Friday, 29 May 2015

A quick catch-up post

I wanted to get a quick update in before we go on holiday this weekend, although I haven't had chance to do much of anything crafty for a couple of weeks, my bum has hardly had chance to touch the sofa for even watching the TV.  Does anyone else find that they seem to have less time in the summer?  I find that as long as it's still light I keep finding jobs to do and before I know it it's almost time for a shower and bed and I haven't had any relaxing time.

I tell you, I am SO ready for this holiday!

All the holiday shopping is now thankfully done, just a hair appointment tomorrow to get rid of the silver blonde roots that seem to keep growing through (ha ha), and I'm good to go :-)  

Joanne has to pick up her wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses tomorrow, the woman at the bridal shop is going to pack them up so we will just be able to put them in the case, Joanne has extra luggage allowance and a box for her dress but the bridesmaids will each take their own dresses in their normal luggage or as hand luggage. 

Of course being the disorganized person that I have been lately I left the ring pillow until the last minute.  I knew in my mind what I wanted to make and Joanne had shown me what sort of thing she wanted, something with a sort of shabby chic / vintage feel to it, so I had ideas, trouble is I can never stick with one idea, I look too much and over-think everything.  
In the end I just gathered together lots of different things on the floor and played around with them until I got what I was happy with.

I think it turned out ok, although not without it's problems.

I've said many, many times, I am not good at finishing things with a sewing machine, or even hand sewing for that matter.  I can work the machine, it's the mechanics of putting the thing together that has me flummoxed, the measuring, the cutting, the getting things level, honestly, It's a mystery to me, I must approach things in the wrong way, because surely it's not as difficult as I make it.

That one little pillow up above took me a whole evening to put together, now tell me, is that right?  
(I won't even tell you about the mess I made in TWO rooms, lol)

But, it's done and I just hope she likes it.

Needlecraft haven are doing a seasonal SAL this year.  I missed stitching the spring one, but got the Summer one done well before time,
(I know, not like me at all, lol)
This stitching finish should be revealed on Sunday, but as I will be making my way to Sunny Cyprus on that day I hope Clare will forgive me for sharing it a little earlier.

Clare framed her Spring piece and I thought that was a great idea, so I stole her idea and framed mine too, (hope you don't mind Clare) :-)
If I get around to stitching the other seasons I will be able to change the stitching.
The frame I bought from Wilkinson's  , it wasn't the colour I wanted so I painted and gave it a bit of shabbiness, it looks right at home on granny's cabinet :-)

I think that's about it for now, I will be bombarding you with wedding tales and photos in a few weeks time, no stitching though because I never take stitching on holiday, just my kindle with lots and lots of lovely new books to read whilst I'm laying on that sun-bed, ahhh, can't wait :-)

See you soon


Gill - That British Woman said...

have a super time and hope the wedding goes by without any issues.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for the bride and groom! How exciting! Have a wonderful vacation.

I think you did a great job on the ring pillow! It's shabby-chic at it's best!

KC'sCourt! said...

Have a great time
Julie xxxxxxx

Shebafudge said...

Have a wonderful time. The ring pillow is gorgeous, it would probably have taken me at least as long to make as I am a bit like you with a sewing machine!

Vickie said...

The ring pillow turned out fantastic.
Have an excellent time.

cucki said...

have a lovely time dear..
the stitched piece is so cute..can you please tell me who is the designer please?
thank you x

Sarah in Stitches said...

Oooh, that ring pillow is beautiful! You've done a lovely job, and any hardships you had don't show at all. Great stitching, too. Have fun at the wedding! :D

Barb said...

Have a wonderful time!!

Maggee said...

I think you did a wonderful job of the ring pillow. When I first started using a sewing machine, I didn't get that 'two right sides together' part... you can imagine the results first few times! Hope you are enjoying yourself in all the upcoming festivities!

Julie said...

The ring pillow is beautiful Maggie. It will be even more special as it is a keepsake made by you.
Hope you all have a wonderful time.

Stitchabilities said...

That cushion is adorable.
Have fun on holiday xx

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

The ring pillow looks good. Hope you had a great time.