Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Little things

This year I have made a list of all those little things I wanted to make that I didn't get around to making last year, so I can strike these two off my list.  The last time I did embroidery I think I was 8 years old and I know my eyesight was a lot better. (that makes me sound old!)  I forgot how precise you need to be with your stitches , one wrong stitch and you have to start all over again.  Here is a close up:

The pattern is ofcourse by the very talented Aneela Hooey

I really enjoyed the process and I would love to tackle the ABC sampler that I saw so much last year.  It looks like the perfect project to make whilst watching the t.v.

Another little project I have finally completed is this lovely little lamb, taken from the book I love patchwork.

If you are in the U.K and would like to either have a go at making this lamb, or use the fleece for another project I have about a yard of sherpa fleece left which I am happy to sell for £10 (postage included) so please leave me a message on this post if you are interested.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Exiting news..

I'm exited.  It's completly non fabric related but as my favourite film of all time is the Wizard of Oz, I couldn't not mention its prequel which will be released in March!!. Oz- the great and powerful. Starring Michelle Williams as Glinda and Mila Kunis as Theodora. Catch the trailor here. Im super exited! Oh and just so this post dosn't go out without some pictures.  I'll show these new pen rolls I made as part of a Christmas present for the kids. Their old ones were worn out, but they got so much use out of them, I new they would be a appreciated.

Incase you are wondering, the pens inside them are just about THE best kids pens I've ever purchased. They are actually a re-purchase, the previous pens lasted a whole year, and coped with being used almost every day which, as anyone with super crafty kids knows, is very very good longevity wise.

They have a paint brush type nib at one end with fine tip at the opposite end. I can't recommend them highly enough. They are made by a company called Djeco (who also make some gorgeous crafty toys for children.)

They have a classic set and a girls set. I purchased one of each for both kids as Jacob loves using the skin and pastel colours on his drawings too. They can be purchased here.


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Happy New Year!

It's been a while hasn't it?...let's catch up...

At the start of December we welcomed a new guest into our home. Our very own house elf. He arrived with a book that explained that we needed to name him, and a delightful poem explaining what he was here to do.

His purpose was to keep an eye on the children throughout the day, listen to everything they do, and each night, fly off to the north pole and report their behavior to Father Christmas. Upon his return he would move to a different spot in the house and would often get up to mischief in the process.

After reading the book and watching the DVD the kids had decided to name him Eddie. Eddie stayed with us from December the 1st until Christmas Eve when he would fly back to the North Pole to help santa with his final preperations before Christmas day.

The children would wake up in the morning, get dressed, and rush down the stairs to see where he would be.(Avoiding all arguments about getting up and dressed in the morning!)The only rule (apart from behaving well) was that they wern't allowed to touch Eddie or he would loose his magic, which wasnt a huge problem for my six year old but my four year old found himself writing a letter of apology to Santa and Eddie for being so forgetful. :-).

Eddie was a real highlight of our December, keeping the kids in check when they fell out with each other and entertaining us with his naughty, cheeky little ways.

Christmas Eve was hectic. I don't know what got into me but I had this urge to do a project that I had meant to do during the year but hadnt got around to, so I ended up making this drawstring bag to hold all of my felt.

Christmas day was wonderful. The kids enjoyed a day full of family time, music, gifts and lovely food.

My husband and I decided not to exchange gifts but I did buy myself a gift back in October that I had wanted since last Christmas and had saved all year for - A Cannon EOS 600D. smiles all round :-)

That brings me back to the First picture which is the pillow I have made for Mothers day for my mum. I received the pattern last Christmas so it was about time I had at least finished one of the pillows I had started.

Here is the back

and Im really proud to say that after 2 years of wanting to try a"proper" free motion quilting design I finally plucked up the courage - here is a close up:

I was really pleased with how it all went, seeing as I only took part in the free motion quilting challange for a few months of the year, the practice really paid off, don't get me wrong it's not perfect by any stretch, but its better then I thought it would be.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012


I have just added lots more fabrics to my destash sale, including some Christmas fabrics, please pass this on if you know of anyone who might be interested. see this LINK for details.

Dana :-)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Fabric sale/Destash - NEW FABRICS ADDED!

I am selling half yards for £5 each, and fat quarters are £2.50 each. U.K postage is £2.50 (2nd class) or £3.50 recorded for up to 8 fabrics. The first to leave a message on this post with their numbers/fabrics of choice will have priority. Im not sure if you can still get hold of some of these fabrics, some of them are going for much more on ebay. Re fat quarters - Please note that there will be slightly more of some of the fabrics then others but assure you that you should get at least a fat quarter. All are designer fabrics from a smoke and pet free home.

PAYMENT TERMS: Once I have confirmed availability, please send me a personal payment only through paypal. It’s free to send money when you use your PayPal balance or bank account as your funding source but if you are paying with a credit/debit card please add £1 to the total amount to cover paypal fees.

Half Yards:

1- Amy Butler Lotus Flower- red

2- American Jane Orange mono Pezz

3- Amy Butler lotus spot -red sold toLiz

4-Denyse Schmidt fabrics pink and red spot

5- Michael miller blue stripe
6- MM- Black stripe SOLD
7- MM- Orange stripe sold to LIZ

Kona cottons 8-Chartreuse, 9- Spearmint 10-Jade green 11-Tangerine 12-Ash

13- Sarah Jane spot 14- Sarah Jane hopscotch

15- Aneela Hooey puppies on pink

16- Kaffe Fasset pink circle fabric

17- Cloud 9 fabric (you will be getting over half a yard as there is a bit extrs on this piece) SOLD TO FIONA

18- Cabana Blooms - yellow SOLD TO FIONA

19- Sarah Jane orange/blue stripe Sold to Nicky


20- Marigold sold  to LIZ

21-Large red spot and blue dot Sold to Nicky

22- blue spot on red sold to Nicky

23 pink spot on wine Sold to Nicky

24- Apples SOLD TO FIONA
25- flowers


27 - aqua spot SOLD TO FIONA

28 blue broken circles Sold to Nicky

29-Leaves Sold to Nicky

30- green swirls and birds Sold to Nicky

31- green spot Sold to Nicky

32- Japanese import SOLD TO HADLEY

33- Christmas trees on green SOLD LORRAINE
34- green birds and leaves (difficult to capture the shade on camara but its a goregeous primary green)SOLD LORRAINE

35- multi trees SOLD LORRAINE

36- Christmas 2d zoo SOLD LORRAINE




40- reindeer (screenprinted fabric) SOLD LORRIANE


42- white trees on red SOLD LORRAINE

***I also have some larger cuts of fabric which I would like to keep as one continuous length for sale:***

Alexander Henry 2d zoo 1 yard £12

Girl on a swing in Vanilla x 3 yards £27
Hope to hear from you soon.