Thursday, 14 April 2016

Saturday Fabric Haul

Last Saturday I went my favourite kind of shopping with my friend Rachel, we went into town to hit up the Birmingham markets for fabric. The fabrics here are such a good price, if you're local to the area and want lots of material for not a lot of money, this is your best bet. They may not be the best quality but they're pretty decent and especially great for beginners. If, like me, you make a dress too small (i'll leave that there, that's for an upcoming post) you didn't waste too much money buying the fabric.

My favourite stall is in the indoor rag market and has every kind of material you need but especially the cotton section, tons of different designs and patterns for £2 a metre. Perfect for most of the patterns in my collection so far. 

So I went with a shopping list, I have a beginners quilt that I want to start making soon and I needed some more material to make another ESP dress, since the first one was a bit of a fail and a few little notions. Here comes the haul:


So these are the fabrics for my quilt, they are 100% cotton, 45" wide and all £2 per metre. This was such a good deal because I needed 9m in total, as this is my first attempt at a quilt, I didn't want to pay £8-12 per metre for the quilting fabrics I see online. Not until I know what i'm doing! Haha!

The floral is a navy background with pink and red roses, this is my theme fabric and also the backing fabric. I used this fabric to match and contrast the other fabrics for the quilt.


This one I got from the outside market, next to all the fruit and vegetable stalls. It's a cream background with a tulip pattern and is the most gorgeous, soft fabric. I think it must be some kind of cotton blend. Its 60" wide, £2 per metre and I have 3m here. This is for my second attempt at the ESP dress. I've got another dress on the go at the minute, but the ESP No.2 is next.

Happy sewing everyone!

Friday, 8 April 2016

A Lucky Find

You know when YOU KNOW you bought something but have absolutely no idea where it is, you've even looked for it many times and you start to doubt yourself that you did, in fact, buy it? That.

I went to Orlando in 2012, specifically to go to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios. I never even set foot in a Disney park, I went purely for Harry Potter. I bought some souvenirs, obviously, that literally vanished as when I got home. I've been looking for them for 4 years!!!! 

Today, I found them. I finally found them. I've been working hard lately to open every box that I haven't unpacked yet, even though i've been in my house for over a year. Today I decided to tackle the box marked 'Makeup', you know I have way too much makeup anyway so this box was never an urgent one for me. But low and behold, I open the box and sitting on top of the lipsticks, the powders, the brushes was one The Wizarding World of Harry Potter carrier bag. I screamed with joy! So heres a mini haul of what I got.

Being the stationary addict that I am, I got some parchment paper and a Hogwarts wax seal, a notecard set and a Pygmy Puff, who needed a name. Being the Slytherin that I am, she's been christened Pansy.

Heres a little throw back to 2012 and the Post Office.


Now I just need someone to send a letter to. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Handmade Fabric Coasters

Good evening,

Tonight i've had a go at knocking myself up a few coasters in a bid to keep my white desk clean and well, white! I used this blogpost from www.prettyhandygirl.com as a pattern and got sewing. This is a really easy project for beginners like me and very inexpensive, you can generally find some leftover scraps of material to use. I used the same material we (my Mom and I) made my sewing room curtains out of. I'll include some basic instructions here but head over to Pretty Handy Girl's post for the full in-depth tutorial. First of all you will need to gather some materials together; you need enough fabric to make two 5.5" squares for each coaster you want to make, a 5" square of wadding (used for quilting - this is optional but will make a thicker, more substantial coaster. I got mine off Ebay for a couple of pounds a metre), a few pins and thread. Once you've got all your notions handy, it's time to get cutting. For each coaster you need to cut a top and a bottom square of fabric measuring 5.5" x 5.5" and a square of wadding measuring 5" x 5".



Next, you will need to sandwich your top and bottom squares with the right sides of the fabric together, and the wadding on top. This is now ready for sewing, you need to sew up 3 sides and then halfway along the 4th side, leaving a small gap. You can the trim away the excess fabric to neaten up you sides, as i've done below.

Now it's time to turn your coaster inside out, using the small gap we left earlier. This gap will now be sewn together, using your hands tuck the open fabric inside to neaten your edge and put a pin in it to keep it in place for when you come to sewing it on your sewing machine. It's now ready for you to sew all the way round the 4 sides to complete your coaster.

And there you have it, a pretty coaster, handmade with love. I don't know about you, but I really think something you put time and effort into making for yourself means so much more than anything you buy in a shop. I've certainly realised this now. As you can see I made a set of five, as that's how much leftover fabric I had to work with. I'm thinking of making a set to match my living room cushions now, as I have spare material from when I made the cushion covers. There's also the added bonus of being able to chuck them in the washing machine. I hope you enjoy making some for yourself, please tweet me pictures if you do!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Another new start.

I have honestly lost count of the number of times I have restarted this blog, I always do it with the best of intentions and then life gets in the way. Looking back upon it now, i'm such a different person to the girl I was when I first started writing blogposts. It's sat here unloved now for quite a while now, over two years in fact, and not because I didn't have anything to say, I just didn't have the time to devote to it. However, since I bought my new house back in November 2014 i've had great plans for this little blog but it took me a year and a half to finally sit down and get cracking. Buying this house was a huge change for me, it's a 3 bedroom bungalow with a loft conversion, a big garden and a long list of diy that needs doing. Along with the house came Holly, a 5 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel that has become my whole world.

So my time has been taken up with this whole new lifestyle change, a bigger house comes with more responsibilities both financially and physically. What I used to spend on makeup is now spent on grass seed and paint and new furniture and a never ending list of things that i'm still getting round to and will be for the foreseeable future. Now though, I have finally finished refurbishing my spare room into a sewing/blogging/craft room. Its like an adult playroom that I can't stop looking at, its just so perfect and has turned out just the way I wanted it to. A post will be coming up soon with all more details and pictures but for now lets just say I have a desk, with a shiny new computer where I can now finally sit down, uninterrupted and talk to you. My hobbies now are an eclectic mix of dog walking, sewing and knitting, scrapbooking, gardening and grow your own, baking, country music, holidays and reading which I hope to share with you all here as well as a few other random things thrown in here and there. Whatever tickles my fancy, if you will. So if you're new here, welcome and if you're still here from before, thank you so much for sticking with me.
 

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