Thursday, 29 September 2011

Finding time to craft

I've been back at work (part-time after a 2 year break) for about 7 weeks now.  Finally I seem to be finding time to work AND craft all in the same day!  For the first few weeks I was just so tired in the evenings that all I could do was curl up on the couch under my quilt and veg out in front of the tv. 

I've realised that whilst I'm not 'switched on' enough to do anything very taxing, I can manage some easy no-brainer hand sewing.  I also managed to thread all the drawstrings into the first lot of drawstring Christmas gift bags I've been making. One of which you can see in my previous post.  I will show you the finished 'range' soon!

I've been using this handy little tray and loading it up with all of my supplies - this is just so that once I sit down I don't have to get up to go and get anything else!!

I also make sure I have my handy travel sewing roll by my side too... you can read all about it in this blog post

As you can see from the pic above I've made a few of these lovely red flowers -

They'll probably end up as some hairslides or perhaps brooches.

I've also made a few yo-yo's, or the name I prefer - 'Suffolk puffs'! I don't know why I like that name for them, I just do!

You may be noticing that the majority of my makes these days have a Christmassy theme to them...These are the embelishments I'll use once I muster up the energy to make something to add them to! I'm not entirely sure where they'll end up, but I thought the fabrics were so pretty and I was just eager to start using them :)

I picked up this selection of fabric last week and I can't wait to start some lovely patchwork with them, they have such a pretty 'homespun' look to them.  I have managed to use some of these fabrics for my Suffolk puffs above. 

I'd also like to say a big hello to all of my new followers!  Thanks also to all of you who take the time to leave me lovely comments - I am really trying to keep up with them all and reply to you individually (if your email address is available through your Blogger profile), but things have been so hectic lately that I know I've been a little slow in keeping up.  I do read, and appreciate all of your comments though so please don't let that put you off. 


  1. ah I love your little tray idea! I ALWAYS forget something and end up getting up and down like a yo-yo haha! Cant wait to see all the crafty things your upto :-)

  2. I like Suffolk Puffs too. Yoyo is weird. These are really pretty. The tray idea is a good one. I use a little lap desk that has a cup holder. It keeps my scissors corralled and the threads from rolling all over. Congrats on making the time to make things. I find it so soothing.

  3. I love the colours of the fabric - and you are obviously so organized with your making - I am sure that is the way to be far more productive!

    Pomona x

  4. Lovely fabrics. I have the red gingham, its fab for Christmas makes.
    Cute embellishments too.

  5. Your tray tip is a fantastic one - it's sometimes nice (and necessary) to work while you're watching the TV or just lazing on the sofa! I think I'll be borrowing that idea. It's good to see that I'm not the not the only one who has colour co-ordinated button jars too!!! ;-) I love your puffs and fabric purchases - red's my favourite colour of all time, and this post is very red!!! :-)
    Until next time.....

  6. Love your little crafty makes! and the tray idea is great... I use a basket for my crafty bits..easy to carry around the house with me :)

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  8. I have just read your last few is not too early for Christmas preparations and I feel full of inspiration now. Love your buttons and your fabrics!
    I am also looking for some nice festive ideas to make for the two forthcoming fairs I am going to attend, still don’t know what.

  9. And in any other spare time you get after working, babying and crafting I guess you just breath! LOL


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