Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Well it's the last day of 2008 already. I don't know about you but this year whizzed by in a flash for me.

And so much has happened. I started a lovely new job. I started a creatively satisfying business with a really fabulous friend. I made lots of stuff. My children are happy and healthy. And I just celebrated 12 years of marriage.

Not bad really!

And along the way I have met the most fantastic bunch of people and done some things that I have never done before. So it's been new challenges and lots of fun too.

I'll finish the year with some photos of a few little projects that are in various stages of completion.

My work in progress

This is a sample for a children's class I will be teaching during the holidays.

Here's Chloe's one. She is always my guinea pig for these projects.

Chloe's work in progress

It's fun and we're enjoying working together choosing our shapes and colours.

Next is a quilt ready for quilting.

Ruby's Quilt

This is for my girlfriend's baby Ruby who is now six months old. I was going to make her a cot quilt but thought this would last longer.

Back of Ruby's quilt

The pattern is 'Town and Country' by my lovely colleague Judy Newman who will hopefully soon have a blog up and running. I thought I might have a go at machine quilting this one with a bit of hand quilting around the edge.

Ruby's 'Town and Country' quilt

I just fell in love with the fairy fabric and will be making a similar quilt for Lucinda soon.

Next is another apron pattern. This one is featured exclusively in Issue 2 of Sew Hip magazine which I'm yet to see.

Flirty Florence apron

This particular apron is off to the UK to someone who has been waiting many, many months for it.

Flirty Florence apron

So I wish you all a very happy and safe New Year and look forward to all the goodness 2009 will bring. Thanks for visiting and all your lovely support and encouragement.

I leave you with a photo of my funny girls. The little one has been teaching the big ones silly faces! xxxxx

The Girls!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas!

Finally finished the cake I make for my Mum each year.

Christmas cake for Mum

A last minute letter to Santa.

Santa's letter

Letter to Santa

Christmas day fun with cousins.

Christmas day fun with cousins

My lovely Brother with his son and 'their' new toy crane!!

Father and son

A heavenly post lunch cuppa (with some wine and a few other yummy things).

Post Christmas cuppa

And one of my favourite parts of Christmas - delicious cherries.

Christmas cherries

Hope yours was equally splendid!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The third is three!

My little Daphne turned three last Friday. I can't believe how quickly that has gone.

Daphne's 3rd Birthday

We had a party on Sunday afternoon. Nothing too much, just afternoon tea with our families and a couple of friends.

I did make a special cake though.

Daphne's 3rd Birthday

We all gave three cheers.

Hooray!!

We cut the cake.

Cutting the Cake

And ate it!

My Girls

Happy Birthday my little girlie girl!

We have also done the yearly trip to post letters to Santa.

Sending the Santa letters

So now he knows what to bring!

And on the crafting front I have been mucking around with a few bits and pieces. I made this cushion for one of Chloe's girlfriends for her Birthday.

Cushion for Alice

She was hoping for something made by me.

Cushion for Alice

There's a few other finished things to show you but you'll have to wait for a day or so. And if you are in the UK, go and check out Issue 2 of Sew Hip magazine - I have pattern in there!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's all about the quilts!

It's Doll Quilt Swap reveal time again. Oh how I love these little quilts - they are so much fun and such a great way to practice all sorts of different styles and ideas.

For my DQS5 quilt I was inspired by a lovely customer at Amitie who brought in a much larger version she had made for her family.

DQS5 Day Number 8

I wanted to do a linen and red quilt. Well actually this is a really great cotton version of linen which I absolutely love using for all sorts of things.

DQS5 Day Number 18

Bit by bit I developed each little section of the quilt. Ideas came from magazines, my creative 8 year old Chloe, the quilt I saw at work and from bits and pieces I had floating about.

DQS5 Day Number 2

I am hugely pleased with the result and hope my partner likes it. This one I had trouble parting with!!

DQS5 Christmas Advent Calendar

DQS5 Advent Calendar Quilt

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So luckily I was distracted by the arrival of my quilt and WOW it's absolutely beautiful!

My beautiful received DQS5 quilt

The colours are so very pretty and the design and construction just amazing! Thanks so much Lucinda I LOVE it and it will be going up on the wall in my daughters' bedroom after we repaint after Christmas. Go and have a look here at all her other gorgeous quilts.

My beautiful received DQS5 quilt

We have enjoyed putting up the Christmas Tree this week and added some new ornaments. How cute is this!

New ornament

And look what I picked up last Friday.

New Audrey & Maude pattern

And if you are desperate to get started on another little quilt swap, the Four Season's Quilt Swap has popped up again. It's slightly different this time but I can't resist the challenge. Can you?