Exploring scissor charms

Had some fun playing around with beads and charms trying to create some scissor fobs.  It is soooo addictive that I have decided to create more ~smile~.

Otherwise life is quiet, I’m working most of the time and have little time to create new graphics or patterns. I do hope that our situation will change soon so that I can reduce my hours and have more time to play.


Fabric pumpkin

Fabric Pumpkin


Here is the result of ‘n afternoon fun creating a fabric pumpkin. No sewing machine needed just a needle and thread, fabric, felt, a stalk and some natural twine. Simple :)

The dried pumpkins in the picture are for an autumn wreath I’m planning to create later.

Note: I’m not the clever one :) The idea for the easy fabric pumpkin came from a tutorial at Mommiedaze

I’m in the mood for nostalgia

North Yorkshire, England

Times flies by… and the summer days slowly change. I don’t know why but when autumn is near I become nostalgic… besides it being my favourite season. 

There is so much more you can use for decorations in the home and it is more colourful. Orange, red, browns, golden yellow…. do you get the feel?

 It’s not that I want to wish the summer away… I just fill up with inspiration when nature changes colour :) So today I will start with my autumn inspirations to create some new decorations for the home….

Earth Day challenge and freebie

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t
got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
Henry David Thoreau

Today is Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It was founded by U.S.

We all know that, after years of NOT taking care of mother earth, there is no quick fix for this major issue of heavy pollution… however becoming more aware of doing our bit will increase our chance to live cleaner life.

As needlecrafters we are already pretty ‘eco friendly’ with our handmade products. Most of our materials are made from natural ‘ingredients’ and are 100% recycle friendly! Can we inspire our fellow stitchers even more?

Here’s the challenge:

1. Name 5 patterns/charts/items that can inspire ‘Earth Day’ awareness?
2. Give an example of ‘eco friendly’ stitching

1. Here’s my list of charts from my favourite designers…

  • Earth Angel by La D Da
  • Let Live by La D Da
  • Earth sampler by Primitive Needle
  • Green tree by Carriage House Samplings
  • Be green by Elizabeth’s Designs

2. Make an ecofriendly totebag, personalise it with an Earth awareness pattern and use it for your (stash)shopping to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Here is a free pattern, Earth Day, for you to stitch!

Earth Day

Earth Day

My favourite

Period drama’s … I just can’t get enough of them. I love the simplicity of life portrayed in bygone era’s and off course the beautiful handmade dresses. Many samplers where stitched during that time by schoolgirls or by ‘lady’s of the Manor’ …. all a feast for the eye.

The BBC is currently running a second season of  ‘Larkrise to Candleford’  and it has become my altime favourite. The website contains the history of Larkrise, Flora Thompson – writer of Larkrise to Candleford – and the latest episode if you missed it (note: the iplayer is unfortunately not available for those outside the UK ). Don’t forget to have a peek into Dorcas’ kitchen with some wonderful recepies from the Victorian era… yummy!

More information about Flora Thompson can be found at the Old Gaol Museum of Buckinham.