Fabric rope basket

Lately, I´ve been incredibly busy, with life stuff, so I haven’t posted much on my blog. Actually, I´ve been job hunting. To tell the truth, I´ve been doing that for years, because I have really hated my job for years, and it´s quite sad that we have to spend the majority of our lives in a place that we detest. I´m not one to moan and do nothing, I mean I did send my CV to loads of job applications throughout the years, but was never successful until now. I think that perhaps the universe knew that deep down I didn´t believe in myself. So anyway, a few months back I started speaking to my Guides and manifesting what I actually wanted, and believing in myself, and that it wasn´t too late for me, and it happened! I was contacted, asked to go for an interview, and got the job, which I´m starting on Monday. I´ll be responsible for the procurement department, so this is a really big deal for me, and I deserve this, I really do, Manifest Manifest, Manifest, and gratitude of course, grateful for this blessing that has come to me.

Well, if you are wondering what this has to do with a fabric rope basket….Nothing, it has nothing to do with the title of this post, I just had to shout this news to the world 🙂

So let’s get to it… I have wanted to make a fabric rope basket forever, so below is my first one and I totally love it.

I´m sorry I didn´t take a foto of the fabric before cutting it into strips, but it was a beautiful batik fabric, that I had been hoarding for a long time, I only bought half a meter, because it was so expensive and I had no plans for it at the time.

I left a little bit to make a simple table runner because I couldn´t bear to chop it all up, this way the fabric can also make its own statement.

This will definitely not be my first and only rope basket, I plan on making many more because it´s loads of fun and they look awesome!

Thanks for visiting and your patience with all my waffling at the beginning of this post 🙂

Scrappy Fabric Frame

In my never-ending quest to use my fabric scraps, I decided to cover an old frame I´ve had stored in the garage for years and years with….that´s right…. Fabric scraps.

I sort of separated them into colours and modge podge them onto the frame. I then had a mirror fitted to the frame, it was actually quite inexpensive, the mirror including labour only cost me 27€, so considering that I repurposed an old frame and scraps of fabric, I think it´s a total bargain.

Andi, my daughter, recently bought an apartment so she´s always on the hunt for inexpensive or free 🙂 goodies to decorate her new home, so she called dibs on it.

It´s actually very hard to take a photo of a mirror without it showcasing the photographer 😀 Below are my best efforts.

Here it is before installing the mirror.

And after

And here it is in its new home.

It´s quite big so it adds a lot of colour to her entrance hall.

It was a fun project so a win-win for everyone. 🙂

Veggies and Benches

I´ve been meaning to post this story for ages, but time has simply been running away from me and I´m having a hard time catching up with it, so this story actually happened a few months ago.

My husband´s vegetable patch was recently upgraded to an enclosed vegetable glasshouse, and the cucumbers went wild with joy and have been growing all over the place.

We originally had this,

Then we had this

Now we have this

When Hubby set it up, our greenhouse Inspector made sure everything was to code 🙂

What I love the most about this little greenhouse is that when the sprinklers come on, the sound of the water cascading down is amazing, it´s so zen, you can listen to the sound here, https://youtu.be/HSB4e94my0o (and thanks to Tierney from https://tierneycreates.com/blog/ for the tip on how to post video content to my posts 🙂 )

So here is a photo of all the gorgeous cucumbers growing, we had so many that we had to give some to the neighbours.

Since the heading of this blog is veggies and benches, let me explain about the benches. My hubby had some extra pallets at work, so he decided to make 2 flower benches. You might wonder what´s a flower bench, well it´s this mixture of a bench and flower pot holder, that I call flower benches, here´s the artist, sitting on his creation 🙂

The 4 legged members of the family enjoy them as well.

Well that´s it for my somewhat old news, I hope to back soon with some creative stuff of my own, Thanks for popping by, have a great day!

Home Quilt

Just finished another cute quilt, the pattern is, I love Home from Jacquelynne Steves Here

I´ve had this pattern for ages but only got around to making it now. Sometimes I really just like to follow a pattern, I still feel like I´m being creative without the anxiety of …..is what I am creating here ridiculous or is it good…. 🙂 yep I´m never quite happy with what I create from scratch.

