Friday, 22 May 2009

Tote time

Mummy Sew seems to have been REALLY busy while i was away! Another pretty thing she finished off this weekend:
She used two old pockets and old buttons, suffolk puffs and bows...and i think its lovely! She found the pocket in a scrap bag that Flossyblossy gave us. I thought using old pockets and straps from old clothes was a wonderful idea!
Possibly going up for sale on Folksy...

Thursday, 21 May 2009


I got back from my weekend away to find these adorable little ones adorning the mantlepiece. Aren't they the cutest, cuddliest little things!!
Ma found the owlets over at Roman Sock, and they appear to have been pretty speedy little things.
Pictured here with some of the wedding flowers they were giving away. Dozens on jam jars - so sweet!
And below a pressie from Tom - a bit fat squashy seat to plonk myself on for the inevitable bike rides. It was pretty wonderful, I have to admit - 15 miles against the wind on the coast and no sore bottom! Has to be a first :D

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

A Weekend in the Lakes...

I've had more han a week off work! And of course there was a special occasion - Tom's brother got married this weekend in the lake district, sew I've spent a few days on the banks of Thirlmere, and a few days in Carlisle with Tom.
We even treked up Helvelan...well, half way up anyway. I think we reached cloud level, and the pouring rain and horribly strong winds turned us around pretty sharpish. See? That's Thirlmere down there.
Being the fool I am, I took no photo's of me and Tom! But here's Hugh and Cath and little Oli, with Hughs brothers Tom and Jim on either side. The sun came out in prefect timing for photos and the whole day was beautiful! Good disco, good food, and great music by Tom's dad John. Their jazz band are called Traditional Old Pork Scratchings - or TOPS. Fantastic!

Thursday, 14 May 2009


Sew whats been happening in life? Well yesterday....(why wasn't this in yesterdays post? Who knows) I finished my Art A-level!! YAAAAAAY!! So glad thats all all over. It's so hard to be creative when you have a title to work to. Anyway, my project titles that ive been working on since September are self chosen 'Conflict' which evolved into work about the Suffragettes, and again, self chosen 'Infection Control' which was mainly textile based.
I chose Art and Literature out of the given list for my exam and used Little Red Riding Hood, looking at its dark side. Anyway, i'm mounting up next week, and if i get it all up on the walls, I'll pop a few pictures up :)
Now a sight such as this greatly upsets me. I love post. LOVE it. adore it. It is my reason for getting up in the morning! Literally. Sew when one of these comes through the letter box, its awful! I have to wait a whole extra day! AND i have to go and get it myself. The trouble is...when I go and collect it, I am convinced the post-lady is going to come while i am out and leave me another one. It's awful. :(
Aaaaanyway on a bright, cheerful, flowery note - look what Mummy Sew made!
We found a PDF tutorial here at Roman Sock. Aren't they cute :D Other cute things of the week - check out what i got in part of a Matchbox swap from smokeyquartz. Her etsy store is fabulous - i just love her headdresses.
The bag is so wow and the buttons are POW. The teeny tiny little book is just wonderful too! The ribbon, i bought myself the other day when i was in Skipton getting myself another teapot later!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Tea for Two

Wedding presents pre kiln. I love this place - coffee and clay. Tom enjoyed it too which was wierd...but awesome.
That and some homemade placemats will do for the wedding i think - pictures to come hopefully when they're all finished.

Sew a whopping great big long photo blog!

Mummy Sew has done it again! She went a bit mad on the outfit front, so there are quite a few photos here for you today! Slightly gollywog-like which i love. I love the old fashioned gollywogs, i would absolutely love one. Sew....the catwalk commences. Here is outfit number one...

For a summery sunshine day...

Plus a little cardie, for when the sun goes in.

