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.

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.

January 2019

I’m going to start with my plans for 2019. They are pretty vague. Because of life happenings, I keep saying I will start things in April because I know how busy I am until then.

That said there are three key things I want to do in 2019

  1. Finish the snowdrop epp quilt. I can see the quilt top being done but I will then need to make a conscious effort to do the quilting (or get someone else to do it if that’s the best option)
  2. Keep making pots and maybe make slightly better pots. I have improved lots but would like to keep improving
  3. Go to my beading group regularly. I love going but with everything I have going on, I need to make a conscious effort to keep those days free.

As for things I’d like to do, there are a million and one things, but I’m especially enjoying knitting at the moment, and would like to try some more complex projects. I haven’t done much new beading projects recently so maybe time to pull out some magazines/books and find some inspiration. And as always, I want to use my sewing machine a little more.

Oh and I’m going to keep cracking on at those longer projects, and turn them into finished objects. These are the sampler quilt, beaded purse and beaded card case. The first two are over two years old, they left London with me.

Here are the things I’m taking into the next year. December was not as productive as I’d imagined mostly because I was very ambitious.

    1. Sampler Quilt – no change
    2. Beaded purse – no change
    3. Peyote card case – no change
    4. Jumper – all the pieces are knitted, they just need sewing together
    5. Epp stars – I’ve sewn together all the side panels. The top and bottom are levelled but not the sides. I have also cut out all the pieces for the central plans.
    6. Beaded chain mail necklace – no change
    7. Cards – no change
    8. Baby knitting – some more has been done

Completed projects are:

  1. Herriot hat, this was a fun quick project with some pretty wool from Vienna that goes with the coat and scarf I’m wearing this winter.
  2. Coin purse, my traveling coin purse went missing so I made a new one
  3. Shopping bag. I used my mothers sewing machine while visiting to make a useful thing.
  4. Netted bauble. Its on the tree, so it is technically complete but I’m not so happy with it so it might go back on the list.

Pottery finishes are:

  1. Soap dishes
  2. Nativity
  3. Ornaments

And on the go is:

  1. House dish
  2. Drip tray

Lets see what happens in January and 2019.

The featured image is from llyn elsi, where we had our final day trip of the year.

2018 roundup

As I actually wrote down some things I’d like to do this year back in January, I thought it might be worth looking back at what I’ve achieved.

Personally this is what I hoped for:

I’m looking forward to less change

I think that might be true, 2018 was a little more settled than 2017, even if we did move house.

This is what I thought would happen crafting wise:

For 2018, I really want to knit a garment, but my blanket takes precedence. I’m trying to learn brioche knitting. I would also like to get my sewing machine up and running again, but let’s see what happens.

Less of this happened. My blanket did take precedence and was completed. The brioche knitting was abandoned for being too difficult. I did start with brioche in the round so maybe I’ll try it flat first one day. I’ve mostly completed a garment but not quite. The sewing machine was used but only in December so I’m not sure that was achieved.

I also made the following claim:

English paper piecing, resin casting, knitting with beads and bead crochet. I haven’t really taken to the resin casting but all the others I will be carrying on with.

I have carried on with the English paper piecing, in both sampler quilt blocks and snowdrop quilt. The bead crochet, I did complete the second piece and have no intention of ever doing it again. Somethings aren’t for everyone. The bead knitting I didn’t do any of but only as I have knitted other things and I would use beads in my knitting again.

In 2017 I had the following stats:

I finished approximately 21 different projects, learnt 4 new skills and have only carried 5 projects through the year.

In 2018, I have also finished 21 projects. I was actually really surprised by this as it didn’t feel like I’d finished that many things. I’ve tried two new things, pottery and spoon whittling. One I love, the other will be a one off. And of the 10 projects I bought into 2018, only 4 are still ongoing and all have changed since then. I’m expecting to finish at least three of them in 2019.

The 4 still ongoing are:

  1. Sampler quilt
  2. Epp snowdrop quilt
  3. Beaded purse
  4. Beaded card case

I’m not going to list every thing I’ve finished, but some of the highlights of the year are:

All in all, its been a pretty good year and I’m pleased with my progress.