Archive for January, 2013

Well, The temperature has fallen…….. and so has my Mum! Thankfully, she’s managed to come away fairly unscathed with just a few bruises and a swollen knee but it’s a worry to say the least – and even more so when a reprimand for deciding to brave the severe elements alone rather than ask for help seemingly goes unheeded. What do we do with her? And when will she slow down? I fret about her more than the kids!

Anyway, snow, ice and tumbling elderly parents aside, I have been fairly busy once more. No more tapestry stitching for the moment but a nice little batch of my stacked felt hearts is currently underway……

Stacked Felt Hearts - Rich, Deep Colours To Raise The Temperature And Inflame Your Passion ;)......

Stacked Felt Hearts – Rich, Deep Colours To Raise The Temperature And Inflame Your Passion ;)……

The ones pictured above have all been made into little brooches with the simple addition of a pin back to them; The next batch will be made into keyrings – Β just in time for Valentine’s Day.

I could make these ALL day!

I could make these ALL day!

And there’s been more time spent at the whizzy new sewing machine honing my skills with free motion embroidery……

The bare bones of a flower corsage.

The bare bones of a flower corsage.

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I can’t decide which of these flowers I like the most. These particular ones are destined to end up as corsage brooches but I’ve already come up with ideas to use them for a few Mother’s Day Gifts too………… more of that in future posts no doubt πŸ˜‰

Here’s a sneaky peek at a finished brooch………

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung!

Do you recognise the basic flower shape? It’s the same one I used last year in my hand stitched keyring tutorial – Just a different use of fabrics and the basic methods of putting them together, a tweek on the actual finishing Β and the addition of some embellishments; It gives a completely different look to the finished work.

Wonky lines AND frayed edges; I’m adapting rather nicely to this way of doing things πŸ˜‰

Right! Time to make a quick phonecall to check on that errant mother of mine and see if she needs anything before I get back to the machine and finish those flowers. Busy, busy, BUSY – Must dash!

Ooooh it’s been an exciting week here in Leeds! Our city has been picked to host ‘Le Grand Depart’ for the 2014 Tour de France and the first stage is literally going to be cycling straight past Bully Bus HQ!!!!!! How cool is that?

It’s been snowing too – Just as the weather forecast predicted. Very chilly to say the least 😦

So, a little bit more stitching……

Have you guessed what it is yet?

Have you guessed what it is yet?

OK – So not much more stitching……. but a little bit more of a ‘reveal’ of my mystery project.

And more playing with the new sewing machine and educating myself to embrace wonky lines and frayed edges……

A plush 'Peace Heart' to hang in Vince Bully Bus.

A plush ‘Peace Heart’ to hang in Vince Bully Bus.

A delivery of some rather lovely vintage seventies florals for ANOTHER project!!!!!

I love these prints!

I love these prints!

And finally, a little batch of tissue cozies using assorted VW themed prints – Perfect for popping in your bag or keeping ready at hand on the dashboard of your favourite bus or bug πŸ˜‰

If you're going to have a runny nose you'll need plenty of tissues - Just the sight of one of these cute cozies should make you feel better in no time :)

If you’re going to have a runny nose you’ll need plenty of tissues – Just the sight of one of these cute cozies should make you feel better in no time πŸ™‚

I’m off to play in the snow now with the bullies of the bus – Keep Warm and Happy Crafting Folks! Au Revoir πŸ˜‰

2012 in review.

Posted: January 14, 2013 in The Garage

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The weather forecast has predicted that we’ll have snow! Perfect for turning the heating up, snuggling on the sofa with the bullies of the bus and carrying on with my latest projects……

Firstly, there’s the matter of finishing off three embroidery hoop pictures I’ve been working on to hang in our recently decorated hallway, stairs and first floor landing. Here’s a sneaky peek at one that’s very nearly completed……

Balancing the scales -  Astrological cross stitch embroidery hoop.

Balancing the scales – Astrological cross stitch embroidery hoop.

My plan is to have three separate astrological hangings to represent the various star signs of the Bully Bus crew – So that’s two Aquarians (but only one embroidery), a Libran and a Leo. All three pieces are currently in varying stages of completion but with the above work it’s finally getting to the exciting bit as I’m nearly ready to add highlights with some sparkling gold thread – They’re all going to look stunning in their final hanging position I’m sure……. πŸ˜‰

And just to have a break from proceedings from time to time, particularly when my eyes are tired, I’ve also been working on this…..

Recognise this? I've changed the colours to fit in with my living room decor. Any ideas?

Recognise this? I’ve changed the colours to fit in with my living room decor. Any ideas?

You might recognise this design from a previous post I made in 2012 – I’ve made a few changes to the colours I’m using so it fits in better with my existing living room decor. Can you guess what it is I wonder………..? Don’t worry! I’ll reveal a little more in my next post if you’re not sure πŸ˜‰

Definitely time to turn the radiators up full and try and add a few more stitches now……. Happy Crafting Folks!

It’s 2013!!!!!! Hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and managed to stay fit and healthy; Thankfully everyone at Bully Bus HQ did πŸ˜‰

I’m glad to report that my little chat to Santa just before the big day really did pay dividends as the good natured elf managed to squeeze a brand new sewing machine down the chimney – a whizzy one that does way more stitches than my trusty old Brother machine ever could and is much easier to use when creating free motion embroidery….. theoretically…… πŸ™‚

In truth I’m a bit of a neat freak and everything has to be just so; It’s hard to allow wonky lines and frayed edges to exist in my work but I’m trying really hard! And I do like the whimsical, slightly naive look it creates……

My first bit of free motion embroidery using my new machine.

My first bit of free motion embroidery using my new machine.

So! A little zippered coin purse was the first project to be completed whilst also cooking the Christmas dinner for six (How’s that for multitasking?); Occasional breaks in the proceedings to check on things in the kitchen, a few sneaky trips to the tea trolley turned into a mobile drinks bar (aka the Jolly Trolley) and highly delighted squeals from me and a round of applause from the crew upon completion.

And Mr Other Half now wants a ‘manly’ version to keep his pennies safe πŸ™‚

My little zippered purse holds all my treasures - I love it!!!!!!

My little zippered purse holds all my treasures – I love it!!!!!!

I’m thinking that 2013 may shape up to be the year when the sewing machine rules!!!!!! We shall see………………….. πŸ˜‰