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Tweed waistcoat
It has been a long time since I made a waistcoat – the last time was over a year and a half ago when I was making our wedding waistcoats, and I made 6 in total! It seemed like a long enough period of time to be able to make another (I had said at the time that I didn’t want to see another one for a while…) and so when Tom said that he might get one for our friend’s birthday party next weekend, I said that I would make one for him as an early 30th birthday present. It has been a long time since I made something for him, even though I had good intentions with his trousers!  Read More

Colouricious stamps

When I visited The Great Northern Quilt Show earlier this year, there were so many amazing stalls – it really was like Christmas had come early! One of my favourites by far was Colouricious, and they had the most beautiful hand carved wooden stamps. I bought a few stamps (and it took a while to choose, I must admit!) and a bottle of decolourant, which looked fab. Well, yesterday I finally got around to trying them out!  Read More

Sewing machine cover

I spotted this amazing fabric about a week ago and immediately began thinking about what I could possibly make with it in order to justify buying it (know that feeling too?!). Then I read a post on Tilly Walnes’ blog about keeping sewing machines dust free, and decided that it would be perfect as a sewing machine cover for my Janome Sewist 525S. It gets moved around our house a lot and seems to collect dust very easily! I also started work on a sewing project which uses black fabric, and realised that my thread was picking up all the dust from inside my machine…so a cover is definitely needed! 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

Project Life: August 2014
I started on working on my first Project Life album last month, and I’ve been so excited to share it with you! It’s one of those things that I knew I’d enjoy, but I didn’t realise just how much – it’s just fab! It’s been really good to think about the things I’ve enjoyed doing and the things I want to include in my album. I really enjoyed doing my 100 Happy Days challenge earlier in the year, and this is another way of documenting all the fun things we’ve been up to! Read More

10 years in Newcastle
September 11th is a date that we all remember, but for me it has other connections too. It’s my Dad’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Dad!) and it is also the date I moved up to Newcastle from my hometown, York. And that was 10 years ago! I can hardly believe it really, as it doesn’t seem like that long. I moved up here to study for my Music degree, and loved it so much that I stayed. We made our home here and so much has happened during that time – I’m so glad I came! Read More

The making of Tom’s trousers

A few weeks ago, I started making a pair of trousers for Tom (see my work in progress post for the beginnings of this project!). It was never going to be a quick project, and I wasn’t entirely sure that I’d get it right first time but I’d got some fabric quite cheaply, so this first go was a sort of trial run. Well, as you can see, they are finished – yay 🙂 (Sorry about the rubbish photo – it’s really tough to get a good photo of black trousers in bad light…!)

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