Saturday, 24 January 2015

Time I caught up - bags and more bags!

Its been a while since I posted. I've been so busy sewing you see! So this post is all about the bags.

First up - the camera bag. This is self designed as I just wanted something to fit my new camera. Its lined with soft and stable for padding, and the external fabric is a laminated cotton. I added a little pocket for the usb cable. It doesnt has straps as its just for storage - you can carry it about using the the camera strap, or attach a separate strap.
(which I didn't make, because I didn't need to, but I could do!

Next up. The telephone crossbody. I need to sort out my camera settings as the colours of this make it look garish but it just isn't. 

Thirdly, the very British satchel. A classic style with a very English theme. 

And finally... the Vintage panda. This is for me. It is our 10th Wedding anniversary tomorrow and we're going out tonight and this is coming with me. It took me a long time. There was much swearing. Vinyl is a bu**er to sew with, especially on a non-industrial machine. I persevered because I knew in my head that it would look just right when finished. I used the Vivian pattern from swoon with strap modification. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

A very happy new year to you!

Did you have a good christmas? We did, although the kids were desperate to see their friends by the end of the holidays. The company of adults is not that much fun for them!

I'll start with craft stuff in case you popped by to see that! Honestly there hasn't been much sewing. It would be nice to say I had lots of sewing time over the two weeks I was off work, but actually I didn't. I got one thing completed, and that was this -  a necessary clutch wallet. I really love it and its been on my to-do list for quite a long time so I'm glad I got one done. 


The only 

I used the Amy Butler fabric for the outer, and then some sewing themed fabric inside. 

The only other thing I've gotten started on is my shetland tweed rosie (no pics yet) and this little crossbody which is not yet finished. 

The fabric is a Melody Miller cotton-linen blend and I love it! It will get a strap once the hardware arrives.

So back to what we did on our holidays (one of my favourite albums I'll have you know) 
Just before school broke up, they had the christingle service at school, which is sort of a quiet reflectful one. I didn't make it this year, but a friend took this photo for me as Joey got to light the christingle candle for his class

We went up north to visit my mum and sister for the run up to christmas. Stayed at Redworth Hall, which is a bit of a treat, but I thought it was a really good deal. We got breakfast and dinner included, and a nice suite to stay in. They have a pool and an indoor play area for the kids. 

This is Noah with his dolly stash from nanna Maxey! Honestly I don't know why I didn't put the roof box on the car before we left. I should have known we'd be sitting amidst piles of presents!

there was also considerable amounts of cookie decorating happening at nannas!

We did a quick trip to Durham. They are currently building a lego scale model of the Cathedral (in the cathedral) and for a small donation you can add a certain number of bricks and therefore be part of the build. Both the boys did it :)

I also made a flying visit to the Bignall household (where I spent much of my youth) to visit Widgey who was visiting her folks - she is normally resident in Pittsburgh. Known to everyone else as @Frances_Sand . I met her lovely fiance Nick (who wasn't yet her fiance on the evening I visited - he proposed the next day on a trip to London) We reminisced and giggled, and then I had to go back to the hotel... 

Christmas eve we bombed it back to Goddy in order to make it in time for the Christmas nativity at St Marys. I have NO decent shots of this (I did get a fab new camera in the christmas sales though) and couldn't get any of the Innkeeper (Joey) I am pleased to say that Noah wore the donkey outfit rather than the sheep outfit to take Mary to Bethlehem. (He was bribed!!)

Christmas day I wore my swirl dress from beckys swirlalong
I have no full body shot I'm afraid, but it continues with a lot of scotty dogs!

There was much present opening, which was repeated when grandma came to visit with the girls on the following weekend.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Cosmetic Purses and a Handbag handbag. Plus Christmas plays and carol concerts.

Its a busy time at the mo. There are parties to be had (by children) concerts to be done (by children) and things to be made (by children and me!)

I'll cover crafts first.
I made a large purchase over the weekend. Four bolts of Amy Butler fabric.


I didn't mean to go so nuts, but they are end of line and a super bargain at £5 a metre. My mum gave me some money for christmas. This took a large chunk of it!

I had already bought a metre of two of these fabrics a couple of weeks ago, and used them to make some cosmetics purses for family. I didn't use a pattern, and I used some lovely bright 8" zips I got on ebay. I think I just did 3.5" x 10" for the patterned fabric, 4.5" for the red fabric, and 7" x 10" for the lining. Sewed on some zip ends. Sewed in the zip. Sewed across the base to make the corners at about 3.5" width. Bobs your uncle. Not as quick as a basic pencil case, but not much more work and looks pretty nice.


I also finished my Cate (swoon patterns) handbag last night. I'm cross with myself for not making the pleather higher up the bag. I miscalculated so you can hardly see it as its on the base, but still quite happy with the bag in general. I love this melody miller ruby star linen-cotton fabric. Its my handbags handbag!



