Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"She believed she could, so she did."


I have been busy sewing while the main computer was in for  its annual check up. We now have a start button that works! No more pushing the re-start button on the hard drive.

I love the designs put out by Urban Threads. They have regular freebies of both machine embroidery and hand sewing designs. Here are some I stitched out on some lovely white cotton tea towels.

 I think this design  would be great on a t-shirt or stretched on one of those artist boards.

 This design just reminds me of Summer.

 Now I know this is a Easter based design but the tea cups won me over.

 This is the latest design from Urban Threads, a rather cute Christmas design.
I have stitched out the largest design of each one, their are usually three sizes to choose from.

 These serviettes have been waiting for rather a long time to be finished. I originally stitched out the names on my old sewing machine, you can see where I unpicked it. I added the names in bigger lettering and stitched out the Holly design from one of Mary Engelbreit's Holidays designs.

I have had this coaster/paperweight in my stash for many years. I have taken it out to look at it and try to decide what to do with it. Well the other day I stitched out a design from the Brother Roses card and had it stitched in ten minutes. A row of hand stitching to help tuck it in behind the backing and it was finished.

 This design for the Apple Mug Mat came from the San Franciso Stitch Company. It was done in four hooping's. A bit of cutting of some of the designs then stitched together. I used some apple fabric for the binding. It was interesting to read some of the same apples are available here in WA.

Tonight I will be joining in Friday Night Sew In  with others from around the globe. I will be working on some filet crochet. I will post an update on the crochet later on when more of it has been completed. Thanks Wendy for hosting Friday Night Sew In.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Owls in the Hoop made by the Mad Lady and some dressmaking."


I joined in Friday Night with Friends kindly hosted by Cheryll. I sewed during the day making up a couple of owls that were done in the hoop on the embroidery machine.

 I will be keeping the red spotted owl and the others will be gifts. The mad lady refers to where I got the embroidery design.These are available from the site
The Mad Woman of Locke Street.

There were 45 ladies keeping themselves busy with some crafty goodness, make sure you have a look at the link up on Cheryll's blog.

During the week I decided to make two pairs of pants with fabric from my stash. I used this pattern many many years ago. The only thing I changed with these is it had two rows of elastic around the waistline. Decided that one row would be sufficient.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Tis the Season"


I finished the "Tis the Season" stitcheries and quilt yesterday. I did plan to do a brickwork pattern with the fabric. Why then did I cut the stitcheries 4.5 inches as I read in the book instead of the 5 inches which I should have. I even woke up the morning that I was working on the quilt thinking I must remember to cut them 5 inches! So of course the layout changed somewhat.

 I made up just six of the stitcheries, changing them to suit. eg. the Father Christmas is holding a present not a Goose. I know no one here would eat a Goose let alone kill one for the dinner plate.

 I added some gold beads to the Christmas Trees. The stars were stitched in silver with some Kreinik Metallics thread.

I used quilting designs from a Brother Embroidery Card to machine embroider the designs amongst the stitcheries. The charm squares are from Moda a range called "Lilac Hill". I used cream homespun for the backing and found a lovely floral brown/red fabric for the border from my stash. The table topper is 27 inches square.

Onto some different sort of sewing now, a change is as good as a holiday. Can you guess what I will be making?

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Quaker Cross Stitch Pouch, Aster Doily and some stunning blooms."


Hasn't this month just flown by. I finally decided what I wanted to do with the Quaker Cross Stitch. I turned it into a stitching Pouch.

 I added lots of buttons around the stitching and some lovely cotton lace.

The other side of the pouch...

 I tea dyed a doily added some buttons which matched the doily. It is all finished off with ribbon that was dyed with Parisian Essence threaded through the doily.

 I was given some Crochet Monthly books last week to look through for patterns. Decided to make this one called "Aster" in DMC Cebelia in size 20 using a 1.25 hook. The roses in the vase are "Charles Rennie Macintosh."

Pierre de Ronsard Standard Rose
 This is the rose I see when I look out the back door at the moment. I love pink roses.

Surprise, surprise the Hippieastrum has decided to bloom this year. It has been asleep for the past two years at least. Lots of lovely blooms on it. These come in a great range of colours.

Yesterday I soaked some evenweave in a bath of tea leaves. The design called for a more grungy look rather than the cream evenweave. It is a design that only uses black thread but I may add a bit of silver.

What have you been up to, starting another project like me. I would love to hear.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Soap making for Christmas and adding that third bathroom."


I keep on seeing and hearing that Christmas is coming. We can't stop it can we. I decided to make lots of soap over the past few weeks. Personalising them a little makes them a great addition to Christmas presents.  I have used plants from the garden to flavour the olive oil that is used in the making of soap.

Calendula Soap
I wanted to use up some of the items from the re-cycling bin to make the soap in. I found the long life milk that is for coffee machines that is a square shape to be perfect for holding the soap. I have used the rectangular shaped cartons as well but they seem to splay at the top. I also used a tray that a prepared Indian meal came in.  I have a set of scrap booking letters that stamped out people's names perfectly.

Rosemary Soap
 These ones had Rosemary in them, everything from the plant gets blended together at the final stage. Of course you could take the plant out if you wanted a clearer soap.

Rose Scented Geranium
 Rose scented Geranium would have to be one of the most lovely of the scented Geraniums. I can't help sniffing and squishing this plant as I walk past. Once again I left all of the plant in the mix. I just cut up this lot of soap this morning so I am breathing in the perfume as I type.

We recently added a third bathroom of sorts.

 We moved this bath from another part of the garden to create a little oasis under the Graham Thomas rose bush. It is now in a rather private, well more private than before spot in the garden. It is a old bath, lovely to sit in to keep cool. Not that comfortable though for sitting too long.

There is a purpose to moving the bath to this part of the garden. With all the garden re-modelling we moved one of our smaller water tanks and wanted to have something to catch the overflow. With all the rain on the weekend it is nearly full. Of course there was a rush to find a plug. Ian found a sprinkler fitted perfectly. It hasn't leaked at all yet.Yes that is dirt in the bottom of the bath, we previously used it to grow potato's.

Thanks to Anthea  for hosting Christmas through the year. I will be linking this post. Make sure you check out what everyone else has done.You will get some wonderful ideas.
How is your present stash coming along?

Happy days.
Bev C