Tuesday, 20 April 2010


We have had our grandchildren for two weeks for the Easter holidays, and we have had FUN! Never mind the getting up at the crack of dawn, or the occasional mishap, look at the joy in the little one's face, as she races to beat the incoming waves. Look at the trust of the older one, walking out in the sea with Granddad. Who could want more? A lovely day,walking in the waves, playing with Granny and Granddad and to cap it all, a dog that follows you around and thinks you are the bees' knees! We had a wonderful fortnight, and the house seems awfully quiet now!

I spoke about the mini quilt swap in this post here. I was sewing out a practice piece, when the children saw me doing it. They wanted to do it too, so I traced out a daisy for each of them on a piece of white cotton, using a water-erasable pen. Here we all are sitting doing our sewing. The girls used tiny picture hoops to embroider.

They wanted to make little quilts for the teddy bear baskets they got for Christmas. They added borders and a backing, but there is no wadding (batting). Here they are with the completed blankets and a close-up. The older girl is seven and the younger one is five.

Thankful Thoughts
I keep on looking at all the people stranded around the world, because of the eruption in Iceland. The son of one of my friends is stranded in Australia and cannot get a flight till 7th May. Imagine how frustrated you would feel, not being able to get home. I do like travelling, but I LOVE coming home!!
Till next time,

Sunday, 18 April 2010

I Won! I Won! I Won! I Won! I Won!

I wrote about a great Giveaway in my last post, here. More than thirty days of great gifts (and also great posts) from 'I Have a Notion (IHAN)'. The amount of work that went in to organise this event is mind-boggling ... But would you believe it - I won a prize!!! ME!! I WON!! I never win anything, so I am really excited!! I do love rulers, so I am going to have great fun using this. I would like to thank Kelly from IHAN for celebrating her one year celebration of her business in such a fun way, and also Simplicity Studio for being so generous with their great prizes. I had a ball!

I will be off island tomorrow for one day, as my grandchildren are returning home. We have had so much fun with them this holiday, and I will tell you about it next time.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Unbelievable Giveaway!!

Oh, it really is unbelievable!! For 30 days - yes! - 30 days, I Have A Notion is celebrating, as it turns a year old, by giving away different goodies, and what goodies!! The choice is amazing. What to choose?? You can sign up to have the choice to win any of the goodies, by scrolling back to see all the different products and also wonderful ideas on how these products can be used. That in itself is worth viewing. There are just so many cute things from which to choose. Look at these pins -
- and I also really fancy one of these -
- but the jewel in the crown, as far as I am concerned is this -
Yes - don't rub your eyes! It is an AccuQuilt Go Fabric Cutter! Bet you thought I put the picture of the AccuQuilt Go Fabric Cutter at the beginning of this post, just to make you read on. It worked, didn't it? Can you imagine winning one of them? I would love one, but I never win anything. No!! Positive thinking!! To (when I) win, I must include a link to the IHAN blog and Store, so here goes

I have been typing this with my fingers crossed. It is really difficult!! Go and sign up, but if you win, remember who told you about the Giveaway.
Good Luck!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Mini Quilt Swap

I have just found these swap details on Quilting Gallery
(check link down the page). Isn't this pattern adorable? Lenna Green from the Stitching Cow has created this super cute embroidery pattern for this swap. You can stitch it in redwork, like Lenna’s sample, or with coloured embroidery floss. You can bet I have registered for this swap. This is the first time have ever done a swap, but the pattern was so cute!! My granddaughters are here at the moment, so no sewing being done, but they want to sew a daisy as well. They have done a bit of sewing each time they come, so hopefully, they will enjoy this. I definitely am going to love this.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

New Buys

If you have been reading my blog recently, you will know I am on a 'mini' drive (no pun meant) just now. I bought this little ruler to help me. It is so cute. It is 2 1/2 inches square. I got it from Creative Grids Their service is really good, and they have a lot of new videos on their site, showing how to use their rulers. You also get a 10% discount card, if you spend over £30 (I think).
I also bought this plastic container from Ikea. I broke my Bernina Accessory box, not long after I bought my Artista 630E. It fell off the table, and I was so upset. It seems I am not the only one that this has happened to. I read the Bernina Yahoo Groups, and a few members have said that the boxes have broken. I bought the above box to hold all the Bernina feet and bobbins. It is great. I also have room for the thread I am using, scissors, pencils, rulers etc. It also bounces!!

Thankful Thoughts
We went over to Kirkwall on Monday, to pick up our granddaughters. It was a dreadful day, and the journey was awful on the ferry. I am not a good sailor, but usually I do not turn a hair on the local ferry. This time even the locals were lying down. That is the trick. If you are feeling sick, lie down. Fortunately there is loads of room, so I got there without mishap. Thank goodness. It is a glorious day, so we may go over the bay to have a walk, later.
Till next time.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Easter Egg Tutorial

Warning - photo heavy.
I know I am a little late posting this, but perhaps it can be filed for next year.

I usually send my teenage grandsons some money for Easter. If they want to buy a chocolate egg, they can, but if they want something else, at least they will have something to put towards it. I was a little late in getting down to the shop, to get an Easter card. They were all gone, so I came home and made cracked eggs to hold the notes. Here is how to do it.

1. Find a nice picture of an egg on the Net, and print it out.
2. Cut it out roughly and paste it onto card.

3. When dry, cut it out to make a template.

4. Pick out some pretty card for your eggs. (This is Laura Ashley card I got at the Glasgow Exhibition).

5. Fold the card in two, and draw round your template.

6. Cut the eggs out, glue round the inside edge and paste them together, right sides out.

7. From a scrap of the left over card and using the template, draw the top of the egg and some cracks. Use a ruler to help you do this. Cut this out and use as a template to draw on your egg.
8. Cut the egg in two, on the crack. Make a small hole using a punch and hammer in a brad. (my brads were so tough, I had to use pliers. They are a bit squidged as a result.)

9. Join the two parts of the egg with ribbon, through the holes of the brad. Add the money or note. Enjoy!

Happy Easter to Everyone!!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Mini Update

Well, here it is, finished at last! It is a wee bit wonky, but so am I, so it fits in fine! I really enjoyed making it, as I said in yesterday's post. I hope it will be the first of many. Below is a picture of some of the washers my husband picked up, for both of us. When he saw me taking a picture of them, he said, "I wondered where they went. I was looking for them yesterday!"
Thankful Thoughts
The snow (in Scotland) is starting to melt, so hopefully, my granddaughters will get up to see us for Easter.
Till next time.