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 :-
 
Hi,
 
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.

Hugs,

Fee x



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Family Room Make Over







 
It's been a long few weeks with renovations.  Having a completely pine lined home has lots of drawbacks including the fact that the painter sanded before painting and between coats.  He did this to get a great finish but the mess was .........  well let's say I didn't cope very well ........
 
Anyway here is our family room with the doors which lead out into our breeze through where we stored some of the furniture whilst we painted.
 
 
And here is the same view just 10 days later.  Freshly painted white walls and lime washed bamboo floors.  The change is enormous - It's almost like we are in someone else's home.
 
 
This is the other end of the room
 
 
And now
 
 
Hubby had some import into the interior decorating.  He fell in love with this painting so we just had to have it for our new space.  I quite like it too.
 
We are still working on the kitchen and bedroom areas.  I'll share some pics once we are done.
 
The kitchen has been a budget makeover as we could not afford to replace our kitchen but it has come up well with a lick of paint.  We are just waiting on the electrician to change our brown power point covers and for the kitchen guy to do our new splashbacks (the only thing we have replaced).  Hopefully it will all be done soon and I can get back to the sewing room !!
 
Hugs - Fee xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Where Did The Week Go ? Block 8 Released !





 
The week whizzed by and the weekend is over and I feel like I should be doing what Toby loves to do.  Doesn't he look comfy?



 
Ruby loves to sleep too - Animals are very fortunate to get so much sleep - I am very envious !!
 
 
The only crafting I managed was a little bit of hexy gluing on Friday night.  At least I have them ready to stitch this week if time permits.
 

I am trying to follow a grain and sugar free diet at the moment - I recently read a wonderful book about the effects of grains on the body and a lot of the health issues rang true with me so I have decided to give it a try.  I had a bit of fun over the weekend experimenting with some recipes - Here is a delicious Orange Cake I made - It is delicious !!
 
 
Are you stitching UP THE GARDEN PATH with me?  I released Block 8 on Friday - You can download it FREE from my CRAFTSY store.
 
I'll be back tomorrow with a renovation update.  The family room is finished and our bedroom is almost put back together !!
 
Hugs,
 
Fee xx
 



 
 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cooped Up

 
Hubby and I are feeling cooped up this week after being confined to just 1 room of the house - My studio!  Our mattress is on the floor and all of the furniture is moved over to make room for it so it has been a fairly disruptive week whilst the painters are here but we know it is no pain no gain !
 
The painters will finish on Monday afternoon and the new floors are installed on Tuesday so the house can begin to be put back together on Tuesday night after work - We can't wait !!
 
As I am not able to get to much of my sewing this week I decided to have a paper piecing week which is the easiest for me to do in this situation.  I have prepped some blocks from "This Goes With That" and also some flowers for my Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt.

 
I love doing these and must make more time for them !

 
It is fun looking for fabric suitable for fussy cutting and even much more fun seeing the flower come together

 
And I have started the boring white hexagons for around the centre medallion of the quilt.  Hopefully I can attach some flowers really soon.
 
Hugs - Fee x