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A few weeks ago I scored three of these memorial tea towels for Horsham Downs school and I immediately set to work embellishing.  Today I finished off all the free motion sewing (quilting) and I’m pretty pleased with the result.  I will probably frame in a large frame with white edge and perhaps hang it in my laundry.  We will see.

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Here is a small video of the freemotion sewing

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Its my sister-in-law’s birthday on Wednesday (so I won’t post this before)!  She is a great preacher.. yes! Her husband is my brother and the minister of the church I attend.  She loves Scripture around the house … I heard her say it from the pulpit one time, so of course the perfect present!

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Mmmm, I seem to have run out of tissue paper.  Guess I will make a little bag and ‘card’…

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Just had to make a few more of these little zip purses… sooooo easy and fun to make!

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To match the one I had already done with the little tissue packs..

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I started this piece last weekend, Easter weekend, and had to pack my sewing room away, as I do every week, and turn it back into my office.  So I was pleased to be able to finish it this weekend.  The last pieces of orange and red flowers come from a lovely fabric I just cut out to make a top ~ so best I get on with that now!

The evolution of the piece…

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The bigger purse has elements like the “Handle with Care” tag and the little bag with the scissor taken off the inside of other garments … just to add a little fun!776685A2-BB36-420C-AC90-EDBB46AA67E0

I started these two bags about 3 weeks ago by pinning on all the lace and things.  Then,  when I had a few moments I would do a little then put it away again.  A good way to keep the creative momentum going when you don’t have time to spend a whole day sewing.  It was nice today to finish them off.  The process for making the bags is from this You Tube Clip.

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Some men’s shirts have the best fabric, and you can often pick them up cheap from second hand shops! You can make all sorts of things with them.  I didnt have quite enough material with the one shirt so combined two shirts and I love the effect!

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Having the best day!

Watching inspiring You Tube videos, like this one [LINK] which made me attempt this little purse.   36C9201E-7976-409B-9FF8-5BE366DC5D0CF6646670-FBCF-4FA7-933C-28082C4AFF93

 

Plus, inspiration from a pin I found on https://roxycreations.blogspot.co.nz/ and they linked to this amazing woman called Marna Lunt who makes gorgeous embroideries by hand.  Definitely worth checking out.

This was really easy, but did take time.  But a perfect way to spend a day off.

 

I just felt like blinging a towel to match my bathroom..

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So, I decided that my cross-stitch seems to lie around the lounge quite a lot, waiting for me to pick it up, and well, looks quite messy.  So thought I would see what I could come up with in terms of a bag or something.  I got a few ideas off Pinterest and then checked out my fabric stash and came up with this.  The external cover is a placemat I picked up a few years ago and which I particularly love with it’s denim Paris look. IMG_6788IMG_6791

Oh yes, the blue gingham fabric for the pockets, as you can probably work out, is made from a man’s shirt. The sleeve on the right is quite handy because you can open the buttons and put cotttons in.  I then made a separate bag with zip which sits nicely in the middle of the book for popping the actual cross-stitch in and the pattern book.  Winter Days!

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JANUARY 2017

Let’s not waste time people! Bought these chairs on NZ’s Trademe website a week before Christmas. My very onto it husband painted them white (of course) and I made some cushion covers out of a second hand duvet. I will eventually get some decent weighted fabric but in the meantime couldn’t have them upstairs in red and white now could we!! But, main thing, they are SO comfortable…

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