Saturday, 24 September 2011

New Toy :-)

Yey I finally chose a sewing machine to buy with my birthday money (my birthday was back in March!).  A lovely friend lent me her Janome machine around March time but I thought it best I gave it back now :-)  I looked around on the internet and found this fab Janome which was only £10 more than the basic model but seems to have loads of extras on it.

I got the manual out and threaded it up - ooh that was slightly daunting as it was a bit different to how you thread up my friends Janome.

I worked out how to wind the bobbin and pull the thread up from it.  Love this see-through bobbin case :-)  Then I just had to pluck the courage up to actually use it lol.  So a few days later I made these cute little curtains for the kiddies new playhouse in the garden - well I say it is the kiddies but I love it as much as them!  The machine sounds lovely whirring away.

I remember having an old garden shed that my sister and I played in when I was little and I used to love pulling the curtains shut in there.  I got the fabric from e-bay and it was only £3.50 per meter and about £1.50 postage.  I was hoping to use some up--cycled material but couldn't find any big enough or that I was brave enough to cut into.

I like the look of the gathering at the top - I saw the idea of adding an extra sewn line at the top in a book to make it look prettier.

They can now shut their little curtains and be all cozy inside.

I was on a roll then so finally, after many, many years made this cross-stitch pattern into a cushion.  I started this when eldest Sweetpea as in my tummy and then finished the pattern a couple of years back.  He is now 11 so I thought it a little childish for his wall but he still loves the design (probably because I was making it when he was kicking away in me :-)) so I thought a cushion would be a nice idea.

Here is the back of it - loving the green spotty material.

And of course I had to add some of that special ribbon!

oohh look what else I got free with my new sewing machine, loads of gorgeous thread.  They looked so scrummy that I had to pop them in my new glass jar - I found this jar in Wilkinsons for £5 - I knew I would find a use for it :-)  It now sits on top of my dresser looking very pretty with all those lovely coloured threads in it.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I am off to work tomorrow for a rest lol. x

Edit:  Nothing to do with this post but I just opened a fortune cookie and it says ' Calmness is the cradle of power' - loving that little bit of wisdom, I think I will keep that in my head as a mantra when things get a bit frazzled here :-)


  1. ohh how wonderful, you done the curtains the cushion and put our threads into that gorgeous bottle, i mean it was only yesterday when you was talking about it all. i told you sewing on the machine was very addictive... ps i would just like to confirm that there was a screen between me and the person who walked in so couldnt see anything but hey how can you keep relaxed x x

  2. I sooo love your little playhouse curtains and the sweet children's cushion! You have been very busy making lovely things! I'm glad you've got a new sewing machine too, there will be no stopping you now...Btw I also received a lot of those gorgeous threads when i bought a sewing machine a while ago..such a colourful treat! Have a lovely weekend, Zoe.
    Helen x

  3. I bought the same jars foe Amy! What a bargain!

    Love your brand new friend!

  4. Love the curtains but how did I miss those jars?!
    Have you entered my give-away over at the Priddy Priddy blog...I can just see it looking very much at home in the playhouse!

  5. What a lovely new toy to play with!
    Those curtains look very cute. And the cushion is just lovely.
    That reminds me, I started a tapestry when I was expecting my little one. He is nearly 5 now. Hmmm. You've inspired me to dig it out and see if I can finish it! I always imagined I'd put it on the wall, but I now think a cushion's a much better idea!
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  6. Glad you got your lovely new machine and hope that you will become close friends and create many more lovely things together! Love that ribbon you have added to the fab cushion. That fortune cookie quote is good and something I must keep in mind when I get in a strop here too!

  7. well done on all your makes i can see that machine becoming your new best friend - my mums just given me back my Nannys one she borrowed, so i feel that 'making mind' back in gear! hehe.
    im not as clever as you though- your makes, especially the lovely cushion are really special ;0)xx your little'ns are so gonna love playing in the wendy house...i remember my friends daughters having a stairs in theirs and so wished i was 6 again hehehehe x

  8. So exciting :) Your'll soon use all those threads up at the rate your sewing........ the curtains are gorgeous, perfect for the childrens hideaway :)
    Sue Xxx

  9. What a great idea to make a cushion from the cross stitch. It looks great.

  10. Now the nights are drawing in this is an ideal new toy!

  11. How busy have you been!!!!!! Gorgeous little curtains and beautiful cross-stitch cushion!I love the 'I love you this much' tape. I wonder where it came from? Lucky children is all I can say. Have a good week. Ros

  12. Brilliant. I'm sure you'll get lots of use out of your new toy. The curtains are so pretty, I never got round to putting up curtains in our playhouse, though it is carpeted. The cushion is gorgeous, something for eldest Sweetpea to treasure.

  13. I just love those little curtains - such sweet fabric. Fortune cookies seem to always get it right, don't they?

  14. I am very impressed with your sewing already - there will be no stopping you now!

  15. Wow, you're going to have so much fun with your new toy!

  16. What a lovely post! So glad you're enjoying your new toy! How gorgeous is that little playhouse? Lucky Sweet peas. x

  17. What super curtains you bright and cheerful,your children will love them. I can see you new machine being well used ;0)
    Jane x

  18. I can tell you are enjoying your new machine. Your curtains and cushions look super.

  19. You are going to have so much fun with your new machine! I love the darling curtains you made for the playhouse and that lovely new pillow. It is so cute. I bet the children love having a home of their own. I remember always wanting a playhouse when I was little. My friend had one and I thought she was the luckiest little girl in the world.
    hugs from here...

  20. well you have been busy the sewing machine is so adictive and you can make anything really have fun with your machine xx

  21. I love love love my Janome :) It's a tad broken at the moment, so I'm using my Brother machine, and it's not nearly so nice to sew with! Here's to many years and many projects on your new toy!


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