Sunday, 31 March 2013

Vintage rose cross stitch

I have been wanting to make something from this book for ages...

I got it for Christmas and it's right up my street.  If you like Tilda books and Cath Kidston then you'll love this too!  There's sewing, cross stitch, crochet and even paper craft.

Finally I decided upon a beautiful cross stitch rose pattern, quite a small, but enough to keep me busy over a couple of evenings. 

I dug out my supplies and got cosy -

I used a 14 count natural aida - I have tried evenweave and it required a lot of concentration and eye squinting! I'll save that for when I know I'll have time to work on projects during the daytime for a better light.  But I'm happy with the look of this natural coloured aida, it worked perfectly with the threads I'd chosen.

It worked up fairly quickly, although with so many different colours working up such a small area there was a lot of time spent changing threads etc. 

Finally finished -

I knew I wanted to hang this in my recently decorated shabby chic bedroom, but I wasn't entirely sure how to display it.  I've been collecting frames specifically to use for my handmade projects and remembered a lovely gold 'scuffed' one I got from Tiger a while ago.  It's rectangular and the rose looked a little lonely in the frame all by itself, so I dug out my box of ric-rac and crochet lace and chose some that went beautifully.

Et voila!  My lovely picture now hangs beside the bed - next to my other handmade lovelies!

My aim is for this little patch of handmade loveliness to grow over this year :)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Bunting needed

I ended up with a really stinking cold a few weeks back so one Sunday morning I was ordered to stay in bed for a bit whilst the OH got up with our 3 year old and took him downstairs to play. 

As I lay in bed (awake typically), I just took in all the pretty things in the newly decorated bedroom.  You can see a little of it here

Gorgeous new duvet cover - from Primark, and so cheap but oh-so-beautiful!

And soon a lovely cup of tea brought to me in bed!

The wall at my side of the bed is slowly becoming filled with pretty handmade goal over this year is to fill it up even more.  I have a few ideas for frames I've already bought, but as usual it's just a case of finding the time!

I suddenly became aware of a big bare space on the other side of the room - above the mirror.  Bunting!  It needed bunting!

I was on a mission, cold or no cold, I would not be held back!  I got up, showered and dressed and pulled out some of the gorgeous fabrics I'd bought 'just for me' and knew they'd be perfect for what I had in mind. 

These are just a selection from some that I bought from the range 'The Simple Life' - you can see more of this range here

I got to work on my bunting, I decided to try scalloped bunting just for something a little different, I also wanted to embellish a few of the flags/pennants with some lacy ribbon and ric-rac just to make it super girly!

With enough done all that remained was to attach it to some white bias tape and get the OH to hang it up for me!

Ta-da! Here it is hung in it's spot - not a great picture I'm afraid, but you get the idea. 

Looks even cuter at night when the fairy lights around the mirror are switched on -

Ahhh, perfect.  And it took my mind off feeling ill!  Best of all it only took a couple of hours :)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Gifts for Mothers Day

It's mothers day today here in the UK and with a Mum who has everything and needs nothing I had to think hard what to give to my Mum this year!  Having recently moved house as well I didn't want to give her anything that would take up too much space (she is having a bit of a clear out/tidy up as she gradually unpacks). 

With that in mind, I dug out my crafting supplies in preparation for Mothers Day this year and gave some very handmade gifts. 

I've recently gotten back into papercrafting - scrapbooking really, so I have all the supplies necessary to make a card.  I have also had a recent delivery of some gorgeous new washi tapes so I was keen to use them! 

The book you can just see is Stitch and Sew Home, it's such a pretty book, if you like Tilda and Cath Kidston then you'll definitely like this!  I used a bird template from the book for the front of my card -

I have also had a go at making a few of these recently, crochet hearts with a rose on the front, a la Attic 24 blog, so I decided to make a springtime one for my Mum. 

You can see the one I made my Mum above (with the yellow flower) next to one of mine with a pink flower. 

The lovely daffodils in the picture above were cheap as chips from Asda, I suppose they're meant for the garden, but I decided to pot a few up in the broken cups I had in the kitchen that I can never bear to throw away!  They are certainly brightening up the house, I've got about 5 pots of them!

With that in mind I saw a lovely chunky blue and white mug in Matalan and instantly had the idea to pot up some little daffs for my Mum as well. 

So those gifts, teamed with a few gorgeously scented candles (freshly cut daisies and green fig) were my gifts to my Mum this mothers day. 

Everything all wrapped up :)