I have been asked to consider this question this week. What is happiness? I describe the feeling of happiness as a sense of contentment. If asked, "are you happy?" I would answer, "yes" because in my day to day life, the percentage of things that are lovely are higher than the percentage of things that … Continue reading What is happiness?
Bonus points if you can comment and tell me where "here Hare, here" comes from! I love this cushion and I loved making it even more as it combined drawing and art with sewing - win win. For the Make do and Mend evening, I was asked to donate a raffle prize, so this is … Continue reading Here hare here – raffle prize cushion
In what accidentally seems to be shaping up as a year of charity, I was very eager to help when an email popped up from Charlotte inviting me to help at her fundraising evening. Charlotte was raising money for Marie Curie in honour of her mother. She decided to host an evening at my local … Continue reading Make do and Mend charity evening
As the summer holidays roll on, you find yourself clutching at straws at how to fill the day, preferably for free. Hazel had been nagging for a picnic. Simple pleasures. So I dusted off our National Trust membership card and went to Greys Court near Henley. I packed our picnic, then had a bit of … Continue reading A little trip out with our paintbrushes.
The lunacy of this outfit reflects my freshly ignited passion for sewing that I'm going through at the moment. Hazel is totally dissing all the dresses I make for her, but she was happy with the foxy hoodie, so I embarked on making her another one. This time instead of using my stash, I … Continue reading I have excellent taste. Monkeys, zebra print and hot pink faux fur hoodie.
I was delighted to get my hands on Tilly Walnes' new book, Stretch. It didn't disappoint. I have sewn a fair bit of jersey before and as a person with poor fitting skills, I prefer stretch fabrics. I don't get on well with my overlocker so I liked that part of the book. Much like … Continue reading Totally chillin in our #stella hoodies and #internationalwomensday
Can you believe my colleague said that this look genuinely suited me? I don’t know exactly what she meant, but this is not going to be my look of choice, don’t worry. One of the many joys of being a teacher, is having to dress up on frequent occasions. It used to be so embarrassing … Continue reading Upcycled Charity Shop Raid to Victorian Teacher Outfit
It's been a while since I've made anything for Hazel, I enjoyed every minute of this make! It all started with H rifling through her wardrobe and demanding to wear a dress - for size 12-18 months. I looked at the dress and realised that I thought I may be able to make one fairly … Continue reading Back to sewing dresses for my little girl #buildingblockdress
I'll start with the Linden. I've coveted this for a long time, but worried about the fit and final look after my #toaster disappointment, I decided I'd go cheap first. Thankfully, Fabricland did not disappoint and I picked up this cute 'winter jersey'. I can't remember the price but it would have been under £4 … Continue reading #redjanuary update plus a #grainlinelinden success