Friday, 2 October 2015

Embroidery Hoop Storage

Hello! Yes, It's me again. hehehe I'm loading you all down with posts this week.  I hope you are all having a beautiful day!  Today I'd like to share with you a fun project that I have been itching to do.  I saw a picture of it posted somewhere and I though it was just the perfect way to store my crochet needles and then other items as well.   

I have different sized embroidery hoops that I already had some fabric in from a display I did at the last place I lived.  Thus far since moving they'd just been stacked away in a safe place.  So I was already partly there.  Now I have my hoops hung up with those non-marking hooks on the wall in my sewing/ craft area.

What follows is a bit of a tutorial on how I made my hoop storage thingy's if you'd like to see how I put them together. :)  Hope it's clear enough for you to follow easily.

First pick out some material you'd like to use.  I had just a couple different ones, but you could use the same kind or three different choose.

I cut a piece to fit the whole hoop, and one to fit about 2/3 of the way over top.

Then using a good hot iron, baste the edge of the overlapping fabric down on the one side.  ( I use about a 1/4- 1/2 inch myself.)  That way it won't unravel on you.  Then sew along the basted line to keep it in place.

Then set the material over the larger piece and pin it together in the desired place.   Then you need to sew some vertical lines  to make your pouches.  You can add as many as you'd like and in varying widths.  I just eyeballed mine, so they aren't all the same. LOL

The next step is to add a smaller band or ribbon.  This is to keep all the items you're storing at the same level.  If you make a band, you need to remember to bast it under and then sew it down on each bast line so that it's secure.  When I used the ribbon, I just used one sewed line for it.

Now it's time to put it on the hoop.  Lay the material over the inner circle and secure with the outer circle.   Final step is turn it over and cut off the excess material.  

Voila!  You're done.  Now you can fill it and hang it up in a convenient spot. :)

Thanks so much for dropping by and I pray that you enjoyed the tutorial.  It's always fun to try new things, and to create things that are not only functional but pretty!

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Keeping My Finger's Busy

Hello!  Thanks for dropping by to see me.  I've been trying to keep my fingers busy.  I am one of those people who isn't happy doing nothing very often. :)  So these are a few of the things that I've been doing to keep busy.  My inspiration for this comes from:
Proverbs 31:27 - She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Above are some preserves that I canned and made these crocheted doilies to top them with as gifts.  Then they can use the doily and enjoy what's in the jars.  Here's the link to the TUTORIAL I used.   They're easy to tie onto the jars with twine or ribbon or whatever  you think looks pretty. :)

 Below is a crochet project I did.  I used that big chunky yarn for the first time and it's so nice to work with!  It's soft and warm and so I made a blanket, a hat and then a doily out of the remaining yarn.

I had my birthday this last month, and a dear friend gifted me with some beautiful blue yarn for a scarf.  I followed the pattern on the packaging and it's oh so nice!  It will most definitely keep me warm this winter!

Then I've also been back at making some aprons.  I think it's about my most favourite thing to sew. :)  I found this material at the free store (in the recycling centre) in town and thought it would make a lovely apron.  Below is a close up of the fabric, and I used two kinds.  Then for a finishing touch I added some blue lace around the bottom.  I made the straps extra long since I saw a style where they wrapped them around themselves and tied them in front.  So something I've not done before, and hope that whomever receives them will be pleased with.  I made two of these just alike.

I also love to make aprons out of clothing that I find.  Below was a Gap sundress I found at the free store and it only needed a few mods to become an apron.  I love the bright cheerful colour this one has.

I have also been going through my yarn stash and had a couple balls of this incredibly fluffy, soft, variegated yarn.   So I didn't know how big it would get so I started and it turned out to make a nice small blanket that would be suitable for a baby car seat, bassinet, or stroller.   When my children were that tiny I'd take blankets like these and lay them under a receiving blanket to make a comfortable cushion for them to sleep on. Not to deep of course but extra warm.

Well, these are a few of the things I've been doing aside from the regular mending and altering of clothing.  I'm not a great seamstress, but thankfully the Lord has given me an ability to manage.

So, what have you been up to as you keep your finger's busy?

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A Beautiful Fall

It's been a beautiful fall time here in the Yukon.  Sorry it's been so long since I've seems like I just posted, but's weeks later.  The Lord Jesus has been so good to us and has been blessing us each day.

I do hope you're all been enjoying the fall time where you're at.  We've been doing lot of putting food by.  We made lots of apple sauce and froze some then canned the rest.  We also made a lot of salsa and froze it in little tubs to.  I've just learned more about how to freeze food in mason I'll be doing more of that in the future as I would love to live without more of this plastic.  :)

We've also been harvesting our garden and herb plants.  Now most of my herbs are totally dried and put away.  I bought a little coffee bean grinder which I use for my herbs and it's much better than crushing them with a rolling pin.  
We went low bush cranberry picking a few times and have made lots of jam and froze the rest.

