Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Another reason to celebrate and an outing!

It's an exciting week this week, not only am I super excited about the amount of visits my blog has had, but I also received the 'Kreativ Blogger' award from the lovely Rhi at Pretty Petal Handmade!  (She has also recently caught the 'bunting bug' and there's no stopping her now!)

The 'rules' say that I must now pass the award to a blogger whose blog I enjoy reading, and reveal 10 interesting facts about myself!  I'll have to have a wee think about I'll let you know soon.

Still sewing away this week, I decided to try some 'ticker tape' quilting.  I had a good rake through my scrap basket and chose some lovely purples, pinks and blues and cut them into squares, rectangles and a couple of triangles.  Here they are stuck down with fabric glue and ready to be sewn -

This will be the jacket of a travel sewing roll that I'm  making for the craft fair. 

On a different note, I had an exciting outing today!  Julie (of The Awkward Niche) and I had a very girly and grown up day out - including lots of shopping and a tasty lunch.  We had planned it for ages, no children, no men-folk, just us, shopping, in fabric shops all on our own - BLISS!! Julie will be having a stall at the craft fair in August too so we talked non-stop about our plans.

We are very lucky to have 2 fabric shops in a nearby town, so we headed out this morning, firstly to Dunelm Mill where we had a leisurely stroll round while we filled our baskets to the brim.  I got some lovely duck feather filled rectangular cushions, beautiful felt, some fabrics and some great buttons.  Here's a peek -

What a yummy array of colours.  The bottom 2 colours are actually made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, how cool is that!  

Here are some of the novelty buttons I got - perfect for embellishing more 'Little Artists' Cases' -

Cute or what?

Scrummy cakes!
We then moved on to another shop called 'Rejects' which is a huge department store selling EVERYTHING (but not 'rejects'!)  They have a great fabric/haberdashery/hobby department so we had fun rummaging through the fabrics and looking through hundreds of styles of buttons.  I got a lovely little selection including these -

Pretty, pretty!

And these whoppers -

Although you can't tell by this photo, these are actually a massive 2" wide!  (If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know what a huge button fetish I have!)  I'm thinking of teaming these up with the funky coloured felt to make some cool key rings. 

Believe it or not, although we only visited 2 shops (and stopped for lunch) we managed to spend almost 3 and a half hours shopping!  I had a great day and it was so nice to be able to show Julie things and bounce ideas off each other while planning what things we'll be working on next. 

To top off my great day of shopping, I also managed to find a back-issue of 'Homestyle Sewing' magazine that I somehow missed in the shops the first time round.  AND - it was half price!  Details here if you'd like one too. 

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  1. I really want to try ticker tape quilting too, so I'm very interested to see how yours goes! It looks adorable already, so I think it'll make a lovely travel roll!

  2. Ooh I like the look of that ticker tape quilting too! Sounds like a lovely shopping trip... no kids, no men, just fabric - bliss!


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