Sunday, 9 March 2014

Oh blogger I've missed you!!!

OK, that's sort of a lie, blogger I have missed you, but really I just haven't been blogging because life keeps getting in the way and I'm just tired all the time.

So lets have a catch up!

I finished a quilt! Fair enough it's a diddy little crib/ lap quilt but it has ric rac and everything! The back is made of a lovely soft fabric, I think its called something like wingette? I don't know and I am to lazy to google (also the internets in the evenings here is crud in the evenings). 

I have almost finished another similar sized quilt, the binding is only half done and I just haven't got around to finishing it. I'll post a pic when it is done, the top is all one piece of vintage cut and sew fabric and I have quilted round all the pieces so they really pop out, I love it so much I don't know if I'll be able to give it away or try to sell it when it's all done.

In other news... I got a sewing chair!!! It's so so comfy!!! I then promptly made myself a nice squishy cushion to go on it! My first ever cushion too! BOOM!

I've been reading The Happy Zombie blog and she linked over to the Moda Bake Shop lots so I took a visit and made this lovely Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka... Oh no, wait a minute, it's just a little bag. Useless but sweet.

I made these littlies this weekend. I know it's March but I really wanted to make a stocking last year and never got round to it, so I've got me the christmas vibe now! I think I will make a few more and hopefully put some up for sale in my Etsy shop. I really need to be paying more attention to my facebook page to, needs a bit more love for sure. 
The little mini quilt is so pretty I can't stop looking at it, I think it's destined to be a dolly quilt, so if anyone sees it and thinks it was meant to be theirs then let me know. 

This is my last make of the weekend, I finally used some of the fabric from my trip to London. I have a crazy love for the pocket fabric after one of the contestants in Great British Sewing Bee used it for a skirt in the second episode. It made me desperately want to use it but incredibly conscious that I only had half a metre. I love this tote, It feels lovely and strong. I was thinking of thinking towards planning the idea of maybe in the future at some point when I'm brave of planning to put on tutorials and classes in real life (can you tell I'm nervy?) and I think this would be a great class for people to get together over, make a tote and maybe some friends.

So for now I leave you with a pic of mimi, crazy cat...

She lives to knock my clothes off the airer. 

Happy sewing people!!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

a little update

So a whole week of holiday has gone past and its back to work tomorrow. Boooooo. But there has been some fabric love :D

The holiday started with a weekend in York and on my way home I went to Fletchers Fabrics. 

Score!!! The very bottom one is 2 metres which I think will become the backing to the vintage hexagon quilt. The rest are 1 metre cuts and I also got 2 metres of a lovely batting. The one on the top is my fave!

I've been a bit interested in some mini quilt kits and after making a half of one I decided I could make something much more me. So i pulled out some of my christmas pressie fabrics and got making. Ready for my first ever completed quilt? 

Meet my sweet little dolls house quilt!!! Isn't she cute! I was so happy with her that I did something I've never done before. I made instructions! This afternoon I've cut out all the pieces of fabric for a second one and here it all is...

I know this is a bad pic but my other one came out sideways on blogger. So here it is, my first ever kit! and its going on my Etsy shop tonight! EEEEEEEEEEEP!!!

SO yeah, busy week! But now its Sunday and rather than finish off the vintage quilt, or the mini quilt I started making last week, or finishing quilting another project I have had sat around since before christmas, I'm starting something new. Just a sort of flowery hexagon quilt thingy that doesn't really have a plan but doesn't take too much brain power.

I have some beautiful chairs that have come to live with me that i desperately want to show you but will have to wait until next time because my computer won't upload them. But I will say that right now? My bum is in heaven :D and my back! my new chair for my sewing table is nothing like the horrible straight back dining chair I was using and I am so comfy I could fall straight asleep.


night  night

Happy sewing x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

London and lovelies

What a day! Warning, this will be picture heavy...

Yesterday me and the rest of Team Robertson bundled ourselves onto the train to London to go to a Breakthrough Breast Cancer event.

The mr took us to the train station, but not before he'd said hello to our family dog Mabel

She is the best dog ever and since I stopped living at home I miss her so much!

We got the train and soon the alcohol was flowing.

Not for me because I don't drink fizzy but don't they look squiffy already! And it was only 10am! That's my mum on the left, never seen someone so happy to have their pic taken!

After the event me and my bestie Ashleigh went for a wander! I lived with this girl at uni and she is someone I can talk and talk to and never get bored!

We went to Liberty's. I cannot believe that after living in London for 2 years I never went here!

How beautiful is this!!!! 

I could see some fabric but I just couldn't get there! 

Amazing chair! And it was on sale, knocked down to... wait for it... £1200!!! How is that sale?? I could buy 2 of my favourite corner couches in Next for that!!!

Hey if your going for the wacky chair why not take this gorgeous thing home too? Look its 30% off! LOL

I loved this kitty plate but £38 is a bit out of my price range.

Really wanted to take this little guy home!

I thought these little peeps were so cute, Ash thought they were something straight from hell and when I turned round and came face to face with another set I must admit the longer you look at them the creepier they get. Its the eyes.

The lights in the stairwell were beautiful.

Button wall!

