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Schnitzel and Boo’s Mini Quilt Swap Round 3

Late last year Kristi opened up sign ups for round 3 of the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap over on Instagram. Of course I signed up and this time I also volunteered to be a swap mama too. For those not in the know swap mamas help coordinate the swap by making sure their group of swap partners all give and receive a mini quilt, if for any reason somebody has to pull out then the they arrange for an angel to send to the partner instead. Swap mamas also try their best to help their swap group with any queries they may have. This was the first time I’ve been a swap mama and I’m so glad I did it, I really enjoyed helping out both Kristi and my group, their were well over 800 participants in this round so you can imagine the logistical nightmare that could be!

My partner had said she liked bright colours so I went with it and made a bear paw block mini using some nice, bright, solids.

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I backed it with an Ikea print I had left from another quilt (which I’ve still not finished!) and added a hand written label.

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I also included a few little extras, including some of my favourite chocolate bars.

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I was a very lucky girl, I received this super package from my partner who turned out to be one of my sewing friends Pippa! I was so excited that my partner was someone I knew and she’d managed to keep it a secret! She completely nailed it! Get it?!

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When Pippa was posting progress photos on IG I had fallen in love with it so you can imagine how pleased I was when I opened my parcel! She also included some awesome extras for me, all wrapped in cute paper.

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The little house is adorable and how handy are those flight safe scissors?! I’ve got to be honest that chocolate did not last more than 2 minutes!! All in all it was a pretty great round, I’m just hoping there will be a round 4 soon.

Handmade Wardrobe – Blanket Coat

This is the last make from 2014 I have to share with you and I think it may be my favourite.

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I think I’ve probably told with you before my fear of sleeves. As we all know a winter coat really needs sleeves so this make was another chance for me to face my fear. I’m pleased to say I am gradually getting over my sewing fears, as with everything practice makes perfect! I decided a while a go (before they flooded the shops over autumn/winter I’d like to add!) that I wanted to make a nice big, warm blanket coat for winter. Something snuggly that I could wrap myself up in on the school run, as that seems to be the extent of my social calendar lately. I spent a long time trawling patterns and ended up picking Vogue V8930 MISSES’ JACKET, it’s a very simple pattern but had exactly the look I was hoping for.

Once I found my pattern it was a quick trip to Goldhawk road to find the perfect fabric. I dragged my mum along to help me decide and after looking at some amazing wools I ended up with some kind of man made fibre blend, I’ve got no idea what it was but it washes a dream, was super stable to work with and best of all it was only £7 a metre rather than the £25 plus prices on the beautiful wools we were looking at. I am completely happy paying for quality fabric but as I had never made a coat before I didn’t want to waste lovely fabric on what may have been a disaster. Thankfully my bargain purple coat turned out perfectly.

Before I started cutting out the pattern I had planned on not lining the coat, but as I read through the pattern I preferred the seam finish on the lined version. I did a bit of pattern juggling and managed to cut the extra collar pieces I needed from my purple fabric. On the same shopping trip I had picked up some more African wax print to make another Mortmain dress (I might cut that out this weekend actually) which complemented the purple, so I used it for the back and sleeve lining, it was like it was meant to be!

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I was a little nervous about how my machine would handle the thick layers of fabric, especially now I was adding lining, normally it gets the right hump about thick layers, but to my surprise the fabric was a dream to sew. The coat came together so quickly and the sleeves went in first time, I don’t actually remember having to really use my seam ripper which is really unusual.

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Making this coat made me realise that I’m becoming much more confident about sewing, especially sewing from patterns. I felt comfortable not sticking to a particular pattern version, I used the shorter length, I added the lining but mixed fabric types and used the inset pockets. It’s the little tweaks you make to patterns that really make your clothes your own and different from ready to wear.

This coat has had a lot of wear over the past few months in rain and wind and it has kept me both warm and dry. The fact that the huge collar doubles up as a hood has helped with that.

