Christmas All Through the House!


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Author: Chris Malone

Genre: Non-Fiction, Crafts.

Published: July 2015

Pages: 48 pages

With Christmas quickly approaching, I’m sure many of us are turning our thoughts to decking the halls and putting up the tree – if you haven’t already! If you’re a crafter you know there is nothing more satisfying than hanging your own decorations each year, for you and your visitors to admire. This year, Annie’s Craft Store and Search Press have brought out the most irresistible collection of stunning quilting projects for all abilities, that you will love making and hanging year after year!

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Kawaii Halloween Swap


Since it is Halloween tomorrow I thought I would share with you the items that I sent and received in the Kawaii Halloween Swap! This was a swap organised on Instagram a few months ago and I couldn’t resist signing up! Halloween is my favourite holiday and I cannot resist anything Kawaii so it was the perfect swap for me! Thanks to a drop up shortly after sign ups I manage to steal a last minute spot for the swap and I was thrilled! It was the first Instagram craft swap I had taken part in and it was a great experience – I’d definitely get involved in another one in the future!

Here are the items that I sent to my partner Snow:


As usual, I had planned to make loads of stuff that I didn’t have time to complete before the shipping deadline! But overall I was pleased with everything that I put together for the package and Snow really seemed to like everything which was great. I’m always anxious my partner will be disappointed with what I send!

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A love affair with my sewing machine (including my first wearable!)

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!

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23 Before 23 – The Review

For those of you who have been with my blog for a while, you will know that for the last few years I have done a challenge every year, setting the same number of goals as the age I will be on my next birthday. Last year I turned 23, so after my 22nd birthday, I set my 23 before 23 goals. As we all know, 2014 was absolute chaos for me, so I didn’t end up dedicating any time to my goals at all! However, I am going to review them all the same, but I’m not expecting any spectacular results!

1. Make a dress – This one is still on the list! I’m ashamed to think of how long I have had the supplies ready and just not made any progress with it! It is a little more tricky now, as never having made clothes before, I want my Mum to help me through the steps to make sure I’m doing everything right (Mum’s know best of course!) but now that I have moved out, we haven’t yet managed to arrange a day when she can come over and help me through it! I’m hoping to get a day arranged soon though so I can make a start on all of the dressmaking projects I have in mind!

2. Complete 10 cross stitch projects – Looking back at this, ten projects was probably rather ambitious! At the beginning of the year I was on a bit of a roll and manage to complete 4 projects, which you can see in my 2014 Project Gallery, and at the end of the year I went on to finish my Once Upon A Time Sampler and my Liberty kit, which can be seen in my 2015 Cross Stitch Projects post. I don’t think I completed anything in between that I haven’t included, so I’m going to say that I managed 6, which I don’t actually think is that bad! This year there is no way I will achieve 10 as the projects I am working on are so big. However, if I can finish all of the projects that I have got planned for this year, I will be very happy to call that an achievement.


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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.


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

2014 Lust List: Craft Books

As a bookseller, new books come to my attention all of the time, and I am responsible for the craft section at work, I can say that browsing the internet for new craft books is ‘research.’ So, on a pretty slow day when I had finished all of the jobs I decided to have a browse of some of the new craft books due out in 2014. I was incredibly surprised at how many amazing titles were set for release! It is clear to see that crafts are growing in popularity, with so many new, good quality titles becoming available, and the next six months look like they are packed with some amazing releases!

I have narrowed down my (very) long wishlist down to ten titles that look absolutely amazing, and I am eager to get my hands on them this year. Most of them have not yet been released, but some of them came out towards the end of 2013, so I will share them in order of release date for you. You can click on the photos to be taken to the image sources.