The above - an all so important long dress for the posh occasions :D

A soft cashmere do for those sensitive days! Complete with handbag to match

oh and plus a little cardie again

And since its summer, we'd better drag the old swimming cosie out!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Sew we made a few Buttons

Mummy Sew and I were bored last we made buttons! Dragged the fimo out dusty and neglected as it was and had a play while Greys Anatomy was on (oh McDreamy!).

We made rolls of colour and layered them up so we had four colours in a little "snake", then sliced through to get little multicoloured flat circles...

Punched them twice with a needle et voila!! Buttons...not sure whether their sell-able, but they are cool.

These are just my favourites we did quite a few!

You like?

Oh, another recent swap I sent: I exchanged Paper Art Dolls. The top one i sent to RedRobin all the way to Kansas (pictured with a notecard - my little owl motif that i'm so addicted to!) and the far bottom i received from Kasade! Cool
I enjoyed making mine, although admittedly i've been rather busy and stressed with the A2 art exam - i am half way through the 15 hours that it takes to make the final piece. At the same time, finishing off the other 2 projects and writing an essay on the Suffragettes AND working nights...hence, Mummy Sew got involved before i could and really, she did most of it! The Skirt is tied at the back which i thought was a really cute little extra idea :)

Friday, 8 May 2009

Sew keep recycling!

Remember these that i made out of juice cartons? Well i made quite a few (half a dozen :s)...and have decidedthey need a bit of variety.
I have infact discovered that they work quite well as needle cases! Big wow! I quite like them, and my sewing machine survived beating its way through felt and card which spurred me on too.
I tried sewing the felt pages in at both ends, to see which work best.
The one on the left seemed to work better - with the felt on the top hinge, it got slightly in the way of the purses closing. Not drastically but hey. Cute?
And a big thank you to the knackered sewing machine. It keeps plodding on :)
Oh and look what i recieved in a swap recently: part of a stuff an envie swap all the way from Israel! Libat enclosed some very pretty little Ex Libris stickers which i adore...aren't they beautiful?

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Sew I Went Fabric Shopping

I went fabric shopping today...and limited myself to one shop. Thank goodness i did, and thank goodness i had one goal in mind! I have been looking for a big floral print that i can cut into easy circles and make into circular place mats for a wedding gift. It is my boyfriends brothers wedding on May 16th so i don't have much time left! I intend to pipe the edges too sew i better get going i suppose...

The little pink bit was a sneaky buy for myself :) I'm thinking bags.

Sew a Handbag Swap

I swapped one of these bags i made quite a while ago with my Tutor and I quite proudly say she uses it all the time! Remember one of these is for sale over at my folksy store?She recently gave me in return, this gorgeous little thing - isn't it wonderful! I just love the colours :)

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Sew a Handbag...

My first usable big handbag!! I used the fabric that i bought in Leeds - from here, and made up my own pattern.
I added pleats - 3 on each side of each handle for a little detail, and a quite a large pocket on the inside. Its also got a calico covered piece of card on the inside so that the bottom keeps its shape. I'm mega pleased with this! Its actually very neat work. It was made to match a vintage dress i bought recently, but it doesn't really go...It will be used anyway methinks!

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Sew check out swaps...

ooooh check out part of the cool time swap i got from Rita the other day... part of a cracker swap - stuff a cracker with artsy craftsy stuff. Very cool things included! Especially love the embossed felt stuff - yum!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Sew some glasses cases...

I have recently invested in 3 (yes THREE!) pairs of new sunglasses in prep for holiday times in mallorca again this year. When i say invested, i do infact mean raided charity shops, vintage fair stalls and friendly giveaways...
Anyway, cases aren't normally involved in such investments, and even if they were, they're normally too big and bulky, I decided a make was needed!

Owly motif was needed obviously and a lace voila!
Note the very snazzy wallace sunglasses donated by a tres generous friend!


Of course, three pairs of sunglasses mean more cases are to come...and velcro/poppers need to be added too!

Just added this to my Folksy store! Added a popper clasp too. I intend to make quite a few :)