Last month I shared a tutorial to make a lace-cuffed wrist pincushion which was very popular indeed.
I decided to make a second one to give to Blossom but the last couple of weeks have been rather busy so even though I had the fabrics prepared over a week ago it wasn't until Saturday afternoon that I finally had time to sew it together.
Blossom likes green so I chose a pretty olive green print and added one of my treasured vintage buttons to the centre.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out and can't wait to give it to her when she and the little ones visit tomorrow.
When looking for a special pin to add with this gift I found some hand-made owls and thought one of them perfect as my girl has a soft spot for owls.
You'll find the tutorial HERE
You'll find the tutorial HERE
Sunday afternoon was spent in the kitchen with a variety of things on the go - vegetable and cashew cous cous salad, sultana scones, pineapple fruit cake (two of them), sundried tomato bread, coleslaw, and a blackberry & apple crumble served with coconut milk yoghurt...
Yesterday I indulged in the leftovers of the crumble with a nice hot cup of tea and some stitching whilst catching up on Masterchef. If only I could have that kind of morning tea every day...mmmm.
In the photo above you can see a peek to the left of the new cardie pattern I'm knitting, this time for Rafaella. Knitting really stirs up the arthritis in my right hand (unlike hand embroidery which soothes it) so this will probably be the last thing I knit for a while (or until next autumn or winter for Blossom's new baby, due in December).
The newest pattern I'm stitching won't be available until August because I'm always a couple of months ahead with my Faith In Hand club designs but I didn't think you'd mind a little peek.
My email inbox the past month has really been swamped with people asking for my older patterns and to be honest, it really overwhelms me. There's the time aspect - replying, searching through my 600+ patterns, deciding whether I can do it (or whether I want to re-release that pattern), the correspondence back and forth (often many emails) - plus the reformatting and updating of old patterns to a new file. All this takes hours some days and I've decided to no longer give that precious time away.
SO...I'm now spending just one hour per week adding one or two more patterns to my Etsy Shop and perhaps one to my free pattern page.
Yesterday I refreshed the free pattern page with a number of my most requested freebies, and these included the remaining ones from Craftsy/Bluprint (which is closing and not allowing my four free patterns to be downloaded anymore) so if you'd like to browse through the ones I've chosen for this season go HERE to the Free Patterns page.
One of the old favourites is Joy In The Ordinary...
I also have a Tutorials page which you may have missed?
One of the most popular tutorials I've shared in the past few years was the Perched Sewing Caddy...
I also have a page which has links to the blog posts I've shared which help with hand embroidery stitches and the supplies I personally favour.
The most popular helps post is the backstitch and lazy daisy tutorial which also includes tips on how to sew smaller hand embroidery stitches.
Another post I was reminded about recently was "Stitching and the Ditching of Perfection" which I wrote in 2015. If you worry about what the back of your hand embroidery looks like let me encourage you to go HERE and have a read.
Now I must be away and attend to dinner as my dear husband will be home soon and with winter nights bringing darkness rather early we tend to eat around 5.30 instead of the later meals shared during the summer months so I have less time at the end of the day to enjoy kitchen duties.
My menu tonight will be a spicy black makhani daal with brown rice, and an apricot shortcake for dessert (which will also make a yummy morning tea tomorrow when the family comes to visit!).
So tell me, what are you cooking or sewing or making at the moment?
I'd genuinely love to know.
God bless you and keep you safe and close to His loving heart,