Monday, September 29, 2008

Criss Cross Coasters

Caz put me onto these quick and easy coasters on Allsorts' blog and as I was looking for a simple project to try to get my mojo back (to borrow Toni's phrase) I made a couple sets of four of these yesterday.

The first set I made from some 5" charm squares, so they are a little bigger than the original pattern:

The second set I made from left over fabric from Lyle's cushions, so of course I had to give these coasters to Lyle:

This is a really quick and easy project. A set of four coasters took me less than 15 minutes to make. These would make great presents for Christmas, if you want to give something handmade but are pressed for time.

Things I'm loving!

I haven't had much time for crafting, posting or blog-watching lately but I did manage to have a quick browse around yesterday. The talents and humour of all the bloggers out there is just amazing. Some of the things I've enjoyed reading about are:

  • Toni's deconstruction of a gorgeous quilt into an even gorgeous-er one;
  • Lucy Locket's pigeon post which led me to the crocheted pigeon creator Charlie P - I was laughing out loud at the pigeon antics on her blog!
  • Grey's Crochet for all of the amazing Greyhound related crochet - look out for the life-sized crocheted greyhound napping with it's real life counterpart!
  • the patchwork basket on Crazy Mom Quilts blog. I've seen lots of similar baskets on other blogs lately and even made one myself yesterday.
  • This led me to the Pink Penguin blog with lots of gorgeous projects on it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunny Sunday

I haven't been doing much sewing the last week or so. I'm still getting over the flu and trying to cope with a much increased workload at work (as if it wasn't enough already!), so have been pretty tired. I've been slowly getting through a cross stitch while watching a bit of TV over the last couple of weekends but still have lots more to do before it's finished. Sorry for the blurry pic.

It's officially Spring but has still been a bit chilly and has been pouring rain all week. It's an exciting time in the garden though - I have these snow peas (above) as well as parsnips, carrots, spinach, silverbeet, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower all flourishing. I've potted some spring onion, leek, capsicum and tomato seeds and they're keeping warm in the house on a sunny windowsill. Hopefully by the time they sprout it will be warm enough to plant them outside.