Chat, Other, Papercuts, Sewing

Love You Two

Here we are again. Monday and the start of a new week. The sun is shining and the day is warm. My garden is blooming and filling with colour and is calling me to go sit outside and enjoy it all.

But first – two new cushions. I’ve used the stencil from the Craftsmanspace site again, the Art Nouveau bunny. These two cushions are 12 inchers and stuffed with feather-filled cushion inners. The background is a dark tweed and the bunnies themselves are felted wool.

You know I have a passion for appliqué, well, I usually have…. these rabbits are made from so many curves and were a bit of a PITA…. Still, they turned out well and am pleased with the pair of them.


Also showing you a picture of the last paper cutting I made, called Sunshine. It’s framed in a small Ikea Ribba (whatever size that is) and also looks nice.

It went to the craft fair on Sunday but sadly, the event was poorly attended. Very little footfall. It was such a shame especially when there were such lovely things to see (and buy!). Everybody had set their stalls up beautifully and the talents on show  – what can I say – such lovely things!

Maybe I do another. Maybe not. I’ll have a coffee outside now and possibly give it some thought or, better still, just enjoy the day. I don’t really give a flying fairy cake about craft fairs today. No bothers!

Have a good day yourself. Bye for now.

Cutting files, Free, Papercuts, Sewing

Teabag Taggy

I am sewing away to get a few more things made in time for a craft fair in Naas next Saturday and am finishing off a couple of teapot cosies ( like this one:  tea cosy ) and popping on a little teabaggy taggy to tie round the handle. Notice the perfectly parallel stitch lines around the edges? Twin needle. One snag is that you can’t pivot around corners like you can with a single needle but no matter, on simples shapes like this, corners are easily manouverable. A twin needle gives a lovely pretty finishing detail.

The template (such as it is, being so simple) pieces are kept in a small, foldover wrapper, see below. The surface design was created with a rubber stamp (Imaginesce range, I think) which was scanned then converted to a brush and pattern in Photoshop. The beauty of doing this is Versatility. The image can be scaled up or down and printed in any colour to suit myself and can be accomplished in a one-stop-Photo-Shop-sit-down-and-create moment.

I used very lightweight (80 or 90 gsm) printer paper for my wrapper and it looks very sweet tucked under the ribbons of my noticeboard (have a peep at how to make one here).

I’m posting the wrapper template for you to share and have fun with.  It’s a straightforward shape to cut and not a single tricky fold to tackle anywhere but the end result is pretty cute and useful.

There you go!

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Little Lavender Lovelies

Scotty Dawg

Remember that kilo of dried lavender I bought? Well, have nearly used the first 500g bag of it. Someone asked me to make a bunch of sachets and stuffies (eight) and here are the first few. I wanted to make them all a little different just for fun. This scotty dawg is made with cotton and has a black velvet ribbon  so he can hang nicely in the wardrobe.

Samsara Baby Birdies

These are addictive to make. I love the juicy colours. the playing with the different stitches, the feathering up their bunches of satin ribbon tails, the spotty beads to thread the hanging ribbon through. Absolutely LOVE it. So, though I’ve made probably twenty something of these pretty birdies, I’m still really having a ball with them.

And I’m in lavender heaven. The air of peace and serenity is very special, indeed… until I look at the carpet and see lots of little bits of dried lavender all over the carpet. Which, unfortunately, look a bit like mouse droppings so that peace and serenity is going to be disturbed by Mr Vac as soon as I finish my cup of tea.

Still, can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs.

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Lovely stash

I went into Dublin at the weekend. It must be tourist time because the big stores have their top-hatted doormen out. Do they keep them in a back room or cupboard the rest of the year like Richmond from the IT Crowd? I LOVE Dublin. And since finding that the fabric and notions store from the old Woolen Mill (now a restaurant) relocated to Capel St as W. M. Trimmings, it’s a city visit with extra joy.

I top up my fabric stash and buy notions and trimmings and threads and other gorgeous things, darling, just because it makes me happy. I have no vision what these bits and materials will become. It’s sheer acquisition. I can’t even put the bag in the boot – it has to be beside me, under my watchful eye!

Once home, I like to pore over it and enjoy the colours and just revel in the Lovely Things. Like Smaug from the Hobbit, I preside over my treasure most greedily. The more I have, the happier it makes me. A  feast for my senses, a Smörgåsbord, you might say. (Groan, an AWFUL pun, I know).

On the way home I popped into Ikea. And bought a couple of metres of ‘useful’ (bwahaha) fabric and some other bits. Cheap and cheerful. The fabric. Not the experience. It’s never pleasant there on a Saturday.

Cat Cushion

Then home where I had lots of tweed fabric waiting to get made up into cushions. This design was inspired by stationery***  I had seen somewhere on the net. Lots of work in Illustrator to create all the elements for the applique work. Lots of fussy cutting and bondawebbing. Lots of stitching round each of the elements. But worth it… I really like the end result. The outer is a rich-wool mix tweed, as is the mouse. The cat is mainly 100% cotton with some tweedy bits for decoration. The inner is a feather filled cushion to keep it soft and plump and ever so comfy.

***  I see, all too often, the word Stationery spelled with an ‘a’. Yes, Stationary IS a word in its own right but means static, not moving. It does not means paper-related articles like cards, writing paper or drawing materials.

An easy way to remember how to spell the paper-related word is to think ‘E for Envelope’. This may make me sound like Big Bird from Sesame Street but I don’t care. ***

Samsara Dicky Bird Babies

Finally, made a few more Samsara bird babies. I didn’t really like using felt (even double thickness) for the beak so now use a four-fold cotton instead to give the beak a bit more peckability and perkiness. I adore making them and the filling them with lavender leaves my little sewing room beautifully fragrant. The whole experience is very absorbing and zen-like, almost. Ahhhh.


And talking of Ahhhh  here’s Jess chilling out. Comfy, warm and content settled down. She was fast asleep with five minutes of this photo being taken!

Now to grab something to eat before I get on with stuff I have to do.  Which reminds me… Yesterday I made a big batch of meringue nests (recipe from Mary ‘Bez’ Berry – the best IMHO). Six eggs to make 16 nests.

Now, I’m a very confident cook and have made meringues dozens of times and am really blasé about cracking those eggs and separating the yolks from the white. I have a glass for the yolks and put the whites straight into the mixing bowl. For some reason I had a hunch not to do that and check the whites into a different bowl first then put the white into the mixing bowl. Good bloody job I did. The sixth egg white was streaked with yolk. Dodged a bullet there. Intuition or what?!

Anyhoo, used another egg to make the meringues. And used the yolks to make a Spanish Omelet with mixed salad and chips followed by a bowl of blueberries with natural yoghurt and a meringue nest for our tea. Nom Nom.

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Samsara Tree

A quickie – these are (mostly – there are a few mamas in the branches, too) baby birds – baby Samsaras and they’re off to the craft fair on Sunday as well as the new cushions. Filled with lavender and pretty with spotty wooden beads, rainbows of satin ribbon tails and lots of different embroidery stitches they make a lovely splash of colour!

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