Pay it Forward Handmade….

A new friend I’ve made through my entry into the RMW (Rock My Wedding) Guest blogger competition has suggested I try this Pay it Forward Handmade to kickstart my crafting again. To read her story of why she  joined the Pay it Forward Handmade follow this link.

Laura is due to get something handmade from Fiona and in turn I will get something from Laura.

All I have to do is offer three bloggers the chance to recieve something handmade from me.

Here are the rules (which I pinched from Annika’s blog!)

1. You have to have a blog.

2. I will make a little something for the first 3 blog owners who comment on this post. It will be a surprise and I will make it and send it to you some time during the next 365 days after you have commented.

3. Make sure you let me know your email address, so that I can get your contact details.

4. To get a handmade present from me, you have to play too! This means YOU pledge to send a little handmade something to 3 readers of your blog. It doesn’t matter what you give, as long as it is handmade by you!

5. Once you comment here, you need to post about your Pay It Forward on your blog to keep the fun going – you can just copy the rules from me and please include the Pay It Forward badge in your post. Also, feel free to join the Flickr group to see what else is being sent!

6. Follow my blog. (Thank you!)

I think this will be a great way to kickstart my crafting, so if you would like to receive something handmade from me, just leave a comment below!



July 13, 2011. Crafts, DIY, Sewing, Things to achieve.... Leave a comment.

Progress so far on my ‘Things to achieve…’

  1. Go to a “pick your own” fruit and veg farm
  2. Try oysters
  3. Buy and wear a fabulous 50s style dress (including hair and make-up)
  4. Have a fabulous, glam picnic with friends
  5. Make homemade pink lemonade and ginger ale
  6. Go on a kayaking adventure (I’ve just passed my Level 1 Kayak course and started my Level 2!)
  7. Do a little mini tour taking in just a few fabulous British tearooms/cake shops (starting of course with the fabulous Maison Bertaux, Soho, London)
  8. Go on a London Bus Tour
  9. Go for at least one ‘Wild Swim’
  10. Spend a day walking some of the Thames Path
  11. Visit Eltham Palace
  12. Make a dress
I’m off on my first extended Kayak trip in several years, off for a little paddle down the River Wey, it’s a 6 mile trip, think I’ll be pretty wrecked on Monday! I’ll let you know how it goes, I’ll try to take some photos, could probably do with a waterproof camera, that might need to go on my Christmas wish list….So part of Number 6 will be complete by Sunday – I say part because I want to do many more kayaking expeditions this year…
Number 12 – I have bought a dress pattern….
Just need to buy the fabric now…..

June 17, 2011. 50s, DIY, Dressmaking, Sewing, Things to achieve.... 1 comment.

Easy Living Digest

OK, so a guilty pleasure, Easy Living Magazine.

I don’t know why I feel guilty reading it, I guess because I feel it’s like I’m not quite in its demographic yet. It feels like its aimed at people with their lives together, families and careers. I guess I have a career but I still feel like just a kid reading a grown ups magazine. I aspire to have the lovely looking house, the glamourous dinner parties, the fabulous wardrobes, I feel like I am not quite grown up enough yet. I feel like a pretender!

Oh well, I love reading it, I always find a million things in there that I like, often I think “I could make that‘, infact ‘I could make that‘ is what I say whenever I go to any of those cute crafty shops, craft markets/shows exhibitions etc. I’ve been known to jot or sketch my ideas down in my  Moleskine notebook, sometimes I’ve even been known to buy the bots needed to start a project but more often than not it stops there, trapped in my craft cupboard or Moleskine notebook.

One of my aims for this year (I hate to call it a New Year Resolution) is to actually craft more, to go through the whole process. I don’t know what it is that stops me at the materials/notebook stage, I know I have the skills (I’ve made plenty of successful things in the past), I have the time and the means (I used to use my old job as a convenient excuse, but with my new job that excuse no longer exists), then it was settling into a new house (that’s done), my fiance being home (he works away a lot, in fact he’s away for 2 months at the minute, so I can’t use that excuse at the minute), so what I am getting at is that there is nothing stopping me from making all the lovely things I want to make. But before that I should probably get on with the aim of the post!


February 19, 2011. Books, Crafts, Decoration, DIY, Fashion, Gifts, Graphics, home, Jewellery, Sewing. Leave a comment.

Inspiration for my wedding dress???

Loving the tulle and the very sparkly corsage…..

February 13, 2011. 50s, Dress, Dressmaking, Fabric, Fashion, Sewing, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Bridesmaid dresses…

February 12, 2011. Bridesmaids, Dress, Dressmaking, Fabric, Fashion, Sewing, Wedding. Leave a comment.

I Love Ribbon!

February 12, 2011. Crafts, Decoration, DIY, Fabric, Favour, Gifts, Sewing, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Cute wreaths…

December 8, 2010. Crafts, DIY, Sewing. Leave a comment.

Pink and blue…

navy and pinkPink & Navy Napkins

December 4, 2010. Crafts, DIY, Fabric, home, Sewing, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Rose bed-head

Flower Bed

November 30, 2010. Crafts, Decoration, DIY, home, Sewing. Leave a comment.

Inspiration: Moustaches…

Saw this fabric design on Spoonflower:

mustache gallery

Now I am inspired to make something based on this fun design…

Maybe black and white felt cushion covers or calico shopping bags?

More moustache inspiration below!

Maybe some moustache cross stitch?


There is a whole world that I never even knew existed! See to keep up to date with it all! more at

facial hair types chart

Maybe some moustachioed crockery? (black on white though)

November 28, 2010. Crafts, DIY, Fabric, Graphics, Sewing. Leave a comment.

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