1. Cut It, Sew It, Stow It: Organizers for Your Home
Released: 8th November 2013

So, one of my 23 before 23 this year was to get organised; one was to have a clear out of unnecessary stuff; and one was to craft with my stash; this book allows me to do all three!!! This lovely book has a range of designs that will help you to organise all areas of your house, allowing you to de-clutter on the way! There are also some designs that would make great gifts, and they give you the chance to try out new skills.

Get your copy here: Cut It, Sew It, Stow It: Organizers For Your Home (Annie’s Sewing)

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My 23 Before 23!

Happy New year! I hope you all had a great one 🙂

Right, I have finally finished deciding on my 23 items to complete in the year before I am 23! It seems an apt time to share them since everyone is sharing their resolutions at the moment! Here they are:

1. Make a dress.
Yep, this one is a hangover from last year. I have already got the fabric, the thread, the zip and the pattern, the only thing that I am lacking is time! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one will come off this year!

2. Complete ten cross stitch projects.
I’m aware this may seem strange, as it is more ambitious than one that I didn’t complete last year! Last year I wanted to complete seven cross stitch kits to clear through some of my stash, but I didn’t manage it. This year, however, I am not just limiting myself to ‘kits’ but to ‘projects’. I have an abundance of patterns, books and magazines that I have never used, so I have cancelled my subscription with the intention of spending my time stitching the designs instead of just admiring them! I haven’t picked 10 specific projects for the year, I will just stitch what I fancy although I already have a few in mind and in progress. I have also gone through all of my magazines and put sticky notes on all of the designs that I want to stitch! But those will keep me busy long after 2014…

3. Read 20 books of my choice.
Last year I amazed myself at how well I did with this one. Not that reading 20 books is the challenge…it is finding time to justify reading 20 non-university books! This year my teaching finishes in May, then I officially leave university in September (eek!) so it won’t be long before my university reading is at an end forever, which might help me get a little closer to my goal this year!

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What I was busy doing in my break

So, I know that my blog was neglected for a while when I was revising for my exams and writing essays but fortunately my crafting wasn’t! I have been really busy improving my sewing skills and working on several cross stitch pieces!

Before I show you those though, here is an update on my Not Your Average Crochet CAL:



Week three is done! I spent Saturday quickly finishing my Dad’s Father’s Day card ready for Sunday morning, so I had completely forgotten about the CAL. It made a really nice surprise to find it as I was browsing through my reader, so I spent Sunday evening after work busily stitching the next few rows…I’m really impressed with how quickly it is growing! I can’t wait to get the next set of instructions tomorrow.

Now, here are some of the projects that I have been working on recently:

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A Good Day for Post

It isn’t the first time I have shared my love of post on my blog…last August I wrote about how much I loved receiving exciting parcels and letters in the post and on Friday I was unexpectedly inundated with it!

The first letter that I opened, while probably the least exciting for you to read about, was the most exciting one for me!

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I have been offered a place on the MA course that I applied for! I am so excited! I was starting to worry because I hadn’t heard anything for a while but since this has come through the door I have felt much better! All I have to do now is to get a good reference and a 2.1…no pressure then!

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Ebay Win! And a few more craft books for good measure…

A little while ago I came across a beautiful knitting project on Vic’s Knits. The project was the Chablis jumper from Rowan’s knitting book, Parisian Nights. I instantly fell in love with the design and the more I looked into the Parisian Nights book, the more I knew that I wanted it! The book contains twelve stunning patterns and more than half of them I want to get started on straight away!

even though my knitting skills aren’t advanced enough to tackle the projects yet, I had a search on eBay to see if there was a second hand copy for sale – I was in luck! There was a copy listed for the bargain price of 50p but it was an auction item. I love buying items from eBay but I rarely opt to bid for things because I often forget when items end or the prices shoot up beyond what I can afford. This time though, I put a bid in for 50p and, remembering only 6 minutes before it ended, I checked the item again and put a final bid in as there were other bidders fighting for it and miraculously I won! And it was an absolute bargain at only £5.25 including postage!

And this is what dropped through my door yesterday:

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