Patchworking

 

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My patchwork square made up of squares and then this is the first border….

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This is with the second border….

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And the third and final border…

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I’m thinking I’ll make it into a square throw. I’m really into it now though and I’ve got fabric to make one for our bed so that’s my next project. I’ve then got to get the wadding and backing fabric. I had an idea just to get a sheet for the backing fabric, as it’s a cheap way of getting a good amount of fabric and it will be the right size as well.

I also have plans to make each of the boys one. Little Man’s will be reds and blues and whites, with maybe some greys. Little C’s, blue’s greens, whites and some greys again. I want to put some picture fabrics in too, so in Little Man’s I’ve found some dinosaur fabric in the right colours and Little C’s, I’ll have a look for some with vehicles, tractors, diggers etc.

You may have noticed another patchworky looking creation in my photo’s yesterday, this one…

 

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This is actually the finished article as I added a bit of decoration around the bottom. I’ll show you that in a minute but I first wanted to tell you why I made it or more precisely what I made it for.

I have wanted a vintage wooden floor lamp for a few years. I found one at a antique centre a couple of years ago, but didn’t end up buying it, I’ve thought about it since and keep looking for one, but nothing ever showed up. Then my dad said he’d found some stair banister rods while clearing out wood in the loft and would I like him to make me a floor lamp with them. Of course my answer was yes and for my birthday last Friday he gave me the finished lamp.

This however caused a slight problem, as I didn’t have a shade to match the lovely lamp. So what did I do, I Pinterested ‘recover lampshade’, of course got loads of ideas, but ended up┬ámaking one how I had been thinking of and found a little help with how to finished it off.

I’m not 100% happy with the finished result, but hopefully I’ll be able to re do it to make it better.

I’m going to leave you with a photo of it finished and in situ. I’ll try and get it re done this week and get a photo up. (Excuse the door in the background, the joys of house renovating)

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Hope to catch up with you soon, take care E x

 

 

Week Catch Up

 

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This flower was picked for me by Little Man, he got it from our front yard, he was so loving and gentle when he gave it to me and it really made my heart squeeze.

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He picked me this one too, it was so tiny, I put it on top of my sewing machine so I could look at it while I was sewing away.

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I’m not sure where this last week has gone. The days were all blurred into getting the boys back to school (pre-school for Little C), being poorly and recovering, birthday celebrations and┬árenovations.

Little Man went back to school last Tuesday (6th), we had no wobbles or sad faces, we walked down to the school (which is literally at the bottom of our lane, very handy!) and he kissed Little C and I goodbye and walked straight in.

Little C on the other hand had a complete melt down, he wanted to go to school and was letting everyone know about it. In the end I calmed him down by saying we’d go and see Grannie, tantrum ended and pestering began, ‘when are we going to grannie’s?’ (or ‘rannie’s’ as he says it) over and over until we left the house.

Later Tuesday after fetching Little Man I felt really ill, I think it was a migraine, I’ve never had one before but my head had been aching a bit all afternoon, I’d taken some tablets and it then got worse. I felt sick and any noise, light or movement was making it so much worse. Not great when you’ve got 2 noisy children running around asking for food, drink, tv etc. Anyway ?i ended up calling my mum and mumbling something about coming too look after the boys and she was here about 15 minutes later. I’m so lucky to have that support so close by, in situations like this I don’t know how other people cope who haven’t got family close to help out. I slept the rest of the night.

Thursday my head was better but I still didn’t feel 100%. I was excited though, D and I were off to the cinema in the evening to see a film for my birthday. We saw Jason Bourne, it was ok, I’m normally just pleased for the change of scenery and a night out of the house, so I don’t need much from the film. I liked the Bourne series but I think they may be taking it a bit far now. They should have stopped at the 3, this one was a bit far fetched and I’m guessing they’ll be more to come.

Friday was my birthday, but I’ll go into that a bit more on another post and show you my new toy.

I’ll tell you about the last few days activities in picture form, all I’ll say is it involved a hook and a sewing machine.

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Made some roses for birthday cards…

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Chocolate cheesecake – my birthday cake….

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D put the shower splash guard and rail up so the new shower can now be used…

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Bunting….

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Lampshade makeover…

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Not 100% happy, the band around the top needs to be wider and not as bulky, will probably be re doing it at some point…

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Patchwork…….

 

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Loving it…..

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I will show you some more of the patchwork tomorrow, hopefully, as I’ve done a border now and might be able to get another one done too. Not sure what it’ll be for yet, but I love the colours in the fabric and the patterns. Unfortunately not got enough of the fabric to make a quilt though.

Right off now, thanks for stopping by. I promise to stop sewing for long enough tomorrow to show you some more of the patchwork.

Take care, have fun E x