Monday, 28 September 2015

Back On The Tools.

Yep! that's right! Can't seem to leave the power tools alone now. 
I have been wanting to make a small ironing board/mat for the craft room for some time now and Saturday night was the time to do it!
Not much cutting or measuring and after the board is cut you only need the staple-gun.
I now have a nice fresh portable ironing mat. Love it!
What did you get up to on the weekend?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Trying Something New.

Remember a couple of weeks ago I got these? I put down the sewing needles and picked up a power saw and a few other tools instead!

.....with a bit of work I have turned one of the frames into a lovely tray to display items on my coffee table.

I even had a lesson or two with power tools........lucky for me hubby has a very well stocked shed.

Cutting the boards for the base.

Unfortunately it seems I deleted the photos of painting the frame and boards from my camera accidentally but  you can see how I finished it anyway.

I painted it with my home made chalk paint, and used a little blue paint to add just a hint of colour, followed by some soft furniture wax. I still need to get a couple of handles for the ends and I will be able to call it finished.

I have different plans for the other frame and can't wait to start on it. Had a marvellous time doing this one and gained a few new skills.......if you could call it that as I did have hubby on hand if I needed him.

Happy crafting .........

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

New Design

I am currently stitching up my new design and with Christmas just around the corner it's a good time to make something new to add to my stash and hopefully yours.

I am using traditional colours for this project.

Only a sneak peek until I get a little more done.

I have also been stitching Jenny's new design  into a table runner. Jenny is doing a free stitch-a-long using the beautiful words below. She has made a lovely Christmas Wreath. Go over to her blog Elefantz and stitch along. I might also make the wreath too!

Happy stitching!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Spring Time in the Garden.

Although it has been very dry here and we are now on even tougher water restrictions  I have a few pots of flowers and they certainly brighten up my day. I would really love a lush green garden and expanses of lawn with gardens of beautiful flowers.....but alas it can't be and I have to be content with a few pots.

The  pansy's put on a great show with their colorful display. 

A heavenly scent drifts up from the large petunias in the morning and calls to the bees.

A smaller variety of petunias in the hanging pots are looking thick and lush.

There are many good ideas on the web for water conservation  around the home and I put these into practice whether there are restrictions in place or not. What kind of garden do you like?

Happy gardening everyone!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Apples & Pears.

With some spare time on my hands yesterday I decided to get in and finish the rest of the pear and apple mug rugs I did last week. I only needed to put on the binding and do the stems and leaves, so with some catch up TV playing I got in and finished 3 of each.

Of course what  better way to use up left over scraps as a food mat for the cats. It's been on the to do list for a while now. They now have their own Tilda mat to match ours!