Making a week…

This week has been about the making -I still can’t get the balance right between actually producing stuff and blogging/etsy-ing and doing the research you need to get going! That, and I had to remake the little kitty cats made earlier in January as good old Royal Mail has them ‘somewhere’ over the Atlantic…grrr. So this is what I got up to…More on certain projects later but happily I have completed some and have some happy ideas underway x One: a lovely bakery visit (Hitchin) starts things off well -French bread that actually tastes French! If you’re in the area, … Continue reading Making a week…

Blind leading the blind!

So Hannah and I set about another project (as if wrestling FOUR kids under 5 on a freezing day wasn’t enough)…To whip up blinds for her playroom. Her mum (ace lady of fine ideas) thought this one through -how to make blinds without cords that can cause horrid accidents when kids get involved. We’ve all seen the stories. These are basically ‘pop-up’ blinds using buttons and tabs, with a self-extending pole at the top. This means that they are pretty safe from prying fingers, and can be whipped down and bunged in the washing machine when spills happen/random child explosions. … Continue reading Blind leading the blind!

Be Mine Valentine…

Just when you thought you uld put away the fabric scraps after Christmas decoration making… Valentines Day gives us girlies the green light to propose…even though I’m married I might just ask hubbie again (he better say yes…). But why buy a card that ends up being blown off the shelf (i’m sure there’s another dodgy parallel there)¬†when you could rustle up a heart from scraps, making something pretty out of the bits left behind (ok, I’ve gone really Mills and Boon now)?! Read more for how to make! How To: Gather scraps of fabric, ribbons, threads and beads all … Continue reading Be Mine Valentine…

From deepest, darkest Peru…

A little while ago I found a pair of kids curtains in a charity shop -pretty old but a lovely Paddington Bear print…a quick wash and they come up lovely, and so far have become several crafty makes. Two cushion covers brightened up the spare room, and a seat cover for Sam’s chair at the dinner table hoped to solve the fidgetty-bum-ness of a toddler. That failed but the cushion looks ace in my kitchen. This week I’ve been making plushies for Christmas presents -really sweet little character cut-outs, backed with an old farmer shirt that husband had worn out … Continue reading From deepest, darkest Peru…

Baby it’s cold outside…

Draught excluders…not the sexiest topic, but might actually save some pennies on the heating bill this year. I made mine in less than an hour a long time ago, and it gets brought out every winter…which says something about the draughty houses I live in I guess. You will need:Two old pillows (or you can pick up basic IKEA skinny ones for a couple of quid)A stretch of fabric to cover the pillows snuggly (an old blanket, cut off trouser leg, pillow cases, you get the idea)Anything you like to decorateSewing bits and bobs. To Make:Measure out the fabric against … Continue reading Baby it’s cold outside…

Hawaiian gingerbread people….

Really chuffed as today I finished my first etsy commission -nothing like taking on more projects the weekend before you’re due to have a baby (which still hasn’t taken the hint). Anyway, I’m happy that they are winging their way across the pond to the USA…that was until the self-doubt crept in! Anyone else get all excited that a project is done and then worry that it just ain’t good enough? Would be great to hear from other humans connected to screens out there that manage this bit of the crafty process…just how do you do it? Continue reading Hawaiian gingerbread people….