Thursday, 18 April 2013

My first ever Jelly Roll

This is my first ever Jelly Roll.  I finally gave in to the urge to make another quilt and this Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Jelly Roll was what tipped me over the edge...

It looks so perfect wrapped up like this that I am very tempted just to leave it as it is for a while, the colours are so beautiful together.

 My plan is to make it into a Jelly Roll Race quilt, a very fast and satisfying technique which involves stitching all the ends together to make one loooooong strip which you then proceed to put end to end and stitch along the right side until you reach the end then snip at the loop to make it into 1 long strip and it repeats as such until you end up with an entire quilt top, although obviously its a little more detailed than my basic description!

 This lovely quilt below is a fine example of the type of Jelly Roll Race quilt I hope to end up with, I like the blunt ends and randomised pattern selection.

This picture and quilt are by Kelly who writes the blog Run with Glitter

Here is the link to the tutorial I found that inspired me to make this quilt, kindly posted by Fromthenestdesigns on The Quilting Board foru.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Statement Jewels

The best piece of advice I ever heard with regards to putting together an outfit was from Mary Portas, the Mary Cocktail as it is known : 

‘One part chic – one part edge – decorate’.

I have always loved to decorate with bold jewellery, and although I have toned things down a bit as I get older, I still have a weakness for making the odd statement purchase.   

I spotted these earrings from Accessorize in Stylist magazine the other day and think they are just the right balance between fun and sophisticated, and perfect as 'decoration'.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Bursting with creativity!


Its been a while.

I just hadn't been feeling the creative urges like I used to and it seemed so hard to come up with ideas and projects, it was a weird feeling... but this Easter has seen a resurgence and I'm bursting with creativity again!

Here are some of my latest loves and creations:

Mainecoon cat ink stamps, an original and inspired gift from my friends Ali and Paul I cant leave them alone, its making me want to write letters and post parcels just so I can stamp cats all over!

Knitted Toadstool Rattle for my new nephew, from the ever wonderful Purl Bee blog can be found here.

Sashiko Embroidery - a brilliant tutorial by the Purl Bee can be found here.

I made a Pinata with my friend Lara for her Son's 4th birthday, it was ridiculously satisfying to make, I want to make more it weird to make one for your back garden? I dont care about the sweets inside, perhaps I should make another one and invite the local kids to destroy it?!

Homemade Ravioli, I made some of these with my Mum at Easter and they were so delicious I decided to whip up another batch this Saturday for lunch, and they were delicious :) I cant quite get over how easy they are to make, and it feels so good to eat something you made with your own two hands (although I felt like I did a major arm workout at the gym after all that rolling...I need to buy a pasta maker)!

iPad cover Make over,  inherited this iPad cover from a friend and I really didn't like the I decided to grab a marker and draw my own design on the front have no idea how satisfying it is to draw on something you shouldn' feels GOOD, its a work in progress at the moment, trying to decide how much more detail to put on....