Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Blackberry Farm - new x stitch pattern

At last I have it finished!  This is my newest design in honour of the season and the blackberry picking we have done - Blackberry Farm in cross stitch.

As you can see, it is just a simple design, featuring some berries and a blackberry coloured farmhouse

It's a nod to days of old when life was sweet as the ripe, juicy blackberries picked, and home on the farm was the place to be!

Hope you like it!

Thanks for dropping by!

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday and welcome to my Five on Friday post linking with Amy's fun Friday link party.

So here goes!

First up are sunflowers. Showstoppers! I love how they've brightened my week as we were in need of sunshine!

So in relation to sunflowers, I looked out this Free pattern by Primitive Bettys and stitched it up! It always feels good to squeeze in another little pinkeep!

Still on the theme of pinkeeps and sunflowers, in case you missed my tutorial on Tuesday, here's a picture and link back to the sunflower pinkeep

Secondly we also went blackberry picking.
Delicious, unctuous blackberries galore!

Thirdly with all the blackberries, it would have been a shame not to bake something with them!

I made some blackberry muffins, great for a treat any  time of the day!

They were quite tart so more sugar please!

And so fourthly, being so full of blackberries, I set about designing a new fall cross stitch pattern which I hope to complete early next week! So excited and hope it turns out well! Just a wee peek!

Lastly, but definitely not least, this week I received a most wonderful surprise all the way from my sweet cousin in California!  Yes, she made this amazing, beautiful quilt and gifted it to me!!!

I can't tell you how overwhelmed I was when I opened the box and saw it!
The colors are lovely and the florals so sweet!

Its perfectly finished - the binding even is done in blanket stitch!

It's a full size quilt in one of my favourite patterns, the log cabin.

I feel so blessed and will treasure this quilt!

 So there you go!

I'm so glad you came by and please make sure to visit Five on Friday at Love made my Home.
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Best wishes

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sunflower PinKeep Easy Make!

 Hello one and all and welcome!  Today I wanted to share with you an easy quick no-sew tutorial for a sweet sunflower pinkeep.

I've been inspired by all the huge sunflowers which are just opening out here in N.Ireland as there hasn't been much sun this summer :-(

So I thought I could brighten up my craft room sewing station with another pinkeep.  I don't know about you, but when I'm sewing I tend to move from one area to another and pinches dotted about help me keep track of the pins and needles!

So here's what you need and probably have in your supplies:

I used a small paper mache  round box - its about 3" in diameter and 1.5" tall.

Some dark brown fabric for the centre approx. 6"x6"

Some yellow felt for the petals - they need to be cut from fairly stiff felt so that they sit well.

Some fiberfil

Take your square of 6x6" brown and a good sized fistful of fiberfil and cover it to make a ball shape

Make sure all the fiberfil is tucked into a ball shape -

Now tuck this ball into the paper mache  box firmly

Next cut at least 12 petals from the yellow felt - as you can see mine were about 2.5" tall

Now begin to tuck them in down the side of the box and the brown fiberfil ball. Make sure they go down firmly; you can use a knitting needle or even a blunt pencil to push them down in. As you place each one, make them overlap slightly.

I also used a strip of matching felt to wrap around the outside of the box and tied it with jute.

Now you're all done and how easy was that! Just stick some pins in it and you're good to go!

I'm so glad you could join me for this tutorial and hope you let me know how you get on.

Pleased to be linking today with Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration.  Just click here to go visit many more wonderful link ups!

Thanks so much!


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

New for September!

 Happy month of September!  I can't really take in that the summer holidays are officially over with all my kiddos back to school and the evenings are drawing in.  I have a few new offerings for my Etsy store, The Primitive Shelf, which you can find on my sidebar.

Pumpkins and crows feature large in my cross stitch projects!  This pillow is a free pattern from e-subrosa.blogspot.com.

Then I stitched this cute pouch from a pattern by Primitive Betty's

I also listed Crows in the Corn pillow too

And A doll for Fall

So things are definitely on the turn and the colours are changing to autumnal tones!

Enjoy September and all the mellowness it brings!

Thanks so much for your friendship!  

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