Friday, 24 April 2015

More on the wine theme

Another wine themed embroidery pattern and bag.
"Wine flies when you're having fun."

Thursday, 23 April 2015

How do you eat an elephant?

...One bite at a time.
However, that is not how I am making the elephants - more like ten at a time!
Here is another example.
 Part of the fun of cutting these (which I do in front of the TV) is using the seams to add interest, and mixing colours of denim.  Very satisfying.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Cargo bag again.

This is another lighter weight bag.  I think it will work well for someone.  I am pleased to have figured out a way of using these trousers to make a satisfying bag.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Mega hippo!

I have been struggling a bit to get the dimensions right for my hippos.  The initial pattern I used was quite small, which made it time consuming and fiddly to sew.  So I doubled the size ... and ended up with a hippo large enough to be a footstool!
Hmmm.... I'm sure he will sell, but I don't fancy cutting, sewing and stuffing (or transporting) more than one of this size.  So I have gone for a 125% increase on the original pattern, which is looking much more sensible!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Big Green Day - MK Stadium

This was a well organised event in the preparation.  Unfortunately, at the last minute MK Stadium apparently decided that stalls could not be outside, so most of us were moved inside the arena.  Although this is a great space, it was probably too big for the event (particularly since many stallholders appeared to decide not to turn up) and the footfall was very low. Such a pity, for among those of us who did turn up were some brilliant experiences, many of them free. MK Brass played throughout the event - fabulous music - and there was a free (bicycle powered) smoothies stand, bouncy castles, an art area, football areas, sustainable energy, and many many more interesting activities.  Outside were animals and funfair rides.

I was pleased with my own stall set up, and was glad to be able to spread out my stands.

 (Spot the way I found of displaying some of the toys?)
The table looked good too, though really I could have done with more space.

I took less than £50 - OK for two hours, but in reality the event has taken up most of my day.  Wish we could have been outside!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pastel flower bag

Another flower bag, this time using a variety of colours of denim.  I am often ask if I will take denim which is not blue - and the answer is always yes!  In fact, I am now branching out to other fabrics and have used some lovely blue cord in some of my recent creations.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Ronnie Rhino

I think I am going to have to find names for the rhinos.
This one can be Ronnie - for no better reason than it was the first R name I came up with - and is better than "Randy" which is the name given on the site selling the pattern!  (I'm sure Randy works well as a name in some cultures, but it definitely does not work in the UK!)

Like the elephants, the ears of these rhinos (and their tails) are made from African fabric.  Ronnie has a rather fearsome look, but he is actually very cuddly.  He is from a Funky Friends pattern - I thoroughly recommend these patterns; they are wonderful! 
Shared at Show off Saturday 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Pastel card trick bag

This third version of this lovely bag uses a more pastel colour scheme, with some pink denim included.  I have to say I am not as struck by it as I am the first two, but I am never very good at predicting what will and what will not sell!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

New slogan

I had a request at last year's Stony Stratford Folk on the Green for a bag with a saying about wine.  The request led to the purchase of three bags!  So I have hunted for a variety of embroidery patterns with wine slogans, with considerable success I might add!  Here is the first resulting bag:
"You're not really drinking alone if your kids are home."

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Square in a square

I have used this pattern for a quilt before, with one square inside another and another and so on.
I wanted to use the fabrics from the lovely fat quarters packs from HobbyCraft as a feature, and decided to experiment with this pattern.
This one is my favourite of the four resulting bags.  The turquoise prints work so well with the denim.