Friday 8 December 2023

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like............

Christmas.......yes it really is.....and welcome dear readers to my little festive bit of blogland today...
........earlier this year i painted these carved wooden bookshelves we've had for years....i chose cooking apple green and when the paint was dry stacked some quilts on them.......now they have been decorated in christmas style......with red and white quilts and vintage santa mugs and other festive decorations like my little patchwork bird (pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar)................
.........thanks to a spell of icy frosty weather i was able to take some wintry quilt pictures.....
.........on the cottage garden picket fence.......
.........with a weak winter sun shining and freezing temperatures.......
.........i hung up the spinning tops quilt (pattern in my etsy shop as before)........
.......styled with a berry wreath and a christmas tree in a pot........
.........and then back into the warmth of the house for a nice hot drink in a santa mug........
........although wildlife photography is not my forte :)) i had to include this picture of a beautiful little robin that i took on a walk.......such an emblem of christmas here in the uk.........
..........we've put up all our christmas trees and here is a glimpse of the red and white decorated tree in the sitting room in front of the quilt cupboard....
........one more shot of my merry santa shelves........having fun tidying and decorating the house ready for the family being here soon........still lots to do but i started early this year so hope to be fully organised ;)............

 ...........thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for your very kind comments and messages....it's always a treat to hear from you.....wishing you happy holidays and a happy christmas countdown........take care lovelies.....................peace and love....................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday 1 December 2023

Happy December

Hello again dear readers....happy december everyone........here we have the latest finished version of the peppermint trees quilt.....
..........the pattern for the original quilt is in my etsy shop link in sidebar.....this year i made a new version with pink trees as well as green ones....and a tree in every block instead of alternate ones....... 
......it's fun to play around with patterns and create different quilts by just changing a few elements......
........this was hand quilted and is very soft and snuggly....perfect for these very chilly december days.....
.........regular readers may remember pixie girl from years gone by.......she's very large and rather sweet and don't tell the other pixies but she's my favourite.......
.........more sewing for this festive time.........patchwork hearts made from sweet liberty fabric scraps......
.........love how these little prints look together.......the patchwork hearts pattern is also in my etsy shop as before......these little hearts can be scented with drops of christmas fragranced oil, or tied onto a gift for a special look......
...........we had a beautiful frosty walk yesterday up a country lane near farmland.....here is a little cottage peeking through the frosty holly.........
..........molly looked at the camera for me ;)..........
........the very old church tower and lots of frosty ivy.........
........one more peppermint trees quilt view........we certainly need our quilts at the moment........it's another bright but freezing day again with ice and frost......
..........thank you for dropping by to my little blog space dear readers and thank you so much for your kind comments and messages.....it's always a joy to hear from you......wishing you a happy start to december wherever in the world you are.....and if you're in the chillier parts like me, keep cosy.........take care lovelies.............peace and love.........................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday 24 November 2023

Christmas Stitching

Hello dear readers.......we have some festive photos today of things i've been making.....
.....first is this big heart made with red white and green fabrics for a christmas feel.......
.........the pattern is in my etsy shop link in sidebar.......as is the pentagon ball pattern below......
.............shown here on a stack of christmas quilts ..........
......the pentagon ball can be sewn by hand or machine and is a good way to use up favourite scraps....
...........here are lots of my cross stitch seed packet designs.......
..........i've been storing them in a wooden seedling tray.........they make cute gifts......
.........you can also mat the design on card stock to make little postcards or to hang as bunting......
..........last week i took this picture of actual seed packets at the botanical gardens shop.......love the little sign........
..........it's almost time to get out all the festive decorations......just a few things are appearing now......the main decorating happens here after my hubby's birthday at the end of november.......
..........one more view of my christmas heart.........

 ........thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for your kind words and messages.........wishing you a happy week ahead enjoying the festive feelings as we arrive in december........take care lovelies............ peace and love..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday 17 November 2023

Red and Green

Hello again lovely readers......it's a cosy late afternoon where i'm writing this on a computer here in my studio in my little corner of the uk.......the lights are on and dusk is falling outside.......we have lots of warm and cosy pictures to share today.....
......this is my christmas version of my vintage charm quilt.......
..........here are some close ups along with my new fabric toadstool..........
...........the quilt is made from different collections of fabric charm packs which i like to mix up together....i rarely work from just one fabric line........many of these prints are from moda and there is some lewis and irene and tilda fabric in there too.......as with all my charm quilts i added rose appliqu├ęs to the patchwork.....
..........next we have a little red and white postage stamp pincushion with a poppy button from hobby craft stores.........
...........the poppy buttons are nicely designed, and come in several sizes.......i used this little poppy pinnie to commemorate this year's remembrance day...........
.........here it is on a cosy quilt stack with a stripy candle and vintage spool.........
...........getting out the decorations i've made in previous years and making some new ones......
............green trees and red trees made from my fabric button trees pattern.......(all the patterns mentioned here can be found in my etsy shop link in sidebar).......
..........and this little green fabric bird decorated with beads and ribbon is another little festive make too.....
.........it's almost time to get out the festive china and heres my holly mug matching my charm quilt......
............thank you so much for dropping by to see me here dear readers and for your kind comments and messages..........wishing you happy cosy crafty times in the coming week...........take care lovelies.......peace and love.......................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday 10 November 2023

Festive Sewing

Hello again dear readers.......here's mabel the big bunny and some cosy festive sewing pictures to share......
.........i used sweet belle and boo christmas fabrics to make a festive tumbler cushion.......
........this fabric is called christmas fairground and it is perfect for fussy cutting........
......this is the tumbler patchwork before quilting........
.........a festive little quilt stack this week .........with dried orange slices, candles and toadstools.....
.....and a cute little holly jug from gisela graham........
........the quilt on the top of the stack is my xmas charm quilt also in the picture below......the tumbler cushion pattern, big bunny pattern, big bunny spring cardigan knitting pattern and charm quilt pattern are all in my etsy shop link in sidebar....
....this week we visited our favourite local botanic garden and saw these colourful leaves strewn on the grass there.....
.....it made me think of the famous camus quote which i've always found very apt at this time of year........'autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower'....these pretty leaves really do look like flowers to me........
..........more autumnal shades in the trees reflected in the pond below........it was a perfect sunny bright autumn day.......
......leaving you with a final picture of the new festive cushion and mabel who has a new dress made with the christmas presents fabric also from the new belle and boo xmas collection.....
.......wishing you well this coming week dear readers......thank you for visiting me here and for your kind words.........if you're making festive treats and doing some crafting.....enjoy the creativity and have fun.....take care lovelies............peace and love...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx