Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Hexie Patchwork

First of all thank you for sharing your fave colours with me , I can see a lot of you are likeminded and think that Red is Best and some of you like Aqua Teal and Turquoise . I have to agree I do love Aqua accenting Red myself.And of course for some of you the favourite is Pink!

Yesterday I decided to make up some of my Hexie patches that I started on ages ago, you know one of those projects you put to one side for a little while and then totally forget about! I 've got lots of those!

I think this patchwork piece is destined to become a small cushion. In fact I am making it to fit the IKEA Irma cushion pad as its only 35cm x 35cm!

Have a sweet day

Rachel x

Monday, 27 September 2010

Simply Red

I have always loved the colour Red, since I was a little girl, always choosing the red sweetie,

wanting a pair of red shoes
Lots of my makes are in red, both sewing,

and knitting!

Okay, sometimes with a touch of pink too!

Love to accessorise my home in red too!

Red really is best!

What's your favourite colour?

Rachel x

Saturday, 25 September 2010


Finally finished the patchwork cover for my hall table and added the bobble trim!I'm quite pleased with it now!Also took a little wicker hamper from my craft room for extra storage.

I also finally finished painting this mirror, a car boot find that I've had hanging around for a year! I'm a bit of a hoarder!

It took 3 coats of metal paint, but I'm really pleased with the results! Athough when I pulled the masking tape off it pulled a tiny bit of the paint off too so I need to retouch that!

I've put his basket at the bottom of the stairs too to carry bits and pieces up and down and ATTEMPT to keep it tidy! Guess where I got it from?

Twas a bargain at only £2 I just had to get it!

I've got a nasty cold this weeked so I will be keeping cozy indoors, I have completed a few knitting projects though. Do you remember the pink candyfloss wool?

I have knitted it into Shabby Chic Christmas Decorations and trimmed them with rosebuds from my stash.I shall pop some in my Etsy shop I think.
Have a lovely weekend gals!
Rachel x

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

On my list today...

  1. Do the washing

  2. Empty the dishwasher

  3. Take Wilson for a walk

  4. Make son's lunch for 6th form trip

  5. Go to charity warehouse to source more fabric

  6. Go shopping

  7. Pack shopping away(I hate that bit)

  8. Finish making cover for hall table

I'm pleased to say I've managed to do the all by lunch time except No.8, that is still a WIP, do you want to see?

The dress I was going to use was stitched in panels so I had to rethink. Idecided to make a patchwork cover and mixed it in with other fabrics. The beige rose fabric is the dress. I also used an offcut of my daughters curtains, a pillowcase and leftover cushion faric I've had for a few years!And do you know what, I'm really pleased with it so far! I need to add 1 more panel, back it and then add the pompom trim!

I'm off to make myself some lunch while Wilson has his little nap(tired from his walk)

Rachel x

Monday, 20 September 2010

We spent the weekend...

decorating our hall, stairs and landing. I say hall, but really it is just a titchy little square to step into to take off your coat and kick off your shoes! There is a door off to the dining room or you can go straight up the stairs!

This is the before, the colour was Turkish Gold which was looking a bit dated.

A close up of the gold!

We have now painted it Natural Calico by Dulux, althogh it looks a bit gray in this photo!The Hubster made the pretty hearts key holder for me about 10 years ago and I love it !

There is just enough room for a little hall table. I bought this at the boot last year for a couple of pounds!I need to repaint it white and as there is a split in the top I would love to cover it in a pretty oilcloth

but while I'm doing the challenge there is no chance of that. I doubt I will find any at the boot or in a charity shop. In the meantime I'm going to use a piece of floral linen dress, I shall cut a piece and trim it with pom poms I think!

I also bought the lovely wine box at the boot, for a £1 I think. This now contains my envelopes, stamps and the like!I still need to paint all the woodwork and finish painting the mirror(only the 3rd coat grrrr!) I shall show you more piccies later in the week! Oh and thank you for all the kind comments about my hand knitted bag in the last post! You are all so sweet!

Have a lovely week ladies, the sun is shining here at the mo!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Autumn Knitting

Now ladies, you must remember I am a bit limited with my yarn choices at the mo, due to' the challenge'. That said, I've had a few lovely finds from the boot.I found this a few weeks ago

I've got about 10 balls for £2.50, bargain!!I decided to knit a bag, really hard to get a good photo of it though! I finished it with a knitted flower and then I stitched a metal rose into the centre. This was from a bracelet that I took apart (bought from the boot of course!)

I knitted in moss stitch and the yarn was knitted in double so it has a lovely texture.

I also got this quite a while ago

It's a bit like candyfloss, don't ya think?'Not sure what to knit with it yet, I'll have to ponder on this a bit longer!I do have quite a bit of yarn in the loft too, it all needs a good sort out, I shall save that job for a rainy day I think!
Rachel x

Monday, 13 September 2010

The last week has seemed very busy...

But filled with lovely things too, a friends housewarming, friends birthday parties and a trip to Brighton to take my daughter to her uni house!
She treated me to lunch at Bills in Lewes,(a belated Birthday treat) we both had Moroccan Chicken and it was delicious! Such a brilliant place with a great atmosphere! It was lovely to have a girly catch up too and then we had a mooch around the Antique centres oohing and aahing over jewellery and furniture!

Whilst in Brighton I only bought a few treasures from the charity shops as I'm still sticking to my challenge!

This was one of them, a linen skirt for just a £1! This will be put to good use in sewing projects. I also bought a pale blue linen baby sling for just 50p!
I've also been sewing up a storm for my stall and my Etsy Shop
These are some coasters I have made using vintage fabrics.

Yesterday we went blackberry picking. We didn't pick enough for jam but we did pick enough for these
Blackberry muffins, very tasty with a cup of coffee!

This week I've got lots more sewing to do and I've started on my autumn knitting too!Ill tell you more about the knitting and my bargain wool later in the week!

Have a great week ladies!

Rachel x

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Wilson 'Helping'

Wilson thought he was 'helping'.

What do you mean you don't want soil all over the kitchen floor!I tipped out the plant pot for you, you know, the one you just filled outside!!

What do you mean stay out there while you clean it up!

Tell you what, I'll look after this branch shall I?

I don't know about you, but this gardening lark is very tiring! I'll just have a bit of a rest!

Thank you ladies for your sweet comments on my last post, they are really appreciated!


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