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.

 

 

more squares for the yarn bomb

On Feb 15th, I showed you this photo

of a flyer I was given at our local library, announcing an upcoming yarn bomb.  I crocheted a first batch of six squares (15cm x 15cm) for ScrapHappy day and since . . . I’ve been delving into my bag of leftover bits to make some more.  Had a knitting session with some very chunky yarn, that knitted up nice & quickly, resulting in this batch.

Four squares 20cm x 20cm and then one, to  try and finish up the red & grey, 15cm x 15cm.

And then more crochet squares.

Four more large squares, and two smaller ones.  I’m not attempting to do any special stitch patterns, just concentrating on working my way through oddments of yarn, and making sure I crochet or knit to the correct size.  It’s keeping my hands busy in the evening, and if all local knitters/crocheters are doing the same, we should end up with quite a selection!

down a rabbit hole #2

As my regular readers know, I’ve been down a few rabbit holes of late, discovering new things, thanks to internet search engines and youtube.  One of the rabbit holes led to me waving Mr Visa around again (always sensible to have Mr Visa to hand when you go exploring!) and I bought myself this:

A kalimba.  I chose a cheap model (on @m@zon) because I don’t know if this will be a passing phase or not.  A 17 tine version (tine is what the keys are called), made of acacia koa wood.  It came nicely packaged with a tuning hammer, little pouch, various stickers and thumb thingies, plus a little manual with a few easy tunes.

Each tine has the note engraved, and also a number, so you don’t even need to know how to read music to be able to pick up and play.  I added the red stickers to help me  keep track of notes.  You hold it in both hands and play by plucking the tines with your thumb(nail).

For the time-being, I’ve just about mastered “Ode to Joy” and have downloaded the tablature to learn the theme tune of “Beauty and the Beast” – basic melody is easy enough but there are quite a few chords and twiddly bits and my thumbs aren’t coordinated yet.

Anyway, I’ve been having so much fun making music that I couldn’t resist sharing my find with Mr & Mrs Viking during a chat on skype.  They are both very musical.  They thought the kalimba sounded lovely too, so I ended up ordering two more to be sent directly to them, plus a mini 8-tine kalimba for Little Viking.  Only 24 hours after receiving theirs, Mr & Mrs Viking are already playing the theme music to Harry Potter !  so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do lol.

a bit of patchwork and a few gifts

I’ve been flitting from one thing to another, still enjoying a few rabbit holes, but did manage to cut strips and get my zodiac blocks sashed.

I won’t subject you to photos of all 12.  I now have my 12 blocks all looking good, with blue borders.  Next stage will be to cut wadding & backing fabric to size, so that I can start sandwiching and quilting each block individually!   Probably won’t happen this week because I need to decide on what backing fabric to use, and how I’m going to quilt.

Other photos . . . because I had a birthday last month – yay!  One more candle precariously balanced on the virtual birthday cake lol.  I was well-spoiled, and received some craft-related goodies (crochet book, accessories for sewing, knitting, crochet, and a new doll).  Haven’t taken photos of everything, but there are two gifts I wanted to show you.  One, from a French friend, Yvonne.

and the other, from my sister.

My very own 1964 two shillings & sixpence keyring!

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Such a unique little gift. With the purple tassle because that’s my favourite colour and 1964 coins because, yes, that’s the year I was born.  I googled the seller’s name and he/she has a shop on etsy (only dispatching within the UK at the moment) if any of you fancy the idea of having a look to see if your birthday year is there. Of course, if you were born after 1970, you won’t find any shillings or sixpence since the UK switched to the decimal system that year.

best layer of the month #February

Only 28 days this month, so it was quicker to do the egg count!

Using an older photo, because I haven’t taken any photos of hens recently. Above Florence (left) and Ruby (right).

We had a total of 63 eggs this month.  Mauricette laid 19, Florence laid 21 and it’s Ruby, our red hen, who is Miss February, with 23.

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #10

Above is the photo from last time.  Three weeks on, things look like this.

and a zoom in for better look at colours & details.

This gorgeous blackwork design, “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond is available for free on Blackwork Journey.

Let’s hop along over to blogs of fellow SAL members.  Avis and I are both working on the same project (in different colours) but everyone is free to choose the project they fancy working on, and showing progress every 3 weeks.

AvisGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

And we’ll be back again on 21st March.