Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A surge in sewing

I had an idea using my Cuttlebug to cut butterflies and hearts out of fabric. Here are the results.

I think they are sweet. Little brooches 2"-3" in size, using blanket stitch, beads, flower sequins, wire and little Papermania buttons.

Next on my sewing projects list is to make pretty notebook covers using some of the fabric I bought at the Country Living Fair. That is if I haven't found curtain fabric to make my lounge curtains with.


Sunday, 28 March 2010

Country Living Fair

I met up with daughter at the Country Living Spring Fair at the Business Design Centre in London.

All sorts of fabby things to persuse, get home decor ideas, gift ideas, decorating ideas, sewing ideas.


This was our lunch, it was delicious, I might remember this idea for my Beyond Chocolate Workshops.

A little sitting down time could be had in the lecture area, we listened to a talk on Country Living Styling, how to put fabrics together and how a little of something is all you need for a look. It was interesting how styles had changed through the years. Now we want light rooms, with reflective light to cheer up our wintry days. Some bright fabrics and big baskets for storage were shown. A (daughter) asked about how you got into the business of home styling and was recommended to find a position to work up from rather than training in college first.


I went to a Jan Constantine sewing class, it was lovely to see her work in real life, she was such a gently, cheery person. We had a free kit, although I was sitting in my chair 20 mins before the class started, places were limited. I chatted to the lady next to me while we waited. Then Jan showed us how to put a lovely wool felt lavender heart together. I just needed to do the outside edges to get it finished at home.


I bought son's 21st birthday present at the show, but can't tell you what it is in case he reads this blog. I bought some Moda Fabric fat quarters to drool over from Beyond Fabrics, a sweet little wire chicken complete with bum fluff made by Hollie Wright see www.holliewright.co.uk. I loved the idea from The Wine Guest, it is called "Define the Wine" a guess the wine dinner party or charity or friends game. Enjoyed talking to the lady from Wellingham Herb Garden, which is very near to the In-laws, nr Lewes, East Sussex, she had some delightfully perfumed soaps and we will definitely visit their walled garden when we go.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Bernina Club

This is where I was today, at the Bernina club at West End Sewing Centre in Cheltenham. It was the first time I have been able to make it, the snow put payed to my winter plans to get there.

I met some lovely new people and the teachers were knowledgeable and chatted about anything we wanted. I watched as we were shown how to put in an invisible zip, it was a very neat job but gave me another sewing machine foot to add to my wish list.



We looked at various fabric pattern techniques, I liked this one a sort of crossed box pleat.


This one had a neat placketed button finish to the back. Inspiration to go home with.


Next meeting on 24th April, also many classes I could go to too.




Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Sneak Peak

What again, two posts in two days? Yes that's right.

So what is the sneak peak of?


It is a sneak peak of a card I have planned for the Card Making Workshop I am teaching at in April.

There are three teacher each with their own style, Giselle, see her blog here , Lynne, her blog is here and me. Ellie will be there with her shop Modscraps.

CREATIVE CARD MAKING WORKSHOP


SATURDAY APRIL 24TH 2010


10am - 6pm


Olveston School


There will be a total of 15 cards taught throughout the day by 3 experienced craft teachers, each with individual styles. Just bring your cardmaking tools.


For more information e-mail mandy@createandgrow.co.uk


£25 per person



Monday, 22 March 2010

I better do as I say

i.e Just Do It.

It was pointed out to me that I hadn't posted since the post titled "Just Do It". So instead of doing as I was doing, I had better do as I say and post again and again and again. So starting with today.


Earlier this month a friend and I went for a lovely walk around my local area of Tytherington and Buckover. This took in two pubs and at the first one, The White Horse, we sat outside in the sunshine looking over the River Severn drinking our soft drinks. We had lunch at the second one, The Swan in Tytherington. These snowdrops were in their prime and begged to have a photo taken.

See, I did just do it, the walk and the Blog post.