Sunday, 29 September 2013

Setting myself a challenge

I've always liked to challenge myself: looking at things and thinking "sure, I can do that, how hard can it be?!". Sometimes it works out okay, other times not so much!!!

So the latest challenge I've set myself?! Well we've been invited to a long-service black-tie do for Mr f&f at a posh hotel with a stop-over. Exciting on so many levels!! I can't remember the last time I got all dressed up and we get a night away.

But there is a flip-side: it's the first 'do' I've been to since becoming a full-time mum and there's a little bit of me that's a tad nervous - what will I talk about?! So I figured a good talking point might be saying 'I make things, like my dress!'

I searched high and low for a pattern and eventually settled on Vogue 8358: I like the simplicity of the dress's lines and the straps at the back (though I suspect I may not make the front V quite so deep...and am not even going to start worrying about what kind of bra I'm going to have to try and find!). And as a bonus it's rated Very Easy!

I'm also going to have a go at making a shawl to go over the top as I always get cold. I don't often do lace, but I love this pattern and I think it will work up really well with the yarn I got from Wonderwool earlier this year. And if I get time maybe I'll make a purse with some Oakshott cotton I've got laying around. So not too much to do then!

And because I figured that wasn't enough of a challenge I've also signed up for a Craft & Gift fair on the 19th October in Tewkesbury. Eek! It's going to be all hands to deck over the next few weeks to get everything sorted!

Oh, and if the dress doesn't work out? Some friends have said I can raid their wardrobes. Always good to have a back up!

If anyone has any tips for the evening dress of craft fair, I'd love to hear them!

Hope you're all having a great weekend,

S x

Todays sky ● gorgeous blue with the occasional cloud. The perfect day!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Fabric-y Goodies!

Last week was one full of fabric deliveries and purchases. Don't you just love weeks like that?!

As it had been my birthday, a close friend sent me a FQ bundle of yellow and grey fabrics from My Fabric House. Aren't they beautiful? They fill a hole in my stash too as they're fabrics that I wouldn't have necessarily chosen but now that I have them I love them! Particularly those umbrellas, so cute!

Mr f&f and I also managed a trip out to Monmouth - by ourselves! - for a lovely lunch out. And I managed a little detour into a gorgeous fabric shop where a couple of things might have slipped into my basket.....

I just love that text print!!!! And the Summersville was on too good a deal to refuse. Honest!

The final lot of goodies came from the Village Haberdashery - I received a birthday voucher from them (the good people that they are!) and after umming and aching for a while I finally caved when Florence went on offer, to the tune of 9FQs. Ooops!!!

They are so beautiful. For now there's been lots of stroking and petting, and I'm starting to ponder whether they would make a good basis for the Marcelle Medallion. I'm completely inspired by the Quilt Along that Penny Poppleton is running (and can also be followed on Instagram with the hashtag #mmqal) and am just procrastinating over whether or not to actually dive in!!!

See you soon,


Today's sky ● blue with clouds!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

September Siblings Together Bee Block ✔

For the September block, Maria asked us to make a Stepping Stairs block by John Adams from Shape Workshop for Quilters by Fat Quarterly and using S'more Love by Cosmo Cricket for Moda

It was such a quick block to put together and the fabrics are lovely and going to make another fabulous quilt. It has already been eyed up by Little Girl who declared she would like to buy the quilt back (I had to explain that wasn't quite the idea!)

As always a big mention to our fabulous sponsors who are making all of these quilts possible to be made for children who really need and benefit from them;




It's only a couple of months now until it's my turn.....I'm really gonna have to put my thinking cap on!!!

Hope you're all having a great weekend,

S x

Today's sky ● overcast with occasional spots of rain!

Friday, 6 September 2013


Last week I had the opportunity to go in and see my Mum for the first time since she went into hospital for her recent round of treatment. It's been quite brutal this time round and she's been having some alright days followed by some very not so good days.

I really wanted to take a little something in to cheer her up and after a bit of pondering I remembered the Denyse Schmidt Patchwork Dog. My mum loves dogs. It seemed the perfect gift! I picked up a couple of Happy Go Lucky mini charm packs from my local shop to save time as I only had a day to make it in

The two sides went together very quickly. The green sashing that joins them together not quite so easy - a bit of a faff, to be honest - but we got there eventually. I was going to add some button eyes but didn't have quite the right shape/colour and decided in the end he looked good without so just added a nice ribbon for his collar. Doesn't he look smart?
Archie the patchwork dog by fabricandflowersuk
He really didn't want to go in the bag - he was far too keen to see what was going on around him! - and I felt a little mean when I covered his head with tissue paper!

Best of all, my Mum loved him and immediately named him Archie!

Hope you all have a great weekend,


Today's sky ● grey and overcast with rain. I think Autumns coming!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Back to School!

Look at that! The whole summer has flown by and this morning saw the last minute panic, shouting cajoling to get everyone out the door and to school on time, not made easy by the fact that Little Girl has moved up to Middle School/Juniors and starts 10mins earlier. And Little Boy started school today too. A whole half day. Apparently it was 'The best day EvEr!' and I'm just hoping he feels the same tomorrow morning!!!!

Quite a landmark day for me: once all the half-days are over I'll have two in school and one at nursery three days a week. There will actually be time for me: I'm very excited by all the possibilities but confess to starting to think about me and my goals......I'll let you know if I come up with any revelations!!!!!

So, what has the summer meant to us then?! Lots of cake - we had two birthdays in two weeks which is lots of fun but a little bit of a sugar over-load!

Our first family camping trip! It went really well (although I forgot to pack the matches - a school boy error and really annoying when you're desperate for a cuppa. Thankfully our friends bought some with them). I even managed a little bit of EPP.

We did some local day trips, one of which was to Lymington to try crabbing. I'd never been before and it was beautiful, somewhere I'd definitely like to visit again

Sewing wise, I've finally finished all the wonky stars for my William Morris quilt, so now I need to finalise my layout, sash and quilt it. Put like that it doesn't sound much, but I'm sure it will still take me a little while to finish it all off!

I've  also signed up to Nicky's Stamp It Up swap - I've been toying with the idea of trying lino cutting for ages and this was just the push I needed (although if anyone asks, it's all Nicky's fault, she made me do it!). I had a quick play at drawing some stamp ideas and carving one out, and can't wait to do more at the weekend!

Finally, I made a little present for my Mum which I'll be back to share with you tomorrow!

See you soon,

S x

Todays sky ● glorious blue and baking hot!

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