Sunday, 31 October 2010
The right hand side also opens up to show further storage areas and this door again supports another flip over counter space. You can see my machine which sits on a weight controlled counter lever platform so that it can be stored away when not being used.
Underneath the machine in the picture above is the area where it is stored when not in use. There is also a space to keep a plastic insert which drops into the table top to fill in the gap left behind when the machine in stored away.On the other side of the sewing cupboard there is a flap which extends the surface area even further!!! Ideal for making quilts.
We have set it up in the attic and it can be put away if any one comes to stay.
Needless to say that the above picture is not what the table looks like at the moment. Just imagine a tornado has been locked in the attic for a weekend!
More on that another time. You can imagine, I am sure, just how thrilled I am with this. I actually have somewhere to work that is not the kitchen table and I can leave it out over night if I need to. I have a craft Fair next month and I am busy making up some new items to take.
I first saw these tables years ago and thought lovely! Ideal, but I have had to save up to be ale to buy one without feeling guilty. Well...ok....maybe just a little guilty. It will last me for years and Sophie thinks it is great. The first project to be made on this lovely table?? Sophie's Halloween bag and PDF. Sophie had her own work area and she thought it was the Bee's Knee's!!
Have fun to night and be safe too.
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
This particular block is sewn on using applique. It went quite well for the first attempt and the colours went well with the original block.
There has been a massive gap of time since then, with no sign of another quilt coming through. seeing as it is half-term this week I really hoped that something would arrive.
I saw the other day that it is about 60 days until Christmas, I can not see this challenge finishing in time, but you never know.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
This is called a Jiko and it is used my families to cook on in Kenya. I was lucky enough to go to Kenya to teach and my friend and I decided to bring one of these back each. This was in 2006, before all of the restrictions on luggage etc. We wrapped our clothes around them and they went in the hold of the plane. We crossed our fingers that they would not get damaged. They are made of a soft metal, so not too heavy. There is lining of terracotta and this is heated my putting charcoal in a little door in the base. Then there is a grate above whereby you put your pan or frying pan.
Take a look as you can have a go at these if you have a small deep fat fryer or a deep saucepan to put a good depth of oil in. Do not have the heat too high as it can be dangerous, keep a close eye on it and kids well away. Sophie can only watch at a very good distance and I only make these in the summer so that I can cook outside. They are lovely with icecream or chocolate sauce.
Take care all
Saturday, 16 October 2010
There are many tutorials on the Internet to make these little paper kites but I made this years ago as a little introduction project to get to know my new tutor group. I can not remember where I got the idea in the first place but it went down really well.They were put on display for parents to see in the evening and then collected to go home.
Hope to see them all again next September!
Thursday, 14 October 2010
This is so lovely that I would not be able to bring myself to cut into it. It is soooo clever.
So I shall come back down to earth now and start to think about Sophie's birthday cake as next week plans will need to start for her 8th birthday party. Eight years old for goodness sake, where has the time gone.
As I am sitting here typing this she is practicing her guitar, it was not that long ago that she was sitting in the same place on the sofa having her bedtime warm milk!
One last look at some cake gorgeousness.....
Well..... I can dream of being this good, but for now I think I shall have to stick to cupcakes. Now there is another story to tell but at another time.
Take care xx
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Above is my first big attempt at hand needle felting! I sat down on a Friday evening with a book and a few tools and kept going until my eyes nearly gave out. It was one of the best evenings that I have spent. Hubby was out and Sophie was in bed so what else could I do but discover a new addiction!
In fact I like this so much it features in my side bar. Since then I have explored this idea further by making miniature pictures and I am now developing some card embellishment ideas too.
Recently at school I purchased a Janome Embellisher and during half term I intend to play and learn about all it will do. Then the GCSE exam groups can have a go and see how that can use it in their work.
Quite a recent and inexpensive treasure, but a treasure because it was a "First" for me.
Have a good week.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Oh..... and whilst having fun making my collage in Picasa I forgot to include the silver.
I am busy making things for the Christmas Craft Fair since I have found a bit of motivation. I have not really felt like making much lately for some reason.
However, what a lovely day that we have had in Cornwall today. Do you reckon that it will last until half term?
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Plenty of room inside for all that you need for an evening. It has a handbag length handle but this can be swapped for a longer shoulder bag strap, both of which are made from a twin metal interlocked chain.
It will definitely be used this Christmas as we have just booked our do at a hotel in Newquay.
Have a good week.