Friday, 8 August 2014

Some birthday stitching and more...

Again it's been awhile since I posted, it feels like so much has been happening but not much worthy of blogging about (work, home, children, work, home, children - you get the idea!).

It's a certain little girl's birthday coming up this week, so I've been trying to get some stitching done at night to finish off a little cross-stitch for her. It's a Somebunny to Love pattern that I fell in love with from issue 202 of The World of Cross Stitching. This is where I was at a couple of nights ago...


Since then I've done more work on the bunny's dress. Bunny is holding a daffodil, and there are a couple of balloons that are supposed to trail the presents... but they may or may not be on my finished product depending on my time over the next few days (which is looking somewhat limited unfortunately).

Weekends have also been filled up with a bit of organisation of the house... there is a corner of my living room that's slightly out of the way and perfect for a "kids corner" however was becoming more of a toy dumping ground which was starting to annoy me every time I walked past...


A flat pack, a trusty helper, my scrapbooking hammer (I should probably invest in a proper hammer!), a trip back to the shop as the flat pack was missing some bits, and wa-la! A shelving unit!




I'm really happy with the result -I think it really 'makes' the area into a designated "corner" as well as keeping things organised.


I'll hopefully be back soon to share the celebrations of this almost one-year-old...


Until next time xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

It's been awhile...

I've been mentally telling myself that I must update my blog for weeks now, but the days keep slipping past and still not blog post… I'm finally here, and have finally uploaded some photos to my computer to be able to share with you!

So where have I been? As I mentioned in my last post, I was interstate (Canberra specifically) for a couple of weeks back in April visiting friends, and when I returned home I launched myself straight into full-time work after being offered a position while I was away. It's been tiring getting back into the swing of full-time work while also juggling two little ones… And weekends seem to just fly past! I went back to Canberra for a weekend at the end of May for the wedding of a close friend, and the kids and I have enjoyed having visitors come and stay at our place over the last few weeks. Busy times, but also happy times… although limited stitching in between!

Last time I posted I promised some photos… Here are some better pics of the quilt I made for Alex for his 3rd birthday…



I love the backing fabric… the funny thing is, so does Alex and he often insists having it backing side up so he can see the cars!! The backing also shows my free-motion loop-the-loop quilting…. my first effort at this, and I'm fairly happy with the result :)

The other project I mentioned last time was a sample I stitched for Rosalie Quinlan. I stitched one of the blocks from her latest quilt "Simply Blessed"…


The sample was stitched in her "French" colour-wave version of the quilt, and I fell in love with both the design and the variegated thread supplied:



Such a pleasure stitching this block, and I was lucky enough to then receive the full pattern set for this quilt… can't wait to have some time (and energy!) to start this project.

I've managed to do a little stitching over the past couple of months, albeit very little… I've mainly done a few stitches here and there towards Alex's "A Boys Story" quilt, but I also made a bunting for my friend's wedding. Unfortunately I didn't get very many good pics of it, but here's a taste for what it looked like:

It had their names with a heart on either end, lined with coordinating fabrics to the letters and then topped with lace trim. It ended up being hung behind the bridal table.

Long post after a long absence it seems! I'll try not to leave it so long until I post again… It's Sofia's 1st birthday coming up in August and I'd love to complete a couple of small projects for that, but we'll see what time allows for!

Until next time xx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

So much to tell!

Sorry I've been somewhat absent of late, it's been a busy few weeks!

It's been a little man's third birthday…


And a little miss's baptism…


I was crazy enough to have a combined celebration at my house a few weeks ago. It was great to have to many family and friends able to join in our special moments. 

By the end of the party all the balloons had been pulled together into one bunch, and I just loved how they looked…


In the last few weeks I've been busy quilting…


And stitching…



Alex's little 'disappearing 9 patch' is finished, and it was the perfect gift for his third birthday. I've taken better photos of the finished quilt but will have to share with you another time as I'm currently interstate and just realised I forgot to upload the photos onto my computer before I left home!

The stitching above is now finished, and again I'll have to share pics of the completed block when I'm back home. I felt honoured to stitch a block for Rosalie Quinlan to be part of a sample of her latest quilt 'Simply Blessed'. I really enjoyed throwing myself into this stitching, it's a lovely design and the variegated thread I was sent looked beautiful against the cream linen. I sent Rosalie the completed block earlier this week, then quickly got myself and the kids organised for our little holiday… busy days! It's also looking like I'll be going back to work once I get back home, so that will be an interesting juggle of all things life! 

Here's a last pic of my cheeky children, snuggled up under Alex's new lap quilt…


Until next time xx



Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Losing motivation...

I've been stitching away over the last couple of weeks and have made some headway with the stitcheries for Alex's quilt.



But I'm losing motivation… do you have times your 'mojo' just seems to disappear? I go to work on another project as a change, but then I feel like I really should be pushing through with this project… so I end up doing nothing.

Hopefully I'll be back with progress soon :)

Until next time x

Friday, 7 March 2014

Confession...

I've been hiding something from you… I have used my 'new start' credit and started a new project...


Alex loves cuddling up on the couch with my lap quilt, so I was inspired to make him his own. I've gone for a 'disappearing 9-patch' in nice bright colours and featuring a cute car pattern. There's a good tutorial over at Cluck Cluck Sew if you're interested in a tutorial for this pattern. I've completed the quilt top and so just need to get time to tack then machine quilt this one and I'm done. Alex's birthday is at the end of this month so with any luck it will be a special gift for him :)

Talking about my cheeky little monkey…


Can't believe he's nearly three! My babies seem to be growing up so quickly - Sofia is almost 7 months and starting to be able to sit by herself


Back to sewing… I've also offered to make a cushion cover for a friend's little boy. He's just started kinder and needs to take a little cushion to school for nap time. He's asked for something "black and orange with a little bit of green"so I thought the disappearing 9-patch idea would work perfectly for this project also. Here is what I have so far:


I quite like the effect! I just need to add a black strip down one side, add his name and then attach to some backing fabric.

March is shaping up to be a pretty busy month… interstate and overseas visitors, Sofia's baptism and Alex's birthday to organise for, as well as getting the above two projects completed. I'm also really hoping to get a softie made for Alex's birthday but that might be wishful thinking at this stage. Now just to figure out what special gift I can make/buy for Sofia for her baptism - any suggestions?

Until next time xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

A stocking for Alex

I thought I'd share this beautifully stitched Christmas stocking my Mum made for Alex.


It's a Shepherd's Bush pattern ("Harry's stocking") stitched on aida Mum had in her stash, and therefore smaller than other completed Shepherd's Bush stocking I've seen. The stitching was all done in December, and on Christmas eve I cut it out and roughly sewed it together but it wasn't properly finished with the binding until a couple of weeks ago.



Mum has launched straight into sewing one for Sofia (using Shepherd's Bush "Sophie's stocking" pattern) rather than waiting until the last minute this year! I've also put in a request for one… :D

Until next time x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Another block done

There's been quite a bit happening since I last posted… it was my birthday in late January, Sofia has started at childcare, I've had a job interview (yet to find out the result - fingers crossed!), I've been sick, the kids have been sick, Alex has been to his first birthday party for the year…

But in amongst all that I've managed a little stitching. I've completed two more stitcheries for Alex's quilt:



Which means -


Another block is done! I'm really excited to see this project starting to come together. I've now completed the top three blocks to the quilt and two blocks from the middle row. Six more stitcheries plus three appliqué left to do. Wish me luck!

Until next time x