The Spring Blog Hop

Welcome lovely people, and a Happy Easter to you.

Thank you to Angela of Pretty Little Things in a Box for organising this blog hop of all things Spring.

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Spring is such a lovely season. The end to winter and the start of warmer, lighter days. I love the flowers that bloom at this time of year and my absolute favourite Spring flower is the bluebell.

I’m lucky because there’s a bluebell wood near to my home and at this time of year I really enjoy visiting it.

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Of course, here in the UK it’s illegal to pick them so I make do with photos when I’m at home πŸ™‚

Last year I set myself a bit of a crafty mission to make decorations for the house for all the seasons – I’ve seen talented people in blogland do it and it seemed such a nice way to revitalise your home in a small way each season. I’ve made mainly wall hangings so far although I did make a start with some Easter decorations last year. I made several lovely Tilda animals and some Springtime bunting.

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This year I thought I’d carry on the theme and make a few more Tilda animals – this time in the shape of ducks!

The pattern for these is from Tone Finnanger’s book Crafting Springtime Gifts (just in case you want to make some for yourselves πŸ˜‰ )

In the book these ducks are 13cm tall but I like all things mini so mine are only 9cm tall.

Hope you like them…

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Make sure you take a look at the other crafters taking part in this blog hop πŸ™‚ Link here

How do you decorate for Spring or Easter?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Mai and Rhiannon

Here in the UK we’ve just had a Bank holiday weekend and we as a family, minus one 😦 , have had a mini trip to Germany to see friends. I took with me a little Tilda rabbit which I can show you now the recipient has had her pressie πŸ™‚

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Mai the rabbit is an avid gardener – just like my friend πŸ˜‰ She has a smock covered in watering cans and decorated in flower buttons, I wanted to find some gardening tools for her to carry but no luck so she went with a packet of seeds instead.

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I made her using an altered version of the Tilda pattern. The reason being that aΒ while ago my daughter bought me some fabric (here) and I decided to make a Tilda inspired creature using it.

I wanted to make a cat and altered the pattern so it was cat like but when I’d half made it up I thought it was still too much like a rabbit so I started again and rather than abandon the pieces I turned it into Mai! She turned out really cute – what do you think?

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The main problem with the cat pattern were the feet so I had a major rethink and changed them so my cat – Rhiannon – now has paws.

She’s also got a long tail and cute ears (this is the third set of ears I made for her! It was becoming a family joke when I kept asking, ‘ Are these ears catty enough?’)

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Of course with ears like this you just can’t wear the usual Tilda hat so I created one specially for her, held on with elastic.

Does anyone out in Blogland know how much you have to alter a pattern before it becomes an original? Not that I’m thinking of selling the pattern but I do often see very similar designs marketed as originals and just wondered.

So what have you been getting up to this week?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

It’s for the Birds

It’s Blog Hop Day for me πŸ™‚

Thank you to Madame Samm for organising these blog events for us to enjoy and to Mary from 1 Piece 2-Mary who is the cheerleader for this extravaganza.

The only rule for this Hop was that whatever we made had to include birds so as I’ve been having a bit of a β€˜thing’ for Tilda creatures lately, Β a Tilda bird was the obvious choice for me to make.

And so without further a due may I introduce you to Carys the Hen…

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I hadn’t made the Tilda hen before but the pattern was pretty straight forward, the fiddly part was turning the body pieces the right way round – does anyone know a quick trick to do this – I’d love to know πŸ™‚

And some close up details…

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love those feet!
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The button is just perfect – and it was in my stash – how lucky is that!
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I bit of top stitching to finish it all off nicely.

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Thank you for visiting, it’s been great to see you πŸ˜‰

These are the blogs which are sharing their creations today – why not visit them too πŸ™‚

Monday, May 13

http://www.quiltsmiles.blogspot.com

http://sewdarnquilt.blogspot.com

www.cindycraftycreations.blogspot.com

http://madebymeinred.blogspot.com

http://featheredneststudio.com

http://cmyprims.blogspot.com

https://ukcitycrafter.wordpress.com (That’s me!)

www.gracieoliverarts.blogspot.com

http://quilterinthecloset.blogspot.com

http://quilttotheedge.blogspot.com

http://aroundthehomestead.blogspot.com

http://sewpeacetopeace.blogspot.com

www.caliquilter.com/blog/

http://pamela-kieffer.blogspot.com

Until next time,

Chris x

Armless Enough

I spent HOURS this week trying to cover the arm of my chair with fabric AND for it to look good. HOURS and HOURS!

It wasn’t until Monday that I realised there was a trick to it, but even then I struggled to get it to look as good (or even vaguely as good) as the arm my upholstery tutor did.

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My Tutor’s side
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and my side, there are a lot more gathers and they are distorting the front of the arm which you can’t see in this photo.

Yesterday, chair class day, my tutor made some quite minor tweaks and it all looked good – you just can’t beat experience when it comes to practical skills can you? Thanks Sue πŸ™‚

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The gathers are now only at the side so the front looks smooth.

The chair is on its way – and very exciting it is too after recent frustrations. I’ve started putting the stud trim around the legs…

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Looks good doesn’t it?

Three weeks to go and the goal is in sight πŸ™‚ – just wondering about another project now!

 

With the help of DaisyBelleCraftsΒ (a self confessed lover of all things Tilda πŸ™‚ ) I’ve decided to make a Tilda-inspired creature with my new fabric.

The pieces are cut out and waiting in the wings.

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They are at the back of a lengthy queue of crafty things on my ‘to do’ list – but I think they may well jump to the front πŸ˜‰

Until next time,

Chris x