Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Challenge Reveal

It's reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Ornament Challenge. This month the design was either of a pair of Santa designs from Kissy Cross
I chose the version with the trees, and worked it on a perforated wood blank.

I got the wood blank from Greek Art on Etsy
I had to jiggle the trees about a little bit and miss off the foreground fence to make it fit. Once the stitching was finished I just stuck a piece of felt over the back and added a baker's twine hanger for a really simple finish.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Nothing To See Here

I've got two stitchy finishes and I can't show either of them because one is for a Birthday present and the other is my Monthly Challenge ornament. I hate it when that happens.
We did manage to get a few cool photos of the eclipse yesterday though (despite the Cornish mist), so I thought I'd share one with you. I just love the symmetrical mathematical look to this one

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness - March Edition

This is my post for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. The idea is that on the fifteenth of each month you should post something which is in some way a gift, either something you've received or something you've sent, or perhaps something you've made using materials that were a gift, or - well you get the idea.
I've two small gifts which I sent out to show this month. The first is a  coin purse I made for Barb for her birthday last month. Barb loves sheep, so I made this from a souvenir tea towel with a farm animal design (the other side has a sheep dog on it)

The second is the prize I made for the GYOB giveaway which was won by Karin. A small decorative heart made from upcycled denim and a vintage doily

Check out Jo's blog (link above) to see what other people have done for the SAL

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Dandelions Again

Given the one-woman campaign of genocide I wage on them in the garden I seem to have quite a soft spot for dandelions as a decorative motif. I saw this tutorial for "pomdelions" at Flamingo Toes, and decided I needed some in my life.
Plus I'd just bought a rinky-dinky gadget called a Multipom, which allows you to make multiple pom poms at the same time.

I repeat. Make multiple pom poms. At. The. Same. Time.

So, I knocked out a bunch of pom poms in less time than it takes to say "are you finished with that cereal box yet I want to cut it into circles?".
I left them a bit shaggy instead of tidying them up as per the multipom directions because I thought that was more dandelion-y, and pretty much followed the tutorial, except that I made my calyces from felt not crepe paper, and I hooked the florists wires through and secured with green tape rather than hot gluing them.
Here they are on my hall table. (Next to a less than awesome watercolour of Naomi)

Too much fun for words. Anything in this house that stands still for long enough will soon find itself decorated with pom poms...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Two Challenges and a Chair

Two challenge finishes to show today, and one of them is even on time! Here are the January and February ornaments from the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Ornament Challenge.
January's New Year design is from Gazette 94 and February's Stag Design is from Luli, both finished as pillows.

My Ikea chair was looking a bit sad

See. Sad chair :(

So I decided it needed cheering up. I had a pile of small remnants of a lovely scandi style curtain fabric that I bought on Etsy. Just enough to make a cover for the head rest and edge a simple pad for the seat. I added some multicolour pom pom trim from Elephant in my Handbag because everything is always better with pom poms.

Ta da! Happy chair. Much better don't you think?
Although I should probably have taken the picture before I sat on it and got the seat pad all creased...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Grow Your Blog Winner, Gifted Gorgeousness, and a Spot of Art

Thank you for all the kind comments on my Grow Your Blog post. There were 47 in all. Mr picked out a winner for me and that winner is Karin G (Gingko et Coquelicot).Karin, I've emailed you, could you please let me have your postal address.
Also, because it's the fifteenth of the month it must be time for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL
This month it's fallen nicely as it coincides with reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Valentine Exchange. For this one we had to stitch a card and send a pair of socks and matching skein of thread.
I got this beautiful card and fab unicorn socks from my anonymous Valentine.

And this is the card I sent. The design is a free one from Appleseed Prim, and it is stitched using crescent Colours - Bing Cherry on an orphan piece of linen.

Finally, I'm feeling brave today so I thought I'd pop a spot of art work out there, dandelions in watercolour and ink.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Skirt, a Scarf, and a Journal

Here is Naomi modeling her new Super-Heroine skater skirt. (Fabric from the Girl Power range by Camelot Fabrics, I got mine from Plush Addict) I wanted her to do a "heroic stance" but apparently she is too cool for that. This photo, however, is Naomi-approved for publication on the interwebs. (And that reflection in the window is the nearest you're getting to a selfie around here.)

I finished the scarf I was knitting with the wool I got from Eloise for Christmas, and since it was a nice day I took it outside for a picture in the sunshine. Don't you think it has a snake like quality hanging in the eucalyptus tree?

And the beautiful new journal I bought from World of Shroo on Etsy. 

How gorgeous is that? I'm almost afraid to write/draw in it. 
It looks right at home with my seaglass and driftwood and my cheat's crochet pebbles. I say cheat's because I didn't crochet the covers myself. I've tried crochet, and I don't know what it is but I just can't get the hang of it. I can knock out a wonky granny square, or one of those apple cosies if I've got The Idiot's Guide to Crochet in front of me, but my brain just doesn't retain the information afterwards. So, yes, I cheat, I just get a tiny vintage crochet mat (about coaster size), run a gathering stitch round the edges,  pop a pebble in the middle and draw it up tight. Instant crochet pebble gratification without the tears.