Chatter · Sewing

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.

grandmother garden quilt

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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Crafts · Sewing

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!

Liberty Cross Stitch

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 :)

Baking · Inspiration

Fun with sprinkles!

unicorn!!

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!

confetti cake

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.

sprinkles icecream

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 :( )

 

Chatter

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 :)

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