We often take wine…

..when we are invited to friends for lunch or dinner so I thought I would make some fabric coasters as a hostess gift. I used my Accuquilt hexagon dies to cut 12 hexies.

cut hexagons

I then made a paper template slightly smaller then hexies. I used this template to iron the edges neatly. Kept one side in place with a hair clip. And work around the hexagon ironing all edges inwards.

coaster template

Once they were all ironed [I kept them pressed with paper clips while I finished the rest]

ready to sew

 

I sewed 2 hexies together [wrong sides together].

set of six coasters

I wrapped them in cellophane, stapled a label and attached to the wine bag with grosgrain ribbon and a handmade charm. It is a very quick handmade hostess gift to make.

coasters wrapping

And close up of the cute charm!

coasters close up

Handmade swap – 1st package

I have just completed and shipped off my first swap. My swap recipient loves:

Pink and Aqua

Colourful and Vintage

Making Bunting Flags

Sewing Craft Anything Handmade

So I made her a cosy little needle book – so all her needles would be safe. And it gave  me an excuse to crochet my first African flower. This is such a pretty crochet pattern. I enjoyed stitching a border on the fabric book pages.

needle book cover

needle book inside

It was only fitting that her pair of scissors be kept safe too – so I made her a little case out of felt and a crochet closure. Blanket stitch, French knot embroidery and button to finish it off.

scissor case

Not sure if likes tea or coffee or neither but a mug  with your favourite beverage needs a nice little rug to sit on – don’t you think. I made this hexie mug rug with 7 hexies.

mug rug

And to finish off I made her a little packet of note cards – using recycled magazine pages for envelopes and old novel pages, I printed a silhouette of a sewing machine and adhered them to pink card stock.

note cards

note  card envelopes

little pack of note cards

Fingers crossed she liked her package.

SIC – 12th month

A reminder here why I am doing this, and the 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th 8th9th10th and 11th challenges if you are interested.

This caught my eye because I could use some of the rosemary from our herb garden.

BHG damper

And here is my version which I made it to take to my friend’s house to share over lunch.

damper

 

This edition of the Better Homes and Garden magazine [July] has an excellent feature on felt craft. I couldn’t pick just one page to capture here so here is a few.

BHG felt collage

Overlaying felt and stitching inspired me to make a felt embellishment for a baby shower  card I wanted to make. Here is the other part [of the gift] of the recent baby shower I attended. I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut the felt with my flower dies. A combination of French knots for the centre with variegated perle cotton, simple stitching with embroidery floss to sew one flower to the other and blanket stitch for the brown/grey background piece. I also added some matching baby pink and baby blue beads to each petal. I secured the embellishment with some double sided tape so that it could be removed. And a simple “boy girl” boy girl border.

Ashely baby shower

Who ate my apples?

I found this trio on Pinterest. They were too cute to just pin, they had to be replicated. So yes, I decided to make one for my niece that is expecting their first bub in September. I made a mistake and did not make his paws white but I like how he turned out nonetheless.

Here he is, my first amineko cat.aminenko cat 3 apples

aminenko cat 2 apples

Click here for the pattern to make one of these cute cats!

At least my friend is partly ready for Christmas

So my friend gave  me a bunch of card stock. She said, I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. She had a surplus from the supplies she purchased to make her wedding invitations. Of course, card stock equals hand made cards. I had 13 sheets of red and 6 sheets of textured pearlescent cream.

cardstock

I decided to make a batch of Christmas cards and a batch of ‘any occasion’ cards. Plan was to make these and return them to my friend for her to use.

The ‘any occasion’ batch was made with printed [Best wishes] up-cycled dictionary pages and sewn [creative memories punch] dragon flies. I fed the dictionary pages [stuck on a scrap piece of normal sized paper] through my printed using the free font ‘satisfaction’ – love this font. I wanted to come up with a design that could be used for male, female, birthday, congratulations, bon voyage anything really. I think next  time I would use the sentiment ‘thinking of you’.

best wishes card

best wishes collage

The Christmas batch consisted of a little wreath of textured leaves. Some mounted with foam tape. Little tiny red bows made using a fork [tutorial on Pinterest, of course] and joy stamped with black ink. I used my alphabet stamp and taped the 3 letters  together for quick stamping.

joy card

joy card collage

I wrapped them into cute little packages, cellophane, coloured twine and stickers.

Christmas card pack

any occasion card pack

The detail is in the [million] stitches

The 2014 Craft and Quilt Fair finished today. I went yesterday with my mum and had a great day, attend a workshop, soaked up inspiration, bought quite a bit [ran out of cash, I still had plastic though] and took these photos. Enjoy.

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Freeform crochet

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Freeform knitting

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Human knitting

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Knitted characters

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So many strips!

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Too cute not to photograph.

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And this one too.

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Shashiko embroidery and traditional quilting.

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Denim background.

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Shades of green.

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The lines and lines of stitches, amazing!

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Hope you are able to zoom into the detail.

My new addiction

Quilling on Instagram! Just when I think I have seen the most gorgeous creations I see more unique designs and variations. I am hugely inspired by all this talent. Just last week our neighbours offered us a little look at their collection of fabrics from when they were in the ‘rag trade’. And we were allowed to take any that we fancied. They are a such sweet couple and would not accept any money, in fact they were grateful we helped them clear out as they will soon be downsizing. Well a thank you token and card was the least we could do. When we were shown through their home it was evident my neighbour loved lady bugs. So here is my little thank you card I designed. A few coils, tight, loose and someone pinched, secured with a little glue created these shapes and eventually Miss Beetle came to life. Martha Stewart round corner punch to a add a soft touch. Some freehand typography.

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Oh and of course a bit of research on Pinterest didn’t hurt either, follow me or my board  for some inspiration.

From boring to basket!

Luckily I thought quickly when I was about to discard this T-shirt I had never used.

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It was one of those that have no side seams. It was too big, long, baggy but perfect for upcycling. Yes I will turn into t-shirt yarn. You may have seen this new idea on Pinterest. I washed it and turned it into yarn, if you would like to see how, click here.

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I then crocheted using a size 10 hook and created a little basket. What do you think? I had a go at styling so cut some camellias and a hydrangea from the garden.

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I wrapped some sinamay, grosgrain ribbon and I made crocheted ric-rac [you can see it on the bottle on the right.]

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I gave this to my BFF – she loves it.