Sunday, 19 October 2014

Renovating...up-cycling...whatever

In the midst of my disjointed house renovations I find myself left with a surplus chest of drawers.  It a cheap chest but very handy as it has lots of drawers so I think I'll move it to my teeny, tiny sewing room. Unfortunately I'm no longer keen on the waxed pine look and I think it won't be great in my dark, teeny, tiny sewing room (I'm just glad to have one!).  So what's a girl to do but get out the paint brushes...


From this

Via this


To this...


Hopefully I've made it so that I can use the top of the drawers as a pressing surface eventually. I'm really pleased with this and it has worked out as I planned.  I'm also going to paint the matching large bookcase to match, but this time I'm going to use a roller!



Thursday, 2 October 2014

Malvern Autumn Show

Last weekend saw my first ever visit to the Malvern Autumn Show organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.  Unfortunately the specific exhibitor I wanted to see didn't turn up but I had a lovely day anyway.  I browsed all the commercial stands, watched the dog agility competition and entertained my inner engineer with the steam powered engines.  I even strayed into the flower and competition pavilion.

There were beautiful growers' displays...






Exquisite floral competition entries...




And amazing produce entries...





These were the entries for the largest in the class, the woman sneaking into the bottom is an adult.  I don't know if growing over large and probably inedible veg is a British thing?


Saturday, 20 September 2014

FNSI results

A little late posting this but I did achieve something during yesterday's FNSI.


I finally got the binding onto my cousin's daughter's quilt.  Took longer than I'd expected, but pleased with it.


I followed a binding tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Co and it has definitely improved the look of my binding.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Now for something slightly different...

Over the summer I ended up going to one of those ceramics painting place that I always thought were just for kids...


...I was wrong.  After painting the first mug at the beginning of August I took my sister to another pottery painting place at the end of the month and painted the blue mug.

Barring my inability to paint a steady straight line round the rim or base I really enjoyed painting these and may find an excuse to go again in the near future!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Wedding Banner - In Use

Well I didn't manage to quilt the banner for the big day they were able to use it as a banner.


I'm really loving how it's turning out.

(Picture taken by Paul Pickard - www.paulpickard.com

Monday, 18 August 2014

Still growing my own...

Despite my laid back approach to gardening and fairly long periods without watering my veggie plants are doing their utmost to produce something edible (they've also produced a ridiculous amount of leaves and are slowly taking over my yard!).

Courgette

Teeny tiny green tomato

Baby butternut squash


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Wedding Banner Quilt - Part 2

And the work on the quilt for my brother's wedding goes on.  Nothing like an end of the month deadline to get you moving on a king size quilt!

A large proportion of the 900+ 2.5 inch squares destined for the border

Two of the letters - one appliquéd, one not