Thursday, 18 March 2010

Busy days...

I have been busy lately. Lots of things are happening in my life at the moment but amongst the chaos I have made two bags this week for my shop.

I really love this fabric ...
... especially the owl on the back, gives it that extra special touch I think!

I am also in love with this retro style print featuring birds and flowers.

I seem to be moving back and forth between sewing and crochet a lot at the moment. Pictures of my amigurumi are coming soon but this weekend is going to be a busy one as I'm off to Newcastle on Saturday to watch my sister's dance show. Hopefully I will get time to do a spot of crochet on the way....

Saturday, 6 March 2010

I'm hooked!!

I've recently discovered the new Japanese crochet craze that is taking over the world; Amigurumi. I am now totally addicted and can't put my hook down! I'd seen Amigurumi books in shops before but never looked closely because I was more interested in vintage crochet patterns or granny squares and other motifs. However I now know 4 people who are having babies between June and August so I thought it would be nice to make some presents. I first bought the above book Seriously Cute Crochet by Nicki Trench because I own other books written by her and I love her style. This book certainly lives up to its name. The characters are adorable. There are lots of animals and they are all really easy and quick to make. If you can double crochet, increase and decrease you can make amigurumi.

For anybody who doesn't know, amigurumi are small crocheted characters that traditionally have larger heads and slightly out of proportion bodies making them very cute looking. Quickly becoming addicted to making these characters due to the speed in which they can be made, I purchased Amigurumi World and Amigurumi Two! by Ana Paula Rimoli.
The first book features many small characters from all kinds of animals to eggs that hatch, they are so cute!

The second book also has small charcters but also some larger projects such has mobiles for babies. I am so glad I bought both books because her patterns are really fun to make and they will make great presents for babies and children. Ana started selling on etsy, and through great success was able to publish both books so I felt really happy to purchase her books and support somebody who has worked so hard and is so talented. She still has an etsy shop where you can buy patterns and finished characters, and also a blog where she kindly has some free patterns. Check out her flickr site to see photos of her designs and also the flickr group where other people have made things from her books. For now I am really enjoying experimenting with the patterns and I will post photos of things I have made soon.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

My mum has been busy knitting some flowers and making them into brooches, a few of which are above. The whole range will be available in my shop very soon. Making things has had to take a backseat this week for me due to more illness (which caused me to miss my exciting trip to London in search of supplies and inspiration) and also because I have been spending my time revising for a very important test to do with my job. Hopefully I will have plenty of time later this week to get back into things. I have picked up the old crochet hook again though, and have started a very special gift for someone, but more information on that will follow in due course!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Love this book

I love this book! When I saw it in the shop I couldn't decide whether it was for children or adults. It was placed in the fashion section, next to the art books, not with the children's books, and that's when I realised, it's not for kids, it's for big kids! It's a colouring book for adults! But if you know a little girl who loves fashion and designing then this is the perfect present! The wonderful illustrations reference actual designers and their designs and ask you to colour, complete the pattern and create your own designs. It is an enchanting and fun look into the fashion world and will make you want to doodle. Love, love, love it! I had to buy it! Check out the author's website for more pictures

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Kimono Fabric Clutch

Today I got a delivery of new fabric and couldn't resist making this little clutch from the kimono fabric. I love this fabric. It's not possible to tell from the photograph but there is a subtle gold outline around some of the flowers making this fabric even more special. I have added a heart shaped magnetic clasp to fasten it. The magnetic clasp is very strong so you have to be really careful opening it but it adds a cute touch to the bag.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


For a long time I've been wanting to use purse and bag frames and I have built up quite a collection over the past couple of years. It's taken a few attempts to get it right, but I think I've finally cracked it, and I'm pretty pleased with myself!!!

Purse frames can be difficult to use because they are all different shapes and sizes, therefore patterns don't exist as such. However after plenty of experimentation I have created these two small coin purses.

I have chosen vintage style floral fabrics and added a ribbon so the purse can be worn around the wrist. I love these purses so much that I've ordered more of the same type of frame so that I can make a whole range in fabrics of a similar style.

Now I've finally cracked how to make a simple purse using a frame, I'm going to use some bigger frames to make clutch bags and, very exciting, I have some frames that are a frame inside a frame! So once made, when you open your clutch there will be a little coin purse attached inside! It looks like this below..

Once they are made you will be the first to see the finished results! It's going to be a busy half term!

Monday, 8 February 2010

New Jewellery Collection

I have been really busy over the past few weeks. Firstly I have been designing and making this new jewellery range which contains vintage and vintage inspired pieces. The reoccuring motif throughout the collection is birds, bows and flowers, a theme which also runs through my fabric choices for my bags (which are coming soon).

I also spent a lot of time making more of my signature fabric covered button earrings, and there are lots more in my shop. Here are a few of my favourites...

For a long time I've struggled with taking good enough pictures of the things I make for my website and this blog and I've found it so frustrating at times. Last week I bought a daylight lamp and it has made a huge difference to my photos as light (or lack of it) was always my problem. I bought the lamp for £15 from Range, and later saw the exact same one in John Lewis for £35! I was pleased I got a bargin because usually it is the other way round for me!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

If I could make shoes, they would look like this....

Yesterday I bought some kimono fabric online for a new range of clutch bags I am developing. It's no secret that I am inspired by all things Japanese at the moment, so it will be no surprise that I couldn't contain my excitement when today I discovered Hetty Rose, a fantastic bespoke shoe designer. She was featured in this months issue of Sew magazine and when I saw her shoes I knew that if I could make shoes they would be like this!
Her fabrics are exactly what I am inspired by. I think this idea is so unique, so different to anything I have ever seen before.

Her prices are around £250-350, but I think that is well worth it because she makes them entirely by hand, you can choose your fabric design, she measures your feet so they are custom made to fit and it takes her 6 weeks to make them. I am going to start saving now! Check out her website for info;

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Blog Award!

Been feeling really frustrated today because no matter what I do, I can't seem to take a decent photograph of the latest things I've made. Must be the light, but I've tried lamps, flashes, everything and it's all going wrong! However I discovered I've been given a sunshine blog award from the lovely Marie at Minky Magic and that certainly cheered me up! Maybe with a bit of sunshine my photos will be better tomorrow. Anyhow, the rules say you must pass it on to 12 people and link back to the original sender, so I will try my best. returning the favour for the blog award she gave me. A lovely, very personal blog and a great read. Always full of inspiring ideas. a fantastic blog full of tutorials. She makes beautiful brooches from felt in British wildlife designs. Be sure to check out her shop too! she creates beautiful embroidery and showcases it on her blog. I love this blog! It's all about the joys of crafting, baking, and enjoying life! It will brighten your day. This blog is charming. I love her style and her photographs are beautiful.

And that's as many as I have time to mention tonight. A big thanks to Marie again for nominating me.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

New in my shop...

...adjustable rings!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Belated Post

Before Christmas, I had all of these ideas for blog posts, and although I was really busy with my shop (I nearly sold out completely) and work, I had big plans. Then everything went to pot when I got ill for pretty much all of the Christmas holiday. So this post is going to be a visual update, my Christmas condensed into pictures.

Beautiful Christmas wedding.

My lovely gold and silver tree.

A butterfly on top.

I tried my best to make an effort when wrapping my presents this year.

Christmas at my Mum and Dad's. So many presents under the tree, it was just like when we were children.

Snowy days last week. School was closed so I stayed at home.

Claude the French Snowman!

Now I'm back to full health so things should be back to normal now. School was open, snow was melting a bit. Hope you are all enjoying being cozy at home.