Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Stocking

 Happy December everyone!........we are feeling very festive now having celebrated my lovely husband's birthday last week we are now moving into christmas mode and have put up the trees, the decorations and the lights....
 ............i have had a lovely crafty time making this quilted happy scrappy stocking..............
 ...........i used many of my favourite scraps in this piece of patchwork and used the pattern for the stocking from one of my earlier books.............
 ..............it was the perfect project for hand sewing while watching christmas movies with the fire lit and a delicious scented winter candle too....and all the little lights twinkling.......
 ...........the stocking is lined with one of my favourite pam kitty morning prints...........
 .............it has a simple backing, simply quilted.....and white pom pom trim around the top......
 ..............here it is.............ready for santa to fill it with treats.................
 ............or here used as a decoration on the dresser in the sitting room.............
 ............we are keeping the decorating simple and a bit nordic here this year.............
 ..............these are the little girl and boy pixies that my sweet daughters surprised me with last christmas............
 ...............and below is a medium sized boy pixie keeping me company as i paint berries in my studio.........
 ...............i love this time of year and the cosy house and decorations..........even though there is a lot to do and to organise i try to make time to enjoy quiet and peaceful moments and hope you do too......
.............wishing you a wonderful week ahead in the countdown to christmas with lots of happy cosy times.....thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for leaving me such kind comments........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 27 November 2017

Winter Berries

 Here is a holly berry inspired potholder with a festive feel......it was made using the cherry potholder pattern in my book *modern vintage gifts* and was quick and fun to make................
 ...........i love lots of pretty red and white textiles around especially at this time of year....
 .............the fabrics are from the tilda cottage collection and also the long time favourite tilda red and white stripe, with kona solid in white for the backing and a bonnie and camille stripe for the binding....i used green gingham for the holly leaves and a red pin dot for the berries (i think these are lecien fabrics, they were scraps from my scrap basket)..............
 ..............i love seeing red berries against a blue sky especially......but i just love winter berries anyway and think they look so decorative and beautiful just simply arranged in the house in garlands or in white jugs............below is our rowan tree....i took this picture earlier....the berries have mostly been eaten by the birds now.....
 .............as well as photographing berries and sewing and stitching berries i also like to paint them sometimes too......
 .............painting a sheet of different winter berries here.....and later will paint some berry gift tags.....
 .............we have a holly tree in our front garden but the berries are too high for me to reach so i shall be buying (or begging) some for my xmas decorating soon...............
 ..............this little sprig was from my favourite florist's shop in our little town......
 ..............still making little houses..............here are two more frosty blue ones............
 ...............love these colours and am looking forward to getting the xmas decorations down in a couple of days and making the house bright and festive.............
 ............one more berry laden shrub from our garden...........
 ...............and in my studio the lovely maileg girl pixie is back to keep me company again.......
.............my younger daughter and her husband visited here this weekend and i had a lovely looooong cuddle of new baby louis..........we are all planning a simple joyful family christmas this year and looking forward to it very much............off to do a bit more festive sewing now :)...........wishing you a happy week ahead with plenty of crafty inspirations..........thank you for dropping by and for your sweet comments dear readers.......................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 20 November 2017

November Stitching

Happy new week everyone................here are some of my november makes......(though some of my latest makes are for future magazine publication so they have to be top secret for now! )......the ones here are made for our home....
 ..............besides using some of my favourites from previous tilda collections for my cushions, there are some gorgeous new tilda cottage fabrics in my sewing room this week too.......and i am making some little houses from the pattern in my book 'pretty patchwork gifts'..............
 .........so pretty and the colours are just right for a festive feel..............
 ............lovely little charm pack which will make lots of little houses and christmas decorations.......you can find the new tilda fabrics at sew and so.......
 ...............the one below is one of my favourites............
 ............love the reds and blues..........
 ................this is the first little house i made...........the white pom poms were just what i needed for the wintry festive trim.......
 ...........here's another little house, made from the smaller pattern...........there are more in progress....
 ..........i've also been busy knitting, making little hats for sweet new baby louis......i can't believe it is ten years since our first grandbaby charlie was born and i was knitting little hats for him......he had his tenth birthday at the end of october........such a lovely boy... i really enjoy spending time with him.....
 ............although i am thinking about christmas i'm not putting up any decorations until december arrives...it is my husband's birthday at the end of november and it doesn't feel right to start focussing on christmas things until after that.....but i am gathering things together....
 .................one more picture of the latest cushion as a work in progress with a favourite cup of tea....
 ..............and in my cosy studio with the fire lit............
............thank you for dropping in here to my crafty blog space dear readers......thank you for the lovely comments you leave.........wishing you a wonderful week ahead with cosy times and crafty inspirations..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Cosy Times

 One of my latest cosy makes is this squashy quilted cushion, made with some of my favourite scraps and some of my treasured tilda yardage too..............i love these soft warm shades.........
 .............the cushion looks nice with the cabbages and roses duvet cover and pillows......
 ..............and with ruby rabbit too :)..............
 .............ruby is here again wearing her winter woollies and keeping cosy............
 ...........some of the last flowers in our garden....this is a bunch of cosmos that i grew from seed and they have flowered wonderfully for months but are finally getting near the end now......
 ..............now is the time to cosy up and sew some gifts like this little bear who is in my book *modern vintage gifts*................
 ...............i love making these quilted cushions and have another one being worked on now with even more embellishment and quilting....lovely to sew on cosy evenings..........
 ..............a mug of lemon and ginger tea to accompany a bit of sewing........
 ..............red and white stripes......one of my favourite things :)...........
 ............along with red berries against a blue sky...........most weekends mr p and i have a nice walk or two with molly the dog........i am looking for berries to photograph at the moment, they look so pretty...
 ..................this was the sea view near our house yesterday.............it was sunny but there was a very chilly breeze.....we need our winter woollies on now.......
 .................one more view of ruby and the little bear.......and one more view of the cosy bedroom....time to get on with my new work projects now.....i had a bit of a break from designing commissions last month when i helped with looking after our grandchildren and doing other family things....but now i am back in my workroom and getting on with projects for 2018 (!)...........
...............thank you so much for dropping by dear readers and for your sweet comments......it is lovely to hear from you and i do appreciate you taking time to write a little note to me...i know some of you had difficulty leaving comments last week so i hope the comment box works ok this time :).......wishing you a wonderful week with cosy happy crafty times....back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx