Thursday, May 21, 2015

A creative day....

I had a very creative day on Tuesday. It is usually the day I feel like sewing and crafting as I get together with my stitching group. Firstly I have made all these cute hexies in Tilda fabrics. It's a pattern by Moda and a kit, in a great little tin, from Hatched and Patched. It will make a giant pincushion when it's finished. 
I also made a third felt Christmas gift envelope and finished off all of them with buttons and closures on the back. 
Then, as I am currently in a button swap, I played around with some buttons. Most of these are old buttons that belonged to my  Nanna. 
I made myself a bracelet and I just love it. I've sewn the buttons onto elastic as I've seen many button bracelets on Pinterest made this way. I tea-stained the elastic to tone it down with the brown colours of the buttons. I've used lots of favourite buttons in this bracelet. 
After seeing a gorgeous little fabric origami butterfly on Fiona's blog (Bubz Rugz) I decided to give them a go too. 
They were so much fun to make. Now I'm thinking of all the places you could put these... On top of presents and gifts...on quilts....on my mums bus with all the hundreds of other butterflies she has in there!.....
Then I finally got tired and went to bed. A great day of crafting that's for sure! 
Teresa xx 
PS I've used one of the butterflies to decorate a birthday present....

Mother's Day Part 2

As my eldest son had to work on Mother's Day, yesterday was the first chance we had to see each other. 
It was a fabulous day starting with a coffee with gorgeous views of the city on the verandah and my husband was nearby and dropped in to join us. 
We walked to a lovely cafe, Plum Tucker, for lunch and I really enjoyed my meal. I have never tried baba ghanoush before, and it was delicious. 
We then walked into the city to GOMA to see the new David Lynch exhibition. It was fantastic. Very dark and even a bit scary... But fantastic and so interesting.
Such a great day, perfect weather too, which is just as well as we walked everywhere! 
Love our Gallery of Modern Art. 
Finished off the day with some ciders and sweet potato fries at a lovely pub in Paddington. 
Very special and I enjoyed my day!
Teresa xx

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage

Week 3 blocks in Lori Holts sew along are completed. 
Baking Day block. 
Butter Churn block. 
Very scrappy and bright, and I'm happy to be using up lots of my scrap fabrics so far. 

Felt Christmas Sewing

After finishing our Christmas wreaths last week, our Tuesday Stitching group have decided to continue the felt/Christmas sewing each week. Well some of us are continuing (one of us has given up as she has an aversion to felt lol!!!) 
I've decided to work on this pattern of 6 little gift envelopes. They will be handy at Christmas and they hang on the tree as a decoration as well. 
My progress so far.....
A little kitty in a stocking.....
My favourite so far... The sheep. It's a bit hard to see but he has some holly embroidered on his collar. 
And santa (who looks a bit suntanned!!) 
The pattern suggests felt circles as buttons for the closures on the back...
But I've decided on little wooden Christmas buttons. Three down, three to go. These are fun. 
Teresa xx

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Birthday Present and a Baby Present

My stitching group, Friends in Stitching, has a birthday swap where each of us has a secret partner. We make a birthday present on behalf of the group and send it to the birthday girl. The theme this year was a scissor fob and some other bits and pieces. My partner, Razzy, has just had her birthday, so I can now share what I made for her. 
A little set of scissors, tape measure, thimble and needles, a fat 1/4 of fabric and the scissor fob. 
The fob is embroidered on pieces of silk. There are lots of different stitches including some ribbon embroidery and beads and small flower buttons. I really enjoyed making this. 
I also made a little thread catcher to put everything in when I sent it and there is a needle threader and box of chocolates. 
I have also made a bear for my nieces new baby boy. She is living over in the U.S. at the moment, so this little bear has travelled all the way over to Texas with my sister in law to give to him. 
He's made in mohair with velvet paws. I used to make bears all the time a few years back but they've been pushed aside for quilting these days! 
Have a great week! 
Teresa xx

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Quick Tutorial

I've been having fun making paper (and measuring tape) bows. They look great on birthday presents and wrapped parcels.
So while my chicken and corn chowder is simmering away on the stove for dinner .....I thought I'd share a quick tutorial.
This will make a quick, easy paper bow. Using 12inch double sided scrap booking paper cut 7 x 1 inch strips.
You need 3 x 12 inch strips, 3 x 10 inch strips and 1 x 5 inch strip. 
Twist into a figure 8 shape and staple together in the middle. The 5 inch strip is just a loop. 
Using double sided tape, stick each loop in place on top of each other and finishing with the little loop in the very centre. Ta Daaa! That's it! 
To make the measuring tape bow, I used a lot more pieces and built it up to the size I wanted. Lots of fun and so easy to make.
Have a great weekend!
Teresa xx

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Week 2 blocks of Lori Holts sew along are completed. 
Autumn Star block 
.....and Baby Chick block. 
Teresa xx