Since attending the blogger meet up in Dewsbury, I have felt inspired to dust off my sewing machine and finish some projects that have been ongoing for quite some time now. I’d put a few sewing projects on hold because I either still needed some bits and pieces to get them finished, or I hadn’t found a day that I could set aside to get my sewing machine out. However, recently I have felt motivated to get some of my abandoned projects finished and checked of my WIP list!
Hello! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week? I know I have because on Wednesday I went to my first ever blogger meet up! When I lived in Hull there didn’t seem to be much of a blogging community, so I was thrilled when I heard that Ali from Thimberlina was arranging a sewing bloggers meet up in Dewsbury…just ten minutes down the road from where I now live!
And look how many people turned up! At various points throughout the day there was a total of 15 people there which was wonderful! It was great to be introduced to a like minded community of sewers…I learnt a lot from them! In the photo above we have, left to right – Margaret, Katrina, Corrine, Rachel, Amanda, Ali, Jeanie, Katharine, Nee, Me, Fiona and Dee. Not all of the ladies are bloggers but for the ones who are I will link up the blogs below…make sure to check them all out! Continue reading
So, while I was on my unintended lengthy break from blogging, I did succeed in putting my time to good use by doing an excessive amount of crafting! I have recently been on a bit of a run in working my way through the projects that I have had lying around for a long time. Many of them were small craft kits that have been building up in my stash that I really wanted to complete and cross off my list. They have been a really good way to pass winter weekends when it has been cold and wet outside, plus it has seriously cut down my backlog of craft projects in my stash – which is always a good thing! I’m still on a purging spree and I’m trying to refrain from buying too many new craft supplies until I have put the ones that I have got to good use! So anyway, here is a summary of what I have been up to for the last few months while I have been out of blogging!
One of my very quick but favourite crafts over Christmas was this adorable Christmas bunting. It was a kit that I picked up on a trip to Rose Apothecary the year before and I finally got round to making it for Christmas 2014! It was really quick and easy to do because the fabric squares were already pre-cut, so I just had to pin and sew them to the binding. It was a project that only took a matter of minutes but the finished project looks really adorable and I’m so pleased with it!
While we’re on the subject of Christmas, how do you like my paperchains? Probably not fully qualifying as a craft project, me and James still had a lot of fun putting these together! When I was younger I used to spend hours stringing together miles and miles of paperchains at Christmas, and I had bought a couple of packs of these waiting to put them to good use. It was fun to spend our first Christmas in our new house doing a project like this together in the run up to Christmas and I swear you are never too old to make paperchains! Continue reading
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The other day I received an email from Cloud 9 Fabrics showing a preview of some of their new releases. The preview featured these adorable little foxes, which I had to explore further! After nipping over to the website, I discovered that the foxes AND some equally cute raccoons were due for release shortly. When I checked back on pay day…they were available! It was a sign surely? Continue reading
I have had a productive start to February! Today was my holiday from work, before going back to University tomorrow. I have been pretty run down the last couple of days with some mystery illness (cold/throat infection type thing…) so I decided to have a relaxing day in my pjs. I can never quite justify doing nothing though, so I put my time to good use by doing some crafting. I made a gift for my pen pal Stef, but I will only share it once she has received it. I can show you my other project though. I took advantage of having the house to myself for the afternoon to work on a secret project for my Mum for mother’s day. I know that mother’s day isn’t until March, but trying to find time to do it in secret is tricky! I wanted to stitch her a fabric basket to put some paper goodies in it, and this is what I created:
I used some Nancy Drew fabric, as my Mum loved reading the books when she was growing up, then I read them with her when I was young too. I thought it would make a lovely box to hold her presents and I love how it has turned out. You can get the link to the tutorial here. And here it is filled with her favourite scented Body Shop goodies! Continue reading
Happy Halloween everyone! Continue reading
I’ve been keeping myself busy with my crafts again this week, around my graduation that is! I have done my weekly CAL so I’m up to here:
The next set of instructions is out today so I am looking forward to the next few rows! You can also see my new tin in the photo…I bought this in Scarborough after a trip to the beach this week and it is the new home for the ATC’s that I have received….they have a lovely snug fit in there 🙂
I also managed to finish the maxi skirt that I have been working on for a while! Continue reading