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I love this coat. I feel like I’m wearing my personality when I wear this, its bright and fun, while still being stylish. I have had lots of compliments about it when I’ve been out, people even asked where I bought it! They couldn’t believe I made it! That made me feel a little proud of myself. Best of all they couldn’t believe how much I made it for, in total it came in at about £35 and that’s including the thread!! The Hubby was very happy when I told him that Ha!

Making for Someone Else

2014 was my year of selfish sewing. The year before I had been so busy making for others that I felt I didn’t get a really get a chance to try all the new sewing challenges and techniques I wanted. I felt I had become a little bit complacent about crafting in general. 2014 was a different year, I made selfish sewing a priority and crochet too for that matter. I even decided that Christmas I would give myself a break and not make everyone’s gifts. Having said all that I did make two Christmas gifts.

The first was for my sister. She had mentioned to me that she would love a crochet blanket, very bright, a real mixture of colours. Well challenge accepted! I have only ever made smaller crochet projects so this was going to be a big undertaking for me. I started it around Easter time and planned to work on it whenever I had some free time, a nice, relaxing, long term project, or so I thought.

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I underestimated how much time it would take and ended up frantically working on it every spare second I had towards the end! I used a simple granny square block but all the colour changing took a lot of time.

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I joined all the blocks with a cream colour which I think really lifts it and brings it all together.

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Confession time. I don’t have any good photos of it yet as it isn’t completely finished. I was a lazy muppet and didn’t finish the ends as I went so I had to give it to my sister unfinished and then take it back. I’m now still steadily working through all those ends. Worst. Job. Ever.

The only other handmade gift I made was a secret Santa pressie for the Sewing Club Christmas lunch. At sewing club this year we all agreed that the lead up to Christmas would be manic so it would be better for all of us to have a Christmas lunch in January. That way we would all have more time to make our secret Santa pressies and it would give us something to look forward to after all the Christmas excitement.

So a few weeks ago we all rocked up for lunch in our Christmas jumpers (well most of us anyway), my mum even bought us all crackers!

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We all put our handmade gifts into a bag then each took a turn to take one out, lucky dip style. I made this embroidery hoop craft storage which Emmie picked out.

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This was a nice little make for the new year and great for stash busting too. I found some crafty themed fabric in my stash, layered them up to and stitched straight lines at different intervals to make the pockets. I added a simple crochet layer to the embroidery hoop so it matched the fabrics and also so the wooden frame didn’t catch on it. I stretched the fabric layers over the hoop and tightened to secure it in place.

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To make sure the back stayed tidy and didn’t move I overlocked the edges of the fabric layers before putting them in the frame. Once I was happy with the fabric placement and the hoop was tightened I used my glue gun to stick the excess fabric to the inside of the frame. Handy hanging storage finished.

I pulled this cute little pincushion jar made by Annie out of the secret Santa lucky dip. You can never have too many pin cushions!

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My very clever friend Becca made this insanely cute purse, which my mum got.

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Rachel got these handy pattern weights that my mum made. How useful, I really must make some.

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I didn’t get a chance to photograph everyone else’s gifts but they were all equally as awesome. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch catching up and chatting about all things crafty.

All Wrapped Up

Today I dashed outside before I missed the two minutes of sunshine and managed to photograph a few of my makes. It was bloody freezing out there so I had to work quick! I thought I’d show you my wrap dress I made in November (I think?). It’s taken me what feels like forever to finally get round to photographing this dress, between the crazy run up to Christmas and the bad weather I really struggled.

I love wrap dresses, I think they look beautiful, they can be so flattering, but only if you get the fit right. Now this is where I have a problem, I’ve come to realise that I’m quite short from shoulder to chest and have a large bust, because of this I find it hard to buy a wrap dress. I had a thought when shopping one day “I can make that!” So that’s what I did.

