Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday shop news and a little skirt....

This week has pretty much been all about fabric, but not just any fabric, gorgeously soft Art Gallery Fabrics......

These have the most luxurious feel to the them, imagine Liberty Tana Lawns, but a little thicker.  They're suitable for patchwork and crafting, they would also make the most beautiful clothes.  For inspiration, take a peek at the Art Gallery website, they have created the most wonderful projects and look books for each of their collections......here's the one for Sweet as Honey and here's the one for Rapture.

We've also managed to get hold of these scrumptious Michael Miller fabrics....they're very shabby chic don't you think?


I succumbed to temptation and snaffling some of the lovely stripe for a little skirt for Poppy.....it's been a popular week for skirts... Marianne over at Ladybird Diaries has also been industriously stitching skirts for her daughter and Lazy Daisy Jones is hosting a Skirt Sew-a-long.  Here's my little contribution, it's definitely not couture, but it's perfect for some sunny Easter play......


First off, I measured Poppy from her natural waist to her knee and then added 1 1/2 inches (for the hem and waistband). Then I simply folded the fabric in half, matched the pattern, which is printed horizontally and stitched.  After turning through and pressing, I positioned the seam centre back.

I made a casing for the elastic at the top...

and for the bottom, I simply pressed up aprox 3/8" using the design of the pattern as a guide and then stitched some gingham ribbon over the top to conceal the raw edge.  This is great idea when you want a light weight hem or you've not got a great deal of fabric to play with!


All in all in took less than an hour and a smidge over half a metre of fabric (I have a very tall 6 year old)...now for the twirl test.....

and just one more........



Right back to the shop........on the ribbon and trim front, we did have a few new arrivals, here's my favourites picks of the week.........
The Hemp/Cotton ribbon can be found here, the Coastal themed ribbons here, the gorgeous grey Velvet ribbon here and Mini Ric Rac here where you'll also find lots more colours.

To finish here's a little mood board inspired by that gorgeous strawberry fabric and I'm already dreaming of fresh strawberries picked from the garden sat on our red polka dot picnic blankets.........
Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A pretty pastel Ta Dah.......


Now I know that I have what feels like a million WIP's in progress at the moment, however, I simply could not resist the temptation to join Chrissie Crafts and Lazy Daisy Jones Mand-a-Long.  I did so with some trepidation, my crochet to date has simply been Granny Squares, all be it I am mighty chuffed with my Grannies, this would mean following a pattern....gulp!!  


I chose Winks 12 round Mandala, although as a newbie I did find it a challenge...I certainly couldn't master a magic circle, although Chrissie thankfully gave some words of encouragement and I started mine with a chain circle.

There are also some holes where I've started/finished a round....however for my third ever piece of crochet, all in all I am very happy and can not wait to pick up my hook again....I've a cushion to finish!

Meanwhile, the Easter holidays are now in full swing, which means balancing family fun time with work....the weather has been helping and it would seem that Spring has sprung.......
 Back soon!


:: Linking up with Chrissie

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Saturday Shop News


Oh my goodness, this week seems to have flown by in a whirl....it's certainly been busy...packing parcels (thank you!!) end of term Easter fun and games at school and a very quick whiz round the house tidying and cleaning before the holidays began.  It is however Saturday again, so following on from last week, I thought I would share my favourite picks from this weeks new arrivals.  First up is this pretty pom pom trim in shades of pinky peach and mint, oh and look how they work with these lovely Grandma's Garden fabrics and buttons.....

Not so much a new arrival, however just to let you know our Tilda scrap bags are back in stock......if you would like one, be super quick they have been very popular since we added them to the website yesterday afternoon.

The MOST exciting delivery of the week was a big box full of Sevenberry pin dot, polka dots and stripes.....

These have been on our wish list for some time now.  I have quite a few already in my personal stash and recently used the ice blue stripe on the binding of my hexi mini quilt and the pink pin dot on Poppy's birthday rosette and I can honestly say they are a complete dream to sew with.  Mum and I also had great fun putting together some new bundles.....



love this custard yellow......


One of my favourite jobs is creating our colour mood boards for our Facebook page, apologies if you've already seen this one, but hopefully it will make you smile and think of Spring......
Have a lovely crafty weekend.

Back soon!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Work in progress



My little stack of grannies is surely and steadily growing and I now have enough for the front of my cushion cover..whoop whoop!!  I've made a start on the back, I'm going for one big Granny...how much fun are they to make.  


I've been asked a couple of times about the yarn that I using...it's  Drops Muskat and it is so lovely and soft.  I do love cotton, but I have to say it was a bit of a challenge initially as I found that it did split quite easily, but I'm finding the more experienced that I am getting, the less I am doing this.


It does come in a gorgeous range of colours as you can see here and whoops..some more just happened to find their way in to my shopping basket last night...I really must show some constraint I think!  Whilst I wait for it to arrive, let me share a few more pictures with you......


Let me introduce you to Mr Collared Dove.... yes I know that is not very exciting........


however look....can you see......

....... we also have Mrs Collared Dove and they have been very busy and industriously building a nest in the tree at the bottom of our garden......






Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Pretty Felt Bow Brooch Tutorial


I thought I would share a really quick and easy project with you.  Mum mentioned last year when I was busy making hair clips for Poppy's party that she would love a version as a brooch.  Great idea I thought.... so here's what I made as a gift for her for Mothers day.

To start off with, you'll need to print off the pattern.  To do so, highlight the picture below, then 'Right' click on your mouse, then select 'Open in a new window' and then print using the keys 'CTRL' and 'P'.  Please feel free to re-size the pattern should you wish.


Let's get started........ 

A little note on felt...there are many types of felt available.......acrylic felt, wool felt, soft wool/synthetic blend felt, however my personal preference is for a wool/rayon blend felt.  


Stitch through all the layers, to create the main bow.
Now we're moving on to the loop...

Just a little note...make sure that your stitches go through the loop and the back of the bow only, you do not want to see them from the front.
The stitches securing the brooch pin will hold the tail neatly in position.
As you did before, make sure these stitches go through the tail and the back of the bow, you do not want to see them from the front......  (sorry I know I'm repeating myself!)

.....and that's it you're all done!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and feel tempted to give it a go......let me know how you get on and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  Right I'm off to make one for myself and to eat the chocolates Poppy and Jamie got me for Mothers Day.  I hope that if you're a Mum you too have had a lovely day!