I found ric rac! I then found the price so none came home with me.

But I did buy a little something. As did Ashleigh, she was very excited to get a bag...

I jumped on that bandwagon...

I feel like my eyes are creepy in this pic, a little like those creepy dolls on the shelf in Liberty's. 

Wanna see what was in that bag? 

They wrap up your fabric like its a little present! And when I got it out at home it really did feel like a little pressie to me! 
See the little needle case there? It has pins, needles, safety pins and a beautiful little pair of scissors all tucked in there!

These are all rowan fabrics, I didn't buy any of the Liberty prints because they were so flimsy. I know that's what they are supposed to be like, for clothes maybe, but I like something a little more sturdy and these were my faves. Poor Ashleigh was very patient and even held some of the bolts for me whilst I picked. 
I keep seeing pictures of plain quilts. just one fabric on top, one on bottom and quilted and bound. Some are beautiful. I only have .5 of a metre of each these because I'm cheap and I hate paying £15-£16 per metre but I think maybe something really plain so I can just show off the prints.

We also nipped into M&M's world. I've been before but Ash and I was thinking a yummy treat. But when we got there I was still so stuffed from dinner that I couldn't stand the thought of getting any!

Yummy!!!! I really wanted a picture of the blues and greens (you can see them off in the distance) but it was just too crowded. I do love that they call it a London Attraction though, it is a fabulous way to pull people into your overpriced shop! Attraction my left butt cheek!

So that's it for my day out in London. Can't believe it is over already! And on top of that I can't believe my weekend is nearly over!

It's all OK though, one more week at work and then I have a whole week off!!!

I'll just share with you these lovelies that I got the other day...

Fat quarters!!!

Happy sewing everybody!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Best laid plans and all that

So it's been a while, sorry my loveys, I always have been a lazy blogger. To be fair though, at the moment it feels like I get home from work and have no ability to anything except sit on the couch and maybe do a tiny bit of sewing/knitting/embroidery/crochet. 

The main reason I haven't posted though? Because I haven't finished anything! Lots has been going on but nothing has been finished!

My hexagon quilting isn't much bigger than the old pics i have posted, this is because I've done it a little bit wrong and stitched two together the wrong way, when i started to unpick it a bit of fabric ripped. I panicked, put it down, and haven't picked it back up yet :s

But it's all good. Because... I have been given a gift...

It doesn't look as gorgeous here as it does in real life. I think that is mainly down to the fact that daylight only happens while I am at work so I don't get the chance to take many pictures in good light. 

Maggie, the lovely colleague who gifted this to me started it when pregnant with her daughter but after a while it got tucked away and left. Now when she was clearing out I get it! I think I can class it as vintage, we reckon it's 24ish years old. My new rule is, if its older than me then I can call it vintage. And its a while year older than me!!

It has a pattern to it, about a third of the quilt is handstitched together so far and I can see it but there are no instructions to carry it on with. Is that a problem? NO!!!! because of this...

Every single hexagon is numbered so i know how to attach them all perfectly!! I started on wednesday, cuddled up in bed watching the final of celebrity big brother whilst the mr watched the football in the living room. I didn't get masses done but CBB was worth it. I can't believe Jim Davidson won!

The next thing I wanted to share were some new additions to our home since the last time I blogged

These little darlings live with me now! I love them to pieces!!!! I feel that I need sewing baskets, this is because my house is full of plastic carrier bags with half done sewing projects and I don't want them to be in plastic bags. I want them to be in pretty pretty boxes that I can be proud off. 

These are all from vintage mischief in Beccles and I love to think about the people that used them and loved them before they came to me. The aqua and cream one is my favourite. It looks a lot smaller than it really is in this picture. The little green sugar bowl will end up with candles or trinket in it when we have redone our living room. At the moment we have a dark red feature wall and lots of browns and reds. Instead we are going for lovely fresh greens when we get round to it and can afford the things we want in there. 

I was lucky too with the aqua basket, these sort of size ones I have seen in that shop are £25 and upwards. I was chatting to the man and he told me he had just had this in. I loved it stacks but it needed a really good clean inside and out (some parts were dark blue before they were baby wiped) so he said I could have it as is for £15!!! Bargain! It's sitting next to my couch because it's just too pretty to put away yet!

The other one is a cutie too but I really loved it for the material on the top. It's on the insides too!

It makes me want to sssqqqqquuueeeeeeeeee!

Thats it for now folks! It's getting past my bed time and even though it's the weekend tomorrow I have to be up early! Going on a trek to London with my Breakthrough Breast Cancer ladies to go to a charity event. Want to know the best bit though? I get to meet up with my bestie flatmate from uni!! Literally can't wait! And I'm taking my camera and some spare batteries for the trip so hopefully I'll come back with lots to share. I've got my fingers crossed for something sewish.

I'll leave you with a pic of my beautiful Mimi. Black and white too, I'm learning to use the camera!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

a late night

I'm soooo tired!!! This has been a late one, I'm an early to bed girl and it's past my bed time. On top of that it was my late night at work today and I nipped in to see my mum on my way home. I got home at 8.20 and I am so so tired. After having my dinner and tackling the mountain of washing up I collapsed on the couch and did a little bit of this...

can you guess what it is? I bet you can't!
And because I am so tired I am doing a bit of a cop out tonight, it's all pictures peeps!

