Elf on the Shelf

 

These are the diverse sewing requests I have been asked for since starting a market stall.  I had great fun with the elf, and the aprons took me back to the first school sewing lesson I had; the stockings for two cats a hamster and fish was something completely new.

I do hope the recipients like them, and a very Happy Christmas sewing to you all, just in case I don’t get back here before then! X

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My first Market Stall

Yesterday saw me and my long suffering Hubby working a stall in a local town indoor craft market, a mixture of excitement and fear!

Met some really lovely stall holders and shoppers and had a thoroughly good time, learned a lot and came home slightly better off, and wanting to get straight back to the sewing!  Was standing there thinking of my next projects, though probably no time now before Christmas!

I am hoping , now, to have a regular stall at this venue, Sewn Up Gifts will soon become a little goldmine, you never know!!

Little Pixie with wings!

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Dear friends, I wanted to show you this little creature I have just stitched with the help of Annie Smith designs.  Not sure what she is exactly, does a pixie have wings? Or should she be a fairy?  I don’t believe in either but I do believe in the spirit of Christmas and think she would be a charming Christmas decoration or would look really interesting on the top of the tree!

In honour of Shakespears’ 400 th anniversary I have given her the grand name of Titania from Midsummer Nights Dream, with that pinkish jute hair I think  it suits!

She is up for grabs in my Etsy shop, Sewn Up Gifts and her creation has been told in pics on my Face book Page Sewn Up Gifts! If you fancy taking a look and liking the page that would be great!

Thanks for stopping by !

Lindy

Wrist Bags

I wanted to show you what I have been enjoying making these last couple of weeks.

I really like the idea of these wrist bags, you don’t always want your handbag to carry along yet you do need cash keys and phone so this is the answer I reckon.  All attached to your wrist so you cannot forget.  I fancy making some from glitzy fabrics for evenings, my daughter wants a waterproof one for her dog walking and gym trips, so I will be refining the pattern as I go and having some creative fun.

 

Cuthbert the WI Rabbit is looking for a new home

I have decided that Cuthbert has been with me long enough and deserves to find himself a new home in the big wide world this Spring!  I will post a couple of mug shots here, as he is not shy, and you can find him in my Etsy shop if you want to take pity on him.  I must warn you, however, he does attract attention and he adores it!

If you are interested in his inner self, I posted  how I created Cuthbert last year, you can read all about it here.  Cuthbert Rabbit “How To”

Meet my new Bunny Rabbits

I have been away ( in case anyone wondered!) and have been itching to get back in my little sewing room which I laughingly call the SUGs room.  I wanted more rabbits, but these don’t seem as quick to reproduce as the “real” ones, 4 days work and I have 2 new pals. Pippa the party bunny and Gertie the gardening rabbit!  I hope you like them, they make me smile anyway!

 

New Easter Bunny

I want to introduce you to my new little rabbit, finished today.  I have great fun making these soft creatures, and they are so easy to look after, I can even leave them home alone while I go on long holidays.   I need two more animals  and think I may try a Mr Fox, but will he and the rabbit be good companions in my little crafty bolt hole, hmm.

 

Spectacle Cases R and D for SUGs!

For the past two weeks I have been sweating in my little garret room designing and sewing spec cases!  Oh my goodness I hear you groan, poor thing she needs a life!  Well I am a bit picky and get so enthused in my own little world that little things like this take over.  That’s the beauty of retirement, you can work on what ever you like as long as you get satisfaction.

I am at the satisfaction stage right now and my little Etsy shop may have some new goodies soon if I can get the finished articles done now.

Here are some pics showing the morph from original to (nearly) finished spectacle case.  Now do you call them glasses cases, spectacle cases or reading glass cases?

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Happy with the basics, now to choose fabrics and practice writing with a sewing machine!

I have been guided by my “business manager” that modern men don’t use such fripperies as these, so I am going to offer them only to us fairer sex and personalise them with name or initials if it is desired.

Back to the garret then and see you soon. Happy sewing everyone.

 

 

Cuthbert the WI Rabbit – Part 2

Hi again

I have finished Cuthbert Rabbit on time for September 16th the WI Centenary Celebration, as I explained in my earlier post.      Cuthbert

Original Cuthbert

The Original Cuthbert

 

I hope you like my version of Cuthbert, he has plastic coated wire in his legs and body, so that he can bend, with help!  He is a craft item and not suitable for children though.  I think things were a lot more relaxed in 1917 with regards to toys and safety issues!

I am going to add him to the raffle prizes and hope he attracts lots of attention!

See you soon and thanks for reading!

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Carrier Bag Charges by big retailers in England

Are you prepared to pay 5p for your plastic carrier bags from October?  Although quite a few shoppers will add the cost to their shopping bill, and maybe just shrug it off as a good money raising idea for charity, others may want to re-use their own stronger bags and not have to pay 5p to advertise their chosen supermarket or department store.

Got me thinking and as I had some strong printed cotton suitable for crafting bags I have made these tote bags in the photo and a storage dispenser bag for those plastic bags we may want to hang on to!  The bags are lined with red cotton and have strong straps, the plastic bag storage tube is made from a french style kitchen cotton print.

If anyone wants to be prepared the totes are £5 including postage (UK only) and the bag dispenser is £3 including postage (UK only).  I can make more if needed, just say the word!

I can be contacted on facebook or on Sewnupgifts@gmail.com

Reuse your bags.

Re use your bags.