Thursday, 7 May 2015

hello sunshine!

some new cushions have arrived in the shop  they had been cut out and sat on my work table for too long so I got in my shed and stitched them up. The vintage nine patch is back, along with a lovely geometric print and my favourite vintage sheet pattern. Also my newly printed Hello Sunshine fabric.I'm planning on getting more printed panels worked up and also some repeat florals.
Hope you are having a lovely week  x x x

Monday, 20 April 2015

spring break...

so the holidays are over but this sunny happy weather is hanging around for a bit longer hopefully. This is what our Easter looked like...

our easter tree was a twig with origami birds, I confess I'm not taking this down anytime soon as I've grown very fond of it...

 sunny days and outdoor crafting are my favourite, this door wreath was so quick and easy to make....

 in the second week of the holidays we tripped off to a little log cabin in North Yorkshire for a few days... no internet or phone signal so we had a chance to unplug for a few was much needed.

I took a book, some wool and my quilt (which I take everywhere just so I feel a bit at home) and we walked and walked, saw waterfalls and castles, museums and rock pools, we took boat trips, had fish and chips on the beach and soaked up the sunny bright days.

and of course we couldn't resist a trip to Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay...

 and my wool slowly turned into this... now I have more than enough blankets these days so this one was for...

Arnie x

I hope you had a good Easter break...I'll be back soon with some new makes x

Friday, 27 March 2015

neon dot cushion tutorial...

hello! I made this sunny neon dot cushion at the weekend and I've done a little tutorial if you fancy making one for yourself.

things you will need
cotton calico 1m should make a couple of these cushions
fabric paint in your chosen colours
paper plate for mixing paint
sponge brush (I used a circle but you could do any shape or use a potato stamp)
pom pom maker medium size
sewing machine/thread
measuring tape
pillow insert 40cm x 40cm

  • Cut out a square of calico measuring 42cm x 42cm (front piece) and two rectangles measuring 42cm x 34cm (back pieces)
  •  using the fabric paint and sponge brush begin stamping the front piece of fabric, allow to dry and then iron the dots to heat seal the paint.
  • Hem one side of the wider edge on both of the back pieces. 
  • Place the front piece right side facing up
  • Place the back pieces right side facing down over the front piece with the hemmed edges
    towards the centre so that they overlap to make the envelope opening, pin together and sew a 1cm hem all the way around the four sides.

  • trim away excess seam allowance and turn the cover the right way around, pushing the corners to a point. Press the cover
  • make 4 pom poms using a pom pom maker or like this
  • stitch the pom poms on to each corner, making sure they are well attached

that's it, a pretty quick DIY apart from having to wait for the paint to dry...I found that the trickiest part because I am very impatient.

have a lovely weekend folks x x

Monday, 23 March 2015

book winner..

just a flying visit to announce the winner of the book giveaway from last week, thank you for all your comments! the winner is Amy Astle!!Amy get in touch with your email address so I can get your details to send this copy over to you x 
I'll be back soon with another tutorial x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

the book! Pretty, Organised...giveaway

it's finally time to share the tale about what kept me so busy for the first half of last year...
Early in 2014 a publishing company (Quintet) approached me and asked if I would be interested in authoring a book, of course I said Yes!!
The publishers already had the idea for the book and the brief was to put together 30 practical projects to be used for organisation and storage but which would also look pretty and stylish. I put everything on hold and got to work, after a few months all the projects were in place and I moved on to the writing.
food covers
I tried to think of ideas that would be useful but also with different skill levels and using some recycled, vintage items mixed in with new. I was conscious of working closely to the publishers brief whilst trying to keep a look that sat with my own usual style.

wall pocket tidy
Most of the photos in the book were taken by Sussie Bell  who has a very lovely, pretty way of styling and taking the shots.

project selector
It is set out in chapters dedicated to rooms so you can just concentrate on one space or the whole house. There are step by step projects plus tips for organising your home. I think lots of the projects would also make nice handmade gifts like the bathroom wrap, storage tubs, garment bags or the ipad case.

this lovely crate came back home to live with us after the photo shoot, it now stores my spare cushions and quilts.

here's a few ideas for keeping your hallway tidy...those very high heels are not mine by the way in case any of my friends are thinking I have traded in my DM's for proper lady shoes ;)

meal/shopping planner

I loved working on this book :) and I was pretty overwhelmed when I finally got to hold a copy in my shaky and slightly over excited hands! 
and so to celebrate I have a signed copy to give away... if you would like to purchase a copy or see more info it is available from here uk  or international versions  here  or here 

to enter just leave a comment below - UK only I'm afraid due to it being quite heavy.
feel free to share and spread the word on facebook, twitter or instagram and if you let me know I will enter your name again :)
closing date is end of day 20th March
Good Luck and happy organising!!!!