This custom-embroidered family tree, as won by Hannah in the giveaway I had way back in July, is now on it's way to Wales. The giveaway was for an unframed embroidery but seeing as it is actually going directly to Hannah's parents as a gift, well I had to frame it first didn't I?
And this one hangs in our hallway.
The original post is here and the pattern is over there >>>>>
I promised my sister Beth, ages and ages ago, that I'd make her some quilted pot holders and then didn't. In my defence she'd asked for them in purples and my stash is completely without purpley fabric and whilst on the lookout for some good purple prints (which incidently I still haven't found) they fell off my to-do list.
Well, last month Beth had a big life upheaval when she moved to a new home, in a different (but very beautiful) part of the country to start a new job, pretty brave. Having heard her say she was going for 'clashy 70s' as her decor theme it seemed a good time to forget about purple pot holders and go orange - surely the most 70s colour?
I scribbled out a grid on a scrap of paper and sketched a rough patchwork design onto it, to work from.
Before binding... ...and after.
I did promise her more than one but didn't want to make a few only to find out that she hated them - she doesn't and so I owe her a couple more (which is handy what with Christmas on the way).
As one pot-holder would not an adequate house-warming (and massive life-change) gift make, we added some other new home essentials.
If you're reading this illicitly at work Beth, Happy New (broadband-less) Home, Job and County! x
Last Friday this teeny-tiny and very cute bridesmaid of mine, my niece Sophie, turned 18. She made the brave decision a few months ago to move 250 miles away and study for her A-levels in Devon and so on advice from her mum, I made her a cushion to lounge on and remind her of family.
Selecting the fabric for it necessitated a total fabric sort out in the shed, resulting in the discovery of at least 5 fantastic fabrics that had slipped down the back of the shelves and had long been forgotten about. The grey spot used for the background was one such forgotten fabric, I'd intended to use a solid but didn't have anything suitable and so started trying some pale, neutral prints instead and loved how this one worked with the central star shape. Grey seems to work with everything.
It's bound in Summersville Weave (london bus red), I love a striped print for binding which this sort of is and I think it'll be one of my staple 'binding' fabrics from now on.
With hindsight, I'd have weighed up the amount of time I had on my hands against the amount of work involved in this design (lots of fiddly squares) but after a late night and some furious high-speed hand binding it was finished in time. With a bit more hindsight still, I'd have studied the map of where her birthday afternoon tea was being held more carefully, it's amazing how lost I managed to get within 4 miles of my own home (sorry). Happy Birthday Soph x
Friday 28th September was Macmillan's Coffee Morning event and after meaning to get involved for the last few years this was the year I finally did. Baking and eating cakes as a way to help a charity that is helping other families as they go through similar experiences to those my husband's family did when his sister lived with, and then tragically died from cancer, was an opportunity not to miss for another year.
Myself and some friends baked cakes and biscuity goodies to have on offer at our regular Friday morning Mums and Tots meet up and then I had some more cake on offer at my house in the afternoon after school. We took £118.60 on the day and when the text donations and gift aid are added in the total should tip past £150, brilliant! I'm so grateful to everyone that helped out and donated (and encouraged their friends to donate too), so many did it in memory of loved ones.
I definitely want to do it again next year - hopefully better now that I have more of an idea what I'm doing!
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