I dont think to blog unless….

…I have made something in which case i take photos and write a post.  But this evening after putting the children to bed, i started looking back into my old posts and was surprised to find it really interesting.  Things from last year that i had forgotton about, i then found myself reading about.  Marvellous.  So, i am afraid it means that you will be hearing a few more odds and sods about me and my life and not just sewing. 

It has been a strange and particularly stressful week as Andrew is in Kuwait.  well to be exact he was in Italy and then flew from there to Kuwait.  martha has been ill (surprise surprise i hear you say) and her sleeping patterns have hit an all time low.

Thankfully my mum and really good friend Liz have offered to have her for an hour or so each so that i can get to the gym.  i find going to the gym a real sanity saver.  Just time for me, too exhausted to stress about anything as i go to classes where the instructor constantly shouts at you.  Yoga keeps me reasonably calm and i am assuming eventually my body will start to show the benefits in the same way my head does.  I hate the fact that when i get really tired i get irritable with the children especially Oliver and then we all find ourselves in a catch 22 situation when noone is happy.  Last night Martha decided to cry, well scream for 2 hours solidly.  It was not a good evening.

I am still planning to put stuff into my shop on Folksy but have yet to make anything.  I did however make a card for a friend who is having a low patch at the moment, following the instructions from the book i wrote about in this post here.  It looked really lovely and not at all twee as i had feared.  I have started work on a headband for me to wear for “those hair days” but after my initial excitement at fabric painting, the novelty of bead sewing has worn off slightly.


Anyway, let me know what helps to keep you sane if anything


In the end i am pleased

sorry about the lack of light and the odd stray thread.




Do you ever get the feeling that…….

some bags just do not want to be made??

The bag order i am currently working on should have been straight forward and simple.  Let me tell you, if it could have gone wrong it has gone wrong.  Primarily because i just went sailing through with it and actually ended up sewing the bag to the lining before i had attached the clsoure tab and handle tabs.  SO lots of unpicking there.  Then, the handle hoops didnt work too well so i am still working on an aesthetic solution for that.
The fabric is a beautiful canvas but as such is really tricky to work with as it is so thick. I should have used the lining fabric for the handle hooks but decided to perservere.

Then when top stiching the outside it wasnt until i had finished that i realised not only how uneven it was but that the needle needed changing – so more unpicking.

Attaching the bamboo handles was another nightmare as i couldnt find handle hooks.  I looked high and low, sent an email to Lisa, panicked, panicked some more and then realised they were attached to the handle in the first place.  AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH. 

Thankfully, the turn and lock fastener worked because if that had gone wrong it would have been starting from scratch.

it does look phenomenal though and once i have finished the last couple of bits, i will post photos.

The fabric was “interesting” to work with but because of the thickness of it the bag has a fantastic shape even though the only interlining is sew-in.

I hope you are having better sewing experiences.

Photos tomorrow i promise.

Rant finished

Thanks to Ali

I have just ordered this, as i feel i simply HAVE to make the corset Ali speaks about in her post.  I love the idea of making beautiful things and not being hunched over my sewing machine constantly.

Anyway, hoping to have the latest bag order out by Friday, even if I did make a gigantic mistake that i will explain with the pictures.  Even now i can’t believe i did it.  But hey, here is keeping everything crossed the bag comes out ok.

Have a good day everyone

Happy new year to you all


I really hope you survived the holiday period.  well actually I hope you did more than survive it, I hope you had a bloody good time. We did.  Although to start off with it looked like it could all be over before it started as along with the rest of the country the children were plagued with ill health.  But thankfully, it was one of the best christmas’s ever.  Each year the children seem to enjoy it more, Oliver especially.  he seems to have gone from the stage of ripping open each present and then moving onto the next one without looking at what he has already opened, to opening the present and then actually sitting and playing with it for a while before we remind him that he has a few more to open.  Not many though, we dont go mad.

this year, oliver nearly had me in tears when over breakfast he sat munching on his croissant before looking over at me and saying

“mummy do you know which present is my favourite?” to which i obviously replied

“no darling”

“all of them, this is the best christmas ever.”

I completed all of the bag orders and have one more to work on over the next couple of weeks, the fabric arrived yesterday so i will show you photos of it tomorrow.  I do have photos of the completed beach bag but instead i thought i would share a photo of my two playing the piano at granny’s house.