Wednesday, 21 January 2015

the ripper strikes!

 So I thought I knew what I was doing... Started making the elements of the block..
 but then... do you see... That bottom left hand corner, just doesn't look quite right...

Out comes Mr Ripper...

Resew, and then off we go again...

But something just doesn't look right here...

More exercise for Mr Ripper...

And finally it comes right!

Now for this Bee mamma, I have two blocks to make... so here is block number two!

happily this second block did not cause the same problems!
 I think that this will be lovely when all done and the blocks are together.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Flocks of Geese!

For Leonie
 We are making geese.. Well, when I say we, what I mean is some of that group calling themselves Lazy Bums.
You see, we have agreed an internal bee, running fairly randomly- well we are the Lazy Bums- between November last year, and October-ish this year. The idea is that we shall each make 10 blocks in total for other members of the group, but we all know what is to be made already, and can do it as the humour strikes. No sitting around wondering when we shall be told, and actually, if we want to wait until September is disappearing, and then do all in a rush and flurry, fair do, we can do that.

But I quite like to be ahead if I can, if I have a deadline- it is when there is no deadline that I am in trouble...
For Gi
 Some of us, like Leonie up there, designed their own blocks,
some of us, like Gi sitting off to my Left, took a pattern and just specified certain parameters.. light star, darker ground...

Some others also took an established pattern and said 'NO SPIDERS' - Kathinca, I think you have a secret yen for a spider or two...
Can I find a spider here for you? Sadly, no

and these spiders are all owls... and dinosaurs

For Annaliese
 These would not print correctly for me, from the document sent, but I also got measurements and was able to draw the diagram. I love these, they are very pretty. Love your choice, Annaliese.

And these pretties for my good friend May.

So, you see I have been quietly busy here.

In the garden I am delighted to report that I have actually seen my winter flowering clematis winterly flowering!

I tried to get proof...

 Those white blobs are buds. The wind is up and they were not prepared to sit still even long enough to get a focus....
 I tried again...
If you look carefully you can see the flowers out, white and printed inside with red.. But at least I have seen them this year, last year I blinked and missed them!

In case you are wondering I am standing beneath them, head bent back on my neck, arms upstretched and hoping they do not escape as the shutter goes..

Happy flowers everyone.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

some of those makes that have not been seen..

so we have made a couple of gifts for Christmas this year. but not shared the makings here... because that seems not right, until gifts have been given.. so a quick canter through the makes- or some of them anyway!

 My receptionist has taken to crochet this year, so this was a no-brainer!
 the bright handled hooks were included in the gift, not the scissors though, they and the hand sewing needles were just 'set dressing' .

I had noticed she favoured a thick handled hook, and why be boring when bright is available?

Cheery flower buttons...

and a book for a little inspiration!

a kindle cover for the other girl, Did I really not take 'open' photos when I finished? I really did not take finished photos when this was open...And, of course, I could not take photos with the kindle in situ...she has one with a camera, so allowance had to be made for that... I just hope it fits...
 the outside should make her smile though!

and a simple fastening.

A wee while back.. about a year  or so, we made these little boxes...

so, I though, how about one like that for my Saturday girl? 

Of course, I had done them before, so, who needs the instructions now? No, of course I do not need any instructions! Not me.... 

Favourite colours, blue and yellow...

but the flattened shape?  perhaps I should have referred to those instructions after all!

I took a view on this one, and decided, I would leave it so, It is different from the intention, but still pretty, and will still hold random stuff... so, with some bits and bats, made a gift for a teenager.

a few other bits also got made... perhaps I shall find them later... 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Back down to earth

We have had a lovely time, a dear friend came and stayed, Oh, I am so lucky, the sort of friend who feels like family! and we have had these

 and some of these...

 and also lots of these!

and then we had some of this

and went out to watch some of this

brave Saint George, who slayed Slasher

all in a fight over the virtue of fair Phoebe.....

and then this quack doctor 'cured' Slasher

so that the father of fair Phoebe and Slasher, could be content...

yes quasi English tradition is still alive and well in the pubs of Cheshire!
 worth seeing at least once! to the confusion of all...

and so we then had some of this on the feast of Stephen!
 I looked out later and found that small people from next door had made the most of it, and there were plenty of footprints across it! Good job they did, it was all but gone this morning.
And then, finally, we had some of this!

I hope all of you had just as good a Christmas as we did!
And I hope my dear friend may come back and do Christmas again some time!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

getting near Christmas!

At work, anyway!

My lovely girls on Saturday! Yes, one of them was not on duty that day, but these two were!

and, yes, I do have some decorations up at home too!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

today's sewing??

Well, most current sewing is secret... But my sewing machine is temporarily packed away, and baking has taken over ... These will be lovely, with a dollop of cream...


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas tree star!

 This block came together nicely, once I had decided what to do. I think the tree needs a star on top, but I am not quite sure what type of star on top is wanted! So, I think I shall let it's recipient decide!

And, with a bit of luck all these blocks can slide into an envelope and get themselves into the post this week!  Then Pico Sailors can decide just what she wants to do with them all!

And I can work out which urgent project gets attention next!

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