Makers Tote by Noddlehead

Noodlehead has lots of fabulous bag patterns with one of my favourite being the 241 Tote which I've made a few times.

One of her newest bags is the Makers Tote. This pattern was released at the end of November 2015 and I knew it would be perfect for my cross stitch.
I've been keeping my cross stitch in a 'green' shopping bag, that after being carted back and forwards a bit it was looking a little lot worse for wear. Actually is was so badly torn it couldn't carry anything any more so I was getting kinda desperate.

So with the holidays approaching and know I would have some sewing time up my sleeve, I looked for some fabric to use and of course got some feedback off my lovely sewing friends.

The lovely Rachel from Barefoot crafter is sewing along with me and she has chosen some lovely fabric too! I can't wait to see hers finished!

There are 2 sizes in the pattern and I made the bigger one.

Here are some progress shots

The outside pocket on which I used my …

Books I've read in 2015

I'm really pleased with the 30 books I've read this year.  A few of them are kids novels that I have read to my 6-year-old son and a couple of YA but I'm ok with that.
My pick for the year would have to be 'The Storms of War'. I always enjoy reading these personal/family reflections on the World Wars.
The book most outside of my normal comfort zone would have been 'Burial Rites'. It was nothing like I would normally read and I did quite enjoy it. Not exactly a cheerful book to read over Christmas but quite thought provoking and I have found my mind wondering for the last few weeks reflecting on the circumstances and how I would have reacted being in each of the characters places.
The worst book I read in 2015 was definitely 'Little Miracles'. It was a difficult book to get into and I really should have stopped about a quarter of the way in but I persevered and then the end....well lets just say it needed 4 more words and it would have been a muc…

Nearly there....

Reporting is done and the count down til the holidays has begun. I'm trying to lessen the stress and enjoy the experience..... I'll let you know how that goes!

{Cross Stitch} Pretty Little Paris

'Twas with a heavy heart I stitched some more of this beautiful city last night for #Saturdaynightcraftalong 
Reminiscing about our holiday there almost 2 years ago....#peaceforparis

{Snail Mail with Barefoot Crafter} Splatter Painting fun

Miss Barefoot has set down a new challenge for the next 12 months...Actually sending mail via the post! You can read about it here and join in when ever you like!

October saw her posting about a Splatter Paint note card and we couldn't resist getting out the paints and easel for a go.

The boy had fun mixing colours and experimenting with different amounts of water to get a nice splatter.

It was very messy and lots of fun!

I'm glad I set him up outside!

We turned these into cards for Teacher's Day at our while we didn't technically post them, they have been delivered.

If you want to see what Miss Barefoots splatter painting looks like and the next challenge for November check it out here.

Good friends {Quilt Camp of Awesome 2015}

Good friends are more precious than gold!

A weekend away with laughter, and crafting and more laughter is just what my soul needed. I feel rejuvenated, re-set and ready to tackle the end of year count down.

I can't thank the girls enough for their support and kindness.

Oh and did I mention the goody bag!!
Bring a few items and go home with a bag full of treasures!

I started a new project, added more rows to my ripple and worked on a very old WIP that I'd like to finish for a Christmas gift.

Thank you girls we must catch up again soon!

And in case you noticed, yes I am/did fail miserably at Blogtober...and I'm Ok with that. :)

Hexagons (Blogtoberfest} Day 3

This box fell over while I was digging through those piles in my craft room and out popped some hexxies!
Pulling out old craft projects brings back lots of memories. I started this quilt in March 2007 and blogged about it here
I last blogged about it here in April of 2010.

I was really tempted to pull out the scrap basket and make some more to add to the current count of 1283, but I knew the purpose of cleaning up was just that, cleaning and organising NOT getting sidetracked and crafting.

So after taking a few photos and patting the pretty hexagons I popped them back in the box.....

like this.....

for my OCD friends. Although I'm sure they will tell me that the rainbow order is wrong. Too bad! They fit best this way!
So I've packed them up for now but I'm thinking they might make it to camp this year.