Oscar´s Portrait

This is going to be a pretty quick post because I´m not happy with the outcome of my Oscar Portrait, but I have to post about it anyway, because this blog  is essentially my journal, and also I´m tired of thinking about this horrible Covid-19 pandemic! I started it before the Jack portrait but I put it aside to make Jack Here which I thought would be much harder, but it actually wasn’t.

I really battled with Oscar, I chose a horrible photo, which really doesn’t do him any justice at all, and it all just went downhill from there. So now Oscar´s face kind of looks like a koala and the fur is so….boring.

Oscar has 2 coats, one for summer and one for winter, here he´s wearing his summer coat.

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And here he´s wearing his winter coat 😊

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Well, the most important lesson I took from making this portrait was   – Make sure you love the photo that you will be working from and that it truly inspires you. I am currently choosing a photo for my next subject, and this time I’m really thinking about it and taking my time.

Even though I´m not overly pleased with the result I still hang them up on our home office wall, nobody really goes there, except me 🙂

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Handbag

One of my recent finishes is this handbag, I bought the pattern from SOTAK Handmade, its called the Finley Tote. The fabric I bought from Ikea

Must say I was quite daunted by installing the 3 zippers, especially as zippers here in Portugal are in centimeters in increments of 5cm, so I had to adapt them to fit. Amazingly enough, it all came together quite well and looks very professionally done, actually quite a few people found it hard to believe that it was handmade, so Yea me 🙂

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It´s a really nice size too, not too big or too small, it´s about 32 x 34 cm.

So this is my go-to handbag at the moment 🙂

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Christmas Tree Runner

So, I´ve been wanting to sew with tulle, or netting if you prefer for quite a while, and since  Christmas is here, I thought it might be a good time to join the 2, Christmas and tulle.

I saw this cute table runner from Addy Lou Creates here, so I made a version of that pattern,  3 different fabrics for each tree.

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Then I added the tulle on top, this is a very fine tulle with fine gold glitter.20191026_151604

Free motioned crazy patterns on top of each section of the trees and stippled the background.

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I don´t know quite what I was thinking when I decided to add the stripes in the middle if I had a redo, I wouldn’t do that at all, but oh well, now it´s done. I  found that the tulle does mute the colours of the fabric quite a bit, but is actually far easier to work with than I expected.

So now it´s Christmas time, and I have a new table runner to display 🙂

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Wishing all a blessed happy Christmas!

Mini Quilt

Just finished the cutest little mini quilt ever! I found the pattern at Flamingo Toes by Beverly Mccullough, here and I just fell in love with it, I loved the black and white theme with the dots of colour. So I was very, very uncreative and made mine the same.

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Also because I have never embroidered in my life, It was an excellent opportunity for me to learn how to make french knots and embroider the birdy, I actually can’t believe I managed to make the bird, when I tried the first time it kind of looked like a huge alien vulture, so I ditched the embroidery floss and used normal sewing thread.

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I really love this project and can see myself making another with different coloured houses.

Thanks for stopping by this neighbourhood 🙂

Almost Black on White

As promised in my last post, I  finally hung up my latest quilt. The proof is, of course, the usual bad photos presented here 🙂

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The pattern is Five Smalls Crib Quilt by Kacia Hosmer, I bought it from Modern patchwork. It was just what I was looking for, simple yet striking! I just made mine wider and shortened the length.

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Every quilt I´ve made so far has taught me something, this one taught me that when using just 2 tones, every little mistake is glaringly obvious, there are no patterns or shades of colour to distract the eye, ….nope… every square that is not exactly pieced, jumps up and hits you in the eyeball! But it´s all a learning curve, next time I´ll know to be more precise in my seams and cutting.

I absolutely love it, it´s one of my favorites so far.

Music Rack

So…..Still on the subject of the office/music/ironing room  I have a wooden magazine rack, that I´ve had forever but never painted or used. Now I usually keep my music sheets on top of the piano in a messy pile, but since I´m on a mission to prettify this room, I thought this magazine rack thingy would work great for my music sheets.

I decided to go mustard, so I painted the whole thing in a chalk mustard color from Rust-oleum, however, it came out looking cream-colored, very little mustard there! so I bought another container of mustard from Fleur, and this was the color I was looking for, I distressed the edges so that the bottom lighter color shows through. I bought wooden music notes, and a wooden dowel, painted and distressed them in white and granite, and glued them to the rack, a little light waxing all over and Voila, there it was all done.

No more messy pile of music sheets on top of the piano.

