Posts Tagged ‘Alexander Henry’

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.

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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.

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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
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A little Christmas Dinner
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The monsters and Aunty Frankie
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Just call her Rudolph
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I made both my Nan’s a set of pot holders each, one festive themed (an Alexander Henry print) and a scrappy one.
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For my sister I made a Crochet slouchy beanie. I used a Aran weight yarn so it was nice and chunky.
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These Dresden plate cushions were for Sean’s parents.
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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.

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My Two Favourite Things – Sewing & Shopping

I’m not sure whether you know but this weekend has been the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. It’s a great place to go for inspiration and even better, shopping!

Saturday morning, bright and early mum and I hopped in the car and took a road trip to Alli Palli. It’s the second year we have been so I had a bit of a game plan, I had a shopping list and I was NOT allowed to stray from it. I’m pleased to say I was a good girl and stuck to it.

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I desperately needed a new square ruler so went for a 9 1/2 inch, I’ve not had a yellow one before so we will see how I get on with it.

I needed some buttons for making tree decorations, I made some last year to sell on my stall and they were a big hit so I will have these done and in my shop soon. I got the buttons from the lovely ladies at Eternal Maker and The Button Company. They sell loads of beautiful fabrics and a wide selection of buttons, ribbons and haberdashery items. I would say 90% of my buttons come from here (the rest are from my nans collection!). I also picked up some fab “Where’s my ‘stache?” from Alexander Henry and some “Snowflakes in Red” from Laurie Wisbrun’s collection Brrr! for Robert Kaufman. I also grabbed some antique brass D rings for my Art Student Tote.

Next stop was Pin it and Stitch where I grabbed a bit of Summersville Weave in teal that I plan on using for my next Hexie project.

Last but not least my final purchase was………drum roll please…………..Field Study! You know that stupidily hot animal print fabric I keep raving about, yup I bought some for my Art Student Tote and for the straps and lining some floral from the collection. I got these over at Village Haberdashery another shop I would highly recommend, all the ladies on the stall were really friendly and helpful. They asked to see a photo of my bag when it’s done so fingers crossed it’s a success!

By now I had spent plenty, so mum and I stopped for lunch with our friend Chris who was there for the day to do a workshop (and some shopping too). We soon said goodbye to Chris and made our way to the exhibition that was on display. There was some amazing work but this in particular caught my eye

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I can’t imagine how long it took but I just love it, all the detail involved, the colours, everything about it is just fun.

Another great day at the Knitting and Stitching show, I can’t wait for next year!

Happy Post Day

It’s been a busy few days in the madhouse with me taking on the role of Nurse Polly. Pluto seems to be getting better, but we are going back to the vets today to get one of his stitches checked. The monsters now both have stinking colds and I think Monster No2 is teething so you can imagine the snotty grizzly mess he is 🙁 then to add to the poorly brigade Sean and I have caught the cold too.

Thankfully we have still managed to get out a bit and Friday night we went to meet Monster no1s nursery friend in the pub (with his parents of course). While we were chatting it came up in conversation that the village is having a festival on 7th July and the nursery friends mum was organising it. Somehow this has led to me having a stall!! Over the weekend I busily checked through my stash and shopped for supplies as I now have just under two weeks to get myself organised.

Today the postman delivered just what I had been waiting for, my online orders from Fabric Inspirations and Backstitch. I would thoroughly recommend these shops as the delivery time is always fast and the fabrics are fabulous.

Look at the lovely packaging from Alice at Backstitch. These fabrics are Lu Summers Summersville Town, Lu Summers Scandi and Loulouthi Triflora.

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I got these two great Alexander Henry pinup girls from Fabric Inspirations, they are Aloha! Vintage Pareo and Mirage Navy.

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I did pick up a few more fabrics from Hometown in Rochester and some Amy Butler beauties in the sale in John Lewis

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I plan on making make-up bags, zip pouches, purses, iPad and Kindle cases. I might make some bibs and shopping bags too if I get the time and knowing me I will probably think of a few other things as I go along. Mmm keyrings maybe?

As you can imagine my quilts have had to go on hold but once everything is ready for the festival I will be back to my floral squares again.

What have you got on the go this week? Why not leave a comment sharing your WIPs for the week.

If you are free on the 7th July and local come and say hi at The Aylesford Festival