January is nearly over - that was quick, where did it go? - and unlike previous years, I have a few things to show off.
You see, after the big rush of making things for Christmas (and don't get me wrong, I really enjoy it) the urge to craft usually has a big sleep in January. But not this year, thanks to the super-organised Chookyblue and her latest Stitch-A-Long.
I joined up because I needed something to kick-start my stitching year and because I liked the projects and because I already had all three of the books involved (Red Home and Tis the Season, both by Natalie Bird, and Anni Downs' Some Kind of Wonderful). January's projects - Anni's shoe bag, with its quirky applique, and Natalie's easy and fabulously useful thread catcher, were completed a few weeks ago and I've made a start on the stitchery for the bag which is the next project.
Two simple drawstring bags were made in response to an appeal from the ladies at the Quilted Crow in Tasmania for library bags to be filled with books donated by a local bookshop and given to children affected by the awful fires in that State. What a lovely thought, and since books and reading are dear to my heart, and I once lived not far from the area worst affected, I was happy to take part. Unfortunately, only one of the bags was posted; I lost the other one in the local shopping centre carpark on the way to the post office and only found it after it had been run over many times and was covered in oily tyre-tracks. Note to self: be more careful in future.
The highlight of my year so far was last week's meeting with Teresa from All Things Vintage. Teresa is from Queensland and we have 'known' each other in Blogland for several years now and for a time belonged to an online stitching group. She was in Melbourne for the tennis and last Sunday she, her brother and partner had a road trip to Ballarat and beyond. It was so good to meet her at last; she's every bit as lovely as I knew she would be. We had a delicious breakfast in a quirky little cafe in the main street, chatted non-stop about all sorts of things and afterwards stood in the sunshine while my husband Peter took a photo of us. I hate having my photo taken because I usually look smirky or sullen, but it turned out so well I've pinched it from Teresa's blog (I'm the short one).
So that's January - come on, February, I'm ready for you.
I love reading, stitching,music, my garden, my dogs and my family.I chose Little Red Hen as my blog name because I'm short, used to have bright red hair and as a wee Scottish girl growing up in New Zealand was frequently called Hen, a Scottish term of endearment.
January: Thread catcher; appliqued shoe bag.
February: Red Home bag.
March: Knitted baby shoes; embroidered pincushion.
April: 4 little drawstring bags; felt scissor ornament; little strawberry scissor ornament; SAL Christmas wall hanging.
July: 3 zakka drawstring bags.
August: Felt flower brooch; Christmas table runner; Red Fawn embroidered hoop ornament; knitted baby shoes; chunky knitted scarf.
September: Baby's socks; baby's knitted hat; 4 little drawstring bags; 2 embroidered ornaments framed in a hoop.
October: Embroidered hoop-framed Xmas ornament; 2 wool pincushions; 2 lavender sachets; 7 knitted washcloths; little drawstring bag; appliqued lavender sachet.
November: Potholder; 2 mini quilts; tote bag.
December: Strawberry handbag; toy bag; hoop-framed Xmas ornament;
JANUARY: Cushion cover; wool pincushion.
FEBRUARY: Girl's knitted hat; appliqued cushion cover; clutch purse.
MARCH: Skinny fabric scarf; cushion cover.
APRIL: Lavender-scented heat pack; mobile phone pouch; skinny fabric scarf; cover for dog mattress; simple lavender sachet; embroidered fabric panel mounted on canvas.
MAY: Triangular log cabin pincushion.
JUNE: 2 knitted hats; knitted scarf; fabric scarf; little purse; framed button tree stitchery.
JULY: Two triangular log cabin pincushions.
AUGUST: Sunbonnet Sue Christmas table mat; patchwork cushion cover; simple table runner;applique on 2 Tshirts; embroidered wall hanging; simple lavender sachet; little notebook cover; little wallet;small drawstring bag.
SEPTEMBER: 2 small drawstring bags; man's hanky sachet; felt flower brooch; Nicole M Designs' lavender handbag.
OCTOBER: 3 different Christmas ornaments; child's applique T-shirt; SSCS main gift and accessory;
NOVEMBER: SSCS Christmas ornament; 2 Cherry Christmas framed ornaments;Phoebe handbag;little drawstring bag.
DECEMBER: 2 little drawstring bags;
OPAM finishes 2011
Fabric flower brooch ; 2 covered coathangers; little fabric origami gift pouch;little Easter treats bag; bag and tissue cover (FIS swap); 2 covered coathangers;2 cushion covers; oval clutch purse; 4 wool pincushions; needlecase; embroidered framed picture; "Vintage" wall hanging; embroidered hanky bag; embroidered brooch; FIS Xmas in July stocking; 2 skinny fabric scarves; 3 kids' knitted beanies; baby's quilt; library bag; 3 framed button tree stitcheries.
two girls' handbags; purse with frame;4 children's knitted coathanger covers; Christmas ornament; thread catcher; pincushion; Bliss wristlet purs; FIS Christmas gifts (covered coathanger, drawstring bag, tissue cover,framed button tree stitchery); 2 large Christmas ornaments; 2 small Christmas ornaments; GGCS swap bag; baby's hat; SSCS gift (table runner)drawstring bag in Aussie fabrics; fabric bonbon; tissue cover; wool pincushion; denim drawstring bag; wool felt pincushion.
OPAM challenge 2010
Bird in a Basket wall hanging; FIS stitchery; 2 little wallets; Larry the Lamb wool pincushion; Leanne Beasley-designed bag for FIS swap; purse with spring clip; scrappy flower needlecase: hexy brooch; 3 pocket tissue covers; 2 clutch purses; embroidered giraffe softie; heat pack; FIS paper bag project; Jodie's one-hour bag; 3 little Santa bags; SSCS gifts - cushion cover, 2 hexy ornaments, hexy coaster; fabric scarf; 2 more hexy ornaments; tissue cover; GGCS bag for Katherine in England; felt and fabric heart; felt strawberry needlecase; bag for Kerry; 2 appliqued teatowels