Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Time flies ...

Hello All,

Wow I can't believe it has been over a week since my last posting in the A-Z Challenge!

I have been crafting and making 'behind the scenes' haha!!  Plus my mum came to visit for 5 days, which was totally fantastic :D  

I got really fed up hunting for stuff that I needed when sewing/making so I went out and bought a few storage boxes, pinched a shelf unit from my bedroom and I now have mine and kiddies sewing stuffs all organised :D

All in the one place!!
Boxes with our pen-pal letters in
Boxes of fabric and wool
Accessories in boxes in between!!

Fab fab fab!!  I just love this layout!

Miss Katie photo-bombed me lol
Cheeky Monkey!
I have started a cushion for Conor but I haven't  got too far though!!  Here is his penguin which will be sewn on ASAP 

Made from felt and hand sewn together
He does need some eyes I think :D

Cara did have a plastic type bag that the school give the children at the start of a new school year, to put their homework in.  Well Cara's got a hole in the bottom!!  So after a few carrier bags that ended up with holes in the bottom I decided to make her a bag.  I think the problem was she kept dragging the bags on the floor, as they where nearly bigger than her, which was why she ended up with holes in the bottom!!  

Pleased with her bag :D

one side

other side
I use two different designs of fabric, which was sent to the girls, by Jean.  I have lined the bag on the inside with iron-on interfacing!!  Lets hope that is strong enough to last until the end of June!!  

Last but not least ... my mum as taught me to knit!!  :D

Me ... Knitting!
Wow weeee ... I never thought I would ever enjoy knitting but I certainly did :D

I had better go and get myself sorted for school run!!

Bye for now,

Love and hugs

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Z is for ... #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge 2016

Z is for ... Zips
Which is something I have yet to try!
But I do have some on order!

Zips are handy little things ... They keep the cold winters wind off you because you can zip up your coat!

They stop the children's homework falling out of their school bag ... well, that's if the kiddies remember to zip their bags up lol 

Just like buttons ... they stop your clothes falling off which could leave you in an embarrassing position if that happened!!!  

I really do hope that you have enjoyed my A-Z Challenge posts.  I have really enjoyed writing my posts and please do pop by again!

Thank you to our hosts over on the A-Z Challenge blog!  Many many thanks for a great 26 days of blogging! 

This weekend, a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend I shall be sewing/stitching/making until my heart can sing no louder lol ... so watch out for the 'show-off' posts of my goodies lol  (or disasters!!) 

Take care

Friday, 29 April 2016

Y is for ... #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge 2016

Y is for ... Why I love to craft! 
Which is something I really do enjoy!

I really enjoy my crafting!!  With recently learning how to use the sewing machine, then my world is my oyster!!  I just love to craft, not only to make things, but it keeps me active and it is very calming and soothing :D

Here is just a few of the things I have made for school classrooms, teachers, kiddies and myself!! 

For Katie
For Conor
For Mark
For School Colour Table
I have stitch all the colour names
in their colour!!
Round Robins
Teacher Gifts 2015
Teacher Gifts
Cara's Cushion
Floppy Pots

And lastly ... something for me!

So as you can see ... all this yummy stuff ... is WHY I love to craft!

Last letter tomorrow!!  Wow this months has gone fast!!

Bye for now

Thursday, 28 April 2016

X is for ... #atozchallenge

A - Z Challenge 2016

X is for ... X-stitch (AKA Cross Stitch)
Which is something I love to do and have done since 1999!!!

Just stitchin the day away!!  

I 'found' my lovely hobby in a shop called Woolworths!

I saw a gorgeous Winnie-The-Pooh picture on the from of a plastic box, which had paper, threads and a needle inside!!  I looked at this funny looking things for a while and put it back on the shelf thinking 'I can't do that!'  

Well, I thought about this funny looking thing all for a while, then I went back to Woolworths and bought it!!

It took me nearly 5 hours to read and understand the instructions and sort the threads into the correct colour piles lol 

Oh my, oh my, oh my I have never looked back since!!  I was totally hooked from that day on!!  It took me a whole week to finish this little picture!  I think I was at it for about 12 hours a day lol!


My first ever X-Stitch :D 
It is however looking a little worse for wear in the frame!!  

X is also for ... xstitchchick ... which is what my Twitter name is!  Very fitting I think! 

I hope you like this post and it made you smile!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

W is for ...#atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge

W is for ... Wrong side of fabric Whip stitch and Wadding

Right side                                   Wrong side
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Which is a new term I am getting use too!

Wrong side basically means the back of the fabric ... the side without the nice pattern on!

The right side of the fabric is the side you want everyone to see!!

Sometimes, with some patterns its like putting a jigsaw puzzle together with right sides and wrong sides lol

Whip Stitch is something that I am getting use to doing as now I use my sewing machine a lot I need to close 'the gaps' after adding wadding (Stuffing!!) 

Whip Stitch
Here is a lovely video link -  How to Whip Stitch

Different types of Wadding
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Wadding can come in a big bag that looks like cotton candy or in rolls which will be used more for quilting.

I hope you enjoyed this post :D

See you tomorrow

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

V is for ... #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge 2016

V is for ... Variety of crafty things!
Which is something I really enjoy doing! 😀

Crafts Crafts oh Crafty Crafts!
There are so many crafts 'out there' these days and even more new ones popping up! 

With such a variety how can a crafter say they are bored!! 😜

Which is why I have V.I.P ... Very Important Planing when starting projects, particularly when crafting with the kiddies lol Otherwise chaos takes over lol

With a Vast range of techniques and such a Variety to choose from it us Very hard to resist them all!

Even when pondering and looking up V related crafty goodness I came across V stitch in crochet! I didn't even know that there was such a thing as a V stitch! 

Here is a Vase of flowers to brighten up your day! Have a Very exciting one!! 💞

Vase of Flowers


Monday, 25 April 2016

U is for ... #atozchallenge

A to Z Challeneg 2016

U is For ... Unpicking

Which is something that I seem to do alot!!

I am only really a beginner to the sewing machine, with only a day crash course instruction, so I will not be hard on myself lol!!  

I am pleased that I am mainly self taught with the little projects I have done so I really do not mind having to Unpick my stitches because i know that next time I won't make that mistake again!!

I hope I wont anyway lol

Sorry, but this post is a short and sweet one today :)

See you tomorrow for 'V' ... thinking cap for this one lol