Archive for July, 2012

A good week all round

You best get comfy, I have a lot to talk (well write) about today. I’ve had a lot going on the past week, don’t you love it when that happens, lots of little things to get excited about and sometimes big things too. I’m hoping the rest of the summer holidays will be as busy, I need to keep the monsters occupied.

Anyway back to my week. I had an order for some bandana bibs, so off to one of my favourite fabric shops I went, Hometown in Rochester, Kent. I love it in Hometown, the staff are always friendly and really helpful, they don’t mind the monsters “helping” me shop either so I get more time to rummage through the bolts! I haven’t been in for a while so all the new fabrics were a nice surprise, I struggled to resist the urge to spend a fortune, I’m sure you can understand that 😉

My customer also wanted some Skull print which I found at Fabric Inspirations, I went for a great Kokka print.

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I have had a few customers buy multiple bibs in an order, so I decided to trial a special offer of 5 bibs for the price of 4. I’ve been pleased with the response so will be adding it to my Etsy shop soon.

I finally received my exhibit numbers for the HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show, my quilts are numbers 29 Country Garden and 30 Go Fetch! If you are going give them a wave. It all seems real now, I guess I should pull my finger out and get them finished.

The monsters and I have been busy buying the last few bits for our camping trip which is coming up soon, they were so excited to get their sleeping bags, not sure how well they will sleep in them once we get away though. It’s the first time we have been so it should be interesting, 4 adults, 4 monsters and 3 dogs, it’s not going to be a quiet week.

By Friday with all the excitement I was knackered and knew we had a busy weekend ahead. I was just settling down to have a cheeky cider, watch the opening ceremony and finish making my lovely friend Sam’s birthday present (for the next day, I love a bit of pressure me) when the phone rang. I nearly didn’t answer but I’m so glad I did. It was a lovely lady called Louise ringing to tell me that an allotment was available if I wanted it. Of course I said yes! We are all so excited, living in a flat we don’t have much room to grow so the allotment will be great. We are sharing it with our neighbours, Lyn and I are off down there tomorrow to have a good look at our plot and start planning. Be warned I will be boring you to death with a new topic very soon, the highs and lows of fruit and veg Ha!

Saturday was a busy day, I had double booked us so it was a mad dash for Monster no1’s swimming lesson, a quick change then off to Sams for her youngests birthday, then on to my Great Aunts house for a lovely afternoon in the garden. The monsters had a great time riding round in Great Uncle Tims mini tractor and we all ate too much BBQ.

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As you can see my Mum and cousin enjoyed the tractor as much as the monsters, if not more.

Next stop was to drop the dogs home then back to Sams for a few cheeky glasses of vino, a fashion show from Sam and a mammoth Nerf Gun battle (the adults not the monsters oops!). I had made Sam a skirt from some lovely Liberty print Jersey and a make up bag from a texty print I had in my stash.

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Skirts

We all had a great time and as you can imagine we all slept well Saturday night. The monsters were shattered Sunday and were still recovering today.

Last little thing before I go, I just wanted to say thank you to the very talented Karen over at Blueberry Park. She very kindly sent me a bag of pretty scraps she didn’t need, so I will be using those for key fobs and cards. Make sure you check out her blog it’s a great read and look through her shop, Karen prints her own fabrics which are to die for.

The Ladies Wot Stitch

Today was my sewing groups first meeting. There were a few of us there, (thank you for your support you know who you are xxx), my lovely friend Sam made some yummy chocolate chip cakes for us. My sister came to show her support too even though she isn’t very crafty, she is more than happy to come along for the chat side of things. My mum came too, with the hammock she started at school and never finished, she has no idea how to complete it and cannot find instructions, but has set herself the challenge of completing it, so if any of you lovely readers know how to make a knotted rope hammock feel free to leave tips below! I managed to get the back done for my Country Garden quilt and am ready to start quilting.

The hall is a great size, with sofas and plenty of space for us to work. We did lots of chatting and decided on a name for the group, we are The Ladies Wot Stitch.

I’m really pleased as I have had quite a few people contact me to say they would like to come to the next meeting, The Ladies Wot Stitch will next be meeting Monday 6th August 7:30pm till 9:30pm St Luke’s Church, £2 a session.

Hope to see you there!

End of an era and new beginnings

What an emotional few days, I’m sure a lot of you have been through the same this week or over the years. Monster no1 finished nursery and is off to big school in September! How did my scrawny, twiglet legged baby grow into a cheeky, confident boy so fast?!

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Monster no1 is so excited to start big school, but at the same time he is upset he’s going to a different school to his nursery friends and has already been telling me he misses them (he only finished nursery wednesday). I think it’s going to be a great learning curve for him, making new friends, gaining more independence, all the new experiences. I’m so excited for him, I know its selfish but in a way I’m sad too, I’m one step closer to him not needing me, before I know it he will be a grunting teenager who is certain I’m only here to embarrass him. All the time he wants a cuddle before bed I’m going to make the most of it.

As monster no1 was leaving I thought I would make the nursery teachers a thank you present each. I decided to make them key fobs, they have a few keys for gates and doors at nursery that they need handy all the time so I figured this would be a good idea. I have loads of lovely scraps from the Country Garden quilt I’m making for my first exhibition that would be perfect for his teachers.

