Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Days

After having a rather turbulent 2 weeks, I buried my head and did a few crafty pick me ups!  Some good has come out of it as I've got lots of stuff finished (although I wouldn't want a re-run of the last 2 weeks).

Remember in my last post I was doing a patchwork hexagon hoop - I wasn't altogether pleased with the white fabric I had chosen but I was at the point of no return.  To rectify the choice, I added some embroidery stitches which has made me a little happier!

My bark cloth curtains were an unexpected find on Ebay - a snitch at only £3.00, it was a
wonderful turn-up. 

Having spent quite a lot of time cooing over CK's Patch book, and loving the flower picture in there, I set to with making my own.  I used a pretty frame I got way before Christmas.  It was one of those moments where I thought 'I'll eventually find a use for it' (that was my justification).  I think it was meant to have a 'crafty' project in it rather than a photo!

I was quite pleased with the result and it was fun cutting out floral flowers and arranging them.

Hopefully, service will resume fully next week!  Have a great weekend.

Friday, 13 January 2012

For the love of

embroidery hoops and patchwork hexagons, both of which I can't get enough of at the moment.

I remember seeing in Liberty's a couple of years ago, fabric displayed in embroidery hoops which I thought was a novel idea.  I soon came home and replicated it.  You may remember me posting about it.

As my love of hexagons grew, I fancied combining the two.  One, I made towards the end of year using various oddments of fabric.

The one I'm currently working on is a little more structured.  I'm kind of wishing I hadn't used the white fabric but we'll see what the finished article looks like.  The hoop is a big one - 12" in diameter.

It is a cheap way of creating a new hanging item for your wall.  If you don't fancy sewing hexagons together you could just display some pretty fabric with some ribbon, alternatively there's lots of lovely wrapping paper around so that could be another use with the hoop.

Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Something old to something new

At the start of every year, I always have a good clear out - most goes to charity some gets free cycled, other bits and bobs either get sold on Amazon or Ebay.

This year, I thought I would do that, but also utilise my crafty stash and other items round the house to give everything a bit of a lift.

Re-work scraps of wool and an old hanger into a nice woolly one

an old treacle tin into a container for some bulbs

some old jumpers into a cosy winter cushion

vintage fabrics and scraps of lace into lavender sachets

and an old tin of paint to add some colour to the bannister rail

Who know what else I'll come up with!  What's on your agenda this month?

Friday, 6 January 2012

Up I come!

Hello folks - remember me! You may think I've been hibernating all this time (since September), but you know how life just gets in the way sometimes?  No excuses, just plain day to day stuff here at The Blueberry Patch household.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year?  Isn't the weather different to a year ago.  Unlike the last few days, it could almost be Spring here (albeit cold).  The birds are singing, the bulbs are growing, I still have pinks and roses flowering. All very odd.

Anyway, plans are afoot for lots of projects and makes - most of which I'll share with you, but here's one I made earlier!

I'll be back again shortly (I hope!).

Have a good weekend.