Monday, 2 June 2014

Cath Kidston goodies

Like most other women on the planet I love Cath Kidston - the fabric, the books, and of course everything in the shop!  I don't splash out very often, but have been lucky with a few sale purchases (bought when there's free delivery on too - win win!), and my OH knows a little CK gift is always a winner for my birthday/Christmas/Mothers Day etc. 

A few purchases I got in the sale recently -

My old peg bag had seen better days, so it was time for a new one.... And we're going on holiday at the end of June and as we're flying I wanted some luggage tags - and they may as well be pretty ones :) 

I had a few items to return to exchange recently so I decided upon this pretty skirt -

However, it needed some tweaking.  I don't know who the Cath Kidston designers model their clothing on but it certainly isn't 5.3ft teeny women like me! This skirt started off very unflattering and frumpy looking on me.  Probably not helped by the fact that it ended up calf length as I wear things like this low on my hips (the gathered elasticated waist band was not flattering worn around my waist!).  I knew I was going to have to take it up at the hem.  Luckily being a sewer I have the means of doing this...

After putting it off for a few weeks I finally did it - I cut a few inches off the bottom and re-hemmed it (not an easy task on a bias cut skirt!!).  But I did it and it looks fine, no-one would ever know it had been tinkered with.  So here's the before and after -

Before - so, so long! After, a much more flattering knee length. 

This isn't the first item of Cath Kidston wear I've had to alter, I recently bought myself an apron (also in the sale) and was surprised to find it didn't have an adjustable neck strap.  I don't think it would even have sat properly on a 6ft tall woman, never mind me. 

This is the before pic - I don't have an after one, but I added some metal D-rings so the neck became adjustable and I also had to cut about 4" off the bottom as it was way down at my ankles!  

One last pretty purchase was these lovely hairslides -

A little gift from my OH :)

Making baby gifts

My friend had a little girl recently and as well as sewing up a few gifts I thought I'd take the chance to indulge in my love of crochet and make her a little blanket too. 

I chose some pretty colours that I knew the babies mummy likes and decided upon a granny stripe blanket. 

I love to use pastel colours and this was quite different to my recent granny stripe blanket I made for myself (using a Cath Kidston inspired palate). 

Ta-dah! The finished blanket. So pretty!

After a quick 30 degree wash in the machine (with softener), half an hour in the tumble dryer and then hung out to fully dry, the blanket emerges fluffy and snuggly soft!

I added a scalloped edge to the blanket - in pink -

I made some additional gifts using complimentary fabric - bibs, burp cloth and nappy/wipe holder -

Cute as can be!

For a great granny stripe tutorial pop over to Attic 24 where you can find some simple step by step instructions. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Creative in the kitchen

It has become a tradition on a Saturday morning in out little household, that 4 year old Joshua and his daddy make waffles for breakfast. This gives me 2 bonuses - 1, I get a little lie in and, 2, I get a delicious breakfast!


As you can see I like to keep my toppings as healthy as possible so I opt for Greek yoghurt piled with yummy fresh fruit. What a way to start the weekend!

Last weekend I also wanted to try to make some healthy(ish) snacks as I'm always on the lookout for things to nibble during the day. I got a load of mixed nuts, some oats, whisked up 1 egg white and stired in some cinnamon, then coated the nuts and oats with this mixture and roasted for about half an hour. The result was these amazingly moreish crunchy cinnamon nuts!


After a particularly bad nights sleep and early start on Sunday morning I woke up craving a really sweet (naughty) breakfast!  I had just been reading Attic 24 blog where Lucy linked to some gorgeous looking fruit muffins. On Sunday morning these were all I could think of!! So Joshua and I went downstairs early and rustled up a small batch of the most amazing muffins...


I used frozen fruit (blasted for 30 seconds in the microwave), half were blueberry and half were mixed berry fruits. 

With a dollop of cream fresh was the *only* way to eat these gorgeously fluffy, tasty little bites of heaven! 


I may have just started a new family tradition! 


