Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Handmade Ornament Swap

I signed up for this swap over at Christina's blog.
I've been a bit quiet on the updates, but I've had a blinder of a sewing day today and have my little parcel well and truly ready to be posted on time.
The basket of  Christmas fabric and theses buttons have been lying around to get a bit of Christmas mood going.
Christmas fabrics
christmas buttons galore
I used this tutorial for inspiration and had a bit of scrappy fun.
scrappy fabric
Scrappy Tree Ornament
Scrappy tree ornament
While going through my scraps I found two tumbler shapes – they look a bit like trees – so I turned them into an ornament too.tumbler blockssewing tumbler treestumbler tree basestumbler tree
After a fair bit of wrangling (and perhaps some unladylike language),
I ended up with this sweet little tree.
Then I remembered that I had this fabric left over from another project.
At the time I thought that they’d make an interesting sort of ornament…rather than waste such a great idea, I set to work…
michael miller houses
I like!
beach house ornament
So here are the finished ornaments that will be making there way off to my partner.
trio of ornaments
Thanks Christina for organising the swap. I still have a few other ornament bloggers to visit and see what they’ve made…you might like some inspiration for your Christmas crafting too.

thanks for taking a peek over the fence…

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


I had a doctors appointment today and packed a little hand sewing – I knew I’d be in for a bit of a wait.
lovely goodies
I packed a few supplies that have been collected over time – the red and white zip pouch from Leona’s birthday club (head on over to join up if you’d like to receive a nice surprise in the mail on your birthday!)
The lovely large zip pouch from the SewItTogether Canberra Swap and the Kate Spain hexagons bought from Joanne from PossumBlossomPatch at her shop at SIT Canberra.

Oh no!  one ingredient missing… the papers!
Time for a bit of improvisation -
improvised hexy papers
dodgy waiting room photo 
I just found the best use for all those supermarket receipts and ATM balances! The centre one is a “post-it” note – they are rather more stable than receipts…just in case you ever find yourself in the same situation…
magic hexagon flower
It looks pretty good – just a little bit wonky in the middle – but not too bad at all.

It certainly better than the news that I have osetoarthritis in my knee  :(

thanks for taking a limp peek over the fence…

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Charming Village…

I joined the Modern She Made Swap …and have made this table runner based on the Moda Bake Shop pattern - Neighbourhood Charm quilt.
But I have a little problem.
The international posting date is 15 November - I’m fine with that – I only have to do the binding.
Bird tree house
No - my problem is…
that I am so in love
with this project
   – that I don’t think
I can bear to part with it
Charming village
I’m sure I’m not the first person this has happened to…

thanks for taking a peek over the fence…

Friday, 2 November 2012

Winner! Winner! Winner!

This is the post you've all been waiting for!
I've finally drawn the winner of the Blogtoberfest giveaway.

I went off to Ms Random and out of the 29 comments…this is the number she gave:
Winner 1

#13 is Jill from Ducks & Rabbits  - looks like your wish came true!

As an extra surprise and in the spirit of Blogtoberfest and all that, and because I went on a cutting-out spree the other day, I thought that I’d draw another winner, so I kindly asked Ms Random for her thoughts….


#21 is Irene from Hilachas

I am emailing you both now.

Thanks for taking a peek over the fence…through Blogtoberfest…and all year round…


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