Thursday, September 8, 2016

Block 60 - Hearts & Flowers - Splendid Sampler

Are you stitching the Splendid Sampler Blocks?  We are now up to Block 60 of 100 Blocks.  I have been saving mine to sew when my health picks up a bit.  

There are so many beautiful blocks and so many techniques !  Pat & Jane have done a SPLENDID job coordinating this event.  The sponsors and partners of this project include MODA Fabrics, Martingale Books, Handiquilter,  Aurifil Threads & American Patchwork & Quilting.

If you haven't begun the journey yet it's not too late - Simply pop over to the web site and download the blocks.

Today is the day for my very own block to be released over on the SPLENDID SAMPLER WEBSITE.  When I was approached by Pat and Jane to design a stitchery block I was beyond thrilled.  What an amazing honour to be included amongst the other 99 designers.  The brief was to design something that your sewing journey represents etc ......  For me it is hearts and flowers.  Many of my designs feature them and I love to stitch them.

My designs are usually fairly simple and easy for any level of embroiderer.  

I hope you enjoy stitching my block as much as I enjoyed designing it for you.  These days I not only design but also blog about home making, designing, upcycling and am in the process of creating my first range of One Of A Kind items which will be launched in OCTOBER via ETSY.  If you would like to keep in touch with me and follow my journey,  You can follow my blog, Follow me on Facebook or Pinterest or Sign Up to my newsletter - All links are in the column on the right.

Happy Stitching.


Fee xx

Friday, August 19, 2016

Frugal Gift Making - Shabby Image Printing on Fabric

Two things I love are shabby roses and pretty ornate frames.  

 I have quite a collection of them picked up at thrift shops for a dollar or two.  

 I thought it was about time that I did something with them and once I had made a few I just couldn't stop. 

                      So I thought maybe others might enjoy it too.  So here is a tutorial for you.

I have quite a collection of vintage style images that are given away FREE on the internet.  The majority of my images come from The Graphics Fairy.

 Measure the size of the print that you need for each frame and then make a page of images on your home computer using WORD or a Graphics Programme.  

Next decide if you are going to use factory made fabric printing paper (can be purchased at craft shops, Ebay or Online) or if you re going to make your own by cutting fabric and freezer paper to A4 size and putting it through your ink jet printer.  I have used both methods.  For Freezer paper instructions go HERE.

Using a rotary cutter cut out each image to the size required to fit in your frame.  DO NOT peel off the backing paper if you are using COMMERCIAL Printable Fabric Sheets.  If you are using Freezer Paper peel off the backing paper once you have cut the images to size.

You can fuse the image to the backing card of the frame or directly onto the glass.  I'll show you both methods.  I'll also show you them with or without lace.  This frame is Oval so with the frame together and the backing card in the area where a photograph would be I ran a pen around the edge of the oval.  This gave me an area that needed to be covered.  As the image is rectangle and the frame oval it was a bit of a puzzle as to what to do.  

You could make the image bigger and simply put it over the entire oval shape or you can fill in the bits that are left showing like I have.

Using scrapbooker's double sided tape apply to the back of your image.  Peel off the paper side and then place down onto the backing card.

You can do the same with the lace that you adhere to the edges.  Simply just cut the double sided tape to the same length.  Adhere down.  Peel off the paper and stick your lace on top.

As you can see the card is still showing through the lace on this image so I decided to place a pretty trim over the top as well.

Hunt around in your stash I'm sure you will come up with something

Use the same method as with the lace and adhere it down with the double sided tape.

Do it on all four sides

And then place it in your frame with or without the glass.  I love the look of them without the glass but it's entirely up to you.

I just love how this one came out with the lace around it.  It's just so pretty.

The other method is adhering the image directly onto the glass.  Place the double sided tape directly on to the glass.

Cut your fabric to the exact same size as the glass.  Peel off the paper on the tape and then carefully smooth the fabric over the glass so that the fabric adheres.  

This particular print is one of 3 that I purchased from one of my favourite artists (Gail McCormack).   The colours are so vivid.  I have had them for a few years now and recently just discovered them again so stay tuned for some more projects using the remaining two.

