Pretty in Pink

Last week I had a request to make another mini shopping bag.  The bag is to be for a lovely little girl as a gift from “the new baby”.  Colour requirements were Pink & Purple.  I’m very happy with how it turned out & hope that she will be too :)


Fabric range is Vintage Summer by Blend


A Little Boys Weighted Quilt

Back in May of last year I made my first weighted quilt.  Weighted quilts  & blankets are used as a relief for autism.  You can read the original post here.

Just before Christmas a dear friend of mine asked me if I’d be able to make a weighted blanket for a relative of hers.  A lovely little boy who is just 3 years old.

The first thing I did was set out to find some lovely fun & colourful fabrics for him.  What little boy wouldn’t like this lovely mix of bright fabrics??


The range is Mixed Bag by Studio M for Moda fabrics.  I ordered some extra yardage of one of the blues & found some plain red in my stash to add to the width.  I already had the pellets from my previous weighted make so it was just a case of sewing it together.

It did take me a little longer than anticipated as just as I started the project, I also started my new job so all sewing went on hold for a bit :(

Anyway, the quilt is finished, it’s been delivered to it’s forever home & the family are really pleased with it.  I just hope it helps with the little ones sleeping.

Alfies Weighed Quilt 1

Alfies Weighed Quilt 2

Overall, I’m really pleased with the finish :)


More Tula 100 Blocks :)

A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a sewing day at a friends house.  It was time to crack on with my #tula100 blocks.  Having already cut quite a few out, it was just a case of sewing them together.  That week I completed 8 of the blocks.

Tula 100 Block 4

Tula 100 Block 5

Tula 100 Block 6

Tula 100 Block 7

Tula 100 Block 17

Tula 100 Block 77

Tula 100 Block 92


Tula 100 Block 16

It’s going to be a struggle to find a favourite block but I LOVE how they’re all turning out :)

Happy stitching.




New Year…. New Job :)


As the title suggests, it is indeed a New Year & in addition to that I have a new job!!!!

I actually started the job in December, hence my absence from the blog, but it gets well & truly underway tomorrow.  I’m really excited about it, it fits in perfectly with the school run, the hours suit family life fine….. & oh yeah, I get all school holidays off work… result :)

It doesn’t come without it’s slight negatives.  All of those being home life related.  My sewing work & blogging work will of course take a bit of a back seat.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t be sewing at all, I just won’t be taking on any work or commissions.  I’ll be able to concentrate on my own projects as they won’t (always) be on deadlines so I get to work at my own pace.

There are lots of projects that I need to share, some completed cross stitch, new Block Of the Month (BOM) to start, as well as lots of other lovely fabric & stitching goodness.

Happy & healthy 2015 for you all.


Well Hello HEMA – #LoveHEMA

This summer saw the launch of Dutch store HEMA here in the UK.  They opened their first store in Victoria Station, London, back in June & this was closely followed by stores in Kingston & Bromley.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening day of the Bromley store :)


The store is full to the rafters of lovely products.  From childrens toys & make up to home ware & stationary.  Everything is extremely good value for money & the pricing couldn’t be easier…. everything in increments of 25p.  With Christmas fast approaching you can guarantee a gift for every member of the family from this fabulous range.



Since their launch, HEMA has expanded even more in the UK.  September saw the launch of their online store HemaShop.  It sells products across lots of the HEMA ranges, including beauty, kids, home, stationery, cook & food.  Of course there is the seasonal products too :)

Some of the advantages of shopping online include the low spend amount to get free home delivery… just £15!!!  If you don’t require home delivery & you have a HEMA store near you then you can have your order sent direct to store for you to collect :)

HEMA (20)

Whilst there I stocked up on stamps, stickers, notebooks & pads. Tea, chocolate,  hairbands & girls underwear among other things.  The list goes on, you really can buy almost anything in HEMA.

HEMA (21)

Whether you shop in store or online with HEMA, don’t forget to check out their Christmas products, we’re loving the party ware :)



Quilt Exhibition

My quilt group exhibition took place the first weekend of October.  Personally I had five quilts entered for display & one quilt as a raffle prize.  Now it’s time to share with you some of the amazing quilts that were on display.






Which one is your favourite?


Aquabeads – A Review

Over the summer we were lucky enough to be offered an Aqua beads kit for review.  We were sent the Hello Kitty Fashion Set, RRP £14.99.


My only beading experience with the twins had been the ones that you have to iron…. it never went well as the twins always wanted to “help”.  These looked like a far better option, just add water :)

They wasted no time in getting the box open & all the goodies out to play.  The set included the beads, a Hello Kitty bead case, a pen for picking up & putting down the beads, water sprayer, beading tray & various different designs.


They each chose a design, luckily both were on the same page.  They found it easy to slide the template page into the bottom of the layout tray.  Robert went for a ice cream design & Hannah for a Hello Kitty (no surprise there!).  The Bead Pen was an absolute god send.  Best thing ever as far as I’m concerned.  I didn’t have to worry about run away beads all over the place & it made positioning the beads REALLY easy.


Now comes the Aqua part.  The finished design needs a few sprays of water, 4-5, & then left to dry.  Again this was very easy for the twins to do themselves & when they weren’t spraying each other they managed to get the designs :)


As you can see, Hannah was very pleased with her Hello Kitty :)

Our verdict:  We love Aquabeads.  I love the fact that they can do this by themselves, no mess, (almost) no arguments & it can be finished by themselves too.  They love that they can do this by themselves, but they really love the pen because it means they don’t have to worry about dropping the beads or getting them in the wrong place… both things that have really frustrated them when using other types of beads.

Although a lot of the designs available are a bit on the girlie side, Robert enjoyed the Aqua Beads just as much as Hannah.  If you visit the Aqua Beads website there are some additional templates that you can download & use, so that in itself is an added bonus :)

You can keep up-to-date with Aqua Beads on Twitter & Facebook too.

What have your little ones made with Aqua Beads?




Disclaimer: We received the Aqua Beads kit free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own & that of my family.


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