I have one PIF volunteer (thank you Lany) but still need two more. These are lovely things to do and they don't need to be huge: just something to make someone smile. Any volunteers? If not then I will add two people to my RAK list so I am sending out to three people as requested.
Well, I have some stitchy finishes!
First, some little Cross Stitch Project Tote Bags. Well, they are nearly finished: just need to add some buttons and lace and then they will be ready for exchanging in return for sponsorship. If the donation is generous then I may even be persuaded to make a matching needle book...which I may well do anyway if the fingers begin to itch!
There is one pocket within the outside triangular flap, another two little mini pockets inside and of course a big pocket the size of the bag. I really like them as they fit into my handbag. They will hold folded fabric, small charts (as you can see) and a needle book. The little pink one is cross stitches and the tourqouise ones have pin cushions on.
I could do A4 size for bigger charts and frames but they use a lot of material so they would have to be done to order. My fabric is shrinking so for a little while I am going to have to use what I have sparingly.
I have a finish!
Finished it last night and I am really, really pleased with it.
The fabric looks much pinker than it actually is but I am thrilled I went with this choice. I like to be different lol ;-)
I'm not sure when I will do the next one because I have put it in a 'safe place' and can't remember where...I don't have the budget for another just yet so will have to see if I can find it. I still have plenty of other stuff to do. My Needlework page for February and I want to get through some the charts I recieved for my Spring exchange and what people have been good enough to RAK me.
I also have fabric cut for two quilts.
One is the quilt along I am doing with Terri. I use Jane's sweet white pocket bag to hold the squares for that one..and the other is one I just fancied. I am changing all the colours and have no idea how it will work out so should be interesting!
I am still managing to feed my family on 50 euros a week: just as well as it has been an expensive month and I am on a fabric shop ban for the forseeable future. That is ok though: necessity is the mother of invention: I find times like this force us to be even more creative.
I will be continuing my frugal blog as I just think there is a need for it at the moment. Not many followers and few comments but so many emails. I wonder why? Is there a shame element to being broke and counting pennies? I hope not. We crafters scrimp and save the oddest fabric remnnants and peices of coloured paper for making cards...I am simply applying crafting frugality to the rest of my life!
I have to bring it up: I can't resist. I am assuming you
are all aware of the debacle in regards to our food industry at the
moment, with many beef products actually being produced from horse
meat? I am amazed by the trail our food takes and so far no less than
five countries seem to have been implicated. UK, Ireland, Poland,
France and Romania. Guess what my next Frugal post will be about?
Have a great week everyone and if you are unlucky enough to be in the huge snowstorms, please stay safe and warm xxx