Sunday, 28 June 2015

Summertime and Peppermint Tea...

























(Hmm...I don't think he's too happy that I'm moving his quilt :-) )
Yesterday, I took a few more pics of my summer quilt (which I've previously posted about here, here and here)...and it's now ready to be put to good use...I've loved making this quilt ...a very simple and relaxing project...using 5 x 5" squares (charm packs plus some squares cut from my magic cupboard fabrics) secured by 'stitching in the ditch' (oh yes, I love that those stitches just can't be seen...makes me very happy )...with a deep quilted border made by first sketching a design all the way around then stitching with my walking foot...and lastly I added the hand sewn binding (the stripy fabric above is the backing fabric) The bedroom it will probably reside in is currently being redecorated...lots of white...and I think this will be a lovely splash of colour when the room's finished ;-) 
I was planning to call it my 'Summertime' quilt but as I took my pics yesterday and sipped my peppermint tea (more below) I noticed that there's actually quite a large dose of peppermint amongst these happy colours and so I've decided it's going to be known as my 'Peppermint Tea' quilt... it will connect my quilt with happy memories...

...anyone for peppermint tea?...

...eldest lovely daughter brought my tea all the way home 
from the beautiful Charlottesville house of 
Thomas Jefferson in Virginia...
(more about Thomas Jefferson and 'Monticello' here 
it's definitely an interesting read :-)  )
I wonder...have you tried peppermint tea and do you like it?
(it's known 'to soothe both body and spirit'...it's a yes from me...
...I do need to be more adventurous with my tea......
if you have a recommendation would you let me know?  

      

...back soon...

...happy making...

xxx








Saturday, 13 June 2015

Sunshine on my pillow...



      


...it's been so warm in our corner over recent days and the sun 
has certainly shone brightly over my workroom
...I've ended up happy with my unplanned cushion...

I enjoyed just making decisions as I worked...
(and it feels good to make something again from yarn that's too beautiful to leave in a basket)


starting off with just a little daisy flower...

which then became a square... then more daisy squares...


the back relied on the yarn leftovers 
(and the little yellow daisy in the centre marks the arrival of our
little puppy Miss Daisy who I introduced a few posts ago...)




One side has an opening with clear fasteners on the inside
(because I know otherwise I'll regret not doing it when the day I need to wash it  arrives :-) )


and it's hidden behind the border 
which is just small...simple...pretty






...and now...
 I have the excuse to buy some new yarn 
and make another one...in different colours...
... I'm off to do some shopping ... :-)

      


...happy weekend all...

...back soon...

xxx






Saturday, 16 May 2015

Yarn love....


































Well, I now have lots of knitting and crochet projects 
on the go again...maybe too many but I'm loving the variety...
unintended I've just noticed similar colours seem 
to be recurring and some are shades I don't use very often ;-)...
I've made lots of squares for a cushion and the large square 
above with the little daisy centre is part of the back using 
small yarn remnants...and may change when the front is complete! :-) 

     

Also, a note too for anyone purchasing doll hair yarn for TEAROOM Dolls.....

Little Oke Dolls large loop mohair (above) is now known as 
'Wild Large Loop Mohair'

...it's beautiful and perfect for any type of doll making 
(also EN71 Toy Safety Certified)
 and is included in the TEAROOM Doll Kits with more shades available too at 
Little Oke Dolls online x
(a perfect place to find all doll making materials x)




     

Wishing you a happy weekend all


Back soon

     


P.S  The very pretty handmade yarn bowl was found here on ETSY...I love the colour...
...and I'm happy to report my quilt is now free of all my scribbles...will take a few pics next week x


(* Any links on the blog are just things I've found, bought, and find lovely)