This quilt was also an opportunity for me to practice some free motion quilting, I did feathers, pebbles and stippling, but the feathers were my goal, I´ve been wanting to try those for ages, and they didn’t come out to badly, just a few wobbles here and there.

Here is an image of the back.

And here it is, all finished , another quilt to add to my granddaughter´s collection.

Thanks for visiting, have a great day!

A Nighttime Garden

A while back I finished a quilt based on a  pattern by Suzys sitcom – Esmeralda´s garden Here When I first saw the pattern I really liked the fact that the background was dark depicting a nighttime garden. I’m so used to making quilts on white backgrounds, that it was quite a change to work with black.   

I changed some of the animals to ones that my granddaughter would find easier to identify, such as the owl, hedgehog and snail.

To make the animal blocks I only used my fabric scraps, I honestly thought I would make a huge dent on my scraps, but not true, I still have too many scraps, so now I´m planning a new scrap busting project.

I had quite a problem with the fusible I used on this project. I had heard so many good things about Steam a Seam Lite, that I ordered a whole bunch from Amazon, it was quite expensive with transport costs etc, it´s not available for sale in Portuguese stores. As soon as I started sewing down the applique pieces, my thread started shredding, and I couldn’t figure out why, I tried different needles, re-threaded a bunch of times, watched loads of videos on You tube on how to do maintenance on my machine, sanded lightly the top plate of the bobbin area in case it had a notch that the thread might be catching on, etc etc.

The thought that it might be the fusible never ever entered my mind, until I happened upon an old online post, where someone was having the same problem, and the culprit was Steam a Seam lite, it gums up the needle, and the thread gets caught on the gummy needle and shreds. So, I was totally ecstatic that the problem wasn’t my machine, and totally horrified that I had all these appliqued blocks ready for sewing down the appliques and I couldn’t sew for longer than a few seconds before the thread would shred.

Well….. I had to finish the quilt, I simply can´t have unfinished projects. So I got a Q-tip and poured some rubbing alcohol into a saucer, and every 10 seconds would stop and clean the gunk off the needle with the alcohol soaked Q-tip. Needless to say a lot of cursing went on during this whole tiresome process 🙂 Now of course I still have a bunch of steam a seam that I don´t want to use ever again.

In spite of the issues I had with the fusible. I really love this quilt, I simply love the idea of a garden coming to life during the night.

When not in use, it lives in my granddaughter´s bookcase, because it also has a story to tell.

Thanks for popping by, have a great day!

Baby Blue

A friend of my daughter will soon be having a baby boy, she´s a lovely girl, so I thought I´d make her a baby quilt…… baby quilts are the best….Being on Covid Lockdown doesn´t really help when we want to make cute baby quilts, fabric stores are closed, and we can’t even leave our area of residence, so I had to make do with what I had at home, which in terms of baby-themed blue fabrics wasn´t much at all, Yes, I could have ordered fabric online, but I also took it as a challenge to use fabrics I already had.

Anyway, even with my limited fabric selection, I think it turned out quite pretty.

The pattern is very simple and comes together very quickly, I found it at

On the back I made a little label with baby´s name and date.

I gifted it to her the other day and she really seemed to like it. I´m very pleased I took the time to make this quilt, because in gifting this quilt, it was also a gift to myself, because gifting this quilt, brought me joy. Goodness…. being a bit philosophical here, but you all know what I mean 🙂

Itsy Bitsy Scraps

My scraps are growing at an alarming rate, I´m not much of a hoarder so I like to keep things simple and organised. So when I had finished appliqueing the top of the Esmeralda´s garden quilt, from Suzy´s sitcom, (which I still need to quilt and bind so I haven’t posted it yet), I had a whole bunch of itsy bitsy scarps that were basically unusable. Still I couldn’t bring my self to throw them away, I’m very frugal 🙂

All these scraps had Steam-a-Seam 2 lite on them already, so I thought I would just stick them down on some muslin. Actually I began sticking them down before I even finished the quilt top, whenever I had a few bits of scrap I would stick them down on the piece of muslin I had next to me. Needless to say I didn’t overthink it at all, I just sort of stuck them down.

