Archive for January, 2014

Midweek WIP’s

It’s that time of the week again! I’m quite surprised to say I have actually got a few projects to share with you this week as since moving I’ve found it really hard to get back into any kind of sewing routine, but here goes.

My EPP cushion hasn’t really gone much further, I’ve had a bit of a look in my stash but nothing is really jumping out at me for the background so I’ll probably buy something new.

I was thinking this
20140129-173628.jpg

Or this?
20140129-173708.jpg

Tonight I’m going to finish this fun little pot holder, I just have to hand stitch the binding and I’m done. I used a few scraps from my stash, the moustaches have to be one of my all time favourite prints and this was the last piece I had that was really useable.

You can’t go wrong with spotty binding.
20140129-174712.jpg

20140129-174819.jpg

I’ve started a new crochet project too. I’ve had my eye on a nice, chunky infinity scarf with a hood but couldn’t decide on what pattern to follow so I did what any sensible person would do and decided to make it up. I opted for this really soft yarn from my new local wool shop, Pack Lane Wool they have an online shop too.

20140129-175847.jpg

So far this is all I’ve done, but in my defence it is crazy long and ribbed too so it’s not growing quite as fast as I’d hoped. It should be ready for next winter though!

20140129-180132.jpg

My last project of the week is a cheeky lil stitchery for my sewing room. Not really sure where I’m going with it yet but I like it so far.

20140129-180358.jpg

Midweek WIP’s

See I promised I was going to pay you more attention, I’m back already!

Sometimes I get to the middle of the week and can’t help thinking “Why is it so long till the weekend?!” or “Half the week is gone already and what have I actually done?”. I need a little mid week motivation so every Wednesday I’m going to share the week’s WIPs with you. Now I’m not going to promise that I’ll have a lot to share but at least if it’s in black and white it will make me realise what I’ve managed to achieve or give me the kick up the bum I need to work through my crafty to do list.

This week I’ve been working on a little EPP project. It started out as a doodle a few nights ago while I was watching tv.

20140122-182313.jpg

But then I remembered I had some precious Lucie Summers overprints that I’d been saving for something special and a few scraps of solids that just by chance coordinated perfectly, so my little doodle is now destined to be a cushion.

20140122-182752.jpg

Sunday was sewing club day so off I went with my biscuit tin of EPP goodies (aren’t biscuit tins just the best!) and had a lovely relaxing day stitching away. I’ve got one more piece to join then it will be finished but I just can’t decide what to use for the background and the back of the cushion? Something plain and neutral like a cream or grey? Or do I go for something a bit wilder? All opinions gratefully received.

How’s your crafty week working out? I’d love to here about your WIPs so feel free to share them in the comments 🙂

A Difficult Decision

Over the past few months my life has become increasingly hectic and with everything going on juggling family and my JAK & GEEGEE shop has become very difficult. After a lot of consideration I have decided to close my Etsy shop, leaving me more time to spend on my blog which I love writing, time with the monsters and Sean and (more importantly) I’ll have more time to sew just for fun. I’ve got a long list of projects that I’m desperate to have a go at but sewing for the shop has meant my poor list has simply been forgotten. A new year and a new sewing room have made me realise now is the time to start really enjoying sewing again.

So my big plans for 2014 are

– Close my Etsy shop
As of 31/1/14 my JAK & GEEGEE Etsy shop will be closed, my sale will be on until then so make sure if there are any items you want head to my shop before the 31/1/14.

– Teach Monster no1 to sew.
We started a pin wheel cushion in 2013 so we’ll be finishing that.

– Work through my crafty to do list.
I’m not going to share my list now, partly because it’s forever growing, but also I’ll be sharing each project with you as I go so don’t want to ruin the surprise.

– Make my own clothes.
Last August I had a bit of a reality check and realised that I needed to lose some weight and get fit again. I started following a Paleo lifestyle and trying to exercise more, which is probably one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. I’ve managed to lose 2 1/2 stone and dropped 2 dress sizes, I’ve got so much more energy and feel better in myself. Anyway, now that I’m not a blimp and actually a size I want to stay at, I figure it’s time to start making myself some clothes. The added bonus being I’ll need less fabric now that I’m smaller ;). To be honest I’m a little scared of this plan as I don’t really have a clue about making clothes that actually fit properly but we all have to start somewhere and thankfully my lovely sewing club buddy Rachel Pinheiro as volunteered to help me, Phew!

