Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Projects

I made salsa! // Cushion covers // Pencil case for a colleague // My first set of fully lined curtains // Side table work in progress // First and third homemade dress

August is a pretty good month when your a teacher. A whole month off. And right at the end you get a pay cheque for no teaching at all. No matter how much you love teaching that is pretty sweet.

And I've been spoilt this summer. I've had two trips away to the Lake District and back to Scotland. I've also had a new house to fill with crafty goodness. I also managed to find some more of the blue dress fabric that I used for the first dress I made and accidentally bleached. I was so chuffed I could re-use some of the fabric from the original dress and even the original zip to re-work it in time for One Week, One Pattern.

Saying that, I've also "worked" pretty hard this summer. I pretty much spent a week packing boxes, then a week building flatpack furniture and unpacking boxes, 14 solid hours cleaning our old flat and a few more days than I would have liked working on coursework. Luckily I still managed to do most of the special "me" things that I planned out at the beginning of the summer.


I'm so grateful I was on summer holiday when we ended up moving house; I'm not quite sure how I'd have coped otherwise! Now though I'm ready to go back to work. I'm ready to stop pretending to be a housewife. Time to go back to the day job.

Image from here

How's August been for you?


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Friday, 29 August 2014

Weekend Link Love


This week has been mainly about anticipation of going back to school. I've been busy stocking up on wool, Ryvitas and handmade dresses and all the things that help me get through a working week. I've also popped into London a couple of times this week to see as many friends as possible before I'm back into the routine of early starts and long working days. 

This weekend, I've been a bit spoilt for choice in terms of what to include in my link love post. There's been loads of good stuff around and I've had the luxury of time to peruse the web for lots of crafty goodness.

I loved this post from Crochet Concupiscence about why link love is so important to her.

Lucy of Attic 24 fame finished her lovely ripple blanket in coastal colours. I'm planning another one to while away the Autumn evenings.

I thought this crocheted book was so cool.


What's caught your eye this week?


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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Glimpses Of Our Handmade Home


We moved into our new house last week. Our house. It actually belongs to us, which is both really exciting and a little bit terrifying at the same time. Luckily there's not too much that needs to be done providing no fences collapses or boilers meltdown (is that what  boilers do?) anytime soon. 

On moving in the first thing we did was set up the bed. I strung up our wedding bunting and put out my patchwork cushion. The rest of the house was in near chaos but our room was a small haven of homeliness.


Having been renting for way too long we painted one of the kitchen walls luscious lime. Just because we own the place and we can paint whatever colour we like! More bunting has also mysteriously found itself strung up in the kitchen. This set was given to me by an amazing parent of one of the girls in my last class.


I've also found time to make my first set of lined curtains (still unhemmed, I might add) and a cushion cover. I used piped seams on the cushion in an attempt to give it a more professional look and to be honest it looks good. It was just tricky and by the end my sewing machine and I had had some serious words. 

Anyone else any good at piped seams? I'd love to know your tips...


Linking up with Handmade Monday to see what everyone else has been making.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Handmade Pencil Cases


I made a pencil case! I'm rather proud of the rather marvellous zip cover and matching lining. You might recognise the fabric which was leftover from the pink polka dot dress and the unfortunate bleached blue one. I even managed to reuse the zip from the bleached blue dress..hooray!

I had a wee peruse on Etsy before I started to get a bit of inspiration and found some cute wee ideas and designs for getting back to school in the not so distant future..boo!

Spots and stripes birdie loveliness by modernandvintage

Vintage map patterned pencil case by ManusShop 

 Beautiful appliqued pencil case by diosman

Funky stem print oilcloth pencil case by JeanieDeans

Which is your favourite design?


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One Week, One Pattern!


I am currently having a pretty good time playing houses in our new home. I've made curtains and cushions and so much IKEA flat-pack furniture that I never want to see another piece of wooden doweling ever again.

I'm also finding time to dream of a bit of dressmaking and to that end I'm going to have a go at One Week, One Pattern! (#OWOP14). I may have miserably failed at Me Made May after a bit of a major bleach-based dress catastrophe, but I saw this on t*rexes and tiaras and I can't resist having a go. OWOP is a challenge organised by Handmade Jane where people wear clothes made from one pattern every day for a week. It's taking place from Saturday 6th to Friday 12th September.


I'm going for my own self-drafted dress pattern. I've currently got two dresses of this pattern and I'm hoping to recreate the unfortunate bleached dress in time for the week too. Three dresses, one week...?

Who else is going to give this a bash?


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Friday, 8 August 2014

Weekend Link Love 8/8


During my rather impromptu blogging break, I've carried on reading and enjoying other blogs. In fact, my enjoyment of reading other people's is largely what brought me back. One post in particular "Just because I blog..." from T*rexes and Tiaras had me chuckling aloud but also reminded me that my blog can be whatever I want and doesn't have to be as polished as it might be if I had a little more time for blogging.  Go and have a quick read, now.

Around the internet I've also been loving...






We're hopefully getting the keys to our new place today so planning a day of curtain making, lime green paint and champagne.

Have a lovely weekend!



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Thursday, 7 August 2014

June and July Projects


I'm back! Oops, it's rather a long time since I blogged, had you noticed? The last few weeks of term were their usual crazy selves. Highlights included our production of the Shakespeare's the Tempest featuring songs from the Lion King, a lot of sport and some very generous presents from some of the children at the end of term. And getting to wear my handmade dress to work.

Since the holidays began I've been off to the Lake District, been up to Scotland and we're moving house early next week. It's been a bit of a whirlwind if I'm being honest but it's amazing what you can achieve when you don't have to go to work.

How have you all been?


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