Sunday 19 March 2017


A few years ago I made an old watch box into a sewing box to take on holiday. I love it so much I actually use it everyday and unfortunately the lid broke: this is my box as it was, I lined the inside too and made a small jar for orts, using the lid as a pin cushion.

A free design from Blue Ribbon Designs
Inside lined with sewing themed fabric
I have another watch box so thought I'd take the old one apart and fit the pieces to my new box .... but of course it's a different size !!

I didn't want to throw away my sampler so I carefully cut it out and it just fitted into a coaster - perfect for my coffee cup when I put it on the mantle (nearest place to the left side of my sofa)

Upcycled - my new coaster 
So I needed to make my new box into a sewing box. I lined the lid and added my beautiful Angel from Gill. The orts jar fits perfectly, in fact with it being slightly bigger I can fit my Thread Heaven in too.
My new box with it's lid lined and Gill's Angel 
This time I used a Brittercup Design chart I had in my stash
I also used spare threads I've had for ages from kits.
I have lots of thread left over from kits I did a while ago so I looked through as decided on a colour theme. I just need to order the button to go between the two leaves at the bottom of the design. I didn't expect to be stitching this or making a new box but I have enjoyed it.

I've stitched another ornament for my Winter Wonderland - it's a Little House Needleworks designs but without the border; Seven Pines

Ornament 4 for my Winter Wonderland tree
 I have stitched a few other things but at the moment they are under wraps. I have a few special pieces to stitch for this year so quite often I'll have to just give hints on my blog, sorry, but with my church stitching and the happenings at Needlecraft Haven there will be plenty to share.

This morning I have planted up a few spring flowers. Our garden is north facing so gets very little sun until late February/early March - I had to move my bulb pots to the top of the garden as the flowers were not appearing. Now they have had direct sun for a few weeks they are starting to bloom. It's very satisfying to put out spring flowers, get rid of the final dead leaves and general spruce the garden up for the new season to bloom.

Canterbury Bells, Primroses and Violas 
Violas, Pansies and Primroses
 I hope your gardens are beginning to bloom and your stitching is progressing too. Thank you for calling by :)


Kerryp77 said...

Very pretty pots. I love the watch box idea they are lovely. Two very pretty stitches there.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great idea to use a watch box with a stitched lid. I am glad that you were able to recycle the stitching into something useful too. It's such a pretty design, as is the replacement piece.

Justine said...

I'm so glad you were able to recycle your pretty design! You chose a great one for your replacement box too. Such a great idea and so useful.

Julie said...

The new design for the replacement box is perfect.
Gardens looking nice and colourful.

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

It's lovely to see your flowers. There aren't much sign of spring here yet, but I did notice the crocuses coming up at my parents' house Saturday. They are usually the first to pop out their heads.

I really like the idea of reusing your watch boxes to hold stitching things. Something I'll definitely have to think about doing in the future.

Christine said...

The new box is going to be fabulous Clare. Your garden is looking good too

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

It's lovely to see some colour in the garden again and your pots are now looking good.

I like the design you stitched for your sewing box. Will you be doing another journal, this time on how you made up your sewing box?

Brigitte said...

A great idea to save the used lid cover and turn it into a coaster.
Your new sewing box with the new stitched lid looks fantastic. And you found a very nice pattern to stitch and use for the lid.

FlashinScissors said...

It was a great idea to use your sweet stitching sampler as a coaster!
Your plants look lovely but, as I am playing catch up, I'm wondering if they are they still flowering?
We've had a lot of frost this last week, and some of our plants are suffering!
Love the pattern for your new lid too!
Barbara x