8 September 2020

Gingerbread people, fairy houses and personalised quilted purses ...................

Ive been very quiet on the blog front but I have been doing a lot of sewing during the Corona Virus Pandemic and here are some photos of the stuff Ive made.  Ive also opened a little shop on etsy and have lots of gingerbread people, personalised keyfobs, spec cases, notebook covers, crowns and tiaras available    Im showing a few items here but there are lots more


Hope to see you soon, thanks for looking, Mary G x

7 February 2020

Teddy bears and rag dolls ....

Its ages since I blogged anything, so Im doing a little catch up today!  Ive been spending time sewing with just a little cardmaking in between

I'll not leave it so long next time,
see you soon, Mary x

20 November 2019

Pin cushions and Christmas stockings ....

I made these personalised quilted Christmas stockings using a couple of preprinted panels.  I drew the names on squared paper then cross-stitched onto 14 count Aida

A selection of pumpkin shaped pin cushions made from fat quarters of 100% cotton fabric, embroidery floss, ribbon and sparkly buttons.  They look lovely but are a devil to finish as I find it quite difficult to get my big doll needle through the well stuffed cushions to add the fine detail and the central button and 'leaves'  A sore finger means I may not make any more of these for a few weeks :0( 

Thanks for visiting, I'll post again soon
Mary G xx

17 November 2019

Making a start on Christmas cards ....

Ive been busy sewing since my new craft room was finished, but thought it was time to crack on with some Christmas cards.  I used LOTV Art Shop and Simply Prints images for these cards, each with a computer generated sentiment.

Thanks for looking, see you again soon,
Mary G x

13 November 2019

Pretty little lavender sachets ....

My craft room smells gorgeous today as Ive been making a selection of small cotton fabric lavender sachets with a hanging loop of tiny ric rac.  Each bag is embellished with co-ordinating lace, pearl beads, satin ribbon and a paper flower

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon
Mary G x

12 November 2019

The three bears .............

A good day for sewing as its pouring down with rain and the wind is very very cold!  While  I was at the bus stop after visiting the dentist in the village this morning I watched the massive 2019 Christmas tree being erected in front of the church - I never have my mobile with me to take photos when I really need it :-(    The year is flying past.  Another bear, this time I made a medium sized bear in pink floral cotton fabric from my stash.  I enjoyed making this size but I agree that the smallest bear does look very cute!

Medium sized bear

Medium bear and small bear
  Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon,
Mary G x

11 November 2019

A very small bear .......

Remembe the large bear I made recently? well this is a really small version of it - a bit too small and fiddly so its back to the drawing board and I will make another mid way between original size and tiny size!  Bit like the three bears I think, this is definitely baby bear!   The bear has been made from 100% cotton fabric and has safety eyes and nose and is filled with safe stuffing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today,
see you again soon,
Mary G x

Reusable gift bag .....

A reusable 100% cotton gift bag with blocked corners and sturdy handles made from one fat quarter.

Thanks for visiting my blog today
see you soon
Mary G x

8 November 2019

Pink and blue duck .....

A pink and blue duck enhanced with lace. I coloured the beak with very dark pink fabric die and added a sparkly button on her neck and a pearl an diamante button on her lace hat.  The pattern for the duck is by Tilda

Thanks for visiting my blog
see you soon
Mary G x

4 November 2019

Pink glass pumpkin ........

This is the gorgeous glass pumpkin I made at Sunderland Glass Centre a week ago - you're never sure of the actual colour it will turn out, until its been in the oven but I was really pleased with it.  Im adding it to my pumpkin collection on my bathroom windowsill!  The Glass Centre are running Christmas Bauble making experiences in the run up to Christmas and we'll be there to make another for our trees!

Thanks for visiting my blog, see you soon,
Mary G x

Strawbearyy bear

I got a new pattern for bears, rabbits and dogs Simplicity 8044 but as it was desribed as 'one size' I thought the creatures would be fairly small.  For the first attempt with this pattern, I used left over fabric from my stash, however, the bear was much bigger than I anticipated and took a lot of stuffing.  I used safety eyes and an embroidered nose but will use safety nose for the next one.  I was pleased how he turned out!

Front cover of the pattern

Thanks for visiting, see you soon,
Mary G x

31 October 2019

Girl skipping ....

Its been a while since I blogged any papercrafting, but Im pleased to say my new craft room is now taking shape and most of my stuff is accessible now!  I made this birthday card for my great niece using a digital download 'Girl Skipping)  from the LOTV https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lotvartshop

thanks for visiting,
see you soon, 
Mary G x

6 October 2019

A dresden plate cover for a footstool .....

Its ages since I posted a paper crafting project, but Ive been having some work done to the house which has stopped me from getting to my colouring and card making stuff.  However, I did manage to make a quick card for my daughter Andrea for her recent engagement to Liam.

As my sewing machine and my fabric stash were easy to get to, I have been finding out how to do patchwork and quilting and the piece at the top is a 'Dresden Plate' design.  After I had cut and stitched the pieces and added the centre circle, I appliqued onto a pale green background then made a border with spot dark green fabric then added the binding.  I've been practising getting my corners right, and this one turned out very well.  I wasnt actually thinking of what the piece would end up as, I just enjoyed learning how to make it, but I think this will make a lovely cover for my footstool over Christmas time.

I have also being making a little wedding ring cushion and some quilted zipped pouches, the green  one is made from left-over fabric from the Dresden Plate piece.

Mary G x