Friday, 29 June 2012

summer show here we come

Hello,
I am currently sat at work trying to find inspiration over how to make a cow costume and a elephant outfir to cover a pommel horse. I am hoping that a serch on the internet will help. If I find inspiration I will let you know. x

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Two purses

Hello, I just thought I would share with you a couple of pics of two purses. The first one is one I made from a batik sample probably left over from some demonstration I was doing which I lined with the very bright purple. It's not that bright in the photo. The other purse is one my Dad made for me and shows he can turn his hand to an media when he wants to. Just a short post today as I am so tired with the run up to the end of term, there always seems to be an event on or some extra curricular thing I should be doing. Oh well roll on summer! x




Monday, 25 June 2012

Blooming lovely

Hello, what a lovely day it turned out to be. I finished work at lunchtime and still can't quite shake the feeling that I'm sneaking off and picked up William to go swimming. Unfortunately the pool was shut so we headed home. Much to my delight the weather had taken a turn for the better and we spent the afternoon out in the garden. I had to pick some of these gorgeous roses as I love the colour, not only do they match the splash back in the kitchen but they fill the room with the most heavenly scent. I also finished off the second of the garden floor cushions and we relaxed whilst eating lunch. x
a pop of colour in my black and white kitchen

igle pigle chilling on the floor cushions

second finished cushion.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

A twist on a classic

Hello, it seems like all we have done this weekend is eat. So I thought I'd share some of the delicious goodies we have been scoffing with you. As I said these are twists on classics. The cupcakes are based on the recipe from the Great British Bake Off of Cherry Bakewell cupcakes, which when I baked them the first time were disappointingly lacking in the almond flavor that I so love about the Bakewell. So this time around I added an extra teaspoon full of almond extract to pump up the flavor. It did the trick and they were lovely, I also love how they look a little bit naughty on the plate. Or is that just me? The other baked dish was a strudel which I filled with an apple and cranberry filling. I had had these cranberries in the freezer since Christmas and they really needed to be used. Hubby said it was very wintry but that I had over done the pastry. You can't please them all. x
naughty naughty 


Saturday, 23 June 2012

A boy after my own heart

Just thought I would share with you what a lovely gift William made for me the other day. It is a paper mache  bowl and what I particularly liked about it is that he chose to decorate it with fabrics in a patchwork style. I'm sure he had some help with it but I do admire his eye for colour! xx


Friday, 22 June 2012

Little boxes, little boxes...

Hi, after a very busy day at school - year 5 taster day! I picked William up from nursery and nearly fell asleep in the hairdressers chair. So I thought I would relax and practice some of the origami I have been learning from a great book I borrowed from the library. Here are the first two boxes I have made. The card one has come out much better than the small paper one, but I'm still pleased with them both. I can now see all my gifts being presented in their own handmade gift box. The only problem is I will be hording paper and card like I do fabric and I really haven't got the room. x



Thursday, 21 June 2012

tutorial - how to make a simple tassel

How to make a simple tassel
First wind your yarn around a small book, the thicker you wind the yarn the fuller your tassel will be. You can wind more colours together if you want a mixed look

Then thread some yarn underneath the wrap and knot it together tightly.

flip the book over and cut in the middle

it will look like this

fold in half and using another piece of yarn secure about two cm from the top with another knot

hang and enjoy


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

fabric food

Hello,
Whilst the hubby watched the England match last night. I set myself the task of making some fabric food. I'm planning on doing this project with my year eights next term so wanted to see how easy it was to do and have some good examples to show them. This is what I have done so far: A slice of bread which I am thinking about turning into toast and browning the edges and maybe adding some seed beads to make it look like granary and a strawberry (very seasonal). I think this could also benefit from some seed beads to make it look more realistic. x
just add butter

anyone for afternoon tea?


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

How to do very simple machine patchwork


Here is how to do very simple machine patchwork. I took these photos to show my year nines on Thursday. 
First cut four squares of fabric equal sized. Use a variety of patterns or colours for interest. 

