Friday, October 16, 2015


Decide Jan's tree  needed a couple more decorations, had planned to do two little witches next year, but after seeing the tree  with the Halloween decorations up it defiantly needed more.  Two little witches on the broom sticks were quickly made and delivered.

 Next up will be her Christmas tree and as the set of Christmas decorations were made last year i will not be called on to produce anything and I can get back to my stitching
 Happy Stitching to you all.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


 Here is Jan's Halloween tree , the decorations are looking just as I planned, and I also planned to add two more next year, however when I saw the photo I decided the last two must come now as it would make the whole thing look so much better, so yes, I have started and am now making two witches on their broom sticks to hang from the bottom two branches.

So its watch this space, I will be back when I have finished them


Caitlin spent two days with me this week, and although it was part of the school holidays she still had assignments to keep up with for school so we agreed we would  have one day relaxing and the second while I was working down at church office she would work on her school work.
Earlier jan had suggested she would like some Halloween decorations for her dowel tree,  and there was not really the time available to stitch some of the lovely ones I had seen, so this is what I came up with, pumpkin shapes covered with bright orange fabric and then felt used for the motifs. I did four the owl, bat ( he comes from the book lovable mini dolls, and we made him too many many years ago) the crow and the cat.
 Caitlin did two pumpkins with faces and also helped sew up some of my pumpkins. Today I took the photos and on Saturday will take them round for jan to hang on her tree and hopefully get some photos.
 This gives her three sets now  for her tree.Christmas Easter and Halloween and I will try and add another theme for her next year. Over the winter she had some stars from another project she had made up and she needs more of these as there were not enough for all branches ... so that's another project for the future.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


In my last post I showed a photos of Jan's doweling Christmas tree, earlier this year she decided she would like a set of fabric Easter Eggs to have on the tree over March and April. Her tree has eight branches, perfect for her plan that  Jan, Rachel, Caitlin and myself would each make 2 Eggs.
Yesterday Caitlin and I went to Guild work day at that stage Caitlin had one Egg made and I had two started, we decided to work as a team and this is the result at the end of the day.

 Two from Caitlin the one on the left is the one she has made  previously and the other one was a copy of one of my set that she planned to do.

 Two from me, I had them started and together we finished them, the photo does not do justice to the blue and silver one.

Jan bought these motifs but had not gotten round to starting so this is what 
Caitlin and I did with them, using the embroidered motifs was a great idea.

 and as Rachel has gone back up to university we thought we had better do her two as well

Tomorrow we will take them to Jan and we  will probably trim the ribbons a little when we hang  them .This has been a really fun project but it is time to move on. A Halloween tree has been talked about later in the year, which gives us plenty of time to decide on what to do.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Jan's doweling Christmas tree still stands on the book case behind her desk she can't bear to pack it away, now she has come up with a new idea which will include all four of us, Jan, daughters Rachel and Caitlin and myself. We are each to make two Easter Egg decorations by March and she will then make it an Easter Tree. 
  I had the job of providing a template so we will all be making them the same size, and once I pulled out so materials the ideas flowed very fast and beside making the two for Jan, have decided to make a collection of eggs for my own tree, these need to be smaller. shown here are the two sizes the large one is about 3 1/2 inches.  Here is some of the before and after efforts with the fabric.
From these ideas Caitlin has decided she will make the ones on the left and the right so I can look forward to her spending some time here stitching They are really quite quick to make. as you can see already I have several, not all finished but well on the way now I need a shopping trip to find some more goodies of braid, beads and trims for finishing.
At this stage my favourite one is the blue forget-me-not one in the centre, I bought this material as it reminds me of the Chatham Island Forget-me-not which my mother grew and I have not succeeded getting  established in my garden.

Will keep you posted with what I stitch , maybe some cross stitch ones next.