Grow Your Blog

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I am so excited to be taking part in the “Grow your blog” event, squeezing an entry in at the last knockings!

Who am I?

I am a Mum, wife, housewife, team leader, christian, daughter, sister, aunty…. I live in Norwich UK with my family.

Why do I blog?

I started blogging 18 months ago due to advice to do so to drive traffic to my Etsy shop. Why do I blog now? because I LOVE it! Blogging gives me a great focus to creating and making. I blog twice a week, often with a focus on sewing and upcycling. Blogging has opened up a whole new world to me, internet friendships and finding some very inspiring fellow bloggers.

I enjoy playing with fabric, collected from rather too frequent visits to charity shops. Former garments appeal, I love the fact I am upcycling, the challenges it brings (a seam where you don’t want one, adapting your plans for what you are making as there is just not quite enough!) plus the cost enables me to play with ideas:)

Playing with creating my own designs, blogging, learning social media skills all stretch me, and help keep me sane!

 

here are some of my recent makes:)

Baking Tray Notice Board

Upcycled Magnetic Noticeboard

 

Quite Applique Baby Book

Fabric Baby Book

 

DIY Cushion Cover

Fabric Selvage Cushion

 

Cot quilt

Upcycled Shirt Quilt

As part of the Grow you Blog I am hosting a giveaway, leave me a comment below and you will automatically be entered into a draw for this bag. The prize will be drawn on the 15th of February.

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 Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will be inspired, please stop and have a look around:)

Vicky

2 Bags Full
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51 Comments

  1. January 24, 2014 / 11:50 pm

    What a fab idea! Will be sharing this on fb & twitter.
    Plus I’d LOVE to win one of your bags! 🙂

    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 7:24 am

      Thanks Elizabeth, I appreciate you sharing LOTS:)

  2. January 25, 2014 / 5:07 am

    This is such a lovely idea, wish I’d heard about it before! Will have to take part next year 🙂 (btw am starting a new linky in 2 weeks I think you’ll like, am posting about it on Thursday but will tweet you as I think it might be your kinda thing 🙂 )
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    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 7:27 am

      Sounds great Kate, look forward to reading about it – I somehow miss some of your blog posts (I need to follow you by e-mail rather than bloglovin, I seem to have found so many interesting blogs on bloglovin that I don’t get to read all the posts sent to me!)
      In theory I am trying to keep a lit of projects to get involved in next year so I don’t miss them!

  3. Debra Kay Neiman
    January 25, 2014 / 6:09 am

    Felt Jumper Hot Water Bottle Cover turned out nice…I need to upgrade mine too. I already follow on Bloglovin. Best wishes on the Grow Your Blog Tour. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  4. January 25, 2014 / 10:18 am

    I’m really looking forward to this party. I’ve already seen a few blogs taking part which I follow now I’m waiting for the post with the list of all the blogs.
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    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 1:35 pm

      Hi Maria, it’s a big thanks to you that I am taking part:) So pleased your blogged about the event:) Vicky

  5. January 25, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Hi. This blog hop is interesting as I’m at a stage right now of considering quitting my blog. It gets virtually no comments; only from a couple of people who faithfully do comment and I love them for it. I’m going to continue on the hop and see if I can be persuaded to keep it up. I too have an Etsy shop but that’s not succeeding either. I think the Handmade Horizons academy is looking more and more necessary.
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    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 1:34 pm

      Hi Diane, I hope your journey of following the blog hop inspires you to keep going, if it’s the right thing for you:) I am doing the Handmade Horizons course, are you? Vicky

  6. Terry
    January 25, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Hi, Vicky!

    I’m Terry. I am one of Vicki’s volunteers. I love your projects. I love the term “upcycling.” I have not heard that word before. I need to do more upcycling.

    I hope you enjoy visiting all the wonderful blogs!

    Terry

    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 3:11 pm

      Hi Terry,

      I am one of the volunteers too, amazed at how many blogs had forgotten! Vicky

  7. January 25, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    So glad to meet you. I do allot of upcycling too-cotton shirts into quilts, wool into rug hooking and crazy quilt patches, and also silks and linen. Makes it fun to go shopping for me. I will be a new follower-I live in the woods in Missouri USA Kathy

  8. January 25, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Hi Vicky!

    Great to know you via GrowYourBlog party. Your bag is truly amazing! Love to have one!

  9. Kay
    January 25, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    It is lovely to meet you on the blog party. I particularly like your tutorial section. When I started to sew nearly 2 years ago the first thing I made was a bag using EPP and I love trying out new patterns. Thank you for a lovely giveaway too.

    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks Kay – your timing is perfect, I spent a frustrating couple of hours updating my tutorial page today!! It was long overdue:) Vicky

  10. Una
    January 25, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Ooh, I’m glad I found your blog. I love rummaging in charity shops and have bought some great wool, buttons and fabric bargains over the years.

