Cute New Bag

Had a hankerin’ to make myself a bag

A cute, frou-frou one

So I made this bag….

Pink n Orange n Blue Bag

I keep getting admiring comments about my cute new bag!

Some things I make never get comments

and some do…

Go figure that one out!

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Reusing CDs

Chatting recently about the number of CDs lying around and ways to recycle or reuse them.

I was asked if I could think of ways to do this, beyond the usual hanging ornaments

or as items to deter birds ion the garden.

The project would have to beĀ  on a low-cost, no-cost basis

– meaning that the labour to do the “recycling” would be free,

but any additional items would need to be donated or somehow “found”.

Hmmm now I love a challenge…at first I couldn’t think of anything apart from the usual ideas above.

Then I did some internet research and came up with a few ideas that appealed to me.

Jewelry – use smaller bits of the CD to create pieces

Drink coasters – use the whole CD between two pieces of fabric

Bowls – use the whole CD which is softened by heat

Mosaics – break up the CD and use to decorate found items

House numbers – using reflective qualities of the CD surface so visitors can see your house number

Clocks – use the whole CD as a feature (the clock mechanism might have to be bought

so even though I love this idea I have put it last!)

Any other ideas?? they would be greatly appreciated!

I just love the idea of making jewelry – stay posted for the creations!!

PS If you reuse CDs please remember to use safety gear

protect your eyes with safety glasses and wear protective gloves.

Work in a well ventilated environment

Fabric

I have been spending the morning adding fabric to my website. I have loads of fabric (& beads) but mysteriously….very little is actually listed anywhere for sale.
I have listed these two lovely paisley fabrics from Jasmine’s Palace (Cranston)
Purple
..and orange

I have always been a bit of a paisley fan (oh yes, and a dot lover as well!). I was trying to add my dot fabric photos to my site but they came out all funny. So I took them off….and will re-do them. Perhaps I should stand further away when I take the photos??

Any ideas about this would be gratefully appreciated.

Check out these little pretties!

I saw this type of flower in a magazine I was reading recently and thought I’d try some. The ones in the magazine were made using a different fabric. I used sparkle organza (I just love this name!) to make these. I am sooo happy with how they turned out! They’d be great for hair accessories, weddings or just for embellishing pretty things!

The first 3" block

Here is the first 3″ block that I sewed. I have lightly embellished it using one of my favourite metallic yarns, japanese glass seed beads and some pretty daisies. You will notice from my future posts about these 3″ blocks that I love the fabric which is called “panne” or “crushed velvet”.

I have lots of this in use in my home – when I need some I just take a snip or two of the existing piece..be it a curtain or a table cloth!! I can always buy more, can’t I? Ihave used six colours in different combinations.

3" Blocks

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I love working with fabrics/textiles. Where to start? Now that’s the question, when there is such a huge variety of ways in which to work with fabric. I have been a lurker on various forums and boards for about twelve months now and have really enjoyed reading about this fascinating area of quilting. I thought I would start small with 3″ blocks and see how I went with them.