I chose the Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress as a few sewing friends had made and recommended it. I’ve got to be honest and say I’m not sure I would buy a pattern from here again. The pattern shows two sleeve and skirt length options but these are not marked on the pattern, the instructions are straight forward but I would say on the minimalist side, it doesn’t give you any fabric recommendation other than “Jersey” so I was a little bit nervous as to whether the fabric I chose would be too stretchy. I think the pattern is better suited to people who have attended the associated class (run at the Sew Over It shops) or have more experience in dress making. The dress did come together quite quickly but I did struggle with the fit. The pattern explained that there was not much ease and would be quite fitted so I was half expecting the Size 12 that I was making not to fit. Boy was I wrong!

While I was making the dress I kept trying it on ( as you do) to check it was fitting ok and it all seemed fine. Once the dress was finished and I tried it on I realised it wasn’t wearable. I had excess fabric across the chest so even if I over wrapped the dress still gaped. I was so disappointed. After a pep talk from my mum I decided to take the dress along to our next sewing club meet up and see what the gang thought before taking my trusty seam ripper to it. I’m so glad I did as Rachel had the great idea of gathering at the shoulders to fix the problem. Amazing! It took me all of 2 minutes to do and the dress was saved.

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As you can see the dress is definitely wearable although I do still have to over wrap it a little and I have to wear a vest underneath too.

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I am pleased with the length of the dress but half wish I had made the sleeves 3 quarter length, I still might.

I guess overall this dress turned out ok but I’m not really sure how much I will wear it. It was a good lesson for me though. I now know just how much I hate facings, they really get on my nerves, I much prefer binding to finish. I also learnt that as longer as I fit the standard pattern measurements I am fine but still have A LOT to learn about fitting. I guess it will come, slowly, with experience, well I hope so anyway.

Now I know I said I wouldn’t buy another Sew Over It pattern but I am glad I bought this one. It has shown me a little more about my sewing style and what pattern brands fit me best. We have to realise that we are all different and like ready to wear clothes some patterns suit some body types better than others.

Handmade Wardrobe – Joni Top

I was lucky enough to get to test this fab pattern for my IG buddy Leanne Fanny. The Joni has a dress and top version, I tested the top version in a size 14 (to fit my big bangers in). I did have to take the side seams in a little extra but it fit me perfectly across the bust.

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This is the first pattern Leanne has released, you can find it here, in her Etsy shop. I really like the shape of the neckline on the Joni and love that the back is the same shape.

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The pattern is great for beginners as there are plenty of photos and comprehensive instructions to follow. The dress version has an elasticated waist which looks cute, but I haven’t had a chance to make it yet.

I had fun picking fabric for this top. I had originally planned on using the leftover blue floral print from my Myrtle dress but I didn’t have quite enough. Instead, off I trotted to Fabricland where the classic cars caught my eye. Lucky for me they had a plain lilac polycotton in the same shade as the cars in the print and exactly the same weight. A match made in heaven don’t you think?

Before I go I just want to say sorry for the scary stare in these photos, I don’t know what happened? Think I lost the ability to smile. Seriously what was I doing??

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Myrtle, She’s My Best Friend

I’ve got a new best friend. Her name’s Myrtle. She looks good in every colour and print imaginable and what’s best of all she likes both woven and jersey fabrics!!

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This is the first Colette pattern I’ve tried and I was really pleased with the results. The Myrtle has two length versions, I started with the short version in a metallic stripe Jersey from Fabric House (of course!). There is also an option to add epaulettes but I decided to make it without.

Seriously how awesome is this fabric?!

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The dress goes together reasonably quickly. I pre-cut and took it to our August Sewing club meeting, I managed all the sewing while I was there except closing up the waistband and hemming. Well actually I did get the waistband done but the stitching was a mess because I was rushing so I redid it when I got home.

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Next up, a woven version.

