happy un-birthdays in November

unbirthday November

Autumn is with us, wet & windy . . . Winter isn’t far off . . . and with it, all those germs and runny noses.  Which explains the idea behind recent sewing and a few un-birthday gifts that were sent to 3 ladies in France.  From left to right, these little pouches were sent to Monique, Lynn and Ghislaine . . . the idea: to pop a packet of standard size paper tissues inside.  Each pouch has a metal clip, so it can be clipped to a jeans belt-loop or to the house/car keys.

A very fun sewing session.  Having fun with my new plastic poppers, using different pretty fabrics, and also messing around trying different shapes of openings.


And, of course, I didn’t stop there since I was on a roll . . .


I made quite a few!  Thinking these will make lovely xmas gifts for my neighbours too.  I seem to have made a lot of pinkish ones with this batch, mainly because I pulled out quite a large piece of pink cotton to use as lining.  However I have already cut out some other fabrics (trying to use scraps where possible) in a more blue colourway, because not everyone likes pink.  More fun sewing sessions in store.


happy un-birthday (October)

This month I decided that Tony, of The Yarn Blabber, would be the lucky un-birthday boy because I wanted to make something to coincide with Hallowe’en. Aside from being a talented knitter, crocheter and cross stitcher, Tony is also an English teacher, living in Spain.  He mentioned a couple of months back that he was planning on doing some seasonal crafting, to have a little display for various festive occasions.  Hallowe’en being one of them.

I found the perfect little design to stitch on Cyberstitchers.  A freebie by SanMan Originals.  And delved into my stash of scraps to make a dash for the finish.

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I originally toyed with the idea of making a wall-hanging, but ended up making a bag.  That way, Tony can go “trick or treating” if he fancies, or simply hang the bag up (and it’ll look like a wall-hanging).

hallowen 01

halloween 02

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Posted along with a packet of paper drinking straws . . . hope they arrive without being too squashed!

cats, “Yarn Cats” and some surprise mail

cats August

Couldn’t resist sharing this photo with you of a peaceful moment . . . that’s Ducky to the left, and Abby to the right (our brother & sister act) having a cuddly snooze in one of their favourite spots.  Aww, don’t they look cute?

Unlike this trio who have got themselves in a right tangle.

yarn cats finished

This is “Yarn Cats”, a kit by Design Works that I snapped up in the xmas sales on sewandso last year.  A nice little stitching project, even though I didn’t much enjoy all the backstitch at the end.  Anyway, a small happy dance going on with that . . . and thinking cap on already to actually make this into something rather than just stuffing it in a drawer.

from Kate

And not only was I happy dancing because of a finished xstitch . . . I was also prancing around with glee because I received some surprise mail (ie I had another unbirthday).  This little stash from Kate of by the babbling brooke.  A lovely hand-made “tag” with some pretty yoyo flowers; a bookmark cross stitch kit, and a quilting pattern. A big thank you to Kate!

finish one a month #1 (or unbirthday gift for August).

Early August I shared some photos with you of a whole variety of unfinished projects, some going back 10 years, that are hiding away in my drawers.  And I publicly declared that I needed to give myself a kick up the backside, in order to finish off one a month.

I took an easy option for the first project which was already quilted and cut to a 17” square, destined to become a cushion cover.

2nd cat top

It didn’t take long at all to make the back and sew together.

cat cushion finished front

cat cushion finished back

It finishes up at approx 16” which is a common size for cushion inserts.  And this has been folded up, packaged up, and posted off to a very good friend, Valérie.  Wishing her a happy un-birthday in August.  One F/O down, lots more to go!

happy unbirthdays in July

July flew by, and with it, four more friends celebrated their happy unbirthdays!  Yes, they did, indeed!  And what little surprises did I make to send?  Well, I had such fun making zippy pouches a while back, following instructions from this French magazine


that I went and bought some more felt and short zips, to make a few more monster pouches.

zippy second batch 01

Here they are . . . a couple with odd eyes, because I didn’t have enough small black buttons, but hey, they’re monsters after all.  Monsters are allowed to have odd eyes.

zippy second batch 02

They don’t seem to mind, and look happy enough.

Anyway . . . who were the lucky unbirthday people this month?  Well . . .

unbirthday KateC

The bright pink one winged its way to Kate, in Australia, along with a Liberty fabric card kit.  I know that Kate loves Liberty fabric, so this was a must for her.

unbirhtday Emma

To Emma, also in Australia, the green zippy monster (sorry about following photos, taken at night without flash) and a small cross stitch kit.

unbirthday SusanP

To SusanP, in New Zealand, I sent the turquoise blue zippy pouch, which has cat paw prints all over the ribbon, and a different Liberty fabric card kit.

unbirhtday Flo

And to Flo, in France,(Flo doesn’t have a blog) the darker blue monster, along with some DMC skeins for embroidery projects.  I do hope ladies had as much fun opening their surprise parcels as I did making them up.

happy unbirthdays in June

fabric trays x3

Here is what was made and sent out as unbirthday gifts in June.  Three little fabric trays, each made with a central patchwork scrappy block.  One in beiges & browns, one in dusky pink and one in bright pinks.

fabric tray dusky pink 01

Fabric trays that can be used for whatever.  I have one, and find it’s very practical for my sewing bits, to stop cats from knocking things onto the floor.

Speaking of cats . . .

Abby funny

Anyway, ladies to celebrate their unbirthdays in June were La Pie Kikou, Sandrine and Yvonne.  Time to get sewing and make something for July.

unbirthdays in May

Two packages were posted this month, to far away.  Each containing something handmade, and something else.

un birthday Kathy

Now, this “K” could have been for quite a few of my blogging friends . . . who was it for?  For Kathy of Sewing etc in the United States.  I finished the monochrome K off as a fabric tray, all in blue because I think that’s one of Kathy’s favourite colours.  I also sent her an old copy of “Création Point de Croix”, thinking she might like to see the kind of designs French stitchers like to sew.

Second package was for Kate of by the babbling brooke in Canada.


To Kate, I sent one of my monster felt zippy pouches – he could be used as a thread catcher, perhaps?  And a semi- kit (no fabric) with some farm embroidery designs and 4 skeins of DMC.

So happy unbirthday to both Kathy and Kate.  Who will be celebrating their unbirthday in June, I wonder?