Sunday, 9 July 2017

Starting simple

As promised, I said I would share with you my sewing projects.  I am going to start with my very first projects (everyone has to start somewhere).

The sewing machine had arrived, all I needed was some fabrics and a few accessories.  My first attempt was a patchwork drawstring bag.  No pattern, no instructions, just a vague idea.

Fat quarter fabric purchased from a small independent retailer situated in village near me (sadly no longer there).

Realising that I had no patterns, I decided to purchase a couple of magazines for ideas and inspiration.  In Love Sewing Magazine (issue 37)

I came across this wall hanger.  Something to test me - pleats / pin cushions and fringing.  An ok first attempt

I am sure many crafters will understand finding the backing from foam pads months and months after last making a card - well this has now moved on to finding bits of sewing threads all over the place (no matter how many times the dry mop is run over the floor!)

I hope you are all having a fantastic Sunday.  Stop by tomorrow for more of my sewing ventures.


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Time flies by.....

5 years since my last blog - now that is neglect!  I hope you are all ok and are still as creative and crafty as ever.

I am no longer an SU demonstrator, but my love for the products hasn't diminished.  Life seemed to have got in the way, lots of challenging times, lots of good times and also lots of experiments with new crafts along the way.  I am going to try and keep you up to date with my new ventures.

So what have I been up to?  I tried my hand at cake decorating - time and patience were my enemy with this one.  Along with trying to handle sugar paste when it was hot - not for the fainthearted.  Here's a couple of my bakes (have to say my son is now 24 and daughter is 16, so the Breaking Bad and Hunger Games cakes are 3 years old now!)

For all future cakes I turn to my talented friend Jean... anyone who has followed by blog before will have seen some of her fabulous creations.

I have a Project Life book underway - although I have to admit this was bought for my daughter to get all of her dancing show photographs sorted and create a memory book..... her interest lasted all of a couple of days, so I am sure I will have to complete that at some point.

So my latest craft interest..... Sewing!  

Apart from cross stitch I have never hemmed anything, let alone used a sewing machine.  I decided one day that I really wanted to try it.... How handy is "one-click" purchase options?  24 hours later a sewing machine arrived and a few you-tube videos watched I was off.  Admittedly I had to ask my mum for some quick set up advice.

Through a mutual friend I have ventured out to a wonderful little craft shop in Birdwell, Barnsley.  I had booked myself on to a sewing class called Patch Quilt and Go.  Proudly off I went with my newly purchased sewing machine.  Fantastic group of ladies and Julie is just amazing, so patient and understanding. 

This is my first ever quilt, created under Julie's guidance.

I highly recommend you having a look over at Julie's web page and the classes that she runs.

 I quickly realised that my lovely little machine was akin to a childs "my first..." toy compared to the computerised, all singing, all sewing machines the ladies had.  But nonetheless it has got me started and it will have a treasured place (when I can find somewhere to store it).  I am currently awaiting delivery of my computerised, all singing, all sewing machine (far too easy to add to basket and buy over the internet)

My intention is to show you what I have made, I will always try and reference where I got my patterns or inspiration from and I really hope you enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 29 January 2012


Hi there

Is it really 2 months since I last blogged?? Christmas and New Year have come and gone in a blink of an eye. How are you all? Hope you are keeping well.

The lack of blogs hasn't meant the lack of crafting, I just haven't done as much recently due to life in general getting in the way.

I have been busy with a wonderful wedding order for a beautiful couple that get married in May. When all have been delivered to the bride to be I shall post some pictures.

I have had a good old tidy up of my craft corner today so this should get me going again. Plus how can you not be inspired with the Spring Mini and Sale-a-bration?? Follow the links on the right of my page and you will get a peek at the products on offer. Plus FREE stuff to be had!!!

Right then I am off for a well over due blog hop to see what you have all been up to.


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Calypso Coral

Ever watched the craft shows on TV and thought I can do that but I need to buy........ Well tonight's quick blog proves that you don't need to go out and buy all the products, just rummage in your craft stuff and sure enough there will be stash in there that will give you a finished product inspired by what you have watched!!!

This is my teeny card (9.5cm x 9.5cm) which was inspired by watching said craft show this morning.

Not so one dimensional this time

Card Stock: Calypso Coral & Very Vanilla
Ink: Calypso Coral
Stamp Set: Precious Butterflies, Silhouette Sentiments (retired Hostess set)
Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper

A very quick post as I need to go check on the Xmas cake in the oven - it is smelling divine!!!

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Precious Butterflies

Is it really a week since I last posted, where has it gone??

I was really fortunate to be asked by Jo Austin to attend her craft class to do an SU workshop. Jo, as many of you know, is a very talented crafter and also a work colleague of mine from way back when! I want to say a huge huge thank you to Jo and her lovely ladies for a fabulous evening.

My brayer has had a little venture out this evening. It has been a while, but I have to say I found it very therapeutic. I knew as soon as I saw this stamp set that

a) I HAD to have it!!
b) a little bit of brayering would work wonders with the sentiment.

The card is a bit one dimensional for my liking, but it has got me in my craft corner again. Although I do have to apologise to Chris for spreading into his room while he's at Uni. It will be tidy again before you come home son :-)

Stamp Set: Precious Butterflies
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait & Calypso Coral (new In Colour), Old Olive, Basic Black
Card Stock: Lucky Limeade & Whisper White

I will try and post more.

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, 7 November 2011

New Products

Hi there, it has been an absolute age since I last posted. Hope you are all keeping well and have been busy crafting.

I have a planned workshop tomorrow evening and I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of crafting and the world of Stampin Up again. Browsing through the catalogue tonight has made me itchy to get going.

I thought I would share with you tonight a little gift bag made with some of the new products.

DSP - Hostess Cheerful Treat
A4 Card Stock - Wisteria Wonder
Top Note Big Shot Die
Lace Ribbon Border Punch
Scallop Oval Punch
Large Oval Punch

I going to have a little blog hop now to see what everyone has been up to.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 31 October 2011

New 2011/12 Idea Book and Catalogue

It's here, the new catalogue has arrived!!

This means I have been a Demonstrator for a year and it has flown by! So has the last month and I apologise for the lack of posts recently. Such busy times! I'm hoping to be back in full swing and full of inspiration with the new catalogue.

Why not take a peek and see what all the fuss is about.

Thanks for stopping by