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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Giveaway extended!

Hi, I have decided to extend the giveaway to allow more people the chance to comment!! Off on my hols now to France. Will update you on my exploits when I get back!! Got to be up in 3 hours...... best get to bed!!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Boys will be boys

I am the mother to two daughters and more recently a son. After 10 years of dolls, Littlest Pet Shops, Angelina Ballerina and the like I have now started scouring rummage sales for cars! Noah is acquiring quite a selection. Much to my husband's delight I discovered that a recent find was an old Starsky and Hutch car! ??
Well tonight I decided that after a busy day of making bespoke bunting I fancied playing about! Came up with this sweet little drawstring bag made from 100% cotton by Clarkeson and Clarkeson.
 Finished it up with a hand drawn car design onto red polka dot 100% cotton material and added some wheels and windows. I'm going to add some red buttons to the wheels but can't be bothered to hand sew at this time of night :S
Can see a market for these......soldiers, lego, marbles etc.
Watch out Folksy!!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Bunting giveaway!!

Ok, so this is how it goes!! I need to have at least 20 comments by different followers by the weekend before I go away!! If I get to the magic number, one follower will be picked at random and they will receive some lovely handmade bunting. To be in with a chance please just leave a comment on here by 9pm on Saturday  24th July. Good luck to you all x PS. Bunting may not be the one listed here!!

Seven miles down the Severn!

My husband took Phoebe (our middle one!) out on the river at the weekend. They loved it. Thought I would share some photos with you all. Please note that some of them are from Phoebe's viewpoint!!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Lovely fabric update!

Been buying fabric online today. Lots of japanese style imports coutesy of www.fabricworm.co.uk
Can't wait for mine to arrive now, Planning on lots of little coin purses.
Off to France on Monday for a month! Don't quite know where we are going yet but heading south east with our tent and aiming for the Ardeche with our new inflatable canoe!
Have a hard week left at work this week. My last week of officially being a teacher before i reform my life to be a textile / craft artist!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

What am I doing wrong????!

Help!! What am I doing wrong?? Why can't I seem to get my facebook details or my folksy details on my blog?? Everyone else seems to have them at the side of their blog. I have tried to add the on my dashboard but to no avail. Any help much appreciated!!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Hearts and bunting

Had a busy busy weekend. Had a fundraising event on Saturday morning.... a good excuse to get making. With the help of my lovely mother-in-law I managed to create a bundle of these gorgeous little hanging hearts. Each one is stuffed with a thin wadding and embellished with a button. I think they look fab..... even though I say so myself! Every house needs one!! Am aiming to restock my folksy shop this week so they will be on sale there very soon.

Also made some lovely jubilee style bunting for a friend of Chris's. He wants it to hang on his caravan in a few weeks time. I'll ask him to post a photo of it in action on here!

Just seen a lovely website called Dots and Spots. Take a look. They've got some lovely stuff!


Have a great week!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Cushion making!

Well, Bath was lovely. Weather was hot too which is always handy. Dipped into the Cath Kidston shop and had a look at the sale things but only invested in a vintage style pin tin! Next to Paperchase to buy a 'contacts / ideas' book. Any excuse... but it is lovely and matches the owl on my blog.
Sold a bit of bunting this week and also had a few commissions as well. Word is beginning to get around!
I'm doing a stall on Saturday in aid of Marie Curie. Haven't got a huge amount of stock to take but it is more of a networking morning. I've made a bit of bunting, have got my cards obviously but then decided, as I always do, I launched myself into a new idea!
I've been wanting to make some Union Jack style cushions for ages. Slight problem, I have never made a cushion in my life! I had no pattern but got cutting! I used the Heather Bailey Nicey Jane material that I bought last week and used some materials from my stash together with some of my bunting tape. Made a simple envelope cushion. Very pleased with the result. Will put them on my stall on Saturday. Have a good weekend!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Folksy sale!

Hooray!! Just sold my first ever item on Folksy! Had only listed one thing as a little experiment so now my shop is empty!! Must restock this week. Feel really excited that this could actually work! Also had a lovely message from an old school friend today saying that she would give me a plug in her magazine when I get my own website up and running. Oh..... and I joined a gym.....albeit only for a fortnight!.....and went for a jacuzzi, steam and sauna on my return from a fabulous girly weekend in Bath. So, all in all a fabulous weekend!  Off to bed now.......Real work in the morning! x

Friday, 2 July 2010

Off to Bath!

The weekend is here and I'm pleased to report that I am off for a girlie trip to Bath with a good friend of mine. Stopping in a lovely hotel in the centre so lots of chance to go to all the gorgeous boutiques.
 Lovely hotel we are stopping at!

Look forward to going to source lots of lovely fabrics and I'm also after a book to put all my contacts and ideas into.......clearly it has to be very pretty and I'm sure it can only come from Paperchase so that will be at least an hour well spent!!
Hoping to go to the Thermae Spa on Sunday morning. Us girlies need our pampering and how better to do it than in style? Will update here after my weekend. So that's it...... sewing machine has been packed up for the weekend, Lockyboy is home alone with three children and I am off, off, OFF!!!

Oh, before I go, visited a new little shop in my home town of Shrewsbury. Didn't even know it existed! Great little unit in a handy area which means not having to get into the town centre. Not got huge amounts of stock at the moment but some lovely Heather Bailey fabrics and East of India ribbons. Take a look at her website Anca Shrewsbury
I couldn't resist some beautiful Heather Bailey and some of the lovely Red Heart ribbon. I hear bunting calling!! Have a great weekend x