Saturday, 28 January 2012

Letterbox Dolls House - a mini look!

I couldn't resist showing you this. Regular readers of my blog know I love Letterbox, a UK company, packed with fabulous toys for kids of all ages. I loved trying out their Ezyroller in my post here (before I go any further, I have to add that this time this is not a sponsored post... I spotted this and thought it was such a brilliant bargain, I had to share.)

When my kids were much younger, I spent many hours searching for the perfect dolls house. I then realized how expensive good wooden dolls houses were, and it took me a long time to find one I was happy with. This beauty is in the Letterbox sale, reduced from £130 to £65 - I thought this was such a brilliant bargain, I wanted to draw attention to it, in case anyone's looking for a dolls house and is despairing of finding one at a reasonable price. It's shown in the picture with an extra floor, but it's still a bargain. At least, I'd say so!

And I promise you, Letterbox did not contact me and ask me to write any of the above, but I'd have loved to have spotted something like this a few years ago!

Just to balance it up, I also love this... I'd better finish now - I could browse the Letterbox catalogue for a while quite happily. This is also a bargain, and has had loads of lovely things said about it. But I had to include it, as my three all enjoyed playing with their wooden set when they were younger. I love wooden toys!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Valentine's Day Love

I've been cutting templates to back some of my letters this morning. Guess which this was for! :) After I've finished the letters, I have to trace and cut the backing. Once the backing is sewn onto the ribbon that hangs the letters, I then fix the letters and choose buttons to embellish at either end. I love these buttons in particular, which I found at Liberty in London.

And sewn in place:

It really is a long process, but I think the result is well worth the wait.

I've also been going back to a hobby I did a long time ago, which was stamping. I tried stamping on linen, which isn't the easiest as it's got such a texture. But I'm very happy with the mobile phone cover I made. It's just a little bit different.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Juggling all those different tasks!

I had a bit of a wobble this morning. I'm usually a cup half full sort of person, and I'd definitely say I think on the positive side. But I wobbled this morning because I'm continually amazed by how other women cope so well with running a perfect home (there are numerous blogs out there with such perfect pictures of perfect sofas and perfect table settings and perfect children's bedrooms...). My home never looks like this, which is why I rarely show glimpses of my home. My children's bedrooms are a continual mess, though in the scheme of things, I don't think they are that bad. Let's say, they are lived in. But on top of the perfect appearance, these same bloggers manage to keep their blogs updated regularly (I'm a huge fail on that!), update on Twitter every 2 seconds (fail!), run successful online businesses (Sew Happy is going pretty well, but not nearly as well as some online business), update their facebook business pages four or five times a day (fail), and regularly post on forums - I've been making inroads into Etsy, but ... just how people have the time... I don't get it. This isn't meant to be a rant against other bloggers at all - I just wish I could keep up, and, yes, I'm very very very jelly-ous!

Anyway, in an attempt to try a bit better, I've divided my time today into 1 hour slots, and am seeing what I get achieved. So far, it's worked pretty well. I started with a cup of tea, in my fave new mug, a Christmas pressie, and spent an hour tidying, hoovering, and putting a load of washing in. No pictures, as house still a mess, but bits of it (I emphasize bits) are clean.

Then I spent the next couple of hours sewing. I haven't finished - I'll reveal it soon, but I achieved what I wanted to achieve, and I'm pleased. I'd spent a couple of hours sewing yesterday and made this yesterday:

(The 'O' is finished now... but I had to hurry to take a picture before the light went.)

Now I've allowed myself an hour online. No time to update my Sew Happy Folksy shop (which I'm pretty proud of, having made my 50th sale this week, which was lovely) or even try to get to grips with Etsy and how it works on there (Sew Happy Etsy)... but I decided to update my neglected blog ... hence the post!

I'm thrilled this month to have featured in the January issue of Popular Crafts. Two of my Sew Happy items feature on one page, and I've reviewed the FabricMaster for them... sneak picture here of what I got up to:

Right, my hour's nearly up. On to the next task. There's not enough hours in the day. If you've read this far, thank you! And if you've the time to leave a comment, I'd love to know I'm not alone.