    • Amylouise5
      January 25, 2014 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you Una:) There’s nothing quite like a bargain – been to a jumble sale today, definitely can’t shut the storage cupboards now!! Three men’s wool jackets, and lots of shirts for quilting:)

  11. January 25, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It was so nice to meet you. I love all of your creations, especially the rocket costume!
    XO
    Rachel

  12. January 26, 2014 / 12:39 am

    Hi. I am so happy to visit your blog. Thank you for coming along and visiting mine.
    Dontcha love fabric of any kind? The idea that we can recycle and reuse is so important in this ‘throw away’ world. Thank you for sharing what you have made. It is all very lovely.
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  13. January 26, 2014 / 8:21 am

    Hi! Thanks again for stopping by nostalgiecat…have just been perusing your lovely blog…loving the bloghop idea! And love that you upcycle and reuse old fabrics in your makes! Very inspiring! And I love the bag! Have a great day!
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  14. January 26, 2014 / 9:20 am

    Hi Vicky
    You put so eloquently why you blog and I so agree with all you say. I know the feeling of having a small grip on the global crafting community. I have to stop myself from ONLY blogging to save time for trawling charity shops.
    Go girl

  15. January 26, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed digging into your blog. Definitely going to stick around and see more of your great projects!

  16. Analisa Chase
    January 26, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Good day Vicky! I saw your blog from reading Lisa Beauchamp’s earlier so I thought I’d stop by and say hello. Of course the giveaway is great (if I were to win it) but if not, none the less, I have a new blog to follow!!! It’s a win win. I hope your blog is very successful. Feel free to check mine out if you’d like. I’m also on other social media sites as well which you can link to via my blog. Take care, have fun, and enjoy!
    Remember: “Style is personality, personality is style!”
    Cheers!
    Analisa Chase – The Fashion CHASE

    • Amylouise5
      January 27, 2014 / 7:32 am

      Hi Analisa, Thanks for popping over, love your blog – I have signed up to follow. You on G +:) great thrift fashion:) Vicky

  17. January 26, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    Hi Vicky
    I have come over to see your blog after you kindly visited mine this morning
    It’s good to see what other people do!
    Heather

  18. Gill
    January 27, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Hi Vicky
    Good to meet you!
    I enjoy upcycling too!

  19. Bekk
    January 27, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    I always enjoy your blog posts because I love to see what you upcycle and how. It’s very inspiring! I have a pile on mens suits just crying out to be made into bags and perhaps a lap quilt. He he, upcycling is the future!

  20. January 27, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Cute blog! Stopping by from the GYB hop, and have enjoyed looking around. Adding you to my bloglovin list!
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  21. January 27, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    Dropped in from GYB Party. The bag is super cute. Is it your own pattern? I look forward to seeing what you create throughout the year. I was nice to meet you. 🙂
    ~Amy
    Sew Incredibly Crazy
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  22. January 28, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Hello,

    I’m stopping by to see your blog. I enjoy sewing and your blog is inspiration for my work too.
    Good luck.
    M

  23. Sarah O.
    January 30, 2014 / 3:42 am

    Fabric baby book is adorable! Skirt is awesome too. I think I might have to make one for my 5-yr old. Too bad my machine is a hunk o’ junk!

  24. January 31, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    Oh you have a lovely blog. I am really loving your skirt that you made for your daughter. My daughter would love something like that. You are a woman of many talents. It has been lovely getting to know you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

  25. February 1, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    Hi Vicky, Just popped by to read your blog after seeing a link on Elizabeth Eales FB page. I love your stuff, it is really funky! Love your blogs too, Nina x

    • Amylouise5
      February 1, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks Nina:) been and had a mosey at your lovely website too:) Vicky

  26. February 2, 2014 / 2:19 am

    Hello, Vickie – nice to meet you! You have made some lovely things. So creative. I’d not heard the term upcycling, but it seems so perfect for using up so much that we have. Glad to have met you through GYB.
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  27. February 2, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Hi Vicky! Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. You are very talented. I hope to sew as well as you one day. Thanks for inspiring!

  28. February 2, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Hi Vicky
    Lovely to meet you at Vicki’s GYB party!
    WOW – such creativity to be found on your blog – I’ve bookmarked you for all things sewing – you’re incredible!
    I have three little granddaughters so I’ love making them little bits and bobs – so once the party ends I’ll be back with a coffee in hand to peruse your tutorials and ideas!
    I’m so inspired – thank you Vicky!
    Thank you for popping in and leaving a comment on my blog.
    A lovely giveaway – the “Making” magazine looks interesting – I haven’t seem that one out here.
    Hugs
    Shane
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  29. February 3, 2014 / 3:49 am

    Greetings from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice projects. I like your bag. Thanks for sharing.
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  30. jackie
    February 5, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Your blog is great. I am following via email. Wold love to win one of your purses. I also love to upcycle items. Jackie

  31. February 6, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Hello- nice to ‘meet’ you! Thank you for stopping by my blog for the gyb event. I agree that upcycling is fun- looks like you enjoy some of the same things I do. Have a wonderful February and good luck with your etsy & blog. 🙂
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  32. February 8, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    Hi I’m visiting from GYB party. I love the fabric that you used for the bag:)
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  33. Judy C
    February 10, 2014 / 8:39 am

    so many creative ideas – thank you

  34. February 13, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Wow I love my visit. Didn’t realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone’s bio. Your my 527 blog and 24 hours left to go. I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do’s and don’ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don’t have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can’t remember a time I didn’t dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

  35. March 28, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    I love reading your blog, and it’s great to hear the background to you, and to it. I hadn’t realised how much of your stuff you sell, will be having a look around your shop now…
    #BlogClub
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