keeping Mum company - taken from my corner of the sofa. This was how it looked at the weekend, with lots of hexie 'flowers' to be assembled.

Thanks to Rosie's help (not) I'm now putting the whole thing together. It doesn't look much at the moment but it should look good - eventually. It's very restful to do, and appeals to my flutterby nature as I flit between tacking each hexie in red, assembling the flowers, then sewing them all together.

Sorry - just noticed how blurred this pic is

I did blitz my craft room at the weekend as, for too long, it's just been used as a dumping ground, and the occasional 15 mins or so that I sneak off to play. The shelves behind the chair are for sewing stuff, and I'll tackle sorting them once I buy some large, plastic stacking boxes and get the last of my fabric down from the loft. 

This is the first card I've made in - well, 'months' is an understatement!! It took ages because I've lost confidence - and my mojo - through lack of practice. I am playing with some Christmas card ideas, but I don't want to to put myself under pressure and - sshhh - don't tell!!! - will resort to buying some if necessary. Anxiety keeps tapping me on the shoulder these days, but I'm determined not to listen.

Anyway, enough waffling for now. I hope to see you over at Julia's, for our virtual weekly tea party. If you're not familiar with WOYWW, click the button on my side bar and come over to join us there -                             you're in for a treat!

Thanks to all the lovely peeps who visit me, especially those who leave a message. Have a great week, and I'll try to visit all WOYWW'ers over the next few days.

Hugs and blessings, Chris xx


  1. Had to laugh Chris.How like a cat to choose a sewing project to sleep on!Like these hexi pieces.Never tried them myself, but our local quilt shop has loads of things made from both big and tiny hexis.

  2. I like your sewing work. Your kitty is just too cute. #8

  3. Lovely post today Chris. My cat has taken to sleeping on top of my work desk on any scrap of paper she can find! Must take a picky. Your card is great, keep going your mo jo and confidence is there somewhere.
    have a happy week
    Lynda B 10

  4. Love the blankets on the chair, makes it look really cosy. Its always good to craft in company
    Bridget #2

  5. I think your sewing looks fab - and obviously very cosy! Don't stress about the cards - if you have to buy some, hey ho! However, I think the one you've made looks fab! Helen 3

  6. I agree with Helen, the world will still keep turning if you buy a few cards!! But I really like the one you've shown, simple and elegant.
    You have more patience than me to do hexies...I love the look but know that's one project I will never tackle....I'm all about instant gratification, me! Lol
    Hugs, LLJ 25 xx

  7. Hi Chris. I love the card so hope your confidence alows you to have a go with a few Christmas cards too. Your quilt is looking lovely to have something you can do while keeping your mum company too.
    Annie x # 27

  8. Love the look of those hexies you have on the go, and envy your ability and patience because I am certain I would not be able to do them! LOL I haven't started my Christmas cards, have been out of the scraproom and scrapping and playing for so many months that I am not sure I can still do it so totally understand that stressed feeling you have. Annette #18

  9. Beautiful project that the kitty is sleeping on! I'm slowly getting started on Christmas cards so everything else has sort of been put on hold. I'm also currently working on ornaments for my tree!
    Glenda #37

  10. Happy WOYWW Chris, wonderful that you are keeping busy while keeping mum company.. and I'm sure you'll come up with a Christmas design and have cards made in no time - just stamp words on a plain card!! have fun, Cheers RobynO#39

  11. Oh I do love those little sewn hearts! So sweet. And well done on the room tidy too. Now, I have to say, do try the circulars for socks. I got a couple (suitable for worsted weight yarn, but not really for sock yarn, at 3mm and 4 mm) bamboo circulars from Tiger for £2. Not as flexible as the Knitpros but for the price, not too bad. :)

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

  12. I love lap projects like that. Your kitty is cute - my kitties are on the blog today too! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #51

  13. Don't feel you have to whisper when you say you might buy cards. Nothing wrong with that. You're doing much more important work in keeping your mum company. The best gift you can give people is that of your love especially expressed in time and attention.
    I love the hex quilt. One day I will start one too. (I have an elderly mum so perhaps I should wait until she's
    Thank you for letting me look over your shoulder.
    Have a good week.

  14. I love how you did these hearts on that card that is so cool :) ~Stacy #60

  15. Just like a cat to help themselves to a roll in the sewing project, or crocheting or knitting. One of mine likes to make off with my paper roses or ribbon bits. Enjoy your crafting and if a project makes you anxious hop to another project. The key here is to have fun.
    Katie #63

  16. Cats just love to be in there helping out with whatever you are up to don't they. Your quilt is looking lovely. It's nice to have a project you can get on with anywhere isn't it.
    Love your Xmas card too, I wouldn't worry, it doesn't look as though Mr Mojo has gone very far.
    Hugs Lisax #33

  17. Great post Chris, don't expect the cat to move Lol! my dogs are the same, they know just where not to sit Lol! Happy crafting, Angela x 40

