Day 31

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My cousin arrived this afternoon with her baby for a weekend visit. They are both thoroughly delightful. Well deserving of a baking treat ready for breakfast. So that’s what we’ve got 🙂 I’ve baked a loaf of soda bread ready for breakfast tomorrow. One of my favourite things to bake, so simple and sooooooo tasty. It will go perfectly with a jar of jam or jelly from the cupboard (homemade, of course!) over a leisurely weekend breakfast. It’s the first time she’s come for a visit and I feel very honoured, quite apart from the fact that her daughter is simply one of the cutest babies I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I’m not easily swayed 😉

Day 30

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Creative letter writing to Mum…

Inspired by my letter writing of the weekend and having a pattern or two to send I’m making a start on a letter to Mum. A start only as today has been a ridiculously long day…and soon I must retire to my bed with a good book 🙂

Day 29

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Another practice day today – received a change of address card from a friend and want to make them a card, like the idea, but execution not quite right. Try again at the weekend I think. In other news, tomorrow is a very busy and long work day, so looking forward to a mini creative moment on my return – think I may start a letter to my Mum, inspired by my letter writing from Sunday.

Day 28

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Hooping up and dropping the feed dogs

After reading through my book mountain again yesterday and making the card last week I thought I’d practice my free machine embroidery again. It’s been a while since I did any of this, so a little warm up of skills is in order – not sure where I’m going with this yet, if it’s going to be a new project, I think it might…

I have some beautiful glossy machine embroidery thread and I just started making shapes – and remembered the need to make adjustments as you go along. I’m enjoying the roundness of the shapes I’ve made here – thinking I might need to have another go at such a pattern again – perhaps on some weightier fabric, designed to hang in a frame on the wall. 

Today, like so many other work days I felt utterly exhausted and not in the least like being creative – but I’ve made some ‘proper’ sustenance for dinner and spent 15 minutes working on this – I feel better for it, but also glad that I shall now relax wholly into doing nothing – an art in itself!

Day 26

Today's creation :)
Today’s creation 🙂

It’s a letter, to my no. 1 niece. I love letters, as a little girl my Granny wrote me a letter every month – I still have them all kept safely in a box upstairs. My Godmother would write me letters, folded in intricate ways. At university my friends and I wrote letters to each other – even the boys! Receiving a letter brightened the day – made sitting down with a cuppa a genuine pleasure. I miss those letters – and in the past couple of years I’ve made a concerted effort to make sure that I write several every month.

I’m fascinated by hand lettering and love to make birthday cards and lettering as interesting as possible. This afternoon I’ve done a little inspirational research – Pinterest is a great place 🙂 and this is what I’ve created…

Tegan's letter
Tegan’s letter

A section for each little bit of news – folded into an envelope of its own creation, sealed with washi tape (another minor obsession!). 

Washi taped 'envelope'
Washi taped ‘envelope’

I started with her name in the centre (everything being done in pencil – I felt a little terrified of going over in pen, for fear of going wrong!)

The beginning
The beginning

The plan grew from here, as I thought about filling the page with lettering – so next I thought about the things from my recent news I’d like to share with her and this is the result:

I particularly liked how the ‘Play’ ended up looking (quite unintentionally!) like a face…

Then I wrote about each topic, and it fitted beautifully – which pleased me immensely 🙂 

Finally I grasped my courage in both hands and inked in the lettering and accompanying doodles! Released the breath I had held throughout the inking, when it all came together with no smudges. I left the pencil lines underneath because I like the look of it – another time I might be less inclined – I think it would depend on the overall ‘look’ of my page and how aesthetically pleasing I found it. 

Day 25

Finished necklace and brooch
Finished necklace and brooch

As promised I set about making a gift for my friend Nic – whose birthday is today (yes, I know it should be there already – she had her card this morning with a little something in it!). She tells me she often wears navy blue – which made the colour inspiration quite straight forward! I thought I’d combine, and refine a couple of the things I’ve made recently. The crochet necklace is longer this time, with 103 chain for the shortest length. The flowers I’ve made to add to the necklace are a little different to the ones I made for the brooch. This time the petal shape is cut rather than folded and the edges raw – over time they may fray a little, but to my mind that will add to the charm!

The fabrics for the necklace flower include some up-cycled navy wool from a coat which my mother owned in the 1960s – at some point after she stopped wearing it, she took it apart at the seams, intending to remake it as something else, she never did. I inherited it when she passed her stash on to me a couple of years ago – it makes a brilliant base for a variety of makes. I used another circle of the wool to glue the brooch flowers to before I stitched them on to the brooch back. This way they are more stable as there are two this time. 

The two flowers for the brooch are smaller than the ones I made previously and I thought the pearl bead centres are quite perfect for the size of flower. 

I do hope that my friend Nic will enjoy wearing them as much as I have enjoyed making them…there’s a chance these may have inspired me for another couple of birthdays coming up!

The best thing about making things repeatedly is that it helps refine the process…and these are giving me great ideas for makes for Activities Week at work in the summer – Happy Saturday folks 🙂