Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Not such a lucky break & Magazines for sale

Poor Mr D&D – he’s still having a bad time with his broken finger.  The hospital have told him he needs an operation on it and so tomorrow we’ve got to be up at the crack of dawn to go to the hospital for him to have the bone wired back together.  The most annoying thing for him is that he’s on a weeks holiday from work & has spent most of it going backwards and forwards to the hospital!  In hindsight it would have been much easier to just go out and buy a go-kart!

I’ve just added a few of my old copies of Sew Hip onto The Fabric Market Place.  They’re all priced at £1.50 with £1.50 P&P.  I’m trying to get organised and need to make some room so I can buy new magazines!

I’ve put the following issues on there:

Issue 22SewHip22

Issue 23

sewhip 23

Issue 24

Sew Hip 24

and Issue 26

sew hip 26

Not quite sure where I’ve hidden issue 25 – but when I find it I’ll probably add it to the website too.  I’m fairly sure I’ve got some really old issues of the magazine hidden around the house somewhere too.  Wish I was a tidy person!



Monday, 22 August 2011

The 2nd A&E trip of the holidays, a go kart & vehicle doorstops.

Right, I’m back from the second trip to A&E of the holidays, this time for Mr D&D, who was building this rather cool go-kart for the children and managed to break his finger when the saw hit a knot in the wood and kicked the wood back at him.


Tomorrow’s day out is to the plastic surgery trauma clinic!  And there was me thinking that it was the riding of go-karts that was dangerous!

In between providing sympathy, I did manage to get out & buy the latest copy of Simply Homemade magazine.


Which has these patterns I designed in it:



In case you can’t tell from the photos, they are a series of 4 doorstops, each with a vehicle appliqued onto them.  I like the London bus best, but my second favourite is the VW van.  They’re quite time-consuming to make, but the finished doorstops are really worth it.



Sunday, 21 August 2011

Best Dressed Tea Pot

I am just back from a lovely week in Wales.  After 6 years of camping, this year we went slightly upmarket & booked ourselves a caravan.  What a revelation – no more walking across damp fields to use the loo, no more having to wrap up with 10 layers as no matter what time of year it is, the nights are always freezing, and best of all, when it rained, the caravan didn’t spring a leak!

As I say we haven’t been in a caravan for a long time, but did you know they now have central heating? They are also much taller, which is a bonus for my hubby who at 6ft 4 & who only managed to bang his head a couple of times in the whole week.

As I couldn’t live a week without crafting, this year I took some wool, some crochet hooks and continued my love affair with crochet.




Have you guessed that I’m completely addicted to making tea cosies? The bottom one is my favourite, but I do love the bright acid colours of the granny style ones. 

Oh yes, a bit more excitement before I go – I made my first sale on The Fabric Market Place.  I’d put a couple of unwanted sewing magazines on there, and they sold.  If you haven’t visited, then its well worth a look, an online site just dedicated to all things fabric.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend



Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A Week of Fun

Have had a lovely few days since my last entry on here, our friends came to visit and we had a good couple of hours at the Ansty Maize maze:


Girls versus boys to find the middle – sadly the boys beat us (even though we’d sneakily bought a map without telling them – says a lot for girls & map reading skills!) 

My daughter has also outgrown all of her nightclothes, but I hate just throwing them away so I got an old t-shirt of mine that had stretched out of shape & added a panel to each of her nightdresses:



Slightly more comfortable for her now.

My love affair with crochet is also continuing – here is my latest project, a bright and cheerful tea cosy to wake me up on even the darkest morning!


I found the free tutorial on Crochet With Raymond – click here to go to her lovely site.


Hmm what else can I crochet now?  I’m off to search the internet for more patterns.



Thursday, 4 August 2011

What to do….?

You know when you get that itch to create something but you don’t know what to make – well I have that at the moment.  My magazine commissions are all up to date, the children are occupied with the TV (bad mother I know, but it is raining!!) and I have a couple of hours until my next house guest arrives with her children, so what can I make? 

My stash is calling out to me, desperate for me to rescue it from the plastic box it’s been relegated to, my sewing machine is revved up and ready, but inspiration is just refusing to strike.

If anyone has any ideas then I’d love to hear them, what do you make when you need a sewing fix?



Monday, 1 August 2011

Crochet flowers

Its the summer holidays and it is as mad as usual – so far we’ve had 4 guests to stay, 3 trips to the open air pool, 2 days out and 1 trip to minor injuries clinic (Daisy fell down, put her teeth through her lip & gashed under her chin)

BUT – I have managed to do a little crafting throughout this chaos.  I managed to find issue 3 of Mollie makes with these lovely crochet flowers on the front:


So I got stuck in & made some, and then some more, and then some more:


I’m completely addicted, they’re such fun to make, now I just need to find something to do with them!

Any ideas?