My latest workshop was another at Unit Twelve Gallery in Stafford. This time it was making paper lampshades, taught by the fabulously talented Jennifer Collier. She makes such gorgeous objects all out of paper. Continue reading
Last October I happened to hear about a new sewing and craft group starting in Liverpool. I got in touch to find out more and was delighted to be offered a place at the very first meeting in November.
I was a bit nervous going along without knowing anyone, however everyone was lovely. It was great to get together with people who had a common love of crafting but also who had such a wide variety of skills. The meeting was held at one of my favourite cafés in Liverpool and It was made even more enjoyable by the lovely cocktail that greeted me when I arrived! Continue reading
I have a little basket that sits on my sewing table containing all that I might need for my projects.
A new year and a new start! Like for most people I’m sure the start of a new year brings about thoughts of change and fresh beginnings.
Over the past few months you may have noticed I’ve not been blogging and making as much as I used to. Starting a new job plus loosing a bit of my sewing mojo left me quite despondent. My sewing over the last year or so has been mainly about making things to sell, something I had never quite intended. So with the start of 2014 comes a different tact to my sewing.
I’ve struggled with finding time for sewing over the last few weeks, but with the prospect of 4 secret santas to buy for, I felt a few handmade gifts were needed.
I recently went to Abakhan in north Wales and was delighted to find a bargain bin of leather pieces. I had been wanting to try sewing with leather for ages, so £5.48 for a fairly large piece, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go! I therefore decided one secret Santa gift should be a clasp purse but using leather instead of fabric.
Well it’s been a while since my last handmade Monday. I’ve had lots going on – new job and making for a craft fair has meant my blogging has been a bit neglected. I have however managed to make these cute little Christmas tree decorations
I thought I’d share with you how I made them. You can either hand sew or use the sewing machine for this project, perfect for beginners to sewing! Continue reading
A few months ago I signed up for an introductory subscription to Craftseller magazine – 3 issues for £5. The October issue came with a free gift of a kit to make – a cute little reindeer, which I know Wendy talked about in last weeks handmade Monday. For the last few weeks I have really not be in the mood for sewing. I’m not really sure why, but I just couldn’t face many of the projects that are sat on my sewing table. So this cute little chappy seemed like a good thing to get my mojo back!
There didn’t seem to be any instructions on how to construct him, however it seemed like common sense. After watching a really helpful video on YouTube on how to do a blanket stitch, I was ready to go!
I was delighted with how he turned out and I’m sure I’ll be making many more for my upcoming Christmas fair! However this little fella will be going to my mum as an early Christmas present!
For some reason this month I’ve been baking a lot more than usual. There’s been quite a few birthdays and celebrations which definitely called for cakes I’d been dying to make for ages, but never had the occasion to do so! Plus my other half has started his cycling season, so each week I take along cake to each race. I’ve also tried my hand a some bread making, albeit soda bread, but it’s a start! I thought I’d share with you my makes for the whole of the month. Continue reading
Last month I visited Vermont in the States, narrowly missing the turn of the leaves into Fall season by just a few weeks. Every single shop or house was building up to it by decorating their porches and windows with pumpkins, leaves or wreaths. It’s a shame that we don’t celebrate the change from summer into autumn over here. I just love all the different orange and brown colours, definitely very inspiring for crafting!