There’s a hole in my jeans!!!

Hello,

Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.

Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!

Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/

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My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.

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This pair had even more holes!!

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I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.

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I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.

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Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

 

Chickens love flowers!!

Hello,

Sorry I’ve been absent for a while due to some changes in my work life. I wanted to show you what I have been up-to recently and what I have just put on my Etsy shop. This is my latest embroidery of some cheeky chickens eating flowers in a garden.

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I love the combination of colours of duck-egg blue with cream and sand. It reminds me of the  various shades of eggs available. The greeny eggs come from a friend and I have blown them so I can keep them for decorative purposes.chicken embroidery2-Lilibet Stanley

I have used suffolk puffs with french knots and satin-stitch.chicken embroidery3-Lilibet Stanley

chicken embroidery4-Lilibet Stanley  I have used a variety of fabrics including silk for my embroidery. The artwork would add a country-living feel to any house. Please visit my shop to check out the new embroidery and all my other products.

Enjoy!

Lilibet

A Country Adventure

Hello,

We spent some lovely, relaxing days in January  in the country around Wide Bay. We are lucky to have friends with a house surrounded by cane fields.

canefield-Lilibet Stanleyand the children just love having the space to run around.

truckinmud-Lilibet Stanley  They pass their time playing with trucks in mud!

treehousesteps-Lilibet Stanley or playing in the tree house,

cubby-Lilibet Stanleymaking cubbies!

magicshow-Lilibet Stanleyand putting on magic shows! All the stuff that childhoods should be made of!!

swing under the mango tree-Lilibet Stanley My Little Lady loves nothing more than to be pushed on the swing under a mango tree and what a nice way to spend a late afternoon, once the sun has done down a little!

sewingbox-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty of time for me to get out my sewing box and add more suffolk puffs to my quilt as well as joining in with all the fun and games on the verandah.

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quilt1-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady’s quilt is really starting to grow and look more like a quilt now.

cup of tea-Lilibet StanleyEverything stops for morning and afternoon tea on the verandah!

suffolkpuffs-Lilibet StanleyThen I start sewing again surrounded by the noise of the chooks and the rooster crowing whenever he feels like it, it’s not just first thing in the morning you know!

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mango-LilibetStanleyOccasionally, there is a terrific bang on the roof and that is a mango dropping from tree. It does tend to give you a shock in the middle of the night!

mango on the ground-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many mangoes to collect, some start to rot before they are collected.

chicken eating mango-Lilibet StanleyEveryone loves mango, the chickens love them…

cow eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe Jersey calves love them… (that’s obviously how you make mango smoothie!!)

pig eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe pig next door loves them…

mango in box-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty for everyone to have their fair share!

mango chutney-Lilibet StanleyWe have even being enjoying some homemade Sweet Mango chutney with curries since we have returned from our galavanting around.

calf4-Lilibet StanleyIt’s always hard to say goodbye when we had so much fun and it was especially hard saying goodbye to this adorable Jersey Cow, who could resist those eyes!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

A little embroidery taster!!

I’ve been busy finishing off a project that I started years ago. I thought it would look good being sold as a print on my Etsy shop, when I finally sort it out!

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I thought  I would show you some snippets, to give you a taster of the embroidery that I have been working on.

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Obviously french knots and Suffolk puffs feature, well I do like them!

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I was busy during My Idea’s Man’s soccer game embroidering lazy daisy stitch, though I was having trouble deciding what colour it should be.

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My business is slowly taking shape. It will be great when I can reveal all my hard work!

Well until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

Holidays!!

School holidays are a time for taking it easy a bit! We’ve been able to enjoy leisurely days. My Little Lady has been busy with her loom bands.

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One of her friends showed her how to attach beads into a loom band design.

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Since then she has been very quiet concentrating on her bead loom band bracelets.

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It’s great for practising fine motor skills!

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My Ideas Man and I have enjoyed some games of Checkers. I used to love playing this game as a girl so I was delighted when we inherited an old style board. Games are always very close! His strategy is improving!!

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I’ve had a few opportunities to do some of my Suffolk Puff quilt. It is still a long way off to being completed which I am glad about. I am enjoying seeing it in progress, I’m not ready for it to be finished yet.

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The colours are looking so fresh!

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It is lovely sewing my quilt whilst being surrounded by colour in my garden and watching my little ones play.

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My very kind neighbour gave me some cuttings off her Geranium plants in exchange for some off my plants! So, I am going to have plenty to water and watch grow!

Until next time.

Lilibet

Happy Hours Sewing!

I’ve spent some time cutting out a pile of white cotton circles, ready for me to spend some happy hours sewing!

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Making a Suffolk puff is easy. All you have to do is cut out circles of fabric. The size of the circle that I am using is 6.5cm in diametre and it creates a Suffolk puff that is 3cm in diametre. I think they are looking like little peppermints!!

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Using a small needle, start by stitching a few little stitches in one spot to make your thread firm, then using running stitch go around the edge.

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Once you have completed running stitch all around the edge, draw the thread up into a little bag.

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To finish off, make a few little stitches in one spot so the stitches can’t come undone.

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Voila!!! One Suffolk Puff!! Now repeat over and over again!! Once you have enough of the little treasures, sew them together to form a throw/quilt. I will show you that stage later.

Until next time.

Lilibet x