Time is going fast….

I thought I’d end a lovely day with updating my blog and sharing a couple of makes that I have made this week. I decided this morning that I would try to make another small purse in one of the many fabrics I have acquired. Nathan, our two and a half year old has recently cut out his daytime sleep so after reading him 9 stories, yes 9 I decided it was time to try and be a little bit proactive for me! He was happy to bring some of his toys out to the kitchen table where I set up shop and he loves the sewing machine. He also loves the off cuts of fabric and keeps them as his wiggly worms. The downside to him taking an interest in my sewing is the endless barrage of questions and conversations that he wants me to have with him! I have learnt the hard way today that anything that requires my attention and brain needs to be prepped but finished in the evening! I did however manage to get this made today. It’s a small coin purse in elephant fabric lined with a vibrant plain pink.

What do you think? I couldn’t decide whether to list it in my new shop www.etsy.com/shop/sewsofthandmade or keep it for myself. I’ve decided to keep this one for myself and make an additional one for the shop. This is a bit deep so I would rather make one that looks as close to perfect as handmade gets 🙂

At the beginning of the week (I think) I also made Nathan a small pouch for his buggy. Whenever we go out he feels the need to take a lot of small toys with him which always results in them being dropped and lost so I decided to make a small bag for him. He chose the fabric and supervised the making of and he absolutely loves it. It’s not quite used for what I intended as he likes to cuddle it but he is getting better lol. Here is the picture of it. I’m going to make some of these bags for my shop as they are just wonderful for taking little bits and pieces out and about.

I can’t believe we’re into April already. The time that seems to be ever slipping through my fingers like sand is scary to me, my husband Kenny, says that it’s because we are busy people. I never really think we are or that I am with the boys until I have a look over my week and see what I have made and achieved. I’ve also finished a crochet round cushion but don’t have the insert and haven’t made one today. Coupled with looking after my two young boys and doing everything else that every single parent out there does it’s no wonder I’m in a constant state of happy exhaustion (ok not always)!

I’m going to sign off now as I need to find something new to make. As always thanks for taking the time to stop by and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lisa xx

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Swaps and makes

Well it’s been a busy few days in my house I can telly you! Nathan is waking up earlier for some reason so I’ve cut out his daytime sleep but it hasn’t helped, instead of his usual 7-7:30 wake up its 6! I get up at 6 to get on with a few bits so this is a bit of a nightmare at the moment. Never mind though, hopefully it’ll right itself soon!

Anyway, not sure if you remember I previously wrote about a swap that Kelli @MrsDG and I were doing? Well her beautiful embroideries arrived on Monday. How amazingly talented in this lady?! Both my boys loved them and my husband was in awe! Here’s Nathans.

And Ethans:

I’m just blown away by these and have started hunting for the ‘perfect’ frame for them! Nathan said cushion as soon as he saw it but there’s no way they’re getting their mucky paws on them 😉

I have also been very busy myself. I have made no bones about the fact that zips terrify me and have been putting off trying to install one for months. There is so much I want to make that uses zips it was crazy. However yesterday Rachael from @sewrayme made some beautiful purses that inspired me to bite the bullet and give it a go.

I had a look on You Tube and found a short clip. As I was watching it the penny completely dropped and I had this made within half an hour!

I know it’s out of focus but you have to appreciate that I was extremely excited at the time! I’m going to be selling these so will definitely need to take better pictures! Here’s the inside. Its red with white spots!

What do you think? I have also been very busy crocheting a round cushion cover for my front room and last night finished one half. Please excuse my PJ’s.

I’m so excited about getting this finished and will be starting the other half this evening. I have also been lucky enough to receive my Heartswap gift from @SoStacySews but I’ve rambled on enough for the time being so I will give that a post all by itself over the weekend!

Until next time, thanks for reading, thank you to all those that leave comments and Happy Crafting 🙂

My first “proper” make-The Kindle Cover…..

