Monday, 28 November 2011

This and That

Finishing up a few things .... I made my strips of orange fabric into another zip purse.  I know, I know ... but they're very easy to make and make perfect little gifts (this one may be for me though!).

And another little crochet project .... thanks to Laura for pointing me at this Doris Chan pattern (edit: little Christmas stocking decorations to hang on a tree filled with sweeties!).  Very cute and easy to whip up!

I also made a quick lavender bag using off cuts from last week's project and finishing up my dried lavender.  Pattern from You Sew Girl!

And then there's this bag that's been cut out waiting for me to get some sewing time since last week ... my excuse is that I have visitors arriving next week and have a few jobs still to tick off the list before I can start sewing!  Or maybe I'll just blame the fog for my lack of focus!

But mysteriously I've found time to start yet another crochet project ....

Doesn't look much right now but when it has been blocked, it will ... promise! 

Hmmm .... must get my priorities straight!!!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

My Creative Space

Christmas presents - finished & wrapped!!  

So very happy about that!

Now I can turn my attention to some of the things that have been on my desk / in my head for the last three months while I've been beavering away on secret projects.  

Made this make-up bag yesterday out of some lovely Japanese material for a friend of mine.  I've got some off-cuts on my table that I'm going to make into a little lavender bag just like these ones.  

To see what everyone else is up to, take a look at Our Creative Spaces.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Messing About

A crochet motif that I haven't quite got right yet ....

Tunisian crochet  ... teaching myself from online tutorials using left-over yarn.  Love the thick fabric this makes!  Apologies for the blurry photo!

And another diamond made from hexagons for the quilting group.  We're making quite a lot of progress on the quilt now and I've just started my third diamond.

I seem to be doing everything but making Christmas presents!  I finished the one I'd been working on for the last 3 weeks last Sunday and haven't quite got round to starting the final one.  

But I will ... soon!!

Instead I've been messing about with odds and ends ... I even considered knitting myself a poppy as you can't get them here, but lack of the right colour yarns put a stop to that brainstorm!!  

To see what everyone else is making this week, visit Our Creative Spaces.

Friday, 4 November 2011

A little bit late ...

I'm a little bit late to the party this week - that's happening over at Our Creative Spaces and I should have posted this there yesterday, but then there would have been nothing to show as I've been beavering away on all those secret Christmas projects!

My Friday student had cancelled his lesson and we can survive with the groceries we have in, so I told Andy to take the car into work today, forcing me to stay at home and do all those little projects that have been lying around for a while.

I've printed the photos of Venice to go on the wall - I have a few picture frames from Ikea hanging in the office / craft area and every year or so I like a change of scene, so New Zealand and the Lake District have given way to 2 photos from our recent trip to Venice!

And I finished these gadget pouches which, I'm ashamed to say, I cut out way back in .... August!!  They've moved up my priority list ahead of Christmas presents as Andy's due to take them to some friends in Brazil at the end of this month (Carol / Renata ... these are for you!).

I've even got the next secret project cut out and ready to go - hopefully that won't be hanging round on my cutting board for quite so long!!  But I can't tell you about it ... shhh!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Paying it Forward

Look what the postman brought me!!

All the way from Naturally Carol in Queensland ... a fantastic drawstring bag and apron.  The bag is already home to the bits and pieces I take to my quilting group ... the perfect size for some hexagons, thread, needle case etc...  Thank you, Carol - your work is beautiful and that vibrant apron is going to cheer me up in the kitchen throughout the winter!

At the beginning of September Carol blogged about a 'paying it forward' scheme that she had taken part in.  She had just received a handmade bag from another blogger and it was her turn to offer to make something for three more bloggers. I jumped at the chance.

So now it's my turn!

If you would like me to make something for you and you're prepared then to make something for three more bloggers, just leave a comment on this post.  The first three people who ask me to make them something will receive a parcel from me within the next year (yes - you have a whole year to pay it forward which is a relief with Christmas on the horizon!).

Sound like fun?