Friday, 29 April 2011

Joining the party...

As some of you may have noticed, today was the Royal Wedding here in the UK. Never one to miss out on a good old knees up, we jumped at the chance to join in with a friend's street party. "Bring a bottle and some goodies" were the only instructions, so I set to it!

As any of you who have ever seen me will probably gather, I like cake... and the best kind of cake (as far as I am concerned) is cheesecake... and for a royal wedding we need a suitably attired cheesecake!

Here it is out of the tin with a few of the others...

I should say at this point that this beast is a recipe of my own and has a lot of fat free quark, low fat cheese and fat free fromage fraise in it (with some full fat double cream to balance it out!) - so you can have 2 pieces without feeling too bad about it!

Here is another star - the Sylvanian Families Wedding couple! I thought they were adorable but they did suffer a little in the wind! We had to chase them down the street more than once!!!

Weren't we a bunch of happy campers! Spoilt for choice (there was a bbq as well but cake is faaaar more interesting!)

The weather held out and a brilliant day was had by all. I hope you enjoyed the day in your own way to.

Congrats to the happy couple!
And Thank You for an extra bank holiday ;)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

New quilt finished! And I am in love with it!

As the sun is shining and my Dad is round working on the garden (and therefore is a willing model) I thought I would photograph and share the quilt I finished over the weekend.

I decided not to quilt this one - instead I used some of my button collection to attached the three layers together!

I used buttons on both sides, just in case anyone gets bored with the front and decides to inspect the back!
This slightly blurry picture was taken with my phone but gives you an idea of the button selection I had to play with...

That is just the contents of 2 of my jars... it is safe to say there are a few more than that on shelves!

I forced myself to use some of my favourite bright buttons in this one, but it was so much fun to make that I don't mind! Every time I look at it, I smile - though Paul's response was "isn't it a little too.... bright?" Obviously we know there is no such thing!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Happy Easter

Crikey - that would be a few calories worth of chocolate I spied outside our local garden centre....

Happy Easter!

Friday, 22 April 2011

There are some posts that need no explanation....

a chance trip to a Spalding shopping centre today reward us with the following in bright sunlight and dappled shade... enjoy!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Spring inspires me!

Yes indeed - the first sight of spring and I am up and ready to be creative. The old foot is a bit dodgy so I have started with a little gentle quilting!

I bought a moda solids jelly roll at the opening of Art & Stitch last week and couldnt resist having a play! I am afraid I took these pictures on my phone so they aren't the best, but I hope you get the idea!

The fabrics are so bright I went for a very simple pattern so the colours are the stars! Here I am deciding whether to go for a diagonal or random pattern....

I think I prefer the random!

Well I have a few days of 'proper' work to get on with this week, so probably wont get any further before the bank holidays, so I will share with you then!

I just wanted to share with you another picture I took on my phone yesterday, a couple of beautiful trees weighted down with blossom at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland. Ain't nature grand?

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Who... me...?

So I am back in the studio... albeit with a lean to one side as the ankle slowly heals. But I have been missing my creative space so I thought I would have a potter about and get a bit of tidying done. And someone thought she would help out!

So who is that in the wool basket on the second shelf down?

No wonder I never get any work done!!!!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Bags of fun!

Once again I have got behind on the blogging. Oh dear. But I have a couple of excuses... one which is work related and I cannot share quite yet, and the other is that I have managed to injure my sewing machine driving foot! I have a swollen tendon on my right foot which has led to 2 weeks of lying down (not as much fun as it sounds....) and not much creative work being done. I have been walking with a stick which meant getting up the two flights of stairs to my studio was a definite no-no!

However, I am now on the mend, and it was the 4th birthday of my niece Kiah this weekend, so I forced myself to hobble upstairs and make her something special. Last birthday I made her a quilt, and at Christmas I finished my first attempt at a dress (which was a little big at the time but she seemed to love). So what this year? Well what does every well dressed young lady need - a handbag! But not just any bag... how about a bag with her own face on it!

I recently visited a craft show at the NEC and was given a sample of a new fabric product that allowed you to print from your printer straight onto the fabric, and simple iron it to heat fix it! No messy goo or letting things soak over night. The fabric has a paper backing and is ready to go straight into your printer. So I thought I would give it a go!

The product is called InkRedible and is due to be released later in the year, so you cant get your grubby little paws on it yet (I only managed to scrounge 2 sheets!).

I used PhotoShop to blur the background of a picture I took of Kiah at Christmas (sporting the headband I made her to go with the dress).

I then printed it onto the paper backed fabric and ironed it to heat fix it. Then I peeled of the backing and was ready to go!

I made the rest of the bag up with 5 pink fabrics (because every 4 year old with any style adores pink... apparently...).

I used the messenger style bag because it is easy to make, and easy for little hands to open (no need for zips!). So we had a large version of the picture on the front of the bag, and 3 small versions on the back.

 The inside is of course pink too....

It is not truly reversible because I have used a magnetic clasp on the inside, but one can still enjoy the pink fantabulousness every time you open it!

As Kiah is only 4 and, as all little ladies must, she will soon grow,  I wanted to make the length of the straps adjustable. At this point my ingenuity had deserted me, but Angela of Art & Stitch suggested the use of buttons and, voila, we have adjustable straps!

So today was the day to deliver the present. Kiah had a big party, but was allowed to open Aunty Sarah's present early because all the rest will be opened when she gets home tonight. (and I wouldn't be there!) She loved it, and much as I dislike pink, I was loathe to part with it as she is just so darn cute!

So Happy Birthday beautiful!