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Although the pattern is supplied with instructions for making the dress in Jersey you can find instructions for using woven fabrics on the Colette Patterns website. I got some bargain, blue, floral viscose (I think) for something like £2 a metre from a shop in Goldhawk road. It was light and had a nice drape so I figured lets give it a go. I found some ready made bias binding in Fabricland which went perfectly with the fabric for the back of the neckline and armholes. It’s the first time I’ve used binding instead of facings and I love the finish, I’m not really a fan of facings so will try using binding more often.

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I opted for the longer length and I think it works really well. Next time I make a woven Myrtle I would add a little extra to the seam allowance just to give me room for a nicer finish.

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The dresses are so easy to wear, the jersey version was great on holiday with both heels and flats. The floral one I’ve worn since we’ve been home with a shawl for a party at a friends house and also dressed it down with a grey, boyfriend fit, cardi and a pair of converse. I really like the fact there are in-seam pockets too.

This is a great dress for me as the pattern is easy to follow and the finished dress looks a lot more complex than it actually is to make. I love how easy to wear the Myrtle is while the neckline adds a bit of interest. It’s definitely versatile too, how great would a velvet version look for winter with tights and boots? Or maybe even a maxi length version?

Handmade Wardrobe – The Holiday Edition

I don’t know about you but I like my holiday clothes to be easy to pack and wear, I try my best to travel light and I don’t want to spend my valuable holiday time ironing. This summer Hubby, the Monsters and I spent two weeks relaxing in the Red Sea. While on holiday I wanted to wear as much handmade as possible. As you can imagine Egypt was HOT so I wanted light weight items that would also compliment my other clothes. I could never be described as a fashion forward, I love clothes and fashion but with 2 boys in the house I don’t spend much time in heels. I like my clothes to show my personality but at the same time they need to be comfy and easy to transition from day to night. If I’m being really honest I’m a pretty lazy dresser.

After going through my wardrobe I decided I needed a few more dresses and some bikini cover ups. My fabric of choice was definitely Jersey, it just rolls up so tiny for packing and I love to wear it.

Cover ups –

You can’t go wrong with a playsuit. Quick to slip on over a bikini but can just as easily be dressed up for the evening with heels and jewellery.

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The pattern was an old Prima pattern I had from a few years ago, it also had a jumpsuit version which I might make too. The fabric I picked up in Goldhawk road from my favourite shop, Fabric House.

On the same shopping trip I bought two chiffon prints from the famous “man outside Sainsbury’s” in Walthamstow market. I thought they would be great for simple kimonos. I used this tutorial and added cute crochet trims from Fabricland.

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As I chose sheer fabrics I opted for french seams. The main reason I added the trim was because I couldn’t decide how to finish the raw edge. I had originally planned to do a rolled hem using my overlocker but I just couldn’t get it to work properly. It was the first time I’d worked with Chiffon and it wasn’t really my friend, the crochet trim definitely saved me!

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I thought I’d wear these a lot in the day but I ended up wearing them in the evenings with a plain vest and skirt or shorts. I’ve also worn them a lot with jeans since I’ve been home.

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Dresses –

Dresses were a no brainer, I whipped up two Mission maxis, this time minus the maxi.

I kept one short.

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And the second midi.

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Both fabrics were from Fabric House, again. My mission maxi pattern was definitely a good investment, so far I’ve used it to make 3 dresses and a vest, it’s so quick to sew up and fits me perfectly.

How cute do the monsters look in my holiday snaps?!

A Serious Crafty Catch Up

Well hi there, how have you been? I don’t know about you but here at Casa O’Meara we’re all looking forward to the summer holidays, only a few days to go. The down fall to having the monsters at home for 6 weeks is my sewing time gets seriously cut. So before my project progress becomes non-existent I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to.

A few Sundays a go I got to spend a bit of quality time with Monster no1 helping him with his craft homework, he had to make a sea creature of his choice. After trawling the internet he decided on a banded sea snake, we raided my stash of felt and got to work.

