Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pot Holders.....

When I saw these pot holders I just had to get the pattern.    So cute the cat looking out the window.  Now I have the bigger hoops I can make all these sorts of things.  I really enjoyed making the pot holders,  It was another quick and easy project.  All done in the hoop with about 2 inches of hand stitching where the pot holder is turned to the right side.

Friday, 16 June 2017


I have had the pieces for these balls cut out for a very long time, I am going through and trying to catch up on all my U.F.O.S.     I think they turned out really well and as they are made all by hand ( I am not really into hand work), but it is something that I can do  while watching TV at night.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Cute Little Bag

This is the first project that I made on my new Embroidery Machine.  I bought a brother Dreammaker VE2200.   Just to try out the machine I downloaded the design as it was a free design from the Janome site.  It was an 8x8 design but as my hoop could only take a 7 inch design, I had to make the design smaller which I did in the editing of the Embroidery Machine. I was quite happy with how the little bag turned out, as it has been said not to change the size of In the Hoop designs. I have since upgraded to the 8x12 hoop for this machine.  Now I can  do some of those large designs and having lots of fun.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Something Special ....

I am having a little bit of fun, my sister's son and his wife have had a beautiful little girl called Sophie. After four boys she is a little ray of sunshine. So now I can make some pretty little pink things.  I bought the knitted bonnet and made the fsl flower  and the couple of other headbands. I am going to have lots of fun.....

Monday, 29 May 2017

Patchwork Project.......

 Every couple of months we do a project at the Banana Patchwork Club that I attend.  This doily was what we made last week.  It looks really complicated but if you follow the directions it is quite easy. Everyone was amazed at how unique the doilies looked, made from all the  different fabrics. I think this one will be for Christmas....

Friday, 19 May 2017

Chalk Painting.......

                         From This .......   To This
 A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to have a Workshop in Chalk Painting.  As we don't get this sort of thing visiting our small town very often,  I jumped at the chance to be included in The Chalk Painting Workshop.    The workshop was about 5 hrs and what I liked about it was there was no preparation, such as sanding or anything like that.  As you can see my piece was vanished and all that had to be done was to give it a good wipe over with a damp cloth.  I only used one colour and then sanded back bits where there would be natural  wear and tear.  After all this is done you rub a wax in and give it a good polish and what a difference the wax makes. I am sooo happy with my plant stand.   With the chalk paint you can use two or more colours and then you sand back to reveal the different colours underneath.  It was really a great day and was enjoyed by all who attended.  Opps the painted plant stand looks crooked but it was just the angle which the photo was taken.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sew-a-Long Bag..............

Last month I did a Sew-a-Long with Sweet Pea Designs.  There were 6 blocks embroidered on the Embroidery  Machine, and the rest of the bag was put together using a sewing machine. It was a quick and easy project and I really loved it, so I am keeping it for myself to take my sewing supplies to craft classes.  I usually give the things away that I make but now this one. Sweet Pea  Designs have  some wonderful embroidery designs with very clear instructions. It is also an Australian Company based in Brisbane.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Easter T Shirts........

 Once again time to make Easter T Shirts for my Grandsons.  This year I am only making one as my other four grandsons are getting a bit old to wear a T Shirt that Grandma made.  I made Cooper two shirts and I  liked  the " dare to stand out " one from Julia Designs ( it is not really an Easter Design) but it did have a chicken in the design.   The other design I got from here.  Both stitched out beautifully.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

For a Special Little Puppy.........

I was asked to make a name tag for a puppy called Marley.  It was to go on the breast plate of the harness that the lead is attached to.  This was my first time embroidering on vinyl.     I hope that Karla and Marley like it.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Special Flower .............

 After many, many years I finally got a flower on my Bird of Paradise plant.  I never thought that they would flower. I have three plants in my garden. It really brightened my day when I saw it.  Now I know that it will flower I am waiting eagerly for more flowers.   I just love this flower and hope for many more.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Tea Towels.................

