Monday, 31 December 2012

And now I'm back .......

Thankfully not from outer space. Although, wouldn't that have made an amazing story to tell?!
No, just from an extremely busy December and with apologies for having been AWOL for most of December.

Just popping in to wish my Followers 

and sending you every blessing you need and deserve for 2013.

Personally I'm praying my mental health improves in 2013 and although I learnt some amazing new crafts in 2012 which will stay with me always, I'm not all that sorry to leave it behind. I'm not one for resolutions, but there are one or two things I'm determined to achieve in 2013, so wish me luck.

Love to you all.

Arwedd xx

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Bags of Fun

Well some fun and a lot of hard work.....

Firstly apologies for my absence. I am nearly finished with all my makes for Number 2 son's PTA Christmas Fayre next week and I do promise to share them a.s.a.p.

Secondly, massive, massive thanks to the amazing, gorgeous and very generous Frugalmummy who gifted me this amazing Toyota sewing machine. My first ever!!! I am still getting to grips with it and have gone a long way today with my learning as you are about to see.

Lastly, what another fabulous day with Frugal Queen at her Bag making workshop.  After a quick lesson on how to load my "bobbin" and get the thread to come back up which I struggled with, we got to sewing the material we had cut out. The food as always was fabulous and very filling, especially the gorgeous cake, all of which are on Froogs blog.

Frugalmummy and Froogs' finished bags were superb. I'm still waiting to see the other two finished articles as the remaining 3, myself included were a bit slower.

My finished bag is anything but perfect. We won't mention the lining with the beginners mistake of one right side and one wrong side, or my wonky stitched lines, the rather odd shoulder patches on the straps, etc, etc. However, no matter how dodgy it is, I have to say I am extremely proud of my first ever machine stitched project. I've spent the rest of the evening swearing at it while I tried to get it finished, (during which time I learnt how to wind a new bobbin, with four attempts), and it's not brilliant but it's done for what its worth.

One finished bag!! Not perfect, but my day out certainly was. Thank you ladies, thank you.

Lots of Love Arwedd xx

updated: forgot to say, the fabric was an old navy sheet, a small piece of a double duvet cover bought for £3 from a charity shop and a 'vintage' pillow case.