best layer of the month # March

It’s the last day of the month (again) and time to tot up eggs.  31 days in March, and weather has been mild, so only normal that egg count is up.  For this month, I collected a grand total of 82 eggs.  That’s 23 from Mauricette, 29 from Ruby, and it’s Florence, this month’s winner with 30 eggs.  Yay!

cluck cluck – new diamond painting

Evenings have been spent on diamond painting recently, and no, I haven’t grown bored of it yet.  After the pretty cat, wearing a floral crown, I started and finished this one.

Another small one, bought on @m@zon. Canvas size is 30cm x 30cm, finished design size is approx 25cm x 25cm. Didn’t take very long to do but the plain background does draw the eye to my sometimes squiggly wiggly drill sticking. Still, you all know how much I love my chooks. This design caught my eye while browsing, kept me out of mischief in the evenings, and . . . I’ve already begun work on my next diamond painting project!

dream catcher progress

Steady progress over the past week on my current cross stitch project.  This is “Let your dreams come true” by Letistitch.  I just love feathers, and birds!  Anyway, 10 days ago, I was here.

And now, while I still have to add backstitch to make details pop, here is progress thus far.

Two new birds and several more feathers taking shape!  I’m well on track to getting this finished and framed in time for a birthday, early May.

SAL Tiny Treasures #11

Gosh, another 3 weeks . . . and therefore another update on my SAL project, “Tiny Treasures”, design by Elizabeth Almond.

This is how things looked last time.

And for this time

Avis and I are being awful teases, I know lol . . . there were you all hoping for another row of pretty squares, but for this time, we concentrated on outflines and border.  Saying that, you now get to see exactly how long this piece is . . . and I promise you, that next time, Avis and I will be happy dancing together!

In the meantime, here is the list of links of all SAL members.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ,

 JennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

And we’ll be back on 11th April.

diamond painting – happy dance #2

I’m having so much fun with the newly (for me) discovered hobby of diamond painting!  Before even finishing off the first project,  I was back on @m@zon looking for more.  And ordered in two small designs plus a batch of  100 mini zip lock bags to make life easier for storing drills once the heat-sealed sachets had been opened.

This is one of the kits I chose.  Canvas is 30cm x 30cm, design size is approximately 25cm x 25cm.   As soon as “the rose” picture was finished, I dived straight in with this one.  And after a couple of intensive sessions, I had a happy dance!

It was great fun to do.  Colours seemed a little “improbable” at times, as I was working so close to the canvas, but when you stand back, I think it’s a very faithful rendition of of the original artwork.  I paid 8.49€ for this kit, it gave me quite a few hours of fun.  I think it’s safe to say I’m well and truly hooked on diamond painting!   This floral cat is going to be hung in my sewing room, and I shall enjoy looking up and meeting her eyes, as she stares back at me.

 

ScrapHappy # March

Time to link up with the ScrapHappy gang, and get creative.

 

For this time around, I did some re-using, which I’m going to count as scraps because otherwise some stuff would have just been binned.

I recently bought myself a new iron-board cover, purple, of course.

Which left me looking at the old ironing board cover, and thinking it wasn’t being very ecological just to throw it in the bin.  It wasn’t ripped or anything. The surface just looked all brown & burned, with unsightly water-marks all over from when I’m steam-ironing.  Not the sort of thing you’d want to be ironing crisp patchwork blocks on, I think you’ll agree.

Anyhow . . . the husband had put in a request for a padded workbench mat.  Difficult to explain, but he does a fair amount of renovating old wooden things, and he therefore needed a padded mat to protect the newly renovated wood from the hard surface of his workbench.  I didn’t want to waste decent wadding on something like that, hence, the light bulb over my head and a new use found for the above.

For some reason, my Juki started playing up, as I tried to sew through 2 layers of old curtain, with the ironing board cover sandwiched between.  Ended up setting old lady Singer 99k up, to do the main assembly job, and she was thrilled to be back in active service.

This is the mat in place.  I even made use of the curtain ring bits, as a design feature, because they give extra weight to keep the flaps down, therefore to keep the mat in place.  Once that was done, I then found myself with some leftover ironing board cover.

Cut two pieces, approx 6″ x 12″ and overlocked.  Got what I needed from the old curtain.  And I made a pair of oven mitts.