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Cupcakejojo Designs - branching out

You may already be familiar with Cupcakejojo and her beautiful blog....I first discovered it while searching the net for crochet inspiration - I certainly wasn't disappointed when I found Jo's blog!

Photo credit -
With many pics like the beautiful one above, I remember spending a whole evening greedily pinning away on Pinterest so much gorgeous inspiration! 

I soon stalked discovered Jo on Twitter and Instagram and of course had to follow!

Jo has recently been sharing her love for doodling...which is where *my* latest project comes in!

imgages copywrite of Cupcakejojo Designs

I knew these designs would be perfect to embroider so I told Jo I'd stitch one up for her....

I purposely chose lovely bright cheery colours as these echo the colours Jo uses in her crochet (see, all that blog stalking came in handy!)

Once finished, I had originally planned to frame it with a wooden embroidery hoop and simple ribbon hanging - however at the last minute I realised I didn't have a hoop the right size! With no plan in mind at all I dug out a fabric that matched the thread colours I'd used and sat down at my sewing machine...a table mat? hanging thingy?...I really had no idea where I was going with it! 

By the time I had finished adding a lovely ditsy floral border and backing, I realised it'd be perfect as a sweet little wall hanging - so that is what it became. 

I'm not sure if you can see the detail, but it says 'There's no place like home'. 

I was super pleased with how this turned out!  It was great when Jo received it too as she loved it too, phew! 

If you fancy stitching up one of Jo's designs yourself (or colouring it in, appliqueing it etc) then pop over to her Etsy shop where you can purchase a downloadable design.  And keep checking back as new designs are being added all the time. 

Unbeknown to me, naughty Jo sent me a little something in the post as a thank you....

There was a pack of Pip Studio stickers, a sweet butterfly peg, and......something crocheted by the lady  herself!! I was so excited to actually own some of Cupcakejojo's gorgeous crochet!

Luckily they arrived just in time for that day's nursery run! I love love love my new Cupcakejojo wristwarmers!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Crafty tidying

Wasn't I lucky with my stocking fillers at Christmas?  Santa got me lots of gorgeous Cath Kidston/floral/pretty bits and pieces.

Loads of sticky notes (which I sometimes include when I send out orders if I need to write a little note to the customer), some pretty tape, and some hand cream. 

I wanted somewhere nice to store my new sticky notes so I got a boring plain A5 magazine file -

Added a few other crafting supplies....and voila! A pretty storage solution for my new stationery.

The patterned floral paper is sticky backed plastic and was only a few pence from Home Bargains.  I added some red patterned tape from my collection (to hide some of the writing that showed through the white). 

It doesn't take much to make me happy - cheap as chips and *very* pretty (not to mention practical).

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Pottering about

Happy New Year to you all! 

Are we all doing the same right now - finishing off all the naughty treats before the diet starts on Monday??

This is some yummy rocky road I have left over - I made a big batch for gifts and luckily there was some left for me ;)

These Christmas holidays have been very relaxed, jammies til late morning, maybe a walk, lunch, tv, crafting, pottering around etc.  I had a little burst of useful pottering this week and finally framed some prints I bought A YEAR AGO!

The pictures are actually cards from Freya Art & Design on Etsy, I chose this selection as they are such happy pictures and have some lovely phrases.

These cute ones are for Joshua's bedroom.

These ones are for my bedroom and the sitting room.

The ones for my bedroom have been added to my handmade wall which I started a while back and have gradually added to - all things I have made, up until now when I thought the addition of the prints would be perfect.  I love to think that these are the first things I will see when I wake in the mornings :)

You can see a bit more detail of my handmade wall in this post.  I think it's interesting to see how my latest additions have introduced a bit more colour!  I think my tastes are widening slightly and I'm becoming a bit more braver in terms of introducing less pink and even some blue!

Another handmade trinket which I finally managed to get hung up was the sweet little button heart -

Quite simply a stuffed cream fabric heart which I then sat and sewed button after button on to.  You can't quite tell but I used a lovely pale pink thread to attach the buttons.  This was a great craft for me as it used up a load of buttons from my overflowing cream/white jar.  (My buttons are in colour coded jars...isn't everyone's?)