Friday, 4 May 2018

Stained glass workshop

Last week I attended a short introduction workshop for stained glass. I learnt a lot. Mainly I am rubbish at glass cutting. I have a bit of arthritis in my index finger and I struggled to create a mark on the glass surface. I was also a bit heavy handed with the solder! We made a feather as it helps teach you how to cut a curve. I was pleased with my first effort.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wedding card

A friend at work gets married today so I made this card for us all to sign. Congratulations Emily and Danny.

The ribbon is to pop over a bottle of bubbly.

Thursday, 29 March 2018


Things I have learnt from doing a bargello quilt workshop.

  • I sew in my slippers so when I tried to sew at the village hall (we took our machines with us) it felt like I had weights on my feet.  Note to self - take slippers with you next time!!!
  • No matter how careful you are, you will stitch a fabric strip to the wrong side of another strip at some point.  Thankfully when I did it, it was the first set of strips so I could rearrange the order.
  • A quick unpick is your best friend.  Every row of squares has to be unpicked somewhere to create the quilt and you need to keep your stitches tiny so they don't come undone in places you don't want it to come undone.
  • Measure, measure, measure!! People WILL notice when one of your strips is not correct.  Note to self - It will not come out in the quilting!!
Here is some photos of the work in progress.

The beast - part 2

The snow hit us twice here in North Devon.  Thankfully my shift pattern for work meant I wasn't working so I didn't have to venture past the village.

The weather did postpone my crafting session with our Ladies group.  I did it the following week.  I think everyone enjoyed it.

Beast 1

Beast 2

Both photos are of the pond but you can see the second cold snap didn't freeze the pond.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Beast from the east

The weather has certainly turned cold. Tomorrow is supposed to be snowy. We have purchased more coal and planned meals that can be heated on top of the wood burner. (Just in case we lose electric).

I'm doing a card making presentation for our ladies group on Friday. It has been lovely pulling out loads of my craft stuff to show and plan a few projects for people to have a go at. I'll try and take some photos to share on here.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Snap top pouches

Last year I made a glasses case for my dad. I thought it would have been better if it closed at the top. I searched through some ideas on Pinterest and watched a couple of youtube tutorials, then made these. The floral one was the first one I made then came up with my own measurements to make the boat one for a phone case.
I did buy a retractable metal ruler especially for these. (79p from Wilkos).

They were very easy to make, so I will probably make lots more.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Christmas presents

I didn't make Christmas cards this year as most of my card making products were boxed up ready to relocate into their new home.  I did manage to keep a few bits out and my sewing machine was accessible so I did stitch a few things.

This is a tablet stand I made my dad but forgot to tell him what is was so he is now using it as a door stop!!!

Beach hut lavender bags

Tissue pouches

More lavender bags