Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/festive period. Winter isn’t over yet, not by a long way, so I thought to cheer you up in these cold months I would encourage you to come and follow me on Instagram, where I promise to post lots of nice pictures of Stuff for you to look at.  Brainpower not required, just eyes to look at pretty things with.


Sparkly messy bookshelf. I love Christmas 🙂


Christmas is EXCITING, and your decorations should reflect that. New in my Etsy shop this week: scrap-fabric hearts, big and small 🙂

Christmas hearts

Well I got a nasty surprise last week, when I checked my stock and found that the mildew we’ve been fighting round the house had got inside a sealed plastic box and taken up residence on my embroideries. And all my sock monsters smell damp, too 😦  So, that knocks any Christmas fairs on the head, unless I get a run of extra hours and manage to go on a mad making binge. But, things can be washed, and reframed, so it’s not a total disaster. Sigh.

On the up side, I have a batch of Christmas decorations all ready to go up on Etsy. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Well, I missed last Monday’s ‘update on last week’s crafting’ because I was away, so sorry about that. I was away making things, but I was making things out of food, so it was a bit different.

Homity Pie

Homity Pie anyone?

But one thing that happened while I was away, was that the second of my large wall hangings successfully traversed the Channel to arrive with its new owners in Belgium. More details on the ‘making of’ later, but for now… The Summer Tree:

Summer tree wall hanging

It doesn’t really have a big crease on one side, that’s just the way the wind caught it. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out 🙂

Been playing around with paper this week, just for a change. Handmade card I’m signed up for the Paperphilia ‘Paperlove Challenge’ this month, which is full of daily papery crafty fun things to do. Including, how to make an origami heart!  Anyhoo, to keep up with my love of surprising friends and strangers alike with ‘random things in the post’, I got an old Spanish/English dictionary, and my letter stamps, and made a few cards. Whaddya reckon?

Whenever I finish a sewing project, I always have lots of end bits of embroidery threads left over. Because I’m a complete magpie and unable to throw anything away, I hoard these in my ‘sewing kit’ (an old first aid kit box – always gets a few raised eyebrows when I’m stitching in public!), and use them up on my practice samplers. This is my current sampler, I’m all about filling stitches this time round.


And here’s a close-up of what I tried out this weekend – the fine and delicate art of picking any colour and doing lots of straight stitches in a marked space. Really tricky. Not.

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This doesn’t seem to have reduced the volume of my thread stash in any way, but I’ll keep working on it!

This week’s offering – I discovered free motion stitching on my sewing machine! Working out your second-hand machine by yourself is fun (read: vexing), but with a little bit of YouTube, it’s amazing what you can learn.

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My next project is to find out what all the other bits that came with the machine do. Life is a constant learning curve, y’all.