Monday, 21 October 2013

Creativity Challenge - Progress Report 5

I can't believe quite how fast we are steaming through October but I am managing (just about!) to keep up with my challenge, although I have been a little lax about posting my efforts.

Last week, I met up with a friend from many years ago who was visiting from Japan. I haven't seen her in 11 years and it was sooooo good to see her. It's funny how, with some people, it seems like no time has passed and you can get back to where you left off. Her visit was way too short so I'd really like to save up my pennies and visit her in Japan - I wonder what it would take to make it possible.... must look into that!

I have been ploughing on with my quilt blocks. I now have 12 completed blocks and 4 more at the strips-sewn-together stage. It's looking really good and I just hope I can continue to make progress without too many mistakes. 

(And yes, I know this is only six blocks but the photo of the other six didn't come out well at all!)

I also made ginger cake...

... it won't be winning any Bake Off challenges but it's goooooood!

I also spent a pleasant half hour (or so...) pinning pictures of butterflies. 

I like butterflies.


There's something joyful and exuberant in their colours and patterns. And the weather has taken a definite swing winter-wards so I needed joy and exuberance! You can see my collection of pins here. I strayed into butterfly related crafty-ness too - who knows when I might get a chance to add butterflies to our decorations...

I seem to have missed posting two of Mum's posts - she been making labels and seems to have got a teeny-bit hooked on covering things in fabric. Sadly Heather has been working rather hard and hasn't managed to give me photos of what she's been up to - hopefully on her days off this week. 

Have a great week everyone.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Creativity Challenge - Progress Report 4

It is quite strange the way sometimes creativity involves destruction. 

I now have a pile of over 200 fabric strips (16" x 2.5"). I have finished cutting strips for the time being and I am slowly beginning their transformation from this....


to these...

I think they look really good! I'm so glad I decided that my first real attempt at patchwork would be with scrap fabrics: it gives me the opportunity to be more relaxed about mistakes as I know that I am only playing with scraps. And the technique is so clever! Rather than messing around with loads and loads of tiny squares you sew the strips, cut them up and then sew them together again - easy peasy! The pattern is one from Bonnie K Hunter's lovely site "Quiltville's Quips and Snips" (pattern here) where there are so many fantastic ideas for scrap quilts (many beyond my abilities!). I'm sure she can explain the magic better than I can!

I have 3 blocks finished...

...only another 33 to go! 

Mum's finished another set of "Moppe" drawers - I think she may be hooked! I wonder what will be covered in fabric next!?! Her latest post is here.

Heather's been doing some paper cutting - she's promised me a photo so I'll share when I have it. 

It's quite refreshing this whole creativity thing - I like being able to learn something new. If you could learn a new craft, what would it be?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Creativity Challenge - Progress Report 3

We've all been very busy with our creativity projects and Mum's done 2 large fairs over the weekend too!

For all our hard work, I don't seem to have very much to show you this time: Heather and I seem to have been bogged down in preparation.

Heather has been attacking her huge pile of charity-shop-find wool jumpers (it's so hard to find 100% wool jumpers these days) and has turned them into a pile of wool squares... with the lovely Milo to show the size of the pile. She makes quite a good guard-cat. 

Forty-two squares. Heather will be sewing them back together again when she returns from a week away. She's taken pens and pencils, plus the tools for papercutting, to keep her busy while she's gone.

I've been deconstructing too. I have cut up 3 shirts, 2 skirts, a pair of trousers and 3 blouses to turn them all into these...

... over a hundred strips 2.5" x 16". I have more to go but I have a suspicion I may decide I want more variety of fabrics. Perhaps a trip to the charity shop is called for... Although it would be nice to say that all the clothing used in this project had been worn by us... I wonder if the other half still wants all his shirts?

I'm sure Mum will have an update soon. Can't wait to see how all our projects turn out!

What have you made so far this month? I'd love to see your makes if you would like to comment below (please label your comment clearly so that I can tell it's not spam!).


