July 2019

June was almost too busy to be fun. However my time was taken up celebrating some lovely events with some fabulous people (in some pretty great locations), so I’m very grateful for those lovely moments.

  1. Sampler quilt – I completed the epp panel I had prepared and have started the two machine blocks. However I struggled to work out how to square some of the pieces so I’ve bought another ruler and will finish then when it arrives.
  2. Snowdrop quilt – no change
  3. Chainmaille necklace – no change
  4. Cards – no change
  5. Handquilting – I did one session of handquilting
  6. Embroidery – I needed some portable crafting so I cracked open a kit I bought last year
  7. Another dishcloth
  8. Jean powers secret beadalong – I completed all the preparation work so now I have to wait until international beading week
  9. A beaded necklace with carrier beads. I started this with my beading group.
  10. Some wooden jewellery boxes. I bought the boxes but I’ve been painting them and plan to make them into earring caddies.

Finishes in June were pretty much non existent but you can’t blame me too much, I spent very little time at home. I’ve also finished a lot of things off recently so it was time to start some new things.

The only thing I have finished is a beaded pendant I made during my beading group

Pottery has also been limited this month. I bought home some planters and I has a session of playing around. On the go is

  1. Soap dish
  2. Present
  3. Vase
  4. Decorative item

My feature image this month is from the gardens of Ashridge House, where I spent a very lovely weekend.


June 2019

I spent this month sewing stars. It hadn’t felt particularly busy but also didn’t seem like I’d done very much until I had my week off. And then I managed to tick a few more things off.

  1. Sampler quilt – no change
  2. Epp quilt – I’ve sewn the last complete star and I’ve completed all the panels. I even ironed them. Now I just have to do the edging and sew the panels together.
  3. Chainmaille necklace – no change
  4. Cards – no change
  5. Hand quilting – ages ago I completed some Hawaiian quilting, and now it is all layered up ready to have a go at some handquilting.

My finishes this month are:

  1. A dishcloth – I have a little collection growing
  2. A collection of beaded flowers – these were used for a celebration card
  3. A necklace – made at a friend’s hen do, this is a pretty grey and yellow flower necklace
  4. Some cards – its June so I needed some masculine birthday cards and as I had everything out to do the celebration card, I carried on.
  5. My beaded card case. As with the purse it needs some sewing doing but I’m calling it finished for now.

Pottery has been a mixed bag. My waterlily was too fragile and didn’t make it. My present is ongoing and I have two pots to glaze. I need to have a think about what to do next.

I have a busy June coming up so not sure what will happen this month.

My feature image is from a visit down to the seaside.

May 2019

April felt like a busy month crafting wise. I had a quiet patch at work and some time off so I’ve made the most of it.

  1. Sampler quilt – I basted all the pieces of the papers pieced block, no change on the two machine pieced blocks
  2. Epp snowdrops -I’ve basted all the pieces for the central panels and made some progress sewing panel 4/5
  3. Beaded card case – no change, however I have found the pattern, redownloaded the software and printed the pattern so I can at least start this again
  4. Cards – no change
  5. Chainmaille necklace – no change

As you might have noticed I’ve finished some things. Theres even a surprise one.

  1. My colourwork scarf
  2. My beaded purse
  3. A dishcloth

Pottery has been a little more productive than previous months. Unfortunately the pot I was so excited about got smashed. But I have managed to make and bring home some things

  1. Airplant holder
  2. 2 candlestick holders
  3. Decorative bowl
  4. A present

On the go is:

  1. A present
  2. A waterlily

Recently I have also been doing some furniture painting and I finished the last piece this month. In total I painted a bookcase, a mirror and a necklace holder. I might even blog about it soon.

My feature image is from my parents garden where I spent a long weekend

Baby knitting reveal

I’ve met the baby, and gifted it my baby knitting, so now I can share with you. I’ve been knitting a bunny.

Knitting the bunny took slightly longer than I expected, mostly because I had to properly concentrate on the pattern as I went along.

I also taught myself crochet, for the hat. Im not entirely sure it is correct, I really struggled with counting as I went round.

Here are some in progress pictures

It really took until I did the nose for it to stop looking like an alien.

It was a good pattern and one I’ll probably do again when required.



April 2019

I was feeling a bit blase about what I’d done in march, but actually having written things down I’ve done a reasonable amount.

  1. Sampler quilt – I bought some more fabric, and then planned some more blocks, and cut out some pieces
  2. Snowdrop Epp – one more large panel has been made and I’ve cracked on with the next one
  3. Beaded purse – I put in a few hours on this
  4. Beaded card case – no change
  5. Colourwork scarf – still growing
  6. Cards – no change
  7. Chainmaille necklace – I made four more links

My finishes this month are:

  1. two necklaces, with some stones I bought in New Zealand.
  2. Baby knitting – I didn’t get it done before the baby arrived but I don’t think they’ll mind. I’m hoping to write a whole blog post about it so lets see.

Pottery is still going slowly. I bought home my house dish, have started painting my candlesticks and made a pot that I am very excited about but because it is very fragile, uncertain it will be in one piece when I go back.

I’m still hoping to get one or two things finished, and free up some space physically and mentally to start something new.

My feature image is from a nature reserve from the east coast (can you tell I don’t really know where)

March 2019

Being a short month and a busy one, February has gone quickly. Crafting wise it has been mixed. I always think I will do more making than I end up doing when traveling, so it can feel a little frustrating.

  1. Snowdrop quilt – A large panel has been completed and several more stars sewn up
  2. Sampler quilt – no change
  3. Beaded purse – no change
  4. Beaded card case – no change
  5. Baby knitting – its grown. I also have all the supplies to finish it
  6. Colourwork scarf – has grown
  7. Cards – no change
  8. Chainmaille necklace

My only finish of the month is a necklace, that I made during my beading group.

Pottery has also been limited this month. I brought home a toothbrush holder and a drip tray for my plants. I have a house bowl in the kiln and a couple of candle holders on the go. I also made some test squares of my new glazes so I’m looking forward to seeing them.

I’m not sure what I’ll get up to in March. I’m feeling a bit restless so don’t be surprised if the list is a bit longer.

Its a pretty classic feature image this month. This is the picture of snowdrops, my mother sent me on my birthday.

February 2018

January has been a fun month. We’ve been traveling and getting some winter sun. This has lead to me feeling much better which is a good start to the year.

    1. Sampler Quilt – no change
    2. Beaded purse – no change
    3. Epp stars – I’ve been basting and started sewing
    4. Beaded chain mail necklace – no change
    5. Cards – no change
    6. Baby knitting – no change, this is my priority this month
    7. Scarf – I’ve learnt continental picking to do some colour work for this scarf

Finishes this month is only my jumper. However its going to need some work as the sizing is a bit off

No pottery finishes this month and on the go is:

  1. Toothbrush pot
  2. Drip trays

My featured image is from our trip away. Its from the wai-o-tapu thermal park, which is a geological area, where the crust is very thin and results in incredible geological features.