Thursday, 29 September 2011

Special Gifts from a Special Friend!

We often see that sign saying 'Faith, Family & Friends' and today I know how blessed I am with all three of special gifts from God.

A special friend of mine some of you know as Shazy of Country Prims blog gave me a wonderful birthday box of her own handmade treasures. I am over the moon with these and I know you will be too!

Isn't this just the best fall woolie tree you've seen with the little mini pumpkins on it?!!! How fantastic!Forgive me for going on about it, but I L O V E it!! Thank you so much, Shazy!
But as if that wasn't enough, Shazy also made this wool crazy tree for Christmas and now I can't wait for Christmas
Just wanted to share a few more pics of fall things at home like this little tree I keep in the kitchen all year round - i just cut felt pumpkins out and got some tiny candy corn buttons and put them on it~

Ad this is at the end of the hallway before you go into the kitchen, I strung out the Indian corn as a garland and placed my pumpkin doll on the stacking stools beneath.

Hope you are all making the most of Fall and enjoying beautiful weather.
Thanks so much for all the heart warming birthday wishes - you are all wonderful blogging friends!

Best wishes


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Birthday Cake Anyone?

HURRY - there isn't much left!!! Chocolate cake is my favorite and I've had a slice (or two!!!)
since it is my birthday today! Yes, I'm officially 42 today!

I went out to lunch with a good friend which was lovely.

I haven't had much time to get sewing but I finished up this a punch needle candy corn with a pumpkin head - honestly and truthfully - what do you make of her?I used cinnamon sticks for her arms and legs~

She even has a little candy corn necklace!

I also wanted to thank you all for your comments on my previous post - you were more than kind and I value your opinions and help!

Thanks for visiting today - you are the best blogging friends ever!

Hugs to you all~

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Woolie Bits & Pieces!

Hello again! I had the best of intentions of posting earlier in the week but we all know how time seems to be speeding by and so another week has rolled by. But I have been keeping busy - there are just too many ideas I want to stitch into reality and more than enough fall ideas to work through in my craft room!

Wool was calling to me all week and this is what I came up with for my table - just a plain and simple penny mat with scalloped edges done in fall tones~ what do think?




And thank you Granny Trace! You have inspired me with your woolie Wednesday posts and I had to make me some tuck pillows for fall!


If I've learned anything about myself since I started crafting, it's that I am like a bunny rabbit - I hop from one type of needlework to another very quickly! So whilst working on the woolie pieces, I took a notion to do some punchneedle and made this Jack-o'-Lantern into a little pouch to hang from a peg shelf~


I've even started another punch needle project, but my does it use up a lot of thread/floss! I'm going to have to take up residence at my local supplies shop!! If any of you have any tips on making punch needle tighter and gap free, please let me know!

Well, back to the needle and thread!
It's been lovely to have you visit - thanks so much - your comments make my day!
Best wishes


Saturday, 17 September 2011

Fall Jack and Window Blinds

Happy Saturday everyone!

Been having a very busy but satisfying one here! When you get things DONE it feel s soooo great! The sense of accomplishment is enjoyable right now!

I don't often get bargains on ebay but I bought this pattern last week and made this guy~

Would you please welcome Jack, ready for Fall!
He's really quite tall, about 26" or so and is for sale on my selling blog!

Thought I'd try and hide the switch with the basket but guess you've all seen it already! DOH!


The other major task completed and ticked off my To-Do list was to finish and hang the Window blinds for my 2 kitchen windows. Now they are not the 'prim-est' of blinds but the fabric is a near perfect match for the tiling and colors used in our kitchen.
I bought a roman blind kit and after waiting so long I'm pleased with the outcome~

(sorry this one's so dark)
This is the large window overlooking the back garden~
The colors inthe kitchen are pretty much neutral creams and beige with accent black tiles and counter tops .
I found these little crab apples along the road and put them in a little basket for a touch of color
and here's another little fall gathering in the kitchen~

So that's my Saturday and there's one more favorite treat to look forward to - DH is bringing Chinese food home for dinner - no burnt offerings tonight then! LOL!