I then put tulle over them, because I figured it would be easier to quilt, since some of the pieces didn’t stick down to well, and also because I wanted to have a more harmonious kind of look to the whole thing, kind of dreamy if you get what I mean. On the one I used brown tulle, I wanted to tone down the pink pieces, on the other I used Yellow tulle. It doesn´t really show up on the photo, but it does have yellow tulle on top.

I pinned them to canvas fabric and quilted haphazardly.

and this is how it turned out, 2 crazy wall hangings. I actually like them, I especially like the fact that instead of creating rubbish I created art, well that´s what I´m calling it 😀

It´s a Pink Angel mouse

Hello creative friends!

Seeing as I managed to make the Dapper Daschund without to much fuss, and it was such a hit with family and friends, I decided to make the Tilda Angel Mouse as well.

I must admit it wasn’t as much fun as I thought it would be, it´s more finicky, all the thin little arms and legs to stuff and more hand sewing than I like doing, or ……..maybe I´m just lacking in patience at the moment. Regardless, she is done and she is kind of cute, my granddaughter Isabella will like her I´m sure 🙂

Here she is in all her Pink glory.

I have 2 other projects I´m working on, which have nothing to do with stuffed toys, but they´re taking a while to do, so we´ll see how that goes.

Thanks for popping by to see Miss Angel Mousy. Stay Safe!

The Dapper Dachshund

During this New year’s festive season we were on lockdown because of the corona virus. Basically we weren’t allowed out of our home town, and from 13.00 to 06.00 we had to stay at home.

So this seemed like the ideal opportunity to make a toy. Why not, I had nothing better to do! I downloaded the Dapper Dachshund pattern from the Tilda site. I love tilda fabrics, the only problem I had, was that I didn’t have enough to make the little doggie, and I wasn’t allowed to go to the neighbouring town to buy some, so I had to use what I had at home, sorry Tilda..

I think this is the first time I ever made a stuffed toy, but it come out all right, of course with the pattern it’s dead easy to make. I added a ribbon collar and semi precious stone to make her a little more dapper.

Well there you have it! A fun cute project that looks adorable. Its new home will be in my granddaughter’s /guest room here at nana’s house 🙂

Fun Stuff

Hello Creative friends!

lately I´ve been making fun stuff, yep, no stressing about making life like fabric portraits or being acclaimed as the number 1 fabric artist in the world, Nope! it´s been all about being cool, trying new stuff, spending more money on craft stuff, buying stuff I already had, but forgotten I had, you know, just cruising along 🙂

So here is one of my fun projects. The pattern Here is from Pam Holland, who in my book is a world acclaimed fabric artist, she is truly brilliant. I had great fun drawing and colouring fabric, and the colours are so vibrant, it really is such a fun and gorgeous project.

My other project is a coloured and thread painted fabric Panel. Now that winter has arrived, we light a fire in the fireplace every night, it´s set up to heat the radiators in the house, the problem with this, is that sometimes before it gets going it can smoke a bit, and I didn’t want my precious Rhino quilt Here to get grey and grubby from the smoke, and I wouldn’t be able to wash it. So I decided to cover it with a panel, that took minimal effort and after winter I can take it off and wash it, and my rhino will reappear fresh as a daisy in the springtime again.

I have meters of this panel batik, so I cut some of it, and had some fun with it.

So now in the evenings I don´t see my Rhino, but I do get to look up at my fun panel.

And to top it all, my aunt who is a retired seamstress gave me her treadle sewing machine. Well my mom asked her if she would sell it, because she wanted to give it to me as a present, but my aunt offered it, so mom took it to a sewing machine professional who tuned it up etc. I am so happy with it, it sews like a dream. It´s a Portuguese model called Oliva, from the 1940s, they don´t make them anymore.

It still has the original manual, isn´t that great!

This machine is just brilliant and I am having loads of fun with it.

Thanks for popping by, have Fun.