Thursday, May 23, 2019

In The Kitchen and a FREE Tutorial for You !

I have spent a little bit of time in the kitchen this week.  I have been refilling and rotating some of my ingredient tubs to give them a nice freshen up.  When things like dates begin to get low I like to empty them out, clean the tub and put the fresh ones on the bottom to ensure the older ones get used first.  I seem to use a lot of dates !  It could be because my hubby loves date scones and date and walnut loaf.  They don't really get a chance to be stale but I still like to rotate them,

I have a really sweet tooth.  I would much prefer dessert to main course.  It has been my down fall.  As my mobility has dropped my weight has risen so I try not to keep sweet treats in the house because I have absolutely no will power !  My sweet tooth craved some orange cake earlier in the week.  It's a really simple one which requires a whole orange whizzed up in the blender, sugar, butter, eggs and flour.

Instead of making a larger cake I decided on smaller cakes this time and used these lovely muffin wrappers.

They baked up really well

I then added some orange butter cream made with orange juice and then sprinkled with some grated peel.

They were divine !!  We still have some in the pantry and I think I will be having another one today for afternoon tea.  Even though it has a whole orange in it including the peel you can't tell.  It's just a lovely flavoursome cake. 

I've been making some little fabric shabby flowers - I make these all of the time and set them aside for when I need them to embellish a project.  I decided to make a tutorial in case you wanted to make some too.

They are really simple and use upcycled clothing that I find on the $1 racks at the local thrift shops.

The tutorial is on my channel HERE if you would like to watch it.  Don't forget to subscribe whilst you are there - I am uploading little tutorials all of the time.


Fee xx

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Project 17 - A Year of Gifts

Time seems to be passing so very quickly.  Sometimes I think it would be nice to be able to press the pause button every once in awhile.  My dear old nanna used to say that time passed so much quicker the older she became and sadly I have found that to be true.  I remember announcing the birth of my first grand child on this blog way back when I first begun.  He starts high school next year !!!  I just can't believe it.  My life has changes o much in that time and my blog has recorded much of my life's highs and lows in that time.  I see it as a living diary that I share with the world.  So I must make more of an effort to record things on it again instead of just using it to share my tutorials.  

I have certainly found the best way for me to share and teach with you by making videos.  It makes it so much easier for me.  One day I will become brave and switch the camera around and talk with you all face to face.  I do intend to do some live crafting sessions in the face book group in the next few weeks.  Today's video is not actually a project but more the sharing of a technique which I use time and time again in my craft room and I thought that you might all enjoy it as well.

It is a simple, Stamp, Colour and Stitch on Fabric technique.  The video shows you how.  You can watch it HERE.

The stamps mentioned in the video are available HERE.

Don't forget to share any of your finishes in our FACEBOOK GROUP HERE.

I hope you enjoy today's little tutorial and that you try it for yourself.


Fee xxxx

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Project 16 - A Year of Gifts

Project 16 already !  Can you believe it ?  This week I have for you this sweet little "Sewing Bits Tin" with a magnetic lid.  It's such a handy little thing and can be made into any style of tin including a jewel box, keepsake box or even a prayer tin.

I have uploaded a step by step video from start to finish on how to make one of these little tins.  You won't believe how easy it is.  You can find the VIDEO HERE.

You can purchase some of the supplies required HERE or just use what you already have.

 I hope you liked today's tutorial and decide to make one as well.  If you do I would love to see your completed tins.

Thank you so much for all of your positive feedback about my Sit and Chat Newsletter on Friday.  It seems that most people like the concept of sitting and having a chat with me so I think it will continue each week.

I've also asked for some interest in my FACEBOOK GROUP for a stitch a long each month and the response has been wonderful so I am just putting together our first project which will be released in the group in the next few days.  This is a FREE project and will only be available in the group.  If you want to join in simply join the group HERE.


Fee xxx

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Catch Up

As time passes and the seasons change my body begins to cease up even more with the cooler air and my arthritic joints.  My hands and spine have been particularly bad.  The surgeon has postponed my surgery until we have some further testing done as he thinks the ulna shortening surgery may not be my best option considering the further deterioration of the joints .  So back to him on the 28th once I have seen another neurologist for the testing.  In the meantime I have been trying to make things easier for my poor hands.  I decided to do a little sit and chat with me video today instead of sending out a newsletter and doing a big long blog post.  So grab a cup of coffee and come and have a chat for 20 minutes.

I promised in the video to include some links so here they are :-

Chat with Fee Video :- HERE

Purse Kits :- HERE

May Mystery Papercraft Class :- HERE

Embroidery Card Holders :- HERE

Facebook Group :- HERE

Ok that's it from me for a few days.  I have a lovely pot of Beef and Vegetable soup simmering away on the stove today and the house smells amazing.  We will be enjoying it for dinner with crunchy bread rolls.

Have an amazing weekend.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Year of Gifts - Project 15

Mothers Day is on May 12th here in Australia.  Each year I donate some hand made goodies to my grandchildrens school for their mothers day stall.  This is what I came up with this year.

Some gorgeous on trend Cactus Wall Art

They are super easy to make.  You can watch my instructional video HERE


Fee xx

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Year of Gifts - Project 14

Today's project is a simple little idea for fragrant heart sachets.  They are personalised with a monogram from my Alphabet Sampler Pattern.  Each letter in this pattern has a little bird sitting on the letter and some sweet little flowers.  

The pattern for the Alphabet Sampler which includes a step by step tutorial for making Framed Hexagons along with all 26 letters of the alphabet each in a sweet little stitchery and an accompanying flower hexagon.  It also has the finishing instructions to make the entire quilt.  It can be found HERE in my ETSY store.