Just doing a bit of embroidery and and using some of the designs that I have bought over the years,..  I am making up for lost time since I have retired and loving it.   I have got my Singer XL400 stitching really well  and this is the machine that I used for  embroidering these tea towels.  I could get in my sewing room and not come out but I have other things that need a bit of attention too. I also love to garden and it has been so hot here with very little rain so it  takes time to keep the garden watered.  There is still not enough hours in the day for all the things that I want to do.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Pen Holders.....

I had a sewing mate going into hospital for a serious operation.I wanted to make a gift for her. I saw these pen holders and had thought that it was a great idea.  I bought a journal and made the pen holder and gave them to her.  Everyone thought it was a great idea as it keeps the pen with the book and you can't lose it. I will be making some for myself as I can never find a pen when I need one.   They are made out of vinyl  which makes them easy to keep clean with just a wipe with a damp cloth. The Machine Embroidery Design came from Buggalena.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Log Cabin Blanket..........

Finally finished this Log Cabin Blanket.  It had been sitting there with just the last row to do.   It was a reverse single crochet and as I had never done this before I kept putting it off.    Also it has been really hot here in Central Queensland. I found a very helpful video on You Tube.  Once I started the reserve single crochet I found it very easy and it didn't take long to go around the blanket.   As this was the final row it made a nice twist on the edge and really finished off the blanket.   Another one for the grandkids......


Friday, 17 February 2017

Valentine Mug Rug..........

This great design is from Sweet Pea Designs.     I joined in the January sew a long and really enjoyed it.   There were hundreds of mug rugs.  It was good to see all the different combinations of fabric and cotton used.  There was another one for February but I didn't have time to make it as it was a much larger project with 22 hoopings.  I used my Singer for this Mug Rug and it stitched out beautifully.  The main reason that I bought the Singer was for the bigger hoop.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Dishwasher Tags .....

This great In the Hoop design came from Urban Threads, a site that has fabulous Machine Embroidery Designs. Quick and easy to make.   I made a few so I can give them to some of my family and friends who have dishwashers. On the back of the tag I glued a magnet so that it can go on the door of the dishwasher and you just have to turn the tag to clean or dirty. A really great idea, Thanks Urban Threads.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Just for Fun!!!!!!!

Just for a bit of fun I decided to embroider on Toilet Paper . It is a wonderful for a gift for someone who has everything or just for a bit of a joke.   The the embroidery design came from Goodies by Gail.   She has lots of designs there for all different occasions.   Also  a fantastic idea for a First Wedding Anniversary which is Paper.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

40th Birthday Towel

 Another towel for a 40th Birthday present.  Not sure where this design came from but it stitched out beautifully and my friend was really happy with it.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

 While visiting my daughter for Christmas I noticed that she had hung the wall hangings that I had made many years ago.  I would have made two of each, as I always give the same to my son.  I had forgotten all about them.  That is the reason that I keep my Blog so I can keep track of the things that I have made over the years.   I look back on the year and think I haven't made much  but when I look through my Blog I see all the things that I have made and feel quite proud of my achievements.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Christmas Decorations along the Road !!!!!!

 We decided to visit my Daughter who lives up in the North of Australia in a small town of Bowen for Christmas. We took the inland route instead of the coastal road as there would be less traffic.  Along the way I noticed that some of the farmers had been putting decorations on the road that leads into their farms. This was a lovely idea and it also gives the kids something to look for when they get bored..  I only managed to snap a few and there were lots more that I missed.  Not quick enough on the camera. My favourite was the Santa just sitting in the paddock. .   By the time I saw the display and I aimed the camera, we had passed.  I was happy that I managed to get some..   Awesome idea.  Well done to everyone that took the time to put up a few decorations for Christmas.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Mug Rugs!!!!!!!

The main reason that I bought my Singer Embroidery Machine was that I wanted to make bigger In The Hoop designs.  Here are 2 Mug Rugs that are from Sweet Pea Designs.  Love her designs.  Again my Singer Machine is doing the right thing and stitching beautifully.  I think that I am going to enjoy my Singer Machine a lot more now.