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Good morning. How are you all? Again it has taken me an age to post. Life seemed to get in the way again, no excuses.

You might want to get a tea or coffee for this post, it’s going to be a long one.

2 weeks ago I went to a sewing day with my mum. It was organised my quilt group. Mum and I have never been to one before so We didn’t know what to expect.

It was a long and exhausting day but we had so much fun. I picked mum up half way (she lives one hour and 40 minutes away) and we set off.

The room was spacious and we had a very large table for the two of us. We were given gifts, there was a tombola and a raffle. The raffle was great as we were given jelly roll strips and had to make a block. When we had finished our block, the block was our raffle prize for all the blocks!

Here is my block

And all the blocks together

It was huge!

We didn’t win and that doesn’t matter it was fun to take part.

I completed 2 pillows on the day

This is for Jack. The indigo dye patterns match his wallpaper.
This is for a little boy Ezra. I managed to get the scrap of Liverpool FC fabric for £1.25 on eBay!

I ached so much after the day. I’m not used to sitting at a machine for the day. We had an exhausting journey back to take mum and I didn’t get in until 9.30pm.

I’m still plodding along in my 365 projects and I’m so close. I have lots to show you.

Here are some more ornaments I have finished.

I still have over 20 to make up!!

I made some autumn mini pillows for my dough bowl. I just wrote the words and embroidered them, and sewed them on to some tweed scraps.

I wanted rustic.

I made an autumn wreath

I painted a pen pot at pottery

It’s on my desk at work

I painted some Christmas lanterns. The green one is huge!

I made a crochet hoop for my hoop wall

I made 4 autumn cushions from a duvet cover that was already quilted. Vintage St Micheals

You will be seeing a lot of this fabric over the coming months.

I made pincushions with scraps of the above fabric

I made some gnomes from scrap yarn and toilet rolls.

These are for the office tree

I made some fabric crackers to fill some gaps in my tree.

I have plans to make at least another 6

I went to crop and made 2 scrapbook pages

I made my Halloween house for my tiered tray.

I made a taggie for a friend

A custard cream pincushion

And finally (for this post anyway) I made some dishcloths.

I have so much more to show you but I will leave for another post.

We are going to Portsmouth this afternoon to have dinner with Jake and to pick up Joseph. Joseph went to stay with Jake for the weekend.

In the car I will have one hour and 15 minutes on the way there isn’t uninterrupted crochet time. I really need to finish a baby blanket (about 10 rows and the boarder) as the baby is due tomorrow! I have finished the hat and booties already.

I have been making plans for 2023 and I can promise I will not be doing another 365!

Thank you for reading

Laura x

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Hello there. How are you all? I will be blogging weekly now as I need to get my 365 projects on here. We are nearly at the end and if I put my mind to it, I may even finish in November!

I went away last weekend with my girlfriends. We hire a house twice a year and scrapbook/paper craft for 4 days. As usual we had the best time and we even went out for afternoon tea at Bowood House as Sarah was celebrating her 50th birthday.

In between naps, long baths, reading books and delicious meals I managed 13 scrapbook pages, 1 card and 12 tags. I will show the tags in a different posts as they are for a club I’ve joined.

I also managed a baby hat but I will show that in another post with a gift set I am working on.

I have done lots of sewing and have been making ornaments for Christmas. I am an avid stitcher but it takes a while for me to ‘finish’ the projects into something. Here is some I have made this month

I made a dpn holder

I also made a autumn house to sit in my tiered tray. You will be seeing lots of these as I have made one for each season/holiday.

My tiered tray with lots of homemade items.

A few big things have happened since I last posted. One of my yearly goals was to take some classes. My girlfriends gave me a very generous voucher for a sewing school for my birthday. I went this week and the lovely teacher helped me set up and work on a mini quilt I have.

I learned how to do hand appliqué

Another big thing is that I have joined a local club. I now go to a local quilt club every other Thursday. The ladies are very welcoming and I feel right at home.

Thank you so much for reading. See you next week

Laura x

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Good morning. How is everyone? It’s been a while again. Summer went by in a blink of an eye and autumn is upon us.

School is back and it feels like I never had six weeks off. Jake has gone back to university, Joseph is back at college doing his carpentry. Jack passed his GCSES and is now doing hairdressing and barbering at college.

I turned 40 in August and had the most wonderful birthday. Here are a few of my gifts and cards.

Mum and dad spoilt me with a advent calendar (it arrives in October), a embroidery kit and this beautiful necklace and earrings. My birth stone is peridot. They had it engraved with Laura and on the back is my date of birth. Isn’t it just beautiful?
My friend Ali and I have known each other for 20 years now! She was one of the first friends I met as a new military wife. Ali is amazing at sewing and she gifted me these gifts. I’m sure you can tell I love mushrooms and toadstools 🍄
Ali also had this card made for me. It is just perfect. I am framing it.
My best friend Julia made me this card. Isn’t it just wonderful?

The girls also gifted me a very large gift voucher for a local sewing studio where they offer lots of classes.

