Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas wish to you and yours from our hideyhole on the North coast of Kent.
The weather is foul outside, but the house is warm and cosy...it is a very relaxing break.
A detail from our tree - a happy face
T x

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Happy Birthday

It's Ella's 10th birthday this Saturday, but as school finished already on Wednesday, we made some cupcakes to take in for her friends and teachers - the design is melting snowmen!  I thought these turned out adorable - not perfect, as they look more like seagulls, but I almost felt like naming them - they were all so individual!

Happy holidays to all!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

We love a little bit of jewellery making as well...

The head mistress at my daughter's school is the lucky recipeint of this gorgeous hair comb - she is new, so we don't quite know her tastes yet, hence no pouch. Maybe at the end of the school year...
Wide wire hair comb modelled by my daughter.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Home made birthday present

My daughter and I always try to come up with a personal home made present for her friends' birthdays.  This weekend was Naomi's 10th birthday and she got this personalised pencil roll.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Xmas presents

I have been rather quiet (read busy) lately due to the sudden (!) and numerous Christmas presents required for school teachers and colleagues etc. So, here is a gallery of a few I made - all very personal.

Libery tana lawn zipper patchwork pouch
Liberty pouch for a work colleague (love love love how this turned out!)
Detail of the zip pull - a wool felt ball, a Jade ring and a Swarovski crystal.

The lining.

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And this pouch is for the head of academic studies at my daughter's school.

 The new Windham school house fabric range has lovely letter panels
 which made this an easy project to personalise.  

Detail of the zip pull. 
The red London map fabric has the school location in it.

This is the back with a piece of school uniform in the bottom corner!
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Pouches have been popular presents in the past - so, I am on a roll!
This one is for the science teacher who is leaving for a gap year, which she is planning to sepnd travelling. The sceleton in her lab is decorated with a feather hat, scarf and a handbag...
The front with the happy scellies.
The back - Bon Voyage and see you next year!
The lining - just like on a ship sailing away.

Detail of the zip pull - makes a simple pouch quite special.

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And last, but not least, this is an A4 size document pouch for the form teacher who is also head of maths at my daughter's school.
Stamped name and lots of number fabrics for the maths teacher.
I had to gather lots of number and London fabrics for this...


More chevrons and text fabric

I got so hooked on these chevrons that I decided to make a quilt.  Although this is not an easy pattern to work with in larger designs. As you can see, it's impossible to break the design into blocks!  The quilt sections have to be worked in coloums, which means it's "stitch a row and get up and press it" - sit down, get up, sit down and get up again countless times...so, to reduce the up and downs I worked on three columns at the same time.  I am liking the look alot and ideally I would need a fourth column, but it remains to be seen whether it will get done.  The fabrics are various text prints and Moda's Mod Centruy collection.