No Sewing Necessary – Button Art

For my eldest today is the final day of Kindergarten before the Chrismtas holidays. Although probably not a common practice here I decided we would make something small for him to gift both his teacher and his bus driver to thank them for all they do.

After a quick browse round my sewing space we cathered together some Michael Miller Garden Pindot in Snow, scraps of Carrie Bloomston’s Collage Texture in Gray, and assorted buttons in green and red. To those we added some craft glue, and a couple of Tolsby picture frames from IKEA. BTsupplies The Tolsby frames are designed to hold a picture 4×6″ in size so we started by cutting a piece of plain white card and a piece of pindot fabric in this size. I used some fusible web to add a tree trunk cut from the gray collage fabric onto the pindot background and then we painted one side of the cardboard with craft glue and stuck the fabric on top. Once dry we placed the card into the frame and proceeded to glue on a selection of buttons in various sizes in the shape of a triangle to form the body of the tree.


The end result was a couple of very lovely Christmas trees, which will hopefully be much enjoyed by both his teacher and his bus driver. I must admit I would really love to keep these button trees for myself and I have fallen in love with them but we can always make in the future and in the meantime I will get to enjoy the little candle arrangement in the picture which my son made for me in forest playgroup.


I think there will be plenty more of these projects in our future. I’ve come across all sorts of great ideas for button art on Pinterest, and in the Tolsby frames these will make wonderful gifts. The other plus about the frames is that they are open on both sides so no reason not to pop a drawing or painting by or photo of one or both of my boys in the frame with the button art to make it into a really personal gift.

Santa’s On His Way – WiP Wednesday

A few years ago I decided it would be nice to make my youngest son something special to wear at Christmas time. I wanted it to be something we could keep and possibly re-purpose in years to come and so I decied I would cross stitch a design onto a plain top. An so a tradition was born. Every year since I have cross stitched a top for him and now I am also doing the same for his younger brother. There has been a penguin,


an elf,


a festively attired dog,


a reindeer,


and even a bouncy Tigger.


It may be a little last minute but I have finally started in on this years tops and the first of the designs is almost fully stitched.


I have decided not to use red tops this year, firstly because I want to eventually make all of the designs into a quilt and want to add a little more colour to the mix, and secondly because I just couldn’t find any red tops this year!

The second design is still to be decided on but I think it might just feature some festive owls which might sit well on the green top I have choosen. Thankfully there are several owls and lots of other festive designs to choose from in the various cross stitch magazines I have to hand (CrossStitcher, Cross Stitch Crazy and The World of Cross Stitching).

Now all I have to do is hope I can get these and the many other projects I have still in the works finished by the end of the week,

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. Hope to see you there.

Christmas Comfort

During the first two weeks in December Ms Midge hosted a Cushion For Christmas Blog Hop. There were lots of amazing cushions made by lots of very talented bloggers.

bloghopThe blog hop is finishing up with a link party where we all get to share the cushions we have made and today I have three festive cushions to share.

CCushionsall2I opted for red as the main background colour for each, lime green binding to pick up on the other fabrics used and plain off-white envelope style backs. I played around with the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to add a little detialing to the opening at the back.


The first cushion was made with scrap squares simply quilted in place on the front panel of the cushions. The edges of te individual squares are left raw and it should be fun (and possibly annoying) to see how they will fray up with use.

CCushions1The second cushions features a panel of woven fabric strips and a decorative band in matching turquoise blenders which I think really helps to bring out the blues in the woven panel.

CCushions2CCushionsblueThe final cushion features another woven panel, this time simply bordered in red.

CCushions3 CCushionsweaveNow that they are finished I’m really looking forward to finally getting to use these cushions because they have been in the making for over a year. The tops were partially made this time last year in an effort to make something for myself for Christmas once all the gifts were finished. They never got completed and have sat sadly in a corner ever since. They would possibly still be in the corner if it hadn’t been for the blog hop, seeing all the other beautiful creations really spurred me on to make some of my own for the festive season.

CCushionsallThere are lots of other wonderful cushions linked up so be sure to pop over to Ms Midge’s and have a look at all of the wonderful creations there are to see.

And Without Further Ado…

… I’m happy to announce that the winner of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day giveaway of a stack of 20 5″ Liberty charms as chosen by Mr. Random is

randomdec14Linda Pawlak. Congratulations Linda, I’ve sent you an email requesting your postal details so I can send this little stack of lovelies to you.

LibertycharmsA huge thank you to everyone who took part in my givewaway. I do hope you all have a wonderful festive season and may it bring you all you wish for.

A Postal Delivery

The postman has been very kind to me of late. There have been some new fabric deliveries, more about those at a later date, along with some post all the way from New Zealand.

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the autumnal mug rugs I had made for my New Zealand partner in the Quilting Gallery Autumnal Mug Rug Swap. Now the mug rugs my partner Merian made for me have arrived, along with a really cute potholder.

AMRSRfrontAren’t they just beautiful. Although the theme of the swap was autumnal when my partner asked if I would like her to make the rugs in New Zealand fabrics instead I of course said yes. I have not been disappointed and love the fabrics that she choose, in fact even the fabrics used to back all three pieces are just as beautiful as those on the front.

AMRSRbackWhat about you? Have you received any nice post of late? How would you like some post from me? Well today is the last day to enter my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day giveaway so if you haven’t entered all ready then why not do so and see if you will be the lucky one that I will soon be sending some post to.