Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Summer!!!

It seems summer has arrived this afternoon. We have learned to enjoy it as soon as she shows herself, so it was time for hanging the washing outside, eating strawberries, and eating the nose of the smiley face (cress), as well as an ice cream (too busy eating it for a picture).


(Our own strawberries are not quite there yet...)


 The empty eggshells are thrown out of the nest, the busiest time has come for bird parenting!


And our Welsh Poppies are even more cheerful in the sunshine!

No sewing today... there will be other days for that!


Sandra

Friday, 24 May 2013

Too much happening...

A long, long time ago (here you can check it out...) I showed you this...

 
... with the promise that I would "soon" show you what I was making!

Well, I've been busy. Very busy! And not necessarily with those pink fabrics...

I've been working like an excited administrator, a cook in a pickle, a taxi-mum in overdrive... My days have been full and chaotic:

The youngest son was running in the county races for his school - getting to the venue was WAY worse than the not winning....
The oldest son had his graduation - that's one son grown up (help...)
The middle son is almost finished his school year - one week to go for him, and he is studying hard for his final tests of the year, while struggling with a nasty cold.

My (paid) job is almost finished for the year, too, so the race is on to have everything done in time for the financial reporting...

But, there HAS been some sewing in between all that:

Getting the machine set up for satin stitch; a lot of tweaking before it looks right...

Practice pieces, stitching around the points and curves is not as easy as I would like...

The final piece, a preview; it's almost finished...

But also, finally, a piece of Broderie Perse:







Anyone want a cup of tea with that...?

And the weekend will be spend (again) at my City & Guilds course: Happily sewing, I hope!

Have a nice weekend!


Sandra

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Winner!

I have drawn the winner of the charm pack for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway.

Which is....


(I did count several times!)

I have emailed her and will be having a look if I have some novelties and basic blenders to add to my pack!

For now I'm off to a weekend of sewing at my course....

Have a nice weekend!

Sandra

Monday, 6 May 2013

Prairie points and my first giveaway!

I know - I haven't been here for a good while! I would like to say that I have been sewing instead, but I haven't been sewing as much as I would have liked, either. 

However, today, being a "bonus" day off, I have found myself some ME-time:

 

 The sewing machine came out, and I made some course-samples: Prairie points in different ways!



I'm not sure I'll be making them on a real quilt soon, I found it quite fiddly, though after doing several rows they kind of grew on me, so who knows... I may try - some larger ones maybe.

Also, today the crafty-blogging-world seems to be buzzing with something! Being a bit curious (actually quite nosey), I have found the source of the buzz:



SewMamaSew is having their Giveaway Day (ed. the giveaway is now over). Even better, the giveaway day is lasting all WEEK!!

So what better day to have my first ever (!) giveaway on this blog?!

Some of you have been secretly (or less secretly) preparing items to give away, making things and/or gathering goodies for a while now, but (of course) I am much less prepared having only decided today to join the wave of giveaways...



So, I will be giving away a charm pack of at least 40 squares (5" x 5"). It's only a small gift, but we all have to start somewhere! And I will be able to send it internationally, so anyone can try to win!

To win this, please tell me in a comment what kind of fabrics you would most like to see in a charm pack (type of print, colour, or anything else...). If you win, I'll try to tweak the pack to include more of your favourites!

(edit) Thank you for all comments, I am returning a short reply where possible. So far there have been (only) a handful "noreply" bloggers. If you don't receive a short reply from me, you're most probably one of them! If you are a noreply blogger (or if you are not sure) and you do want to win anything (not just with me) then mention your email in your comment!

The giveaway is open until May 10 at 5 p.m. (PST) which I think is midnight GMT. I'll be drawing a winner randomly after that.

If you like giveaways, go and check out the others at Sew Mama Sew, there are literally hundreds to choose from!!! 

And while you're here, feel free to have a look around...

 Sandra
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