Finishing up toddler makes – a frugal birthday and some dressmaking

Whilst I’ve been sorting out the house and packing ready for our big move, I’ve also been making sure that I’ve finished all my WIPs and projects. The last thing I want is to move with lots of half finished things in project bags that could get lost or damaged in transit. I’ve started with the smaller things, socks and such that I’ve started, and most importantly, I’ve finished the Toddler’s birthday presents! Continue reading


My DIY skirt

I’ve been glued to the telly for weeks watching the Great British Sewing Bee. If you don’t know what this is, it is a program where amateur sewers make 3 garments every week which are judged on fit, technical skill and creativity. One is voted off every week until eventually one is crowned Britain’s best amateur sewer.  Continue reading

Further adventures in jumper upcycling

Well, what did I do with the rest of the jumper? It was really super simple, as the shape of the remaining bit meant there was something very obvious I could use it for.


Using some upholstery fabric I had kicking around and some spare bamboo handles I made a


A new knitting bag, which means I have more space to store my knitting projects. Huzzah!

Beautiful sewing goodies

I just had to share these pretties with you. My parents came today, and my mother said she had picked up some bits I might want, but as they didn’t cost much I could throw them away if I didn’t want them! Not likely! One person’s rubbish is a vintage lovers dream!

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Trying to make a feature wall

It is very frustrating to live in a house you cannot decorate when you have so many ideas on the subject. As it is, we rent the property we live in, and we are required to keep it looking the same way it did as we moved in. To try and get round this, I keep trying to create ‘feature’ walls in each room to break up the bland magnolia décor.


I had taken some plates down from a shelf where I had been displaying them in order to clear some clutter. Having no where to put them, I decided to use them in a slightly eclectic feature wall in the dining room. Our dining room is a little neglected. The front door is in the dining room, so it’s the first room you walk into. This means it’s also where we keep the shoes, as well as Amelia’s toy box and my sewing machine and craft things, including boxes of fabrics. The area was feeling cluttered, but the walls looked bare, so I took the plates and a couple of cross stitches and an embroidery that I couldn’t find a place for. To add to this, I took two embroidery hoops and mounted some nice fabric I had been holding on to. I’m pretty pleased with the result, and the new feature didn’t cost me a penny!


A lovely Weekend Workshop

A little while ago I did a craft fair and also taught a crochet workshop at a local church where we go to Toddler Time. I had a lovely time, and some of the women genuinely picked it up and did a great job, but it was very stressful trying to teach quite a few people at different times and all with different skills.

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I may have a problem….part one

I am always crafting. I don’t mean that in a jokey way. I am ALWAYS crafting. I keep a WIP in my bedside table in case I wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep. This morning at was sat at my sewing machine at 6.30 because everyone else was asleep and I had an opportunity to get something finished. I can’t help it, it’s like an addiction. However, because I make SO MANY things, inevitably more than a few things get left behind. Now I’m sure every crafter has a couple of long term projects in the back of cupboards, but I seem to compulsively start projects and never finish them. This week I finished three projects that I had been meaning to do, the bag from my previous post, my next project post, and a lovely hat, cos I don’t have a hat. This got me thinking about all the things I need to finish, so to shame myself into doing something about it, I shall list them here. Just to add insult to injury, there are so many that I have to split them over two posts. Oh boy….

Starting with the abandoned knitting projects:


I started this cardigan 4 years ago. I took it to the Isle of Wight and forgot one of the colours. It’s been in the back of the cupboard ever since. If you can see all of the ends that need weaving in, you can probably guess it will be there a little longer. It’s only missing the two front pieces and button band.


I was bought this sock yarn as a present for my birthday. Two years later I started these socks as an easy project whilst I was pregnant with my daughter. She is two in a month.


I found the pattern for this thrifty shawl in one of my long forgotten knitting books. It hasn’t been on the needles that long, perhaps a year, but I wouldn’t really say I’m ‘using up’ any of that wool. More just storing it.


I fear this beautiful snood may never be finished. I saw the pattern in the back of a knitting magazine and instantly bought it. I went to choose some wool and just assumed all sock yarn could replace lace weight yarn. Turns out that’s not the case, especially with Noro Silk Garden it would seem. You live you learn. I’m unsure what to do with this one. I don’t want to unravel it as it represents some hard work, but I’m a bit too scared to carry on. It’s been on the needles for three years.

Now my sewing projects are a different matter. I tend to hit the sewing machine when I can and get loads done in one sitting. This usually means, however, that there is a large pile of ‘ideas’ sitting by it waiting to be made into something less resembling a heap. This is the current state of the ‘ideas basket’


You’d think that would keep me busy. Probably not. I’m sure I’ll start something else next week. I’d like to think that sharing these would motivate me in some way. Of course this isn’t all of it. There is still all of my unfinished crocheting….