Thursday, 27 August 2015

GOOD IDEA ? WE'LL SEE, CROCHET HEARTS

Both machine covers are on and in place, one I have to tell you already has a sprinkling of hairs as Willow thought it was nice to rub up against it, still that's what they are for.
I wanted to put some tassles on each corner and I knew that I had a bag full that I found in the car boot, but do you think I can find them? no, I obviously threw them out in one of my mad clear out's.
Do you ever throw things out and then wish you'd kept them?




Here they are finished,  I think they look a bit like a couple of large toasters. lol

Now for the new idea.
I've been making stuffed crochet hearts and have an idea for using them.



Here they are with the other things I need to make this item, any ideas?

Finally, the rain is still pelting down here this morning and I can tell you that there are 5 furry beings that are not happy.





Sunday, 23 August 2015

QUICK AND EASY HEXAGON PATCHWORK

After yesterday's post about Princess, I thought some of you might like to know my quick, easy method of making the hexagon patchwork that she was lying on.
I know this isn't the traditional way but at my age things need to be quick. lol



First decide on the size of your hexagons, mine are 3" across flat side to flat side, this is the finished size, these will be cut out of paper.  Then make another template approx 1/4" larger all round from stiff card.
You can find printabel hexagon templates here http://www.lovepatchworkandquilting.com/free/free-hexagon-template-download
1 tube of glue, mine is Lapel Stick and is easily washed out.


Using the larger template, cut out your fabric hexagons and instead of stitching them onto the paper, carefully stick them all around the edge.


I then use one of the fancy stitches on the sewing machine, adjusting it to a suitable width and stitch length to catch each side but not too much of the paper backing.
And proceed to stitch them altogether.


Here you can see some already stitched and some laid out ready.
It really is quick and easy.


Here you can see the cover I have made for the felting machine, and the lot on the table are going tomake a similar one for the sewing machine.

I simply laid the fabric across and folded the ends rather like a table cloth, I just have to hand sew the corners and maybe add a few buttons for decoration.

Hopefully they will help keep these black hairs away that I seem to have everywhere. ha ha.

Oh, don't forget to remove the papers when you have finished, some may need a little tug...


Saturday, 22 August 2015

NO, NOT ON THERE.......

Why is it that cats are attracted to the places where we don't want them.
I'm convinced that they know exactly what they are doing. 
 

 
Here's one example.  All the hexagons are laid out nicely and when my back is turned, there's Princess giving me that pleading look.
 
 


 Oh go on, let me stay....
Okay, I'll get on the computer  until you decide to move.
 
 
I turn around and she's decided she might just like to sit in front of the very place where I want to be again.
So I shoo her off and........
 
 
Not to be beaten she lays on some ironing waiting to be done.
oh well, at least I have the patchwork and computer back,   for now....
 
 


Monday, 3 August 2015

Friday, 24 July 2015

LOVELY SURPRISE

A package dropped through the door the other day from USA and I knew immediately who it was from.
Inside was a lovely little yellow heart and a crochet dream catcher together with a card from Kuwait.
The only person it could have been was Tammy.
Such a lovely thoughtful person who I'm sure has helped so many with her beautiful quotes on her blog.
Find her here http://tsdailytreasures.blogspot.co.uk/  her posts are always uplifting

Thank you Tammy.


It looks really nice hanging from the lampshade on my desk.


And equally nice lit up at night.


And the little heart goes well with the angel on top of my notelet box.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

WILD FLOWERS

Yesterday we went to a local park called Preston Park as we'd heard about the wild flowers that have been planted there.


This used to be a bowling green but has been turned into a wild flower meadow.
There is a path winding though and a central area of grass  and as you can see there are people having a picnic there.


I really like this idea and noticed quite a lot of bees so its got to be good.  But I also  noticed that there were hardly any butterflies.
Is it a bad year for them or something as I haven't seen many anywhere ?