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Well, it´s still a little messy, but now it´s contained to it´s special designated music sheet rack!

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Next, I´ll show you the quilted wall hanging I made for this room, but I still need to hang it up on the wall and then take some of my usual dreadful photos  😀 so watch this space!

Refurbished desk

I´ve been quite busy lately, finishing up a few projects, one of them was refinishing an old desk we have. It´s really a very plain ugly little thing, but because we don´t use it that much, I didn´t want to spend money on buying a new desk. Most of the time we take the PC to the sofa or dining room table and use it there, I don´t know why, maybe we just want to be near everyone else and not alone in what we call the office/music/ironing room, or maybe every-one is scared they´ll be asked to do the ironing  😉

Well, the so-called office/music/ironing room also has the piano in it, which is blackish, so I chose a granite chalk paint from Rust-Oleum for the desk. It took 3 coats on top, a light sanding, waxed the whole thing for durability, bought a new knob for the drawer, and there it was, all done!

Here is a photo of the desk upside down, I forgot to take a foto of it before I began 🙂

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Here it is finished, the bin basket I spray painted with some leftover grey spray paint I had, it was blue before.

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Ok, I admit, I didn´t sand the desk before I began, so now the grain is visible in some places, and it kind of looks like it was painted white before the granite color, and then distressed, But I sure don´t mind the effect, I got the distressed look without having to put in the extra work 😉

Here is a view of the room, it´s still a work in progress, it has the bookcase in wood veneer, but I´ve decided I won´t paint that, I´ll gift it and get a bookcase I saw at IKEA, which I really like.

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I´m, also finishing up a quilted wall hanging, which will hang above the piano, and a small wooden magazine rack to store my music sheets, so stay tuned……

Table Runner

This weekend I finished a new table runner. Initially, I was going to make it with Dresden triangles. I got the idea from Mama love QuiltsHere I cut and sewed the 2 rows, however, once I had finished sewing them together, I hated the way it looked.

I wanted the runner to have an ethnic feel to it, but because I had chosen so many busy fabrics, it was just too overwhelming.

Here is a photo of one of the rows, before I cut it in half.

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Not wanting to scrap the whole project, I decided to cut one of the rows in half, flip them around and sew white borders around and in between. For the binding I used one of the fabrics, the orange-green with the yellow flowers, this fabric is a batik from Mozambique. The quilting is straight narrow lines, still my favorite method of quilting.

I am actually very happy with the result, it´s colourful and bright, with the ethnic touch I was looking for.

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Not quite sure what I am going to do with the leftover row, I might just cut it into smallish squares add some solids and make placemats, but right now I have a few other projects in hand so that will have to wait.

Thanks for the visit, have a great day!

 

All about Pillows

It´s all about pillows!

It´s been a while since I´ve been here, it´s been kind of hectic, I’ve basically finished up a few projects and started others, so I have a few WIP – works in progress.

Here is one of my finished projects, matching pillows for the quilt I made for my granddaughter, you can see it Here.

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I really enjoyed making these pillows, I used leftover blocks and scraps, made them into pillow covers with binding around them, I think the binding gives it a great finished look.

I also had some unfinished blocks from the Tulip parade wall hanging Here, that had been on my design wall forever, so my daughter the other day suggested that I incorporate them into bright pillowcases for her. So I went ahead and used plain red fabric for the background and finished up 2 cushion covers in a jiffy, and here they are.

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Thanks for listening to my Pillow talk 😉 have a great day!

Knitting bag

My daughter has recently taken to knitting, and it so happens that I received in my mailbox a tutorial for a small knitting bag from Sewspire, Here

Such a coincidence I couldn´t pass up, and so I  immediately went to work.

I decided to use a chintz fabric that I had bought a while back, because it´s just so inexpensive. Now in Portugal, ….where I live, by the way… this fabric is called Chita, and it is readily available in fabric stores and the markets because it is so cheap and versatile to make bags or for home decor, the fabric is basically a woven canvass with bold prints. I actually looked it up on google, because I am not a fabric connoisseur 😊 and found out that it was originally from India and that in the 1700 it was actually banned from England, because it was considered unfair competition for the local fabric manufacturers, anyway it´s pretty interesting, you can look it up also.

Well as I said I had some of this fabric, and that´s what I decided to use because it´s kind of old school and crafty all at the same time. The interior is a plain navy cotton fabric, and the handles are chopsticks, which I thought was just such a fun idea and luckily I had some at home.

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I really whipped this up in about an hour, it´s quite small, but really cute, and my daughter loved it, so all in all, a great little project. 🙂