30/06/2009

Kite Flying



We decided to go kite flying at Dunstable Downs as this is one of the things my sister loves to do, I don't mean kite flying as in a £2 kite from the local shop I mean kite flying as in she owns around 15 kites in varying sizes going up to about 10 feet across, stunt kites and trick kites.
She is starting her Chemotherapy in a short while and we are doing as much as possible as a family before it starts as it is going to be hard going for her.
We had a fantastic day out with practically the whole family. We all took a picnic to share and my brother took his tilly stove so that we had hot drinks all day. The weather was kind to us even though a humongous dark cloud came over and threatened storms before we left, we had no rain. There is nothing nicer than being surrounded by lovely family. My 3 grandchildren were there which makes everything great!
The picture of all of the little kites was a guy near us who had this long string of home made kites, he has over 150 of them but he was flying 130 of them that day.

29/06/2009

Featured Coriander Shop


Today's featured shop is CeeGee Jewellery Design, you'll find sterling silver jewellery, handcrafted in Cheshire. All jewellery is delivered in a gift box or velvet gift pouch. I really liked the earrings in the picture with their cute pink flowers. Go and take a look at her shop and see for yourself.

26/06/2009

Finished Purses


Here are the finished purses, 25 of the little blighters. Phew! I went just a little overboard, there are one or two that still need poppers cos I ran out.
That was fun!

25/06/2009

My Creative Space




My Creative Space is a couple of days kinda thing this week. First off I have a bunch of purses that I have cut out and will be sewing up today. I have tidied out my pink boxes and moved stuff around in them so that I have some space. Because my work space is my dining table it gets really boring moving stuff from my shelf in the cupboard out to the dining room so I need it to be as organised as possible. Hence pink boxes, well they didn't have to be pink but it helps!

Lastly the picture of the crazyness in that cupboard is my sons shelf where he kept all his stuff for his A levels. Now they are over I have made him vacate that space so that I can have it for my newly sorted pink boxes. Hurrah! A little more shelf space for me to clutter up!

For more creative spaces get on over to kirsty's.

24/06/2009

Featured Coriander Shop


Todays featured Coriandr shop is Snapdragon Beads. My most fav thing in the shop is this hair clip pictured above. The colours are just so juicy! Alice also makes brooches, earings and pendants as well. Check out Snapdragon Beads.

22/06/2009

Featured Coriander Shop




Todays shop I find very interesting as I had never heard of this before finding them on Coriandr. MyFuroshiki sells fabric that you use to wrap gifts or to make a bag that you can retie to make a different shape when desired. How great is that, eco gift wrapping and a new bag a day if you want! Check out their shop and see the fun fabric prints they have on offer.

18/06/2009

My Creative Space


My Creative Space today is neither here nor there. Firstly I received a lovely bunch of roses from my (not so) young man. He didn't buy them as he doesn't believe in buying flowers he got them from a job he was working on and had to cut them all down. So a lovely bunch found there way to me, I love them so got to arrange them in my lovely blue vase, very creative!

And I am also working on making a pattern for a little gadget case for my new toy which was also a present from my (not so) young man. It is absolutely fantastic, it is a freeloader which is a solar powered charger which can charge all hand held gadgets like ipods and phones etc... and I am a gadget geek so it is perfect for me. Thank you to my man for my lovely presents. I am so lucky.

To see other fantastic creative spaces get on over to kirsty's

17/06/2009

Cress Growing



Well look at those lovely seeds. I got the grandchildren to plant some cress seeds in napkins inside coconut halves a couple of days ago, today already they are fine sprouts. I really loved doing it but I think they were a little nonplussed by it, they kind of just did it cos I suggested it. They will be back in a couple of days and can inspect their handywork.
I remember doing this when I was little, I loved it.

15/06/2009

Featured Coriandr Shop


Todays featured shop is debselliman who makes beautiful dichroic glass jewelry. She also makes tote bags and other jewelry items. Go take a look.... very nice!

14/06/2009

The Birthday weekend


My grand-daughter is such a lucky girl, she had a perfect birthday weekend. It was her birthday on Thursday, me and grandpa and other family members took her pressies over to her. On friday she had a little party for all her baby friends, then on Saturday it was all other members of the family and close friends to party. We were so lucky that the sun shone on all days! Amazing!

She had a fab time and loved tasting the gorgeous cake that her mummy made, didn't it look fab as well, clever girl.

11/06/2009

My Creative Space




There is 3 mins of Thursday left, I think I can finally add my creative space today. I have had a crazy 3 days and I am dog tired but I love this meme and I will play!

My creative space today has been making things for my grand-daughters first birthday, happy birthday my little sweetness, I have made her a painting apron and a party dress which she will wear on Friday. The dress has a pink underskirt with netting, it is cute.

