Sunday, 13 April 2014

A jacket for Jamie

I've had this black and white check fabric sitting around for a while now. I just couldn't make up my mind what to make with it...a dress? Skirt? Bag?
I decided to look through my sewing books for inspiration, and suddenly came across a lovely pattern for a reversible jacket for Jamie in Sewing for Boys!
I had seen it in there before when using the book for other things, but had never made it....I thought it would be perfect for the fabric!
I teamed it with a beige ripstop, patch pockets, and some chunky self cover buttons...and voila!
A lightweight, reversible jacket for Spring!
He seems to like it...haha! (apparently the sunglasses were NOT optional!)

Thanks for looking!
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Monday, 10 March 2014

Hillary's Blinds competition!

Hillary's Blinds are running a competition at the moment...they send you one metre of fabric from their new 'Country Retreat' blinds collection, you make something with it, then blog about it...and you could win £1000! 
Of course I had to have a go! I picked the 'Wild Poppies Vermillion' fabric, and thought it would go really well with some denim - so I cut up a couple of old pairs of jeans I had hanging around, and this is the result!

The pattern I used is the Farbenmix 'Jackie'.

I wanted to do something a little different, with mixes of fabrics, textures, colours and stitches as that's what I like, and thought this fabric would be perfect with it's reds, purples, pinks, subtle green, and cream - a lot to work with! The denim pockets are taken from the jeans, reshaped, and added to the jacket, and the back adjuster came from the back of one of the pairs of jeans!
I plan on wearing it this afternoon as the sun is shining to go collect my son from school lol!

Thanks for looking, and wish me luck!


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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sew & Stitch

I saw the advertisment on the tv for this, and absolutely fell in love with the quilt project - I'm a massive fan of anything seaside/boat related! I mentioned it to the Mr., and he offered to get it for me...well, how can a girl refuse? Lol!
It has some lovely little projects in it besides the quilt, and I've made a couple already - this bag (that comes as a free gift if you subscribe) ...

...and this tooth fairy alien for my little lad!

 Here are my quilt squares so far - I'm a bit slow, so I'm only up to Issue 11 haha!

I shall keep you updated as I go - I can't wait to finish it, although it's going to take a while - there's 90 issues haha!
Thanks for looking
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Thursday, 12 December 2013


The past half term holiday, Jamie and I went to my Mum's house for a few days (the Mr. was in L.A.) and while we were there she taught me the basics of how to knit!
I had tried it as a youngster, like you do, and got in a horrible mess...I could knit you a triangle, but anything of the square-ish persuasion and I was stumped!
It had never stopped me wanting to learn though, so we went for it...and I haven't really stopped since!
Here are a few things I've made so far! (Please excuse copious pics of my head!)
A hat and scarf for the J man...he looks like he's telling me exactly what he thinks of them haha!)

And some ear warmers for myself (the bottom one with matching scarf!)

and a hat with matching cowl (but I don't seem to have a pic of the cowl, sorry!)

The lovely Mr. of the house also recently bought me the Cath Kidston Knitting Tin as an early birthday present, so I'm currently working on that! 

So that's my knitting journey so far all up to date!
We're getting there ha ha!

Thanks for looking

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Crafts!

So far this year we've (my 6 year old lad Jamie and I!) been cracking on with my plan to have a fully 'hand made' tree...we're not there yet, but hopefully in a couple of years we will be! It was fun pulling out decorations we made last year though!
Here's some of them, last year's and this...

The stocking (yes, that is what that is!), the red stars and the ice skate were all from last year - my hand sewing seems to have improved a little since then haha!
Russell (my long suffering Mr.!) has been on his quest to find the perfect mince pie again this year with a little help from me...we added a little of Captain Morgan's Spiced rum to the mincemeat, and pistachio and cinnamon to the tops....they are delicious! Unfortunately we need to make another batch now, as the last lot seem to have *ahem* been 'scrobbled' by the Christmas elves lol! ('scrobbled' is our favourite word in this house at Christmas...anyone who's seen The Box of Delights will understand!)

I also had a go at making a sock snowman....these are awesome and so easy! 
Mine is called Gerald...

Well I think that's Christmas all caught up on so far...I'm sure there will be more to come!
Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Wow, look at the cobwebs in here!

I think it's about time I came and gave the place a spruce up - not been here in months! As I've said before, I thought I'd have more time on my hands for blogging when the small one was at school, not less! Or maybe I've been spending more time crafting than I have blogging, which seems like a good thing?
But anyway, I'm starting this New Year's resolution early, and over the next few days I'll be sharing some of the crafts I've done, new ones I've picked up since I was last here (like knitting - I love knitting!) and new things I want to try in the next year. I'll catch you up on the saga of my memory quilt (the last post about it was here) and how it's going (yes, it's still not finished!)
So I hope everything is going well with you all, and I look forward to being around a bit more often to share with you!

Thanks for reading!

Lisa xx
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Monday, 14 January 2013

Campfire's burning. . .

One of the talented mamas over at Sewing Mamas made one of these recently, and I fell in love with it, so I thought I'd have a go at one for Jamie.
He loves it so much we had to have a 'campfire' dinner round it the night I gave it to him, and he now wants a tent ha ha!

Thanks for looking!

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