#stitchingsanta update

It’s gone! Sent! Complete!  I really love putting parcels like these together as I find it a good challenge to make the most of the budget and to make some stash busting gifts.

The week before last, I set about with the handmade extras to my gifts.  I didn’t choose anything too big or fancy as I wanted my gifts to be useful to the recipient.

I’m actually thinking of doing more detailed posts about these gifts at the beginning of next year.  Even though I already used tutorials that were available online, I changed things slightly to suit my sewing style and patience!

First up, I’ve made a set of 4 quilted mug rugs/ coasters.  I’ve included a couple of tea bags with this gift as a little extra too.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I seem to use & have coasters all around the apartment so I think that these are quite a useful gift.


Review: Q&A a Day for Creatives: A 4-Year Journal by Potter Style

Some months ago, I saw a book being blogged about that was a journal for a year, and each day had its own suggestive sentence that you completed.  I enjoyed the style of the book and thought it was a nice idea to have a different type of diary that you could look back on to see what thoughts you were having on a particular day.  I searched for the book and placed it on my Amazon wish list.

When I finally got around to choosing my next review book from Blogging For Books, I noticed a very similar book to the one I had seen before…only it was better and much more suited to someone like myself!


Sunday Sevens #60

As Sunday Sevens posts go, my post this week is a bit of a fail. Firstly, I’m posting on Monday and secondly, I only have 5 photos! I was fighting a cold last week so I spent 3 days sat on the sofa feeling sorry for myself. 🙁 Much better now though 🙂

1. We haven’t eaten Yorkshire Puddings for a while so I made us a Toad In The Hole 🙂


Goals: October 2015

Goals, goals, goals!  Here they are again!  I do find that the beginning of each month comes around much quicker than expected when I have set myself goals to complete. 🙂  My goals for September were met with mixed success, mainly due to other crafty things taking up my time.

I did manage to organise my fabric stash, which I feel great about!  I didn’t manage to make 4 garments but I did manage 2 pairs of trousers; not the Ultimate Trousers but the Cigarette pants from the Gertie Sews Vintage Casual book.  I do have plans for other garments but I’ve just been busy with other things this month and sewing has taken a back seat.

I finished all 3 books; Wasteland, V For Vendetta & The Other Life.  All of which I can recommend…even if they are a little odd!

The little Westie cross stitch had a good amount of my time this month.  I haven’t done as much as I would have liked to but I’m getting there.  I’m also realising that my eyesight is getting worse as I struggle to see the aida at once I haven’t got any day light. 🙁


Review: The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted by Leslie Frontz


I’ve been drawn in by another painting book.  I’ve been on the lookout for one for a while as the ones I got from the library a while ago just weren’t what I needed.  When I draw or paint, I have to  use a photo of whatever the subject is.  I’ve never been any good at drawing what is in front of me; it’s just the way my mind processes images.  Even if I sit with a view ahead of me, I find it easier to take a photo of that view and then use the photo as a guide…I hope that makes sense!

Review: The Time Garden by Daria Song

Aaaaaaahhh adult colouring books.  All of a sudden it’s cool to be colouring in these books.  As a teacher and crafty person, I’ve always loved crayons, colouring and drawing.  I’m actually quite pleased that more people are embracing their creativity.  I was intrigued to try one out so I requested The Time Garden by Daria Song from Blogging For Books to review.