Crazy as it may seem (and way too grown up as far as I am concerned) – I am now Mrs B. After our wedding last weekend we ran off on honeymoon for our UK tour and have just returned to reality to he most wonderful preview photo from our awesome photographer – Sam Docker…
I want more!!! If this is how the rest of them will turn out then I can’t wait!
Whilst the wedding being over is sad on the one hand, I’m so excited to get back to making stuff for others and being able to share some of my wedding crafting and just blogging about the wedding and life generally. It’ll be lovely to get back to a little routine and I have A LOT of ideas of things I want to make and do for selling and gifting to friends and family :)
I originally intended to make a play suit to take to California with me – and I did – but due to serious errors of calculation on the pattern front it is more than a little difficult to get on and off/breathe in/move in! It put me in such bad mood for so long after realising that I’d just wasted one of my favourite new fabrics on an outfit I can’t wear But then I sucked it up and found a pattern in John Lewis for culotte style shorts that need just the right amount of fabric so I could make them out of the leftover fabric.
A lot of pattern cutting, head scratching and sewing later (well, only actually about 4-5 hours so not so bad) and I have a lovely pair of shorts to take with me – nice and thin and perfect for the hot weather! As they were pretty easy to make, and the sizing was pretty spot on, I reckon I might even make them again…though I have my eyes on the trouser pattern this time. They even have pockets – anything with pockets gets my vote!
I would have modelled them myself but a lot more fake tan needs to go on these legs before they are ready for public consumption! But I will ensure that Mr B gets a few shots of me in them on holiday!
I found a most excellent tutorial online to make a sunglasses case in a 1/2 hour on the blog of Sew Well Maide which I have made extensive use of – making myself two cases and a case to match the beach bag I just made for a friend.
It’s super easy to make and could be customised quite easily I think – I’ve got plans for an embroidered version and have already altered the pattern slightly by using a proper press stud rather than one’s you sew on – because I know (like all my buttons) it would fall off! Though I’m still not awesome at the press studs though…
Anyway, if you it give it a try then let me know how it goes – here’s one of my attempts…
1/2 hour sunglasses case
Following the success of my first beach bag (which I am keeping, no questions, I hands down LOVE it), a very lovely lady innocently asked if I could make her one before her impending holiday which essentially gave me two weeks – plenty of time in normal hours but with a full-time job and about a gazillion intentions to make stuff for my shop not so long – and I said no.
I just didn’t think I’d have time – then I saw this fabric in my cupboard which I completely forgot I bought from IKEA and a gorgeous matching yellow and white polka dot that I thrifted and I just knew I had to make it – I even had enough of the plastic to make the base hard – it was fated to be.
So the VIP lady got her wish and I made her a bag…which I now like a little bit more than mine (shhhh, my bag shall never know). It’s bigger, brighter and has even prettier pockets. But its future lies with VIP lady and I do hope they are very happy together!
If you would like one for yourself or as a present for another then please get in touch!
My first sale has now happened! The beautiful lilac hand-made quilted pot holder is winging its way to its new owner in London – may it have many happy days of pot holding and hanging from a drawer
For those who desperately want their own pot holder, there’s still one left – a lovely sunshine yellow and red FMQ’d pot holder for just £6.00 – get it before it goes!
There are loads of other hand-made items for sale in the shop but if you have your heart set on something that you don’t see, maybe you have a specific colour you’d like then just get in touch – I take commissions!
Lilac potholder – SOLD!
I’m pretty proud of myself if I do say so! Using some fabric leftover from cushions in our lounge and making my cousin’s birthday quilt, I put together this hard bottomed, multi pocketed beach bag last weekend in about 4 hours.
Whilst there are a few things I would tweak – running out of white thread halfway through and making the outer about 5mm larger than the inner being the most noteable – I am mostly happy with the bag and looking forward to using it on the beach in California! Just need to by our microfibre super bright towels now at Decathlon…
The outside of the bag – pretty bright!
Interior of the bag with four pockets
A shot of the interior pockets
My label on the pocket
I was lucky enough the other week to win a competition run by the very talented Lynne of Lily’s Quilts – something I’ve not done in a very long time – and I became the proud owner of a passport holder pattern from the most generous Amber at One Shabby Chick.
The pattern was really great and perfect for our upcoming California trip (could I mention that more times?!?) – I chose to make the smaller, 4 pocket version as there are only the two of us travelling. However, for some unknown reason I chose to make this in an oilcloth I got cheap off of eBay – do not make it in oilcloth unless you are intending to swear an enormous amount at your sewing machine, break 2 needles and unpick a million gazillion missed stitches. If you have a super duper powerful sewing machine you’d be fine I’m sure but my good old Janome was just not up to the task – even with a heavy weight needle. I ended up having to ‘cut’ the corners and sew a straight line across them to avoid the bulk of the corner.
This was my first time using a press stud too so excuse the small dent on the top, for some reason I decided to hit it with a hammer whilst the wrong way round in the holder. But there is beauty in imperfecti0n…hmmm. Better results next time for sure!
I have learnt my lesson…well I thought I had till I saw how gorgeous the wallet looked in oilcloth, and oh how practical…but no, these thoughts must be squashed!
But what do you think? I’m pretty pleased with myself if I do say so and love the grey and yellow together. I’ll definitely be making some more to put in my shop too…but for now, here is my little wallet, all packed up with our passports ready for our trip…in a month’s time – somewhat early!
Back in wedding season once again and an old friend from uni just got married (congratulations!), for their wedding gift I’ve spent the last few months creating a quilt which I hope they like and get a lot of use from.
I found some wonderful fabric from Moda called Good Fortune that just yelled to me wedding quilt. I created blocks of 2.5cm cubes and then sewed these all together to form a large cot sized quilt/foot warmer quilt for across the bottom of the bed. I then backed it in a vintage bed sheet – flowery blues and greens and bound in a upcycled white and green cotton pillowcase. This was then all quilted together using a grid pattern. Hopefully it gets lots of use and love or years to come!
Detail of the quilt top
Close up of the backing with the quilt label
Front and back of the quilt
Detail on the quilt
Quilt folded up and ready for wrapping
If you are looking to give a unique gift to someone for their wedding/birthday/anniversary etc then perhaps you would be interested in a quilt? I take commissions and would be very happy to discuss ideas if you have a particular fabric or style in mind, get in touch!
- Sum of its parts – Handmade quilt for sale (dreamalittledreamalot.wordpress.com)
- Dot to Dot Quilting (quiltingismytherapy.com)
- An Alice Quilt (bellsknits.com)
Whilst attempting to make things for the shop I’ve also been trying to create a quilt for my lovely cousin for her 18th – though next time I am using someone else’s design rather than stumbling along changing my mind as I go.
So here are the pictures, hopefully Meri likes it!
Oh, and, in case you didn’t already know, I opened my Etsy shop – maybe you need to buy a birthday present too?
The shop is now online (whilst I may have the mother of all headaches and be overly concerned that my fake tan is settling into deep lines around the back of neck)- and I’ve actually managed to do something with all the effort and time I have put in over the last few months (time off for boring wedding planning of course).
So I now have 15 items listed (and counting) and heading on my way to (really, truly, hopefully, fingers crossed) someone buying something…
On my lovely new online shop I have available for purchase the most excellent hand made items including hair accessories, make up bags, flower brooches, scarves, pot holders and quilts.