Friday, September 19, 2014

Wise words

My adored grandmother used to always say start out the way you intend to go on ......
Well since Tuesday's turn of events I have been getting up each morning and getting myself ready as if I am going to work.  I have to drive Amy to the bus at 7am anyway so I figure I might as well be dressed and ready for the day.  I don't want to get into bad habits so I'm trying my best to stay motivated.
I'm also making an effort to economise and  be frugal in the kitchen.  I hope it lasts but today I whipped up a batch of meatballs in the slow cooker for dinner - They were delicious and a firm family favourite.  I'll share the recipe and steps next week.
I had a bit of a lazy day but did manage to delve into the scrap bin for this new project I am doing.  I am a member of "The Fussy Cutters Club" on Facebook and we are doing a stitch-a-long to make Judy Newman's Dilly Bag towards the end of the month so I decided to get a head start. 
I am certainly going to be diving into that scrap basket a fair bit into the future I think.
I have been plodding along with my Lucy Boston Blocks.  This is such a lovely project and so easy to do.  I am finally getting to use up some of my treasured shabby fabrics.
And some of my leftovers.  I look at this block and the centre fabric which I have used in other projects instantly reminds me of them.
Here are all 7 of my blocks together.  I think I will do 36 for a 6 Block X 6 Block Quilt.
If you want to try your hand at Lucy Boston Blocks I have the papers over in my STORE.  They are super easy to do.
Well I had best be off I plan to get into the garden today and plant some seedlings.
Have a great Friday and an even better weekend.
Hugs - Fee x

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Finally I can tell you !!

The last few weeks and months have been quite difficult in the land of "Fee" For sometime now I have known that I was going to be made redundant and that the love affair with my job would be over.
It has been a long drawn out very stressful process but finally on Tuesday morning of this week I was given a termination of employment letter.
How bittersweet was that !!  Having been in the job for 9 years and having grown the role and business from the ground up it has been quite a sad journey to get to this point. 
To be honest I am not sure how I feel about it.  For the last 2 mornings I have woken up at the same time and laid in bed thinking - WOW I don't have to go to work today - But I don't think it has sunk in yet.
So what will I do next?  I have absolutely no idea !  I am the bread winner in the family so some sort of decision has to be made but for the next few weeks I am going to concentrate on my little business and see what happens. 
One thing I do know is that lots of things have to change around here - Most of all financial things.  We will not be able to afford to waste any money and frugal will be my new "Go To" word.
It was my turn last night to do supper for the sewing girls.  As I am suffering from man flu at the moment I had contemplated just going out and buying a store bought cake to save the hassle but the frugal word kicked in and I decided on a batch of date scones from the pantry.
And they were delicious !!  It has been at least a year since I have made them - Mostly because I just haven't had the time.  Hubby and I have had the left overs this morning over a cup of coffee.  Yummo !!
As a matter of interest I worked out this morning that the entire batch of 10 scones cost just $1.45 to make.  That is fantastic !  Next time I make them I am going to wrap some up and pop in the freezer for a quick morning tea fix for hubby and I.  If you do "Pinterest" you can Pin the above photo straight to your board if you want to save it for another day.
One thing that having some extra time will allow is for me to start stitching my new Block of the Month for 2015.  I am so in love with the colours I have chosen - They remind me of summer fruits.
I had fun putting the threads on my little holder.  Do you store your threads for a project all together?
There will be one final luxury for this household delivered in 3 weeks time.  I have splurged some of my severance pay on a TM3 Thermomix which will be delivered in 3 weeks.  I know that over time this little machine will not only make my life easier but will save me money as well.  I am looking forward to taking delivery of it.
So you had better get used to seeing more of me in blog land - Because blogging more often is way up there on my "To Do" List.
Hugs - Fee xx

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Curve Ball

Sometimes life throws us some curve balls - Sometimes we catch them and sometimes we don't ........