Have a blessed week end everyone!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

This is gonna be a quickie post as I really should be getting hubby's dinner ready but it seems this is always about the time I get to use the computer so here goes - hope nothing bubbles over!

I made some prim acorn bowl fillers from a free pattern by Deb of Paxton Valley and thanks to Steph for blogging about these freebies on her last post.





There are 2 sizes -
What do you think of when you see an old, unused orange towel that was supposed to be used for rags in dh's workshop? LONG story which I'll skip-

Yep, great minds think alike and the correct answer is PUMPKINS! YAY!

And here are a couple of pinkeeps ~ just for fun: they're freebies too from Primitive Betty's,

Well thanks for your comments and hope to hear from you all but I gotta run - what's that burning smell?!!! Burnt offerings tonight!
Best wishes



Thursday, 8 September 2011

Pumpkin Greeter Tutorial

Feelin' like fall alright!! We've had very cool evenings and mornings this past week and naturally enough, thoughts turn to fall decorating.

As I was rummaging thru some of my past pieces I came across this pumpkin greeter and decided I'd share with my friends and do a quick wee tutorial so you can make one yourself for Fall!

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  1. Pumpkin colored fabric or plain cotton you could paint and tea stain in a pumpkin color, about 12" x 12" when doubled over.
  2. Small pieces of green and brown felt/fabric
  3. Cheesecloth
  4. pipberry
  5. Fiberfill
  6. Glue gun
  7. Basic sewing supplies
  8. Black paint for the crow
  9. Rusty wire - about 15 -20" in length should do!
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using the pattern below, cut out your pumpkin shape template
  2. Trace around this template on your doubled piece of fabric - remember this trace line is your stitch line so you will need to cut out from this line approx. 1/4"
  3. Sew together leaving a gap on the base of the pumpkin for stuffing.
  4. Only stuff until lightly and evenly filled out and close up the opening.
  5. Lightly mark on the lines of the pumpkin sections as shown on the pattern.
  6. Using about 3 strands of matching floss, stitch through the pumpkin from back to front, starting at the top ( to hide knots). Pull each stitch firmly until taut working to the base. Repeat for each section - it should look like this ~


Now you are ready to cut out the crow shape from 2 pieces of calico or such, remembering to leave 1/4" around the trace and sew line to cut it out.

Paint the crow black but its beak orange and leave to dry then sand lightly.
Next cut out a rectangle of osnaberg or such approx. 3" x 2". Leave edges rough and back stitch on the lettering Fall.

Assemble it altogether:
Stitch the 'Fall' patch on to your pumpkin using a running stitch. Attach where shown in my pic.
Make the stem and leaf from the templates given below and sew them on where marked at the top.
Tie a length of stained cheese cloth to the stem and add Spanish moss (if you wish) with glue from your glue gun and then glue on the crow.
Add some fall colored pipberry and glue on.
And finally take some thin rusty wire and push thru the pumpkin and twist in ends on either side of the pumpkin and you're ready to hang and display your pumpkin greeter!

Hope this makes sense to you, but if you've any queries just let me know and I'll try to help!

Let me know what you think and I'd be really thrilled to see your finished greeter so PLEASE show us!!

Well, that's it folks - have a lovely day!
Best wishes


Monday, 5 September 2011

CORNUCOPIA

Hey there, friends! Happy Monday!

I wanted to thank you dear girls for helping me out of my flunk and offering great advice!
Thank you Amy, Angie, Faye, Madalynne, Shazy, Robin, Felicia, Linda and Steph!
You've helped me immensely and I thank you for taking the time to respond!


Well as you can see, I'm not done with fall! There are just too many lovely things to make!

This is what I mean~ I made this cornucopia filled with pumpkins and berries~
The horn is made from burlap and there is a stained cheesecloth tied round the mouth of the horn~

For anyone who is interested in making one for fall here's the link: thechocolatecrowtrader.com
This was the quickest ever make! I just cut 3 triangles of calico and printed B - O - O on each triangle and glued them onto twine to string across a shelf for some fall decorating!!

I'm thinking I'll do another and painted the calico an orangey color and print FALL on it. We'll see - time is whizzing by too fast.

Once again, I really mean it when I say thank you for your help and support - I really appreciate