A Vintage Cross Stitch Update

I’ve been busy making serious progress on my Bothy Threads Vintage cross stitch kit!

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My First (Shareable) Sewing Project Complete!

As you may remember, I mentioned earlier in the week that one of my Christmas presents was a sewing machine! Previously, I had used my Mum’s sewing machine on a couple of occasions but I hadn’t really done much machine sewing before. Now though, I am excited to learn the new skill so I have been working on some projects. My first projects is part of my boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day present so I can’t share that yet unfortunately – I don’t want to spoil the surprise! But I completed my second project this week and this is one that I can share with you!

I wanted to create a simple tote bag that I could hang over my new embroidery stand so that I could keep my chart and threads for my current project together, all ready to hand for when I needed them. This is what I came up with:

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Crafting Charity Shop Finds

Recently, someone told me that the Dove House Hospice charity shop in the city centre had opened up a craft section. Where I live, craft items fly out of the charity shops before they even hit the shelf so it is almost impossible to find anything worth buying in them when it comes to craft. So, intrigued by this idea, I made a trip there before Christmas. Sadly, with the festivities looming, I couldn’t afford to treat myself but yesterday I made another visit and this time my boyfriend decided to treat me after longingly gazing after this: Continue reading

A Christmas Craft Swap!

I have Mrs M. Makes to thank (blame?) for this one! I had been tempted earlier by the Make and Craft Magazine home decoration craft swap, which was brought to my attention by Claireabellemakes, however, after serious consideration I decided that I wouldn’t have time to take part (see Sunday’s post!)

Then Mrs M. commented on my post and told me she was taking part in Lakota’s ‘Faith, Hope and Charity Christmas Swap’ and I knew that I couldn’t resist! (Who doesn’t love an excuse to make Christmas things!)

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The Best-Laid Schemes…

Many of you may have noticed that my blogging is slowly becoming more and more irregular. This is due to the fact that I am now back at university and since it is my third year, I have literally been thrown in at the deep end! I have miles more work than I expected in my first weeks (I even have a stack of ten library books already!) so because of this, my blogging has suffered.

My blogging isn’t the only hobby to suffer at the hands of university however, as all of my half completed craft projects are lucky to see the light of day at the moment! I have not been able to do any cross stitching, either on my dimensions gold piece or my boyfriend’s advent calendar. All of my plans for crochet Christmas presents are on hold and I am lucky to squeeze in a round of my crochet cat bed! Continue reading

Craft Fair Fun!

Last week I had spotted a poster in a local coffee shop, advertising a craft fair at the local jubilee church. I knew that I had to go because there aren’t often craft fairs in my local area, and the ones in my village are usually disappointing. Yesterday, my boyfriend took me into town to investigate!

I was completely overwhelmed with the quality of the stalls and the range of products, everything from beauty treats to cat neckerchiefs! There were roughly twenty different stalls, several of which you would expect, such as home-sewn products, cards and cupcakes, but there were several surprised such as a pet accessory stall, handmade soaps, candles and sweetie trees! The quality and range of products was so much better than the craft fairs I usually visit! Continue reading

Christmas Cross Stitching

Earlier in the year I had the idea of making my boyfriend an advent calendar. He had commented that me an my brother are still treated to a chocolate advent calendar every year, but he doesn’t get one. So I set out to make him one! I found some adorable cross stitch designs for the pockets and started stitching away!

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Surprise Pay It Forward

I just discovered that Claire Bear has started a surprise pay it forward and I’ve decided to join in.  It means that I get to make something for others, and I get something lovely from someone else too!

This is how it works  (I’ve borrowed Claire Bear’s  explanation, (via Mrs M. Makes) who borrowed it from the Quilting Chemist):

I will send a surprise gift to the first 3 people to comment on this post.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise.

And here are the rules:

1.  I will make a little something for the first 3 people who comment on this post.  It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2.  To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people who comment on your blog post.

3.  You must have a blog.

4.  After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 48 hours then the next commenter will be chosen.

If you want to join in just comment below and if you’re on of the first three I’ll send you something before the end of August next year!