Yey I finally chose a sewing machine to buy with my birthday money (my birthday was back in March!). A lovely friend lent me her Janome machine around March time but I thought it best I gave it back now :-) I looked around on the internet and found this fab Janome which was only £10 more than the basic model but seems to have loads of extras on it.
I got the manual out and threaded it up - ooh that was slightly daunting as it was a bit different to how you thread up my friends Janome.
I worked out how to wind the bobbin and pull the thread up from it. Love this see-through bobbin case :-) Then I just had to pluck the courage up to actually use it lol. So a few days later I made these cute little curtains for the kiddies new playhouse in the garden - well I say it is the kiddies but I love it as much as them! The machine sounds lovely whirring away.
I remember having an old garden shed that my sister and I played in when I was little and I used to love pulling the curtains shut in there. I got the fabric from e-bay and it was only £3.50 per meter and about £1.50 postage. I was hoping to use some up--cycled material but couldn't find any big enough or that I was brave enough to cut into.
I like the look of the gathering at the top - I saw the idea of adding an extra sewn line at the top in a book to make it look prettier.
They can now shut their little curtains and be all cozy inside.
I was on a roll then so finally, after many, many years made this cross-stitch pattern into a cushion. I started this when eldest Sweetpea as in my tummy and then finished the pattern a couple of years back. He is now 11 so I thought it a little childish for his wall but he still loves the design (probably because I was making it when he was kicking away in me :-)) so I thought a cushion would be a nice idea.
Here is the back of it - loving the green spotty material.
And of course I had to add some of that special ribbon!
oohh look what else I got free with my new sewing machine, loads of gorgeous thread. They looked so scrummy that I had to pop them in my new glass jar - I found this jar in Wilkinsons for £5 - I knew I would find a use for it :-) It now sits on top of my dresser looking very pretty with all those lovely coloured threads in it.
Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I am off to work tomorrow for a rest lol. x
Edit: Nothing to do with this post but I just opened a fortune cookie and it says ' Calmness is the cradle of power' - loving that little bit of wisdom, I think I will keep that in my head as a mantra when things get a bit frazzled here :-)