Buckle up

 This is a detail of a buckle bought from a vintage fair today. I need to use it because it is so lovely. Current thoughts are centring around hair clips or some kind of statement necklace. It is so delicate yet it is lasted for such a long time. I want to do it justice….

Pack hack

i always feel a bit bad about the amount of packaging Amazon wrap around my purchase so today I decided to reuse the envelope that carried Elder’s first clarinet book to us so abley. I basically covered the gatefold envelope with some paper sheets I had and then used a hole punch to make a…

Party on a shoestring

Here’s a quick idea for making party bags that zing without any ker-Ching…this is particularly good if you had a big party a while ago because it uses all those wine bags that you end up with and feel guilty about throwing out ( well I always do.) here’s the how-to… cut down the bag…

Skirting the issue

Brixham charity shops rock. I got this skirt from Sue Ryder today for £2 and have spent the evening chopping it up. Expect a post with a tutorial for making a stitchy kit bag shortly. I couldn’t however, wait to show you the fabric. Isn’t it great? 50’s stylee sewing bits and bobs. I foresee…

Home sweet home

As promised, here’s the second part of my quilty purchasing odyssey. This time from the wonderful Etsy. All my quilting life i have harboured a deep love of this block, the School House block. Isnt it lovely? I’ve always wanted to either have or make a quilt with it. I made a nursery school banner…

Secret squirrel

Ta dah! This is my sewing swap surprise received yesterday from the fantastic Quinkish. Isn’t it lovely and it’s exactly the size for my laptop and cables if I want to travel light on my work commute. The terms of the swap were that we had to use our existing stash and not buy anything…