Monday, November 29, 2010

I miss my Janome

I've been crafting away whenever I get the chance lately and I have to say, I miss my Janome. I bought my very first sewing machine last year, a fantastic Janome that was well worth every cent. Because of the obvious baggage restrictions, I decided not to bring my trusty softie making machine over to Holland and instead bought a little cheapie Toyota over here. Since buying my new machine, I've discovered how to pull apart sewing machines and put them back together as it regularly does all sorts of frustrating things like leaking oil on my material and skipping stitches - it does my head in and I really should make use of the warranty but seeing as that involves having to learn sewing jargon in Dutch, I think I'll just stick to making use of my handy man skills. Anyway, when I'm not arguing with my sewing machine, I've been using it to whip up a few crafty items here and there...

Although we have now have the radiators on 24/7, I still feel the cold in our apartment (I think it's the high ceilings). So, I decided to whip up a cosy throw rug for the couch - I picked up this big piece of warm fleece at the markets and machine appliqu├ęd the tree and leaves. It took about an hour to put together and is nice and toasty!!!!

Brightening up a dull wall in the sun room - I bought some tins at the second hand shop and covered the lids in this bright material. I saw the idea online and it was simple and cost effective to make.


My very first attempt at a Dutch classic - BUNTING!!!! My Mum sent over some squares of beautiful Moda fabric a few months ago and I've been putting it to good use (used in all 3 projects). This bunting was so simple to make and I put it together with some ribbon. It brightens up our very dark hallway!

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