I didn’t even try to make oven gloves, with thumbs.  Nor did I try to make them pretty, as you can see by visible overlocked edges  Just made these, with space to slide four fingers under, and a loop to hang.  They do the job, although you do need to wear both when getting a dish out of the oven.

And . . . couldn’t resist taking a photo to show you the final scraps that went in the bin.

a couple of birthdays in March

There were a couple of family birthdays in March – so a good excuse to do some crafting.

One of our French nieces turned 17 and I had bought some gorgeous colour-changing yarn in a cotton mix, so knitted a loop scarf (60″ long and then sewed two ends together)..

We’re probably almost past scarf weather, although it is still a little nippy early morning.

With the new Brexit customs in place, I was loathe to make anything to post for the second family birthday (to our daughter, aka Lindashee, in England).  I took therefore took the easy option and ordered some crafting supplies to be sent directly to her via @m@zon.uk, but I did also make a very quick card.

Lindashee is more of a cat person, but I had some cute fabric with little westie dogs, that fitted perfectly into the aperture card I had to hand.  So that’s what I made.  And no, I didn’t forget to add 2 blue gems to upper left corner.  I was going for asymmetric lol.

slow progress on dreamcatcher

It’s slow progress on my current cross stitch project of the moment.  Allowing myself to be distracted with other things, and I really do need to work on this piece a bit more, if I hope to have it finished before 1st May.

Here’s where I was on 9th Feb

And where I am now, more than 1 month later.

It’s a lovely design, but some of the colour shades are very similar so I’m having a little trouble.  There’s been a slight miscount along the way too, between feathers, which I’m not going to frog (since I can’t for the life of me work out where the mistake happened) but will work my way around and, hopefully, it won’t notice once backstitch detail is added.

 

happy dancing with first full drill DP

This is moving away from my usual needlecraft projects . . . but I wanted to share a happy dance with my first finished full-coverage diamond painting.   The husband might not have taken to this hobby, but I most certainly have!

I bought this on @m@zon on 19th Feb, it arrived on 23rd, which is the date I began.

Very pink, very girly, I know but I was looking for something as my first practice piece and this particular kit had really good feedback on the site, including lots of photos of the finished item, by thoughtful & contented customers.  For 9.99€ I decided it was well worth the hours of fun I’d have sticking down all those dots.   Above is what I got for my money.  Printed canvas which is protected by a plastic sheet, to keep the glued surface underneath nice & sticky.  This design has 30 symbols, so 30 different colours which meant 32 little sachets (because there were 3 sachets of the most frequent colour).  A plastic stylus pen, tray and square of wax, plus a few mini zip-lock bags.

I was quite surprised at how fast it worked up.

That was progress after my first session.  And after that, I just couldn’t wait to sit down every evening and do some more.

Until finally, I reached the bottom and had a finished piece.

If I counted correctly, this design is charted as  85 x 156  which means it containes a total of 13260 little “diamonds”.

Am now toying with either buying a frame, and putting it under glass or giving it a coat of varnish to make sure the dimaonds stay in place, then finishing with 2 rods (top & bottom) to be hung.  In the meantime, I’ve already ordered in the next project . . . and I’ve had a few kits sent to both Mrs Tattoo and Lindashee because they say they’re willing to give it a go.

 

Diamond Dotting, not the husband’s cup of tea

I recently bought in some small diamond dot kits thinking it was something the husband might enjoy doing.  Kits sat on the counter for days before he finally found time/incentive to sit down and give it a try.  Not a traditional diamond painting kit, this one, but a notebook with design on front cover, all ready to stick down gems.

I didn’t hear him cursing & swearing too loudly, but after getting thus far, he decided it wasn’t for him.  I, of course, took over and finished the design because I’m totally hooked!  The finished result looks like this.

What is the husband’s “thing” (when it’s not good enough weather to be out in the veggie garden) is painting his tiny 28mm military figurines.  This is one glass cabinet with some of them on display

He has more in the living room in two smaller glass cabinets.  Not only does he paint the figurines, but he’s also been having fun with modelling clay.

Making his own buildings, water well and tent for props (I think the tent is made with dried wet-wipes).

A wooden fence (made of tooth picks) . . . and sometimes he just cuts a nice slice of wood, to set up a mini diorama.