Sunday, 28 March 2010

{ Hello Spring! } Quilt... Sneak Peak

My poor old blog might be a bit neglected these days (mainly due to having no time what so ever with buying the house!) but I have been crafting. Infact the nesting urge seems to have kicked in big time at the moment and I'm full of ideas for blankets, cushions, canvases and other such homely things!

This weekend I've been sewing. Sewing my first full size quilt to be precise. After Micayla sent me the beautiful fabric I posted a while back I knew straight away I wanted to make a quilt. I dug through my stash of pretty fabrics and came up with quite a few that would go together. Cutting all the squares was quite a task as they are 4 1/2" (although made much easier because I bought a rotary cutter) and I've sewn them together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Having a 1/4" foot on my sewing machine made this really easy (thank you Mum!) and I strongly recommend anyone wanting to have a go at quilting invests in both of these.

So here's just a sneak peak as I couldn't wait to share (Pink & green woodgrain fabric - I can't get enough of this and will be making some cushions soon to match. It's by Joel Dewberry if you're interested although the Aviary range is now discontinued so if you like it and want some buy buy buy as it's selling out fast!).

The quilt top is finished and I now need to make another trip to to the fabric shop for some bias binding and a load more of the pink damask fabric for the back and I can finish it off.

However, this was really just a test quilt... to see how I got on with quilting on a large scale and I love it! I'm going to make a quilt for the living room and 2 runners to go across the bottom of our bed (one for each colour scheme - although how we can have 2 seperate colour schemes in one room is a story for another post!). I've already started collecting fabric for the living room quilt... a much more subdued affair of beige, brown and cream to keep Mark happy! That one will be far more about pattern than colour.

And as for the house, it's all coming along nicely and we're currently waiting on the solicitors. Fingers crossed we'll be setting an exchange date very soon!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The One About Lots of Things but Nothing Inparticular

Do you remember a little while ago I posted that SJ was having a give away during a blog party weekend on her blog and how much I'd like to win a wonderful painted wooden canvas. Well, believe it or not I won! I couldn't believe it, it's such a beautiful canvas. And finally I've got round to taking some photos of it.

At the moment it's sat in a little easel on a shelf in my craft room along with a lovely basket of wool and my little wooden man to keep it company. I haven't bothered to hang it in this house as hopefully we won't be here for all that much longer. And in the new house it will go on the wall of my new craft room along with 2 other canvases that I've done myself. Exciting times!

I've also been meaning to show you this little bag I made for a while. I found it while blog hopping and immediately new I wanted to make one with some odd charms I had left from a patchwork project I did a while ago using the lush Wonderland fabric by Moda. It's a really easy tutorial that's free and the bag is the perfect size to hold a skein of yarn while you're knitting or even to keep you little bits and pieces in on your desktop while you're scrapbooking. I love mine and you can find the tutorial here.


And so what else have I been doing? Well knitting of course! At the moment I'm attempting my first proper item of clothing, a little shrug knit seamlessly in the round.

I'm knitting it in the wonderfully soft Cashsoft Aran by Rowan in a lovely fresh green colour, perfect for spring! At the moment it looks like this, it's coming on surprisingly quickly and has just enough going on in the pattern to keep me interested but is still easy enough to do without too much thought being needed! You can find the pattern here on Ravelry if you're interested.

And have I been scrapbooking like I said I would in my previous post? Well yes I have actually, although sadly nothing to share I'm afraid as it's documenting the ups and downs of us buying our first house so is a bit too personal for on her I'm afraid. However it did feel good to scrapbook again!
On the house front I'd like to thank you for all the kind comments and well wishes from my previous post, we're both so excited it's unreal! Sadly no more real news at the moment, we are now in the hands of the solicitors, estate agents and bank so it's just a waiting game really for now (although we are waiting rather impatiently and ringing them to pester about progress every day!).
However, all this waiting is giving us a lot of time to realise the size of the project we are taking on. It may only be a relatively small house but everything needs doing. We've made a decision that the first weekend when we've got the keys we're going to rip everything out. And I mean literally everything... the entire kitchen and bathroom, the carpets, curtains, wall paper, internal doors, skirting, ceiling cladding (it has wood cladding on the ceilings in the kitchen and bathroom, don't ask!)... Seriously, everything is going in the skip.
I joked with Mark that we'll do that and then panic and wonder what we've done! We are lucky though that we're in the position to stay in rented for about 4 - 6 weeks while we get the majority of it done. But boy will it be a busy and stressful few weeks! I've just got to keep telling myself that it'll be worth it in the end!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Sold!

I've been missing from this blog for a while now, but we've been very very busy of late. After two and a half years of renting (6 months in the flat and 2 years in this house) we decided it was high time that we bought our very own house as we've been itching to make somewhere our own.

With the markets as they are and our contract up for renewal we decided there was no time like the present. And, after thinking we'd lost this house as the first time we offered it was refused and sold to some else. However they dropped out and now it's finally ours. Well, atleast it's sold subject to contract and as we speak is in the hands of the solicitors. Hopefully we should get the keys in a few weeks time.


It needs work. A lot of work. A new kitchen, bathroom and decorated throughout. We've been spending our evenings dreaming of solid oak flooring, modern kitchens and super swish bathrooms (but don't tell Mark I'm already planning the other lovely things like curtains, cushions and wall paper!). Seriously though, I've never been so happy that Mark's a joiner. I dread to think what it would cost for most people to do up to the standard we are planning... well put it this way we certainly wouldn't be able to afford it!

And that's before the loft conversion and extension at the back, although the loft conversion is likely to be next year and the extension a year or two after that. We went back for a second viewing today and went up into the loft space and it's HUGE. We'll easily be able to convert it without the need for a dormer.

So in the mean time, please do excuse me if I'm absent from here. I will keep you updated when I can and you know what... I think this has actually inspired me to start scrapbooking again!