Monthly Archives: January 2015

Rainbows

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One of the best things about unpacking after moving house is finding all sorts of little treasures I’d completely forgotten about. Some of my boxes have been unopened since university days (5 years ago!) so I’ve found several lovely surprises.

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A tiny but lovely one is my little rainbow maker. I’m not sure where it came from, but I think it was probably a gift from someone. It now hangs in my craft room window.

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This room is particularly sunny in the mornings and the crystal catches the light brilliantly.DSCN2361

The heat from the radiator make the crystal gently move, sending rainbows dancing all over the room. Is just lovely!

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A cosy hudl

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Just after Christmas my friend came round with her new tablet and I immediately fell in love! That same afternoon I ordered a hudl of my own and it’s just brilliant. My laptop is slowing down and it’sĀ a bit of a pain for daily use, so my tablet is great for things like checking email (and playing on facebook and wasting hours on pinterest!)

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I have a protective shell, but this doesn’t protect the screen. Even the screen protectors (which do a great job against scratches) don’t offer much protection against big things knocking against it. This is a bit of a pain for the times when I want to throw it in my handbag with my keys! So I decided to make a cosy case for it.

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It’s a simple design, very much like my ribbon bag, but with the addition of extra padding to keep it nice and safe and secure.

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Of course, I needed to decorate it with pretty buttons!

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And I added a big button and a loop of ribbon to keep it closed.

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Even though I sewed it by hand (I still haven’t moved my sewing machine to my new house!) it only took a couple of evenings to complete.

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I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it’s doing a great job of protecting my hudl šŸ™‚

Happy flower at home

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A couple of years ago I made a beautifully happy flower, following instructions from the Lovely Lucy over at Attic24. (Read about it here and here.)

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I loved the bright colours and the pretty beads – but after I’d finished making it I had no idea what to do with it. It ended up on my notice board ‘for the time being’…and stayed there for the next 16 months! In fact, it only moved because I had to pack it up to move house.

Now, my packing process was rather haphazard – I kinda had my own sorta system, but it was mostly based on me packing my most favourite things into boxes first, then just throwing in everything else in a last minute rush!

So I came across a lot of lovely surprises as I unpacked. And the happy flower came to light at just the right time. As I undecorated after Christmas I hated how bare everything looked and decided to redecorate as I went along. The star on my front door was replaced with the happy flower.

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Please excuse the bad picture – I’m rarely home during daylight hours at the moment, so have to rely on flash which isn’t the best! Anyway, I also really like how the happy flower looks from the outside, all lit up from behind.

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So here it will stay…for the time being! I like to change my decorations through the year so it will probably be replaced at some point. But I’m glad it has a better home than my notice board now šŸ™‚

DSCN2323P.S. It’s 3 years since I registered with WordPress – hurrah!

Pretty and practical

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One of my favourite parts about Christmas is wrapping presents. I love getting out all my many rolls of wrapping paper, yards and yards of ribbons and pretty bows and steadily creating a pretty pile of presents. Unfortunately, most of the ribbons and bows I have are pretty Christmassy, so I’m unlikely to use them the rest of the year. I need a place to keep them where a) they’ll be out of the way and b) I’ll be able to find them again next year!

Now, I’m going to go off on a tangent, but I promise it’s related (in a round about way) and I’ll get back to the point soon.

I mentioned in my last post that life was pretty busy last year. One of the things causing busyness (and a fair amount of stress) was house buying! Yep, I’m now the proud owner of my first home, a lovely old terraced house. (One day I’ll show you round, but things are a bit of a mess right now, so I’ll tidy up a bit first.) Anyway, one of the most exciting things about my new house is that I have a craft room! And in one corner of my craft room I have a pretty bin holding all my wrapping papers. It’s squeezed in to a gap beside some shelves. The shelves are super useful, but will be pretty full (when I finally unpack everything). So I thought, why not make use of the sides of the shelves. I have some fabulous hooks (command hooks) which I used to hang a lot of my Christmas decorations. I stuck one on the side of my shelves, hung up my carrier bag full of bits and pieces, was pleased everything was tidied away but still in a memorable place – but the bag was very ugly! So I rummaged through fabric, ribbon and buttons and came up with this little beauty!

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The fabric was an off-cut from a curtain which was way too long for the space. I stitched the lacy trim on first, then sewed up the back and bottom of the bag.

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I added buttons (just because they’re pretty and I love buttons!) along the lace, plus one for closing.

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I made three loops along the back edge – one in the middle for looping over the button at the front and one on each side for hanging it up.

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My cat (she’s another fairly new addition to my life), Maisie wanted to get in the photos too!

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And it was this little bag that got me excited about making things again.

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I had to sew it all by hand (I haven’t got my sewing machine here yet) and the gentle stitching rhythm was just very lovely. In fact, I loved it so much I sewed something else just a couple of days ago – but I’ll show you that another time šŸ™‚

I’m back!

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I ashamed to say that it’s been eight months since my last post. Eight months!
I started to let things slide because I was busy. I told myself I’d have a couple of weeks off to catch up with things. But the to-do list got longer and busy times turned into busier times along with an added helping of stress. So for most of the last eight months my poor little blog has barely crossed my mind.
But for the last month I’ve really missed it. I’ve found myself composing blog posts in my mind again. I think it’s helped that I’ve actually started making things again. Although I’ve had one or two small projects on the go, I’ve not really had time or energy for my normal amount of creativity. But, completely out of the blue, I had a sudden urge to make something – and I realised just how much I’d missed it!
So, hopefully, the beginning of 2015 marks a new beginning of increased creativity. I think this year will probably be as busy as last year in lots of ways, but I’m going to try my best to squeeze in some creative moments wherever I can.

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And, just before I go, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has still been popping by while I’ve been so inactive. It’s amazed me to see so many views when nothing has been going on! But thanks for sticking around and I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with you all again šŸ™‚
Happy new year!! X