Saturday, 18 April 2015

Weekly round up...

Time for a weekly round up, it's been a busy one (again) but we have absolutely no plans for the weekend. Maybe we'll get some more decorating done or pop into the garden for an afternoon tea yum!!! As long as it's relaxing I don't mind :D  

This week I've been trying to get this gorgeous beauty finished, I feel like I'm on the home stretch with it now. Main body is all sewn together along with a the small components. All that's left is the lining and construction of all the pieces together. 

I also had a couple of orders for decorations to make (no mention of the C word just yet lol) I still love sitting on an evening hand sewing these, I find it so theraputic. I did think that you would all call me crazy for posting photos of these so early in the year but hey if you lovely people order them I am happy to make them. It always feels strange sewing them when the sun is shining though.

The Gingers are still proving to be the favourite, a lovely lady in San Diego has ordered a set and they set off on their long journey yesterday. It still boggles my mind that my little makes travel to all sorts of destinations around the world. 

Well that's it for me, I'm going to go and put some coffee on and get some washing pegged out. Best take advantage of this lovely weather, here in the UK you never know how long it's going to last. Have a fab weekend!!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

And onto the next one...

I am so lucky that I get to work with all these gorgeous fabrics and colours! Here's what is next on my work desk, isn't it so pretty? 

I have already started sewing the components ie the strap, side pieces and pockets and I'm loving the fabric combination. I've picked a fabric the same hue as the red flowers in this fabric for the piping and the lining is going to be silvery grey. I'm keeping the secret zip pocket fabric a secret for now ;)  

Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter break

Happy Easter to you all, hope you're having a fabulous long weekend. We've just arrived back from visiting my parents for the weekend and got to catch up with my nephew and his wife and my adorable great-nephew. It was lovely to have the family together. Ashamedly I was bearing Christmas gifts too that had not been given, I know, I know it's April and only 8 1/2 months til Christmas....but this is how unorganised I have been of late (now don't punish me for saying the 'C' word!! :D).

Anyway it was a lovely couple of days and now I'm back home it's time to get things back in order here. It's quite possible that every item of clothing I own is either in the washing pile or the ironing basket so maybe that's the first hurdle to jump over? Then there's the garden needs sorting out, weeds and all that. And of course there is lots of sewing to catch up on and let's face it I would much rather be spending the rest of my bank holiday off sewing lovely things but first things first lets get life back on track! 

Oh by the way the top picture are the finished photos I took of Rachel's bag before it went off on its travels to her. I really do love the fabric combo.

On the journey back last night we picked up these at the services. This was Mr.B's and my treat to ourselves for Easter....fair swap for eggs I thought hmmmm nom!!! 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Fab Review *blush*

This is such a lovely review of my new style satchel bag!! Thank you for your kind words on the image to read Rachel's full post.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Let's have a catch up...

What a perfect time for a proper catch up, early Sunday morning, everyone else is still in bed, the cats have been fed so I've made myself a cuppa and I'm in my favourite spot in the lounge with my blanket and Nell fidgeting on my knee.

With everything else that's going on I totally forgot to show you the goodies that I won from the lovely Christy's giveaway over at Sweet Tidings. Oh how I do love washi tape, the blue one on the end is my favourite. I also received a cute note book, stickers and a pen with a coffee cup on the top (very appropriate for me being a huge coffee fan). Thanks Christy :D

Also I finished this gorgeous beauty, if you follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page you will have seen a picture of the full bag. Its funny, I knew exactly what fabrics to choose with the lovely Rachel in mind and she commented straight away on my fabric selection. I really love to make custom bags, there's something really special about crafting something for someone you feel you know but have never met in the flesh.

And then this also happened, I finally finished undercoating the whole and yes I mean the whole of the banister!!!!! It was a massive job but its looking fantastic so far! I cant wait to get it glossed now. That will be a job for a couple of weekends I think. Then it will be onto the next DIY job.

And then on Friday this was my view of the eclipse from the car park at work, there were quite a few of us stood outside waiting together to see what would happen. It was eerily grey and the sun did just look like the moon but as I've never seen one before this was pretty special. I have no idea what I was actually doing for the last eclipse? Oh well maybe I will still be around the next time we have one? 

Right now that's me all caught up what about you? 

I'm off to go and potter in the garden, there are some naughty weeds appearing already and it wont be long now until the grass will need cutting, its definitely spring out there for sure :D

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

'THE' list

Oooops I've just remembered that I promised to tell you all about my 'LIST' but I think I forgot about it just a little bit :) In the break after Christmas just before I went back to work I sat down and started writing a list of things I wanted to do or learn in 2015. I don't really tend to make New Year's Resolutions, and this year especially I wanted to be able to look back at a year where I really took charge of business. Also having a list to work to seems to be the best way to get myself motivated. I do love a good list, don't you?

So would you like to see that list? 

OK here it is:

1. Master twist locks
2. Learn how to bake red velvet cupcakes
3. Master piping
4. Go on holiday!
5. Learn to crochet
6. Master zippered pockets
7. Learn to ice skate - without falling on my butt!
8. Eat healthier
9. Drink more water
10. Meet up with the lovely Sarah and Rachel (I promise ladies I will do this!!)
11. De-stash some fabrics

I think its a reasonably achievable list, some sewing/crafting goals and some personal ones thrown in too. Now you might be thinking how is "Go on holiday" on a to do list but since we haven't been on holiday for the last 3 years its definitely on my to do list. We have thought about going to Cornwall or Devon, as I'm a northern gal the south coast was a little too far to travel when I was younger. Then maybe next year we can stretch to a overseas holiday. Obviously you can see the progress with the sewing/crafty goals here on my blog and I'm making a concious effort to eat healthier and move about more. 

I went ice skating at Christmas and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it, I hadn't been skating since I was 14. I'm proud to say that I didn't fall over once and by the time the session was over I wanted to skate again. Nottingham has a pretty impressive ice rink and I have heard a little rumour that they do a disco session on a Friday and Saturday night!! I'd like to make more time for fun activities and since Mr.B can already skate its a great opportunity to do something fun together. So the general goal for 2015 is to live healthier, have more fun, push myself more and spend more time with my lovely friends. 

I've got this list nailed!!! :D

Sunday, 22 February 2015


Last Summer I decided that I wanted to paint my studio, so I put together this little collection of images that inspired me. 

I love this colour, as I picked it from a Dulux chart it does not have a name just a number. So for argument sake I will say it's mint green. I find it very relaxing and is a great colour to match with. 

I've already been and bought the fabric boxes that fit into my IKEA shelving unit and have my eye on a new chair for my sewing desk but that will have to wait until I have some spare pennies. I've had a huge clear out and re-organised all of my sewing stash ready for my studio makeover. 

I picked these up at B&Q a couple of weeks ago in their sale. A teal coloured throw and two cushions. I don't really have a colour scheme but I figure that grey, teal and orange look really nice together with the mint green. I also have some prints to go up on the wall once it's all decorated. Just need to get this banister finished and then I can get started.