These are all the odd handknit socks in my clean washing basket. I do not understand where all their mates have gone! This is hours of work and I can't wear a pair! I realise there hasn't been much knitting on this blog. I'm sort of taking a break from it, I have fits of different hobbies and this is the only one that has never been left behind, my grandma taught me when I was very young and I have been doing it ever since.

This is where my cat has decided her new home is. The wicker basket with tissue and some old scraps in, there is nothing in there I love so I'm not too bothered but it was pretty creepy to be sitting at my sewing table and here her meowing to me. It took me a long time to realise she was right above me, I think she was just messing with me. 

A piccie of my vintage sewing box, can't remember if I have posted about this but it is from the vintage shop in town and i love it to pieces. unfortunately so does the cat and she has started sitting on it when I walk past her and give her no attention. I'm going to have to sort that.

This is what I bought on monday, I love this yarn, I made my cousin a blanket from this yarn in pinks and purples when her baby was born. These might go on crochet projects, something I can do in front of the TV when I get a minute to watch it. My fave is the mustard.

SO thats almost it for tonight. But one little shout out, I have a very nice email pen pal but I have been locked out of the email acc I use to speak to her. I feel a bit cut off and I can't tell her that I haven't just forgotten about her :( 

Calli! If you happen upon this, I am a total numpty who has forgotten her email password. I will get back in i promise!!!! 

Happy sewing everyone x

Friday, 10 January 2014

A day away... makes me grow lazier

A change is definitely not as good as a rest, we went to the pub last night, which meant I had nothing ready to go on my Etsy shop tonight and I was shattered and on top of all that I have the looming thought that I have to work tomorrow. As it is my week to work Saturday that means a 5.5 day week :(

Even though its only a half day it feels like it really cuts into the weekend. Luckily I work with some fabulous people. 

Today I was brought gifts, some of which were these...

These beautiful ladies were in the Debenhams sale and I'm hoping another lovely person can grab me some more tomorrow, I have big plans for these girls. A mini wardrobe of plans!!! So watch out, once I have completed a few outfits for each little lady I will post them on my etsy shop.

This is what went into the shop today...

It's a sandwich bag full of scraps and that really is a full bag. It's on etsy for £2 which I think is quite good, some of the bits of fabric are very big and it's a great way to grow a stash and it is especially good if you use it for any little quilting bits because you get variety.

I've been working on my piece of hexagon quilting and whilst it is a lot bigger than it has been it doesn't really look much different. I'll bore you with it tomorrow when I have nothing else to think off.

Also, there has been facebook success. more than 50 likes in less than a week, I know it's not many compared to other pages but I'm beaming with quite a lot of pride right now! Considering that most of the people that have been exposed to it are family or old school friends and I don't really think many of them are that interested in any kind of stitchery so I am feeling very supported.

So for now I'm going to go find my bed.

Before I go let me share this blog, it belongs to one of those facebook friends that I've known for a while but not too well, she's crafty!! yippee!! I get quite a lot of joy out of finding out someone else has a crafty bone. The mr is not the most craft-friendly, he doesnt make a fuss about me doing it, mostly he lets me get on with it. But his face goes very sad/bored if I try and force him into a conversation and I feel bad. Therefore I have you (blog peeps) and any crafty friends I can gather to talk to about it.

Happy sewing!

ps. check out the etsy shop and facebook page!!!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

In front of the tele

Today we got home late, the fella (part time angel) went and cooked tea (we had these fried chicken fajitas which were amazing) whilst I cut my next pack of charm squares.
I'm trying to add one thing to Etsy a day at the moment and I am always staying a day ahead. That way if I have no time one evening I can still catch up the next day without too much work.

This is what went onto the Shop today...

Oh my gosh do I love these prints!!! The two on the bottom are Amy Butler (sqqqeeeeee) and the top right is called Charleston Farmhouse by Felicity Miller, It's my favourite and I think I might be keeping the rest to myself from now on. This is another 3.5" charm pack and its my favourite one thats gone together yet. 

This is what I have cut for tomorrow

The bottom left is another Amy Butler but this pack of 40 charm squares is a little different from the ones I have made so far. These are 5" squares!!! Big ones!!!

I think these have a bit more use than the 3.5" because they can be cut into more squares for smaller projects. I'm sharing this with you because tomorrow I'll be back late from work and then it's pub night so there'll be no blogging or playing with the rotary cutter.

After my little bit at the cutting mat I parked my bum on the couch and got on with my little hexagons. This is where I was at yesterday

This was yesterday, I forgot to take any pictures today but it has grown, this is the second square of these I've made and I'm hoping to make a little mini quilt. I have a dream of someone using it for a itty bitty dolls quilt.

I'm off to bed, but before I go... THE FACEBOOK PAGE HAS MORE THAN 50 LIKES!!!! I may well do a dance, we are half way to a giveaway! It might even be a mini quilt!!!

Anyway I'm tired, work tomorrow so sleep now.

Happy Sewing!