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Hey! How you going in lockdown?

I randomly discovered a video where this woman was making these cute little bags out of the duvet/sheet plastic bags and I thought, yep, I’ve got some of those.  I ordered some brads from Spotlight, and I made the little brown circles out of card with my CRICUT maker, and my mother in law had given me several rolls of pink silk rayon braid which was perfect for tying them up.  I really love them and they’re super quick to make.   Too easy!!

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These little bags are so cute and quite handy.

I’ve been cutting out little hearts and flowers with my CRICUT Maker to have on hand so they are the perfect place to store them…

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Here is the LINK to the YouTube tutorial I found.

As promised yesterday I thought I would do something relevant to the start of this year and our key message from our Prime Minister here in NZ.  We went into lock down hard and fast and it seems to be paying off.   Staying at home and in my bubble is easy for me.

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Hi there!  I thought being in lockdown (in NZ) for the past two weeks I would have done way more creatively, but to be honest, I’ve been too busy, especially with work!  Anyway, a long Easter holiday weekend is perfect to have enough time to start to create.  So I just made this up as I went along…

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Love your life ~ Freemotion sewing

I started by adding the red floral square and then picked up other pieces of fabric and it just emerged from there.

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Window of opportunity … freemotion sewing

Maybe my next one will be bubbles … stay in your bubble!

I’ve had a lovely summer holiday.  One of the highlights of my holiday was taking mum out for the day.  A lovely breakfast at Mount Maunganui, followed by a walk around the shops, and then some opshopping.   I found this cute little glass jar with lid for $4 and thought it would make the perfect peppermint jar and also the perfect opportunity to try out my new Cricut (birthday pressy from hubby).

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My husband says it looks mint!

I’m loving the result of the Cricut Vinyl.  It’s not perfect ~ Trust me to do the most fiddly intricate small design and on glass as my first project. It’s not perfect but I love it!

My Cricut…

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Today is take down the Christmas tree day – nope it’s not – it’s wrap up the Christmas Tree in a white bag day!  The word for me this year is EASY and you know, this idea makes it easy today at the beginning of 2020 and it will be easy for me at the end of the year to just pull it out.  I whipped up a bag on my Overlocker using an old white sheet from a dry cleaners.  Love it!

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Next Christmas is going to be so EASY putting up the tree!  I just loved my decorations this past Christmas so I will just be repeating it again 2020…

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This is the Scripture reference in the Bible that inspires me regarding this year, 2020, being EASY!  It doesn’t mean I won’t be very busy and productive, quite the contrary.  But I believe this year God is going to give me great ideas to make things EASY and light! 777E96F9-BCAF-4989-8CD7-901E4D018BE3

Christmas is over and it is holiday time.  And so it’s time to get OFF Pinterest and actually make something.  So I chose these little Home Sachets.  I think they will make nice little gifts…

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My husband buys me the best birthday presents.  He’s bought me an over locker, sewing machine, JBL speaker, Soda stream delux …and this November he bought me a CRICUT|Maker .  I know right!

So I’m learning how to use it.  It can do so much …. cut material, vinyl, card.  So I thought I would make my first thing and chose to make a stencil from some card I already had. I made the word on my iPad and wirelessly sent it to the CRICUT.  It worked perfectly!

I didn’t have any fabric paint for my new stencil so I used a black fabric marker pen someone had given me and coloured in on white cotton repurposed sheets.  It wasn’t the best look so then I went over it it with my free motion sewing …. one in white thread and one in black thread, and quite honestly they look so good.

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My dad got me a whole stack of dry-cleaned white sheets ex hotels.  So I put my creative thinking cap on and decided to rip up strips to make into whatever I decided once knitted.  And so, where we have a fresh white cushion cover.

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Now dad has made me these massive knitting needles (at my request) so I’m thinking about a hoopy blanket!  Watch this space!

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So, with the latest trend being kimono jackets, or bright coloured long jackets, I grabbed some beautiful Chinese brocade out of my stash of fabrics.  It had been siting there for years.  However, after laying it out on the floor I realised there wasn’t enough for a long jacket, and so I went back to my stash to see what else I had.  And there they were….. gorgeous size 6 pants that I had bought at an opshop about three months ago just because I loved the fabric (which is stretchy incidentally).   I absolutely LOVE the end result…

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Matching Purse

After making the jacket I decided to make a clutch purse out of the scraps.  You will notice the little pocket taken off the jeans on the other side of the purse. 5AC6716B-E4E1-419B-BEC6-2577D0B3C61C2ADAE2AB-A5BC-48FF-B55F-792FB27B08835DF46B38-D6D7-4928-96EC-81163C7B425ECC8C3799-EDEC-475D-9D2E-9169E1C94870

 

The Pants…

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This is something a little different for me.  I’m working with pre-loved doilies.  I’ve made this little cushion and used a stencil in the middle for the words, with free-motion sewing.  It kind of looks like gothic meets grandma!! Ha!

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