An apology and an explanation

If you don’t know me personally, you’re probably wondering why it’s been such a long time since I updated my blog. That’s because in March last year I slipped, managing to fracture and dislocate my wrist. I was in Gambia at the time, which is where I normally spend the winter, but eventually I need to come back to the UK to have surgery to re-set the wrist and insert a metal plate. (If you want to read about all that in a bit more detail, take a look at my post on my Life in The Gambia blog).

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Where do you Keep Your Crafting Stash?

Where do you keep your crafting stash? In a box? In different bags? Or perhaps you are lucky enough to have a whole room to organise your crafting bits and pieces? At one time I had a whole alcove fitted with shelves to keep all my many crafting accessories, which made it very easy to find what I needed quickly. But now life has got more complicated. I now spend 7-8 months of the year in The Gambia and the remaining time in the UK, so I need to be much more organised.

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A Blackwork Christmas Ornament Biscornu

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I love miniature stitching especially biscornu, and that I also love blackwork and beads. So what better way to indulge my passion than to design something that combines all three? The rest of the world may not want to be thinking about Christmas yet, but we crafters need to get ahead, so I thought I would design a biscornu with a Christmas theme, that could be used as a hanging ornament or just as a Christmas decoration.

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The Peppermint Swirl Dress

As I explained in my last post, this summer didn’t quite go according to plan, and I didn’t have very much time for crafting or blogging. However, it’s fast becoming a tradition that I make a dress for my granddaughter, and so I duly made her a little sundress, using the pattern she chose from my Pinterest board. But both her dad and I had fallen in love with another pattern as well, which was absolutely beautiful and quite unusual, and I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to make that one too.

The pattern is called ‘The Peppermint Swirl‘ and it’s available on Craftsy. I think it looks stunning, so when my son and family arrived to stay for the May half term week, they decided to choose some fabric so I could make the dress up for my granddaughter. The pattern was duly bought, and because it’s an instant download, we didn’t have to wait for it to be delivered.

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Spring is in the air

Welcome to ‘Stitches ‘N’ Dreams’! Thank you for hopping here from Handmade by Hannah, and I hope you enjoy my post, as well as all the others in this ‘Happy Spring 2014 Blog Hop. If you just arrived here and didn’t know about the blog hop, you can start at the beginning on ‘Pretty Little Things in a Box’. The blog hop is due to start on 19 April.

I love the spring! I am not a winter person, and as soon as Christmas is over I am looking for the first snowdrops poking their heads through the soil, and the first spring lambs in the fields. I love the spring bulbs with their vibrant colours, and I always get excited when I see the first baby leaves popping out.

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A blog hop and a SAL

Yay! Yesterday I had an email from my friend Angela at Pretty Little Things in a Box, asking me to join in with a Happy Spring Blog Hop she is organising. I have never taken part in a blog hop, as my internet access is limited when I’m in The Gambia, and I’m reliant on solar power to keep my laptop charged, both of which sometimes make it heard to get online whenever I want. But I decided this time I would take part, as it sounds really interesting.

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Slow but steady…

I’m making progress! I have been very busy over the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t had as much time to devote to my new project as I’d hoped, but I’ve snatched a few minutes here and there and it’s coming along slowly. I’m hoping that next week I can get it finished, and show it to you in its full glory. Until then, here’s a little taste of how it looks now.

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A new WIP

I have shared lots recently about my tatting journey, and I am still really enjoying tatting, but I have been missing my stitching a bit, so I have decided to make a start on a project that has been brewing in my mind for some time. I was first inspired with this idea last summer, and it’s been bubbling away on my creative back burner ever since then. I have been collecting and recording ideas for several months, and this week I finally got going.

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No tatting but a little taste of something else instead!

Over the weekend, I had hoped I would be able to get my tatted chair back finished to show you, but it didn’t happen for a number of reasons. Firstly, I developed a streaming cold, and I discovered that trying to untangle my hands from my tatting to blow my nose every two minutes was just too frustrating! Then, I inflicted an injury on myself. Here at Balaba we have an old sewing machine – as there’s no mains electricity we couldn’t use an electric one, but instead we have a wonderful old treadle machine, which someone kindly donated to us a few years ago.

Our treadle sewing machine

Our treadle sewing machine

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