I spy..

these little beauties

.... ballet pumps
.... liberty fabric
what's not to love?

While I'm here ... I've been struggling with this thing that is blogging for some while now.  The will is definitely there, but time... well, not so much.  Also if I'm honest, as I started out this blog to document my making, and I don't really get much time to make anything, then I've kind of felt a bit of a fraud by posting anything.  But I've decided to stop beating myself up about the lack of sewing going on (which is not to say that there is nothing happening, just perhaps not so much as I'd like!), start to enjoy the process of writing about life in general again just because and see this time where this little journey takes me - I do hope you'll join me for the ride!


You don't call

What to write when you haven't blogged for a year?

Sorry blog

naughty eyebrows

We've had quite a definite bedtime routine for quite sometime in our house. Now that The Boy has entered the realms of the terrible twos however, this routine can run more smoothly on some evenings than others. This evening was a not-so-good one. But I had to smile when he looked over at me and asked why I had naughty eyebrows. Slightly perplexed, I asked him what he meant, to which he told me they'd gone upside down and then mimicked my facial expression.

Note to self, must stop frowning!


new begins

well, I've been a bit of a bad blogger. A truly terrible one in fact.

Over the last few months, life has been a bit of a whirlwind. Not only have we relocated, The Frenchman's business has grown rapidly, I've stopped working, and we've welcomed this little lady in to the world.

Any woman who has given birth, will tell you how quickly you forget about the pains of pregnancy and labour, but what they don't tell you is how you also forget the lack of sleep, the temporary feeling off loss of identity and control of your life, and the fear that you always smell a little bit like baby sick. But would I change it? Not on my life.

And so it is, that 12 weeks after arriving in our world, I find little Miss A asleep in her own cot, in her own room (a happy and terribly sad occasion in equal measures), and find myself twiddling my thumbs, wondering what on earth it is that people who aren't pacing about trying to rock babies to sleep do with their evenings. So perhaps I'll have a little more time again to give my poor neglected blog a bit of attention. Who knows, maybe I'll even dust off my sewing machine next!


Things for sale

I'm going to be moving house within the next few weeks, and have decided to try and have a clear-out rather than move everything with me. Here's a quick peek at what I'm going to be putting on ebay - but I thought I'd put a few pics up here first in case anyone feels like saving me the ebay fees! If you're interested in anything, leave a comment, or message me . I'll have a think about prices for things and edit the post, but feel free to leave me an offer!

Chapel chair (with bible holder on back) needs a bit of work, which I never quite got around to doing!

Pine Piano stool

Cream metal framed double bed with slient night matress (guest bed, so hardly used)

Two seater chesterfield - an ebay find - one of the arms drops down. I bought it to recover and never got around to it - the person I bought it from said it had been covered in and resprung within the last 5 years, so functionally it's fine, and perhaps not quite such a snotty colour as this picture would suggest!

Shoe last (one only)

I've also been stockpiling Orla Kiely fabric - as I can never quite bring myself to cut into it, it seems a bit silly just to keep it for ever more, so I'm going to let it go! All pieces are 1/4m unless otherwise stated.
Classic stem print

Stone and orange scribble stem print (1/2 m)


Green carpark

Retro Flower

Please let me know if there's anything you're interested in!


Stroller quilts

I have been woefully slow in making these - my friend had twins a month ago now (eek, how did that go so quickly) and as she's been supportive in trying to order things from me in the past, I thought I'd repay the favour by making a couple of stroller/cot/snuggly quilts

They're fleece fronted and have gorgeous cloud 9 rabbit design flannelette on the back, which I quilted together, as well as appliqueing each of their initials in the quilt corners.

I got this far in about a week, and then it took me the rest of the time to do the binding... which in the end really wasn't a problem - I just put it off over and over again! I'm really pleased with the way they've turned out.. I just hope the twins like them too


We're going on a chair hunt

Ok, so I'm going to oust myself as a lot of a geek here. When I was little, I used to love going to the library. I liked the sound that the books make when the plastic sleeves hit together (just me?!) I liked having my own little library tickets

I thought that date stamping books seemed like quite possibly the most exciting job ever.

But the other thing I love love loved about our library - apart from the parquet floors and the catalogue cupboards

(to this day, I kick myself to think that I missed the opportunity to buy one that was being thrown away from Bristol University for about £20)
was the orange plastic chairs in the childrens section. Chairs not dissimilar to these:

These cute round plastic little fellows. Please excuse the bad picture (if I could find a good one, then I'd probably also be able to track the chairs down!)

Now that I am not so little, the idea of stamping books as a job doesn't seem quite so alluring, but I can't get these little chairs out of my head! (or parquet floors for that matter, but I suspect the chairs may be more in my price bracket) I just have to get one for the Boy. I've spent many an hour scouring the internet for them, but to no avail. I know that they must still be made, because I saw them in a library this weekend. I'm under doctors orders to rest in bed at the moment, so my search continues, but if anyone can help me, please let me know who they're designed by/what the name is!