Night all.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Creativity Challenge - Progress Report 2

Here's the update for days 3 and 4 of our creativity month.

I'm having lots of fun already and I'm feeling slightly jealous of Mum's and Heather's makes so far! Oh well, I've got a whole month to make some more lovely stuff...

Heather's finished her first creation:

She's sanded, painted, glued and decorated this house from Panduro Hobby:

 Looks lovely, doesn't it?

Mum's been covering boxes too - she's used fabrics to cover a wooden IKEA drawer set. Check it out here.

I've been doodling, but it's not finished yet. I'm having fun though!

Today, I've been helping Heather prepare for her next project. We have been deconstructing this huge pile of jumpers - it's amazing how much fluff is produced when you cut up knitting.

Roll on the weekend!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Creativity Challenge - Progress report 1

So far, so good.

We've all got off to a flying start and managed at least 30mins on the 1st and 2nd October. 

I have been making bracelets from my immense stock of Liberty bias tape. I think this one's my favourite this time.

It would make a good choker as well. All the others are pretty too (I don't think I've come across a Liberty print I don't like yet). So far, some have charms, others I am still deciding what looks best.


I have also been playing with my new bread machine - bought as a "moving to a new house" present to myself (I've had one before but we've been without since the last one broke about a year ago)! I used the 'dough' setting to do the time-consuming bit and then shaped the dough into rolls ready to be baked in the oven. 

These are a blend of 1/3 white and 2/3 wholemeal flours with a little bit of ground seed mix for added interest. Heather and I were waiting for them to bake so that we could eat them with our homemade tomato soup. So I forgot to take a photo before we ate the two middle ones!

They were very yummy though!

Heather has been busily varnishing, painting, cutting and sticking. She's nearly done and would prefer to show the finished article rather than stages! She expects to be finished today though....

Mum has been busy too. She did some Free Motion Quilting on the 1st and blogged about her efforts yesterday.

It's such fun to see everyone's progress!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

October Creativity Challenge

October is here. The nights are drawing in. The trees are starting to turn and shed their leaves. The weather has taken a decided shift towards damp and chilly. 

Autumn has arrived.

On dreary days, when the sky never changes from a gloomy grey, there is nothing better than hiding away inside. Especially if I can hide away with a steaming cup of tea, a good film and my latest craft project. 

Autumn and winter have always seemed to me the natural time to embark on craft projects. There is so little to tempt me outside and there's something cosy about snuggling up on the sofa under a piece of knitting. 

(...admittedly there is precious little comfort or warmth to be derived from the pieces of a miniature bear but that's beside the point...)

So as it is Autumn, and the start of a new month, I have decided that it must be time for a challenge. In an effort to give my blog (and my motivation) a much needed kick-start, I have decided that October is going to be a month of Creativity.

My aim for the month is to spend at least half an hour doing something creative. I would love to be able to do more than that but realise that there will be a few days during the month when I will struggle to fit in thirty minutes of creative activity.

So every day during October, I will endeavour to do something creative. I have a list of things that I would like to do during the month and I am sure it will grow as time goes on.

Having just moved to a new house, I am still trying to find all my craft supplies and get my head around having a separate room where they can all live. The "sewing room" so far boasts some shelving (piled with boxes)

 but no table as yet. So I shall probably be working mostly at the dining room table or snuggled on the sofa. Hopefully during the month I will also decide on the other furniture needed in the sewing room.

Ah but the boxes... The boxes contain a crafter's version of treasure. Fabrics and felt; buttons and beads; papers and pens. There are embroidery cottons, wools and crochet threads. There are countless bits and bobs, saved scraps and more. And we've just moved all of this "stuff". I feel the need to justify its existence. 

My mum and sister will be creating along with me this month. I will share Heather's progress with mine on this blog. Here's a photo of her starting list:

Mum (Lynne) will be blogging her own creations here so I'll share links and the occasional photo. Her first post is up already here.

So many ideas! Now, where shall I start...

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