I thought it might be a nice idea to share some of my favourite Christmas reading ideas for toddlers and children over the next couple of weeks. As someone who used to have their own second hand book business I’m understandably passionate about reading, although these days The Toddler has far more books than me and The Husband combined! I obviously need to up my game…
Hello! I love upcycled stuff, mainly ummm, because I am a bit tight but also because I hate throwing stuff away (starts slight rant about landfill…) Vicky’s blog Vicky Myers Creations is one that I love because she is so passionate about using her sewing skills to create something new and gorgeous out of something that would otherwise be forgotten. I hope you love the tutorial she’s done for me today, do comment and let me know! And of course do check out her blog too and don’t forget to follow Vicky on twitter and on Pinterest too!
Hi, my name is Vicky – I am delighted to have this opportunity to guest blog for Kate. For the last 18 months I have been creating bags out of former clothes. I love the challenge of creating something new out of something old, responding to the fabric to see what I can create.
The ‘Valuing our clothes’ report from Wrap includes news that around 350,000 tonnes (31%) of used clothing out of a total of 1.13 million tonnes are sent to landfill. There are so many different uses for used clothing, reusing as clothing, recreating into new items – even actions as simple as your household cloths being used as, using as packaging.
Recently I was faced with the challenge of making a mans bag. My man is not a bag man, and my dad carries a Travel Men’s Leather Wrist Bag so no help there! The most popular mans bag seems to be a leather satchel/messenger bag, used in the work environment.
My customer liked my idea of creating a bag out of a man’s jacket, using the front collar for interest. I used his former messenger bag for measurements, utilised the strap, and raided my fabric stash (this included a great quality jacket and a work shirt).
Well, it’s been emotional. By which I mean a bit hard. On about day four of life with baby number two I read an article on the BBC about how getting less sleep than you should means that your brain won’t form long term memories properly. Obviously I can’t tell you how much sleep was considered not enough though, it was 3am, I can’t remember.
So far, three weeks in, we’ve had reflux and colic diagnosed, a nine percent weight loss meaning we were told to wake the baby every 3 hours for a feed or take a trip to hospital, a slightly ruptured c-section and a woman, apparently in the prime of her life with eye bags down to her waist and an addiction to coffee re-discovered. I did say I missed coffee though so that’ll teach me.
Well hello there! Today’s marvelous guest blogger is Lou from I’m Studio Lou, a lovely blog about sewing and crafting, I particularly love her tutorial on blinging up some old shoes! Do go and have a look at her blog, and of course you can follow her on twitter and through the brilliance that is bloglovin too!
Hello, My name is Lou, from I’m Studio Lou and I’m guest posting today for Kate while she’s off, having a baby.
I was going to write a post about hand stitching and quilts but then I thought it’d be far more fitting if I’d pass on some of what I’ve learnt having had a little one for nearly two years now!
2. You know those ‘antenatal exercises’ you need to do? Make friends, they’re for life.
3. You used to be able to cough, sneeze, laugh, walk (?!) without peeing, have a baby and that’s gone. (See point 2.)
4. Once you have a little one you will truly understand the importance of a quiet whisper.
5. People who tell you that their babies slept through from the day they were born are lying. Mine still doesn’t.
6. You will learn a lot about the human digestive system once weaning has started.
7. Do not underestimate where baby poo and wee can reach! Expect to exclaim at least once a week the following; ‘how did it even get in her hair’ ‘ugh, it’s in my mouth’ etc etc……
Aloha! Today’s brilliant guest blogger is Emma who blogs at Life is Peachy. Emma runs the #craftblogclub twitter party which is a great way to get ideas from other craft bloggers and has some challenges to get people inspired! She’s also just starting her Frugally Fabulous Year which is a great idea for those of us who are trying not to spend too much cash but also want to look nice!!! You can follow Emma on twitter at @LivePeachy over here on Facebook and if you do the bloglovin thing (Do it! Dooooo it!) then you can sign up for updates from Life is Peachy here. Anyway, here’s Emma with your guide to learning how to applique, enjoy!
Firstly, a huge thank you to Kate for letting me guest blog on her wonderful blog – she is a truly inspirational blogger!
So I love to craft and I love to make things that fall directly in my comfort zone. My comfort zone falling between the knitting bag and the odd bit of hand-sewing. But recently, after reading a few really exciting, contemporary craft books, I began to play with the idea of appliqué, a craft form I had not touched since adding a little felt cockerel to a tea cosy for my Nan!
I think what first attracted me to appliqué was the malleable nature of the craft, not to mention the depth perspective this layering technique can bring to simple picture ideas. I love creating pictures but I’m not a dab-hand with paints or watercolours, so why not use those scraps of fabrics I have lying around, to create something a little special?