Monday, 26 December 2011

yay! crimbo is here....

I would like to wish everyone a big merry Christmas, and thank you to everyone that reads my blog all year, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Lets do lots of interesting things next year,lets do swap a postcard and lets have a bloggers picnic and lets of fun and keep on blogging!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

one more sleep till the big fat bloke comes down your chimney and,........

Its almost here and we are all busy, having a making day,the three littlest people have been practising their foot pedal- needle up-needle down skills on these little snowmen, a very thought full gift from the quilters guild.

Mr Bear desperately needed a poncho for when he goes camping with the cubs[apparently,I have to make some miniature badges]
and so did little dotty bear,

meanwhile the taller short people' set to and did some baking,they are getting quite good at it.
which is just as well
as they have baked every day this week- and every day every scrap has been eaten,
 I had intended to show you a lot more stuff but blogger is refusing to load anything more up, so goodbye for now and have a lovely Christmas........Tina

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

just a quickie...

still, wrapping, and coughing ,but tonight I have been binding  a quilt for the smallest pink fairy in the house,
its lovely,with little ballerinas all over it and the tiniest delicate quilting around each figure and a lovely snugly brushed cotton on the back -did I make it?
I wish I did, but no.     Trudi from quilts prolifically made it for her smallest fairy, but shes not so small anymore and shes given it to me
all I have to do is bind it, what a lovely gift- makes me wish  I was 8 years old again,
thank you Trudi.
And whilst I stitch, I will watch Bad Santa, ooh, hes a very bad Santa..

Monday, 19 December 2011

and the winners are....

the partys over.....
and the winners are
plumcox and
annabelle serendipity...

As you can see ,I have added some stitch and stuff, hope you like them..
and whilst I was sewing,
and coughing and sneezing.......

The short fairies in the house made these.

Funny how some height challenged people can become so helpfull the week before christmas.

do you like my posh table runner?
one day I will make my own but right now I like the restraint and uniformity of this.

HA! like I even know what that means.....
bye for now- off to cough...

Friday, 9 December 2011

blog-hop party!!!!!!

Hello!  and welcome to the bloghop party.

I have three sets of free giveaways, each set includes a covered notebook,a sweetypie postcard and a lovely little heart brooch for Christmas, I'm willing to post anywhere, just leave me a comment and three random people will be lucky.
I only finished the books this afternoon and there is every chance that they will be heavily embellished by the end of the week-- you know what  I'm like-
,pop back and see some extra  progress in a couple of days
jump back on the link to my right.

Good luck and thank you for reading my blog...TINA..

Add cap

Friday, 2 December 2011

more, more more shopping

In between all the shopping that Iv done for everyone else, I have managed  a little shopping for myself,
An  absolutely pre-owned beautiful sequined, chain stitched Indian cotton scarf  £1 .99

isn't it lovely....

Lovely woven fringes.......
not only but also....
four really good quality pure cotton cot sheets  £1.75 each.
Oh, I love a bit of shopping.
what else have I been doing?
Take a look at my other blog

Monday, 28 November 2011

titchy little chaps

The heart brooch's are finished, and they are rather cute ,aren't  they, and quite small, only two inches tall
  I did enjoy making them but I wasn't to happy with the instructions, the magasine said to cut out each heart, then iron bondaweb to the back of each heart, then bond a heart shaped piece of felt to the back of each one.

I found it quicker and easier to simply iron a piece of bondaweb onto the back of the whole sheet,
and then bond the sheet to a piece of felt, and cut out the little hearts afterwards
no critiscism of stitch magasine, its great, always full of good ideas and stuff to try out, I often give away magasines but not this one, I always keep them

 Anyway, total change of subject.....
does anyone know what this plant is?
I buy it every year as an anual bedding plant and it has bright purple stems,
love it! i want to do a little page on it but dont know its name...
any answers?

one more change of subject,  I am extremely excited to have joined  the stitching challenge starting in january.
 Im hoping to learn loads of new stuff and get lots of ideas,  have a look on   pintangle  about three posts back....
bye for now  tina

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Saved stitching

Between Christmas shopping,still dillying about with curtains and listening to people coughing a lot, I haven't done much fun sewing.
But yesterday my magasine arrived through my letter box, it was like a mini Christmas!

And look,a perfect little project, portable, easy and quick
. lots of lovely little brooches 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!!!!

P,S. The fabric is a 15 year old scrap of a half made dolly jacket , that I found in a box , see, everything is use full eventually.......

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Busy week,little blighters.

A lot of sewing this week,too much in fact.
their were jeans to be mended,an under wire to be fixed back into a bra and then
bloody badges!!!!!!!!!
Its remembrance Sunday coming up and badges must be  on uniforms, not in boxes sitting in the to do pile,
after I had sewn about 57 thousand of the blighters on, then,
then Angela tells me her no 1 son is making a good profit sewing on badges!!!
grrr If I had known, he could have done mine too. 

Anyway, after that I got on to some more interesting stuff.
Finally joined my four part journal quilts together
I really enjoyed stitching these , lovely valdani thread.

then I popped into our village charity shop, and the nice lady had saved me this.

wow, lovely soft fuchsia pink linen  with amazing buttons
what  does it want to be? I wonder.....

Then I sewed this, its a large sheet of christmassy stuff that you could cut decorations out of,
but actually it may go on to be a book cover [ or it might have a long sleep in the Christmas box.]

these are two little hearts that I will stitch into for the two smallest people in our family,
the other kids want to make their own hearts

And when we have all made a little heart, we are going to hang them on this big heart,on our kitchen wall
for Christmas.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

been scavenging again

wow! is that beautiful or what?
Just had a great visit with Wendy of emmelines place,
 oh my goodness such amazing treasure, Wendy is a mixed media artist and her work is lovely, and the stuff in her studio-- wow!
She has all these wonderful dyed fabrics, a whole collection of orange and yellow samples I love orange! thank you Wendy- I have something special in mind for this.
this wall paper has raised dahlias on it,Wendy has done some great rubbings of it and now shes given it to me- cant wait to get those markels out! 

And guess what this is?
Its a Pianola scroll!we were talking about spindles and Wendy has kindly given me one of her collection to use for a spindle book, but its almost too nice, I will have to think carefully about what I do with this,

look at the perforations....

  And in a proper box too..

thank you wendy for all the lovely stuff, I also came back with a head stuffed full of differant techniques and ideas and ended up failing to cook tea for the monsters because we were all so busy painting and chopping up magasines I will show this in a couple of days

And who remembers my last years december journal?  
its fat and wobbly and wierd and I loved making it, it was so  much fun to do,but it ended up triangular because I put so much in it
well, now I know how to rebind it to make it flat, just in time for this years one ,so lots coming bye for now, Tina

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


 I was trotting through the high street today, visiting all the charity shops, when this bag shouted at me--BUY ME-------BUY ME---I WANT TO BE A , BOOK  COVER REALLY, I .DO..........

And so, for the princely amount of £1.50    I bought a bag, its made of rows of indian sari cord and its got a silk lining


Isnt it gorgeous.
 watch this space........

Thursday, 27 October 2011

I,v cracked it!

Yes!, finally I get it ,done three more to make sure,I have learned its best to use one thick thread, rather than a double thread[ which may twist], so what can I do with this now?
I am thinking, coins, buttons,sequins,shapes,fimo shapes hmmmmm.........

Can I thank everyone who sent me advice and links to shisha mirror tutorials
its nice to know theres someone out there.

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