Agh, I fell behind big time with this - I have so many draft posts done that I wanted to try and clear some of them last week. I've combined Weeks 7 and 8 in this post, and I'll pop Week 9 up next Wednesday.
Week 7: Instagram Round-Up!
I've been neglecting instagram a little of late, in favour of talking shite on Snapchat (sharonleavy). You can find me on instagram at behindgreeneyes83, and here are a few of my recent posts.
Fakeaway - Slimming World chips with Prawn/Veg Stir Fry - was yummmmmmmy!
Card - Cross Stitch Baby Card
Eyelash Envy - One of my twins has the longest eyelashes I've ever seen!
Salted Caramel Green Tea - Smells great, tastes like green tea
Tá - Yes Equality in Longford Town
Woods - Out for a walk early one morning and spotted these flowers!
Card #2 - First Communion Card
Lips - MAC Stripdown liner and necklaces from New Look
YES - Saw this just after voting, it was lovely.
Week 8: Tips or Advice on Something You're an Expert At
I thought about this for ages - I could pretty much ace any Friends or Buffy quiz you throw at me, but I suppose the thing I'm best at is cross stitching - I've been doing it for nearly 17 years now and I love adapting patterns and making my own. This next bit may seem bizarre for June - but you don't want to be leaving this stuff until November, it takes too long. Seriously, I have a few to do this year and I'll be starting them shortly. So I present - how to make a cross stitch Christmas Stocking!
You can find patterns easily online now - Pinterest is fantastic. Sometimes I like to take designs and chart them out myself, adding my own touches. There are also lots of magazines - they're expensive, with most coming in around the €7 mark, but you'll have them for life. I've a pile of them in a press that I have gone back to several times. Cross stitch material is called Aida - it comes in different "counts" (squares per inch). A design stitched on 18 count Aida will turn out smaller than a design stitched on 12 count. I usually stick to 14 count, it's a nice in-between size.
I chose a bear pattern for Darren's stocking and a Santa one for Edward, both found on Pinterest. It took me about six weeks to stitch both. I don't follow the colour key - I just use whatever colours I have that are close to the ones in the patterns.
When I finished stitching, I got some red cotton fabric in a local sewing shop and tacked the design to it, good side down.
Then I sewed around the outlines, going over it twice.
I cut the excess fabric off the sides.
Then I turned it inside out to check it was okay!
Next, the fur - I turned the stocking inside out again for this. I bought a length of fur in the sewing shop. I find this hard to work with - it tends to shed when it's cut, so I folded it over and sewed it together before attaching it so that I wouldn't have bits falling off. I used white thread doubled to attach it to the top of the stocking, making sure the aida stayed on the wrong side.
Next - the braid. You can get lengths of cord for edging cushions that has a bit of extra material attached, if you were using that you could sew it in to the stocking when joining the aida to the backing. I couldn't find that locally, so I used a piece of braid without the extra piece and sewed it carefully to the edge. Right side out for this, just pull one edge up under the fur, make a loop for hanging, and sew in place on the inside. Use red thread to secure it the whole way along the edge.
And that's it, really. When I had done them both, they looked like this:
Hopefully the lads will keep them safe!
Do you have a hidden expertise in something? I'd love to know what everyone's secret talent is!
The other ladies taking part in the collab are here: