Saturday, 29 December 2018

CRAFTY CHRISTMAS GIFTS



The big days are over with New Year on the horizon which means the next few weeks are going  to be filled with random fireworks going off  every night in the early hours , parking almost impossible to find and our roads and shops filled with holiday makers short tempered and in a hurry. It always fascinates me how those on holiday are so stressed and in such a hurry to go nowhere. Ah well, I am sure I shall find some lovely crafty things to do so I don't need to venture out very often. This year I received some lovely crafty gifts. A Quilter's Companion Diary ( which I received last year and requested this year), a cute little pin cushion, a little owl kit and a DIY candle making kit.


 
I also received the DVD of the huge WWE Super Showdown event I went to at the MCG  a few months ago. Yeah, I know, how on earth does someone like me like WWE!  That is the thing that amuses many people who know me. My response? Ying and yang. I also love the reusable produce bags I was given.
 
 
 
 
I decided to make the little owl today. So cute! Hmm, me thinketh I could make some more with my stash of wool felt.
 
 
 
 
I finished a smaller mandala a few days ago but I still haven't decided what to hang them with. .
 
 
 
 
Now that I have some new furniture in our lounge room I need to make a couple of new table runners for the coffee table so that will be on my stitching agenda for 2019 along with a few finishing goals. I would love to know if you have any stitching lists for 2019.
 
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to a glorious new year with an abundance of all good things.
 
Angel Blessings. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Saturday, 22 December 2018

IT STARTED WITH...


....a Christmas dish . After a massive clean up last week and the adrenalin still pumping I just couldn't wind down. I was sitting on my sofa looking at the Christmas dish I had placed on the coffee table. It is silver, white and gold . Well, my mind started whizzing and I remembered that I had a couple of Christmas fat quarters in those colours. So what did I do? I went straight into my sewing room, found the fabrics and proceeded to cut them into strips , piece them together, make the back using some of the left over fabrics and machine quilted it in one go! Woohooo! I thought I would have enough scraps left to make the binding but, alas, I was proven to be incorrect. Hmmmm, dilemma. By this time it was one a.m so I thought I would retire for the evening, (or morning), and work out what to do the next day. Luckily I found some suitable fabric in my stash, not quite what I wanted but it did the trick. Voila! A Christmas table topper. As usual, I am not a good ironer as you can see.


 
 
I tried a different mandala design during the week. All it needs is a press and a hoop.
 
 
 
 
The big clean up is still happening, in fact I cleaned up my sewing room again today. I emptied 2 plastic containers which I can now use for other things and threw out other stuff I had put aside. After  a vacuum  I am doing the happy dance. Now for the cupboards.
 
Have a lovely weekend a wonderful Christmas.
 
Angel Blessings.

Friday, 14 December 2018

COLOUR THERAPY

  Years ago I read a bit about colour therapy and how various hues can affect our emotional well being. I have been "hooked" on making colourful crocheted mandalas and find myself  smiling as I crochet and select the colour combos. The first one I made has now been attached to a hoop. The process was a little tedious at first but I soon got the "hang" of it. ( No hanging thingy has been made yet). Any ideas?


 
 
As I mentioned in my last post I have found making these mandalas quite addictive.
 
 
 
 
I am trying another design now.
 
 
 
 
More colour therapy arrived on my doorstep yesterday from the UK. I am doing Lucy's Sweet Pea CAL which starts early January. I simply couldn't resist. Lucy will be putting it on her blog each week at Attic 24 and I can tell you that her step by step instructions along with photos are always fantastic for anyone new to crochet or needing a bit of confidence.
 
 
 
 
I haven't really done much stitching since I discovered the mandalas and I have also been doing a massive summer spring clean around the house sending stuff to the Op Shop or the rubbish collection  and it feels soooooo good. Another Christmas block is nearly finished, just not for this Christmas. ( Unless anyone has a spare elf or two???)
 
 
 
 
I am off to visit Jenny's blog now for her latest pincushion design. Another addiction.
 
 
I am not sure if I shall be blogging again before Christmas so I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas with an abundance of love, joy and good health.
 
 
 
 
Angel Blessings.
    
 
  




 

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