Saturday, 18 December 2010

a little peek into my windows

don't you just love windows? i do!! when i say 'i love windows' i mean 'i love sneakily looking through windows in other people's cosy houses'-i am very nosey! i wanted to do some drawings of windows but i'm just not subtle enough to be able to sketch other people's windows without them getting really narked with me!!

so i drew some pictures of windows from the inside-i certainly can't get in trouble for that!!
we have quite a few windows, so lots to choose from. and we have no clear window sills in our house-they've got all sorts of junk on them-messy looking but interesting to sketch!
so here they are...
so i drew them and then scanned them in so that i could add textures and colours- i totally loved doing it, it's really therepeutic!

anyway, here it is hanging in a cheapo frame that we spray painted a nice colour!!

little bit wonky but it is a welcome addition to our otherwise bare kitchen!

Monday, 13 December 2010

bella has a blanket!

now i know that i said i was going to be back soon with the next picture in bella's hey diddle diddle series but the thing is...i am a bit bored with that for the moment, i will finish it, but there are other things that i want to do right now!!!

I made a patchwork quilt for bella-it's been something i've been meaning to do for aaaages but just never got round to it. anyway, here it is, posing with my lovely baby!

i actually finished it a week and a half ago, but silly me, i decided to give quilting a go. took me a whole evening to quilt the whole thing and then a whole 2 evenings to un-quilt it as it looked rubbish.

you would think i learned my lesson but sadly i decided to give quilting another go and again, spent the evening doing it. the next 2 evenings were then spent un-quilting it again.

i decided not to proceed with any more quilting- some blankets are just not meant to be quilted.

Monday, 29 November 2010

hello cow!

here i am again-phew, twice in a week, i bet you're sick of me!

after a brilliant suggestion from my friend phil i've done the cow, but took pictures at different stages as a kind of tutorial (not that i expect anyone to want to make one)...

ok, so first we have some drawings i did, trying to figure out what a cow actually looks like, then when i had the finished idea i cut it out...
er and then i pinned it to my fabric and cut it out. don't have a photo of that! didn't do any legs or tail or udders cos i sewed them on later.

next i cut out some fabric to fit round my canvas-you can marvel at how straight my edges are...not!

then i cut out the moon and pinned it on like so

and THEN i sewed on the cow and the moon properly!

i added some lacy details to the cow and sewed the writing on, then stapled the fabric to the canvas.
and then my faaaavourite part- i slapped some paint on! although i got a bit too paint-happy, it's a little bit too dark for my liking...hmmm.
but it's too late now, if i can be bothered i might start again one day, but for now the cow is DONE and i'll be back another day with the laughing dog!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

hey diddle diddle

i can only apologise for my shabby effort to keep up with my blog!

last time i posted i didn't have a baby and now i do! she's called Bella Primrose and she's pretty sweet and nearly 7 months old which means i haven't updated this for over 7 months...oops!

anyway, i mention bella because she doesn't like the sound of the sewing machine and so i haven't really made anything since she's been around which is why i haven't blogged-there's been nothing to write about!

but i have been sewing a little something bit by bit, little by little whenever i got a moment to spare. i wanted to make some artwork for bella's room, and i thought i could do different canvases telling the rhyme 'hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle' bla bla first canvas is that line i just said-the next one will be the cow jumping over the you see where i'm going with this?

anyway, have finally finished the first is pretty scruffy cos i hand-sewed it and i am completely awful at hand sewing. anyway, here it is!!

i have a love-hate relationship with this cos it took soooo long to do cos i could only do a tiny bit at a time, and i hate time-consuming projects. on the other hand it's really the first proper project i've done since bella and it felt so good to use the creative part of my brain again as opposed to the changing nappies part! (if there is such a part!) so goodbye to the cat and the fiddle, they are finished and hopefully we'll be saying hello to the jumping cow very soon!

Monday, 8 February 2010

i felt like chicken today

oooh i can tell that this farmyard mobile is going to be my new addiction!!!!

such fun to make animals!!

this morning i've made a chicken and once again i've given it an overly-decorated bottom- i couldn't resist!!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

this little piggie

oh it's been

too long

for this i am truly sorry!!

it has been 3 whole months-a quarter of a year- since i blogged and boy it is good to be back!!!

most of you will know that i'm having a baby in april, and this has inspired me to make something nice for the little baboon...the thing is we don't know whether it's a boy or girl due to the fact that our baby crossed its legs in the scan so the technician, try as he might, couldn't tell...

this puts me in a predicament, what can i make for our tiny one?! i've decided that i simply MUST have bunting in the baby's room so i will make 2 different versions-one with cars and roads etc on in manly colours, and one with nice flowers and other things that girls like. but i really can't bear to make 2 of anything else, there is simply not enough time in the world.

so i've decided to make a farmyard mobile, seeing as nick is a farmer boy and our child will inevitably see and hear an awful lot about farms, regardless of whether it's a he or she.

here is my first contribution to the mobile-

a pig

i've actually fallen in love with this pig this afternoon, in particular its little bottom!!

here's a close up

how can you not love a patchworky bottom?!