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It was great to see him really concentrating and enjoying using the sewing machine. I don’t think I’ve seen him sit still for that long since he started walking! He was so proud of his efforts, he did a brilliant job. I only had to help him sew the curve of the head and to close up the tail.

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As well as homework I’ve been working on my handmade wardrobe. We’ve finally booked our holiday and I’m hoping to have plenty of handmade clothes to take with me. My project list is full of beach cover ups and lightweight easy to pack items. First tick off the to-make list was a quick little upcycle. My t-shirt I love but have sadly shrunk out of (yup that’s right!) was too ridiculously big to wear anymore so thanks to pinterest and my fabric scissors I chopped the sleeves off, changed the neckline and plaited the back.

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Beach cover up done!

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Next on my list – Lace t-shirt
I popped into my local haberdashery and for some reason this coral lace just called out to me, honestly it made me buy it. Next thing you know I’m skipping out the shop with lace and neon binding. I mean it could only end well 🙂

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I already have an old lace t-shirt I bought a few years ago, its cheap but just the right size, so I used that to draught myself a pattern while Monster no2 took a rare nap.

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To finish it off I decided to trim the hemline following the lace pattern, for a cute scallop edge. I love the neon binding and the dropped hem at the back, its little touches like that I like the most on handmade clothes, that’s when you get to really put your personality across.

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My last project to show you for now is a fun little make up bag I made as a gift for a friend, I hope she likes it!

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Sewing Club Shopping Trip

I’ve been planning making my own summer wardrobe for a while now. There has definitely been lots of planning. Research and planning, but not a lot else. I’m totally scared of actually taking the plunge into dressmaking. Well April is the month I take action! With advice from my lovely friends at sewing club I’ve worked up a list of patterns I’d like to start with. I’ve taken all my measurements (thanks for the help mum!) and written a fabric shopping list, yeah I love lists. So Next step is a good one, fabric shopping.

Last Saturday was sewing clubs first shopping outing. We were all pretty excited, it was like going on your first school trip. I was up early and on the train with my shopping list in hand. First stop Walthamstow Market. I bought some great leopard print jersey from the man outside Sainsburys.

With this one I’m going to make a maxi dress using the Misson Maxi pattern
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And using the same pattern I thought this would make a great vest.

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They were both a bargain £2 a metre.

Here we all are happy with our purchases.

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Photo courtesy of Rachel Pinheiro.

I picked up 6 yards of this 100% cotton from one of the shops along the high street for £10!!

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I had planned to make a full circle skirt out of it but as there’s so much I can’t decide whether to make a dress or matching skirt and top? Any thoughts?

After a good look round the market we all split off to do different things. Mum, Shelley and I popped to Shaukat on Old Brompton Road. If you love Liberty fabrics, actually just fabric in general you should definitely check it out. The website doesn’t do it justice, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of fabric yumminess!

Next mum and I headed off to Goldhawk road. This is where I got a little overwhelmed. Seriously there were so many fabric shops it all just blurred into one. After visiting pretty much every shop I settled on this light weight denim which I plan to use for a pair of scalloped hem shorts. I think it was around £6 a metre.

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Sorry the photo isn’t great, the fabric almost has a shine to it (in a good way) and is so unbelievably soft. I’m a bit nervous about making shorts but I’m really looking forward to wearing them.

I bought this jersey for another vest too, £2 a metre.

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My last purchase of the day was from the lovely Rashid. He was so helpful, here he is cutting my mums purchase.

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I chose this super bright jersey, think it was about £4 a metre and will be another maxi dress.

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After a long day shopping there was only one thing left to do, DRINK!

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To Do List Review

You might remember that in January I shared a bit of a to do list on my blog. Well we’re a quarter of the way through the year (wow that went fast!) so I thought it would be good to review the list.

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All done. I definitely have more time to sew and work through my to do lists.

