ATC Swap and Reveal

I posted off my little artist trading card last week to its secret recipient


and this week I received a little parcel with my swap card in it.


This gorgeous, bright picture of Autumn was made by Sam (no blog) – thank you so much…. I love it and appreciate the time and attention to detail that went into making it 🙂

Thank you Kerry of Very Berry Handmade for organising the swap for us, I’ve enjoyed making a little card and really enjoyed receiving one 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

Table Runner

Thank you, you lovely people, for all your good wishes for our anniversary – it is much appreciated. We had a great evening celebrating and are now getting started on the next 25 years together!

I have finished my Autumnal project so have a Ta dah moment to share with you,


I’m really pleased with the way it’s turned out, those hexie trees are so cute!


Surprisingly I found the diamond was a bit of a fiddle.


Hexie trees losing their hexie leaves 🙂


I also managed to finish my artist trading cards ready for posting in November.


This photo shows the size of the ATC hexies compared to the table runner hexies…


Just love those hexies 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

Saying Thank you

People say thank you in all sorts of ways, I tend to send flowers or write a little card, and I know people who say thank you by treating their friends to cups of tea or trips out. However you do it you just can’t beat a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to make you feel appreciated.

My husband and I received a lovely thank you last week when our son’s girl friend, who has been staying at our home this summer, left. She made us some cakes and presented us with them on her last morning.


Aren’t they great? Thank you C, it was lovely having you to stay – come again any time 🙂

How do you show your appreciation?

My little artist trading card is slowly coming on, I started by making my autumn tree out of seven hexagons but it looked like a lollipop! So I unpicked it and added a couple more hexagons to give it a more tree-like shape…

I like to do two so I can send one and keep one 🙂

What do you think?

I’m much happier with it, just got to turn it into a card now 🙂 .The deadline is in November so plenty of time.

Until next time,

Chris x

Teeny, tiny hexies

I have signed up to take part in an artist trading card (ATC) swap hosted by Ali at Very Berry Handmade. I made my first one here and enjoyed it so much that I thought I’d do another 🙂

The theme is Autumn and I’m thinking about a little tree made up of hexies, but the trading cards are only 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches so the hexies have got to be teeny tiny. Hmm I’ll give it a go but I may change my mind!

While I was searching for some free templates I came upon this site where you can get hexie templates in any size you want (as well as other shapes too).


These hexies are 0.4 inch which seem to be as small as my fingers can cope with – yes I did try to do some smaller ones but my stress levels went through the roof!

A hexie sitting on a one pound coin – tiny 🙂
All stitched up and waiting to be turned into a tree – hope it works!


I’m also starting to make another banner for my church, this one is for Advent – the season leading up to Christmas. There will be two of them, mirror images of each other and unlike the others I’ve made these will have a real ‘patchwork’ feel to them



Hope you have time to sew today 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

ATC Finale

Do you remember the ATC swap I have been busy sewing for? I posted about it here and here.

Well I posted my little card off on Monday and today Mr Postman brought me this exciting little parcel…


Inside was a tiny present tied up in gorgeous lace (definitely going to use that in some project soon 🙂 )


and inside that was this…


Just look at the tiny knitted jumper, and the careful machine embroidery – a wee bird, washing line and posts. There are even embroidered pegs!

The tiny flowers are all machine appliqued on too – someone is seriously good with their machine.


Love the vintage look to the fabric – in fact I love everything about it. Thank you Gill.


Quick update on the Silk Project – the worst is over, that is the sewing part I’d been nervous about, and it’s all looking good 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x