Welcome, and thanks for visiting. I have to keep my creative juices flowing, so these are some of my creations!
If you are a miniature or fairy garden enthusiast, like I am, please visit my Facebook page, Away With The Fairies, for ideas and inspiration.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The happy housesitting life 😃

This house and farm sitting life certainly has many benefits!








A Spring in my step . . .

We have another 2 weeks here at the farmsit before moving on to another one about 3 hours away.  Spring is everywhere - blossoms, daffodils, newborn lambs, calves and ducklings, and Daylight Saving Time kicked in last night, so more sunshine too 😊
I'm trying to build up my stock of cards while I can as next week we have our almost 8 year old grandson coming to stay for the last week of the school holidays, so there will definitely be no time for sewing while he's here 😁  It will be his first time flying alone (only an hour and 10 minutes so he should be fine!)  We have a house/farmsit for Dec and Jan near a lovely seaside town where there's a weekly market I can join to sell my cards, as I've done in previous places where we've lived or housesat.
Here are a few of my recent happy whimsical creations to hopefully put a smile on your faces 😃
(The first one is framed, which is an option when I sell them.)








Sunday, September 16, 2018

Summer's on the way 😊

2 new cards finished today, after a wonderful beach walk with our housesit dogs, Wilson and Lexie.




Friday, September 14, 2018

How to . . .

For the curious out there!  How I make my cards 😊

NOTE:  I HAVE A 48 YEAR OLD SEWING MACHINE THAT DOES STRAIGHT STITCH, ZIGZAG AND 4 OTHER STITCHES ONLY - NO FREE MOTION 😐  THIS MEANS I HAVE TO LIFT THE FOOT MANUALLY AND MOVE THE FABRIC EVERY TIME I NEED TO CHANGE SEWING DIRECTION!  VERY TIME CONSUMING I KNOW, BUT I'M SAVING UP FOR A NEW FANCY FREE MOTION/EMBROIDERY MACHINE! 
I don't buy fabric.  The tiny pieces I use don't warrant buying even the minimum cut of fabric in stores.  I'm lucky enough to have quilting and sewing friends who give me their small scraps, and I sew myself so have a stash of my own 😍

I use calico backing - cheap and I like the raw edged look when it's torn to fit the size of card I'm using.  

1.  Tear the calico to size, iron it flat.  
2.  Choose the fabric scraps for your design and iron them too.
I've used 2 different fabrics here to imply cats sitting on the table!
3.  Cut 2 strips of iron-on double sided adhesive (I use HeatnBond but there are other brands that work just as well, or even fabric glue) and iron them onto the calico.


4.  Remove the peel-off paper backing from the adhesive and iron the fabric onto the calico, overlapping the 2 as shown.


5.  Sew across the fabrics where they overlap.  Iron flat.
6.  Draw your design (cats and fish bones in my case) onto HeatnBond, cut around edges (I used felt for my cats but any fabric should be ok.  Not stretch or knit fabric though!)



7.  Cut around your design and peel off the paper backing.
8.  Position the elements of your design (cats and fish here) on your fabric and iron them into place.  Be sure to keep the paper backing so that you can see where to sew the details on later.  Note:  Your drawing will be a reverse image, as you can see here, so remember this when planning your card!)


9.  Use your sewing machine or hand sewing to sew the images in place, and fill in the details by hand sewing where your machine won't go easily.  (I did the fish skeletons and cat details by hand here.)
10. Finally iron the back of your calico and place it on your card front, then sew around the edges as shown.
Done 😍


Have fun, and thanks for your feedback 😊

Thursday, September 6, 2018

More happiness 😁

People keep asking me to explain how I make my textile art and cards, so I'm working on a tutorial 😊.  Watch this space!
In the meantime here are a few new creations I've been playing around with.  Great fun!














Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New bits and pieces

We are still housesitting on a little farm with 2 cats, 2 dogs, 9 chickens and 10 cows, and loving being out in the countryside again with all the green space and fresh air all around us, not to mention more fresh free range eggs every day than we can eat!  It's a perfect relaxing cosy home for sewing every day, with the fire keeping us warm and an abundance of firewood at our disposal 😊
I've wanted to try making keyrings for awhile.  Here are a few . . .









Wednesday, August 8, 2018

LOVE African fabric ❤

When we were on our camping safari in Botswana and Namibia last year I loved stopping and exploring the many outdoor markets in the towns and villages we passed through, and managed to squeeze some of these beautiful fabrics into my suitcase!  Here are an infinity scarf and reversible grocery tote I made for a friend yesterday (free patterns from Pinterest 😊), but I've made quite a few in the past few months for myself and friends who also have African roots and love the vibrant colours.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Brrrrrr . . .

It's so cold here now.  Winter has hit us at last!  I would like to be cuddled up in bed with a good book and plenty of cats today 😊



Wednesday, May 30, 2018