Saturday, 23 July 2011

What a lovely Saturday

Well, today has been a wonderful day.

As my husband had plans for the weekend, I decided to make the most and enjoy a truly girly day. So, I spent the day with one of my favourite people and we car-booted, ate scones and stitched hexies. It was fabulous.

I have never been terribly interested in car boot sales - not since I was about 11 anyway - but I felt inspired by the lovely Jodi from OhSewBeautiful, who collected herself quite a stash a few weeks back. So, when the sun came out this morning, it seemed silly not to take advantage of the local sale. I was relatively restrained and only made 3 purchases, totaling a whopping £1.80, but I am very pleased with what I bought:

This was a skirt, which I have now chopped up into panels. I imagine it will soon be used for my next sprocket cushion. I'm not sure it really worked as a skirt, but as a cushion it will be just fabulous!

I've had my eye on this book for a little while now, as I loved Mark Haddon's previous work, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Paying 30p for it, rather than £7.99, will surely help me to enjoy it even more.

My final little purchase is just perfect. As my Twitter followers may know, I am a fan of hot chocolate in the evenings. And what would make a better mug for a hot chocolate than this little gem? Is it not just wonderful?

And for 50p, there was no way I was going to pass it up!

My friend made some super purchases too, including a floral dress that will probably become a cushion, and a beautiful porcelain jug. The jug will look gorgeous with a bunch of fresh flowers in it.

On returning from the car boot sale, we munched on scones and sipped tea. Then we spent the afternoon sewing hexies for our Kandi Pandi cushions. I'm getting close to completing the hexie part of mine and this is how it is looking:

I'm really enjoying this make, as it's giving me a chance to practice my hand-stitching. It is amazing how addictive stitching hexies is too!

So, all-in-all, today has been just lovely. If only I didn't have a big pile of ironing to tackle this evening...

Friday, 8 July 2011

Sprocket cushion and a veritable bargain

This is just a little post for me to show off the very funky sprocket cushion I recently made using the wonderful Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial. If you've never popped by her blog, you really ought to, as she makes some rather wonderful patchwork quilts and her tutorials are ace!

I was a little nervous making my cushion as I have never done anything round on a sewing machine before, but I actually found it a lot easier than I had expected. AND....I didn't always tack prior to setting off with Holly, my sewing machine! I would definitely recommend making these cushions as they are simple, but look very funky and can add a splash of colour to an otherwise boring sofa. I will definitely be making another to sit at the other end of mine. Here's a little piccie of sprocket cushion #1. I think you'll agree that any goddess-in-training would be proud of it!

I am actually going to unpick it slightly to add a touch more stuffing, but that is the only change I would make. I really enjoyed playing with fabric-covered buttons for the first time too. And they're so easy to make!

On a completely different note, I thought I'd share with you a little bargain I picked up at lunchtime today from The Works. It is a dictionary of stitches! How cool is that?! And it only cost me £2.99. A bargain? I think so!