I am on target to finish 365 projects this year. I have had so much fun crafting away. I don’t think I will ever do this challenge again though!

I finished my snowdrop heart. It looks very wonky here but in real life it’s okay.
I made a little gingerbread man for the tree. I have another one ready to sew up but the beads for the eyes pinged off my needle and I need to find more..
I played with amigurumi. I made a toadstool. My French knots aren’t perfect but it looks great on my shelf.
I went pottery painting again and painted this toadstool 🍄
I also made a fruit bowl. I wasn’t told that navy would show up every brushstroke. This now has wool in it.
Apologies for the awful photo. I made a tablecloth for autumn
I also made 10 tiny lavender bags to go in my project bags. You will be seeing a lot of this fabric over the coming weeks.

I can’t end this most without mentioning the loss of our wonderful queen.

Rest In Peace Your Majesty

Take care

Laura x

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Good afternoon from sunny Wiltshire. The summer holidays have arrived finally. I have spent the last week organising myself and catching up on jobs.

I don’t have a lot to show you. Well I do but I haven’t taken photos. It’s on the to do list.

I went pottery painting again in Thursday. I started a fruit bowl. It’s rather large as you can see in the photo next to my purse. It will be navy blue with white stars. I’m going back there next week to finish it.

I finished a little embroidery of a quote I saw online. Home is where my boys are. As the mother of 3 boys this is perfect.

The big news of the week is my new sewing machine arrived. I have had a few machines over the years and they were all quite basic. I decided as my 40th birthday present to myself I was going to invest in a all singing all dancing machine. My birthday isn’t for a few weeks but I have given it to myself early.

I have just made a cushion (one of four I need to make) on it and it is so smooth to sew on.

I will leave you with a photo of my sweet peas. They are thriving in the hot weather and I am picking a bunch this size daily.

Have a wonderful week

Laura

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Good afternoon from sunny Wiltshire. The summer holidays have arrived finally. I have spent the last week organising myself and catching up on jobs.

I don’t have a lot to show you. Well I do but I haven’t taken photos. It’s on the to do list.

I went pottery painting again in Thursday. I started a fruit bowl. It’s rather large as you can see in the photo next to my purse. It will be navy blue with white stars. I’m going back there next week to finish it.

I finished a little embroidery of a quote I saw online. Home is where my boys are. As the mother of 3 boys this is perfect.

The big news of the week is my new sewing machine arrived. I have had a few machines over the years and they were all quite basic. I decided as my 40th birthday present to myself I was going to invest in a all singing all dancing machine. My birthday isn’t for a few weeks but I have given it to myself early.

I have just made a cushion (one of four I need to make) on it and it is so smooth to sew on.

I will leave you with a photo of my sweet peas. They are thriving in the hot weather and I am picking a bunch this size daily.

Have a wonderful week

Laura

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Well it’s a bit hot isn’t it? Summer is NOT my season. I don’t enjoy being sticky and unable to sleep because of the heat. How are you all getting on?

I really need to take some photos of finished projects to show you. I honestly can’t find the energy to get the box out and show you at the moment so I do apologise.

This last fortnight I have worked on a few things. I have found yarn hard because of the weather so I have been doing some embroidery.

This first one is from a company called CraftPod. It is a monthly box that you can either subscribe to just buy the ones you like. The boxes are released quarterly. I have only purchased one but I think I will definitely get more. This one is from 2017 or 2018!

It was such an enjoyable stitch.

This next one is a very old WIP – maybe 2016? I can’t put it down now I’ve picked it up again.

Here is what it will look like finished

I have also finished this from Pretty Fabrics and Trims. I just need to sew it up into a heart now. Excuse the creases.

Next up I made 6 bags for my crop friends. We do small gifts at Christmas and I’m going to fill these with homemade fudge and sloe gin.

All of the prices meet at the bottom.

I worked a little on my scrappy blanket. It is slowly growing.

Finally I started a dishcloth. On Friday it was sports day and I was supervising my year group in the shade. It was a long day and thankfully I brought some cotton and a hook with me.

The dishcloth is a made up pattern. If you would like the pattern please let me know and I will write it up.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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Hello how are you? I’m looking forward to nosing around at end of year and new projects this evening.

I’m still crafting away and am just slightly behind on target for the 365 challenge I have set myself for my 40th year. I hope to rectify that during the summer holidays. I spent some time this weekend tidying, sorting and knitting projects up so I can just grab them.

It was Jacks girlfriends birthday yesterday and she loves handmade and is pretty crafty herself. Millie adores the moon and is fascinated by it. I made her this and thankfully she loved it.

Remember the blanket I made last time? Well Oliver was born a few weeks ago. I made him this lovey to go with the blanket. I forgot to take a photo but remembered as I was getting out of the car.

I also got my pottery back after it was fired. I adore the mushroom.

The butter dish is in use and it reminds me of a Cadburys Roses tin.

I made a hat for charity. Just a basic beanie.

I made a dishcloth but looking at this photo I changed hook size after a few rows! Never mind it’s only to wash dishes with.

I made another soap cozy and this picture makes it look extremely wonky!

