Friday, March 4, 2016

Monogrammed napkins and tablecloth

I am a great fan of Ikea. I love their products and like to sneak in a very early morning or late evening trip every so often to see what is new in store. Before Christmas I spotted some very good value napkins and tablecloths called gullmaj. They are not pure linen but are very similar and are very reasonably priced at 4 euro for two napkins and 15 euro for the tablecloth. I had wanted to try embroidering monograms for some time so I snapped up some of these great value napkins and cloths and was set to go.

Searching online for a detailed monogram to download to my embroidery/sewing machine I found an online shop called Urban threads com. I used their Mendhika alphabet font. Wanting to get a antique French monogram style I opted to use pastel peach thread no 1017 by Rayon 40 which gave  a very delicate finish. I monogrammed the initials of my sister, my brother in law and my two nephews on each of the napkins and in the four corners of the tablecloth. It was a special Christmas gift for my sister who lives in Australia. While we could not sit down together for Christmas lunch we were connected by the gift of the table setting. She was thrilled with the gift.

I gift wrapped the set using some ribbon from my stash. The little gift tag was made by using a stamp set and die from Design a Softie kit by Papertrey Ink.

The following pictures are from the Ikea website showing the tablecloth and napkins before I  personalised them.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

PTI's 9th Birthday Celebrations Challenges Day 2

Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 9th birthday this month. As part of it's festivities they challenge their customers and followers to create a project each day and link the cards on the Nichole Heady's blog.
I plan to take part as much as I can over the next ten days. For todays challenge we were asked to pick an item of clothing in our wardrobe or find something online in fashion and use this item as inspiration for our cards. I decided  to use the lovely stamp set from last years Stamp A Faire called "Fashion Sense". I just love this set. I also used the tiny roses stamps and leaves from "The Sweet Life", another of Papertrey Inks stamp sets.  The inks and cardstock used were also from PTI.

My inspiration came from this photo below of a dress by Dolce Gabbana called the Mikado dress.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Some More Beaded Holiday Ornaments

I made this cute Christmas stocking using the Beaded Holiday kit from Papertrey Ink. I embroidered the ivy and sewed on some red beads for the berries. For the rest of the stocking I kept the stitching simple. I liked the effect of the red stitching against the white fabric. Some PTI felt and some more beads completed the stocking top. The kit also included a die for cutting a hanging piece which is then sewn into the ornament. You can see this in the photo below.
This ornament is similar to the one in my previous post. The design was sewn on my embroidery/sewing machine, cut out using a stitching rectangle die from PTI and then sewn together using some gold embroidery thread and gold beads.
When life gets a little too busy and complicated I like to switch off by doing something creative. Last week I tackled a furniture project which had been on a long list of "to do" for some time.
This is a photo of the two separate pieces of furniture I needed to paint. Using some left over Annie Sloan chalk paint I got to it. With a quick coat of Old White and then a coat of Paris Grey I had a lovely kitchen dresser for my country kitchen. I still have to distress  a little more and then wax it which  I will do at intervals over the next couple of weeks. I was so happy I  finally had the time to do it. Can't wait for Christmas so that I can hang all my new beaded ornaments on it !


Monday, September 21, 2015

Sew Easy Ornament Kits

Over the weekend I had a little time to plan the items needed for the craft fair season 2015. Quite  often at the craft fairs customers tell me how they would love to be able to 'make something' themselves but they don't know where to start. With this in mind I wanted to create some very simple sewing kits to offer for sale at the fairs.
With my Brother SE 400 Embroidery/sewing machine I sewed the design. The design was downloaded from Urban Threads. The price, service and product were excellent. It was a real pleasure to buy from this company.
Next I ran the fabric with the completed design through my cut n boss using the largest die from stitched rectangle dies.  Then it was simply a matter of using a running stitch to sew the two pieces together incorporating a ribbon  to hang the ornament and adding a little doll filling in between to plump out the cushion. I then reversed the stitching, popping on a seed bead with each of the stitches and then tied the two end of the threads together to secure.
I am really pleased with how the kits turned out. The die cut for the thread holder and the stamps used on the tag are from Papertrey Ink. My machine is busily popping out lots of these designs at the moment. I have also downloaded some other designs from Urban Threads and will post similar kits  in the next few days.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Beaded Holiday Ornaments

Christmas craft fair season is fast approaching and as I had not participated in any fairs for the past two years I decided this year to apply for a stall at a large fair run by Fingal County Council. I sent in my application last May not expecting to get a place but much to my surprise and delight I did. So now the busy crafting season starts for me in earnest !
Thanks to a very nice shipping buddy in the USA I  received the newest stitching kit from Papertrey Ink yesterday. I have bought this kit with the upcoming craft fairs in mind. I like how the items made from these kits have a well finished look. To keep my costs down I used some fabric which does not fray rather than felt for the mittens.
 I stitched the snowflake with my sewing/embroidery machine and then added some sequins and tiny beads. The mitten came together pretty easy and relatively inexpensively. I plan to make some simple sewing kits of these ornaments to sell too.


Saturday, August 29, 2015


A final showing of all the projects I completed today. I had a great time due to the great work and inspiration by Nichole Heady, the design team and all the staff of Papertrey Ink who work so hard to put on this event.


We were challenged with making a card from the leftovers which we had over from the day. A quick rummage among my very messy desk and I found something I could put together. I don't think it is my best but it is late and I have managed to keep going all day and complete all the challenges.
Many Thanks to Papertrey Ink for another fabulous Stamp A Faire.


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