Tuesday 26 May 2009

Pretty yarn

I could not resist the temptation on my way home to get some yarn for my next crochet project. It was a nice treat after a long day at work.

The cotton yarn is sitting in a patchwork mat that I made when I started to sew. I knew it would one day become useful!

Monday 25 May 2009

Yellow and blue

So, this is the first time that I make Lemon cake and mmmmmmm, so good! I followed the recipe from Jane Brocket's book The Gentle Art of Domesticity. The recipe suggests to finish it off with some icing, but somehow I thought that would be a wee sugary for me today, so I left that bit out. 

I have also been crocheting and I managed to make this pot holder this weekend. I am really pleased with the result, mainly because I have self taught myself. I cannot make sense of patterns, so I try, give it a go, undo, try again, etc. Once I have made something I can then compare it with photographs, and read the pattern. It is only then that the written pattern makes any sense to me. Ah! What a happy Bank Holiday! Hope you are finding something to make and feel satisfied too.

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Trying something new

Inspired by so many beautiful crochet creations out there I have decided to give it a go (wish me luck!). I am using Debbie Bliss cotton yarn and a number 4 hook. This is what I have been able to manage so far. I can imagine myself getting quite addicted!

Sunday 17 May 2009

Home is where the sofa is

We have been living without a sofa for two years. Two years! How could we? Well, we just never got round to it. Doh!
But we went to Ikea a couple of weeks ago and decided to go ahead. Lovely white, which gets dirty very quickly but looks wonderful for a few weeks. The fabric you see at the back was bought with a different purpose in mind, but once at home we saw it went really well with the dotty cushion (which was made months ago with more Ikea fabric), so we put it at the back to make the whole thing more interesting.

We so love it!

From now on, home is where the sofa is.

Saturday 16 May 2009

And a little bit more

This is how far I got today. I know I didn't wait to hear your feedback on how to go about the design, but I wanted to make most of the free time I have during the weekend and my creative energy. Comments on how to carry on are still very much appreciated. So don't be shy! Do you like it so far?

Decisions, decisions

I have been spending much of the winter reading posts of crafty bloggers and admiring their work. But personally I have not made anything for ages. I am now ready to sew again, and this is where I have started. Finally!

My problem is that I bought loads of little bits of fabric and I have been feeling overwhelmed. What can I do with so much choice and variety? Believe me, it was much easier when I didn't have much to choose from.

As usual I have started sewing without much of a plan in my head, and although I have put something pretty together, I honestly don't know how to carry on. Any ideas? I thought of making a quilt, but I am not sure whether to stick to pinky colours or to add some other, like the blue/green ones above. What are your thoughts on this? I would really appreciate some feedback!

Monday 11 May 2009

You are so cute!

Look who I found outside my window this morning

Isn't it adorable?