Sunday, 11 January 2015


Hi There,
Over the years I have collected many pieces of scrap fabric from finished sewing projects and bits that I have just liked 'because'.  

So after having this idea rattling around in my mind for about a year, I decided very quickly that I would cut up all those bits of fabric and make a patchwork blanket. Now I must confess that I am not a quilter!  I consider myself a novice and slightly useless at it.  But none the less I gave it a go.  I didn't know how all the crazy colours would go together and even if it would work.  

Work in progress

I made two sides that were very random, slightly crocked in places just by overlocking all the pieces together.  All the quilters out there would probably gasp at my roughness in putting it together but I didn't have time to ponder making it look pretty as long as it stayed together I was happy.

Once both sides were made I went to my happy place - SPOTLIGHT - and bought some bias binding and cotton batting.  I then put all three bits together and trimmed it with the bias binding.  Pretty quick - two and a half days later I had a patchwork blanket.

And to be honest... I LOVE IT!!  I love the quirkiness of it.  I love the colours and it makes me smile.  It goes so well with the two resident couch blankets.


I accidentally bought too much batting and I still have loads of scraps left so I thought I could make another.  Why not?  Still three weeks of holidays to go...


Happy New Year!

Hi There,
Rangitoto - We climbed to the top New Years Day
Another beach day

I know we are 11 days into the New Year and wishing you all an exciting, creative, crafty, colourful lovely 2015 seems a little late.  But OH Well...HAPPY 2015! 

This New Year has started well in the craft cupboard.  I have managed to make a t-shirt for my Oldest Lovely and a pair of shorts for my Littliest Lovely.

Renamed - Clown Shorts
LL picked the fabric and trim.  I was all set to make a pair of pants until she piped up and said that she would rather have shorts with frills around the bottom.  So I followed the orders and made them how she wanted.  She loves them!  They were very satisfying to make as they took less than an hour.

Another project which had been sitting in a pile to be seen to was OL's t-shirt.  I had cut it out MONTHS ago but never quite got around to finishing it.  Well now I have! Another successful sewing project.  The fabric which is a stretching sport type fabric was a little tricky to stitch. I am not sure I would use it again but it was a good challenge.  I have another happy child!  Yay!

So far this year I have been busy sewing by day (when we aren't out in the sunshine) and crocheting by night.  It has been lovely having the overlocker and sewing machine out and getting creative and making things.  

The never-ending blanket is STILL going. The pile of yarn is slowly getting smaller. I am trying not to get too distracted with other things as it really needs to be finished this year. It has been three possibly four years in the waiting making. So this is it, this year IT WILL BE FINISHED.  Ha...Famous last words!  Have a look at a previous post: New Year 2014 .  I can tell you now nothing on that craft list got looked at let alone finished.  So those new years resolutions were a little redundant.  But look at what I made instead.

2014 Projects

A lot of critters and dolls were made and only one blanket.  

I wonder what path my crochet mind will take this year.  It should be an interesting one!

So to all you creative people out there who 'pop in' and read this crazy blog of mine...have an exciting, creative, crafty, colourful lovely 2015.