Sunday, 7 February 2016

crafting bliss....

Well going back to work has gone smoothly, it's been really hectic and busy but that should die down soon. I have been savouring all the free time I can to work on some new and some old projects. A few ufo's have been finished or nearly finished but I will show more of them soon.
I started this little project, couldn't put it down and  got it done quick smart. Loved the shape of the pears and had been wanting one of my own ever since Elyte made hers. I decided to raid my stash of reds and shirtings. It is a Gail Pan design.
some borders and some simple quilting and it will be a lovely wall hanging.


 Susan of Thimble stitch made me a beautiful little cotton holder (the prety blue one) then she also posted a tutorial on her blog... of course I wanted to have a go. The instructions were great to follow and mine didn't turn out too bad. My major issue was the stiffening I used was not firm enough. Note for next time...
Today I got around to making the little closer that goes around the button. I ended up crocheting mine as when I tried to sew it I had to undo numerous times.  Not as perfect as Susan's but practise makes perfect!

You might have noticed the little bunnies in the background.... Mum told me about them when she had passed Bed Bath and Table. I had to have a look and they only had two left so I snapped them up.

they are so pretty as they are but I had something else in mind for them.
 After some playing in the sewing room this afternoon they become pin cushions... because I need another pincushion of course.. actually I think I need a bigger shelf for them!
the little bucket one got done too -they were on sale at bed bath and table last easter and I snapped up a few of them too. I so need to get my hands on some more bunnies! luckily they are getting some more in next week.
Have also been indulging in some crochet while I wait to revisit miss Lucy Kemper. I have quite a stash of crochet cotton and some beads too so thought some milk jug doilies were in order. I am onto my third one.  It takes one or two to get my tension and rythm happening so I want to keep going and hope to make a few more for the gift box.
I haven't made this pattern before but it was very enjoyable and easy to follow. I think it was a freebie from the Coats website. If anyone is interested I can fish out the pattern again and get the details.


Well that's me caught up again....
Hope there has been some crafting in your weekend too.

happy days
Marina


23 comments:

Ondrea said...

Oh my! Sooooo many gorgeous things. Love those pears and the reds are beautiful on the shirting fabrics. They really stand out. Looove the cotton holders. Never seen them before. Bunnies ard so cute or should that be "sew" cute now they have morphed into pin cushions lol. Just too cute! You are so clever crocheting those pretty doilies. You sure have been very productive. Well done.

cucki said...

So beautiful
Love the little pouch for the thread..so sweet
Super sweet bunnies x

Susan said...

Gosh you have been busy. Those pears are gorgeous. Your reel turned out great, I'm glad you could follow my directions. Perfect use for the bunnies, do you glue the cushion in?

Michelle Ridgway said...

Those red pears are the sweetest. I love them! Love what you did with the bunnies and of course you know how I feel about milk jug covers...yours are so pretty.

Fiona said...

well you are busy busy.... love those pear blocks... and your threadcase... and those bunny pincushions are just too adorable!! those jug covers are always great and I love mine I got from you a few years back...
Hugz

Lynda said...

So many lovely goodies, Marina - I love all of these things you're working on.

elliek said...

It all looks great Marina. You have been busy.

kiwikid said...

You have been a busy girl Marina!! Love the pears, they look fantastic!! The thread holder is very cute, you did well with the button closer thingy!! Lol!! Love the doilies, my grandmother used to have lots of those.

shez said...

Hi Marina,oh those pears look fantastic i have the pattern but havent started it yet,you have been very busy and i always love seeing your beautiful work,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

Helen L said...

I love your pears quilt: so pretty! And your crochet is quite good: very even and a very pretty doily! Have a great week: hugs, H in Healdsburg

Cheryl said...

LOVE your pears Marina and the gorgeous fabrics you've used. You crochet beautifully - something I would love to learn one day. And your rabbits are the cutest and make wonderful pin cushions

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

My goodness you have been busy they all look amazing xxxx

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Wow your pears are so lovely, the red fabrics are stunning. The cotton holder is so cute, design changes make it yours. The jug holders are lovely, I saw some for sale in a shop today.
Happy days.
Bev.

barb's creations said...

Love the pears especially in my favorite colourway of red and yes please to a link for those gorgeous crocheted doilies :) Barb.

Elyte said...

So many lovely things Marina, even after being back at work. Your pears look gorgeous and you seemed to enjoy the project as much as I did. They look fabulous in the reds and I look forward to seeing it finished. Well done with the little cotton holder and those rabbits are very cute.

Helen said...

Your pears look fantastic and I love love your bunnies just so cute !

Melody said...

Wow, so much loveliness in this post. Love your bunny pincushions and the pears are gorgeous

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely fabrics you need for the pears, I love those colours to.
You get me an idea of the bunny's so cute are they.
And treadholder amazing what an idea.

Well done all Marina.

Jo said...

Oh my those milk jug doilies are just beautiful. My mum made these. You have done a great job. Well done....

Karen S said...

Love the look of the pear applique. Great fabrics and great backgrounds.
Your bunnies are delightful and are perfect for pin cushions. I may have to hunt for some of these, too.
Your work with the crochet covers is beautiful. They are such delicate pieces.
Pleased to hear that work is fine.
Enjoy your weekend.

Teresa said...

OMG I love everything!!! Love the pears. They look so good in all the different reds. Love the little thread holder - will be checking that out. Yours is lovely. The bunnies are just gorgeous!!! I made a ceramic bunny into a pincushion last year. Such a great idea. Your crocheting is just perfect. So beautiful. You are always such an inspiration Marina xx

Raewyn said...

Beautiful eye candy in this post Marina... the pears look gorgeous in the reds and you've made a very sweet wee cotton holder. Gorgeous jug covers.... if you've had to fish out the pattern for others, I wouldn't mind knowing the details too :-) Such a fun idea with the bunnies! Good luck with selling your ufos, it must be hard to decide what to pass on.

Lisa said...

Your pears are so beautiful.... lovely fabric choices as always