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Turned into a line drawing and traced onto tracing paper (I didn't need to do this stage but wanted to see how it would look)

Then traced onto stabilizer
Pinned to fabric
Sew, sew, sew
and here is the finished piece.

My Creative space has picture overload this week! I was up at the crack of dawn finishing off my piece for The Quilt Project. It is now finished and all that is left is to parcel it up and send it off to Kootoyoo in fact where you can see many more creative spaces.


The Tree

I was trying to take a picture of two of my grandchildren next to that tree they are standing next to. It was so difficult! It was like trying to keep ants on a sixpence! Right ones there, go and get the other, right first one has run off, OK get that one sorted now go get the other and so on. Will ran around for five minutes and this is the best shot I got! It gave us a laugh anyway.
This tree is down by the local river. My Dads ashes are under that tree. We planted it as a little sapling in 2000 after his cremation. It was his favourite spot where he used to walk his dog so we thought it would be appropriate as he spent so much time there.
I rang the Parks Trust who look after that part of the river and surrounding land to see what they had to say about me planting a tree with my dads ashes underneath, I was prepared to do it anyway, I just preferred to do it the right way if possible, I can be a little headstrong.
I was pleasantly surprised when they said that it was fine, they would buy the tree as they were repopulating that area anyway and they even sent someone down earlier to dig the hole.
We (me and Will, my three children and my brother, his wife and son) arrived with our ashes and the guy who prepared the hole disappeared for a bit to leave us to it. We put his ashes in and put some nasturtiums in the hole as well. Each of our children put some soil in the hole and the guy came and filled it in properly and put up a support for the little tree. The only thing they asked was that we have no plaque or flowers there, this was what I wanted anyway so was fine by me.
We then spent a bit of time by the river with the children, it meant so much more to me than the service we had at the crematorium. This was my real goodbye to my Dad.


My Creative Space

My Creative Space today is all about The Quilt Project. I have made my design and got my red thread. I am not sharing the design yet because I have made so many and changed my mind so many times now!
I have not made anything else at all since I received my calico square, this is going round in my mind so much I have no space for anything else. I want it in the post and safely in Kirsty's hands!

My Creative Space today has also had a lot of "Oh my god my little baby boy is going to University"! He got his Alevel results today and he got good enough grades to go to his first choice of Uni for his first choice of course. Good Lad!
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I found this butterfly today dead on my windowsill. It is so lovely it didn't deserve to be thrown away so thought I would share.


The Ikea fabric trip

Here is the fabric I chose for the curtains in my newly decorated bedroom. I was so pleased to see that they had lots of new lines of fabrics and my fave happened to be the cheaper ones!
Then when I thought we were done I spotted the next fabric. There was one small piece of it left. Just enough to do the windows in my front door in fact, so that had to come home with me as well!

My Creative Space

My creative space today consists of Ikea shopping for curtains for our newly decorated bedroom. I had originally wanted new cupboards and shelving but money, alas, dictates that this is not possible so it is curtains to hide the shelves behind.
I haven't been to Ikea for such a long time I have no idea what fabric lines they have in at the moment. I hope I am pleasantly surprised!

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Summer Butterflies

Hooray for my felt being back where it belongs. To celebrate I made a Summer Butterfly bodysuit.
I loved making that, I think I will have to do a little more applique.
This is the first lovely weekend we have had weather wise and we are decorating the bedroom. Not just a quickie paint job either, sanding the floor redoing the ceiling and all fun (not!) things like that. It will be great when it is done though!


My Creative Space

My creative space has been returned to harmony! If you read this post here, you will understand how sad I have been about losing some of my things. But during the week I received a parcel. And in it all of my lovely things I left behind in the cupboard whilst on holiday.
The thing that I am most pleased about is my lovely tin that my Dad gave me so many years ago. If he were alive now he would have told me not to be so daft and it was only an old tin, but so many memories are attached to the small amount of things I have left of his that I couldn't bear to lose that little tin. It is great to have all the other stuff back as well but all of those could be replaced.
So big love to everyone that was involved in finding my stuff and getting it back to me. Thank you so much, so my creative space today will involve lots of going through it all again and being happy!

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Cupcakes, Cocktails and Cross Stitch

I went along to this event today. It was such good fun. We were greeted at the door by girls dressed in vintage outfits handing out free delicious cupcakes and Vodka Jello (£1).

The cocktail bar was selling such cocktails as the shoreditch sunrise, which went down well, although I had a tap water as usual.

Lots of cross stitchers, I forgot to take a picture of the table selling all the goodies and the tray of cross stitching kits.

And in that last picture just look! Three men doing cross stitch. There were around 6 or 7 guys I saw there taking part and it was just so nice. The venue was great, it had a roof garden with barbeque, bands playing in the basement and it was just an all round relaxed place. I want to host one now.