It’s officially summer but I’m not sure if it is actually here, normally I would be out in the garden, machine set up, fabric spread out music playing in the background and a plethora of craftiness scattered around. This year the inside of the house is like a bomb site there are crafty bits every where, I’ve had craft fairs cancelled, there’s a storm brewing outside and its been, well, different.
My daughter got married in May so that accounted for quite a bit of time and as we did a lot of the wedding staging ourselves. We made the favours, distilled raspberry flavoured gin yummy, made favour bags, invitations, decorated cakes, and the list went on and on but it was great fun and Sara and I will remember the scheming and planning and manic activity for ever.
I’ve discovered a new talent in flower arranging as that was one of our tasks as well. It was great fun, I love flowers in the house and that was the best excuse ever to buy different varieties and arrange them ‘artistically’. We sprayed empty Yankee Candle jars with black satin paint and then decorated then with fancy jute ribbons and antique buttons and filled them with peonies, stocks, roses, lisianthus and carnations. The smell was wonderful and the tables looked gorgeous. We had a wonderful day and made the best memories ever.
My husband officially retired from work after years and years and years of toiling in the NIHE , so I now have company and he has to contend with me and my incessant crafting so think I got the best deal because I have him tortured……what do you think…., would you have a look at that for me…..can you fix this please …. can you reach me that up…… Are you making a cuppa?
On the crafting side I’ve been doing some different things, I’ve tried and really enjoyed foundation piecing, tried different products; like Bosal; its a foam product, brilliant for making bags, it stabilises and holds its shape and sews very well, it can be used as a sew in or a fusible and is great to have in your stash, it takes a ‘nice’ bag to a WOW bag. Decided to push myself and found it worth the effort!
I’ve bought some new sewing machines, I know, but I needed them……. One is for taking to classes and retreats, its (a Pfaff passport 3.0) light, perfectly balanced, does everything I need it to. One is for ‘downstairs’ (a Juki), its a workhorse and I use it for everything but primarily decor items and the Big Daddy (Pfaff performance 5) is permanently located upstairs in the craft room because I can’t move it or lift it because its simply too heavy, brilliant, superb, a beast. It is amazing for quilting and doing heavy sewing and its lots of bells and whistles to keep my happy and satisfy my need to fiddle!
The photo at the top of the blog was of a frame that I made at a Stamping Up workshop. The sentiment is personal for me as my mum used to wear a necklace with those words on it every day. The workshop was great fun and there were lots of paper crafters scissor and die cutting, stamping, punching, sticking, inking, swapping, talking, laughing and learning. Great craic! as they say …
So with my new toys, I thought I would show some photos of my makes over the past weeks, just a few I won’t bore you silly. Until next time, keep crafting and smiling xxx