Meet my new sewing machine!

She ( or possibly he?) is new to me πŸ™‚ He/she is a Husqvarna machine, and I’ve never had one of those before….so it has taken me quite a while to get used to all the little differences :LOL:

But the really special thing about my new sewing machine is that it isn’t JUST a sewing machine….it does embroidery too, all by itself!

Well, maybe not completely by itself, as I have to program it, thread it, line everything up etc. But you know what I mean :LOL:

You may have already seen some of this new sewing machine’s work on the Rainbow swallow Onbag (which is about half way down this post) but I have managed a few others which I haven’t yet shown you πŸ˜‰

My son's favourite one.

My son’s favourite one.

And my daughter's favourite ;)

And my daughter’s favourite πŸ˜‰

To celebrate finally mastering the new embroidery machine, I have decided to have a little Giveaway!! Yay!!

I will be doing it through the Facebook page. So as not to break any facebook rules, I have used an app labelled “Enter Giveaway” which you can find at the top of my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daisy-Chain-Creations/158538234164611

All that you need to do, is to suggest a name for this wonderful little sewing machine πŸ˜‰

The winner will get an embroidered zone, and can choose a few words of their own to be embroidered onto the reverse πŸ™‚

Little Red Riding Hood embroidery on a linen zone :)

Little Red Riding Hood embroidery on a linen zone πŸ™‚

The Giveaway will be drawn on Monday 6th May πŸ™‚

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Oops!

I realised to my horror that I haven’t updated this page in aaages, and I have four (yes, four!) new Onbags to put on….As I have so many, I’m just going to lump them all together in one big post, full of Onbaggy goodness πŸ˜‰

The first gorgeous Onbag to share with you is the Buddha bag πŸ™‚

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The front flap is made out of buddha fabric

This Onbag has classic red taffeta in the lining. There was only one yard of buddha fabric left at La Chakra, so we had to stretch it out πŸ˜‰ It stetched as far as the front flap, all the pockets and onto the zones – which I thought was pretty good!

Next up on the catwalk is a Musical Onbag.

First, the inside....so that you can see the lovely musical notes on the fabric :)

First, the inside….so that you can see the lovely musical notes on the fabric πŸ™‚

The front pocket has a stripe of print fabric across it to make it stand out ;)

Next, the front pocket with it’s snazzy stripe of print fabric πŸ˜‰

And lastly, the Onbag worn back-pack style!

And lastly, the Onbag worn back-pack style!

The last of the three Onbags to show you

This is a photo of the whole Onbag set..

This is a photo of the whole Onbag set..

What you can’t see clearly from this photo is that all the children in the family have their initial monogrammed in various places on this Onbag.Β  Now, that should have been an easy thing to do – but my new embroidery machine was super-stubborn, and nearly got kicked out of the window when it refused to do as it was asked :LOL: Finally, after much blood, sweat and tears, we got there and I was really pleased by the overall effect πŸ™‚

The final Onbag in this post is another one that I have embroidered πŸ™‚

It has taken me a long time to get going with the machine embroidery and I will tell you a little more about that in the next post (along with a few pics of embroideries that I have done πŸ˜‰ )

But after a few weeks, perseverance finally paid off, and I was able to download this lovely rainbow swallow design from Urban threads, and embroider it on the front flap of the bag. What do you think? I LOVE it myself πŸ˜‰

Silver grey drill fabric with salt and pepper print :)

Silver grey drill fabric with salt and pepper print πŸ™‚

And here is a close-up of the swallow, just in case you couldn’t see it clearly enough on the last picture πŸ˜‰

Rainbow swallow embroidery

Rainbow swallow embroidery

I’ll pop back in a couple of days to tell you all about my new embroidery machine, plus news of a little giveaway too πŸ™‚

Nadya, by Alexander Henry

This week, I have been sewing an onbag Classic and zones for Sarah, made out of purple cord and Alexander Henry’s gorgeous ‘Nadya’ fabric. Sarah has had to be very patient though (many apologies) as I haven’t really been all that well so it has taken me aaagees…It doesn’t help that two small people are rattling around at home this week, as they are still on holiday from school. It is really lovely to have them here withe their chatter and play, but it does hamper progress somewhat :LOL:

The little nook in my sewing room is still provingΒ  useful as a photography stand!

