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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sticky bits and pieces

One of my excuses for having a subscription to Country Living magazine is that I use their lovely pictures for my decoupage stash - I have to admit that I have a pretty substantial stash and my mini-projects don't seem to dent it much, but better than dumping the whole magazine in the recycling bin I think.  My latest efforts have resulted in a fairly presentable upcycled tray which I acquired for £1.50 at a boot sale, and a few cards ready to pop in the post for Easter.  The latter started off looking more shabby than chic but once I got into the flow I was quite pleased with the results. 

No progress on the knitting front yet though; I know I found a pattern I liked a while back but now I can't find it anywhere - but... in my search I discovered the wonders of Ravelry, and I just know I'm going to be hooked! 

Monday, 17 March 2014

The never-ending-quilt is done!

Well it took me an awful long time to finish, but I am very proud to say that I finally got there! I made the quilt about 6 years ago under the expert tutorage of the lovely ladies at Busy Bees Patchwork (who very sadly lost their entire stock to a fire recently - this must have been heart-breaking but they have rallied admirably and are keeping their brilliant courses going).  The machine stitched pieces were completed in a mere 6 weeks of classes + homework; and then it was down to me to put the backing on and set about hand stitching.  I worked on each square in turn but there were long periods inactivity where I got distracted with gardening and other crafty delights.  Towards the end of last summer I decided to take up knitting, but forbade myself from getting started until I was done with this, which spurred me on to doggedly keep at it.  So at last it is done, and I am inordinately pleased with the result.  Now... where are those knitting needles?