– Teach Monster no1 to sew.
We haven’t had time to sit at the sewing machine together yet but I’m hoping over the Easter holidays we can finish his pin wheel cushion.

– Work through my crafty to do list.
Oh come on, as if this will ever get crossed off. Every time I finish one WIP 3 or more new projects have been added to the list, oops.

– Make my own clothes.
Now this one I’m pretty excited about! It’s not crossed off yet but I have been busy buying patterns and this weekend I’m off to London with some of my sewing club friends to buy fabric for my planned projects. It’s definitely going to be a comfy shoes and big bag kinda day out. Don’t worry I’ll be sharing my plans and purchases with you next week.

– Exercise more.
I haven’t got round to joining a gym yet but I am walking more now I know where to go for good walks in the area. The dogs love trekking through the woods, especially now the weather is starting to improve.

Blog at least once a week
I can definitely cross this off the list. Since January I’ve made a conscious effort to post more and have enjoyed sharing my week and WIP’s, good or bad, with you. I hope you don’t feel so neglected and I promise I’ll keep it up.

The Procrastipost

Yes I know it’s Wednesday and you were expecting to see the words “Midweek WIP’s” but I’m just not feeling it today. Wednesdays should be my productive days, monster no1 at school and monster no2 at nursery, the house to my self, free to get on with my long list of projects. The thing is this morning it’s just not happening. I had set aside today to work on a bag pattern I would like to share with you guys, my first proper PDF pattern, but my brain has other ideas. So far I’ve been food shopping, popped to hobbycraft (just cos), had leftover pancakes (yum) and sat staring at my laptop for over an hour. I’ve even considered doing housework. Seriously what is wrong my my wandering mind? I just can’t seem to focus.

So now instead I’ve popped in to say hi to you, clear my thoughts and hopefully get focused again. Or I could just be using you as a crutch for all my procrastination needs. Well as I’m here I might as well show you my crochet hook roll I made this weekend.

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This has to be the girliest thing I have made in a while, it’s not normally my style, but I love it because the monsters gave me the fabric I used as part of my Mother’s Day present last year and I’ve been saving it for a little project I can keep.

The outer fabric is a fairy tale princesses print which I attempted to free motion quilt (very badly) for the first time. I definitely need a lot more practice, you can’t see in the photo but consistency is not a word I can use yet when talking about stitch length!

The monsters also gave me the heart fabric that I used for the pocket and lining. It coordinated perfectly with the colours in the outer fabric.

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And to tip it over the edge on the cuteness scale I finished the roll off with a scrap of lace I had left over from a previous project.

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Oh can you believe it it’s lunch time. I best get on but thanks for keeping me occupied. I hope your day is more productive than mine!

Not Much Making But A Bit Of Buying

On the making front this week has been quiet, the only finish I have to share with you is my Chunky Infinity Scarf I started a few weeks ago. Originally I had intended for it to have a hood but because I went with a ribbed effect the scarf was crazy thick and swallowed up the yarn pretty fast (I ended up using just short of 400g of chunky yarn). The ribbing makes it so snug and warm plus the yarn is super soft, I just don’t want to take it off! I made it long so I have the option of wearing it loosely (like in the photos) or wrapping it round once more when it’s really cold.

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It’s been really difficult to get a decent photo of my scarf thanks to the torrential rain we’re having right now but Monster no1 gave me a hand this morning on the school run. I think he did a pretty good job! Monster no2 also wanted to have a go, here is his shot.

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Do you think he’s trying to tell me he doesn’t like my hat?

I might not have done much sewing this week but I have been busy. My mum came to stay for a few days so we took a trip to Eternal Maker, I picked up these Kokka beauties. The Rhino print is for a tablet case the hubby has asked me to make and I plan on making a small cross body bag with the cameras.

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I’m also in the planning stages of a project I’ll share with you soon. I popped to Dunelm Mill and found some PVC coated cotton which is going to be perfect for it.

