Monday, 30 May 2011

Taking a break

Firstly thank you to all of you who helped me out on Facebook, below you will see why things have been so quiet ever since!

This week I've been taking a break, I'm blaming the Springwatch effect again, (incidentally Springwatch starts tonight at 9pm and the green door in the background of every studio shot, is my old back door!).
I've been running around like a headless chicken.
I haven't taken a break from working, but I just felt the time had come to take things a bit easier.
So I didn't post for WOYWW.
I didn't attend the Dolgellau Country Market.
Ballet  was cancelled (for my daughter, not me!), so one less taxi service by me.

Conversely my OH has found things hotting up even more at work, with a visitation from the top brass of RSPB Wales, and a major contractor suddenly negating on their agreement - leaving him with lots of panic phonecalls, sleepless nights, and absorbing a frightening amount of his precious time and energy.  So I think it was just as well I was around to be a bit more wifey than normal. (This meant making sure we didn't run out of food, the piles of washing were kept to a minimum and I didn't answer back when he said he had had a terrible day!).

 But I still have been busy, working on shelf 3.  I decided to hedge my bets and fill the bottom two shelves with textile products in case they sell better, (as it is a new shop I just don't know what is the general feel of the place until it all settles down).  So I thought I would fill the bottom two shelves with Christmas gifts ... that is to say, things that I can give away if they don't sell!

So I made a tiny gift bag, and then I thought I would make a post bag.  I fancied putting a small motif in the corner, so suddenly I was scratching my head to recall how to carry out machine embroidery (I think I last did this back in 1990 for my GCSE textiles!).

Lapwing, (outline blackened by me!)
I thought it would be good therapy for my OH to sketch me a picture.

I then traced it onto a piece of fabric and began stitching it on to a trial piece.
I got the technique right, but unfortunately I decided the subject wasn't.  So I'm off to make a better choice.  In the meantime why don't you take a look at everyone else's work over with Wendy at 1st Unique Gifts.


  1. Nice little bag. Like the sketch, looks great to me ... go with the flow ... main thing is, its all handmade and sure to be a winner!

  2. I love the little gift bags and I thought I would be really clever and identify the bird... hmmm, I wonder if it is a crested grebe but on checking in my book it isn't... so please put us out of our misery, what is it?

    Have you considered putting it onto a tote bag? I think that would really work, especially if you used a black background with white and grey thread... what do you think?

  3. Ooh, Ros has a point - that bird would look great on a tote bag, and would sell in the right places!

    Love those gift bags!

    Thanks for taking part in Handmade Monday x

  4. Good points from Ros, It is supposed to be a lapwing. OH didn't like the quiff on the machine embroidery. But it definately would be the right size for a tote bag.
    Anyway, I'll go back and put the caption on the photo thanks.

  5. I really love the colors on the bag. I like the bird, is it a quail?

  6. The bags is so pretty and you have had a busy week, agree the lapwing would look good on a tote

  7. Springwatch is one of my favourite programmes, I'll be sure to check out the green door. Lapwing looks great, definitely agree that it would look good on a tote bag. I was watching the Lapwings (sometimes known as Peewit) flying around yesterday, great display.
    The gift bags look really good.

    Jan x

  8. What a lovely idea for a gift bag :)