Tuesday, 24 April 2012

A triple double - take...

Greetings! So, I got back from Wales last week. A fabulous week was had by all, and as the weather wasn't too peachy (I'd secretly planned it that way), i was rather productive too. I managed to finish off my little aprons, and a cushion with granny squares on one side, and (slightly circus-like) red striped fabric on the other.






(We may have got a little carried away with snapping these little beauties. MANY photos were taken.
 I blame where we stay in Wales for being far too pretty to resist.)


I would normally crochet the backs of my cushions in cream, or make the back the same as the front, but i thought i'd use the great fabric i'd bought in Machynlleth as a backing instead. It was a bit tricksy to sew, but worth it i think...


SO, I got home, and was rather excited to find issue 13 of Mollie Makes on my doormat, where it had patiently waited for almost a week. I must say... I did SEVERAL double takes on reading it, and wondered at first if maybe i was just a little over-tired from my long car journey home...

My first double take was the tutorial of Ilaria Chiaratti's crocheted cushion...
Even some of the colour combinations are the same!
 So, once i'd finished with that double take, i moved swiftly onto my second - This was the 'Ooh, I Could Do That' section which was Kerry Morgan's mason jars...

Again - rather similar i'd say...

Now, the final double take wasn't such an obvious one, but it amused me none the less...
I handmade my bouquet for my wedding back in August. I was originally going to use collected brooches as well as buttons, but it was going to be rather expensive that way. Instead i went for paper flowers, with buttons as the centre...
So, there you have it. My triple double take! Spooky, eh? 
Hopefully, the aprons and new cushion will be in Zoe's fabulous Love From Hetty and Dave shop in Pokesdown soon.
I also have some lovely commissions on the go at the moment, along with some other bits and bobs so i shall be back with more shortly

Cheerio for now
x





Sunday, 15 April 2012

Farewell holiday...

Well, the end is nigh. The aprons are finished, the cushion sewn up and a machine embroidered tree is in progress. The holiday is pretty much done. We are just enjoying a final coffee at the lovely Parliament House cafe in Dolgellau before setting off for home.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Welsh woollens...

Greetings from sunny North Wales. (I'm ignoring the fact that it has been a little on the damp side thus far!)
The rain is always good for a spot of crochet though. Aided by many hours of the My So Called Life box set. Yup.
I have a few commissions to make over the next few weeks, but as it is my holiday, I'm just making some cushions and some rather sweet (if not a little impractical) crocheted aprons. I did a spot of fabric shopping in Machynlleth yesterday. (A place you really must visit if you're nearby..) I'm thinking my cushions may now be 'ticking backed'. Hmmmm. Photos to follow I think.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Hmmm... Testing testing...

Another 'sending from my phone test' but also a clever thing...

I saw this tutorial in the Yellow Owl Print Workshop book. A rather lovely and slightly cheaty way of making a block print. Wrap a block of wood with some string, and ink it up with a stamp pad (or a roller...) Clever eh?
I printed this onto tracing paper, which is why it went a little wrinkly... But rather nice all the same.

Blogging by emailing from my phone?

Hmmm. Some technical issues are beginning to make me almost weep. You know those days... Where these things conspire against you? Yes. One of those days.
So, will this work? Let's see... Can I post via the magic that is my phone?...

Sent from my iPhone

Well, well. Long time no blog...

Oops. I had told myself i'd be good. I said I would ATTEMPT to keep making AND blog about it too. Of course, I didn't. Instead I faffed around with a little tweaking here and there. Which turned into a LOT of tweaking and no blogging whatsoever.
SO.. Here is the plan. I WILL make stuff. I WILL write about it (At the time, and not months later) I will also attempt to use those snazzy little devices that will allow me to post to twitter and facebook too, so that folk can actually read what i'm rambling about.
In fact, I am going to try that right now. Yes.
(I'll be right back...)