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Seriously you can’t go wrong with owls.

It’s Here, It’s Here!

I had a very happy mail day yesterday, my order from Sew Fresh Fabrics arrived. You can find Sew Fresh Fabrics on Etsy here, they offer a great service and delivery is nice and quick.

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Yup isn’t it pretty! Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander FQs!! I have been waiting to get my hands on this lovely collection for a while now, but haven’t been able to find the entire collection easily available in the UK (the lovely Justine over at Simply Solids had it but she sold out before I could place an order

New project and this time it’s for me!

I’ve just ordered this Anna Maria Horner pattern, called the Art Student Tote.

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I’ve been moaning for ages that I want a new day bag to cart all my crap round in, you know with two kids a handbag is actually a portable life support system. Anyway I couldn’t find one I liked (that didn’t cost a bajillion pounds) so I decided to make one and this is what I’ve chosen. I’m a little nervous as I haven’t made a bag this detailed before, it has lots of straps and pockets, I normally work with simpler patterns but I need to be brave and just get on with it. I can’t wait for the pattern to arrive, promise I will update you as I go along, even if I do make a hash of it!

I’m thinking about using some super yummy animal print from Anna’s new collection Field Study for parts of the bag, what do you think?

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The lady in the know, Katy (over at I’m a Ginger Monkey), introduced me to this amazing collection from Anna, if you like animal print as much as I do then this line is for you! The colours look great, it comes in three palettes,

Moonlit
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Gypsy
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And Patina
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Along with the animal print (did I mention the animal print?!) there are beautiful butterflies, peacock feathers and plenty of florals, I think I may be in love!

 

All images above  are courtesy of www.annamariahorner.com Copyright 2007-2011 Anna Maria Horner

I haven’t forgotten you…….Honest!

I know, I know I’ve been slacking in the blog department lately, it’s been busy around here but I know that’s no excuse so I’m sorry.

Since I last posted the monsters seem to have really grown up, Monster no2 has decided he wants to potty train, so all he seems to say is “wee wee, wee wee mummy!” he quickly worked out that to avoid bedtime or the naughty corner all he has to do is shout the W word and whip off his trousers! Having said that he is doing really well, even waking up in the night a few times to go on the toilet. Monster no1 is rapidly growing up, it’s his first day at school tomorrow, only mornings to start, he is so excited and I am too…..it’s just….he seems so grown up but he’s still my baby. It’s going to feel strange without him at home once he goes full days.

This week we’ve celebrated my mum and Sean’s birthdays. My poor mum had to have some nasty injections at the hospital on her birthday, we had a quiet afternoon together so she could open her pressies. She has an unhealthy obsession with Marmite so I made her a Marmite Hamper

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And this Snoopy make-up bag.

Oh no wait, yup that’s right, I somehow managed to delete the photo of said make-up bag but I’m sure you can imagine what it looks like (I’m a complete muppet and will include a new photo on my next post).

Months ago I was doing a bit of fabric shopping on Etsy (as you do) and came across this fabric from here, my mum has loved Snoopy since she was a kid and you don’t see much of it in the UK anymore so I ordered it and put it away ready for her birthday. I love the comic strip look, the fabric was lovely to sew and the service was great. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

This year I got the hubster proper boy presents (with help from the monsters). I got him a red stripy sweatshirt from John Lewis (I do plan on stealing this after a month or two), monster no1 chose him some Star Wars Lego which they sat and made at breakfast and monster no2 got Daddy some Xbox games (which he is busy playing now). We spent today at Farming World which is great for the kids, lots of farm animals, birds of prey, outdoor and indoor play areas. We all enjoyed it (especially the Pillows), although my back is suffering now!

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As well as all this I have had a few orders to complete and have designed a new fold over clutch which I’ve listed in my Etsy shop. This will be available in more prints soon but feel free to contact me if you would like one in a particular colour way or print.

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