Skip to main content

No it isn't bigger on the inside...

As you can tell i love cross stitch, but when you have finished a piece with the intention of gifting it to somebody else, there is a quandary up ahead. Should I put it into a frame? A cushion? Or should I leave it for the recipient to decide? With my latest stitch, i decided to make something a little different.



Using two different materials from previous Crafty Creatives boxes, I decided to make a bag. Once the decision had been made, mum made it for me! I'm still a little reluctant to use the sewing machine. I need to be practise to be honest, but i don't want to practise on someone's present. I did do the cross stitch part though! It was a free pattern i found online, but i decided to change the colours as it was just black on the original pattern.



Here are the updates on the two stitches i am working on currently. I've finally finished page two of the photo stitch. I want to get it done as soon as i can, but at the latest i want to finish it by October, as that would have been Rory's second birthday. 
I have four more cupcakes to do before the backstitch and sequins on the christmas cupcake stitch. Hopefully it won't take too long, and i can start the next project.

I have started work with some of the items from the Crafty Creatives vintage box, designing some bookmarks. However, i am only halfway through them so i will post them when i am finished. Hopefully next week will be a productive week, as i am off work! Yippee! I have a ton of different craft items i plan to do, plus i really want to take the opportunity to finish writing my book. 

I'm also hoping that the week off work will give me the opportunity to clear my head a little, and shake off the depression. I have made small progress this week, by using my exercise bike for the first time in months, and by making an effort with my appearance on my days off. As i have said before, it is easy to get into the cycle of sitting on the sofa in my pj's, and doing nothing, so it did feel good to make a conscious decision to wear something nice, even if i didn't go out of my door.

Spending ban wise i am still doing well. I had my monthly takeaway yesterday by taking my brother out for breakfast for his birthday, and i went through town on my break today and came away with the Boots magazine, as it was free! I still want that trolley though! I was even tempted to count it as my treat on my week off, but i would rather it be my treat at the end of my ban, on the proviso that i am successful of course.

So next week should have at least one post, and should have a fair few different items on it! Hope you will enjoy it
Emma

Spending ban Numb3rs episode count : 39/118

Comments

  1. Oh this is so cool Emma...the fabric goes so well with your cross-stitched piece...a fabulous bag! Jan x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The only problem is i want to keep it for myself now! Still, i know the recipient will love it!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Feminine doesn't have to be pink

I was making a Christmas present for somebody the other day and I got an email from That's Crafty for their latest challenge, which is feminine, so I decided to enter it into it. I'm also going to enter it into Finnabairs denim journal challenge using blue as my inspiration.

I started off with a plain wooden chest of drawers, coating it with white gesso then with tissue paper. After it was dry I inked it with distress pads and coated it with crackle texture paste. The interesting thing here is that I then had to take away the wooden lines between the drawers as the glue had swelled them so they wouldn't fit!! Lesson learned.


This is one side. I used some Docraft Parisienne blue paper for the 'blue' of the box, using a thinlits mixed media die to make a negative image and allow the tissue to shine through. The panel was inked with walnut stain on the side. Finally I cut some flowers and butterflies out, adding a gem in the middle of each flower.
This is the top. S…

A new challenge

Not crafty related which is why it's in a separate post. When I mentioned about not decluttering in a recent post it got me thinking. When I have been successful in completing something it's because I have broken it down into manageable chunks, so I have decided to attack decluttering using the same method. So, from now until the day I can't decide what to get rid of, I will be getting rid of one item a day. Here are the rules.

1. It cannot be food - obvious reasons there
2. A photo must be taken of said item - there are exceptions to this rule. I am not going to subject you to a picture of my old underwear should that be an item I get rid of.
3. Once chosen I cannot change my mind - this is relevant when I am in the middle of filling up a bag to give to charity. I cannot dig through it, once an item is in there, there it stays.
4. I must explain here where I got it (if I remember) why I am getting rid of it and where it is going.

So, with that in mind here are the first i…

Time! Look where we are...

Wasn't going to post anything today, then I decided that it's been ages since I've entered a challenge! So I looked around and found That's Crafty were hosting a challenge with the theme of time. So here is my entry to that. See if you can spot the time link...


Got it yet? I decided to celebrate my favourite Time Lord, Doctor Who! (The Eleventh incarnation to be precise)
The star is symbolic of Galifrey. It's chipboard, painted with tarnished brass distress paint, stickled with the same colour, then edged with weathered wood distress pad. The blue symbols are foil, embossed and sanded. The embossing folder just reminded me of Galifreyan writing!

The background is clocks *(not sure but I think it's a Docraft set) to which I inked the edges in weathered wood and added some remnant rub ons.

Bow tie. Cos bow ties are cool! This was made from Sew Lovely paper.

You can also see a shrink plastic keychain Tardis here, complete with bead sonic screwdriver and key. Cos e…