Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Westie Calendar for July 2011 - Download, Print and Paint!

July 2011 - Westie Calendar

Here is your July 2011 calendar, ready to download, print and paint (or colour-in!)           
Click here for your copy

The Westie or West Highland Terrier is a small white dog that originates from Scotland.

It is a very popular pet, but is no lapdog...

They are feisty fellows and love to "hunt and dig". 

I would say  the Westie is "a dog with attitude"!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Handmade Monday # 20 - 3 Tags!

Luggage Label Tag

It is Wendy's 2oth Handmade Monday! Big thanks to her for keeping this going - I don't manage it every week, but Wendy never fails to start us off...

Do have a look at her 1st Unigue Gifts Blog and browse through the other participating blogs as well. There is lots to see and admire!

Okay - so I thought I would try making a few "Tags" - I have seen them around, but I am still not quite sure what they are for (??) but I thought I would have a go, as they really appeal to me...

Looking at what I have seen, they don't seem to be gift tags, as such, as you can't write on most of them and some are made out of fabric anyway...

I have seen them as Altered Art and also as Fabric Collage - so apart from the fun of making them (and they are fun and quick and easy and use up bits of fabric and bits of broken down jewellery (Bootsales!) and whatever you like - seems anything goes...

But if anyone has any ideas of what they are really for, please enlighten me! (I now have 9!)

Here are three of them...

Fabric Collage Tag

Close-Up of same Tag

A Luggage Label Tag but with Fabric stitched on.

Luggage Label Tag using rubber stamping, wallpaper cut-outs
and Bootsale Bling!

Not sure this would appeal to the Senior Folk groups - in my experience they are doubtful about making anything, that is not absolutely useful...!

However, if you make sure one side is left blank for writing on and put on a proper loop to attach it, it could have possibilities!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Time for Gardening - Grow Tasty Health-Giving Herbs!

So many elderly folk give up gardening as it becomes too much to cope with.

So the best thing you can do, is to show your group how easy it is to grow herbs in pots.

Mine are in a greenhouse, as our first planting, when we left the pots out in the garden, was demolished by squirrels - the fresh compost was too tempting for them to resist and they happily got digging...!

Herbs do well on windowsills too - just need plenty of light and moisture (careful of too much direct sun and keep damp but don't over-water)

Herbs are fast growing and there are so many available in seed packets. We chose Coriander, Parsley, Basil (my favourite!) Thyme and Tarragon.

Apart from the wonderful flavour of fresh herbs in cooking and salads, they are also full of all the healthy bits we need, including loads of vitamins.

I have been told that any excess is easily frozen for use later in cooking. You simply rinse in water and then shake and place in a plastic bag, label and freeze. Not yet tried - anyone done this? 

While I had my camera out I took a few more photos to share with you -
a June Rose and hot pink Surfinia Petunias...

Thursday, 2 June 2011

A Felt Wall Hanging to Make - Beach Huts in Summer! (with printable pattern)

Beach Huts - a Felt Wall Hanging

I had a lovely time making this felt wall hanging - I was inspired by
Ros Made Me  who has an excellent tutorial on Beach Hut Cushions.

If you would like to make your own felt wall hanging with your group, here is how to do it...

You Will Need...
A piece of felt - I used a 9 x 12inch (that is how I buy them) but then trimmed off about an inch along the bottom, so you only actually need 9 x 11inch piece.
5 pieces of felt each 2 x 3inch for the beach huts.
5 scraps felt for the doors
Felt scrap for the Sun - I cut one with a die on my Big Shot, but I have included a pattern for a simpler form in the template.
Embroidery thread (use 3 strands to sew with) and needle
A thin wooden dowel x 16inch
Ribbon or cord  - about 24inch

How to Make...
Turn the long edge over and pin a hem of 1inch Check your dowel will fit through (adjust if necessary)
Using a running stitch - sew hem.

Here is the Pattern for the Beach Huts and Sun. (when a new screen appears click on File and then Print)
Cut out 5 Huts and 5 Doors.
Using a running stitch attach the doors to the huts.
Pin the huts to the background felt, getting the spacing even.
Use a running stitch sew them onto the background felt.

Trim off any excess felt from the bottom edge.
Attach the sun with a button in the centre.
Slip in the wooden dowel and tie on the ribbon.

Have fun in the sun...!

For more Beach Huts (and lots more!) to make, have a  look here... 
Buttons and Paint