An Onbag Classic, brick zone and cube zone:)

An Onbag Classic, brick zone and cube zone:)

Using the handy side-loops, an Onbag can easily be turned into a backpack :)

Using the handy side-loops, an Onbag can easily be turned into a backpack πŸ™‚

The side pockets are made out of print fabric.

The side pockets are made out of print fabric.

You can see the rear zippered pocket on the inside of the bag.

You can see the rear zippered pocket on the inside of the bag.

My Studio!

I am a very lucky girl, and have a WHOLE room in our new house that I can dedicate solely to the pleasure of sewing πŸ™‚

However, the house needed quite a bit of tender loving care when we moved in, as she had grown quite shabby and she badly needed a facelift…..so my room was relegated to the ‘dreams and plans’ listΒ  rather than the ‘Let’s get going!’ one. 😦

So, I was super-excited this weekend, when my Dear Husband agreed that the time had now come to do a little prettifying in my sewing room – Yay! We ordered a couple of book shelves – a Billy Bookcase from Ikea, which is nice and cheap at Β£35, and an Expedit, which cost a little more…..but is HUGE!

And then I set to work with the paint brush and roller to spruce up the paintwork a little….and boy! Did it take some sprucing before it looked good…. 4 coats of paint later and I was finally satisfied. If I tell you that I used up one whole 5L can of paint. you probably wouldn’t be that surprised, but when I tell you that I only actually painted ONE wall, you’ll see what I mean :LOL:

After the wall was painted, we unwrapped the shelves, and my very lovely husband made them for me. And then came the best bit – wrapping up all my fabric around pieces of cardboard so that it looked neat and tidy, then stashing it all nicely on the pristine white shelves πŸ™‚

Now, I’m going to take a really big breath here, and show you the pictures of how it used to look….Please bear in mind that I am not the tidiest person in the world, and be gentle with me πŸ˜‰

These are the shelves that did most of the work storing all my pretty bits and pieces of fabric. Even though I tidied them every couple of months, they never seemed to stay tidy for long 😦

These were the shelves where most of my fabric was stored.

These were the shelves where most of my fabric was stored.

And now……Ta Dah!!!

Much better now :)

Much better now πŸ™‚

It just lifts my heart every time I look at them πŸ™‚

The other corner of the room was just as bad…probably worse actually :LOL:

Eek-I must learn to be tidier!

Eek-I must learn to be tidier!

But now it looks like this….

This is where all the large pieces of fabric are stored.

This is where all the large pieces of fabric are stored.

Which is much better!

And you can see that there is handy little nook where I can photograph my bags too- bonus!!

Many apologies for the rubbish photo….

….but at least the Onbag itself is very beautiful πŸ™‚

This is a classic Onbag made out of purple cord, paired with the delightful Amy Butler fabric “Alchemy”

The Alchemy fabric is an unusual shade of jade/turquoise, and is reminiscent of a vintage fabric with it’s large butterflies and the green and pink colour combination on their wings.

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I have had to hurry this bag along so that it can go away on it’s holidays on the 6th, so I hope that it arrives at it’s new home in plenty of time and that it remembers to send me a postcard :LOL:

There is also another bag underway for this Mama, but I am keeping it under wraps for the moment…..you’ll have to come back in a few weeks to see that one πŸ˜‰

My first ‘nude’ Purple Onbag!

I bought some purple cord a little while ago, and have been desparate to use it πŸ™‚ I must confess that I have cut a few bits off to use on my own projects, such as my kindle cover, but the majority of the fabric bolt has been waiting patiently under my bed.

It has come out from under the bed a couple of times to be dyed and transformed into aΒ  lovely, rich aubergine, but has never yet been seen ‘nude’ as it were LOL

So when I got an order in to make a purple bag I was very excited! And here it is….

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The flap of the bag and both side pockets have decorative strips of fabric along them too πŸ˜‰