Saturday, 28 December 2013


Not at all craft related but, oh, have we had rain?

This is our lane, probably about 6 inches under water. It leads onto the bottom road, which is probably about 4 feet deep in places.

This photo came out really well. I may print and frame it!

None of this  is unusual round here. I had a good look a the pubs and houses on the river and they are still dry. Maybe this year they will be OK, it depends on next week's rainfall.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

New job, New Year, new beginnings.

Hello, sadly ignored blog. How are you doing?

Me? Well, I've finished the first term in my new role and all seems to be going well. I'll know more when we get the first set of results come through.

I am actually making things. No, really, truly, I am! I have bought a craft light and am cutting at weekends and hand sewing during the week... sort of. I found I needed pattern weights so I can make some rub off patterns of the few clothes that actually fit me. I found a book (No! Did you Stef. Going to review it? Waste a bit more time?), the review, and piccies of my makes, will follow. But it gave me an idea, a new one! It is a pincushion book and, taking the authors advice, I am stuffing some with aquarium sand. Weighs down patterns and fabric and keeps my pins sharp and clean too. Handy and fun!

I have had a wander round a number of town centres close to me and may have found a place I can begin to sell. I will go and have a chat with the organisers in the New Year. I am having a good think about what I will sell and have based my decision based on my own needs as a sewing newbie. So that means pincushions, needle books, knitting needle rolls, sewing bags, project organisers, pockets, pockets everywhere... that sort of stuff.

I wouldn't ask to do aprons and other kitchen stuff as a lady there already does those. So I thought notions for crafters always seem to need organising, I always seem to lose a thing just as I need it. So maybe some notion solutions might be nice for beginner and seasoned bod alike. I have quite a few patterns already and could make a nice list, create a couple of 'lines' and see what happens.

So, the hibernating months will be spent researching (yeah, I know, more procrastination), practising, pricing, and making lists. As soon as the winter lifts I will be back out trawling charity shops for materials, making like a demon and, hopefully, selling!

All in all, blog dear, this means that I will be back more often, prattling on about my trials and tribulations.

So, cheer up, I will be back, very soon xx

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Sorted most of the stash

Well I managed to sort through it. Dragged it up from the cellar, out from under the bed, washed it, folded it, stacked it. OK, I have another 2 bin bags to go through yet and there is some in the washing machine.

But this is most of the fabric stash. The pink and green boxes have clothes that will be recycled and the shoe boxes have odd bits and pieces that will probably be sewn in as surface decoration, should I ever get to grips with free motion embroidery.

The bags at the bottom have interfacing, upholstery squares and pillowcases and tank tops ready to be brought downstairs and made into totes.

This one is my craft corner. the box on top has felted woollens and the pillowcase and golf balls it takes to full a jumper. Then books, a shelf of broken jewellery and beads and craft equipment, tools and lots of little trays to use for individual project pieces.

It includes a wire jig, pliers, glue gun, polystyrene block for drying paper beads, templates,  lots of hair scrunchies, clippies and other pound shop trophies.

I also have smaller trug things for felting, ribbons and one full of the doings for sewing books and needle cases - my next project. There is also 20metres of brown paper for patterns, a carrier bag of elastic and, out of shot, tea bag paper for use as tearaway paper and three bags of jeans and other clothes for upcycling.

I also have a rucksack full of threads, scissors, pins and other sewing 'hardware'.

Question: Do you think I have enough, or do I need to collect more before I could sit down and actually sew things?

Seriously, I have a red basket full of soon to be totes, project 1, and a pink truglet full of sewing case materials, project 2, all ready to go. The rollaway under the bed is full of jeans. This will be project number 3, skirt tops, bags, coasters, oven mitts etc. Then the box of jumpers will be project number 4. I will need to cut patterns first then hats, scarflets and wrist warmers.

Then, when I have cleared the space, I can start on making a skirt or 2 for myself. Project 5 is pattern drafting a pencil skirt and an A line skirt.

But, if you are still reading, you know that I read and think more than I sew. Maybe I will review a couple of books before I start :D

Hopefully I will be back soon with something from Project 1.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Now... will this be the push I need?

Oh the lovely people on Craftsforum have put up their Summer Show competition here

So now I have the perfect excuse for getting off my laptop and onto the machine. I want to enter at least two of the classes:
Sing me a song
Out of the blue
Over the rainbow
Garden of delight
New from old

But maybe not the under 11 class, they may not believe me :D

New from old seems the obvious choice for me. Maybe a skirt from a shirt, a bag from a blouse, oh the list is endless.

So why am I still here? Cos this is what I do, I prevaricate rather than fabricate!

Sunday, 30 June 2013

So much has happened... so little got done

So, promises, promises. Same old story, all talk and no sewing! Not a single post this year. That is just inexcusable, so I won't even try.

But I have been busy. I got a promotion, so that went really well!

And I carried on losing weight, I am now working on my third stone. But now none of my clothes fit me and I don't want to buy any more. What to do? Well, I have been scanning Pinterest, reading a lot of blogs and thinking. I'm off for summer so I have a new plan to get new clothes as cheaply as possible. I'll try refashioning them!

Yeah, right Stef!

I know. But I am all ready to go. I have some very large clothes that I don't mind wrecking. Others could be used as patterns, with some adjustment as they are also too big.

So, starting on Thursday, my new promise is to wind up my camera and make a new thing every week. Pictures, progress and tales of woe will follow!