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Happy Birthday Mum

21 Jan

It was my mum’s birthday yesterday and after buying  Christmas presents  I always find it hard to think of something nice to get her in January. Luckily I remembered her mentioning something that she wanted a while ago and it also happened to be something that I have wanted to have a go at making for ages. A fabric memo board!

They are so easy to make, but seeing as I hadn’t made one before I thought it best to have a practice run, that way I get to make one for myself as well! So I gathered my supplies; a cheap pin board, some wadding, ribbon and buttons, a staple gun and some funky fabric, and off I went.

For my memo board I used some vintage curtain fabric that my sister in law gave me along with some yellow ribbon and buttons. I think it’s beautifully simple.

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Happy with the outcome of my first attempt I cracked on my mums birthday present. She’s a big fan of blues, so I chose a lovely blue floral fabric that I’ve had hiding in my stash for a while. I picked out some lovely chunky blue buttons to sew through the joining ribbons and also used some of the ribbon to create a hanging handle. I covered the back of the board with some plain blue cotton to hide away the staples and back of the board.

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I really enjoyed making these and will definitely be doing them again to sell at craft fairs and on my Etsy page. I particularly loved using the staple gun!

Thanks Betty

28 Nov

Last week I was given a wonderful gift.  My husband’s work mate, Lisa,  is a lovely lady who has been looking after her elderly next door neighbour Betty for years. Sadly Bet had been declining for a while and has now had to move to a nursing home where she can have the ongoing care she needs. It has been left up to her and her husband to clear and sort out her house as she has no family to do it for her. Not an easy task as she has been in the house for over 60 years and her parents before that! So there is 60 years plus worth of treasures (and boxes of soap!?) to sort through.

Whilst organising and de-cluttering Lisa came across some goodies she thought I might like and saved them for me.  The magical stash consisted of hundreds of vintage buttons that had been saved over the years kept in beautiful rustic tins, lots of pins and needles, thimbles and scissors and lots and lots of vintage threads and cottons. What a wonderful find! They are all beautiful and I am sure I will put them to good use.

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Close up of the tins. I love the glimpse into history 🙂

Not only was I lucky enough to receive this collection, Lisa also gave me the gorgeous vintage sewing storage table that she found all this in. It is just so beautifully retro!

So thank you Lisa and most of all thank you Bet. I will make sure I put them all to good use and carry on crafting!

Custom Wedding Bunting

19 Aug

A few weeks ago I was asked to make some bunting for an old workmates daughter’s wedding. The bunting was to be hung on the outside of the house along the bay window, and across the brick archway to the front door. All in all she needed about 7 meters worth.

The wedding theme was yellow, cream and gold so I set off to The Eternal Maker to get my supplies. The only problem I had was choosing a select few fabrics amongst such a beautiful vast choice! In the end I opted for a cream floral cotton, another cream with golden roses, a lovely summery yellow print and a brighter yellow polka dot fabric. These were tied together nicely with yellow bias binding.

The wedding was yesterday, and luckily it was a beautiful summers day. I like to think that the bunting helped to reflect that.

Welcome to the world!

8 Aug

Today I became an aunty for the second time. Congratulations to Andy’s brother Nick and his fiancée Penny!

Today baby James John Liam Wickham came into the world. To help welcome him I crocheted a cute little baby blue blanket. Lets hope he likes!

I started off by making several small granny squares, varying the colour pattern slightly on each one.

I then had the fun of picking the order to sew them together in (my favourite bit!) and away I went.

I decided to simply slip stitch the squares together using a crochet hook. This gives a very obvious ridged seam which I really like. I know there are neater less prominent ways of fixing them together, but I quite like the way it makes a feature of the back of the blanket.

I’m pleased with the finished blanket, I just hope that baby James is too x

 

Sunshine through my window

25 Jun

After seeing so much bunting around for the Jubilee and helping to make the Palmertson Road bunting, I realised just how much I love it and thought about making some for myself. As we live in a rented property with dreary grey carpets and magnolia artex walls, a little bunting does wonders in brightening up an otherwise very average room.

So far I’ve made a small piece to hang in our front room window so it can give me a cheery greeting when I get home. I plan to go bunting crazy as Andy has stupidly given me free reign to ‘do what I want’.

I used a mix of pink cottons and corduroy to make my double sided flags and joined them all with a lovely polka dot cotton bias.

I have also been asked to make some wedding bunting for a lady so I am looking forward to going white and gold fabric shopping for that. Pop back soon for an update on my progress!xxx

Today’s colour is…orange.

8 May

I love descovering new exciting things on Etsy. I’m not necessarily looking to buy, but it is always inspiring to have a good old rummage and discover what other people are creating. There are so many talented people out there its sometimes hard to know where to start looking! With this in mind I like to simply type in random words and see what comes up. Todays word is Orange, Here are a few things that I found and love!

These stunning pictures are by a lady called Natasha Tayles, she has some amazing art work. All as bright and beautiful as these two. I only wish I had the money to buy one!

I absolutely love this ribbon topiary by ‘So Cute Parties’. They have loads more on there shop. How lovely would they look at a wedding or  children’s party? I’d love them in the garden all year long!

I pretty much had a cuteness overload when I saw these adorable crocheted bunnies hiding in a carrot!The bunnies are hand crocheted and the purse is made separately from cotton so you can use it for your loose change! Why not check out Wererabbit2006‘s shop for other cute creations!

There are loads more wonderful creations I could have picked, but for obvious reasons I could not list them all! Why not take a look yourselves? You might find something you love!

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

27 Apr

So these past two days I have been working on a couple of new products. I really love bags of any kind and wanted to try my hand at making cute clutch bags. I found this fantastic tutorial online: http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html and set to work. It gives step by step instructions that are generally quite easy to follow, although it took me quite a few reads to fully understand!

I have only sewn in a zip to a product twice before so I found it a bit tricky so this was definitely good practice for me! As these were kind of practice runs I used fabrics that I didn’t mind ruining but I can definitely imagine these in funkier brighter colours with a few more button details! I really enjoyed making these as the pattern gives you a really professional finish, with all edges neatly covered and seams all tucked away nicely.

The pattern refers to the bags as small clutch bags but I’m thinking that they may be more suitable for purses or make-up bags as they are maybe a bit too small for a clutch.

I would love to know what you think of them!

JACK MONROE

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