Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Celebrating my 2nd Blog Anniversary

On the 30 March 2009 I began blogging. I can hardly believe it, but as the saying goes,
'Time flies when you're having fun!' That is certainly true about blogging for me - it has become such an enjoyable part of my day! I love logging in to read kind, funny, encouraging and caring comments and then following the latest posts on so many other terrific blogs by people who have become friends and not just because we share a common hobby or interest.

It is time consuming but my DH can't complain as it was his suggestion that I start a blog. I think I did so because I wanted to learn from others who are amazing crafters and artists. It is such a great way to see primitive displays and creations - I've lost count of how many times I've read a post and thought 'WOW'! So what I'm really saying is that in light of such talent, THANK YOU for befriending me and inviting me in to share your life - it has been my privilege to step in and enjoy your company!

I started out from very humble beginnings as I was new to the world of primitive decorating and crafting. I'd never heard of penny rugs, sweet annie, dry sinks, jelly cabinets, punch needle, rug hooking and the like! Things I've grown to love and wish I had the time and money to indulge in!! LOL! Don't we all!!

I thought I'd look back over some of my fav posts and pictures and share a few ~
One of my earliest attempts creating a wall hanging of a saltbox house.

I love all things Americana!I love handmade dolls! For all seasons!

Time limits me to these few pictures which I hope you enjoyed.

NOW! As a thank you to all my followers I wanted to do something to show my appreciation.

A giveaway is nice, but I've said it before that only one or two win and I want to include as many as possible, so here's what I propose. If you are a follower (and you are most welcome to become one!) contact me via email, and I will email you back a copy of my Harvey Hare pattern - it's very simple believe me!So thank you all so much! It's been a fab couple of years!

Monday, 28 March 2011

Made my first Prim Bear!

Hello friends!

I'm so pleased with my first ever hand sewn prim bear that I just finished that I had to show him off! I have to thank Jennifer of Stitchin' Thyme for inspiring me - thanks Jennifer!

If you read my last post, you'll remember this Spring time fella, Harvey Hare, made from smoky grey plush felt.
I had just enough fabric left over to make a bear so that's what I did Saturday! I was visiting my parents and found the perfect old buttons for eyes in my mum's large selection of buttons!
I posed him on the stairs and like him there but he could just as easily be hung from a peg as I can straightened out his legs.

Well it's the start of a busy week so I'm going to have to go and run errands for my DH and then maybe this afternoon do some more sewing! I'm definitely going to get more plush felt and make more bears - we've all fallen in love with this one whom we've named Reggie!

Have a great week and I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks for your friendship!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Spring has sprung!

Hello again! Spring has definitely arrived here in N. Ireland with gloriously WARM sunshine!
I've been sewing some but the fresh air is calling me outside and I think I'll have to tackle the garden pretty soon!

Here are some pictures of a few hastily arranged spring things I've put together and sewn in the past couple of days.

I used a freebie pattern by Cathy of Snugglebug Blessings, for this little bunny and just cross stitched SPRING on it with some spring motifs

And I finished up Primitive Betty's free Easter pinkeep~

I placed some little itty bitty x stitched motifs on my tree~

Below are three little Woodlander bunnies I used to collect - don't know what happened to the rest of them!

Meet Harvey my latest creation. He's made from a smoky brown plush - sorry about the light in these photos~

And last but not least, this day 10 years ago my sweet little boy arrived! How that decade has disappeared! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!

And where does David want to go for his birthday? McDonald's!!! So that's where we're headed now - at least he's pretty easy pleased! Nothing fancy for him!

Have a wonderful week everyone! I'm so pleased you came by! Thanks to for leaving a comment,I so appreciate your thoughts and interest!
Best wishes

Monday, 14 March 2011

Pillow Talk...

A very Good Monday to all! It's great to have you call in for a visit - the kettle has just boiled and I'm about to make a pot of tea for anyone who'd care to join me.

I've also finished a couple projects and thought I'd share a few pictures.

I think this little spring bunny pillow turned out quite well, considering I didn't have a pattern - the ideas in my mind sometimes translate successfully onto fabric!Remember this x-stitch I came up with a few weeks ago? I made it into a pillow and I'm listing it on my selling blog if you're interested.

I'm also listing this little pin tuck pillow on The Primitive Shelf. It's from a pattern by Primitive Betty's - don't you just love the wee bunnies and the tulip?

This is a first for me - an alphabet sampler! It's a free pattern from Blackbird Designs - i just used what threads i had to hand for a muted look. I've had the prim frame for ages and stitched up this sampler to fit in it and love how it looks now~
Still stitching bunnies and Easter things so lots to do!

Thanks again for the company and your visit! Can't wait to do it all again soon!
Best wishes

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Meet Basil McTavish!

I got to finishing my entry for the Basil the Bunny Challenge being hosted by Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies. There are so many fantastic entries already and you can see them all on Wendy's blog. The final date for entries is midnight March 15.

I had been planning to make a female bunny but when my 11 yo daughter saw the doll she suggested I make a gardener bunny. She picked the fabrics and so emerged Basil McTavish complete with wool waistcoat and matching flat cap. He's just dug up some carrots for tea!

It was so much fun seeing him progress!
I'm trying to get the time to finish some other stitchery odds and ends so I'll be back asap!

Have fun and hope spring is knocking on your door!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Willow Tree Tutorial

Hello friends and welcome! I've just had a go making a spring like weeping willow tree and hope you find these tips helpful in case you'd like to have a go too!

Here's what you need;
*sturdy branch cut to about 9-10" long
*florist tape in brown
*strips of green and white fabric for the leaves and blossoms
*wooden base with hole - you need to drill a hole the diameter of the branch
*brown paint for the base
*wire cutters

I started by cutting out leaves and blossoms and then I cut 10 lengths of the wire which were about 12" long - they need to be a bit longer than the branch in order to twist the wire around the branch to hold them in place.

Next I cut several lengths of the florist tape and began with a white 'bud' of fabric. I wrapped the tape around the fabric - it helps that the tape is quite sticky, so all you need to do is press it around the fabric very firmly and keep wrapping it around the wire as you work your way up the wire, adding leaves of green fabric as you go.

This is what a finished branch looked like~

This is repeated for each branch. T
Then twist the wire of each branch around the top of the branch and cover in the florist's tape.
Wrap the remainder of the branch in tape. Glue it into the painted base and finish with some moss around it.

I hope yours turns out well - I'm looking at these pics and think they look like a dead plant!
I'm good at killing plants! Not very green fingered at all!

Wishing you all a lovely Spring week!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Free SPRING sampler chart

I hope you like my latest attempt to create a cross stitch sampler chart for spring!

You are most welcome to use this in any of your own projects and I'd love to see how yours turns out! (Please give credit to me as the designer, thanks!)

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think - advice and tips would be invaluable!

Best wishes!