Sunday, 26 April 2009

Blogshop... The Grand Opening of ..........................Sew Happy!

I am so excited... I've been umm-ing and ahh-ing for so long about opening a blogshop, and I've finally done it. It's been a big step to feel confident enough to commit to selling on an ongoing basis, but I feel very happy indeed with the outcome.

I've called it The Sew Happy Shop, and there's a link here and in my side bar.

Please do take a look. Any comments about it would be appreciated. I plan to add stock regularly, so there will be fresh stock to look at frequently.

I'll be including all sorts of goodies, from hearts

and keyrings

to my fabric buckets (of course!)

to bags and cushions

Coming soon... the chickens:

I hope you like it.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Duck finally made... and fabulous flowers

Lots and lots of thank you's today, as well as a little bit of crafting.

I've been so taken aback this week. On Wednesday, my daughter brought a friend home. She's only been over once before. When her mum collected her, much to her dd's embarrassment (but to my thrilled amazement), she gave me these. I wasn't in, but my dd and hubs dutifully set to arranging them (using the sellotape over a container method). So I got in to these beauties...

arranged in my John Lewis Easter bucket. That's not all. On Thursday, ds had a little friend around. On dropping him back home, his mum presented me with this gorgeous little arrangement....

The freesia smells wonderful. I think I'm incredibly lucky... I'll have to have my kiddies friends home more!

Then on Thursday, this lovely button appeared, handpainted by my incredibly talented friend at Painting New Memories, for a highly secret memory project I'm working on.

It's so beautiful, it should be framed. Thank you so much Laj. x

As for crafting, I have finally got around to making the duck from the pattern White O'Morn Cottage kindly offered to send me, and what a lovely pattern it was to follow. I did it yesterday, when I was meant to be cleaning the house.

A duck doorstop.

The problem with all my makes is, my middle dd immediately claims them as hers, and they disappear into her room! The others rarely get a look in. Anyone else have that little difficulty? ;-)

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Thank you! And narrowboating

Thank you for visiting, and for all the comments left on my last post - I've been away, but will get back into the swing of visiting you all in return soon.

I just want to say a huge thank you for my lovely giveaway parcel from the fabulous Beki at The Ramblings of an Everyday Mummy

All packed so beautifully... take a peek...

Lovely yummy CK wrapping, vintage postcard, and decoupage cutouts to use...

More lovely wrapping... I can't ever wrap as prettily as this...

Just about to dive in:

My fave choc goody ever, a crunchie of course... how did she know! Plus a choccie egg and yummy Emma Bridgewater tissues.

A beautiful bookmark, which has gone straight into use.

I was so excited when I unwrapped the hearts, especially the button one. I've admired those on her blog so much.

And a chocolate Easter package for each of the children - they were so thrilled, I can't tell you. Thank you for that.

It was a smashing giveaway. Thank you so much. And there's more.... she then gave me this brilliant award. Thank you Beki. I love it.

I guess you've all had it, as I've been absent for so long. Angel, do you want it? Cos I lubs you loads, you know I do. And of course my lovely friend over at Hedgecombers. Lubs you too! And the gorgeous Melmel - email me hun, I can't access your blog again and have got bad withdrawal symptoms. x

Now, we've been away, hence the silence from me. Each year for the past 3 years we've taken a narrowboat break. We all love it, especially if there are lots of locks.

This year we tackled the Shropshire ring. It was very nice, though not as pretty I have to say, as the Oxford Canal last year or the Grand Union the year before that. And, dare I say it, not as friendly.

But it was fascinating. I'll post more pics once I sort them out. It's such a relaxing holiday. But I fell in!!!!! Grrrrr. And we very nearly sank the boat in a lock. Double grrrrr. That was a bit of a shock, because it happened so fast and nobody thought to help - amazing, three kids and a granny on board, and people think it's funny (it was quite serious for a while). Still, hasn't put us off!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Crochet, buckets, and buttons

Hello all! Isn't this quilt cover gorgeous! I've been seeing it all over, especially on the lovely Shabbychic forum, and I know some of you have it already. Wanna see what I've done with mine? It's not lying on a bed... More about it in a minute. But first, I've cracked something with my crochet this week, thanks to the fabulous Attic 24 and my daughter. I'll let my daughter tell you more about how she inspired me in her own post (basically by picking up a crochet needle and just making something rather inspired and brilliant without looking at any books or blogs, but just by having the confidence to go for it in the way only children do so often). Me? I'm thrilled to have finally made a jar cover:

It's quick to do, and really fun to work. I've been wanting to do it for ages, but just not gotten around to it.

So thank you Attic 24 for helping me to think I really could do it. ;-)
I then branched into small bowls...

Useful for buttons...

And then I tried a cute vase dish...

Talking of buttons, I'd like to say a huge thank you to my shabby chic mates, who have each sent me a button for a very special project I have in mind. These are the lovelies I've received so far, and they are all so beautiful... they are stunning, really stunning, but mostly they are beautiful because they are for something very very special.

Thank you Mitmot, Sootypea, Miss_Phish, Boysmum3, Twinny, and Diydeb. I'm really touched. I've tried to post the pic on the forum, but can't. Sorry. Photobucket just doesn't do it for me sometimes. Grrrr.
But no clues on what they are for... yet! ;-)

Now, about that lovely quilt from Tescos.

I've wanted something to play around with for ages, but I like to play with fabric I love. I can't quite bring myself to easily break into my Cath Kidston, worrying I'll make mistakes to something so precious to me, but even breaking into the quilt was hard. But I bought it, because I worked out I was getting around 10 metres of fabric I loved for less than £1 a metre. Can't be bad.

So this morning, Mr Lace and I set ourselves a challenge. He went off to the allotment with the youngest two, for 2 hours, while me and my eldest set too, to see how much we could sew in the 2 hours. We were very productive... two cushions:

Three fabric buckets:

And something else which I forgot to photograph. It was fun, and felt really productive.

I love the fabric buckets, and they are popping up everywhere, which is so cool. I've used them as plant pots, which works really well (as long as you have a waterproof container between the fabric and the plant pot itself, LOL).

After Easter, I've decided to open a blog shop, so my fabric buckets will be popped into it, and play a major part of it. Let me know by email if you want to snap one up. I really just want to fund my love of sewing, and especially making the buckets, as I love it so much. So things won't be pricey. In fact, I'm toying with the idea of suggesting that the buyer sets the price, in terms of offering what they think something is worth. What do you think - could that work?

It's the Easter holidays for us now, so with the kiddies at home, I won't be around too much. Have a brilliant time, what ever you are up to.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Easter chickens

I thought it would be nice for my middle daughter, who loves sewing and fabric, to take chickens and little creme eggs to her friends. I thought this after reading my lovely pal Dollydollop's post about all she's been up to, as I've been a bit lazy lately in terms of my crafting. So thank you for the motivation, Dolly. ;-)

So I set to yesterday and she helped when she got home from school. I even broke into one of my precious French fabrics, which is really hard to have done...

We made seven chickens, one for her teacher and six for her closest friends...

Waiting for button eyes...

And all done, with skinny little ribbon legs...

I just hope her friends like them - she's taken them in this morning. White o'morn... your chicken will follow soon... really excited about it.