Book Review “Bags the modern classics”

April 8, 2015

  The introduction to the book is encouraging and enabling, inspiring readers to have a go at making their own bags to suit their own personal unique style. The book moves onto a section on sewing skills required for bag making, for example sewing a slip pocket, shortening a zip, creating your own bias binding. This is coupled with simple tips which can make a real…

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Try something new – chalk paints

April 5, 2015

  This months try something new is chalk paint. I recently joined a group on Facebook called Re-Loved and been inspired by some great upcycled of furniture. This of course completely fits in with me:) Its somewhat surprising I have not tried chalk paint before, after a little deliberation about making my own versus buying I decided to start with I would buy some small pots…

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Easter Eggs Decoration, Clay Stamped Easter Egg Tree

March 31, 2015

  Remember the wall tree we are keeping up for the year? Its time to decorate it for Easter, to create our own Easter Egg Tree:)   The children and I had a go at making egg shapes from air drying clay, and stamping them with patterns to add texture. Easter Eggs Decoration To make your own roll out your clay to 3-4mm thick. Cut…

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Ellory Bag Pattern Review

March 29, 2015

Introducing the Ellory Bag by Cozy Nest Design. One of the reasons I enjoy pattern testing is that I stretch my skills, this bag sure did. It was one of those occasions when I just made silly error after silly error. I started off feeling chuffed. As suggested I marked out the pattern pieces on the interfacing, all ready to iron onto the fabric and then cut…

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Great Eco Recycled Easter Baskets

March 25, 2015

Whats not to love about the thrill of children doing an Easter egg hunt? Here’s a great variety of Eco & Recycled Easter Baskets you can make: Brown paper bag converted into this super cute basket. Find the tutorial over at ellinee. Upcycled milk carton Easter Basket – I love this. Great instructions from Red Ted Art. Too many plastic bags despite your best efforts??…

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Liliane Bag Pattern Review

March 22, 2015

I appreciate it’s been a bit quiet round here – I missed posting last Sunday, fairly unheard of for me! Behind the scenes I have been busy pattern testing. First up I have pattern tested for Delinda Boutique. The Liliane Bag is the first of Maria’s designs I have sewn, I was not disappointed! Of course I immediately warmed to the pattern with the suggestions you…

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