  18. cute photo of the kitty Chris...she probably feels all the calm and serenity you are getting making it and decided to help herself to some of it! Rosie is a sweetie but cats in general....They are such devious little souls! I have 3 and all have different personalities! Looking forward to seeing more of the quilt. BTW! I am with you on the mojo disappearing as far as cards go. I need to get started on Christmas cards too! Have a great week. Vickie #68

  19. I love the Christmas card - so elegant and I love the colours. I can sympathize with Mr Anxiety looking over your shoulder as that happens to me a lot, but it's not showing in your lovely work. Typical of cats isn't it - that did make me smile! Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you have a happy and creative week,
    Diana #40

  20. Cats funny creatures they get into/onto weirdest of places. Lovely Christmas card. Thanks for popping by my blog Anita 42

  21. Love the card.

    Your CR looks ready for your next project, although it's nice you can keep your mum company.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #34

  22. It feels good to have a blitz, doesn't it, and clear all the dumping ground stuff away! I know the feeling because I have to keep doing this or I'd never move int here... I always enjoy seeing Rosie - what a poppet she is!

    Thank you for your very encouraging and sweet comments on my blog - it's not easy but we'll get through it somehow. Mum is behaving very well at the moment (she always does after a blow-up) but it never lasts. I just have to enjoy it while it does! My ARTHaven is a wonderful escape, and I feel quite different in there, once I get immersed in some art, and come out feeling refreshed.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #44

  23. That card is really awesome!! You haven't lost your mojo at all. You have a wonderful, bright crafting space. Love the blue carpet. (Shades of blue always draw me in ---especially turquoise I have to say.) Rosie is so precious. :0) Thanks for your visit to my blog and your very kind comment. Happy WOYWW and have a good crafty week. Nann #52

  24. Seems to me your mojo snuck up on you. Great card! And your quilt is looking beautiful! I have a cat that likes to be in my lap when I'm working on rugs. Thanks for visiting and happy belated WOYWW!
    Carol N #50

  25. Looks like a very rewarding project. I'm sure it will look amazing when completed. And useful too! Thanks for visiting earlier! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #42

  26. Thank you for sharing your interesting workspace and your lovely card.
    Thanks for visiting earlier.
    Gabriele 30

  27. Thanks for visiting my blog this week, sorry I'm so late in returning the visit. I'm still working on all the snowflakes.....LOL

    LOVE your creative space.....both of them. The corner of my sofa often looks very similar.

    Don't stop on your cards!!! This one is gorgeous!

  28. Sorry I'm late! Here's some advice. Return to your craft room to make cards....don't sit down having allocated yourself a specific time to spend or a specific output/outcome planned. Play a bit, get the feeling back in your brain and fingers. I'm now doing a teeny bit every evening and it keeps me thinking about it which means that despite the mess I'm making, I eventually get to a result! And hey, bought cards aren't the end of the world....if your hobby is causing you any anxiety, you have to stop it for a while!!

  29. That cat of your is just gorgeous, bow the fact that you want to be making stuff, she wants to sleep on it, bless her.
    As for Christmas cards, why not buy some very simple one and embellish thenm, and as you start playing with them I'm sure your mojo will come storming into the room saying 'We can do better than that, get the stash out and make some cards like we used to'
    Hugs and blessings
    Chris #27

  30. Dear Chris what a sweet space you have at home... and I LOVE how you shared your "current space on the couch" as you support your Mom.... By the way, that Bunny is just toooo sweet. I totally get the "lost Mojo" thing... so I am passing on my tip to you for great home made Christmas cards.... go to the Dollar Store and purchase boxes of cute but cheesy and inexpensive cards they have and then take them home and embellish... I have even fussy cutup half to pop dot the image on the other half of the cards... then add some stickles and liquid pearl and few bits of ribbon and VoilA... a home made original card by YOU.... they love them! Thanks for popping by my space and allowing me to have a peek at yours... (hugs) Scrapbook Lynne #69

  31. Cats always know the best places to have a lie down. Cute card.

  32. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog tonight. It's comforting to hear from others in the same boat as me. Thinking of you.

    Love your cute cat and her funny sleeping places! So cute! :) xx

  33. "Anxiety tapping on my shoulder" - now that is a wonderful way to describe how I feel lately! Since I'm Dutch, I don't always find the right words for things/feelings but I will remember this sentence! I think a lot of crafters know the feeling! Your craftroom looks great and so does your card. Just keep playing and your mojo will come back, I know from experience ;) Happy, belated, woyww, happy Sunday and a hug from Holland. Marit #55

  34. Hi there. I am SO late visiting this week.
    That card is delightful Chris. You certainly don't need to feel anxious about your skills!! They are not forgotten. May you know that glorious peace which passes all understanding as you minister each day to your mum, and as you seek to remain "You" in the midst of all you do.
    Thanks for your visit and comments. Life - and step inside - has indeed been busy - but it's good to take a part again after stepping out of most things whilst John has been so ill and recovering. The funeral was simply amazing - and extremely colourful - a beautiful tribute from across the globe, as folk flew in, and tributes poured in to a very special CMS missionary.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #11