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Home comforts

Convalescent blues were lifted after dragging myself to the shops and discovering a fantastic bargain. Pumpkins going for 10p!!! In my quest to try and speed up my recovery from … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rags to riches

It happens to the best of us, kleptomania that is! In particular, FABRICS. There I’ve said it lol! What to do with an ever-growing fabric stash? What to do with … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Shabby Chic upcycling

It had seen better days, was really getting in the way and had definitely served it’s purpose. I’m talking about the 1930s bedside cabinet which I had painted in vibrant … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Earth Hour

Preparing for Earth Hour, this Saturday, the 19th March from 8.30 to 9.30pm. I recycled a food jar and thought it would look great with a little tea-light in it. … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Show The Love

A small gesture, but nevertheless an important one for me. Here’s my contribution to the #showthelove campaign which highlights climate change. The idea is to make a green heart to … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Easter wreath

Had fun making this wreath, courtesy of a polystyrene ring, some wool tops, and a felting needle. I demonstrated how to make this wreath to some adult learners and then … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

DIY Easter decorations

These little birds look lovely and are quick and easy to make. It’s basically a case of blanket-stitching around the edge of felt bird shapes with a contrasting coloured thread. … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

The changing roles of a hand-knitted Aran waistcoat

We’ve all done it, bought an item in error and then held on to it for no particular reason. In this case, a beautifully hand-knitted Aran waistcoat. Technically superb and … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hand-embroidered, because I felt like it!

Have you ever felt like stitching, just because? Do you miss experimenting with different stitches for the sheer joy of it? I’d recommend stitching on felt because of it’s forgiving … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

A nice cup of tea and some patchwork

I’ve been busy and somewhat addicted (just for a change! lol) to adding more pieces to my hand-sewn patchwork. It was originally going to be a cushion cover but it’s … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment