Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Quilted Advent Calendar Pattern .....

If you are of a delicate disposition please look away now
we're going to be talking Christmas .....

I've been asked SO many times
about writing a pattern for my quilted advent calendar
I don't LOVE pattern writing to be honest
but I've toughed it out just for you!
Aren't I nice?!

The pattern is an instant download from my Etsy shop
It's fifteen pages long with lots of detailed step~by~steps and photos
including the templates that you'll need.
You can find it HERE

I designed this advent calendar quite a few years back now and it has been super popular
It's always had a soft spot in my heart too
so I hope you'll like it.

The finished size is 53 cm x 65 cm and it has two hanging loops on the back
 I'd say it's suitable for a beginner to intermediate sewer
 the basic skills you'd need would be simple hand embroidery and using a sewing machine.
I’ve written the pattern nicely detailed
with all of my tips and tricks for a perfect finish
 including a how~to on rubber stamping.

I know not everyone is keen on rubber stamping but it is SO easy
and gives a quick, fresh and modern finish
I show you how, step~by~ step, in the pattern
but if you REALLY didn't want to stamp
you could embroider the numbers which I think would look beautiful.

I'd LOVE to know if you make one ..... so PLEASE show me
I'll probably get a little giddy

Before I go, I just wanted to say a BIG BIG
'Thank You'
to everyone who leaves me such lovely comments and pops by here
I don't always get a chance to reply
but I just want to tell you that
every visit and comment you make lights my days

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 24 August 2015

Gifts for a sweet friend and a BIG embarrassing boo boo .....

I LOVE making gifts
I really REALLY do
just thinking of the recipient and what they may like
gets my heart all in a flutter
dreaming up the little finishing details (the VERY best bit in my opinion)
is utter heaven to me ..... it makes me so HaPpY

This little baby bib was made for a beautiful friend
who I've yet to meet in 'real life'
we both hope that that will change one day
It is the happiest of gifts
as this little bib means that her dream has come true
a much longed for baby girl is on the way
I'm so delighted for her and husband
such HaPpy HaPpY news

Dolce bambino  ❤   Sweet baby  

It was also my make for round four of the
Sweetly Stitched Sew~a~long on Instagram
(you can read more about it here if you wish)
and it won me a super duper prize from Amy!
I feel spoiled rotten ..... what a gorgeous collection of treats.

and now for the 'BIG boo boo' bit .....
I'm actually really embarrassed.
I thought "Wouldn't it be nice to make the 'mummy to be' a gift too"
So I did.
Another Round Pencil Case ~ pattern by my pal Kristyne
I decided to add some embroidered wording on this too
So I used Google translate (don't do it!)
and I ended up calling her a Beautiful (Egyptian) mummy
instead of a Beautiful (mummy) mummy
(now you can see my embarrassment)
I even had 'that' feeling whist stitching it ..... I wish I'd listened to myself
Luckily she saw the funny side and whipped her needle and thread out for adjustments!

I added a cute crochet mouse rattle too
(as I just couldn't resist)
The  pattern for it is wonderful and free ..... how lovely x

I shall love you and leave you for now sweet friends
thanks for popping by you really make my day

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rainbows .....

..... make me SO happy


If I can make something in rainbow I will
If I can make something in Liberty rainbow I JUST HAVE TO.

This pencil case was supposed to be a gift
but quite frankly I CAN NOT be parted with it.
Well ..... it's Liberty and it's a rainbow!

So it is MINE full stop.

..... and the pattern ..... well it was a dream
and I'm now officially friends with zips
can you believe it?
from arch~enemies to besties in just one pattern!
Zips made me shake and shudder but no more
thanks to my lovely pal Kristyne
and her super duper Round Pencil Case Pattern
It is Superb.
Her pattern is so detailed and friendly
teeny tiny step~by~steps
it's just like having her there right next to you
holding your hand and chatting away, guiding you whilst you're sewing
the only thing better than that would be
her REALLY sitting there next to me chatting away whilst I'm sewing
although I don't think I'd get too much done ..... she is a hoot!
and that really would be FABULOUS.

So if you're zip~shy like I was
try Kristyne's pattern ...... you'll be so glad you did.


Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Quick pics | August .....

1   'Make a wish!' mini butterfly canvases are in the making .....
2   Trying V.hard to stay on the 'health wagon' ~
    Acai, Berry & Baobab breakfast bowl (minus the baobab) I even MADE almond milk
3   Sweet Bee and I are selling flowers!
4   Mouse rattle for a sweet friend
5   Mr. Sweet & I went here (again) ..... Oh it was pretty.
6   ..... and that sign ..... I LOVE that sign.
7   My next baby quilt is in the making.
8   Do you remember me talking about the Instagram sew~a~long? .....
    I won round four! ..... super exciting. These are my winners treats from
    super sewing goddess Amy, I feel truly spoilt.

Lately I've been feeling under~the~weather
in both body and soul
hoping to feel better on both fronts V.soon.

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gifts .....

..... I've been making (or should I say 'starting') a lot of them recently.
These gifts, though, for my dearest best friend
I did actually finish.
A deadline is obviously good for me.
Very sadly (for me anyway) she lives in Australia
happily for me though, she and her family are back visiting
and we've had a LOT of fun

(The cross stitch pattern is from Satsuma street on Etsy)

I made her this cushion to commemorate a trip that we'd been planning in London
hmmmm ..... we ended up tripping to Chichester instead!
but she loves it anyhow and we had such a fun time there
for lunch we popped in to M&S to buy a picnic lunch
we sat in the cathedral grounds enjoying our salads
whilst I taught her to English paper piece.

The day before we spent at my house where crochet lessons happened
flapjacks were consumed, a quick trip out for lunch and home to afternoon hot chocolates
and a WHOLE lot of nattering and more crochet.

(These dunked!)

We've had a ginormous family lunch too.
We've packed a LOT into two and a half days!
there will be one more get-together before their return
(I can hardly bear to type that let alone think about it)

..... and I made these cheeky little guys for her two daughters
one who is so delightful and one who is the former and my goddaughter to boot.

and this was given to me!
isn't it GORGEOUS?
I LOVE it and will treasure it ALWAYS
I can hear it shouting out for something deelish to sit upon it
 ..... don't you think?
I'll rectify that this weekend with a bit of luck.

Thank you so much for all of your comments on my Austria post
it seems I'm not the only one who adores that country
I find myself v.frequently day~dreaming about it
all that beauty and fragrant fresh air ......

..... so I bought myself a new book
how pretty?!

and just look at that new Liberty of London fabric  ❤ ❤ 

I've started to put that to good use already .....
new petite butterfly art canvases are in the making!

..... Oh another 'started' project
but in my defence it's made COMPLETELY from my scraps
and that feels so good.

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x