Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Be a guest blogger on the &Stitches blog this summer

Summer Bloggin' on &Stitches
Hello friends. Over on the &Stitches blog we've put out a call for guest bloggers this summers. It's become a bit of a tradition that every year in July and August we open the blog to guest bloggers who post about anything they like - as long as it's embroidery/stitching related, of course.

If you fancy writing a guest post (or maybe two?) for &Stitches, check out the blog post with all the information. We'd love to hear about your ideas!


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Monday, May 25, 2015

In Print :: Doodle Stitching - The Holiday Motif Collection

In Print - Doodle Stitching - The Holiday Motif Collection
Ohh, much excitement! Last week I received my copy of this book: Doodle Stitching - The Holiday Motif Collection* by Aimee Ray. The book is full of lots of holiday inspired motifs and projects.

I have a project in the book. Here, look:
In Print - Doodle Stitching - The Holiday Motif Collection
It was a really fun project to work on. I had the idea for this wreath design - it was a tiny little 1" sketch! And Aimee turned it into this cute wreath o' parcels. I know, Christmas seems so far away, but you've got to start early if you want to make stitchy things for your peeps!

The parcel wreath kinda goes with my Gingerbread Christmas Joy pattern. That's a wreath too! :-)

Ok, enough Christmas stuff.

*Amazon UK affiliate link. 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Destash :: Interior Dec Books

I'm trying to pare down the number of books I have. Well, ok, let's be honest here: I'm trying to make space for MORE books about things that I am really passionate about. So I'm getting rid of a few books on topics that I am less passionate about.

For example, the four books below. Sure, they are pretty. Pretty, pretty home dec candy. But they don't really reflect our style. So they just sit on the shelf doing not much of anything.I think it's time for them to go and be pretty in someone else's life.

If you're interested in any of them, just shoot me an email.

About the postage: it's estimated £5.00 per book. If the postage is less than that, I'll send you a refund for the difference. And if you want more than one of the books, I'll combine postage of course.

I can send the books outside of the UK, but considering the weight of them, that would probably be pretty pricey.

Happy Home by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau.
£10 + £5 postage.

Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers.
£4+ £5 postage.

Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers.
£8 + £5 postage.

Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers.
£4 + £5 postage.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

WIP :: Kona solids hexies

Kona solids hexagons
It's been a while since I stitched some hexies. I'm working on a fun little project involving these solid colour hexies. I sometimes forget how much fun it is to use solid colours and not just printed fabrics. Do you use solid colours a lot?

More about these hexies soon - with a tutorial! :-)

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Old shirts - new purpose

Cut up shirts = fabric stash
What do you do with clothes when they can no longer serve their intended purpose? Obviously, if we discard them because we don't like them anymore or they don't fit, but are still in usable condition, we give them to a charity shop.

But when clothes are worn out, I re-purpose them. If they are really bad, I'll cut them up and we use them for rags. When Tony cleans his bike there's a lot of oily greasiness that needs cleaning up, so the rags are handy. Or I use them around the house for extra messy jobs. Where possible we use them multiple times.

My favourite way to use the discarded clothes is to cut them apart and use in my sewing. Fabric stash! Here is a little pile of some shirts Tony could no longer use. All cut up and ready to be used. Sometimes I will be very happy if he wants to get rid of a shirt where I really like the fabric! ;-)

In the past I have used his shirts to make a quilt for our bed. And the shirt pockets to make an advent calendar. :-D

Actually, I have no idea where that advent calendar is... a few things went missing in our move to this house, maybe it's among those. Perhaps I should make another advent calendar for the niece and nephew? (Var det noget, søster?)

I'm not sure what I will make with these shirts. Maybe another quilt. Is there such a thing as too many quilts?

PS. Bonus Blake butt shot. He kept photo bombing, so fine, whatever. ;-)
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