Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Fabric, Yarn & Hand stitching

Hello! I am still here. It has been a while since my last post. Life has been more busy with all 3 children attending primary school. I'm trying to keep up with everything. The kids are on school holidays and it is nice not having to race out the door in the morning for school drop off. I hope your children are enjoying the holidays too. We just got back from my sisters. It was nice to visit with my parents and some siblings. The cousins had fun watching Big Hero 6, playing in the backyard and sharing a meal together 

I would like to share photos of recent creations I've made

{ Patchwork mousepad }

I thought it was appropriate to hand stitch 'I love you' in both Korean and English, as the patchwork mousepad is for our bedroom. I used Pam Kitty fabric with a little Scrumptious fabric. This is inspired by nanaCompany 'Ticker Tape patchwork'

I made a couple of { crochet jar cosies }

Inspired by Attic 24

Cushions for our lounge room 

{ Cloud cushions }

for the kids

Pirates for Mr J

Bugs for Mr D

Seaside theme for Miss Y

{ Patchwork cushion }

I used Pam Kitty fabric by Pam Vieira-McGinnis

I did not use a pattern, created by me!

Cross stitch rose fabric for the back

{ Picking Apples - patchwork cushion }

I used The Simple Life fabric by Tasha Noel

Added some hand stitching 

I did not use a pattern, created by me!

{ Milk, Sugar & Flowers craft bag }

Beautiful fabric by Elea Lutz

My first attempt at English Paper Piecing

I did not use a pattern, created by me!

Great size for storing my crochet colour block blanket. 
I'm using Bendigo Woollen Mills wool yarn. 
It is soft and lovely to work with

Next post I'll share the progress of my blanket

Do you use Instagram? Come follow me at squeeze_cuddles

Have a beautiful day, Julia xx

Monday, December 22, 2014

I've had fun handstitching

I can't believe it is December 22

I have found some time to enjoy handstitching
nanaCompany gorgeousness

I made enough mittens for our family
including one for our precious Border Collie
 who passed away a few years ago

I have admired Amy's beautiful handmade creations 
for quite a while

The pretty handstitched details, the sweet fabrics, 
gorgeous designs and her exquisite patchwork!

I liked piecing the patchwork and sequins on this mitten

The handstitching on the edge is the perfect touch

I made a pom pom for this sweet mitten

Plus, cute polkadot bias tape to peg the mittens

Here is the nanaCompany felt mitten pattern

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I'm in the process of making Christmas stars

Also, inspired by nanaCompany!

Last year, I made this needle book using the sweetest fabric. . .

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Before next Christmas I want to make Tall Tall Trees

Amy has just released the pattern

Available in her Etsy shop 

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I also want to make this Advent Calendar

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Enjoy time with your family and friends

Julia xx

A Christmas video for you! 

{ If the video doesn't appear click the link above }

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Hubby arrived home on Monday. He traveled to Japan with a friend

A 10 day trip!

( Origami paper and Washi tape. Love these!! )

( Lollies and an Eraser set for the kids )

Our friend showed my hubby various parts of Japan for when we go back

Hopefully. . . next year!!!

. . . for our 20th Wedding Anniversary 

  ( A beautiful handbag for me. I love it! )

( Fabric colour is dark burgundy with a thin navy blue stripe )

Very elegant! 

I was so happy when they arrived home

To help restore my sanity!!

( More treats to share. Sakura Kit Kat is yummy )

( Chocolate with Almond is so good )

( Crackers, Lollies and Marshmallows )

We all missed Abba (Dad)

( Various facial masks ) 

The kids have welcomed him home with squeeze cuddles, 
tickles, 'pancake Abba' (they all lie on top of Abba and laugh their heads off)

It has been wonderful to have him home again!!

Hubby bought me a surprise gift 
from Miyajima Island

So pretty! 

Since I was a little girl I have loved jewellery 

My dear Grandmother used to call me 'Jewels'

Have a lovely day, Julia

Monday, December 01, 2014

Merry Christmas

December has arrived!

This year has gone by so quick

Gifts I gave to the ladies I visit teach

A friend and I visit some ladies from our church once a month or contact them to see how they are going, if they need help with anything and share a spiritual message

A Christmas message is hiding under the lid

I was planning on baking Brownies to fill the jars however I haven't been well lately and family life has been hectic in recent weeks. I decided to buy some yummy Natural Confectionery Co. lollies. Added some toy stuffing (for snow effect) and a gold 'Merry Christmas'. Trimmed with Christmas fabric and twine

Last night we had dinner at my parents

Yummy food

After dinner we took our kids for a walk
 in their neighbourhood to see Christmas lights

We also saw a kangaroo
A lovely surprise
The kids were so excited!!

My Mum gave us some Gingerbread stars to take home

I had one for morning snack. Delicious!

Enjoy the festive season with your family and friends

Julia xx