Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I’ve just been looking through photos of my finished projects for the year, and I’m itching to go start something now, but first I thought I’d share some of the pictures with you.

Gingham tote, Road trip case, Trail tote, Ziptop tote, 241 tote, Open wide pouch, Necessary clutch wallet.

 

A couple of these (Road trip case /umbrella mini) had been in my ‘projects half done’ pile for a long time, and when I say a long time it must be over a year! Something I was unsure of made me put them to one side, so I’m glad I did pick them up in the end and finish them!

I’m off now to start cutting out the next project or three.

ATC Swap – Winter Comforts

I signed up for another Artist Trading Card Swap with veryberryhandmade, this time the theme was Winter Comforts. After signing up I instantly went onto Pinterest for some inspiration and pinned lots of warm and snuggly pictures of fires, knitted socks and cups of hot chocolate!

I then drew a few rectangles 2.5″ by 3.5″ and put a few ideas down on paper. I chose a design with quite a lot in it, and had a few simpler designs ready as a back up. I love snuggling in front of the fire under a blanket with a cup of something and here is the ATC I came up with;

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Hope my partner likes it! The swap is done so that you do not receive from the person you are sending to. I had been watching this amazing card being made, knitting with sewing needles which must be near on impossible! I was so happy to receive this card in the post the other day;

20160128_150404This was made by makingshyeni, isn’t it brilliant! You can see the other cards for the swap here and there have been some great guest blog posts on veryberryhandmade here. The next one will be after Easter if you’d like to join in, keep a look out on the veryberryhandmade blog. Thanks to Ali again for organising the swap!

Trail tote bag

Wow it has been ages! Well it has been a busy few months with a holiday, school holidays, (which mine seem to be off for 9 weeks), had the kitchen done and then my eldest starting school! She started part time which was good for her but lots of running around for me, it only last week she’s gone full time. So I’ve not done any sewing for a long long time!

Yesterday I decided I better try and finish my bag. I’d never tried piping or an adjustable strap. It’s not perfect but I’m pleased with it. I didn’t have a lot of material so I added a pocket for one side of the exterior and a zip pocket as per the #noodlehead patten for the other.

ATC swap

Last month I signed up for the Very Berry Handmade ATC Swap. I can’t believe the last one I took part in, was in October 2013!  So I was excited to be able to join in this time. I’ve been secretly working on my Artist Trading Card and now it’s been posted I can share. I really hope my swap partner likes it!

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You can view the other cards on flickr here or on instagram here. My previous swap blog post can be seen here.

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Star cushion

I saw the most beautiful cushion on Very Berry Handmade’s instagram, and when she showed there was a tutorial in Love Sewing magazine, I had to go and buy it! I love Ali’s tutorials, so good and clear to understand. Only problem I had was in the magazine it was in centimetres, I was bought up using cm’s but have got used to inches from the quilting magazines, and online tutorials. My cutting mat does have both inch and cm sides but no half cm markings, and only have a inch ruler. So maybe some extra things I need to think about getting, as I need a larger cutting mat and a smaller ruler! Anyway, I have made my first cushion cover, it may not be perfect but am pleased I got it done with two small children (and my husband) running around!

Try a new technique

Sometimes there is just something you put off trying and when you actually do take the plunge you wondered what all the fuss was about!

I have put off trying bias binding for ages, avoiding patterns and little projects, well, a few days ago I gave it a try with some scraps and this is the result; 20150331_155856-001
So feeling a little more confident, there are a few things I need to get off my ‘projects half done’ and ‘to-do’ lists!

 

 

New Blog

Happy New Year! So it’s a new year, and thought I’d start a new blog as I haven’t updated my other one on blogger for absolutely ages!  Hello WordPress!  This may take me a while to get used to, but we have to challenge ourselves!

Here’s a mosaic of my makes from 2014;

Links to some of my projects on my previous blog; Snack matElephant pouchWedding heart241 toteEaster treat bagsBaby rosetteDaisychain samplerBean bags (tutorial)

Right so a couple of these are still in my ‘projects half done’ but I’ll get to them soon, honest! These have all been presents, with the exception of a couple of things like the monster and snack mat for my eldest daughter, as she asked, ‘mummy can you make me one of those?’ There has been other little things like pincushions,  a kindle case, more wedding hearts, an embroidered watch and little bag for my daughter and lots of coasters.

Now for this year, well I have so many ideas and tutorials I want to follow, but where to start? I usually only have time for presents with two girls under the age of 3 and a half, but am wanting to do more selfish sewing and make things for the house too! I have loved making the bags most of all I think, so will probably be seeing more of those!

My Instagram is here and I’m on Pinterest here if you wish to follow me 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Laurie