You will also need the heart template if you are not using metal dies to cut with as shown in the step by step video on my YOU TUBE channel.  You can download the template HERE.

Are you a subscriber to my channel ?  If not simply GO HERE and subscribe - You will notified when I upload new tutorials.


Fee xx

Friday, April 26, 2019

Welcome to the Family

Ever since I taught myself to sew many years ago I have been owned by Janome machines.  I still own 2 straight sewing machines (along with a multitude of other stitches) but was recently introduced to an embroidery only machine.  Because my fingers and hands have been letting me down with stitching lately we decided to welcome into the family another little Janome.  

Meet Bella.  

She has been teaching me lots and in true Fee style I have spent many hours with her trying to learn the basics before I bite off more than I can chew !  I have become addicted to making these sweet little zippered purses.  

I have been taking orders for them over on my Facebook page for around about the cost of them so that I can get plenty of practice.  Today I purchased a pattern for my next project which will test my new skills I am sure. 

They are such fun to make and can be produced with no hand work which suits me just fine at the moment !

I am in the process of uploading anew project for you to You Tube at the moment.  Sometimes the files take a few hours to upload and other times they can take half a day - I have learnt to just go with the flow now - Me stressing over it makes absolutely no difference.

It's quite a cold, wet and gloomy day here today so perfect for doing some more purse making.

I'll be back soon to share another project with you.

Have a lovely weekend.


Fee xx

Monday, April 15, 2019

Unlucky For Some - Project 13

Are you superstitious ?  I tend to be .......  So it has come as no surprise to me that Project 13 provided a stumbling block for me .......  As you know I have a chronic illness which is caused by a condition which affects the collagen in my body and in particular in my joints. (amongst other things)  This causes them to be super floppy, flexible and not hold together correctly.  This includes all of my fingers, wrists , the vertebrae in my spine and so on .......  Well the culprit this past few weeks has been my wrists and hands.  My left is worse than my right - I am right handed but I rely on my left hand for so much - Or so I have discovered !!  Anyway the long and the short of the matter is that I had a repair done on the wrist in August and an exploratory so the surgeon could see just what was going on with that hand and he recommended ulna shortening surgery to tighten everything up in that hand and wrist - I have until now been able to postpone the surgery ........  I see him for a pre-op meeting tomorrow and then the surgery will happen on the 3rd May.  My posts and free tutorials may be spasmodic between then and after the surgery but we will catch up somewhere along the course of the next 40 weeks of FREE projects !

Maybe I will be able to blog with just one hand ?  Whilst I am writing this blog post I am currently trying to upload a video to make these gorgeous pin keepers from an old doily.  Aren't they cute ?  They are super easy to make and by watching my video on MY CHANNEL you can make some too.

I have lots of projects at various stages of completion ready for video tutorials so hopefully I will be able to complete a few of them prior to the 3rd May's surgery.  I will have everything crossed but one thing my condition has taught me is to not rely on my body - It lets me down and quite often !

My true love and sanity saver over the past years of being unwell has been my ability to sit covered in heat packs and strapping and to hand stitch.  My hands have been betraying me lately and even that hasn't been easy. I'm not really sure what I will do if I can no longer stitch. Without trying this surgery I know it is a strong possibility so if you are the praying kind pray that the surgery helps me to at least be able to stitch properly again so that I can have one little corner of my life with pure joy tucked inside.  If not then I will just have to fins something else to while away the hours - I did buy a puzzle book today in anticipation of not being able to do anything for up to 12 weeks.

I would love to see your creations from this project and any of the others I have shared so far this year.  Join our facebook group and show me what you have been creating.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Year of Gifts - Project 12

Today's project in A Year of Gifts is a really easy one.

If you have some glue, a brush, a napkin, some paint and a pot then you are good to go.

It's a very simple but effective idea and perfect to do now and pot up pieces of cacti ready to gift at Christmas.

I show you how in a quick and easy video.

Hugs,  Fee xxx

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Year of Gifts - Project 11

Sorry for this project being 2 days late.  My concept of what I am capable of physically and what I THINK I am capable of have been poles apart this week.  Every few weeks I come crashing back to earth with a thud when I have been pushing my body and/or mind beyond it's capabilities and I pay with my body forcing me to just do nothing in order to recover.  The energy levels are at zero and the ability to do anything much is depleted.  You would think that I would learn by now but each time it happens I scold myself for being so stupid !  Anyway the 3 half finished projects for upcoming A Year of Gifts tutorials are still in the same state of semi completion and will have to stay this way until I can once again get some energy and finish them.

So this week I am sharing with you an old pattern of mine that was published in a magazine here in Australia about 6 or 7 years ago.  It's for a lovely needle book and pin cushion with a sweet little stitchery.  The pattern includes a step by step photographic tutorial for those of you that are visual learners.  You can DOWNLOAD IT HERE.


Fee xx

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Year of Gifts - Project 10

This week I have another stitchery for you.  This time I show you how to use an iron on transfer pen to transfer the image onto a darker fabric and also show you how to mount it inside a wooden hoop.  It would make the perfect gift !

Next weeks project will include a video for those of you who prefer to be taught visually.  You can download the pattern for the Woodland Deer HERE.


Fee xx

A Year of Gifts - Project 9

Most of the time I am pretty good at technology but last week the video for my project (No 9) became corrupted and no matter what I did I couldn't fix it.  I help run and attend a 5 day retreat every March and found that I just didn't have time to re shoot the video so instead I am now gifting you a stitchery instead as a replacement project 9.  I know that you will understand.  The project will now have to be remade and a new video made and maybe I can get it released as Project 11?

So here we have a gorgeous jar of buttons stitchery.  Isn't it adorable ?

It's perfect to make for any of your sewing friends.

You can find the FREE download HERE.


Fee xx