Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Calm Waters Update


Told you I'd give you an update on Calm Waters, my current big work in progress by John Clayton. 

 
You can't really see much yet, because I've just put mountains and sky in so far. But I'm loving the way all the colours come together, they work so wonderfully and I can't wait to see the finished piece. 

 
What else is going on here? Wedding stuff! Our save the dates for the first ceremony went out this week (more on that later) and the kitchen table is covered in paperwork for the ceremony and my wedding visa application. Most of the time it's exciting, but sometimes just tiring and nervewracking! Wedding costs also mean that my budget is getting tighter and tighter. Time to get even more creative with finding the materials for my crafty life. I'm thinking about trying some Amigurumi. . . I've been meaning to try it for a while, it doesn't use much yarn and will extend my crochet skills! What do you guys think? Does anyone know of some good beginners patterns?

That's all for now, find me linking up here

Sarah

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Weekend Baking: Ginger Slice


This was one of those recipes where you get half way through and go 'woaaaaaahhhh that's A LOT of butter.' Heart-attack inducing goodness. But good it was, absolutely packed full of ginger and more cakey then slicey in the end. 

 
As usual the recipe was from Allyson Gofton's Bake. I really do love this book, although Alison Thompson's Bake is also on the wishlist. It seems good baking books have to be written by someone called Allison (or some variation thereof). 

 
Stay tuned in the next few days for a long awaited update on the Calm Waters stitch.

That's all for now, you can find me linking up here!

Sarah

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spreading the news to fellow stitchers

Just spreading the news to fellow stitchers that the stitching blog Feathers in the Nest will be deactivated within the next 24 hours. It holds a wealth of free patterns, so is worth taking one last look just so you can save anything that you feel you'd ever want to stitch.

I know that I for one will sorely miss this stitchy blog!

That's all for now,

Sarah

Monday, August 22, 2011

Recovering


Some of you may have noticed my sudden disappearance from blogland. It happens. . . trying to balance uni work with planning two weddings and life in general doesn't always work out. Craftyness got pushed aside. I got worn down. . . which means I got sick. Thankfully it's now holidays and although there's still uni work to do I can take a step back from it all. This weekend has been about recovery. . . baking bread in a giant, well stocked kitchen. 

 
Loving the chewy crust on the finished product. This is just a simple baker's white loaf from Allyson Gofton's 'Bake' (one of my favourite cookbooks). 

 
Enjoying a gifted copy of Cross Stitcher. I love British cross stitch magazines, but rarely get them. They're just so expensive here! They vary from about twice to five times what they would cost in the UK and are 2-3 months out of date by the time they get here. This one was picked up for me yesterday and is 2 months out of date. 

 
But still full of inspiration. I haven't picked up my stitching for most of the week, but the kit for this wee fox was included with the mag. I started stitching it almost straight away and finished within a few hours. It was nice to do something small, to see the character coming together quickly. 

 'Felt-framed fox,' by Lucie Heaton. Cross Stitcher Issue 240.
Completed using materials supplied in kit.

I've got some vague plans for him and orders by a couple of others to stitch him for them. Hope all of you in Christchurch are enjoying the sun!

You can find me linking up here

That's all for now,

Sarah

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Dragonfly Cushion


Told you I was working on something crafty in the background . . . one tiny bit at a time. Seriously, I was sewing maybe a line per night until last night, where I found half an hour spare to finish it off. It's a birthday present for my fiance's grandmother, so I'm glad I finished it before Saturday!


 
It's an envelope back cushion cover, with a cross stitch front in a popular pin pillow style. So it counts as another cross stitch finishing technique! 

 
I love the dragonfly print fabric, so unique and at 40% off too. I matched it to the colours in a recently finished cross stitch and paired it with a couple of wooden buttons at the back.


The buttonholes gave me some grief, but I got there eventually. 

 
I'm loving the sewing machine at the moment and have the urge to do some crochet. But there's unfinished knitting and stitching calling my name. . . what to do, what to do?!

You can find me at the usual parties :)

That's all for now,

Sarah

Monday, August 8, 2011

A quick Engagement Party post


Things have been pretty hectic around here lately. My workload this semester has turned out to be quite a bit bigger than I predicted! Not to mention wedding planning, enjoying time with the fiance before he heads back to France, working part time and life-in-general. But we managed to host a great engagement party on Saturday at short notice. The theme was “An afternoon of dessert.” We both have a sweet tooth so it suited us just fine, especially as there was soooooooo much leftover at the end!

Here's the amazing engagement cake a good friend made us. . . it's still hanging around, we haven't been able to bear the thought of cutting it open. 

 

I'm making slow progress on something crafty in the background, more on that later in the week.

While you're here, pop over to Momma Go Round and enter her awesome giveaway for a La Vie Petite awning skirt. I'm so totally in love with this skirt, I bet you all will be too! 

 

That's all for now,

Sarah

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

An actual real cross stitch finish! Woop!!


For those of you who aren't cross stitchy there's two types of finishing in this world. There's finishing the stitching, which I can do. . . and there's actually FINISHING the cross stitch piece into something beautiful and often practical. Which for some reason I'm deathly afraid of. But recently I've really had the urge to sew and the pile of unfinished cross stitch has really been mounting up.

Remember this small piece? I had something else in mind for it, but inspiration struck me when I took a look at my needle tin. 

 
The solution to this mess? A needlebook, which is a pretty popular finish in the cross stitch world. And it was sooo easy. I really have no idea what I was so afraid of. 

 
Even with my comparative lack of sewing skills it only took a couple of hours from start to finish and every step was a joy. Probably thanks to this great tutorial . . . 


 

I think I can now tick the needlebook finish off the list as something I can do. I thought the day would never come. I can't wait to try something else now. . . I think I've got the bug, not to mention a pile of unfinished stitches.

Time to get back to scouting wedding locations!

That's all for now,

Sarah

I'll be linking up to the usual parties, plus Learn a New Technique at The Crafter's Apprentice.

The Crafters Apprentice