Happy Spring 2014 Blog Hop: My Relationship with Spring

Thank you for hopping over from Pretty Little Things In A Box!

A little while ago, I saw that Angela from Pretty Little Things in a Box was doing a Spring Blog Hop. I wanted to take part as I love reading Angela’s blog, and I wanted to discover other bloggers who do too! Plus, I have never taken part in a blog hop before and I love expanding my bloggy network!

The one downfall? I don’t like spring.

I know that a lot of people think this is pretty bonkers, but I have a few reasons:

1) I am a light sleeper so as soon as evenings and mornings start getting lighter, I start sleeping less. Even with ‘blackout’ curtains, I’m awake until it gets dark, and awake as soon as it gets light. I do use a sleep mask but that can be uncomfortable, but at least it helps. Continue reading

Mum’s Vintage Sewing Book

Book 1

 

The other day, my mum was having a clear out, and she came across this adorable vintage sewing book, which she had bought when she was younger. Her plan was to write her sewing projects in it, but she never got round to it, so when she unearthed it, it was still completely unused. Since she passed on her love of crafts to me, she also decided to pass on the book too.

Book 2

 

I love the adorable introduction, it is so cute! The font is pretty unusual and it did take me a while to get used to reading it! I love the beautiful illustrations too! Continue reading

Thank You To Secret Garden Quilting

You might remember that as part of my 23 Before 23, one of my goals for the year is to make a quilt. The quilt that really captured my heart was this spools quilt from the Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt and Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics book. I have been busy collecting the fabrics for this quilt, as I now have all of the 100 squares for the spool centres, and three of the 5 fabrics for the spool ends, but I still have to choose the rest of these, pick 5 different white on white fabrics for the sashing and get the backing and binding fabric.

spools

Because I’ve spent a lot of time (and money!) choosing, buying and cutting this quilt, I am worried that I may spoil it by using it as my first ever quilting practice! Because of this, I have picked out an easier quilt pattern that requires less pieces to practice on.

The quilt that I have chosen is from Material Obsession: Contemporary Quilt Designs by Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty. Continue reading

Very Berry Artist Trading Card Swap #3

A few weeks ago I sent my ATC for the third Very Berry ATC Swap! I have taken part in all of the swaps so far and every time I love it more and more! With each swap I am seeing my sewing skills improving which is great! I thought I’d share my latest swap with you:

The theme that we chose for this swap (well, one of the two themes in the end) was literature. Of course, as a literature student and a bookseller, it stood out for me as my ideal theme and I was really excited to get started! Then, rather guiltily, in the midst of University work, I completely forgot about it until Ali sent out a reminder! Fortunately, I did have some time that I could set aside to make my ATC, and this is what I produced: Continue reading

#100happydays

Ok so, I know I’m really slow on the uptake on this one! I have seen so many of the #100happydays photos around on various social media platforms, but I have never really looked into it. After spotting a few blog posts about it recently, I decided to look into it some more and what I discovered is really interesting!

The point of #100happydays is to get us to appreciate the little things in life that make us happy. In a world where we spend all of our time rushing around with busy schedules, people seem to forget to be happy. The most shocking fact of all…

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