You really can make whatever you imagine.
February 27, 2009
February 26, 2009
This giant paperclip is staying with me. I am going to use it either in a cookbook, or perhaps in my bedside magazine - I always forget where i'm up to!
February 25, 2009
Things I didn't enjoy about making this pillow (not much!):
1. Finding the 38mm Buttons to cover. Not readily available from the shops I visit! I had resigned myself to a smaller button, when I found one accidentally in my local Janome retailer yesterday.
[Getting the button tight and in the right place was a little fiddly, but I don't think I could say it was something I didn't like doing.]
Things I enjoyed about making this pillow:
1. Making the patchwork top
2. Covering the buttons (I'd never had a need to do this before and it was very satifying to have a perfect little circle of fabric at the end)
Things i'd do differently:
1. I don't think you need to have as wide a gap that is called for in the pattern when inserting the pillow infill. It meant that nearly the whole side needed to be hand sewn, and I think I would prefer a smaller gap, a tighter fit and less handsewing to make the edge look a little neater. You can always roll the cushion infill to get it in.
2. Next time I think I would prefer to use 2 strong coordinating patterns. I'm not convinced about my block colour with the Japanese Print yet. I had nothing else at the time, so this will do, and the overall effect in the loungeroom is the main thing. It's growing on me.
3. Perhaps cover the back in the printed fabric. The reason I say this is I love the indigo print the more I look at it!
1. When it says you need a doll needle (huge needle for making dolls, bears, upholstery) to thread the button, make sure you use one. I am SO glad that I didn't try and cut that corner as I was only just able to get it through with the one I had. Couldn't imagine doing it with a smaller needle.
Well, even if no one else likes it Ellie certainly gave it her seal of approval by giving it a bash and a chew!
February 24, 2009
And what did I get? A Harrods tote of course!! Yippee!!!
February 23, 2009
February 22, 2009
Just a quick heads up - why don't you pop on over to Buttons by Lou Lou? Today only she is offering free shipping on items in her etsy store. Check out today's blog post for instructions on how to get your free shipping. I purchased something yesterday and look forward to receiving it! I will show you when it arrives. Here is something to give you a taste of her very cute products:
Have a lovely Sunday afternoon all. I hope your weekend was relaxing like mine. G x
February 21, 2009
Aside from it's beauty, there are 3 things I love about this set:
1. It was hers
2. It was given so generously by him
3. It was an extensive collection that didn't just sit in the display cabinet. It was used all the time, and the worn gold trim and tea stains in the pot are evidence of this.
When I don't have little ones underfoot who might accidentally injure it, I intend to follow her example and use it too. Thank you Nanna and Grandad - I love you both lots and lots.
February 20, 2009
Anyhow, gotta go - i'm off to chat to my Grandad today about Quilting (Yes, my Grandad - he and Nanna were a great team back when they were making them). I'm hoping to make a quilt and/or take a class, and would like to see what advice he has for me. More importantly, I don't get to see him as often as i'd like, so it's time Ellie and I spent some time there.
February 19, 2009
From Studio Mela:
From Yumi Yumi:
February 18, 2009
If you'd like the recipe, you can get it here
A few notes:
1. My book called for 2/3 cup of sugar, but the online version only has 1/2 cup. Your choice I guess!
2. I used Anchor brand 'Cake, Biscuit & Pastry SR Flour' - highly recommended when you need a really light cake
3. I thought it would be OK to use a slightly larger cake tin. Not advised. Stick to a 20cm pan and then this will assure a nice high cake. Mine is a little thin.
Enjoy your Wednesday all. See you again soon xx
February 16, 2009
Here is the page of colour, ready to be cut up into small squares.
I used the insert as a template, and cut what I thought were the prettiest sections