Then simply just place the glass back in the frame.  So simple, yet so effective and a wonderful addition to any home.  

What a lovely easy to make gift for someone special?

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I have.


Fee xx

Monday, August 15, 2016

When Life Gives You Lemons ........ Make Strawberries

Blog land has always been there for me along with the friends that I have made from blogging.  Many of them have become close, loving buddies that I couldn't live without.  When times are tough and when life is getting a little hard for awhile I always know that a number of my friends have my back.

Even if it just for a quick chat, a quick text or even a lovely long e-mail to sit and read.  These friendships bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

One such friend is Jenny.  The wonderfully talented, loving, giving and just all round lovely girl is within my closest circle of friends.  She makes me so proud of what she has done with her business "√člefantz"and where she has come from.  I am always there cheering her on from the sidelines.  Her talent never ceases to amaze me.

And she inspires me.  Whether I am reading her blog, stalking her on pinterest or following her facebook page - She just lifts my spirits and makes me want to stitch ! 

It's been a real struggle for me to get out of bed lately and I have been alternating between the bed and the recliner and then back again.  Doctors orders have been complete rest and I have had no trouble complying.  I still read blogs and I still get inspired every day but Jenny made a simple little project the other day as a tutorial on her blog and instantly I knew that when I felt well enough that was what I was going to make.

She made the most adorable strawberry pincushion.  I knew right away that a lace top that I had purchased at the op shop some months back would be perfect to use and yesterday in an hour or so I had 5 cut out and prepped and ready to sew. 

They brought so much joy to my heart making them.  A simple little project but I felt that I had achieved something.  I have a couple of stores that stock my handmade items and they have been screaming out for more stock so these little scissor and pin cushion sets will be headed off to their shelves very soon.

So do yourself a favour and pop on over to Jenny's blog to grab the template and tutorial to make your very own.  


Fee xx

Friday, July 1, 2016


I think a love of craft and handmade goodness attracts a certain kind of person

A person that can see the beauty in textiles, in the old and the new and  the potential of something changing from being a single little thing all on it's own, to becoming part of a bigger picture, a bigger project, a finished thing of beauty.

As crafters we are keepers of these items of beauty and usefulness

We collect embellishments, laces, ribbons and beautiful one of a kind items because we know that one day we are going to use that piece of loveliness and let it contribute to a finished item of beauty and in the meantime we are happy just to every now and again refold it, arrange it and just display it.

For we are collectors.  

If you are a thrift shop lover like me I bet you have come across some real beauty in the craft and sewing section ?  I bet you haven't been able to resist the allure of a mixed bag of goodies in the hope that you find a "real" craft treasure amongst it all - A lovely piece of antique cotton lace, a wooden cotton reel - You know what I mean don't you ?

The thrill of the hunt is almost as exhilarating as finding that piece of treasure to add to your collection

I know full well that many pieces of my collection will never be used but instead be useful in it's life just because it brings me joy to own it.

And that is ok.  For I am a COLLECTOR.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

More on those Vintage Pretties ......

Those Vintage pretties from yesterday have become adorable heat pack covers

I simply made a quilted cover and had fun playing with old doileys, vintage ribbons and laces and little embellishments

I popped a zip in the back to make removal super easy and then made a bag a fraction smaller to fit inside filled with lavender buds and wheat

I am in the process of making some more as these ones are already on the shelves at Chez Moi

Each one is different and unique

What do you think ?


Fee xx

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vintage Pretties

I have a BIG collection of vintage pretties.  I have been collecting all of my bits and pieces for a very long time.  Part of being frugal is using what we have and I have decided that it's time to start using up everything in my stash.

I came up with an idea for a new gift line which can be sold in a couple of the stores I send my handmade pretties off to.

I have had lots of fun playing around with it all

And creating something unique and one of a kind

But also something useful

That would make a lovely gift for almost anyone

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed the process ........

It's been so much fun

I'll be back tomorrow to show you what I've made