Thursday, 29 August 2013

books to read 2013: an update

as we're rolling into september next week, it's dawned on me that i'm starting to fall beind with my goodreads challenge (you can find me |here|).

i've read some amazing books so far this year, including some classics that had been on the list for far too long; 1984 which i'm reading at the moment being one of those!
i'm also reading to die for: is fashion wearing out the world? by lucy siegle which i keep on my bedside table for evening reading (does anyone else save books just for this reason? i'd love to know what your reading habits are!) and it's totally mind blowing. i became very aware of fast fashion and ethical fashion whilst studying, but this book throws it all under the spotlight and has really reinforced my "second-hand or self-made only" rule.
i won't say any more, but i would recommend this book 100% to anyone, and i haven't even finished it yet!

i still have a few books from my original post at the start of the year to get through, but i'd love to hear if you have any favourites that should be on my list as well :)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

a catch up

phewf, it's been a while! the last 2 weeks has been filled with lots of nasty little surprises, one of which was a *simple* internet provider changeover resulting in no internet.
despite not being able to blog, it has actually been a refreshing change and i've come back to the interwebs wondering just what it is i usually do on here?!

anyway, i just wanted to write a little catch up post to say that i haven't disappeared!
i've been so overwhelmed with your support of my |pdf patterns| so thank you to everyone who has checked them out :)

in other news, i've been whizzing up a storm of fruit smoothies with a much needed new blender; i'm thinking of posting a few recipes on here and i'd love to hear if you have any favourites.
with the flat being an anti-techno zone, i've been reading like crazy and i'm really hoping to pick up the pace to make sure i complete my goodreads challenge. i'm currently reading 1984 (finally!) and am loving it so far.
oh, and i've also potentially found the backing fabric for my quilt (squee!) and i'm going to be doing a lot of research over the next few weeks to prepare me for the final stages. i am so excited to have it finished!

i'll leave it there for now, but i hope that you're all dandy and as a little treat, have a photo of pixel on me :)

Monday, 12 August 2013

the perfect clutch

remember the exciting project i mentioned in my last post? well here it is, my new pdf pattern; the perfect clutch!

when debbie sent me samples of her amazing fabrics, i knew i wanted to incorporate them into my next sewing pattern, and after a few sketches this clutch came into its own.

i've designed the perfect clutch around keeping your gadgets safe (the size is perfect for the ipad mini, but could easily be adapted for a kindle etc.!), but i wanted to keep the option open for it to be used in other ways. so, i also road tested it on a night out, and it's a great size for the essentials.

as for the fabric, well, it really is perfect. and the best part is, debbie is now selling it in her shop too, so you can make the perfect clutch just like this one. click |here| to see more.

to buy either of my pdf patterns, check out the |pdf patterns| tab at the top of my blog page :)

Friday, 2 August 2013

i love: hand-made makers

i am lucky enough to be surrounded by amazingly talented crafty friends. from uni besties, to co-workers, and not forgetting all of you fab bloggers, i never feel far from creativity. just writing that makes me smile!

i've had countless conversations with friends about their crafts and business ventures, and thought it was about time i showed them off a bit- their work is awesome and basically i just wanna spread the love :)

shark alley:

cute animals combined with purses and jewellery? yeah, i know, amazing.
sarah is my co-worker, and the brains behind shark alley, producing the most stunning hand-made resin jewellery and hand-stitched purses. i love it when sarah comes into work wearing something from her collection- the amount of work that goes into the resin jewellery is insane (note the speckles of glitter on the hare!). oh, and she also makes the cutest little otters i think i have ever seen- don't believe me? click here. one day, i will convince her to make little cats just like these :)

the bearded chap:

if you're planning a wedding at the moment then you definitely need to stay tuned for the bearded chap designs (etsy shop launching soon!). sam has been my partner in crime since the good ol' uni days, and i used to love nothing more than brainstorming and sketch-booking with her. and the best part about the bearded chap? sam offers a range of quirky accessories specifically tailored for men (who i fear can be overlooked on the big day!) and are unique from anything else i've seen. just imagine a wedding snap of the groom and groomsmen all lined up in one of these bow ties. so. cute.

duck & duffel:

i can't remember how i first stumbled across debbie's blog, but i know that i read every post and then tweeted about her awesomeness. we've had so many cool crafty chats this year, and i don't think we're in any danger of running out of steam.
with the launch of duck & duffel, debbie has blown me away with her collection, and i (with no exaggeration) am in love with her prints.
so, it seemed natural that we would eventually collide and i'm super excited to say that we are working together on some very bloody cool projects. debbie sent me the above samples a few weeks ago, and i'll have another post very soon to reveal how i've used them. squee!

so there you have it, a little slice of the creative talent i am surrounded by! don't forget to check out their sites and say hi, and if you have any favourite hand-made makers then i'd love to check them out too :)