We've Got It All Sewn Up

We've Got It All Sewn Up

Monday, 14 July 2014

Afternoon Tea Picture Hoops

Dainty china cups and saucers, teapots full of scented tea leaves and piping hot water adding a touch of lace, what could be more perfect. These embroidery hoop pictures are wrapped with rosebud print fabric, stitched onto white with a hint of silver, 3D lace doily to add a touch of vintage, days gone by when afternoon tea was a must.



Another 2 additions to my Afternoon Tea Collection.

The weather is glorious and perfect for partaking in afternoon tea, making sure the pot is warmed first. A tiered plate full of cucumber sandwiches (with the crusts cut off) delicate cakes and scones with jam and cream.




Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Blog Challenge by Country Baskets

I love challenges and when Country Baskets contacted me to take part along with 19 other talented bloggers, I could not refuse. A large parcel was delivered filled with plum organza, pink crystal butterflies, clear crystal teardrops, guipure lace, diamante trim, heart glass cards, pink ribbon with hearts and a silk flower bouquet. The challenge started what could I make. 

I love small frame clutch bags and feel for a wedding this was the way to go. Using silk dupion as the base, layering the guipure lace across the bag shape, adding a strip of the diamante trim to the top along with the frame. Beauiful as the bag was at this stage just had to use the organza to make into hydrangea blooms, using a preformatted embroidery design my machine got to work. The hardest part was to cut out all the blooms as close to the stitching as possible. Then the exciting part to make up a flower head, adding green organza leaves and a couple of the crystal teardrops.


The challenge was complete and think this is a must have for any discerning bride, small, elegant and beautiful.

Checkout Country Baskets and their blog for some more inspirational ideas for your perfect wedding.





Sunday, 29 June 2014

Afternoon Tea and Country Kitchen

A week of sunshine and showers which adds up to plenty of time to stitch. A few additions for the Afternoon Tea Collection:

Teacup Apron

Something about teacups and this vibrant fabric has made a very summery waist apron.



Teapot Angels

Our teapots all need an angel as these are so pretty hugging a blue teapot, keeping this delicious brew safe.


Not to be outdone another addition to the Country Kitchen Collection these delightful simple stitched designs onto a white waffle fabric encased in a wooden hop wrapped with gingham binding.


That is all for this week, off to mow the grass again! this weather of sunshine and showers convinced grows a couple of inches a day.




Sunday, 22 June 2014

Afternoon Tea Collection

I love afternoon tea, a 3 tiered plate filled with delicious sandwiches, yummy cakes and delicate scones with jam and clotted cream served the Cornish Way. My thoughts turn to gifts to compliment a traditional English afternoon tea, the first creation being:

Lavender Tea Bag Sachets



What could be more summery than lavender, tea and roses. These delicate little sachets are made out of the most perfect prints of happy pansies and roses, filled with lavender attached with ribbon to an embroidered tea cup tag.

More will be added to this collection over the next few weeks, plus beginning to write a story introducing a new collection incorporating my love of the Victorian Era, when times where quieter, no television to distract, ladies sitting a whiling away the hours with beautiful embroideries. More will be revealed as this idea progresses and hope you will join me on this new journey.

Have a wonderful week enjoying the summer weather we currently have.




Sunday, 15 June 2014

New Issue, published, gift to myself and challenges

The new issue of Daphne's Diary is out and yet again filled with good stories and pic's of all manner of goodies to drool over.


Imagine my surprise when browsing through and saw my poppy clutch bags in the 'Post from Friends' section


A Gift for Me

Ordered a CD Rom from my favourite supplier 'Joanna Sheen' 


looking at the gallery just my sort of design and plan to make sets of cards in perhaps 3's, 5's and 10's in decorated boxes/wallets.

The Challenge:

Have been contacted by a supplier about a wedding challenge and just had to sign up waiting for my pack to arrive. I love this sort of challenge as stretches me to sometimes think outside my comfort zone, will post when completed.

Finally saw this post and am sure those of us that make for a living will understand every word


Not much else from me this week as have not been crafting just planning (read procrastinating) about what to do next, really though the weather has been so good the garden just called to be tended to, plenty of hours in the sunshine or reading under the rose pergola, with the dog trying to keep cool, all that fur is not a good look in the summer








Sunday, 8 June 2014

Summer Days and short nights

June and is summer finally here? I do hope so as find the long days and short nights suit me so much better, getting up early (5.00) walking the dog, the best time of the day.

Summer Sundae Waist Aprons

I love this fabric, although bright for me something about strawberries and ice creams that brings back memories of those childhood days, when the days seemed so long and could be packed with so many adventures. Not to mention picnics on the beach, bliss.


Although hard to recapture some of those times as the roads and life are now so busy, does one good to kick back and chill even if in the garden. Listening to the birds singing, children giggling as they to make memories to be recalled when older.

Talking about memories I love the old VW camper vans as we used to call them Hippy Vans, painted glorious colours. This fabric reminded me of those long ago 60's summers:

Scatter pillow with applique design


Door Pillow


Button Lavender Sachets


Waist Apron


Finally an ideal gift card to accompany the heirloom needle cases


Looking out the window with all the sunshine and showers think the lawn needs mowing, everything grows so quickly with this weather but still one of the best seasons of the year.

Have a happy summery week









Sunday, 1 June 2014

Back to normal

Okay all back to normal in Hampshire, my machine is back from it's service and was missed but did enable me to to the dreaded housework, which I hate with a passion would much rather be creative.

Button Lavender Sachets


 Something so summery about the scent of lavender and hopefully these sachets will keep that memory when the sun has fded. Fun to do and the crystal flower button just finishes them of to perfection. Currently made in 3 pattern ways of hearts, lavender flowers and afternoon tea.

Flower Girl Gift Card


These cards compliment the flower girl notepad covers and would make a perfect gift, simple but so pretty.

Bird House Door Pillow



I love bird houses and thought this polka dot with a gingham bird fitted the bill perfectly.

Looking out the window is summer finally here? beautiful blue sky, not a cloud in sight and  happy yellow face in the sky. Whilst not a lover of intense heat think a balmy 75 is just about right with a light breeze to cool you down, that and a glass of pins with strawberries and mint delicious.


Sew, sew happy