About Me

My Photo
Manchester, United Kingdom
I am a single mum of 2 lovely, lively boys. Sewing keeps me sane in an otherwise hectic life. I am a confirmed fabricaholic but I am lucky to work in a fabric shop which supplies my fabric addiction. The great profile photo was taken at a photo shoot at HMS Vintage, Manchester. Look them up, they are great!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Fifty two weeks of happy - week 2

Here are my week 2 photos.

1 - This is my cat Arnold, he choose us as his owners shortly before I found out I was pregnant with Sam. We tried several times to shoo him away but he kept on coming back! He is an old man now and is happy to sit on your knee and be fussed over! 

2- Scarves! I have a thing for scarves now and found these pretty polka dot ones in a charity shop.

3- This might be a bit hard to see but on the bird feeder is a Long tail tit. They are tiny little birds and very flighty which makes taking a picture through the kitchen window almost impossible! I love watching the birds while in my kitchen (the view from the kitchen in the last house was a brick wall!)

4- Knitting. I have been trying to teach myself to knit for a while now and I started this scarf with some random wool from a charity shop and large needles over a year ago! I finally finished it last week and even though it isn't perfect I love it.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Fifty two weeks of happy - week one

I'm a bit late in joining in with this but I am stealing the idea from my friend - Lazy Seamstress.
I have not had a lot to be happy about recently, last year I went through some major life changes after the breakdown of my marriage and subsequent house move. This is why the blog was so quiet for most of last year, I barely did any sewing.
I have now moved house and we are settling into a new routine and hopefully will get back to the sewing soon!

Back to Fifty two weeks of happy - the idea is to come up with 4 things a week that make you happy. 

Here are mine for Week one.

1- The kids and I took a trip to the panto. I haven't been to the panto since I was a child but we went to see Peter Pan because a friend of my eldest son was playing the part of John in it. I haven't laughed so much in a long time!
2- My eldest son enjoying a go on an old fashioned Helter Skelter
3- An impulse buy! We don't drink espresso but the kids love having mini hot chocolate drinks in them!
4- a monster made by my eldest son, Sam. I have been trying to teach him to sew for years and he has never been that interested. One day he just asked if he could make something, he designed it on paper first and did the cutting and sewing by himself.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

I'm back!

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past 6 months! I haven't been doing as much sewing as I would like and when I have sewn something I then have to fight to get the camera (my husband took a digital camera course and now thinks the camera is his and I never see it!)

I will make more of an effort to post more as I am determined to sew more in the future!

To kick start the sewing I have been sewing a shirt for my youngest son's birthday as he requested a new shirt to wear for his party.

I love sewing for Joe as he has definite ideas about what he likes, he came with me to the fabric shop to chose the fabric himself (we have another fabric for another shirt)

Monday, 15 August 2011

Summer holidays and Pinterest

We are well into the summer holidays now and the weather hasn't been too bad so we have managed to spend plenty of time out doors, although that means I have had less time to sew pretty things like this scotty dog, which was a present for a friends little girl.

Another thing stopping me from sewing is Pinterest. If you haven't been on the site already, it is like a virtual pinboard! Anything you see on the internet you can "pin" to your boards so you can find it again easily (much easier than bookmarking web pages) The only problem is there is so much on there! You can easily loose yourself while browsing everyone else's boards!

The plus side is that it has provided us with lots of inspiration for keeping the kids busy during the holidays. The biggest hit so far has been the super giant bubbles!

I am hoping to get back to sewing soon, the kids are staying with the in-laws this weekend so I will have a couple of days free to sew!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

I'm back!

Sorry for the prolonged absence! I have been here and I have been sewing but I have been struggling to post about anything for a number of reasons!

Family, life, nice weather, lots of things that have kept me away from the PC!

I hope to become a more regular poster again but for now I will leave you with some recent makes!

Shorts and shirt for Joe. He loves bright shirts (the more garish the better as far as he is concerned!)

Two Maxi Sun dresses for me! Please excuse the self portraits! I still have some fitting issues on these but I getting better at it!

I have some more things cut out ready to sew so hopefully I will be back soon!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Teaching the next generation.

My eldest son, Sam, has been asking me to teach him how to sew for a while now. Previous attempts have not been very successful so when I bought a kit to sew your own Easter bunnies I didn't expect it to go well. I was happy to be proved wrong.

Sam cut out the paper pattern and then the felt by himself. He embroidered nearly all the face himself (I did one eye to show him how to do French knots) I threaded the needle and started him off on the blanket stitch and tied knots for him but the rest is all his work.

He is quiet happy with his bunny he has made and is now asking if he can make something else, trouble is I don't know what to try next!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Getting over my fear.

For a long time I have had a fear of making my own clothes, it is not just a fear of constructing them but a fear of them falling apart while I am wearing them. This fear is not unfounded, it actually happened to a dress a made with my mother about 20 years ago, it ripped up the back seam while I was wearing it. This put me off making clothes for a long time as I spent a lot of time and money making that dress!

Now I am older and wiser and have been greatly encouraged by friends who make their own clothes and this gave me the confidence to try again.

I made this skirt a while ago but didn't have time to post about it at the time. It is McCalls M5431. It is a retro tattoo design on the fabric with koi carp and dragons on it. I originally altered the pattern because according to the measurements it wouldn't have fitted but it ended up being to big!

So I decided to try and make it again with some fabric I found at the charity shop. It only cost £3 for about 3 metres! It is a lovely African block print with elephants and snakes on it, it is a lovely weight and hangs beautifully. I think it will make a lovely summer skirt.

I found some more fabric at the charity shop, this time 50p! It is a black with white polka dots and as soon as I saw it I knew what I was going to make with it. This time I tried something new!
It has pipping under the waist yoke and red satin binding around the hem. I think I need some red shiny shoes to go with this skirt! (please excuse the grubby mirror!)

Now my confidence is growing but I think I will have a rest from making skirts and tackle some tops next!