Stitchy progress!

I’ve finally finished my hexie quilt top! I have to admit there was a point when I thought it would never be finished, especially when I had to un-pick an entire row! But now I can say it’s done! Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed stitching this but there does come a time when you are near the end of a long project that you desperately want to cross the finish line!

hexie quiltHere is a little sneaky peek, sorry for the bad photo this was taken impromptu on my phone. I will of course have proper pictures of the completed project. I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at hand quilting this one… it seems fitting seeming as the quilt is hand-stitched. The dotted lines you can see are just my markings of where I will quilt, not sure if that’s cheating or not? I’m a bit of a  perfectionist though so this should save me some time in the long run.

Backing and binding

My backing fabric and binding fabric arrived on Friday but rather frustratingly the wadding failed to show, so my plan of doing some hand quilting over the weekend was not to be, its also why I marked the quilt lines with pen. How cute is the cherry binding! You can find it here and the backing fabric which is 108″ wide! is from here

My pick of the week

Finally my top picks from the past week, you can see here some of the photo-a-day prompts that I have done, and another sneak peak of the finished quilt top! (I’m @saysies if you want to follow me)

September already!?

OK so I know I start every month off with  I can’t believe its …. *insert month here* but I REALLY can’t believe it’s September. I feel like I must have slept through most of August, which is entirely possible given how unwell I have been, and now I wake up to see autumn is rolling in, it’s hibernation in reverse!

Anyway here is a few snapshots from August. You can see the rest in my Instagram feed. IMG_20140901_093333

Lots of baking in there inspired by The Great British Bake Off, have you been watching? What are your thoughts on the “Bincident”?

In the bottom right hand corner of the mosaic there is a little peek at the top I mentioned in my last post, the neckline is unfinished and I just used cheapy polycotton fabric but it was fun to make nonetheless. I doubt it will make an appearance in the outside world!

Speaking of instagram a new month means a whole new month of #fmsphotoaday!

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Simply take a photo of the prompt on that day and post it to instagram with the #fmsphotoaday. It’s lots of fun! :) Not on instagram? They have a facebook group too!

A little catch up

Hello there! I know it’s been a while but *whispers* I’ve still been unwell. Onwards and upwards I hope to be back on top of things soon!

Liberty Cross Stitch

I thought I would share with you my completed cross stitch from my last post. It took longer than I had planned, but it’s done now and I’m really pleased with it. It was a lovely little project to stitch and I am looking forward to trying more from the book.

I’ve also been working on my hexie quilt.

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A little sneak peak for you. If you’ve been following my progress you’ll  know I thought I would be finished with this by now, but life and illness got in the way of that. Plus I needed a little break from it and that’s where the cross stitch came in! I’m glad to have had the break from it and I know have a renewed passion for it and a determination to see it finished.

I also actually attempted to make my first ever item of clothing a simple top, it’s not quite finished yet, but I really enjoyed making it and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be I just took each step at a time and ended up with something that resembles the picture on the packet! I will be sharing that project and my plans for more soon!

 

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Liberty Cross Stitch Book a Sneak Peek and a Little Review..

I’m a huge lover of Liberty Fabrics, and cross stitch so when I saw that there was a Liberty Cross Stitch book I had to invest!

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The book is full of beautiful patterns and projects.

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Even if your not a fan of Liberty but love a bit of pretty cross stitch this book is for you. So many times I buy a craft book and see only one or two things I would like to make, but in this there are plenty I want to stitch!

Liberty Cross StitchThis is the chart I chose to start with, you can see the completed project on the front cover, admittedly I will probably not make into a cushion, I’m waiting to see when I’ve finished it what I will make, but I think I will just be framing it. I chose to change the colours slightly as I wasn’t a fan of the dark blue. It’s been a while since I last did any cross stitch but I fell into this so easily.

Liberty Cross StitchThis is it so far, I’ve found it very enjoyable to stitch and it’s coming a long nicely. I’ll be sure to share a picture when it’s completed.

I do recommend photocopying the pattern, especially if your like me and like to mark off where you have stitched, it saves you having to mark the book. The only teeny tiny complaint I have is there is no arrows to help you mark the centre of the pattern,  but that’s only a minor niggle and not a biggie.

The book assumes you have some cross stitch knowledge and dives straight into the projects, so if you’ve not cross stitched before you may want to learn from other sources first.

All in all it’s a fab book with some super pretty stitches and project ideas. Floral cross stitch that is on bang on trend and not old fashioned. I would highly recommend!

 

Disclaimer: This is my own views and opinions, in no way have I been asked or paid to do this review, it’s just me wanting to share a book I purchased and really liked :)

Fun with sprinkles!

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I’ve been feeling really inspired by sprinkles lately, the bright confetti of colours are sure to cheer anyone up, but why stop at a subtle scattering on top of a cupcake? Here are some fun examples of what more you can do with them!

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It’s mainly when I came across the image above when I knew I had to blog about it, but truthfully whenever I see a picture of something with sprinkles it always puts a smile on my face.

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The next time I get an ice cream I’m going to ask the man for extra sprinkles! Image source: Sparkles and Pretending.

Fun with sprinkles: cake

How about a whole cake covered in colourful confetti! Image source: Waiting on Martha

sprinkle covered strawberriesFor a slightly healthier option about adding them to some strawbs? Image source: Gastro Girl

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The next time I go to make cookies I’m going to bake a giant sized funfetti cookie like this one above and it’s proved to be very popular having been pinned to pinterest a whopping 294 thousand times! You can see the process of how it’s made at Sally’s Baking Addiction.

funfetticookiesAnd if you didn’t want a giant cookie, you could always make smaller ones like these. Image source: Averie Cooks

funfetti marshmallowsFinally to complete the sugar-filled high how about some funfetti marshmallow by Raspberri Cupcakes

Enjoy!

 

(Title image credit Urban Outfitters, sadly the unicorn shaker is no longer in stock :( )

 

Hello August!

Hello August

I can’t believe August is here already! We are over half way through the year and my mind is already thinking of Christmas for the shop.

I’m sorry for the lack of posts, my iron levels dropped again and it leaves me feeling so poorly, but I had my B12 injection yesterday and am already starting to feel better, the sad thing is I’ve found out this will be for the rest of my life, relying on injections every 3 months, although I have been reassured that once the levels have stabilised it’s not so bad. So here’s hoping.

I thought I’d share with you my top instagram picks of July, you can see my entire newsfeed here or search for @saysies. It was a great month overall but a bit too hot for my liking!! I’ve added a lot more Kindle Cases to the shop, and am currently offering free postage to orders in the UK!

Happy Friday :)

x

 

Shop Update: Kindle Cases

For those who follow my Facebook page will have seen that there has been some new items in the form of Kindle Cases in the shop. Now I know I originally said that they would be no more but a girl is allowed to change her mind… right?

I have adapted the design and so the new kindle cases have no flap, this mainly came about from road testing the case, I found the flap got in the way if you needed to put the Kindle away quickly, for example being called out in a waiting room to be seen. I also think it looks neater and less fussy.

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The closure now is a piece of elastic and a cute button. I will be making and listing more so keep an eye out.

So what do you think? I would love any feedback in the comments.

In other shop news I am in the process of booking some craft fairs including… dare I say it… Christmas craft fairs  and once I have confirmations I will post the dates up on here. It’s crazy how quickly this year is going, August is just around the corner. It feels like if you blink for too long life passes you by.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to send my thoughts and condolences to the families of the victims of MH17. I can’t imagine the pain you are going through, such a tragic situation.

 

Friday Favourites – Dress Patterns

I’ve mentioned in previous posts about my desire to learn to how to make a dress. I’ve still been a bit to scared to give it a go and have been sticking to my hexagons and sewing things for the shop. Really what I’m looking for is a pattern that is super simple to get me started, but being a beginner it’s hard to know what would be easy. Yesterday I spent rather a long time poring over patterns on the website Plush Addict,  I have only recently come across this website and am yet to buy anything from them, but boy do they have a lot of nice things.

I thought I would share with you 5 of my favourite patterns I came across.

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You can find them all here. Does anyone know of a super simple pattern I can have try with?

I hope you are managing to keep cool in this insanely hot weather.

Happy Friday

xx

Birthday girl

Happy birthday

So today is my birthday, and I’m another year older… boo hoo.  I don’t like this getting older malarkey! Anyway to celebrate I’m having a little sale in the shop. happy birthday I’m off now to fill myself with cake and chocolate, oh and a delightful afternoon tea this afternoon :) Birthday’s aren’t so bad after all! :) birthday

 

A day at the seaside

On Monday we celebrated hubbie’s birthday by going to the seaside for the day. It was made even more exciting because it was Louie’s first time at the beach.

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What else is to be done but have a Mr Whippy ice cream and Louie got to have one too, his first one.!

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I think he liked it! Then it was time to go for his first swim!DSC_0052He was a little unsure, so I lead him out on his leash, and then when I let him off, he was off! And we couldn’t stop him, he had a great time!

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I’ve never seen him run so fast or for so long, he looked so happy. He was completely exhausted when we got home bless him.

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Love the bright colours of these beach huts.

On the way home, we just by accident passed a fabric shop that I have shopped online from, and even though it was hubbie’s birthday he let me go and have a look!

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I tried to be quick as I promised, but look at all this fabric, this only some of it! I don’t think I’ve seen so much fabric in one place, I was in heaven. It would have been rude not to be in such a shop and not make a purchase, so I happily obliged and bought myself some goodies :)

All in all a good day was had by all, and I even caught the sun a little!