People say it is the thought that counts when giving a gift. While many of us try and give expensive wedding or birthday gifts; sometimes its the practical element rather then the expensive element which makes the gift precious to the receiver.
I had made a gift of a simple bath towel with a little dinosaur hanger and a name for the boys in the family. George, Logan, even Harry and Jack all received one as a little gift. But I nevr got round to creating one for Daisy! her mummy said everytime her brother George used his personalised towel, her lip came out and she was not happy that she didnt have one. So as a dutiful Grandma, I found a design suitable for Daisy and made her this towel hanger. Its very girly and I think quite a few ‘big’ girls would like one of these as well.
The following towels were embroidered as a wedding gift as a his and hers set. I love the little royalty crowns. I just hope that the happy couple will like them as much as a practical rather than expensive gift.
Finally our house renovations are completed and its now time to ‘dress’ up the rooms. The smallest new room is the downstairs loo. Barely space for lots of features, but the plain white walls and porcelain sanitary ware made for a clinically stark room. We needed something to brighten it up and soften the effect.
Following a shopping trip to the Range and the theme was set. They have a lovely range of seaside items similar to those shown below.
So I bought a welcome life raft with mirror in the centre to go above the hand basin, the three beach hut hooks have become the towel holder and there was a lovely loo roll holder in the shape of a beach ut as well. These few items really brightened up the walls, but the small window still looked a bit bare. I created the shaped window blind with the appliqued beach hut. I had great fun drawing the individual items on to Bondaweb and then fixing to the background fabric. Free motion embroidery then finished off as I highlighted the seagul, starfish and bunting. I just have to make a small tassel for the bottom. I have put this up just by using stich velcro fastening on the blind and stick velcro on the wall. I must admit It does look sweet, and ther ehave been some admiring comments when visitors have to use the facilities of the smallest room in the house.
This weekend was my Granddaughter Daisy’s 4th Birthday party. I cant believe its only four years since she was born and since then we have the three Grandsons come along as well.
At her party, there were several families who had travelled up the country to celebrate Daisy’s birthday. Amongst the items I spotted, were two of my bag designs. As each one is unique, I cant spot the bags anywhere! I saw one under the table jam packed full of three changes of clothes for two shildren and a baby sling. The other was a little less packed as it was only catering for the one child. But it was good to see them being well used and holding up to the wear and tear of family live.
So even over a year on, they still look good and are more then just a baby change bag, they ahve become part of family life.
The Black Skull ToteAll Change bag has red satin trim and lining with large soft padded handles to go over the buggy and is soft and comfy enough for mummy to carry and enough pockets for everything!
The Brown WrapBag baby change bag has the funky blue/green lining. The design has a messenger style cover and extra long wrap handles so that it can wrap around mummy and tie at the waist, be used as a backpack or go over a buggy. the versitility of this bag is used for baby wearing mums. This one was filled with a sling and three changes for two children! It may have been stuffed to the limits but it was obviously well loved.
My lovely Janome has a slight problem with the internal light fitting. As its still under the warranty, I have to send it back to the shop for a repair. The lovely man Duke from http://www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk/ told me to pack it up in the original box and it would be collected from home and delivered back once it was done. Fantastic service I thought. But there was one problem. The original packing box was so big, it took over the back bedroom so it went to the recyling. The pretty black cover which Janome supplied is lovely as a cover but not realy protective for the machine, so I decided to make my own carry bag to protect the machine on its trip in the van.
Hubby had ‘found’ a large roll of what seems to be 3mm thick heavy interfacing. I used some vintage curtains from my stash and created a bag shape with velcro top closure. The machine can be lowered into the bag and where the base is larger than the top, I threaded some pretty ribbon through the sides and used it to pull up to size. This means that the Machine handle is still accessible to carry the heavy machine but the pretty padded bag protects all screens and acessories.
I think the vintage look is growing on me! Practical and pretty.
This was my first quick patchwork cushion made up using scraps of material. I admit I hadn’t thought out the design too well so I took time to refine it and made a few more in different colours and styles. Strangely it was the men in the family who requested these as Christmas gifts.
Then I made a pair in black white shades to match my room
Block Layout – create four
All four 7 inch blocks are joined with four inch red strips to create Union jack cushion front