Flower Power

Welcome 🙂

Every year my Church holds a Flower festival at the end of June, the ladies who arrange the flowers are very talented and always make the Church look beautiful. This year the group of ladies who make banners for the Church (i.e. me and my super team) have been invited to join in and make an arrangement too. We were very pleased to be asked and especially so when the reaction to us making a display of fabric flowers was met with enthusiasm.

So a talented member of our group is keeping us in order (I understand that’s called ‘co-ordinating’ !) and we’re all getting busy making flowers – very exciting.

The theme this year is ‘Reaching Out’ and is highlighting what the various groups in Church do for the community we serve.

Our humble group has chosen this Bible verse to explain what we’re about and that we try to sow seeds of faith using visual art, as well as making the Church building look welcoming for everyone.

‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms’                                              1 Peter 4 v10

Everyone’s been working away making flowers and here are a few that I’m working on.

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We’ve still got a long way to go but it feels exciting 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

Naked No More

Welcome 🙂

Remember this little cutie?

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She had her tunic nibbled by mice and was for a brief time rather cold! As Wendy from The Crafter’s Apprentice said she was NAKED!

Here she is now after going shopping,

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A brand new hat decorated with one of my favourite mother of pearl buttons.

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And here she is modelling her new pantaloons and tunic.

So who spotted the little tulip she’s carrying?

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After showing one of my groups how to make tulips, one of my friends reduced the size of the pattern and made a tiny one. It was so cute I HAD to make one too! This uses a piece of fabric 1 1/2″ by 1″ and a cocktail stick, it was very fiddly to do but is just the perfect size for bunny.

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Here she is with both tulips!

Until next time,

Chris x

Memories of Grandad

Welcome 🙂

Back in December I started making these little flowers and I thought you might like to see what I eventually did with them.

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They reminded me of chrysanthemums which in turn reminded me of my Grandad who used to grow them in his garden. I have lovely memories of playing in his garden and seeing all the huge flowers tied up to sturdy supports.

So this is what I made,

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A bunch of Chrysanthemums in autumnal colours all jostling for space in a plant pot,

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with a cheeky little snail hoping for some lunch!

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Eagle eyed long term followers might recognise something rather familiar about this wall hanging as I made one similar to it a little while ago.

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I have plans to make a third one too, I’m pretty sure what flower I shall be doing – one that reminds me of my Grandma, but haven’t decided on the type of container it’ll be in.

What reminds you of your Grand parents?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

 

 

Daisy, daisy give me your answer do

Welcome 🙂

I went to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham on Sunday with friends, and I think it’s fair to say that we all had a good time.

Last  time I went I missed a whole section so this time I was determined to at least get round the place once! We started very systematically going up and down the rows of stalls but as time went on we tended to wander about a bit but I think we saw everything. We spent time looking at the makers stalls and chatting to them about their work. And quite a bit of time looking at the jaw droppingly amazing quilts on display, something to aspire to.

I’ll share some photos of what caught my eye in another post but I want to share yet another wedding make with you. Well I did say I’d been busy leading up to the wedding!

Looks like a pile of propellers!

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and a pile of numbers

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but stitched together they make sweet daisies

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Daughter used them as table numbers so everyone could find out where they were sitting.

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The pegs had people’s names printed on them.

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I did think that now the wedding is all done and dusted the flowers could be used with young children to help them learn their numbers.

Until next time,

Chris x

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