Another dishcloth for the Jubilee

19 face pads. These are for me. I need to make a net to put them in for the washing machine.

These were my flowers for the Jubilee. I hung them from my Pussy Willow.

I ran out of time to make the wreath I wanted to so I made Pom poms and attached them to an embroidery hoop.

I have more jubilee makes to share, sewing, a blanket and so much more. There’s quite a bit to show.

Happy start of year 13.

Laura x

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Hello how are you. I’m loving seeing what you are all making at the moment. My wish/to do list just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Half term has finally arrived and I am looking forward to a relaxing week. We have the Queens Jubilee this week and I can’t wait to celebrate. I have some makes for the jubilee that I will share. Next week I hope to share everything decorated.

I’ve been busy every evening crafting away and I need to start taking photos of the WIPs not just the finished items. It’s one thing that stops me posting. I don’t know why because I like to see progress on everyone else’s works in progress.

Anyway here is what I have finished recently

I finally finished my Nordic Shawl. It is huge. It weighs 615g!!! I used 12 and a bit 50g balls of Drops Karisma

I made a baby blanket for a friend who is due this week. She doesn’t know what she is having so I went neutral.

I made a cowl for myself using Stylecraft Batik

Over winter I wore cowls more than shawls so I am hoping to add a few to the pile this year.

For Easter I made a few amigurumi eggs. I want to make more for next year

I made some premie hats for charity

I have more to show but I need to take better photos. I am up to date with the 365 challenge and I’ve been trying new things which is great. I haven’t found a craft I don’t like yet 🤣

Take care

Laura x

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It’s been a while. I don’t even have any excuses. We have had Covid-19 again, exams for Jack start in a few weeks and I am currently sat here typing with a broken foot.

I need to get out of the mindset of wanting to show you just finished objects. I keep waiting and waiting until one more project is finished before I post. Now I’m on a bit of a fizz as there is so much I can’t even show you in one post.

I’m just going to start. I am sorry they are not in date order.

A Valentines card Jack asked me to make for his girlfriend Millie.
Lots of hand makes on the table. Jack cooked dinner for Millie so he asked me to decorate.
February half term I went away with my best friends for a scrapbooking long weekend. I managed 11 or 12 pages. This is what I took with me 😬
I made some mini carrots to hang off my Easter tree
Another soap cost but this one has bunny ears
The quickest and easiest bookmark
A amigurumi spool pincushion.

This is just a small selection of what I have made. I am up to date with my 365 project and I have so much to share with you over the next few weeks.

Take care

Laura

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Hello how is everyone? I see you have all been busy making away. I have managed a fair bit this month. These two have certainly kept me busy though

Ruby is her usual calm and loving self. Max is, how can I put it? Lively, very vocal and full of beans.

From my last post where I explained that I am doing 365 projects this year, I have managed to work on 33 and complete 25! I am rather impressed with that. I know I will end the year with WIPS but I’m hoping for them not to be in the 100s.

Here is what I have been working on

Firstly is the Rainbow Chronicles. It was a 10 month yarn club from LayFamily Yarn. I opened for the 10g minis so for 10 months in 2021 I received 10 minis each month. Here are 9 of the packs.

I chose patterns then changed my mind, searched ravelry, Pinterest, Instagram and my stack of books and magazines. Nothing jumped at me. I put it away and got it out this month. I decided on 3 blankets and a cushion.

I am using the pinks and this is what I have left

I do have another few granny squares to make. Before these get added to the scrap bag for my scrappy blanket.

The first blanket is going to be a nine patch blanket with solid squares in between. I’m not sure if I will do each square one colour or mixed colours yet. These are mini granny squares.

This one will be the same but with solid granny squares

These tiny ones will eventually become a rainbow cushion

The last one is a bigger granny square and will have white squares in between. I am using Drops Nord for the white.

Second up is my Nordic Shawl. I have managed a few rows since you last saw it. I have 11 rows including the border to finish. I am going to focus on that this week. It’s huge already.

Next up is another blanket. I tried a few patterns for this and again they didn’t work like I wanted them too. I want this blanket for autumn and raided my stash to see what colours would work together.

Firstly we tried corned to corner which I didn’t like

Then a granny square star

Finally I settled on a shell pattern from attic 24. Here is the start and the colours I am using

I worked on a Lizziekate cross stitch

I then had some finishes

I went to crop with my favourite ladies and managed to get a head a bit for Christmas. I completed 7 cards from scraps

And 10 Christmas tags.

I finished a few cross stitch projects that are waiting to be made up for Valentine’s Day

I finished two pincushions from scraps

A soap cozy for my hair shampoo

A washcloth as part of a baby gift

Another washcloth ( need to make another of these but bigger)

And finally a hanging decoration for Christmas.

I am away crafting for 4 days in February so I should hopefully get lots done then too.

In my last post I mentioned Hatathon. Where you make hats throughout the month. There is another one starting in February on ravelry. https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/stash-knit-down/4177897/1-25?jump=4#4

Thank you so much for visiting. See you soon.

Laura x