Thursday, 29 November 2012

Painty, stitchy glueyness....

Oooh, it's been awfully stitchy, painty and gluey round here lately in preparation for Milly's monster party this weekend. This lovely fellow has been hanging around our hall waiting for "Pin the Eye on the Monster":

He's made out of a piece of MDF painted by me with acrylic paint and then cut out by Jude.... here are the eyes:

They're machine-stitched out of fabric scraps from my stash and then glued onto cardboard. At one point the kitchen was covered with eyes on every surface:

They have a strip of double-sided sticky tape on the back so the kids can take turns sticking their eyes onto the Monster. And here are the party bags which are finally finished.... with a little help from my lovely friends (thanks Dotty!)

Each one was hand-stitched onto soft cotton bags which I made out of an old bedsheet, until I ran out of time and lovely Dotty ran them through the machine for me, being slightly more nimble with an electric needle than me. This was the prototype:

And this one's my favourite (I'm keeping him for myself!):

Also been making pressies for other kids: this is a cute little bag for a girl called Molly out of some great soft cord fabric I found in a charity shop recently:

I appliqued the M blanket-stitching it in place with embroidery thread.

And her card:

A few weeks ago I knocked up this little bag of marbles for another girl (see a trend developing here?):

And that's it for now, next post I'll show you Milly's homemade monster outfit....


Friday, 16 November 2012

A Scarpered Sewing Muse and a Lovely View

Well my dears, this is my hundredth post... and I have made no progress with creating something for a giveaway to celebrate because my sewing muse has legged it. Done a runner, scarpered.

I'm too embarrassed to even show you the thing that I did make because a) it's so badly botched and b) I may be able to salvage it somehow and still turn it into something useable.... I have always had a real fear of cutting into lovely fabric - especially if I have very little of it - in case it all goes wrong, and this has happened a couple of times before as I am pretty new to the whole sewing malarkey.

So yes, I hacked into the pretty patchwork I was so pleased with and well, let's just say I've learnt my lesson: always practice something new on crap material FIRST!

So in the interlude while I coax the Muse back into my fingers, here are some pretty pictures to lift your spirits on what is today here in Cornwall a very murky, misty, damp sort of day :-)

Had to jump out of the car to snap this the other day

The view I see on my way back from school

Birds always look so cool perched on wires in flocks

Fun with yoghurt while Mum's back is turned!
Happy Green Day everyone!

Check out the other lovely green pics from all over the world at the very lovely Fiona of Raindrops and Daisies - who is also offering a very sweet giveaway herself....

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Scraptastic! WOYWW is here again!

Happy Wednesday all!

As you can see, I'm taking a break from monster-making... I got a bit distracted by all my scraps

saved from all my (unfinished) projects

most of which are tiny  and useless

but being the veteran hoarder that I am, unable to throw anything vaguely useful away I've kept them, wondering what to do with them all

then I thought, what if I pin them in a long strip and then sew the strips together?

voilĂ !

I'm really pleased with this piece, and of course it does need more work, embellishing, stitching &c,
but - what do I do next? 

Do I carry on with all of the scraps to make one huge quilt/wall-hanging/thing?

Do I reinforce all of the edges and turn it into a bag? Possibly for Christmas presents?

Do I put it all away and get on with something for Christmas instead?! Only seven weeks to go, Granny's blanket is nowhere near finished....

Any ideas most welcome!

This is my 99th post.... I'm thinking of doing a giveaway to mark my next post - I'm not sure what it will be yet, but it may be fabric-related.... possibly patchwork....

Joining Julia at Stamping Ground and all the other creative desks for 
What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday. Go take a look!



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