Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Make a Pretty Shelf

I found this tea tray doily at the Salvation Army op-shop last week. I couldn't resist the beautiful lacy border - so fine and intricate. I admire the work gone into the making of it.
But the condition the doily was in........  - it had brown marks and stains all over it. I should have taken a photo. The lady behind the counter said ' one dollar' ?  I decided to take a chance that I could get the stains out. After an overnight soak, the doily came up lovely and white.

It looks right at home in my great-grandmother's china cabinet.
The lacy edge is so pretty hanging over the shelf.

Sandi x
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Picture This

I've been having fun printing on fabric.
 My friend, Sandrine, and I were experimenting with printing on fabric using the home printer (ink jet) and computer. It is easy to do. Just trim your selected fabric and some freezer paper (available at your local patchwork shop) to A4 size. Iron the freezer paper onto the back of the fabric (place the shiny side of the freezer paper onto the back of the fabric, and iron on the dull paper side), load it into the printer, then print. (Try printing your photo out on a piece of paper first before printing on the fabric). Peel off the paper and you are ready to use your own unique piece of fabric. Give it a press with an iron to set the ink. You can use the same piece of freezer paper over and over again.

I've embellished the photo with a little embroidery in the corners. Before embroidering, I ironed on some fabric stabiliser. When finished sewing the design, I placed the glass (that came with the frame) over the embroidered photo and traced around it. Then trimmed that fabric away. Next, I used some spray adhesive on the back of the fabric, and stuck it onto the glass. Then I just popped it into the frame and closed the metal tabs on the back. Voila! (This is a birthday present for my sister-in-law. She is the little girl in the photo. Hubby is the little boy.)

Sandi x
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Finish

Just finished now is my scrap quilt. Ta-dah!
Cricket is here to help me show it to you.
The block I used for this is called 'floating four patch'.

Quite colourful isn't it?

Now to work on some more unfinished quilts........
how are your projects going?
Happy stitching,
Sandi x
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Winter Garden Walk

I couldn't resist buying these little cuphea plants at the markets last sunday.
Aren't they adorable?
I had just the right spot to plant them - beside the steps leading up to the railway carriage, they will get some dappled sunlight there. I will plant some violets under the steps too. It will look so pretty!

Over in the veggie garden, the Queen Anne's lace is growing like topsy and the first flowers are out.
Soon I'll have enough to pick and bring inside.
They will look lovely in a vintage glass vase I bought from a thrift shop recently.

Over in the tropical garden, a eucharist lily has popped up to surprise me. The flowers look like white daffodils don't you think? Their perfume is delicious!

Look what I found.....
 On the back of one of the lily petals, a little moth has found a nice place for it's daytime rest.

Today I am baking some Lime & Ginger Kisses to put in my bikkie tin - nice with a cuppa.
Also finishing off another knitted square for the 'Born to Knit' charity project. Then to post them off.
See you next time, thanks for dropping by for a visit.

Sandi x
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