I don't know why but I asked my partner to hold the dress for me on the bamboo pole so I could take a picture and he did that! So I thought I would share his sillyness.

This dress has caused me an anxious couple of days but now it is done I really like it, my daughter loves it and my grand-daughter couldn't care less, she will spill food all down it like it was her PJ's, perhaps in years to come she will look back at photos and like it.

To see other much more organised and earlier posted creative spaces take a look here.

Featured Coriandr Shop




Todays featured shop is Mrs Toad. She makes felt goodies and jewelry. As you can see she pays attention to detail and embellishes her felt items with beads. Very sweet. Take a look at her shop here.

09/06/2009

Etsy Sale



I have just had my second sale on etsy, I sold one of the chainsaw onesies, it was bought for a little boy nicknamed chainsaw, sweet!

Here it is all parceled up and ready to go into it's outer packaging. I don't suppose a little baby boy is going to be too concerned about his vest being wrapped in pink tissue paper, it is all I use!

Featured Coriandr Shop




Todays Coriandr featured shop is NicsKnots. She makes lovely 'lucy' bags, Knitting needle rolls and drawstring bags using pretty cotton fabrics. Check out her shop here.

07/06/2009

Handmade me by my Mum and Dad


Here is a picture of me when I was around 6. Can you see that dress I am wearing with those crazy keys all over it (you could hardly miss it!), well that is one of the handmade creations that my Mum made for me. I wore all handmade clothes apart from pants, vests and socks when I was young cos my Mum sewed dresses and knitted cardigans and crocheted hats for us. My Mum and Dad made everything they could when I was young as we didn't have much money. My Mum used to go to jumble sales, before it was a trendy thing, I can still remember being in a small queue to get in and hiding behind her in case anyone from school saw me.
She used to buy any fabric and woollen items she could get her hands on. The fabric was turned into dresses and skirts and the woollys were pulled back to reknit into cardigans.
Of all the items she made for me that key dress was the bane of my life. My brother and sister used to take the mick out of me something rotten about that dress and this photo that my brother found in his old photo box brought back all of those memories. But you know what, I don't care about it anymore, I am proud of my Mum and Dad and all of the fantastic things they made by crocheting, knitting, sewing and knocking things up out of wood. I was a very lucky little girl.
Sorry about the photo, I was too lazy to get out the scanner so just took a photo of it.

06/06/2009

Featured Coriandr Shop




Todays featured shop is Creativesque. She makes papergoods that are very sweet! So if you need a bookmark, tags or notecards check out her shop here.

05/06/2009

Sewing Machine Meme

Sew, Mama Sew is hosting sewing machine month, hopefully this will be of use to someone wanting info on what machine to buy when looking around.

What brand and model do you have?
Pfaff Select 4

How long have you had it?
Year

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
(GBP) £420
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
clothing, handbags, softies, all kinds of fabric and some plastic.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew maybe 4 times a week at least for around 3 hours or more each time

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
No name for my beauty but I love it, I am really pleased with it but took an absolute age looking around for what I wanted. When my Mum first saw it in action she was swooning over it!

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
It is quite a basic machine (mechanical) but I love the IDT (walking foot) that is built in as I use some quite thick fabrics. And it has a needle threader that is fab!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
No

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
No all those stories are about my old machines.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
I would recommend as it is a sturdy machine and is pretty quiet, it plods through the difficult things I ask of it.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
You obviously have to consider how much you have to spend. But think about features you would really like and look around for one that has most of if not all of them.

Do you have a dream machine?
Yes I would love to have back my old singer treadle machine I got from the local newspaper sale for £5, 23 years ago, I rue the day I got rid of it. And my real dream machine would be mine but would include choice of where the needle stops (eg up or down) and a drop in bobbin.

04/06/2009

My Creative Space


Edited to add photos of the dress for my little lovely. I am really pleased with how it came out, I can't wait to try it on her. Sweet!


My Creative Space today consists of 3 bags of fabric that I have been given. I have the blue floral which is for a dress for one of my little lovelies that I will make today. The other fabric is all satins and what I call 'slippy' fabric. It will be useful for bag lining etc. but never in a month of Sundays could I make that many bags! I didn't have the energy to take some of it out to photograph yet, but I may update later in the day.

For more inspiring creative spaces get on over here.

02/06/2009

Featured Coriandr Shop




Today my featured seller is Pirate Pixie Crew.
Take a look at her shop here. Lynne makes lovely woollen items, some with a cute pirate twist. Eye patches (of course) Swag bags and delicious hats. Lynne has 10% off until June 30th so share the love!

01/06/2009

At last a Peony



My Peony that I planted around 6 years ago has finally flowered. I can't actually believe it. I had in fact given up on it so I was really surprised to see the bud forming on it a couple of weeks ago, and here it is and it really was worth waiting for.