DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top #restylingexchange2018

A few weeks back I signed up to take part in #restylingexchange being run by AmyNicoleStudio and Pilar Bear:- “Our hopes for this year’s restyling exchange is to get even more participants, raise awareness for refashioning and being sustainable in our sewing practice” My immediate thoughts were what fun to take part in a global … Read more

Spring Blooms Tote Bag – Free Pattern, Wool Tote Purse

Did you see the Sapporo coat I made a couple of weeks ago? It seemed only fitting to use the remaining wool blanket to make a  coordinating bag to go with the coat. I spent Sunday morning with newspaper, creating a variety of templates. My son kindly named the bag for me.   Personally I … Read more

Denim Peg Bag Pattern

A couple of years ago I made my lovely sister-in-law a peg bag for her flat in Amsterdam, for her balcony. Much as I liked the peg bag, the opening for the pegs was a little wide. Unfortunately, it blew away, but this gave me a chance to modify my design. I was happy to remake the peg … Read more

How to paint over a gold mirror frame with Fusion Mineral paint

For the first time in a few years, we have a mantlepiece. The perspective of our new living room is focussed on the gas fire and mantlepiece, a little change from our former home which had an enormous picture window overlooking the garden. I have to admit my first thoughts did immediately turn to a large mirror, not … Read more