Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Thank you & Winners

Thank you to those people who commented on my website with their likes and dislikes, the comments were all very useful and I’ve taken them all on board.  Hopefully it won’t be too long until the website is up and running with the changes.  Anyway without further ado, the winners are:

Comment No 5 and No 3

PootleFlump and Emma Thomsen

Who both win a Yum Yum lunchbag e-pattern

I will email you both with your patterns, hope you like them.



Sunday, 26 June 2011

Who Stole the sun? Pinafore to Skirt & Don’t forget my Giveaway.


We were all completely fed up with the weather after the long period of rain, cloudy & cooler weather we’ve been having - so when the weather man promised wall to wall sunshine today we dressed in shorts & t-shirts and headed for the coast.


This is what the weather was like at Weymouth at 11.30 this morning!  Cold, foggy & very very grey!  As this is the UK, we weren’t the only ones mad enough to be on the beach, it was actually very busy on the main beach.  Luckily it did brighten up – but only as we were heading back to the car!  Here is a photo of my daughter proving that it was warm enough to paddle as we were leaving.

DSCF0687Anyway back to crafting.  Yesterday I decided to turn one of Daisy’s school pinafores into a skirt as it had become increasingly short as she’s grown so much in the last year.


So I cut the top off

DSCF0661Sewed a casing for a piece of elastic and threaded it through.

DSCF0689A quick skirt to hopefully last her until the end of term!

And finally – for those people who have read my waffle until the end, don’t forget my giveaway for those lovely people who are willing to give me a bit of advice on my website.  Click here to go to the page.



Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Shop advice wanted & Giveaway


I have been very lax with posting on here – for a crafting blog there have been very few craft posts recently.  However rest assured that I have been busy and in time I will share with you a couple of things I have been up to.

However… I am in the process of revamping my shop site, with lovely shiny new photos & hopefully a new look.  And here’s the favour I’m asking - if anyone has a spare five minutes and feels like having a quick look at my old site, I’d love any comments with anything you like, don’t like and you’d do differently.  Any advice with getting people to the shop (and making them spend some money while they’re there!) would also be much appreciated.  Click here for my shop site.

As a big thank you (or bribe!), I’m giving away 2 copies of my Yum Yum lunch bag e-pattern for the first 2 comments I pull out of the hat in a weeks time (29th June at 8pm uk time)

Am leaving you with a couple of photos of variations of the lunch bag pattern you could soon be making.

Thank you all

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

My Lovely Doggy

Today my little dog had his first professional photo shoot!  Louise from “Stone Photo” was the photographer (Click here for her website


This is the first one – doesn’t he look intelligent!  It was quite a challenge for poor Louise as although he usually is quite calm during the day, today was a different story.  He decided to be very awake & playful and wouldn’t sit still.  However I think she did a fantastic job.

This is my favourite photo

_MG_0484_copy It almost looks as though he is smiling. 

All in all it was a really fun way to spend a rainy afternoon, even if the dog did jump all over me.  Thanks Louise, I’ll definitely be ordering some photos.



Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A Boring afternoon


Today my friend and I had booked into a seminar which promised 101 ways to bring visitors to your website.  It was only 10 minutes down the road, and was completely free so we decided to give it a go. 

My friend Louise is a very talented photographer (click here for her website) and I obviously have my little shop, so we thought it would be good for both of us. 

Sadly it was completely wrong for the two of us with our little sites – it was aimed at bigger businesses.  One of the suggestions was to advertise our sites on a hot air balloon (seriously!)  


What do you think?  Could you see it flying over your house?

Another of their ideas was to advertise on your car

ferrari-f430-spider hmm too fast – don’t think people would have time to read this one before it’d gone past

Reliant_Robin_Saloon_England That’s better – if its good enough for Del boy, it’s good enough for me!

I was quite disappointed when I left the seminar, however the one thing I did take away from the presentation was that I should be updating my website more frequently – oh well something to do tomorrow.

If anyone has any better (or worse) ideas to advertise websites – I’d love to know them.



Friday, 10 June 2011

To charge or not to charge? Advice wanted!


As more people are getting to know I do “sewing”, I’ve had a few people ask me to do little bits of work for them.  Small things like let down hems in curtains, put new zips in things and take up jeans, you know what I mean, small, simple jobs that don’t cost me anything but time.

So far I’ve refused to charge for them, as each of the people are related to friends of mine, and I know them all personally.  However by not charging, they have all felt that they have to buy me something and have all bought me a box of chocolates to say thank you.  (Do you think they know me well???)  While choccies are delicious and very much appreciated, my dilemma is – Should I start to charge or not?  And if so, what price should I put on time?

What would you do?



Saturday, 4 June 2011

You can never have too much fabric!


Lisanne over at Sewciety is having a sale.   I know lots of you left lovely comments on her fabric during my recent giveaway, so I thought I’d let you know. (Plus she’s a friend and you have to support their shops!)

I can vouch for the quality of the fabric as I have used lots of it to make various things as regular followers of this blog will know.

You could order Pat Bravo fabrics such as this beautiful Aqua Garden:

or some gorgeous Shwe Shwe:

or some yummy Heather Bailey:

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.



Thursday, 2 June 2011

Where has the last week gone?

Do you ever have those weeks when it just flies by and you really don’t know where its gone?  I know it’s half term and I have the children about, but we don’t seem to have done much and yet time has got away with me.  So really not much to report, but I will leave you with a few photos of bits I’ve managed to make this week.



Some PE Bags for sale at the school fete in a couple of weeks (don’t you just love that cool blue monster fabric from Fabricland)

 DSCF0515 Some coin purses again for the school fete.


Some scrunchies


and last but not least a photo of my dog who can’t wait for the children to go back to school so he gets some rest!