Saturday, 15 October 2016

Crafty Church

Lots of crafts today - but not too many photos!

Tara learn how to machine embroider!


Jennie working on her tenth crochet square


And the crochet squares to date - fab collection!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

The one where I found a craft I haven't shown you

I'm planning the Fun With Fabric crafts for Chertsey Museum for next year, and had planed to link to blog pages where possible -that only works if I have blogged about the planned craft!!!

Last winter I lusted after a Blanket Cape, but really couldn't justify the cost, so I started an improvised version.

I took an Ikea fleece blanket and folded it in half length ways, and then cut away a section along half the fold.  I used a grey one, but didn't take a pic so I've borrowed this photo to show

Once a section half the length x 4 inches is cut away, you can wear it like a cape: the full half against your back and the split half becomes front right and front left

I'm now doing some running stitch with embroidery floss to give it a bit of detail, but as soon as it's cold enough to need to wear it I can call it finished!

Not bad for £3 eh?

Friday, 7 October 2016

The one where Chertsey ladies made zippy pouches

I had a break from the 9-5 today and made my way to Chertsey museum - first we had a bit of show and tell - just look at this smocking! (Well done Anne)

And Kay's oven gloves:

Then we had a go at making zippy pouches.  We had some great results and they will be finishing these for homework! 

This evening I spent (ok wasted) a bit of time on Facebook and found a lovely message from a May bride this year:

I know we all know people who don't appreciate made gifts - but clearly some do and that makes it all worth while!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The one where I got gifts and made a gift

We went out for a meal in the week, a lovely Indian meal in the village with the girls and their boyfriends. The boys both gave me a gift - really perfect gifts - from Harry on the right and from Jim on the left! (although I think the girls had more to do with it than the boys - can you imagine them giggling as they made the choices!)


The very lovely Fiona ( has just become a grandma - congratulations Fiona! I've made a pressie for the little lad, but I'd like it to go in the post next week. It isn't finished as I don't have the time at the moment, but I know she has the ability to finish it (and to a better standard than me!) and he will get it much quicker! All I can show you now is this bit


I posted a gift to another baby earlier this year, and got this pic a few days ago from her daddy

Love it!

If you are NOT Fiona you can scroll down to look at Cormac's pressie:





Not you Fiona






Thursday, 29 September 2016

The one where I remember a daughter can bake

Tomorrow is the Macmillan coffee morning. They were very good with my uncle Geoff when he had prostrate cancer some I'm always happy to support them.


The office is in a serviced building, and our lovely reception ladies are organising a coffee morning for all 20 companies. I'd donated a packet of biscuits and plan to buy *plenty* of cakes . . . But Niki came home with ingredients and told me we were making cheesecakes!

And we did - two large (one each for work tomorrow) and six little ones for pudding tonight! The fridge is full of cheesecakes!!!!


Monday, 26 September 2016

The one where I had a birthday in Ireland

Yesterday was bittersweet! I felt very loved and spoiled but it was the last full day before leaving Jackie's at silly o'clock to start the 12 hour hourney home!

We had pancakes for breakfast and a lovely meal out for lunch followed by cake in the afternoon (only the cake got photographed - the rest vanished too quickly!)

I got cards, flowers and chocolates from the family there, and Jackie and I got to sew in the afternoon!

I take my La Pass EPP as a travel project, but there are lots of different templates and cut fabric to bring along and they get muddled in my Sew Together pouch.

So (and we are very pleased with ourselves) we designed and made these 4 zip pouch to store the different pieces

It fits in the Sew Together and keeps everything together but separated!!!

We made some little buckets


And some felted buttoned pouches (felt from FOQ and buttons from Poland)


What else did we do? We went for a walk to St Mullins (beautiful - we walk there every visit unless it's chucking it down) and introduced Brian to its charms and visited the Blessed Well

We had a visit from, and cuddles with this honarary grandson

And his baby brother


And my loom knitting is growing significantly


We are now on the ferry on the way home: as always the Irish hospitality has been awesome, Brian now has faces to all the names I blather on about, Jackie has a cupboard ("press") with shelves, a working vacuum system (although the wood burning stove needs a bit of reassembly - sorry!), assorted cables have been tidied, and Brian and Dan have a new friend! And the best news of all - it looks as if Jackie is cancer free (final biopsy results this week) she's off the pain killers and the scar is healing beautifully and we've sorted my next visit: life's looking good!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

The one where we finished our mini trees

The husbands have moved on from the vacuum system, and are fixing shelves and hooks . . . And even finishing each other's sentences "this is bent, I think we need ... " " oh yes, I've got a [insert hardware implement] that'll fix that"


We finished cutting and cutting and sewing and sewing


And finally finished our mini tree tops


Next post - vinyl zippy pouches!


Saturday, 24 September 2016

The one where we decided 3/4" strips are too small!

I'm in Ireland, with Jackie, and having been given this pattern at Hever castle we decided to have a go

Cute eh?

3/4" strips, stitched together, cut with a 60 degree ruler, then sides added, then a bottom added ...

Just a bit fiddly!

However it's raining outside, and the husbands are bonding over a broken central vacuum system



So we shall preserve!!!


Friday, 23 September 2016

The one where we were tourists in Waterford

Husband and I arrived at Jackie's late on Thursday and were her chauffeur to an an appointment on Friday so we took advantage on being in Waterford to be tourists


But the call of fabric and the sewing machine was too strong!!!


Monday, 19 September 2016

The one where two dozen ladies did some sewing!

I went to the baby shower yesterday thinking I was going to one of lots of women sewing squares together, and we were going to play games and decorate babygros (onsies) and t-shirts for the girls . . .  but the stuff that had been ordered on line hadn't arrived in time: I was greeted with "thank goodness you are here - can you lead the quilt craft as it's the only activity we've got" . . . so with no warning I found myself going into teaching-a-bunch-of-non-sewers mode!  Luckily my teaching sewing stuff lives in the back of my car so I had everything I needed.

I rotary cut what felt like hundreds of 8" squares while ladies got the hang of threading needles, putting fabric right sides together, knotting, just stitching along one side - all the usual problems!

One lady even asked me if I did these classes often - she thought I was paid entertainer for the party!

Anyway, they all did well,

And when I left it was looking like this:  (It will probably end up long and narrow: just right for mum and dad and three to snuggle under watching TV or reading stories!

Mum to be was delighted with the three quilts for the girls

And this quilt was delivered (slightly late) to another house group mum and her little munchkin

Delivering them has made a bit of space at my house, at least until the baby shower squares come back to me next week!

Can't see that I'll get much sewing done at home for the next week or two: We're off to Ireland to see Jackie for a long weekend, so I may get some hand sewing done on the drive, but she's not up to much at the moment.

The job is going well, thanks to those who have asked.loads to learn but I'm asking less each day so something is obviously getting into this old brain on mine!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The one where I knitted on a loom

Do you remember the french knitting gadgets we had as kids, or knitting Nancys?

I bought a 21st century version of it as a gadget for Kids' Crafty church . . . but thought I ought to learn how to drive it before I introduced it to the kids

Rather addictive!!!!  (especially for someone who cant knit!), it grows quite quickly

My monster family has grown too!

I'm now off to a baby shower - mum-to-be wants to decorate baby clothes with fabric pens, and wants guests to make a baby quilt; she doesn't know that I've made three already (they are adopting three sisters, age 1, 2 and 3) but I'm more than happy to help cut and sew another one this afternoon!