Monday, September 26, 2011

Notebook Cover

This is a gift I made for a friend of mine.  It's a notebook or journal cover. 

I used the applique design from the Cinderberry Stitches book 'Cotton Floss' and the instructions for making the cover from 'In the Life of a Bag' by Anni Downs.  It was the Large Notebook from that book.  I can see I'll make some more of these as I was really happy how it turned out. 

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Urban Stitches - Melbourne

On Sunday my friend Lisa & I went to 'Urban Stitches - Melbourne'.  It was a fantastic day and we received three lovely new patterns & kits in our goodie bags from Leanne, Rosalie & Melly.  We also had a chance to see all their displays and samples of their patterns and we also got to see the completed panels of Leanne's Vignette in Stitches quilt.  Wow - loved it all!  Gave me lots of inspiration to get stitching and sewing!  Leanne's 'Vignette in stitches' panels were just beautiful - her stitching is just so perfect!  A real inspiration.  We had a lovely morning and afternoon tea and a beautiful lunch too - so I felt really spoiled for the day. 
Here's a photos of the projects they had prepared for us for the day. 

I started Leanne's stitchery panel - wall hanging called 'Sew Laugh Love'.  It is the large one in the middle of the photo above.  Lots of work in it, but also lots of fun stitching. 
Here are some more photos of some of their work they had on display - just gorgeous aren't they!


A great day with lovely people, wonderful stitching and great food.   
Happy sewing!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

FNSI results

I managed to get a couple of projects finished last night for the Friday Night Sew In.  These are both small gifts I have made.  So here they are - the Cozy Wine Koozie - which is a Moda Bakeshop design by Becky McGrath and an owl pin cushion which is from the book 'Cotton Floss' by Cinderberry Stitches
Pop over and see what everyone else has been up to for the Friday Night Sew In!
Happy sewing!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

It's Friday Night Sew In tonight again, so get one of those unfinished projects out and join in the fun. 

I have several projects that need finishing - but I hope to at least get one or two done! 
Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Stitching away..

Well, I have finally found some time to do some stitching!  Although this was not the way I would really have liked to find time - but we have to look at the positives! I went outside Friday afternoon and grabbed an armful of firewood to put in the fireplace and stepped on one of the kids shoes as I walked in the door and twisted my foot.  Somehow I have managed to break one of the bones in my foot.  So I am now hobbling around on crutches and have to sit with my foot up.  So this of course, has given me a great excuse to do some much needed stitching!  So a forced 'break' (hahaha) but I have finished one of my stitching projects that I started about 12 months ago.  I really don't know why it has taken me so long to finish, as I have really enjoyed working on it and I only had a little bit to go to finish it. 
So here it is at last and I am really happy with it and plan to use it for myself to keep other stitchery projects, scissors, threads etc in.

This is 'The Two of Us' little carry bag, by Rosalie Quinlan designs.   

Happy stitching!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Having fun enjoying life!

Life has been very busy but enjoyable in the last few weeks.  The sewing machine is feeling a little neglected but our little family has been having a great time together.  The only sewing I've managed to do was to make another hat for Max - another lazy days hat by Make it Perfect.  Here he is trying to be cross with me but giggling instead while I took his photo. 

And here he is again posing for me! 

He's such a character and makes me smile and laugh all the time.  I can't believe he'll be going to school next year! 

We've had dress up days at school and kinder.  Max went as a Ninga (one of his favourite things at the moment!) and Samantha went as Felicity - from the books Felicity Wishes (as dress up day was the end of book week at school). 

Don't you just love dress ups!  I know I do and the kids have so much fun pretending to be some character and making up stories. 
We also had my mum's birthday last week so Max and I baked her a yummy chocolate cake and she and dad came over for a nice roast dinner to celebrate.  Birthdays are great fun!

Of course it was also father's day on Sunday - Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there!   I helped the kids make up a father's day booklet each, with photo's I'd printed out and questions for them to answer about their dad.  Some of their answer's were just gorgeous and it was very well received and loved when they gave it to him on Sunday.  We had a lovely father's day just being home together and kicking the ball around and enjoying the sunshine.  
We also picked up the first 4 poddy calves this weekend so we have been busy setting up the shed for them and now feeding them twice a day.  Samantha has taken a real interest in them this year and has been more hands on and not as afraid of them as she has been in the past.
So it has been a very busy few weeks - but a fun few weeks too.  The sewing machine is calling me and I am missing my sewing - so I do hope to get back to it very soon.  I will also be going to Melbourne for 'Urban Stitches' on the 18th of this month - so I am really looking forward to that.  It should be great fun.
Until next time - happy sewing everyone!