A little gift for myself

Amongst all the various treats and gifts I have received for my birthday was a lovely pampering break at a nearby spa.  I decided to continue with the relaxation with this lavender eye pillow for my yoga sessions. The treat was completed with a piece of hand dyed silk satin from my stash. Advertisements

7months, 7 hours, 70 minutes

7 months to procrastinate. 7 hours to rediscover horizontal surfaces in my sewing studio. 70 minutes to make. This is similar to the one I made rather more promptly as part of a gift last March.  This time the Kindle cover is for me (I bought a Kindle for myself last May – hence 7…

Simple fascinator

Last weekends mini-project for P & R’s wedding: This is another Kanzashi flower – this time with pointy petals – for which I got the instructions from  Diane Gilleland’s Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-And-Sew Projects to Wear and Give. This time I kept it simpler with a single flower and simple grey button to…

Fascinating adventures with my glue gun

The big reveal! I was attending the wedding of 2 friends this weekend and fancied adding to my outfit in the traditional English way with a bit of head gear. I decided against the hat – my hair does not recover well from hat hair syndrome. I was considering buying one, but a combination of…

Hinamatsuri

Today is the Japanese Doll Festival or Girl’s Day.  I made these paper dolls a few weeks ago from a kit I had, but there are instructions about for similar dolls.  These dolls are sitting down, and these are super skinny (but would also make cute bookmarks).

A little extra heart

I needed a little gift bag to hold some extra beads for a birthday bracelet. So designed and stitched this little heart shaped pouch. Which then gathered into a leaf or a flower bud depending from which view you looked at it.

Birthday Brooches & Keepers

A few presents for a recent birthday. First a brooch made with some lovely Aizome Chiyogami Washi* Something to keep the above in and along with the recipients collection of brooches, a brooch keeper. It is a variation on this brooch keeper from Buttontree Lane (or it could always be used as an extra large…

Xīnnián Kuàilè

Before I forget:  This little rabbit has got a magnet instead of a brooch back so that it will be adorning my fridge, rather than my lapel.

What I sewed for Christmas

Just a quick post Christmas report on a few things I put together for the present splurge that occurred. Somebody really, really, really wanted vouchers (honest!), so I thought it would be nice to have a little holder for them: I thought the little holder needed a little bag to go with it. This was…

A Quartet of Spectacle Cases

At first appearances these seem a little bit of frippery – I needed all of these: a case for old trusty I got married in them 6 years ago sunglasses a case for my car/sporty sunglasses a case for my replacement but not quite the same sunglasses a case for M’s glasses when he wants…

A trio of pin cushions

I return to stitching with a little bit of procrastination – pincushion construction.  I justified my endeavours with the reasoning that ever since my oversized pincushion went to the sofa heaven in the sky and that new one (leather) could no longer be classed as such, that I needed alternative means to park my pins…

Birthday bits

A month ago I attended a jewellery making workshop with my friend G where we learnt how to make floating bead necklaces. It was led by the people from World of Beads, a local bead shop in Winchester.It is my friend C’s birthday, a significant one, but we’re not shouting about it too much (the…