Wow, I see I’m not doing too bad on the old blogging front, only 4 days since my last confession….. Anyway I digress! I was fortunate enough to receive a Kindle for one of my Christmas presents this year so I decided it only fitting that rather that shell out £27 for a mass produced cover from Amazon I would make one myself choosing one of the many fabrics I seem to of collected over the last month! I did in fact (with the help of my husband) decide on two! Some of my lovely new friends on twitter suggested that I google to find a tutorial which I duly did and I have to say there are some amazingly talented people out there. However I decided that a lot of them were too tight fitting/fancy for me so I changed the directions for a lap top and phone cover that I had seen in Craftseller magazine and came up with my own method. Here are the chosen fabrics.

Chosen fabrics

These are the fabrics that we chose and also the 1.5oz wadding with a blue plain cotton that I decided to use to line it. I found that I was putting off the actual sewing and I think it was purely down to me being terrified of failure.I’d decided that I loved fabrics, fallen in love with items handmade with fabrics, brought a sewing machine and now I was faced with the sheer terror that actually I might be rubbish at making things! I decided to suck it up and get on with it. It was sewn up surprisingly fast (at least it was for me). There was a slight problem though in that I had cut all of the fabrics and wadding the same therefore the wadding insert was too big for my actual cover.

Ooops!

The kindle did actually fit in but as you can see the insert didn’t! I was a little bit sad but figured that I could just make another one and then I thought actually you know what? I can fix this! And so I got out some scissors and needle and thread and I did just that!

The tweaked version

So here it is. The final version although I still want to make a popper tab to go over the top to protect it from falling out. To say I was/am still chuffed with it is an understatement. I even posted a picture on my facebook page and didn’t care about what my non crafty friends had to say on the matter.

Lessons that I have learnt: Don’t be afraid to get on with it-it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go perfectly first time round.

What would I do differently next time? Make the fabric an extra inch in length.

Will there be a next time? Hell yeah!! I’m already deciding what to make next!

I have had wonderful comments from all of the lovely folk on Twitter and really feel that I am part of an amazing community so thank you and thank you also for taking the time to read this.

Until next time………xx

Crafting, fabric and life….

Well, first post of 2012 and what a year it will be I can feel it in me bones as they say. We’ve had a great start to the year both boys have been great if not a little bit over excited and cheeky. This picture was taken by my sister on Christmas day and although it’s out of focus it’s a rare occasion that our 2 year old will sit still enough to have his picture taken!

Our lovely boys xx

Ive started to get really excited about sewing and fabrics and my first project will be a cover for my Kindle. I also have some great ideas to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and have some fabrics to start playing with for those too! I have said though that I won’t be buying anymore until I actually make something! Here are the lovely fabrics that I have:

I also stumbled upon an unfinished cross stitch pattern that I am now determined to finish, especially since our 2 year old, Nathan saw it and became very excited at the ‘Dragon’! It doesn’t seem like I’m getting anywhere fast but looking at the pictures below I can definitely see that it is growing!

Hope you can see the difference!

I am really enjoying easing myself back into hand sewing but really can’t wait to get back on my sewing machine either. I’m going to dig out a tutorial for my kindle cover and then the process of choosing the fabric begins! I’d like to thank anyone that has taken the time to read this, retweet it, like it, comment or follow and I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings?!

I must also say that I am amazed at the kind and friendly people that I have met on Twitter. It is amazing how many people are there to offer advice, point me in the right direction, not get annoyed when I join a conversation and generally accept me for who I am and what I’m doing. You’re a great bunch of people 🙂

Now then….Off to find that Kindle tutorial………..x

Nearly Christmas!!!

Wow, another year is drawing to an end and it’s been a busy old year for us. I’m now adjusting to life with two young boys (if thats possible) and things are looking great for 2012. On the craft front I have started to enjoy sewing and knitting and have decided to give these a go for next year. I’m very excited. I’ve set up a Folksy shop ready as I’m hopeful and genuinely believe that handmade is the way forward. I’m going to document how I get on and may even share a few pictures with you all! I also think that the amount of items I want to make will end up swamping my house and I’d love for people to get some enjoyment out of my “makes” I’m going to make it my resolution to blog regularly and hopefully will make it interesting! Now I’m off to get inspired and look at some lovely fabrics at myfabrichouse.co.uk. Merry Christmas to you all 🙂