Our little life here is having some major disruptions and changes - Most of them out of our control

It is quite upsetting and frightening when you are not in control of decisions and outcomes that will affect your life moving forward ..........   SO

In some sort of little "stamp of the feet" I have decided to make some changes to some of the little parts of my life I still do have control over and that is my little business here in Cyber Land and my Blog

So stay tuned for some direction changes, a new look and a new business path for "Designs By Fee"
It is nice to still be able to make SOME decisions.
I hope you like the photo's of a few corners of our home.
Hugs - Fee xx

Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Challenge

Clare offered up a challenge.
She sent this picture
and this colour.
I had to make something.
I tried and tried to get those pinwheels out of my brain but they just wouldn't go away so I knew that there was no getting away from them.
They just had to be made in Yellow - So not my colour :)
So I now have a lovely pot of pinwheel flowers  BUT I wasn't happy with them in a pot.
I decided that they needed to be wall art - Like those flying ducks that grandma used to have on the wall - You know the ones?
Well now my studio has flying pin wheels on the wall.
What do you think?
Go over to Claire's and check out all of the other challenge players and see what they came up with.
Hugs - Fee xx 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Hop With A Difference + The Friendship Quilt & Up The Garden Path Releases

Have you noticed a few bloggers  participating in the Blog Hop With A Difference lately?

It's a 'handing on of the baton' from one creative blogger to another three creative bloggers, and it just may not have an end!
The purpose of this blog hop is for each blogger to tell their readers a little about their life as a creative person and what makes them tick, so today you'll get a little insight about me because I got tagged by Jenny of Elefantz

So Here goes :-
I'm Fee from "Designs By Fee"
This is me getting my "silly"on
What are you working on right now? 
WOW !  There are so many things .....  Lots of Paper piecing projects including a BRAND NEW "Free" Block of The Month coming to this blog really soon.  Don't worry it's super easy and does of course involve stitching.  I'm also working on another BOM to be released in December.

How long does it take to create a project? 
I tend to do a lot of stitching in my projects so they are quite time consuming.  I try to stitch every day but as I currently work full time it means just a couple of hours of an evening so sometimes it takes me weeks to get a project done.

What  are my  favourite things to create with at the moment? 
If you are a regular to my blog you will know that I have recently become hooked on Lucy Boston blocks.  I just can't put them down !!

How does my creative process work? 
When I get an idea I can think of nothing else.  I'm not happy until threads and fabric are chosen and the design is down on paper.  The trouble is I just can't stitch fast enough !!
These are the threads I have chosen for my new BOM coming in December - Aren't they delicious?

How do I become inspired and stay inspired? 
I love to blog hop and spend quite some time on pinterest.  Lots of things inspire me including gardens and nature which seem to always feature in my designs.

What is my signature style? 
 Hehehehehe - That's easy - I love pretty and shabby - I have never really strayed from that
Favourite time of the day?

Around 3.30pm every day when I get home and sit down and have a cuppa with my hubby.  We have created a little sitting area in our family room and we sit down and discuss the days happenings.  I look forward to that quite time every day.
Have fun with it girls.
Today is the 1st of the Month and I have 2 releases
Block 9 in my FREE Block of the Month - Up The Garden Path


and Block 5 has been released in "The Friendship Quilt"
Both are available fro DOWNLOAD OVER ON CRAFTSY
I'll be back soon to show you what I have made for a challenge given to me by Claire.
Talk soon.
Hugs - Fee xx

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lucy Boston

I have been bitten by a bug.  The Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Bug.

I have been admiring other people's blocks on Pinterest for some time now and finally I have made a start on my very own quilt - In pretties of course.

I just can't explain to you the joy that each block is bringing to me.  I am totally in love with this project and am finally cutting into some of my most precious shabby fabrics.

There are lots of finished quilts on the internet including this gorgeous one from HERE.

Stay tuned for lots more blocks.

Hugs - Fee x

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Catching Up

Sometimes it would be wonderful to be able to slow down life to a crawl and not have a care in the world like my adorable little grandson Josh above but unfortunately as adults we just have to deal with whatever life dishes out.  Sometimes we cope - Sometimes we don't and sometimes we wonder how much more our shoulders can take.  It can be the littlest things that become the final straw ..........

Anyway enough of that !

I have been trying to get a little stitching done of an evening where time permits and have begun a little blanket to give to Josh for Christmas - It has cute little red polka dot trains appliqued on so far.  Not sure what I'll do to it next but I am going to put minky on the back so it is totally snuggable :)

I have been going really well with my new eating habits - I have been baking a few different slices and cakes to ensure that we have healthy snacks when the whim comes.  This one is a delightful PALEO Berry Coconut Slice which I discovered HERE.

And I've been playing with a few little vignettes around our home.  I love to have little table displays.

They always make me smile.

Enjoy your week.


Fee x