Friday, April 30, 2010

Table Cloth Challenge

Whilst surfing Blogland I have come across Nina Lise from Norway who is doing this table cloth challenge.

The idea is that you take an old table cloth and alter it into something beautiful (hopefully) and useful and this appealed to me.

1st problem is that I don't have any suitable tablecloths so like Sherry (another lady also entering) I took myself off to the 2 local charity shops. The first one only had a plain pink(and though I just love pink) linen one but the second shop had 2 cloths one of them being this lace table runner and a plain white lace square. Dilemma which should I choose so I bought them both for £1.50 just in case. The lace on the runner has a large tear and some black marker pen on it so I don't feel too bad about cutting it up and it does have some pink flowers so I'm sorted.

Now 2nd problem what to make with it. I think this calls for a glass of wine or two. Sharpens the brain you know!!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Winner is!


Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. No one guessed the correct number of 36 but Terry Oulboub from USA came in with the nearest at 35 so as soon as I have Terry's details the box will be winging it way as fast as the crow can carry it.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Ok. It's giveaway time. If you would like to be in it for a chance to own the emboidered box on previous post you just have to
already be or become a follower and tell me on this post how many choklits are in the jar.

(well you didn't think I was going to make it that easy for you did you!!)

The person to guess correctly will be the winner. If more than one correct answer then names will go into a draw. No correct answer? Then nearest to it will win or again if more than one near answer then a draw to pick a winner.

As the Meerkats would say Simples.

I will keep this open till midnight(GMT)26th April.

It suprised me just how many went in, though if NSUH spots jar there may be fewer to come out.

Embroidered Box

Remember the eyelet stitch project from last month? Well it has gone from this

to being this embroidered box. I have used the second piece of vintage silk to make the box base

and inside of lid. The dimensions have worked out at 7" x 6 1/2" x 2".

This box will now be a give away so if you want to be in it to win it stay tuned!!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Quilted Jacket

I'm knee deep in projects at the moment so have resorted to showing you something that I made earlier. We were all going to the quilters guild show and a friend said "You are taking along something that youv'e made to wear aren't you as Iv'e entered you in the catwalk show". This was like 5 days before the event! Hells bells now you tell me. It was made but all still in pieces on the floor 12 hours before we were due to leave. I have never worked so hard through the night to get it put together. Friend was driving thankfully so I cat napped in the back on the drive up. When we got to the venue the next bomb shell was " Youv'e got your speech ready haven't you " Not only did I have to model the jacket but I had to stand on stage and give a 1 minute talk on how I made it. By the skin of my teeth!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Winning answer

Would the winner please identify themself and choose a silk!!!!!!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone. As you all seem to be doing Easter themes here is my little collection.
Please keep your comments coming on the competition post below . If no one gets the correct country all your names will go in a hat for a winner to be pulled out so you could still be in it to win it!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Competition time

Here are the other six pieces of silk material in my stash. To be in with a chance to win an embriodered box made with the silk of your choice you just need to already be a follower or become a follower and correctly identify the country of orgin of these silks. Please leave your country and a comment on this post. The competition will close with the first person to state the correct answer. You may enter more than once if your first answer has been rejected.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Gracie for Gracie

This is a little dollie that I have been busy on this week. Her name is Gracie and she is a free

pattern that you can download from Cathron on She is only 8 1/2" inches tall and is going to a little girl who is also called Gracie and has just got a new baby brother. The clothes are old again. Made from material from my stash (my daughters 5th birthday) and the little pink motifs on her dress and hat are from my Wedding Dress!

Hence the following story.

I had some nottingham lace that I reallly wanted to use on my dress but it was only a small piece and not enough to do anything with . The more I looked at it the more I thought that Iwould be able to carefully cut round the motifs and use them singularly on the bodice. Secondly the lace was white and I wanted the overlay on the bodice to be pink. No problem just dye them. So a particular Saturday was set aside to do it. NSUF. was given strick instructions not to come round to my house until the evening as I would be doing final alterations to my dress and a girls dress is sacred right!! No peeking allowed till the day.

Well the cutting out of the motifs and dyeing them the correct colour went without a hitch and then what to do with them to get dry as there were 50 0f them. Solution. Peg them all out on the clothes line. Mum and I had just finished doing this when we heard Dad's voice saying "Yes their just in the garden hanging some washing out go on round the side gate is open". Well Mum flew to the gate to intercept NSUF. and I flew back down the path and you never saw 50 pegs fly off the line in all directions so fast in your life. NSUF. had completely forgotten about my curfew as he was so pleased at getting 2 tickets for a concert and wanted to tell me straight away so he was forgiven. Wat happened to the motifs? We dried them in the bath in the end.