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I think when I started making them my brain had a bit of a melt down, for some reason I thought I would need a layer of wadding as well as interfacing to make it stiff enough. BIG MISTAKE. After a bit of swearing at myself (and unpicking) I quickly got them done.

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I’m really pleased with them and glad I used a ribbon loop to attach the rings, I don’t know why but I am. I just hope they all like them.

Now these are done I can get back to my list of projects, the first few bits I need to get done are a phone case for my nan, a business card holder for the hubby and my quilts for the exhibition. Once those are out of the way I’m thinking about making myself a cute clutch bag out of one of these overprinted beauties from Lu Summers.

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Oh and I will be making a few key fobs for my Etsy shop too!

I think that little lot will keep me occupied for while, what projects have you got planned for the rest of summer?

Sewing Group Update

Good News! You will be pleased to know that I have found a hall, it is all booked and we are good to go!

The first meeting (I don’t really like that word it sounds a bit boring) gathering will be Monday 23rd July 7:30pm till 9:30pm, that’s NEXT MONDAY (Woohoo!!!!). It will be held in the Miss Coppen room at St Luke’s Church Maidstone, if you click here you can see a map. There is a free carpark next to the church, the entrance to our hall is through the door in the carpark.

If you are coming, and I hope you are, just bring along any projects you want to work on and any equipment you need, or if you haven’t sewn before and are not sure where to start just bring yourself! Don’t worry I won’t go mad if you aren’t there dead on 7:30pm, I’ve got monsters and I know it can be a nightmare getting out of the house sometimes, come when you are ready.

I really want this to be a place for people to make new friends, have fun and hopefully learn new skills along the way. I am not doing this for profit, but unfortunately I do have to hire the hall, because of this there will be a nominal fee of £2 per person, per gathering. If we have any money left after the hall is paid perhaps it could go on a fabric stash kitty for the group or something?

Lastly and most importantly we need a name for our little gathering, unfortunately I can’t call us the stitch and bitch brigade as it will be published in the church’s newsletter ha ha. So please have a think and leave name ideas in the comments below.

Right I’m off to to make presents for monster no1’s nursery teachers, he leaves Wednesday, it’s all going too fast he will be a stroppy teenager in no time *sobs in a snotty sleeve*

Laters!

Sewing groups

Me again! Is it just me or does sewing sometimes get a bit lonely? Don’t get me wrong I love sewing, machine or by hand, just every now and then I envy my husband going off to work and sitting in an office full of like minded people to bounce ideas off of. Do you get that too?

I have been thinking about this more and more lately, especially over the past fortnight where I have been sewing late into the night, just two sleepy mutts and bad tv for company (oh and hubby’s snoring). It would be nice to have a group of ladies (or men, I’m not fussy), that could all get together say once a fortnight and catch up, sew, knit, crotchet or embroider and maybe even have a cake or two. I would love a nice relaxed gathering where people can learn new things, ask for help with problems and hopefully pick up new ideas. I follow the blogs of Katy, Lynne and Justine who are all members of the Kitchen Quilt Guild. They regularly meet at Lynne’s house and talk sewing and everything else. From their blogs it seems like they all have a great to time together and I’m gonna be honest I’m jealous!

I decided to do something about it, I had a search about on the interweb looking for groups to join in my area but they all seem to be for a particular craft or a bit to formal for my liking. I was telling a good friend of mine about this and she suggested I start my own, she would make the tea (I may be called Polly but I’m awful at putting the kettle on) and I could organise the rest. So what do you think? Should I take the plunge and set up my own “Bitch and Stitch” as it were? My flat is too small to do it at home but I could hold it in a hall near by.

Have any of you joined or started your own group like this? I would love to hear about it and of course any tips greatly received 😉 Also if you are close enough (I’m in Maidstone) would you be interested in joining?

Please comment below or email me, I would love to hear from you!

What a disaster!

Sorry I have been quiet the past few weeks, I have been crazy busy with the on going colds we have all had (monster no2 and I are still coughing Grrrr!) and the Stock for my stall at the Aylesford festival which was on Saturday.

I managed to get everything I wanted to made and all packed up ready for the stall by Friday night, mainly thanks to my mum and dad taking the boys out a couple times so I could work in peace and my darling hubby for making the dinner most nights! I got to my pitch bright and early Saturday morning to get set up (did I mention it was outdoors?), Gazebo up, table up, then the rain started 🙁 and continued on and off all morning, not a good start. Mum and Dad arrived to help finish setting up and they were shortly followed by hubby, the monsters and the mutts. The monsters loved the live music and monster no1 really enjoyed running around with his friends from nursery.

Unfortunately due to the rain the turnout was much less than expected and by lunchtime the rain became torrential. Gazebos were being blown over, my stock was getting wet and shoppers vanished. At the same time as the rain started monster no1 wandered off. It was so frightening, he had been playing football with some friends and decided to walk off to the other side of the festival and play on the swings. Luckily our friends had helped organise the event and between them, hubby, my sister, my parents and I he was quickly found. He is always so good at playing where we can see him but I think that the excitement of the day took over a bit, I have never been so worried and felt so hopeless before and hope I never feel like that again. That was the final straw for me, we packed up and left, soaking wet, stressed and no sales, not my best day that’s for sure.

Here’s my stall, I will list all the items in my Etsy shop, so feel free to check it out.

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