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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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So much fabric, so little time! I really enjoyed making this.  So many colours and patterns…

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, if you know me at all, I love little houses!  I also love to cross-stitch at night when I’m watching Netflix.  I feel like sitting watching Netflix isn’t a waste of time if I’m doing something!    So I cross-stitched this little house without a clue what it would end up like. I had it sitting with some other fabric and the stripes and floral just jumped out at me and I’m pleased to say I love the finished item.

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I bought the floral fabric from AlieExpress. (I’ve been buying quite a bit of stuff from them lately.

 

Hi there!

The thing about the holidays is that you have the time to be creative, make a mess in your craft room, and leave it like that for a few days.  Yesterday morning I dug out a tiny cross-stitch which I would have done about a year ago.  I was going to frame it in a small frame and then thought it would be fun to make it bigger and add the free motion sewing component.  And the result is this little picture (frame is 28x36cm) which I really enjoyed making.  A friend asked me to make something for a baby room and I think this would be perfect.

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