Monday, 11 December 2017

Snow Days

 We have been rather excited here for the last couple of days, ever since we woke up to a winter wonderland outside our window............all the trees were dusted with snow and looked so pretty.....
 ..............we've been keeping cosy with lots of quilts, twinkling lights and the heating on as well as the fire lit.........of course we did venture out in the chilly outdoors a bit too......
 .................can you see molly in the picture above?.......little snow dog.........she has never seen snow before and was inspecting it carefully.........
 ...........i am slowly sorting out the house ready for christmas....this means lots of tidying and stuffing my crafty things away in cupboards and then trying to find them again later......
 .................lots of red and white quilts this year...a few more than last year.....
 ..............and some cosy cushions too.......the cushion below was designed by kate toms and i bought it at the country living christmas fair in london a few years ago.....
 ...........all my little houses are finished now (using tilda cottage fabrics)........
 .............one or two are for gifts for lovely friends............
 ...............below is a double page spread from the january issue of crafts beautiful magazine showing two of my projects...........
 .............fresh makes for the new year.....cross stitch jam pot covers and strawberry applique egg cosies in bright lecien fabrics................you can find out more at crafts beautiful here........
 ............we had lovely friends over at the weekend..........
 .............they gave me this gorgeous rustic pot filled with winter plants arranged by my friend.....so pretty and i love it............
..................a last snowy picture....the sun shone today and the snow is melting fast off the trees now.....thank you for visiting me here dear readers and a special thank you for the lovely comments you take the time to leave, i love to hear from you.............wishing you a wonderful week ahead in the countdown to christmas...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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