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When am not doing the everyday stuff of life i am making things. Or thinking about making things....

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Mostly raining...

it has been so long since my last post that i had to look up what font i used! anyway since i just £180 on my car insurance, i am feeling pretty pleased with myself and as a reward dear readers you finally get the next post.
as the title says it has been mostly raining here in Blighty since the last post so not too many opportunities for photos. however we did get to visit about 10 million snowdrops a few weekends back; it was a brilliant sunny springlike day and very beautiful.thanks to claire for her camera loan as i forgot mine... doh

 since we last communed i have finished a few (sadly only a few) projects and had a very inspirational crochet lesson from the fabulous sigrun (aka Oma!) Luisa started me off on the crochet trail and i think i will perservere though i find it odd holding the yarn in my left hand (the speed element is very encouraging though as your crochet grow so much faster than knitting!)

first off i made some firelighters for my husband (well actually for the new love of his life; the stove). i'm not sure this is what waitrose had in mind for their cupcake cases but still...
it was very easy to melt an old candle, pour the wax into the cases and then add the dry pinecone with wick wrapped around it and leave to set. j had fun make "cone cakes" and i set them out in a rough heart shape with a valentines card for d. am not sure he really appreciates them as he still seems to be using his blow torch to start the fire in the stove anyway...hmmm

i made a few book marks and coasters from scraps and here's a selection (inspired by breadandbuttons) . i need to make greater inroads into my stash than just these though...

i've also painted a charity shop bargain chair (2 for £4) with lovely annie sloan chalk paint. husband is dubious about it but it is easy to use, doesn't smell and waxes up a treat. with no sanding, yes you read right no sanding! genius. more paint projects on their way soon.

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am signing off as heat of stove not reaching me upstairs...

patchwork coaster and lovely cup from deirdre via anthropologie...

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

My First Post

welcome. you made it here. and so did i...kind of! i have no idea what i am doing on this new fangled technology called a blog but have taken the plunge to start one. i'll only post about once a week to start with and see how i go and if anyone reads it. my loves are my family, cooking (and eating natch!), gardening when my back allows it, charity shop shopping but most of all making things! I love repurposing and reusing and can't stand to see good stuff go to waste.

this week I have been mostly making, well not much to be precise but i do have to make some firelighters for our new adored Chesney's Barrington Wood Burning Stove. my husband loves it more than he loves me, i am sure. he lovingly tends to it all night and constantly checks the temperature. it is lovely though and extremely efficient. just wish i had not done my back in loading up a cubic meter of wood into the log store. i am going to melt some candles and using wick and pine cones make some firelighters for him as i refuse to buy those yukky chemical ones. i will report back when i have something to show for it.

last week i finally finished the kids curtains. am extremely pleased with myself as i followed my sewing teacher's instructions to the letter and they have turned out nicely. fabric is from ikea and covers the boy /girl sharing a room conundrum am going to tackle our room and recover a sofa i got from a charity shop. my hubby hates it but i think with the right covers i could turn him round.

i have been making lots of scrappy patchwork things recently. probably as i have lots of scraps! ha ha ha. as it is Valentine's Day coming up here is a nice lavender heart i made for my mum at xmas. really easy to make; just layout your pieces, sew them onto a backing and then cut to a nice heart shape, stuff with soft ends of fabric/wadding and lavender and hand sew closed. i did do some extra hand stitching too which made me realise how rusty i am at hand stitching.

next up drink mats and book marks... will post some pictures when we get some sun.
this week's haul from the local charity shops has been fruitful (i really must stop though...) Two Madeleine books for O, Quentin Blake's ABC for J and PippiLongstocking (Lauren Child version) for me, spider dressing up outfit, earwarmers for O (she hates all her hats) and a designer dress for me! hurrah and double hurrah and just in time for my birthday (as long as i wear bridget jones pants.) which reminds me, i altered a nicole farhi dress/tunic i came across locally by snipping off the waist tie, and tight arm bands and i think it just needs some of zola's snazzy new buttons on it and it will be transformed. photo's to follow. Oh and i nearly forgot we had a family trip to Gino's cafe on sunday (post swimming O no arm bands - really proud of her) and the whole family found some excellent finds at the magic bins. i just can't tell you what this is, only very close friends know but it's all in the name of recycling!!

hope you have enjoyed my first post