Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Hols and a winner......

  




  










The Easter holidays have passed by in a flash.  

In the main each day has followed the same routine:

* Watching an early morning family movie... the concept of having a lie in hasn't yet been grasped by the younger generation

* Playing with hama beads...honestly I could get seriously addicted to them :: Edited 22nd April I forgot to say.......Pinterest is a great source for the Star Wars designs and the Rose design was taken from a cross stitch chart from 'Stitch and Sew Home by Eline Pellinkhof

* Eating Easter cornflake cakes.... we never need an excuse to make these

* Easter crafting...lots of Easter crafting

* Going for an afternoon stroll, bike ride or scoot.... sometimes round the block, sometimes across the fields and on Good Friday to one of our favourite country haunts

* A spot of gardening or general jobs around the house 

* I've even managed a bit of sewing....more of this next time

Happy Days!

Now moving on to the Giveaway....thank you so much for all your lovely comments both here and on our Facebook page........I'm sure however you would like to know who has won........ Penny and I are delighted to announce that .......


We look forward to hearing from you Kate.

Thank you so much for visiting me here and I wish you a very happy week...back soon!

Friday, 18 April 2014

A little celebration and giveaway...


Hang out the flags and lets eat cake........Pretty Fabrics and Trims is 2 years old ......wow how time flies! When we pressed that button 'Publish' we really didn't know how things were going to go....... would working together as a mother and daughter team be a success..... would anyone purchase anything from us...... would our ethos be well received..... 



Thankfully....Mum and I are still best friends.........we've packed lots and lots of parcels full of loveliness......and we've cut up many metres of fabric in to our unique small and mini pieces.......phew!!!

So as a huge thank you, we thought we would have a little giveaway....... we've filled up a bundle box with a selection of some of our favourite spring coloured goodies.......... here's what's inside......

15 Mini pieces of Sevenberry florals, dots and stripes..... 

15 metres in total of gorgeous ribbons, ric rac.......
 .......and lace

100 candy coloured small buttons

and finally 2 of our very special 'made with love' buttons


So if you would like to enter, here's what you will need to do: 

First off..... simply leave a comment below to say that you would like your name to be entered into the hat.

For a second chance.....be or become a follower of this blog, now this can be done in a variety of ways, either by subscribing by email (click the box in the right hand column) or via Bloglovin or by some other preferred method and then leave a second comment below to let me know which way you do.

The Giveaway is also running on our Facebook page so if you're really keen, you can pop over and enter there.

We will happily post worldwide so everyone, from everywhere is most welcome to enter! 

The Giveaway is open until 11am GMT Sunday 20th April 2014 and a winner will be picked at random from all the entries combined here and from Facebook. We will announce a winner after 6pm on Monday 21st April 2014. 

The small print.......
No cash alternative can be offered. We will cover all postage costs. The winner will be announced both here and on our Facebook page and we will request that the winner get in touch by email. If we have not heard from said winner within 7 days, then we reserve the right to redraw. This competition is run by Pretty Fabrics and Trims and is in no way Sponsored, Endorsed, Administered by, or associated with Facebook.

GOOD LUC!






:: UPDATED 20th April 2014 Thank you so much for all your entries and very kind comments....the Giveaway is now closed, back tomorrow with details of the winner! xo



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!