Sewing

Story Time Sampler

So have you heard the news? The clever gals at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery have brought out a new year long cross stitch sampler.

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Each month you will be emailed a favourite story time character. Starting this month with Alice in Wonderland. The first pattern was released on the 15th January but fear not you can still buy and download the pattern here.

If you need some supplies I can recommend The Homemakery. Kate sells all the thread and fabric you might need to get you started. There is also very helpful blog post on picking your fabric, as the fabric the Pumpkins use is only available in the US.

I’m off now to do some stitching, I’ll of course keep you posted with my progress!

x

Chatter · Inspiration

Friday Favourites

It has been a while since I last did a Friday Favourites feature, I’m hoping to make them more of a regular thing this year. Here is what has caught my eye and love this week.

CustardCream Crochet PatternA super cute Custard Cream Crochet pattern. Which you can see here.

Forget me Not by CocoRose I love Vanessa from Coco Rose Diaries photography, and just love this simple but stunning picture of some Forget Me Nots.

Down Grapevine LaneI am totally in love with this EPP from Down Grapevine Lane. Perfect fussy cutting!

Chase and chloeAnd finally look at these beauties from Chase & Chloe, sadly my days of wearing heels this high are long gone so I can appreciate these from afar.

 

(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing some of my favourite things from the week and are my own personal opinions, all links were correct at the time of publishing)

Sewing

Pretty Hexie Pincushion

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I thought I would start the year with making something pretty, and you can’t get much prettier with sweet floral Tilda fabrics.

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It all started when I came across this little hexie flower in my sewing box, the hardest part was deciding what backing fabric to use. I was drawn to both the dots and the floral, the dots really made it pop but the floral is so pretty! So I put it to some clever ladies on Instagram who all agreed on the dots.

pretty pincushionI decided to go round as inspired by some pretty pincushions by Amy at Nana Company. She really does have the prettiest style! After appliqueing the hexie flower onto the dots I did a little bit of quilting, and joined it together with some matching Tilda fabric.

pretty pincushion2I am pleased with how it turned out but the perfectionist in me wishes it was slightly neater. So although technically I started this last year, I finished it in this year and so I think it is allowed to be called my first make of 2015. Here is to many more pretty makes this year!

Baking · Chatter · Sewing

Hello 2015 {Updated}

I’m looking forward to a brand new start this year. 2014 was spent mainly being unwell. I tried to play it down on here but well its not been easy. It didn’t leave me much time for what I love doing dance, making and blogging. I received my annual report from WordPress a couple of days ago and was shocked to read I had only managed to publish 70 posts.

The great thing about the start of the year is all the plans and ideas you promise yourself you’ll do… the disappointing thing at the end of the year is when you realise you’ve not fulfilled them! The key is to not beat yourself up about it, last year taught me to be thankful for the little things and (try) not to worry about the big stuff. Take each day at a time and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

The highlight of the year definitely had to be Louie!

LouieIts amazing what a difference to your life one little dog can make! He really did brighten up an otherwise miserable year.

EPP!

2014 was the year of the hexagon! I had a lot of fun with these, including two quilts! Which brought my completed quilt count up to 3! There will be plenty more hexagons in 2015 I’m sure!

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I almost forgot to include my bakes of 2014! It doesn’t look as many as I remember baking, so I’m pretty sure some didn’t get photographed! I know I made plenty of mince pies in December and a Christmas yule log.

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A major achievement for me over the year was to quit smoking. One year ago today, and I’m so pleased with myself. These figures are based on a 20 a day habit, so if you are trying to give up now these stats could be yours in a years time.

FabricThanks to the extra pennies here is just some of the lovely fabrics I was able to treat myself with. It is one addiction I don’t want to give up!

So what’s the plan for 2015? Well I can’t give it all away now but I hope to have some new things in the shop, I hope to get back to my ballet classes, do more photography and take more time to blog and maybe another quilt.. or 2.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year! Thank you for all your support in 2014.

xx

P.s The shop will reopen on Monday 5th January