Also this week - Noah had his first christmas play at school (they don't do traditional nativities) He was a chicken. He didn't do much but pull faces at me but the whole thing is quite cute. I'm not allowed to post pics of that.

 (Noah at the carol concert - in the middle - elf hat on)

They also put on an out of school club carol concert. All the Y3s boycotted it (including Joey) because they refused to sing 'Let it go'. (I know full well Joey secretly enjoys Frozen) so he sat with me, and Noah pulled faced and rolled his jumper up and down :)

Tuesday evening I went out for a 'quick drink' with some of the reception mums. I can't really hold my drink any more, so 3 glasses of red and a sambuca later, I was pretty sozzled. I did of course have to work on Wednesday morning, but fortunately the boys were on a play date after school so I got a rest.

Voodoo Vixen have a new plus size model, so that's me out I guess. A quick fb message to say 'nice to work with you but we have a new face' would have been good, but hey ho that's business. She is gorgeous (the new model) but has been sl*gging of the MUA on fb so I'm not sure VV will use her again. Like me she isn't a professional model, but she has a fashion and lifestyle blog (which clearly I don't have - I just have a bit of everything blog!)

On Saturday we visited Wimpole Hall, which is about half an hour away from us. We have a national trust membership so its free for us. They have a lot of Christmas activities on at the mo (although Noah managed to convince this stall holder to let him and Joey make dried arrangements - this wasn't actually an activity - they were just being very kind!)

Inside the hall was decked out beautifully. The boys found some tiddlywinks sets to play with – very grand setting to do so – I’ve bought them some for Christmas as they had lots of fun.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Two bags, one tree, lots of decorations and a little bit of in-cinema puking...

First things first - I completed two bags this week!
Quite a while ago, I won a pattern from Emmaline bags, called the Spring Sling. I love the shape although the patchwork panel on the front was never something I was going to attempt, so I used a piece of my Cath Kidston toadstool fabric instead.


I did partake in some quilting though, which is something I've never attempted before. It went ok. Slightly wonky but nothing major. I love the look of quilting I have to say.
The top of the bag is supposed to have oval grommets for the straps to slot through. I do have the oval grommets. Infortunately I was unaware when I bought them, that I'd need the tools as well. I haven't got 20 quid spare right now, so sadly I've had to leave them off.


I've had the lining fabric for ages and I can't remember when or where I bought it, but it seemed like the right one to use with the cotton linen I got from Doughtys online. The entire outer edge of this bag is bound with hand made binding and then hand stitched on. Took a while! I really like this bag and I will probably make another whenever I get the chance :)

Second bag was this alexis mini satchel style. I'm sort of pseudo happy with it. I wish I'd done piping around the main bag area and not just the flap, because it feels a bit meh without. This is also made from Cath Kidston fabric - there's an outlet near where I work and I'm always popping in on the off-chance there's something bargainous to be had. Its all relative of course but I'm happy to pay £6 a metre for this lineny stuff (instead of £14)

The lining is purple polka cotton. I've attempted to home-make some side tags/labels. I'm not hugely enamoured but they are ok. Do you think it looks kind of wierd sticking out there?


 It was decoration day at school this week. You go in for two hours and help the kids make decorations for the school. They do a morning and afternoon session, but I only had half a day off work, so I had to split a session between both of them.

Noah was first (he's in reception) He made a very. VERY glittery angel. He wouldn't wear his christmas pudding hat because he is five and he decided it was beneath him.

Then I popped over to help Joey and we made a felt bauble with beads. Which looked kind of like ravioli, but he was happy! He wouldn't wear his christmas pudding hat as apparently there was a splinter in it at break time. No idea how that happened. (its a wooly hat made by nanna Maxey)

On Saturday morning I was awakened (as I am every single morning) by a bouncy Noah demanding we get the christmas tree down from the loft. I could only put him off for so long, so we did get  it, and we decorated it. Joey was feeling off colour, so he stayed out of the chaos.

Sunday we went to our local garden centre - they have animatronic polar bears this year. Noah was v. happy. 

They both liked this display, which is up every year.

Then Noah noticed the ice rink. We weren't going to take them skating as its exorbitant, but when Noah gets excited its hard to say no. So £34 later we were all on the rink. 

Ten minutes later there were tears and blisters and aches and pains. Hire boots are DREADFUL. Even Noah wanted to leave. Lets not bother next year.

Sunday afternoon I took them to see Paddington. Which is a great film. Unfortunately Joey started coughing and then did a bit of vomit, which I handily caught in his popcorn cup. Lovely. Took him home and packed him off to bed. He manages to look pretty even when poorly sick. Wish I could say the same about me...