Like most crafters I have wip’s*, multiple wip’s, sometimes an overwhelming number of them. So I worked on some of them this weekend. Some are gifts and others are just processes I wanted to try, like the English piecing. I used this excellent tutorial for the piecing. Thanks for keeping momentum with me and commenting on the tissue holders! Only another 46 weeks to go, *gulp*.


I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, I have. Yesterday we went to a local growers market with Jessica, she’s super awesome, and I managed to sneak in a visit to Calico & Ivy and Scabshite. The Son and I then went to lunch, she had a haircut and I sat in a cafe and had a chai and played with my new iPhone. Yep I got completely sucked in by it and it’s so much fun. For those of you with children maybe stop reading….Sunday we woke up about 9am, had breakfast in bed, watched Kungfu Panda and then fell back asleep until 1pm…I then spent the afternoon sewing and The Son cooked a delicious dinner of rack of lamb with spuds and brocolli. Yummy.


Have a great week everyone.

*Works in progress for the uninitiated.

52 weeks of nose – week 5

Well hello there! Thanks for your responses to last week’s "Nose". Lots of blogs for everyone to check out, I’ll list them at the end of this post. Last week’s winner is Bronwyn, congrats, if you’re reading email me  your postal address! If you’re one of the previous week’s winners and haven’t received anything yet….that’s because I’ve yet to post them, I’ll be doing so this week 🙂

This weeks nose? I’ve used Denyse Schmidt’s new deco weight "County Fair". The linen tape has been hand stamped with little matryoshka’s. For this week just leave a plain old comment, nothing special, just a comment! Good luck.


A Dress A Day

Art Tea Life

Bella Dia

Betz White

Book n Boob


Crafty Crow



Design for Mankind

Dirty Mouse

Elsie Marley

Floating Ink
Gennine’s Art blog

Hello my name is Heather

Hey Harriet

House on Hill Road

How About Orange

Japan Craft Journal

Jeff Blogs

Juicy Bits

Kristin la Flamme

Lazy Girl Designs


Little Yuzu

My Folk Lover

Mama Tulip

Meet me at Mikes

Miles Away in France



Pia Jane Bijkerk

Pink Chalk Studios

Plump Pudding

Primrose Design

The Panopticon


Sew Mama Sew


Soule Mama

Spirit Cloth

Stumbling Over Chaos

Tree Fall

True Up

Vintage Ric Rac

Wee Wonderfuls



Gocco swap tarred and feathered.

I’m participating in another of Sarah’s Gocco swaps. This time the theme is "Art of the Note", link. I’ve come up with a framed rooster. Why? I dunno. I know I wanted a silhouetted image and I wanted to print onto some vintage magazines. So I made a little work for myself, I printed the chickens onto vintage magazines separately to printing the frame onto the notecards. I could have stuck the magazine paper to the cards first and then printed the frame and chicken together in one pass….nope, I did it the hard way. Still, I’m happy with the result. So I’m getting The Son to help me with chicken cutting. I downloaded the frame from this website and changed it slightly.


I also printed some fabric patches whilst I had the Gocco out.


Thanks again Sarah for organising these swaps, so much fun!

I see one of these in my crafting future…

I’d been thinking about weaving. It’s been in my head, wondering how I was going to go about it, what it would cost to start another craft and did I really need to be doing it or even thinking about it? THEN I saw Donyale’s stunning scarf and her Ashford Knitter’s Loom and then I tripped over this tutorial in her blog comments AND it’s my birthday in October…So I think I do see weaving in my future. Insert happy jig here.

I’ve pinched the picture below from Donyale’s blog to show just how lovely it is.


52 weeks of nose – week 4

Howdy! Well here we are at week 4….For this week I’ve used a Japanese import I think I purchased from Lovely Leslie at A Little Goodness together with some printed tape. To go in the running leave a comment linking to your favourite must read blogs. No limit, it could be one blog that you have to check on everyday or it could be your top five. I’ll list them with next week’s holder. Good luck!


Last week’s winner of the Heather Ross holder is Janice. Congratulations!

And since it’s been a while since you’ve seen *cough* little Ted, here’s a current 10 month old picture. As you can see he’s no vegan, a lamb shank is one of his favourite treats. He’s turning into a lovely dog. I did struggle through the little puppy phase, the toilet training, crying and naughty behaviour, but the last one to two months have seen him starting to grow up. He’s a real cuddly sook and has an awesome personality.


52 weeks of nose – week 3

Hi ya’ll! Thanks for all the great links to your favourite online fabric retailers. Lots of regulars for me 🙂 and some new. I’ll list them at the end of this post.

Last week’s winner is Andrea, congrats! I’ll be in contact to get your details. So this week’s nose? Heather Ross, Trimmed with velvet ribbon and acorn stamped linen tape. Leave a comment to go into the running and the winner will be announced next Tuesday.


Here’s the list of retailers you mentioned in last week’s "Nose".
A Little Goodness
Above All Fabrics
Fat Quarter Shop
Kristen Doran Design

Hancock’s of Paducah
Heather Bailey
Lara Cameron
Of Paper & Thread
Quilt Home

Revival Fabrics
Sew Good Fabric
Sew Love Fabrics