Secret Garden Embroidery - What Delilah Did
A natter with…What Delilah Did

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A few weeks back, I was really excited to see that the latest book by What Delilah Did (created by Sophie Simpson) is about to be released. A limited number of advance copies of Secret Garden Embroidery (pictured above) were available to buy so I snapped one up! I know people always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but this is one that you can instantly fall in love just by looking at the beautifully stitched bee and the sweet cover illustrations. These illustrations run right through the book, and the projects are all tied together with the story of Mrs Merriweather and her wonderful garden. I am a big fan of Sophie’s books and wanted to find out more about What Delilah Did, and I’m delighted to say that Sophie very kindly agreed to do a little interview for Hello! Hooray! to tell us all about it…

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Fabric stash inventory
This project and post was inspired by one of my lovely blog readers, Jennie! We met last summer at Harrogate station (on our way home from the Great Northern Quilt Show) and we have been in touch since then via my blog and social media. One of Jennie’s resolutions this year is not to buy any new fabric, but to use up her stash of fabric for projects that she’s working on. I have already bought a bit of fabric this year, so I can’t do exactly what Jennie is doing – but, having to sort out a lot of stuff (i.e. the whole house) after the kitchen work was finished made me think a lot about my own fabric stash and the amount of room that it takes up… So, I decided that I’d do a little fabric stash inventory. Because, let’s face it, I couldn’t remember everything that I have!  Read More

Owl pumpkin

Halloween is just a couple of days away, but if you haven’t got your pumpkin sorted yet, don’t worry! I spotted this really cool owl template on the Hobbycraft blog and knew that I would have to give it a go. I usually go for super smiley pumpkins and thought this would be something different to do this year – and, of course, I LOVE owls!  Read More

Brownie badges

My friend Donna has recently taken over the running of her local Brownie pack – yes, she’s a Brown Owl! How cool is that?! I was in the Brownies and then the Guides when I was a girl, although I don’t think I really appreciated them as much as I should have done at the time. In many ways I’d like to go back now, but Helen pointed out that I should probably join the WI instead! Read More

The Great Northern Quilt Show 2014
At the end of August, me and Mum went along to The Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate (yes, I’m still catching up with post writing!). We had never been before so didn’t really know what to expect, but it was brilliant! The show lasted for three days and we went on the Friday – it was busy that day, but I imagine that it was packed out on the weekend. Half of the showground was the exhibition quilts, and the other half was craft stalls. We were in our element – it was like Christmas had come early! Read More

Instagram gallery: July 2014

This month involved a lot of crafting and enjoying our garden, which has given us the most wonderful blooms this year! I hope you enjoy my Instagram gallery for July!

DIY travelling craft suitcase

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I’ve been planning this crafty project for months now (as is often the case) and last weekend I finally got around to making it! If I’m going travelling then I usually want to take some sort of crafty stuff to be working on while I’m away, but this usually means that I end up looking like a bag lady with my various bags of crafty goodness. So, I thought it would be a good idea to have a suitcase to put it all in! I originally bought a vintage teal suitcase which is beautiful, but I didn’t want to mess it up and I couldn’t decide which fabric to use (thankfully, the lovely Boomdeeadda has done an amazing post about jazzing up vintage suitcases, so I’ll be doing that another time!). I stumbled across this lovely Cath Kidston suitcase (in the sale – even better!) and thought that this would be a good place to start. It’s more compact than my teal suitcase, so this might be better for travelling light – not that I ever really do that! Continue reading…