ahhh yes, it's all quiet here once more, it's been a manic couple of weeks, with lots of paperwork to catch up on, vat returns, year end, tax forms GRRRR and then the weather has been pretty wonderful, high 20's (29-30 on some days) and quite often just too hot to do anything except sit in the jacuzzi or pool. We're having a couple of days respite though and it's gearing back up from Friday onwards for a sweltering weekend and into next week, so I'm sewing while I can.
here are some piccies of what I've been upto
I made this really cute sewing buddy from Shanni Loves it can also be used as a TV remote control holder,so I've spent tonight translating the tutorial into french for the patchwork ladies tomorrow. They all love owls, what's not to love :)
A quick 10 minutes with the staple gun reupholstered the kids playroom chair, this time with washable oilcloth, so pens and stains can hopefully just be wiped off.
this foxy mug rug was appliqued on with my embroidery machine and is a prototype for the sample swop at Fat Quarterly retreat, I'm going to make an owl one and one or two foxes, suitable backing fabric has been ordered and hopefully by next week will be well on the way to being finished.
Yesterday, my mission was to get my name tag swop for Fat Quarterly retreat finished, I'd made the lanyard late last week and just got down to making the tag, it's so awkward to get tidy edges when it's 3.5" square :( I hope my partner likes it and when it's received i'll show you more than the sneak peak lol :)
finally for tonight, yes I know that's quite enough, I always make teachers presents for the end of school year and at Christmas, after all they've looked after and taught my kids more hours in the year than I have probably, I know it's their job and they are paid to do it but I still think it's nice to show our appreciation of the work they do. I knew as soon as I saw kim's boxes for Sara@sewsweetness quilt market booth that it would be perfect for the teachers. I gently reminded Kim that she'd promised a tutorial on the fab fabric butterflies and Here it is. DD and I went shopping for a suitable box and chose fabrics. The poem is a slightly corny one about how the teacher is kind, gentle, beautiful like a princess (lol...so not correct) but there is a line about dressing like a butterfly (wtf??/) so it's appropriate and they do have good hearts like the poem says.
DD decided the box needed some pink and purple stamped flying insects, there are butterflies, what looks like a bee and others. Now to get DS to get his stamping hat on (god help me and the finished project) and wrap those beauties up ;)
I also have a flimsy finish but that can wait for another day, I'm off to bed now as I'm STILL waiting for my fat quarterly class list (lots of others have had theirs) and you know how patient I am... NOT so if i'm asleep I can't be pressing refresh on my email all night lol....