– Exercise more.
Self explanatory really. The weight I’ve lost has been 90% diet so it’s time to get toning, if you’re a mum reading this you can imagine the amount of work I’ve got to do on my jelly belly lol. I’m just hoping I can crochet while on a bike at the gym, multitasking at its best right?

– Blog at least once a week.
I do love my little blog, even if my mums the only reader (thanks mum xxx), but I have neglected you in 2013 only writing sporadically. Well this year I will write once a week, even if it’s just to say I’ve been lazy and not got anything crafty done. Honesty is the best policy after all.

I think I’ve got plenty to keep me busy, I feel better just writing it all down and am really looking forward to the year ahead. Have you got any big crafty plans for 2014? I’d love to hear about them!

Shameless Plug Alert

Just a quick one to let you all know that there is 30% OFF all ready made items in my Etsy Shop so go check out the bargains!

New Year, New County, New Sewing Room

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous break and Father Christmas bought you everything you wished for.

My Christmas, well actually the whole of December was pretty insane. Monster no2 turned 3, 2 of our closest friends got married, oh and we moved house………..the weekend before Christmas. As I’m starting to write this I now understand why people were acting like I was insane on hearing our plans.

I’ve known my friend Jess since I was at uni, we met at our Saturday job and have been close friends since. A few years ago her and her lovely husband (eek!) Louie moved away for his work so the wedding meant a trip to Liverpool for us. I mean how perfect was that the week before Christmas, a cheeky trip to a beautiful city, maybe squeeze in a bit of shopping and then home in time for a big family Christmas at ours. Well that was my plan when we got our invite earlier in the year but then the beginning of November Sean came home and announced we were being relocated to Hampshire. Lucky girl you may think but here comes the best bit, we would be moving before Christmas. Now imagine me frantically driving backwards and forwards from Kent to Hampshire to find a house, school and nursery. Well I managed it but the only day we could move in was the day AFTER the wedding. So no shopping for me 🙁

Thanks to lots of help from my amazing mum, dad, sister and friend Sam I somehow managed to get us moved and to the wedding without any major catastrophes. We had a great time at the wedding, Jess looked amazing and I’m so glad we got to share such a special day with them.

20140106-231745.jpg

As a wedding present I made a pixelated heart quilt. All the patterned fabric used in the quilt top were “love” themed and for the back I used the last of my Ikea number print.

20140106-231445.jpg

After the wedding we had a few days to unpack and Christmasify (that’s a real word you know) the new house ready for our 5 guests arriving Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner for 11 of us Christmas Day.

My very hungry family
20140106-225114.jpg

A little Christmas Dinner
20140106-225215.jpg

The monsters and Aunty Frankie
20140106-225338.jpg

Just call her Rudolph
20140106-230418.jpg

Luckily I’d planned ahead when it came to making Christmas presents for everyone and just about managed to get everything finished before having to pack up all my sewing stuff for the move.

I made the monsters a Teepee. All the fabric is camping or outdoor themed and I used a fun black cobweb print for the tubes to hold the poles.
20140106-225625.jpg

My dad wanted something to keep his SatNav in, not overly exciting I know but it’s what he wanted. I went for this fun print that reminded me of The Two Ronnie’s.
20140106-224456.jpg

My mum loves anything nautical, the more anchors the better, so I chose a navy nautical print from Sevenberry for her quilted clutch. I also added a little zippered pocket inside which I lined with a bright pink and orange stripe fabric I had in my stash.
20140107-102142.jpg

20140107-102202.jpg

I made both my Nan’s a set of pot holders each, one festive themed (an Alexander Henry print) and a scrappy one.
20140106-224627.jpg

For my sister I made a Crochet slouchy beanie. I used a Aran weight yarn so it was nice and chunky.
20140106-230259.jpg

These Dresden plate cushions were for Sean’s parents.
20140106-224349.jpg

I also made a few smaller gifts which I didn’t get a chance to photograph.

The best thing about the move for me was my sewing room. I finally have my own (very small) room, all to myself, just for me to fill with all my sewing goodies. Hopefully now the monsters are back at school and things are settling down I can start putting my room to good use and get sewing, I’ve got lots of crafty plans for 2014.

20140106-230125.jpg