Dreaming of…chocolate and presents

This post is a little late, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. It’s all about my lovely Easter and the beautiful gift my mum made me. Just wait until you see it!

Just to whet your appetite though – here are some other beauties…

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Don’t worry, I have lots of brothers – these were’t all for me.

Especially as the pile kept growing!

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And because I’d wanted to use my new hand held mixer, and just in case there wasn’t enough chocolate (!!!) I also made a meringue.

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Needless to say I still have a cupboard full of chocolate, but I’m not complaining!

But anyway, chocolate and sugar aside, here’s the main attraction of this post. The sculpture my Mum made me.

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I’ve mentioned her work before, but this is so perfect for a sewer that I had to share it again.

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As you can see, my Mum is an incredibly talented artist. She has been self-employed working in creative arts for years and years now – all at the same time as raising myself and my four brothers. Over the last couple of years she has moved into making these paverpol sculptures. You can see more of them on her website where I’m sure you’ll fall in love. They all have their own life and vitality and are so personal.

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Mine even has shoes like me!

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We’re still trying to decide where she should live, I want to put her in the best possible light, so I keep moving her around. Hopefully soon we’ll find a permanent home!

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And in the meantime, you can see some of my other favourites here, here and here. Hope you all had a lovely Easter too.

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy_Birthday Can you believe it’s been a year today since i started blogging? On the one hand it feels like I’ve been doing it my whole life and on the other it feels like just yesterday that I started.

Somehow this is also my 99th post – whoa how did that happen? Although if truth be told the ‘controllingness’ in me wishes I’d noticed soon enough to make it my 100th- wouldn’t that have been so much neater?!

Anyway, I loved reading all of people’s round up posts over the last couple if weeks, but I held off doing mine until now so that it felt like a round up of my whole blogging experience to date.

I am so pleased I started this blog (thanks Hannah) and I never ever thought it would take off like this – giving me so much satisfaction and becoming a hobby in itself.

There are so many positive things to come out of it, so here are a few:

1. A developed interest in photography. I don’t talk about it much here, but when we bought a new camera, it was mostly to take pictures for the blog. And now I have a new lens for it too yay.

2. Meeting up with so many other sewers at the Birmingham meet up, when Roisin came to visit and generally online (including being part of Hannah’s Spring Clean your Sewing Space series). I genuinely think sewers are the nicest people ever (bleurgh gush much?) and I never would have got to know any of them if it wasn’t for this blog.

3. Starting the blog gave me more of an idea about internet presence in general so I set up my Etsy shop and have since sold a few items and created a couple if custom orders. I also did a craft fair, which was great fun.

4. Some of my followers this year (who are also friends) approached me about teaching some sewing classes and it was a bit of a revelation how much I enjoyed it! I’m not sure whether this one was thanks to the blog, but maybe without me ramming posts about sewing down their throats, they might not have thought of learning for themselves.

I find it so interesting to see what other people like reading and am pleased to see that a few of them cross over with my faves.

I have plenty of ambitions for next year, but I want to keep them simple really.
1. Sew more for men. I only sewed one shirt last year and it didn’t quite fit so I want to have a go at at least one more.

2. Sew less and more slowly and make better fitting, better quality, more wearable items. I’ve taken a slight complete leaf out of Rochelle’s book and chosen some patterns I want to focus on.

15 patterns 9 dresses 4 skirts 2 tops and a tick list which also acts as a divider in my pattern box!

15 patterns
9 dresses
4 skirts
2 tops
and a tick list which also acts as a divider in my pattern box!

3. Teach more sewing. I loved it so much that I want to look in to other ways of doing it.

4. Blog more tutorials and quality content.

5. Have lots of fun sewing and blogging and don’t get stressed!

Apologies for the very wordy post, but I wanted to write it all down as a testament to the journey so far and to what’s yet to come. Here’s to year 2!!

Don’t worry – it’s not for me

Yes, this ANOTHER post about a canvas, this one was a request though so I haven’t added more to my personal collection. There’s not much more to be said about how I made it, other than the fact that I … Continue reading

Watch this space…

I would like to start this post by saying that I’m working on some new projects to show you all. Alas that’s only halfway true (ha ‘alas’ – I don’t think I’ve ever seriously used that word before). I have been working on some projects, but purely in mind / sketch form. So don’t get too excited, but I can show you one of my sketch book pages for an upcoming project…

So far I have selected the pattern and taken the fabric out of my stash - woop!

So far I have selected the pattern and taken the fabric out of my stash – woop!

I’ll keep some others back so that I don’t make this post too exciting – ha ha ha.

In other news – it was my birthday last week and I was spoilt rotten 🙂 with amazing cakes and gifts – just look at all these books. Another reason to watch this space as I plan on devouring the contents of the books just as much as I devoured (yes it’s already in the past tense) the cakes and putting them to good use asap! Thanks lovely friends and family!

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This book is HUGE!!!

This book is HUGE!!!