Then putting the right sides together of two squares pin along the edge with the pins facing towards the edge of the fabric. (so you can sew straight over them)

This will give you a seam like this. Then sew the other pair of squares in exactly the same method.

Then put the pairs rights sides together and pin. Sew a seam along the edge. Continue to do this adding rows of squares until the patchwork is the size you require. 

A sneaky peek at my study

Hello, after sharing with you some of the items I have on display in my bedroom I thought I might show you some of the things I look at most often. Items from my study. Although when I say study I really mean the corner I have carved out for myself in William's playroom. One desk and one shelf is all I limited to. As you can see I am already overflowing on the shelf and should really think about curbing my craft magazine addiction. The other photos are some more of my Dad's work which I have sat next to each other in the windowsill as I think their colours really complement each other and my favorite colour is blue. x
A stuffed shelf

unglazed ceramic bowl






Grasses glazed vase

Monday, 18 June 2012

Fathers and daughters craft



Hello,
I thought I would share with you some of my dad's work. He works in all manner of materials and often makes things as gifts for me. I thought I would show you two things that I keep on display in my bedroom, a small ceramic dish that I like to keep my Jewelry in and a oil painting of William on holiday in Corfu last year. Also I wanted to show you what I had made whilst the hubby watched more football last night. A good incentive to get my creative hat on and use up some of the other craft materials I've got lying around. x
dads dish
William in Corfu oil on canvas
elasticated glass beaded bracelets 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fry in July? Here's hoping ...


Close up detail
Well the weather man says that we are going to fry in July, so in that faint glimmer of hope that I may get to spend some time outside this year. I have returned to making things that make the garden more comfortable. First item a new cushion for my favorite garden seat free machine embroidered with a design inspired from dandelion heads. I know not something you want to see in your real garden but pretty none the less. x
Not on the garden chair yet!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

What to do with ground almonds and a 50p bag of beads

Hello, William and I have certainly enjoyed the benefit of my new part time hours and been up to all sorts of making activities. We also had time to visit the Worcester resource exchange, which I would recommend to any parent who doesn't want to spend to much money on crafty supplies and it definitely encourages you to get your thinking cap on. I think they have these sorts of places all around the country and their definitely worth a look. So in alongside  building a folding paper house and drawing a very large farm on a roll of paper we found we also had time to bake some delicious Black Cherry Bakewell tarts. The only complaint we had was there could have been more jam in them but as you can see they were packed with filling!
My other great find was at the resource exchange I mangaged to pick up a lovely bag of beads for 50p and here are the two creations I made whilst hubby was watching the football last night. x



Thursday, 7 June 2012

Heart of hearts cross stitch - Making Magazine

Hello,
Just finished the heart of hearts sampler that I have been making for my friends baby girl. I will frame it soon and I hope that she will love it as much as I do. I think I may use some of the larger motifs to make cross stitch lavender bags. You can never have to many hearts in your house. William is sleeping now, tired out from bowling and pizza. So I will use these few precious moments to catch up on my sewing pile.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee, rock and roll and cross stitch

 I have been having a lovely time this week. This has much to do with it being half term! About time too, sneaky shifting of it to fall when the double bank holiday is. Any way my nod to being patriotic was to make cup cakes and eat scones with strawberries and cream. I can't say that other than that the jubilee had much impact on me.

The other thing I have been up to is customising old clothes to have as examples for my refashioning project for year nine. I am hoping to get the year all excitied by Textiles and hopefully my option numbers will rise this year. So far this is what I've come up with .....

Scant made from levis with a frill edge and a charm made from the bits they sew into tops to keep them on the hangers. 

Double layered rock t -shirts with shredded top layer. 
before

after

close up embroidered skull detail 

red lining and levi seams handles 
 I've also continued to work on the motifs for the needle books at school. I like the tailors dummy but I'm not so impressed with what should be a thimble.


Good bye for now. Ruth x

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