A week or 2 ago whilst sewing, my needle broke. Not an unusual thing, however whilst getting the remaining bit of needle out I dropped it into the bobbin case…disaster! No matter how much I tried turning it upside down etc, it was well and truly stuck! I’ve been without my machine for about a week or so now as it gets serviced but with a friends birthday present to make I decided to get out my very first machine… The John Lewis Mini. Read the rest of this entry
On Sunday I spent the day with my mum at the Mostyn store of Abakhan. I went with a specific list of what I needed, as previous visits have resulted in impulse buying and mounds of fabric not being used. My main inspiration for the trip was the Great British Sewing Bee book. I bought the book after seeing the first episode and after a quick flick through, I couldn’t wait to start trying the projects!
I am slowly trying to sort my loft out and have come across a load of card making stuff that I no longer need. There a a few stamps, pens, inks and some other bits and pieces, see the photos for what’s there. The large fairy stamp has never been used. Read the rest of this entry
A while ago my scales gave up mid baking and I had to resort to using the Tala cooks dry measure that I had bought to measure out American cups.
I never did get round to buying new batteries for the scales and so for several months now I have continued to use the dry measure for measuring out all of my ingredients. This goes against all my instincts as I am a very precise baker and I think there’s so much more room for error using the measure instead of scales. The only thing I can’t use it for is butter, I therefore go by eye and use the line marks that are on the packet to roughly guess.
So far all my cakes have turned out with no problem, prahaps one day I will get round to buying batteries, but for the moment I quite like the simplicity of the measure. Does anynone else use one instead of scales? I would love to hear from any of you who just go by eye and not use scales at all!
I have some very exciting news, on the 2nd May till the 4th May, I will be at the Manchester Creative Crafts Show with The Make and Do studio. Some of the Make and Do tutors (including me!) are teaching workshops throughout the 3 days and we will also have a section of some Make and Do Provisions products available to buy at the workshops. Read the rest of this entry
This week has been a bit of a mixed one, with lots of sewing and baking of all sorts of different things. My first job was to make a custom order cover for an iPad Mini. With free reign of choice of material, and knowing a little about the recipient, I chose a retro feeling typewriter print Read the rest of this entry
From the joys of Twitter I discovered that Anna was setting up a post circle, where those who have joined get to send and receive post. What could be better?! So I signed up and I have been allocated to the bumble bee group (that made me excited in itself as I love bees!). We were put into groups of 6 and Anna chose who we were to write to first, after that who we write to and the frequency is up to us. Read the rest of this entry
I was approached by the editor of Sewing World Magazine late last year, asking if I would like to submit a tutorial for consideration for inclusion in the magazine. I have finally made the item and submitted the tutorial, just need to wait and see If it gets accepted now! Without giving it away here’s a few close up photos
I have been very fortunate recently to get a few more requests for custom orders. One request was for 3 different bags, all tied in with the same theme. I suggested a few ideas and the customer decided on a knitting bag, small purse and a ‘Grace Kelly bag’. I used the same fabrics in all three items, with a cupcake motif on 2 of the bags. Read the rest of this entry
This week I’d like to welcome Meltco to my blog, they have kindly offered to write a guest post on upcycling.
We all have items lying around our homes that we don’t use. Our natural sentimental brains always find a reason to keep hold of them in case they come in handy in the future.
This often leads to hoarding – but it doesn’t have to. Using your creative flair, you can upcycle almost anything, from your old scented candles, to an un-used suitcase.