Wednesday, 25 January 2012

sofa day

I'm linking up to:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Today has been a total sofa day. Me being ill was not fun, the little girl being ill is even less so :(
She had very little energy so blankets and Snow White were the order of the day. It also gave me an opportunity to finish my second rose and star block:

Don't they look pretty holding hands!!

While she was napping I also managed to make this quick camera case:

I used this simple tutorial, the only difference was I hand sewed the closing rather than using the machine. I'm trying to improve my hand stitching and this tutorial really helped, the seam looks great (you can't see it but that's the point!)

It helps that I now have a thimble. My finger was getting so sore but no more!
I decided the thimble needed a special spot in my sewing case, the pockets were just a little too big and I didn't want to lose it. So I cut a bit of fabric, pressed and top stitched the edges and then hand stitched it onto my case:

Cute and handy!


I'm hoping to maybe try to get some more fmq done tomorrow because there's been no progress on the 'Not So Charming Rainbow Stars Quilt'.

I've also cut pieces ready for my next rose and star block (I think this might be a regular Wednesday thing!!)

no progress: everything else but I've done enough all things considered

So here's my stats:
completed: 3
new: 0
in progress: 2


Weigh In Wednesday

I'm linking up with Missy Mac Creations but I don't really have any good news :(
I gained a pound this week and am so fed up. I'm hoping it's water retention because I've barely been able to eat anything. Admittedly I've not done so much exercise (except normal looking after kids stuff) but who wants to work out when you're poorly??!
I'm on the mend so I promise no excuses next week and hope to see some loss.
Can anyone recommend some effective but gentle exercise? The next couple of days I want to go easy on myself (that makes it sound like I work out really hard, clearly I don't!! I just want a change and nothing too strenuous).


In other news... If you have facebook and fancy some free 'facebook cards' head over to moo . This is the UK site but I know the US one is doing the same thing (not sure about Canada or Australia or anywhere else, sorry!).

I used my Charm About You profile and created these:

So incredibly professional and handy for handing out at all those important meetings I attend! HA! They're just for fun, I only paid a couple of pounds postage and I wanted to check them out. They come in a cute little case and you can chose 6 different images and get 50 free cards (for a limited time!). I have to say the images didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, the colours are pretty dull so if you're going to get some I'd say pick some really bright shots. 

They do a lot of fun cards but I'm assuming the quality of the stuff you pay for is better!

Oh and look what my son made at school :) Happy Chinese New Year!


  1. Hope you are feeling better soon, but even as a sickie you are productive! Your camera case is really cute! Unfortunately I don't have many suggestions on the exercise front...maybe yoga?

  2. I love the camera case... how cute! And your starts look really nice. As for exercise, how about a nice walk?

  3. Hope you are both better soon:)

  4. I still love your rose star blocks. I think I'm going to make some more this weekend. I'm traveling with my sister to visit my parents, so hand sewing would be good. Don't worry about the pound in the wrong direction. That's totally a normal part of weight loss. Just focus on getting better while still eating right. I bet you'll be seeing different numbers next week :-)

  5. Those rose star blocks are KILLER. It is so funny because I had that pattern in my head for the when I popped in here to check in on you I almost died because there it was! Of course someone else had already envisioned it. ;) Love the thimble too...

  6. sofa day? and you did all that??? blimey...
    Love the rose blocks :-)

  7. I hope that you are feeling better. Don't be so hard on yourself, you've been sick and it's hard to be motivated to do the stuff that needs to get done let alone the extra stuff. Your creations all looks great. My suggestions would be to do some stretching and walking. Maybe lifting some little weights if you have them. It will get better :)

  8. I second Miranda - don't be so hard on yourself. You've been sick so it's all understandable. I've been up and down all week so must have just got lucky on weigh in day (yet, this morning... I'm back up 1kg). So, as disheartening as it is, just go with the flow, concentrate on the now and keep fighting. As I started to recover I just went for short walks around the neighbourhood. Wasn't very strenuous but made me feel much better for doing something. Ease yourself back into to it. Ok, lecture over. ;) xx

  9. I love that is wonderful...hope everyone gets well soon!!

  10. Rest up until you feel better- exercising when you aren't at least ninety per cent could see you have a relapse! Take it easy and make another Rose and Star!

  11. Love your camera case - thanks for the tutorial! And thanks for the facebook cards tip - hope I can find the US site...feel better soon!

  12. Love what your son made and your moo cards. I have mini cards for my etsyshop and got some free business cards too which I pop in with any orders I get. Not that I get loads but I just like them so much!! Love the blocks very modern and the Lark fabric is lovely.

    I really like your little sewing case and the special thimble pocket. I may need to make something for my little leather thimble. She gets lost too easily! I can't use the metal ones for some odd reason. But then I am just a bit odd. Maybe it is cause of the hand quilting. I love your gadget case too. How could you be so busy when ill? Good for you and get well soon to you and the little one. xxxxx

  13. Lucy the fact that you are doing anything when you are ill is amazing! Great handstitching - it's at times like these when it pays off! Love your sewing case and your rose star blocks!

    The cards look good as does that dragon!

  14. Hope you are feeling better soon! great camera case - a little thing I just did when she was napping! OMG, how do you do it? To be fair I would be napping too knowing me rather than sewing - hence the slow progress.

    re:exercise, what don't you go for a brisk walk during the day - 20 mns or so. I have the best playlist at the moment, may help...

  15. Hope you all feel better soon. Love the rose star blocks and the camera case. And the dragon is fabulous!

  16. I really love your colour choices for the rose star block, they are very vibrant indeed!

  17. Bum, sorry you're still feeling crappy, but I do love the idea of those wee blocks holding hands :oD