Just like that we hurtling towards mid march! How did that happen? I had lots of things planned for the blog in February including a couple of Valentines themed posts and a Pancake day post. Unfortunately life and responsibilities have a habit of getting in the way! I’ve not had a lot of time to much other than be a mummy and that’s ok, but it does get a little frustrating at times not having any time for myself or being able to sit down and do some sewing.
All is not lost though, I have managed some stitching, including February’s Happily Ever After block. The story was Heidi and a real joy to stitch. It was just shortly after finishing that, that some personal things came up and got in the way of doing anything else.
Now that I’m starting to adjust to my new current circumstances, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit more sewing, which has been a welcome relief! I think my love of hexies is well documented on the blog and yet it has been quite a while since I last did any.
I’m not sure what they will become yet, I am just enjoying the process, it will probably be something for Mabel though!
I feel like January lasted a lifetime, since my last post everyone in the house has been poorly and it has been very miserable.
I have however really enjoyed stitching the latest sew along by The Frosted Pumpkins! I think it is my favourite pattern yet! You can’t really see in this picture (and I do apologise for the less than great quality picture) but the fabric is sparkly! All things considered I am happy with my progress, it would have been nice to have all the borders finished but there we go.
Tonight sees the next installment and I can’t wait to see what story will be featured next!
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’
Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
I love a Japanese craft book, but obviously they are always written in Japanese and unfortunately my Japanese is well it’s non-exsistant, so imagine how thrilled I was when I saw on Instagram that this beautiful book had been translated into English! There was some confusion at first as there are 2 different English versions, but the one in the picture above is the one available in the UK, Im not sure why they have different covers but I have been assured that they are indeed the same book.
The projects are beautiful and I can’t wait to make something, the hardest thing is deciding which one to make start with. Lovely bloggers Pretty by Hand and Zakka Art are hosting a quilt along which will be fun!
I’ve treated myself to some of the lovely new Lecien collection because it is always good to have an excuse to buy fabric!
With just a few days to spare until the next Frosted Pumpkin sew along starts I have managed to complete last year’s sew along “A Pumpkin Passport”. I have really enjoyed stitching this. Once upon a time as I’ve talked about on here before I used to work for an airline travelling the world so it was a pleasure to stitch and brought back a lot of memories for me, and dreams of travelling to places I’ve not yet visited – Japan!!!
I think whilst I wait for the new release I will work on A Storytime Sampler and try and catch up on that a little. It would be so nice to finish that and have framed and hung in Mabel’s room. I want to get her the books to go with it, she’s such a little bookworm already I’m sure she will enjoy reading these stories when she’s a little older.
I purchased Amy’s book a while back when it first came out and loved every project in it. It’s taken me till now to get around something from it!
One of the projects I had bookmarked to make was a frilly bib, so pretty and girly I thought it would be nice to make Mabel one with some Christmas fabric to wear on Christmas day.
The fabric I picked was Little Joys by Penny Rose Fabrics and went with traditional red and green colours. I really enjoyed making this, it came together a lot quicker than I was expecting, I thought I would have problems with the ruffle and although it was quite fiddly I managed to not get too cross with it!
Here she is with the finished product! So hard to get a posed picture these days! There was far too much excitement going on. I will definitely be making some more of these, such a fun quick project with such a lovely result! I’m also looking forward to making some more projects from this book, so many nice ones to choose from!
I had a few projects on the go over the Christmas period, two I will share with you in another time. I was really pleased they all were finished in time, although I did have more projects in mind that didn’t even get started!
First of all was a lovely little festive sew along by Pretty Fabrics and Trims
This project incorporated so much, patchwork, embroidery, applique, felt and hand quilting and was very enjoyable! I loved the finished project and can see this being brought out to decorate our home every year! If you fancy this project yourself the sew along is up on their blog.
Another sew along I completed was from my favourite cross stitch ladies The Frosted Pumpkins!
I’ve found myself doing a lot of cross stitch recently. It’s a nice thing to sit and do of evening when I just want to sit and relax, I don’t have much time to get on the sewing machine these days so this is a good alternative! I’ve been working on another project of theirs, a year long sew along called Pumpkin Passport, and am so close to completion. They have a new sew along starting next week – Happily Ever After and I have signed up to that so am rushing to get the Passport finished. I’ll of course share with you when I have finished! Sadly I never got to finish Story time Sampler from this post so at some point I need to crack on with that too! So many projects but so little time!
I know Christmas has been and gone and the decorations have been put away so I hope you don’t mind that I’m a bit out of date with this post. I know it’s a cliché saying this but I really don’t know where the time goes!
So have you heard the news? The clever gals at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery have brought out a new year long cross stitch sampler.
Each month you will be emailed a favourite story time character. Starting this month with Alice in Wonderland. The first pattern was released on the 15th January but fear not you can still buy and download the pattern here.
If you need some supplies I can recommend The Homemakery. Kate sells all the thread and fabric you might need to get you started. There is also very helpful blog post on picking your fabric, as the fabric the Pumpkins use is only available in the US.
I’m off now to do some stitching, I’ll of course keep you posted with my progress!