Friday, 21 November 2014

This Moment

Here's a link to Soulemama's moment and here's mine...

{this moment}

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{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Wire and button snowflake

Possibly my children are getting a little bored of robins round here! Yesterday Maria came home after her morning at school, and the weather was too wet and horrible to do anything but light the stove early and find an activity to do right in front of it. I suggested we might make robins out of buttons and wire, but Maria very firmly decided she would make a snowflake out of buttons and wire instead!

It was actually an excellent idea, especially as I had some white, craft wire (I think silver would have looked good too, but I had no silver). I cut 3 long pieces for her and started her off by threading them through a medium sized white button and arranging them evenly.



Maria then threaded smaller buttons on to the wires.


She used mainly white buttons, with just a few little silver ones she picked out too. Occasionally she needed a bit of help pulling the wire all the way through, but generally it was well within her abilities, the wire was quite thin and flexible. And, very quickly, she had created a lovely snowflake ornament.

I helped her twist the wire around behind each of the final buttons.
This one is going to be another of the decorations for our Advent tree.


Before the girls started creating decorations for this, I think I had visions of them all being made from felt or wool, very much as the original inspiration tree had. And I'm sure there will be more felt/wool ones coming up, but I'm now really enjoying the fact that there are different materials being used too.

And as for the wire and button robin plan? I really didn't want to steal Maria's great idea and end up creating a fancier, more intricate snowflake than hers (well to be honest, I quite wanted to, but it really didn't seem right so I resisted the temptation!) so I stuck to creating the robin...

I think I might have preferred him with silver wire if we'd had any.
And although I quite like him, I much prefer Maria's snowflake. I'm also sure any fancy snowflake I might have come up with wouldn't have had quite the same charm as hers. And I'm very happy she's started another snowflake, with some gorgeous vintage mother of pearl buttons, that we can put in our 'hamper' of Christmas decorations to be gifted.

Sally.

Friday, 14 November 2014

This Moment

Here's a link to Soulemama's moment, and here's mine...

{this moment}

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{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Robin Quilt Blocks



I did warn you a couple of weeks ago, when this robin block came into creation...



...that there would be more robins coming this way. It has taken a while for them to filter through, but now they really are appearing thick and fast!



This isn't necessarily the best way to photograph these, they don't exactly give the feel of a future quilt this way, more oversized robin bunting! But we woke up this morning to blue sky and sunshine, so instead of doing something sensible like concentrating on getting my children ready for school, I dashed outside to take photos of robins! And I just had to get a photo with blue sky in it too.

With the original, I now have 7 blocks, 'framed', to a greater or lesser extent, log cabin style. 

I really like how bright and cheerful this one is.
These dancing robins could be my favourite though!




This one looks a bit cross here, but in real life he's not so grumpy!


That one above is a complete, blatant copy of a robin Maria drew for their 'advent' tree decorations, here it is on the tree...

Sorry, not the best of photos.
Maria drew it and picked out the fabrics she wanted, then I cut it out for her and we sewed it together, not that there's a lot of sewing. I liked it so much that I drew round it and recreated it for a block.

And here's the last one...


It felt like the framing was a bit dark so I added the holly.

I don't have any particular plan with this quilt. I'm just going to carry on making robins until I either run out of ideas for them or get bored with them. And then I'll patch them together somehow!

I have got a couple of other, non robin related makes on the go at the moment, if I get a bit more done on them I might actually share something unbirdlike here next week!

Sally.



Thursday, 13 November 2014

Venetia's Robin Mini Quilts

Some photos of Venetia's robins to show you today...


Venetia drew and sewed these, but I was her cutter outer. And I did most of the binding too.


In fact I would very much appreciate an assistant like me for me - someone to do my cutting and binding sounds perfect! But I do love the way they've turned out. She's done 2 so far, both to be presents, and there's another slightly different one for us to keep - hurray!


Venetia decided to put buttons on this particular one because she wasn't happy with her stitching on the wing. Personally I thought the stitching looked fine, but I like it with the buttons too.

Here it is without the buttons.




That's it for today!

Sally.



Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Robin Garland


Reason number 29 for why I'm missing Summer is that it's so much harder to take blog photos now it's over! I have quite a few robins, in various forms, scattered around the kitchen waiting to be photographed but whenever I have a minute to get it done, it seems to be tipping it down with rain. And it's dark so early now too which is really not helping. But, I did take some photos of these garlands earlier, before the drizzle turned to downpour.

I've cut out some larger robin shapes to make into a garland for a Christmas present, which I haven't yet got round to sewing, but I had so many scraps that a garland of little robins was completely essential as well! And, as you can see, it became 2 garlands. I have a plan to put together a 'hamper' of homemade Christmas decorations for someone as a present, and these little robins seemed perfect for it, but I had to have some for us too!


I really like how they're all a little bit different.


And if they can look bright and cheery even on a day like today...


Then they will most certainly brighten up my home at Christmas time.


More robins will definitely follow, weather permitting!

Sally.

Friday, 7 November 2014

This Moment

Here's a link to Soulemama's moment, and here's mine...

{this moment}

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{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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