Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More bags!

Not another bag I hear you cry! Yes, I do seem to have a bit of a fascination for making them and I'll probably burn myself out on it eventually but it's a bit like a box of chocolates - you have to have just one more :)
I think of all the bags I've made this one is, so far, my favourite. The pattern is the Sew Charming Bag by Rosehip Lane
and the fabric is Neptune by Tula Pink for Moda Fabrics.
As soon as I saw this fabric line I fell in love with the gorgeous ocean shades and nautical prints.

Here's a view of the inside of the bag. I added extra pockets as I don't think you can ever have too many!

I had plenty of fabric left so decided to make a project bag to go inside of the big bag.

I've stitched this mermaid a few times now and decided it would be perfect for the pockets on the front and back of this little drawstring bag.
I've made this bag before using a Gail Pan design called Poppy's Sewing Set.

and because I can never resist making matching items I made a pincushion from the Fig Tree Quilts pattern Petite Gateaux and my favourite little needlecase from a tutorial you can find on this blog

I actually changed the turquoise button on the needlecase after these pictures were taken as thought it looked better with a covered button that matched the one on the pincushion.
Here's a view of the inside of the needlecase. If you haven't made one of these before they are super easy, take about half an hour (if that) to make and always turn out great.

I do have other finished items to share but I haven't taken the pictures yet so will save them for next time. Just a hint.........there's another bag coming soon :)
Have a great day and thanks as always for visiting my blog.


Sunday, October 4, 2009


When I said I would be taking a short blogging break for the summer I really didn't mean to be gone so long!
Once the family had left I did have good intentions of updating my blog but kept finding other things to do.
I'm finally back now so on with the pictures................

A few weeks ago I received a beautifully stitched and framed mermaid from Nancy.
If you are a reader of Nancy's blog then you'll already know her lovely work so, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to add this new mermaid to my collection.
Nancy added little sequins to the piece for a bit od added sparkle and the frame is one of her vintage finds.

In addition to the mermaid Nancy sent this gorgeous hand painted oyster shell that she found on a visit to Charleston S.C.

The artist has signed and dated it on the back

It's so unusual. Thank you for the lovely gifts Nancy :)

About two years ago I started stitching the Beatrix Potter Sampler as a SAL but it turned into something of a chore for me and has taken all this time to finish.
I stitched it on 36ct antique white Belfast linen using one strand of Vikki Clayton silk in Dusty Rose.

Not a very good picture but it should be clickable for a better view.

I can't tell you the relief now that I'm finished. I think I prefer stitching smaller things these days.

When my daughter was here she saw me doing some stitchery and decided to have a go.
She stitched two small Halloween pieces and I turned them into little pails for the kids to store their treats.

I think they should be able to get plenty in there!

I've made some progress with the hexagons I've been doing in Civil War reproduction fabrics

Finally, a small Stacy Nash Primitives finish. This is a heart shaped pinkeep.
A quick stitch and an easy finish.

Stitched with one strand of DMC on 32 ct Lambswool Linen using fabric from Blackbird Designs Harvest Home line for the backing

I think that's all I can show you for now. There are a few things awaiting finishing that I can, hopefully, show next time.

No nice beach pictures as we have had a couple of weeks of storms and torrential rain. Yes, when it rains here it really does rain!
We're back to the blue skies and sunshine now but I haven't been anywhere to take pictures.

As always thanks for visiting! I hope to be back soon ;)