Friday, 18 February 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I’m feeling better today and have done a bit of research on this, so here goes....

Step 1 – Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award.

Step 2 - Share 7 random things about yourself.

Step 3 – Award 15 recently discovered bloggers with this award.

Step 4 – Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won the award.


To start off with I’d like to thank Wendy for her nomination/award. As I have only been blogging for a few months and only made it public not long ago it is a nice feeling to think that someone is reading this and enjoying it. So thank you very much to her J

Please take a look at her work at her blog is very popular and I’m not surprised when you see the lovely things she makes.


§ I have just completed and graduated from 4 years at university studying conservation. This is museum and artefact conservation not wildlife conservation, the two very often get mixed up!

§ I passed my driving test about 3 months ago and got my first car 2 weeks ago. I am still getting used to the freedom it gives me to travel further than a few miles from my house for everyday life. I’m looking forward to driving to local fabric and bead shops!!

§ I love to read, when I was little I read all the time, now I’ve finished uni I’m back to reading interesting books rather than those about glue, bugs, dirt and mould.

§ I am a fan of fair-trade and think it is important that people buy this when it is feasible. I am keen to start using fair-trade fabric when I become better at sewing.

§ I like growing my nails and painting them.

§ Sewing or doing anything creative relaxes me. Sometimes it is hard to motivate myself to start, but as soon as I open up a few books or I look around my fabric drawers I get so many ideas as to what I can make.

§ I cannot knit to save my life! Every few years I make my mum re-teach me and it is a disaster. I have now accepted that I can’t knit and focus on sewing instead.


This was the perfect opportunity for me to sort out my blog following situation, as I had many in my ‘favourites’ but now I am officially ‘following’ blogs, making it all look a lot neater. I have spent the evening browsing all the beautiful work out there and I hope you enjoy my selection. A couple of people had already been chosen recently, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to mention them again as I really like their work.

4. So I got commenting! Possibly a mistake to type them all out individually!

I hope you enjoy browsing these, I am off to bed with a cup of tea to read my kindle. Have a good weekend. x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

ooopps.... been shopping.

I have a few projects which I am planning to do so I  went online to choose some fabric. Well far too quickly I had spent enough money at and that was with me being pretty restrained with myself!

I'm now very excited and can't wait for them to arrive.

Here is a little something I made last night to use as a pincushion.This was using some gorgeous fabric I bought from a new fabric shop in town. I have a few ideas to use up the rest of this fabric.

 Heart shaped pincushion

Lastly when I logged on today I was surprised to see I had been given a stylish blog award from Wendy at Being very new to the world of blogging I had to do a bit of research about it. I will post my response and who I nominate in a few days as I have been ill with a sore throat and big headache :(
As soon as I'm better I will post up some exciting blogs.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Christmas present two

Owl shoulder bag

I am very pleased with this item. I bought the fabric specfically for this project and I was keen to get started on it.
The bag is the smaller version of the first bag I posted about therefore I was familiar with the techniques.

 Cut pieces ready to get sewn together

 Drawing the flap for the clasp
I wanted to make sure the design did not have sections cut off
Main bag and lining completed.

Attaching top band and strap

 Finished bag!

I really enjoyed making this bag, partly because the pattern is so cheerful, every time I was working on this I smiled :)
When cutting the fabric I utilised the design of the fabric. So for the strap I had the owls the right way up, and I cut the flap to show the two owls not cut in half.
I gave this to my sister on Christmas day and she was very pleased with it.
I enjoy working with cord it is a good fabric to work with as it is soft and easy to cut and fold and also it creates more durable bags than cotton alone.
I hope you enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Christmas present one.

I made two items as gifts for Christmas this year.
The first was a secret santa gift for a member of

Secret Santa gift
As I am quite new to sewing I was nervous about making this. I chose a pattern in the book Sew called 'Quilted Purse.'
This is a medium size, soft purse, with a button fasten.
New skills I learned were a buttonhole loop and quilting. I did the quilting by hand because I preferred it and was worried that if I had one layer of fabric and wadding, when I put it through the sewing machine the wadding might get stuck.

 Fabric cut and ready

 Attaching the top flap

 Finished bag

Open finished bag

This was a good little project. I enjoyed selecting the lining fabric to go with the outer pattern, and it looks like a pretty purse to keep things in. The quilting gave an interesting effect and did not detract from the design too much.