My Library

Do you ever buy a craft book just because you like the look of it? I do it all the time and I have to admit that there are quite a number of books on my shelves that are collecting dust. One or two I bought just because I wanted to have a try at the project featured on the front cover. A closer look reveals that nothing inside takes my fancy but that front cover… well I can’t resist it. Those publishers definitely see me coming.

I have several books that I look through regularly. They are full of things that I would like to try but never get around to. Today I picked out this book 51qsUIYO4UL._SY490_BO1,204,203,200_and decided to adapt the heart quilt to fit in with my coastal colours of blues and naturals. The instructions are for a wall hanging.

This was one of those projects that didn’t go well and I was ready to quit part way through. I’m not one to give up easily, though, and despite the fact that my few bits of fabric and small piece of patchwork looked very unpromising I know from experience that things can change after a few rows of stitches.


I started this morning fully expecting to finish but after a couple of false starts and a bit of unpicking I knew I’d been a bit optimistic. I considered ditching the wall hanging and making into a cushion cover.

It’s not finished and it’s not going to be a cushion cover (although I haven’t dismissed this as a future project). I’ve got the decorative front panel done and I’m really happy with it. I have the back to put on and need to bind the edges. I was intending to put this in my Etsy shop but I’m tempted to keep it for myself. It would look good hanging on our bedroom wall.


I need a bit of help here kind readers. The project in the book adds smaller hearts and buttons. What do you think?

New Inspiration

The alterations to our home took much longer than expected. The upheaval was minimal, really, but lasted for such a prolonged period that it became overwhelming.  It has been worth it,though, because our new master bedroom is wonderful.  Six months on from ‘moving in’ I’m still taken aback when I walk in. It’s spacious and light and calming.

Whilst the work was being done I lost my crafting mojo somewhat. This was just as well really as I couldn’t get into my conservatory/craft room to make anything. At one point the room was almost entirely taken up with doors we were painting.

Lately though I’ve been inspired again, particularly by the colours of the new room. I’ve been making Christmas decorations using natural linen, and pale blue. Christmas?! you might say…well…yes. In the Etsy world you have to get your Christmas stuff out there early.

I’ve made a couple of things with half an eye on keeping them myself if they don’t sell. They would sit very nicely in the new bedroom over Christmas. Here’s one idea.


What do you think guys?

Duck egg blue (again)

…so we decided on the wall colour but trying to match anything to it was a nightmare.  I bought white bedding with blue trim which is too blue and lampshades which are too green.

In the end we just had to go with several different shades of pale blue. This way it looks as though we never intended to match anything exactly.

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Our take on New England style.

Now do we go for white or cream furniture?

Duck Egg Blue

We’ve been having our bedroom extended over the garage. This was our guest bedroom but has now become our master suite. The story behind the build is long and boring and I won’t go into it.

When it came to the interior we both wanted to go for, what we term as, New England style. As we started researching we found our style might be more New England meets English country style but we like the finished effect. More about this later (with photos) but today I want to discuss duck egg blue.

Hmmm – duck egg blue – what exactly is duck egg blue?  Any number of different colours as it turns out. We wanted duck egg blue on one wall. I had the colour in my mind and so did Mike but it turns out the colour in my mind and the colour in his mind weren’t the same! We did a lot of searching and, I mean a LOT, and finally settled on Laura Ashley mat emulsion.Laura Ashley Duck Egg Blue

Love the wall but what about the furniture and accessories? Well that’s another story…

Tell me – what’s your idea of duck egg blue?

Godparents Book

A month or so ago my step daughter – Jayne – asked if I could come up with any ideas for Godparent gifts. She particularly wanted to include a photo of the twins.

I usually have a rummage around the internet for ideas but in this case searches brought up gifts from Godparents rather than for them.

After some thought I wondered if a fabric book would work. I’m not sure if I ever have a, truly, original idea. Often I know where my inspiration has come from but sometimes I have no idea. Later when I’m flicking through an old  magazine or searching around on the internet I will come across an article, long forgotten about, which had obviously planted a seed at the back of my mind.

In this case the idea has come from Judy’s Fabrications – another of my favourite Facebook pages  Her books feature many more embellishments than mine but the basic idea is the same.

I had no idea how to set about this project so it was really a ‘suck-it-and-see’ process. Surprisingly I didn’t really have many false starts. There were a couple of headaches.

  • The photo pages need stiffening to hold in the photos –  I used mounting board behind the photo and small strips of card behind the fabric frame around the front.
  • The font I wanted to use for the sentiment on the last page was too big so I had to rethink this. It took me a few hours to get this just right but in the end I’m reasonably happy with it.

Here are some photos of the finished product



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Time flies

Well, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve put pen to paper. Somehow I can’t find the time to make stuff and write about it BUT if I don’t write about it how does anyone know I’ve made it.

I have a Twitter account, an Etsy shop with associated teams and forums, this blog and a Facebook page. Finding time to contribute to all of these on a regular basis is impossible. I spent a lot of time, a couple of months ago, networking on Facebook.  For anyone who doesn’t know this seems to involve checking out pages of like minded people-in my case crafters-‘liking’ the page, making nice comments and hoping the effort is reciprocated. In this way you should get more ‘likes’ for your own page and therefore reach more customers.

This doesn’t seem to have worked. I like about 100 pages. Only 61 people like my page and at least 10 of those are friends and family!! Maybe that’s because my work doesn’t appeal to many other crafters maybe it’s because not everyone returns the favour. Anyway it seems a lot of effort for very little reward and it can be really discouraging.

There are pages out there with thousands of likes (something I can only dream of) and many, many very talented people. Here’s one of my favourites I’ll mention some more over the next few weeks.

Well that’s my moan over for today. I have been busy making one or two things in the last few weeks so I’ll pop back soon with photos and stories behind the makes.

In the mean time if you want to visit and ‘like’ my Facebook page here’s the link





New skills

Well it’s coming up to the end of my two weeks off. Next weekend I will open up my craft cupboard again.

I’ve cleaned the house, done a bit of DIY and the washing and ironing is up to date.

I couldn’t manage to switch off the creative side of my brain entirely though.


I had an urge to try my hand at Irish crochet.  More about this another week but in the mean time here is my first effort.