Wednesday, 29 April 2009

from buttons to bag

The green phase continues - here's another bag in sage tweed, with some more olive velvet ribbon and those Liberty covered buttons I made last week. I've had the self-cover buttons sitting in my stash for ages, then I saw the photo of this cuff when Julia posted it on her blog and felt immediately compelled to use them.

liberty button 2

I also made some false button loops in the velvet ribbon as that's part of the whole charm of fabric buttons for me.

liberty button bag 1

I see many more covered buttons in my future ...

Friday, 17 April 2009

Happiness is ...

Buttons for a new bag

the fabric-covered buttons in green Liberty Tana Lawn I made in front of the Apprentice last night


packing and posting an order from my shop

new ruler and rotary blade

my new ultra-long Janome quilting ruler and new rotary cutter blade (I can only assume my original was blunt when I bought it as this one is a revelation)

salt dough

making salt dough with the children

paper pots for seeds

handmade newspaper pots for the children to plant seeds for the veg patch (from this tutorial)


tidying up the fabric stash

my pattern!

my moleskine organiser pattern in print!!
(phew - I didn't tempt fate by counting those chickens too soon).

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Easter holiday fun

Easter picture
an Easter scene by the girl

Well, dunce that I am, I've just accidentally posted a rambling half-soaked draft of this post and then had to delete it - time to start again!

We're having a lovely Easter holiday. The fortnight since my last post has been spent largely gardening and Spring cleaning, and the place is beginning to look all the better for it. The boy's bedroom has been vastly improved with some new ikea flat pack furniture, cunningly making it look slightly less like the tiny boxroom it really is. We've also finally cleared our own room after having carpets fitted over a month ago. My rationale was that if we left all the under-bed storage boxes along with the plastic-bagged contents of our broken chest of drawers in the middle of the room, we'd be forced to sort it out, rather than just put it all back where it came from. Apparently, my tolerance for a junk-filled room is better than I thought, 5 weeks on. It was time to take matters in hand though, before the local press came round to write an article about the family who had to tunnel their way through their own rubbish! Now I can actually see the new carpet, which is nice, though I am concerned it will mean I have to hoover more.

This weekend has been spent having Eastery fun, with much chocolate eating. I wonder though whether I am the only mother in the country who tries to cajole one of her children into eating chocolate. The boy, who is a bit on the stubborn side like his daddy, resolutely refuses to even try chocolate, in spite of my best efforts. He doesn't eat biscuits or cake either, though his sister more than makes up for him! We did have a minor breakthrough the other day though, when he ate a jaffa cake, so progress has been made.

Other than household chores and simultaneously trying to bribe one child into eating chocolate whilst stopping the other from overindulging, I've also been grabbing some time to sew. The coin quilt is coming along nicely now that I've added some white sashing.


I'm toying with the idea of free motion quilting after seeing Florence's lovely bird and flower applique as I'm a little bored with straight up and down lines. I saw this excellent post over at Oh, Fransson!, which is really helpful, though I think I'm going to need a lot more practice before launching into a whole quilt. If anyone has some tips, please do share them!

I seem to be on a bit of a green phase at the moment, judging by the projects I've been working on - I used my very last scraps of green for the Chinese coin quilt stacks, and though I was itching to buy more, I resisted, as the whole point for me was to make it from scraps. That said, I couldn't not buy the lovely green herringbone tweed and liberty tana lawn I saw in Fabrics Galore, which became this shoulder bag:

green tweed and liberty tana lawn

There was also the lovely furnishing weight fabric in taupe with a flash of lime green that became this big pleated bag:

new bag in limey green and taupe

Maybe it's something to do with all that time spent in the garden?

I'll leave you with this gem of a reader tip from Prima Magazine ('your top tips for March', so sorry it's a little late). I can't read this without laughing out loud. Is it just me?

from Prima magazine 'your top tips for March'

At £25 a pop, I'm considering writing in with one of my own about how to persuade your previously resistant-to-chocolate child to eat a jaffa cake.
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