Sewing a Sunset …

If you have been following my blog for a while (thank you!), you may have noticed that sunset colours and tree shadows feature quite often. Yesterday, I decided to have a go at stitching something along these lines. I began with a neutral piece of calico onto which I sprayed graffiti paint, using a simple stencil/doily to create interest. I then cut the calico into strips and rearranged them until I was happy with their order. The strips were then quickly sewn with my machine. Much as I wanted to sew the tree with my machine, I knew that I’d find it really hard to stitch it accurately so I spent an hour or so yesterday evening stitching it on by hand:

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I think that this may work equally as well in a range of blues and in a range of greens – I might just have to give them a go …

Textile Tulips…

Yesterday I attempted this picture but for several reasons it just did not work, I think maybe I was rushing, forgetting completely that I’m only just beginning to learn what my sewing machine (and my imagination) can do. I therefore started again this afternoon. My aim was to create a canvas which would sit happily in our front room (red needed to feature) and I think my aim has been achieved. For the first time, I changed some of the settings on my machine, I even changed the foot to a button hole foot which meant I was able to appliqué the tulip flowers to the background material. As before, I began with a neutral calico which I then spray painted, using doilies to create the detail:

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Tulips with a Twist …

I LOVED creating this canvas today, it really was great fun and combined aerosol spraying, sewing, stapling and of course, tulips. I’ve seen this style used on a table runner and wanted to have a go on a much smaller scale, just to see what it would look like, this is the result:

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Coconut Comfort …

Work and life in general has left little if no time (or, if I’m honest, inclination) for blogging recently, now that we have 2 weeks at home I’m determined to rectify this.
Coconut Macaroons – I remember making them many years ago during ‘home economics’, yes, it was that long ago! They never tasted like these though:

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This recipe came from Leon, Baking and Puddings and I think that it is the addition of honey and vanilla extract which makes them completely irresistible – I’ve not put them away in an airtight container simply because they won’t last long at all in our house!