Each day has become a bit like a treasure hunt as we look at every rental house fitting our criteria, searching for THE one. All the homes we have liked so far have been taken by the time we get back to the real estate office, or the owner decides to sell instead, or the agents can't contact the owners...it seems doors close on us before we can squeeze our little toe in...and our days to move are running out.
Yesterday was Sunday, the day of rest, and so we did. We really needed it! After washing all the quilts, runners and doilies (in preparation for the move), Blossom and I spent the day in my sewing room. We decided to play around with some online tutorials and use some favourite fabrics along the way.
My friend in Norway, Synnoeve, made Blossom a clutch purse for her birthday, and I recently found the tutorial for it HERE, (you can see the purse Synnoeve made for Blossom HERE)
We put a dvd on my laptop and 'listened' as we stitched. Blossom used some cute Japanese fabric she'd bought from BeBeBold a couple of months ago...
...and I used some lovely Verna.
We both chose buttons - Blossom chose a vintage flower, and I chose a Theodora Cleave snail - to embellish our creations, and fortunately I had the right size and colour zips in my stash. We had a FABULOUS afternoon, and our finished clutch purses are gorgeous!
Blossom then began working on a koala softie, but I'll wait until she's finished to show you.
My next project was another online tutorial from HERE. I love the fabrics she has used in this bag and I will be searching for something with that texture once we've moved, but for now I used some black and white floral and pindots to make my own version as a test-run...
As soon as I finished it and showed it to Blossom she said, "OOOOOOO, I love it!! I want to make one!!"
I wonder what fabrics she'll choose?
My nights have been spent stitching small gifts for some lovely friends of mine overseas. I wanted to finish them and post them off before we move.
This is another of my new bird designs - very simple but lovely, with added seed beads and a plaited satin ribbon hanger...
I'm re-stitching it larger, and using different stitches this time, but haven't decided on beads or embellishments yet.
I used a pattern by Natalie Lymer to make this needle book. It was a free pattern but cannot remember what site I downloaded it from. Natalie has another free needlebook pattern on her site and I am stitching that one at the moment.
...and this is a postcard I made with raw silk, featuring a design by my friend Vicki of Tozz's Corner.
So I need to pack up these parcels and post them away!
Have you made anything with my July Challenge stitchery yet?