What I’ve been up to

Not much, to be honest. I made another bag-in-a-bag that I gave to a friend and I made a purse from a crafster.org tutorial that can be found here. Continue reading


Happy New Year

Hello there fellow crafters,

I put the needle and thread away for a few days but now that 2016 has arrived I have a few things I want to work on. The material I bought in Harrogate has inspired me. I need to get some other materials but I think I shall make a matching tea towel, apron (with blocks of the material as a pocket), place mats and coasters set. The tea towel is already complete and I’ll start work on the rest soon. I’m trying to get more work on my writing course done so sewing might have to take a back seat, or at least take up less time, for a while.

Have a great 2016,


New material!

I have such plans!

I’ve been to Harrogate over night visiting friends and before I came home this afternoon we went exploring the shops of that lovely town, especially the craft shops.

I have some lovely material that I am going to make in to a tea towel and matching place mats. I have also bought some space-dyed unspun wool which is suppose to be for felting, but I’m going to have a play with and see what I can do with it.

While I was visiting my friends we exchanged and opened gifts. I got some fat quarters from one of my friends and a fabric pack from the other. There will be much patch working.

Last week I sold one of my felt trees to a friend who thought they were adorable. I’m not comfortable accepting money from friends for things I make, but she insisted. It helped pay for some of my shopping last week so I’ve accepted that she was right to insist on paying me.

I’ve been a little quiet recently, I know, but that’s because I’ve been focussing on finishing the items I’ve made for my sisters and their husbands. Both gifts involved patchwork, appliqué  and quilting, all by hand. I still don’t have a sewing machine.

Best wishes to everyone who is celebrating something this week. and everyone who isn’t.



My First Craft Fair

Is on Sunday 8th November 2015, at Immingham Resource Centre, 10am to 3pm.


It’s the first one I’ve had a stall at. My sister had a stall at one in the summer, where she sold some of my key rings as well as her jewellery, and she was going to do this one and another at Waltham Windmill at the end of the month, but she has plans for this weekend and the organiser of the later event has cancelled due to lack of interest. As such, since I’ve invested time and money in making Christmas type things, I’m taking the plunge and going on my own.

Well, not entirely on my own. I’m sharing a table with Dawn, from my sewing club, who told me about the craft fair in the first place. I don’t link ringing people so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to ring the organiser and book a table. Dawn saved me and said I could share her table. I much appreciate the offer and have accepted.

Now I just need to get a few more tree decorations finished. Owls and gingerbread mean I think. Possibly a couple of elephants.

We’re in the Telegraph!

The Grimsby Evening Telegraph, that is.
For months members of The Sewing Clubs here in North East Lincolnshire have been beavering away making clothes and other items for premature and still-born babies. I contributed four crocheted wraps for very small or still-born babies.

It was a pet project of my friend Dawn, who runs the Immingham Sewing Clubs and is active in the Cleethorpes (St Peter’s) Sewing Club. The items were donated to the local maternity unit to help parents in need of suitable baby clothing for premature babies, or something to bury their still-born baby in. These items are desperately needed by maternity units across the country.

My gran is ever so proud of my involvement, and she and one of my aunties are busy knitting away at premmie baby sized cardigans to send in their own little donation parcel. The article in the paper will go in my grans file of clippings too.