Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Crafting: Mix 'n' Match Travel Set

Whilst making a test make up bag the other day (practising for a present for a certain special mum!) I decided that the test bag would be perfect as a toiletries bag for me to take on holiday.

Anyway, one thing led to another, and I ended up with a new make up bag and passport holder too. Ooops.
I don't know if I can technically call them a set, but hey, they were all made with travelling in mind so I reckon that counts.

Even better, they were all made from either free fabric samples (from John Lewis if you were wondering) or fabrics that had been accumulating in my stash, so these projects didn't cost a penny - yay :)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Crafting: It's A Cinch Tote Bag

Well whaddya know, I've made a real bag!

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw the prototype. One of the best parts of my job is witnessing my boss Lisa whip up these amazing bags and patterns - seriously, her talent knows no bounds.

I took a shamefully long time to get started on making this bag, but I'm so glad that (despite a few hiccups) I've made it. The design is awesome and gives you a bag that is not only big enough for a laptop if needs be, but can also be adapted to create a smaller and totally different shape; this is bag gadgetry, therefore I love it.

I made a few changes to the pattern inspired by this bag which is amazing - man there are some insanely talented crafters out there!
(And there lies another perk of my job; ogling all of the amazing makes from our customers).

Anyway, it seems I have a very narrow mindset when it comes to the colours I work with, but I'm trying to break out of it, honest. I just can't help it when I get hold of amazing colour combos like these, they are made for each other!
The exterior fabrics were both given to me and I bought the yummy mustard lining fabric on eBay. After paying just £1 for it I wasn't expecting much, but lucky for me it's even better than I had hoped, and there is still about 3 metres of the stuff left over.

So there we have it! A new bag for me that is super practical, and pretty easy on the eyes too.
As I've said before, I know it will sound biased coming from me, but Lisa's patterns are great and I love working from them. If you've never given bag making a go, maybe it's time to reconsider :)

Saturday, 15 March 2014

What's on my desk

As I'm still swooning over the luxury of having my own desk, I thought I'd share a few snaps. I bought it from eBay and had it delivered the day after we moved - and I already can't imagine my crafty life without it.

My sewing machine takes pride of place on top, alongside my all important stash of washi tapes. I bought the mug tree from a charity shop thinking that it would easily hold them all; alas I clearly have too many (joking of course, you can never have too many!).

When I was looking to buy a desk I knew that I wanted a writing bureau for the drop down top and awesome amounts of storage. I'm super duper happy with this setup as as the end of a sewing day I can just shut the top up and hide the mess!

Inside I have a complete jumble of sewing and crafts materials. To be honest, when we were moving I just emptied all of the contents in a mish mash thinking that I'd come back and organise it all, but so far I haven't needed to. I can pretty much see where everything is as I'm so used to having everything in jars and boxes, but maybe one day I'll reorganise it all.

There is also a drawer that I've filled with stamps, inks, stationery and paper, and then a cupboard at the bottom that fits all of my fabrics perfectly. I've had to put a few other supplies in storage boxes, but for now this desk is just right for storing all of the essentials :)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Crafting: Patchwork Hexagon Chair

Do these hexagons seem familiar? In January I wrote a blog post about crafting hexagons, and here is the finished result.

After idly making a bunch and then worrying about what to do with them, this idea quite literally fell into my lap when we moved. The old tenants offered to leave this chair behind, and as I had just found myself the perfect desk, it was perfect timing.

By this point I had already made most of the hexagons needed, so I carried on sewing to create a big square and the whole piece came together super quickly.
Then it was simply a case of removing the seat from the chair frame, ripping the old cover off and stapling the new one on - easy peasy!

I love how bold the whole thing is; I did consider repainting the chair very briefly, but in a way I think that the whole mish mash of colours makes it!

P.S. Thank you for all of the sweet comments on my home snippets post, you're a lovely bunch!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Home Snippets

Today marks a month in our new home (man has that gone quickly!) so I thought I'd share a few snaps now that we're settled.

As things turned out the bedroom has fallen into pretty much the same layout as in the old flat but this is fine by me. The ladder inadvertently became part of the furniture as Pixel adores it, and loves lording over us on it at night!
I'm glad the room is fairly neutral 'coz it means that duvet covers can take all the focus. This one is a circus print from Joules that I was sent just as we moved. Technically it is a children's set, but pfffft! I love it far too much to worry about that.

The lounge is my favourite room - it's open plan through to the kitchen and there are doors out onto the patio which let in tons of light. This is the first place we've lived where there's been room for both J and I to have desks - mine is a writing bureau that I found on Ebay and I absolutely love it. Expect to see sewing posts there from now on.

The kitchen is so much bigger than our old one that we didn't know what to do with the space at first. I'm pretty smitten with it now though - cooking together is way more fun.
The brown shelves are from Ikea and are a great way to have things on display.
Last week Lauren invited me along to the opening of the new TK Maxx in Hove where I was kindly given a gift voucher, so in the spirit of the new place I picked up the colanders - navy and lime green look great together and work pretty well on the shelf I reckon :)
(And yes, those are succulents you can see... told you I was obsessed!).

And finally, my sewing machine Elna has taken pride of place in the bathroom (this baffled my sister completely). This model is from the 1940's; I love the style so much, she's so cool!

I already feel so at home here, and can't wait to spend lazy summer days out in the garden - I'll be doing a separate post about that and what we have planned for it soon :)