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Thursday, 21 August 2014

The first blog post in August...

Oh dear, what's happened? How can we be so far into August and I haven't blogged anything?  Time has ran away with me this month.

No excuses, there aren't any, just life in general, family times, work and sleeping!

I have done a little crafting, not a lot though and I've been reading too.

Finally stitched up the July challenge free chart that Christine chooses for us.  Only 3 weeks too late for the reveal date :-(


I had a new frame but when I unwrapped it for another project the glass was cracked inside.  I thought this design would make a perfect little Christmas stocking filler gift and padded the background to make it stand out in the frame.  I'm pleased with how it turned out and have used up an otherwise redundant frame.

 
The sampler I stitch for winner of the Best in Show entry into our local Horticultural and Craft Show is now completed.  Just need to find a nice frame ready for our show on September 13th. 
 
 
Thanks Jo for the heads up on this chart, it has turned out really pretty.   
 
Tricia, one of my Book Borrowers celebrates her birthday today.  This little pincushion pillow was stitched and made up, an old Lizzie Kate free design.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tricia, have a lovely day   *she does pop along and read my blog, and visit some of you too*
 
 
The Craftshare group is as busy as ever with lots of new skills being learned each week. 
 
I needed a new crochet hook holder, the plastic one that they arrived in when new was just not up to the job.  I created this new one from some vintage fabric....
 

and it rolls up lovely to fit into my workbox or crafting bag....

 
A few ladies had a try at learning other skills too last week.  We were given a pack with all supplies inside ready to make a book cover.  Applique, embroidery and more sewing machine practice - mine could have done with being a little bit more snug on the book, but not a bad attempt and we had fun putting them together, they were all so different.
 
 
The whole group has made another wall hanging to celebrate Summer, this now hangs in the lounge of the community centre as the poppies we made for the WWI celebrations have a new home.
 
The organisers of the group planned what individual things they thought would depict a nice summer scene and bring a touch of colour to the room.  Small pieces of paper were folded into a little bag and each member drew one out with an item written on it that you had to make and attach to make up a seaside picture.
 
I drew out the word 'deckchair' and decided on plastic canvas to stitch mine onto to give it a bit more rigidity.  A quick easy stitch lol.
 
 
The final hanging looks like this .....  the plane is pulling the banner "Here Comes Summer"
 
Can you find my deckchair?
 
 
There are lots of blogs I read that have been quieter over the summer months, I hope you have all been enjoying yourselves in the garden, having outings or away on your summer holidays.  The weather seems to be turning a little cooler recently so I expect you'll all be back to crafting as the autumnal days draw closer.
 
My brother recently had a day out and went off to visit Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey.  He brought me a little gift......
 
 
He sent me a surprise text on my phone with a picture saying he was having tea on the lawn with Lady Ann (his wife lol), unfortunately not served by Carson!  I didn't know he had plans to visit there.  He said it was an amazing place to visit and now as they watch the new series when its aired will have more idea of the wonderful surroundings.
 
I've still got a little holiday to have next month, i'm looking forward to that.
 
Happy crafting!
 
 
 
*****Edited *****Thank you Carm for your comment.  You asked for the link to the cardinal free chart, unfortunately you have left no way to contact you direct so I am adding it here for you.