Monday, 20 June 2011

Successful Weekend

Well as well as relaxing and moving my lounge furniture around I got a pleasing amount of sewing done.  I was hoping to have sewn the pinwheels together by Sunday evening but I got a little distracted by the tv and had a few layout dilemmas!  When I started trying to sew the pinwheels together I realised I was getting a little  dozy.

Anyway the layout I'm going with (as I have already sewn together 5 pinwheels) is...

It's based strongly on a free pattern from the Fat Quarter shop.  It's destined to be a baby quilt for the baby of a close friend who has always appreciated bright colours.  Two borders to go and then I'm going to risk some free motion quilting I think.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Beautiful Things

So a rather nice shop is having a sale and I rather liked two of the lamps in the sale.  Some how they seemed to have both come home with me.  Please do not ask how much!

This is the one that originally caught my eye and my reason for going into the shop in the first place.

And then this one just called out to me.  The birds are in gold.  And yes I know the shade is still wrapped in plastic I'm still deciding whether it is the right size for the base, the one in the shop was even smaller.  Think I'm totally happy with the colour and style of the shade though.

A little confession I don't actually have places to put these lamps but I have been rearranging my lounge all day in order to solve this problem, it'd be a shame to hide them away on top of tall bookcases.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

FNSI Results

Well my Friday Night Sew In was more of a Friday night prep in.

At least this pile of squares is now all ready to be converted into HSTs and eventually pin wheels.  Don't seem   to do much machine sewing during the FNSIs, but I don't want to annoy the neighbours with my sewing machine during the late evening.

My other Friday evening treat was finding this...

A very productive alpine strawberry plant with almost perfectly ripe tiny strawberries which have thrived in a shady condition and taste yummy.  And the best bit ... I appear to have got to them before the birds!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Pretty knitty and FNSI

Normal crafting is definitely resumed now.  Been trying to revise and therefore have done next to no craft over the last few weeks, I haven't even been managing to keep up with the blogs.

Anyway just wanted to share my gorgeous dpns and lace yarn with you all...

The dpns are knitpicks wooden ones, no sure they're quite pointy enough for lace knitting but they're pretty and are doing the job.

And this somewhat dark picture (should really take pictures earlier in the day) is the lovely blue tonal yarn that for the life of me I can't remember the details for.

I'm sorry I can't show you a better picture of the actual knitting but it's destined to be a present, hopefully this year!

And just for those who have been in a blog free world like me for the past few days the next FNSI is 17 June and signs ups are on Crafty Vegas Mom's blog. This coincides beautifully with my planned weekend of crafting.  Two baby quilts required by July and I'd like to finally finish my quilt and I could do with squeezing in a bit of knitting!