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Bits & bobs: July 2015

Hello! Sorry for my little blog absence over the past week or so. July was another really busy month – so busy, that I’m a little (well, quite)Β late with my monthly round-up post again! The weather hasn’t been amazing up here in Newcastle, but we’ve been trying to make the best of it anyway. We’re hoping that it will be good when we finally get a holiday at the end of this month! Read More

Craft organisation | Hello! Hooray!

Craft organisation

A little while back, I wrote a little post about us starting to declutter and generally get things organised at home. We have a lot to sort through, but one of the main things that I find frustrating is that my craft stuff is all over the house – some of it is downstairs, but most of it is upstairs and I waste so much time going up and down the stairs to get something else that I have forgotten to locate. Good for exercise, you might say, but it’s not good for my sanity! So we’ve been doing a few things to get organised. We’re getting some shelves built in the living room in a few weeks, and this will enable us to sort out all our music, books, CDs etc. (more on that another time). In terms of craft organisation, I’ll be moving all my craft stuff there when they’re done which will be brilliant! In the meantime, I wanted to begin to get some craft supplies sorted out to be able to have most of the things I use regularly to hand. And that’s where the IKEA trolley comes in…Β  Read More

Sewing machine bag

Sewing machine bag

A little while back I made a cover for my sewing machine (click here to see that post) and it has been brilliant for keeping my machine super clean! But because I don’t have a craft room, I have to move it around. A lot. It would be helpful to do this without having to take the cover off all the time, and I also do that thing where I sit down ready to sew and then realise that I have left the pedal somewhere else! This just means a lot of wandering around finding things. So I decided to make a sewing machine bag to solve the problem – I can keep my pedal in the bag, and then carry it around wherever I need to!Β  Read More

Secret Garden Embroidery - What Delilah Did

A natter with…What Delilah Did

Photo credit:Β Secret Garden Embroidery – What Delilah Did

 

A few weeks back, I was really excitedΒ to see that the latest book byΒ What Delilah Did (created by Sophie Simpson) is about to be released. A limited number of advance copies ofΒ Secret Garden EmbroideryΒ (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 loveΒ 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 aboutΒ What Delilah Did, and I’m delighted to say that Sophie very kindly agreed to do a little interview forΒ Hello! Hooray! to tell us all about it…

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