Sunday, 20 January 2013

my crafty retreat..

I have been having my own personal crafting retreat while hubs and son 2 and 3 are away for the weekend. They left friday morning and come home today so I have been Queen of the Castle. No 1 son home but he has been busy socialising and when he has been home he is not demanding and good company. He did take me to brunch yesterday morning and I had the most wonderful poached egg on salmon and spinach, did I mention the hollandaise sauce? Yummm
With all this time to myself I have been enjoying some extra crafting time and watching some dvd's. I watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the last Harry Potter movie yesterday afternoon and evening while stitching on the couch stitching and cutting.
would you like to see some progress
First of all I tackled this 'thing', rather unsuccessfully I might add. As you can see from the photo the frame is a little unusual and the purse just didn't sit well at all even with Liz's suggestion which should have worked. Result-more unpicking and I have resolved to get a new frame that allows for the purse top to be inserted into the frame then stitched like the others I have done.

 then I had a play around with my dresden plates to see if they would come together as in my head. Just a rough guide but I think it is working well.

My centre progress..... only two types of flowers to go then I can applique my butterflies.
 some Swan Lake flowers that were prepped ready to go-done. Need to get some more ready too...
Some new hexies were ironed, cut and are all ready to be basted and then sewn into something special. These hexies are mostly from my scrap box. Only a small dent but then it isn't that big anyway. Lovely warm colours.

I have enjoyed my retreat-in now to get some cooking and ironing done for when the others return home.
Looking forward to a fun day tomorrow-will tell you more tomorrow.
Happy days!
marina


oops..
forgot to put the photo of these little items that will hopefully be finished in time for the 25th for the Christmas gifting box.
that's all folks..

21 comments:

Christine M said...

Don't you just love it when the family (well, most of it) is away and you can stitch to your heart's desire! Your dresden plate quilt is coming along nicely. I managed to get some sewing in yesterday. Finished my initial heart swap and my Mill Rosie designer swap!

Lib said...

Wow what a fantastic weekend you have had and how good is your son to take you out for such a yummy breakfast!

Keep on with the purse the hexies look gorgeous.

Melody said...

Sounds like a fabulous time and you achieved so much

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

What lovely projects to work on whilst at "your retreat". hugs

Cheryll said...

Oh what FuN you've had. I love it when hubby goes away to golf getaways too! Arrr the dresden.. my fav! :)

Karen said...

What a lovely opportunity to have time for yourself. Great to spend it sewing. Lots of lovely projects on the go,too. I like the way the dresdens look with that wonderful embroidery in the centre. And the hexie flowers are so pretty! Glad you had a great time.

shez said...

what a lovely retreat you had at home look at all the beautiful work you have done,you have worked very hard Marina well done.xx

elliek said...

The Dresden's look great and your little decos are gorgeous. Brunch sounds good, so civilised isn't it. Sorry that the purse didn't go together, such a shame as the frame is so pretty.

Mistea said...

Lots of pretties to keep you entertained at your retreat.
Cute decorations for your Christmas stash.
Enjoy tomorrow.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Yours went out and mine all visited. Lol. Love what you have been up too. The Dresden's are scrumptious.

Narelle said...

Oh wow! Your retreat sounds like heaven to me :)
You've been very productive with some lovely projects.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Yours went out and mine all visited. Lol. Love what you have been up too. The Dresden's are scrumptious.

Maria said...

There is nothing nicer than some ME time..
Looks like you had lots of fun doing beautiful projects as well as watching some movies in peace and to top it off brunch with your son...
Fabulous....

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks like you maybe having the best time...very productive, looks fantastic...

Els koetsier said...

You had a wunderfull weekend with youre son, youre purse will be wunderfull.
Dresden plate waauw,also youre hexa flowers.

hopefully is the temp lower than 45 degrees now in Australié..
here is it now winter with temp at -3 at day and -10 at the night. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

Shirley said...

Love having the house to myself. Maybe next time I shall dedicate it to my own quilting retreat. Lots of lovely stitching to look at. I wonder if there is a bit missing from that frame. Not seen one like it before.

Elyte said...

Looks like you got alot done on your retreat. Pity about the purse frame, but there must be a better one waiting for you somewhere. Your gift quilt is looking very beautiful. Well done.

Fiona said...

sounds like an absolutely perfect few days... except for the hexie purse not playing nice (now I know why I am avoiding them!!!) love how your dresden/stitchery quilt is comingon... it will be so beautiful... and I do love your dceorations .. those new hexies look very tiny and fiddly (I knew there was a reason I was avoiding them!!!) and the big ones are just as beautiful... you must have done lots for Swan Lake now???? HOpe you didn't have too much of an anticlimax back to the cooking and ironing....
Hugz

katherine said...

Lucky lady! I might declare Wednesday and Friday this week as 'me' days lol.

Lin said...

What a lovely weekend Marina and some lovely work done completed too. Your quilt is going to look gorgeous. We had snow again yesterday so everything was cancelled, sadly, as I was looking forward to lunch with friends. However tackled some boring ditch quilting and got on with some reading. I loved the Marigold Hotel film - am looking forward to Quartet now. Have a good week. xx

Josie said...

Wow! Are you sure that was a retreat you had and not Quilting Boot Camp! You got a serious amount of quilty work done and it sounds like you really enjoyed yourself too. Good on #1 Son for taking you out to brunch. He gets brownie points for that... is that sexist?