With going berry picking we've been out enjoying nature to.  My kids love this natural  "golf course" and we've been exploring around it.

One thing I have been enjoying is this food processor for my Bosch machine that my husband bought me for my birthday. :)  It sure makes short work of grating carrots for carrot cake and also shredding cheese for pizza.

We've been making lots of cookies and freezing some.  Although I think that the freezer has been emptied of cookies at this moment. LOL  I'm so glad that I can make four batches easily in my mixer.
We've been trying to keep our flowers alive as long as we can.  There are still some pansies and sweet peas that haven't totally frozen off, and I've been bringing little bouquets inside and putting them on my desk.  I love the smell of the flowers when they warm up. :)

Today our wood order arrived and we all got to work right away and it's now all stacked nicely in our woodshed.  All ready for winter. I love how wood heat warms everything all the way through.   Off to the right in the picture I have a bunch of wood from last year left over that's split...when that's been used, I'll start splitting the new stuff.  That's one job I've always enjoyed since I was a young teen.  I love the smell and feel of the wood...not to mention it's good exercise.

So life has been full...and our homeschooling has been very interesting as well.
I do hope you have a wonderful day and are counting the blessings that the Lord Jesus Christ brings into your lives.
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I'll be posting some more things, so do pop by again. :)

Friday, 4 September 2015

Flower Cards

Hello! Today I'd like to share with you some cards that I made for a dear friend.  They are simple and can easily fit into an envelope.  They have some of my favourite elements, pretty papers, flower images (from a paper set I've had awhile), lace and cut flowers, with a touch of pearls.  I've not added any sentiments so that they can be used for any occasion.

This card below I made for her and added a sweet birds nest image from Shoregirl's Creations.  Then some papers from my stash and the same lace and flowers I used on the other cards. I love how these flowers layer so well.  With a touch of distressing and some added inking around the edges of the papers for a finishing touch.

What a blessing that God has created all this beauty for us to enjoy.  His creation greatly inspires me!

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PS. I put up some other posts so do scroll down to see what else I've been up to. :)

Aprons and Doilies

Hello Friends!  I just love aprons and doilies and I've been making some of both lately.  I have been trying new patterns for the doilies and even though they're time consuming, they are very much worth the effort!   I love how the Lord Jesus has provided all the materials to make such fun projects!

This apron above was made from an old vintage curtain and I love the fall colours on it!  Plus I love quilts so this has more of a warm cozy feeling to me.  Perfect for doing some fall baking in. :)

Below is an apron that I made with some pastel colours.  It was soft and delicate and I hope it makes someone smile! :)  I made it out of an old dress I found and the colours were so delicate and lovely!  Below is a close up of the fabric.   The lace was given to me by a friend who found it at one of the local free stores and I thought it was the perfect match,  plus I used the same lace for the apron above.

I've made a few of these little coaster size doilies and they're very simple to make and can be used to decorate or sit a cup of tea on.  I made some in this butter yellow and also some variegated orange, but I forgot to take a picture of them.  I got the pattern from this youtube video HERE.  I used crochet thread, but yarn would make nice doily coasters to like in the video.

Next is a doily that I made and it's bigger than it looks in the picture.  It's very lacy and I love the frilly edge that it has.  For this one I used the YouTube tutorial HERE and it has three videos that are very detailed and helpful.  I used crochet thread, but yarn makes for a different feel.  I might use a smaller needle to make it tighter, but I did like the loose feel to the one I made.

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you have a beautiful day creating something lovely for those you love to!  

A Jean Skirt

Hello! Today I just wanted to show you a skirt that I made.  I needed a new jean skirt and had been hoarding this stretch jean material for awhile.  It took a lot of material, but then there is a lot of me to cover. :)

I used another skirt I have that fit me as a pattern and I used a zipper I already had even though it was very you can see and it was bright blue so I created a flap to hide that.  LOL
It is very simple and plain with a slit in the back but it is oh so comfortable and I love how I can wear just about any top with it.

It was something outside my comfort zone to sew, and I'm glad I put the effort out.  The Lord gave me patience in the details.
What do you like to sew?

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Autumn is Upon Us.

Well autumn is upon us and all the delightful things that come with it.  I so love the fresh crisp air and yes the wind that comes to blow the leaves off the trees.  I do love all the colours the leaves change as well....It never gets old.

I have turned my greenhouse into a sitting area with my flowers.  Hoping they'll last a bit longer.

We've had grizzly bears in our yard digging up the ground.

I've brought in some plants to enjoy inside.  This is my lavender plant that is actually blooming! That a first for me.

Here is a lovely picture of the changing colours on our way to town.

It's also the season for picking cranberries.  It's forecasting snow for tonight so we took the opportunity to go picking beforehand.  It's been raining a lot and I hope it clears soon so we can go out again.  We picked a 5kg bucket of berries and had to take the forest out before tucking them away into the fridge to finish ripening. Then we'll be making jam.

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I do hope you are enjoying the autumn weather... or spring depending on where you're at. :)

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