Friday, 29 April 2011

I love a good wedding!

We had a fab time celebrating the royal wedding today. I do love a good wedding (despite having no desire to get married myself!). Izzy, Sam and I were invited round to my friend Laura's house for a party. I thought it only right that we dress up for the occassion.

 Laura had done a fab job of decorating her house

My friends Rachel and Laura decided to surprise me by dressing up in bridesmaids dresses and tiaras!

It reminded me of the episode from friends where they sit around in wedding dresses. Hilarious.

We loved the wedding. The bride looked absolutely gorgeous and I loved her dress. Lets hope they live happily after after!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

And another two makes six!

I am so loving my postman at the moment. Every day I seem to come home to a gorgeous parcel full of pretty pillowcase dresses. All thanks to the generosity of you lovely bloggers. Talk about restoring my faith in human nature!

Today bought another two (yes two!) pillowase dresses from the very kind Amanda who has a lovely Folksy shop called Plum Porridge (great name!) selling fabric hearts and door stops. First was a very pretty dress made from a gorgeous floral fabric. It has a real 'vintage' look. I love it.

What I love is that all the dresses I have received so far have been slightly different in design. I have very little experience in making clothes and I am loving seeing how everyone makes their dresses and the different finishing touches they have added. Its really inspiring.
These pillowcase dresses have one continuous tie and so have a bow on one side rather than two which I really love.

The second dress is a really pretty fabric covered with tiny pink flowers. It has a band of dark pink fabric at the bottom with coordinating pink ties. Another gorgeous dress.

Thanks Amanda. They are beautiful!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

And another two!

Another lovely parcel arrived today for the 'Dress a girl around the world' pillowcase dress appeal. Click here for details on how to join in!).

Not one but two beautiful dresses made by Gill who has a lovely blog called Dosie Rosie

The first dress is made from a gorgeous blue fabric which has little rabbits on it. The dress has a coordinating band of flowery blue fabric at the bottom which matches the two cute pockets and the ties. So pretty.

Gill also made a lovely dark pink dress which again has a coordinating floral band at the bottom, a pocket and ties. I love them both!

and just look at the lovely detail on the hem. Such a great idea. I am definitely going to steal this idea when I make mine!

 I love the  fabric ties too. I think Gill has made her own bias binding from her fabric. This is very clever and something I've never attempted! The fabric is so pretty and very 'vintage' looking. Gorgeous!

Everything came wrapped in tissue paper and was so pretty. I love opening all these parcels!
Thanks Gill. I really appreciate your support and I have loved seeing all the little details that you have added to the dresses. Its very inspiring.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Ask and ye shall receive.....pillowcase dresses!

I just LOVE blogging! A couple of weeks ago I posted about the 'dress a girl around the world' charity campaign which aims to ensure that every little girl in the world owns at least one pretty dress. I asked some of my fellow bloggers to join me in making some dresses to send to  the charity and the first two arrived yesterday. It really made my day receiving these two gorgeous parcels from two very kind and talented bloggers. It really restores your faith in human nature. So we have.....

A beautiful cupcake dress sent from Kerry which is absolutely gorgeous. Its beautifully made and has the honour of being the first pillowcase dress to be received, opened and admired!

 Lovely cupcake fabric with purple trimming

Kerry has a lovely blog called Kerrypuddy which is well worth checking out. Thanks so much Kerry. I love it!

My second lovely parcel also came from a Kerry!

Another gorgeous dress, this time covered in little multi coloured hearts with a pink border and loveheart ribbon ties.

Kerry runs the lovely Strawberry Annies website which sells fantastic things for children. Beautiful tutus, hair accessories, aprons etc. Kerry also has a lovely  blog here. I was lucky enough to meet Kerry when she had a stall at the craft market I organised at the Bristol Kite Festival last year. I ended up swapping one of my baking bags for one of her pillowcase dresses for Izzy and funnily enough Izzy was wearing it today when we opened the parcel.

Thanks Kerry. Another gorgeous dress ready to post.

Its not too late to join us! I would love to be able to send  a huge pile of dresses to the charity so if you can help, please email me or leave a comment with your email address and I will get back to you. There is a fab tutorial here which Little Big Studio has very kindly agreed I can share. There are two versions of the dress. A fabric tie casing and an elastic casing.

The dresses I received were both made using different methods and it was great to be able to see the different versions. I'm slightly torn over which version to make though. Maybe I'll just have to try both! Cut off date for the dresses is the end of May so there is still plenty of time. Please feel free to blog/facebook/tweet about the appeal.

Happy Easter!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Did you miss me??

I've been away in sunny West Wales on holiday celebrating my birthday. Jon got me the most fantastic birthday present involving these 5 lovely people....

Yes...... TAKE THAT TICKETS!!! The coolest present EVER!!

There were 12 of us sharing a house and we were really lucky with the weather spending lots of time on the beach. It was really good fun.

We had ice creams

Posed for lots of photos

Dug holes
Went to a farm park when  it rained
 Fed lambs

 Raced go carts

 Drank a LOT of wine
 I even got a handmade birthday cake!

It was a brilliant week. Thanks everyone!

Thanks for all the support for the pillowcase dress appeal. The first ones should be arriving this week so watch this space..............

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Every girls deserves a pretty dress

Thanks for the fantastic response already to my appeal for all you lovely sewing bloggers to make little pillowcase dresses for girls living  in poverty around the world. See the 'Dressing a girl around the world' website for more info. I've had lots of interest on the blog and on twitter.

We all have fabric lying around (tons of it!) and we can all sew so all it takes to join the fun is a bit of your time. I'm happy to co-ordinate and post all the dresses if they are sent here. They need to go to the charity in America and they then get delivered by hand to children who need them.

Girls in Haiti

and Uganda
How proud would you feel if this little girl was wearing a dress that you made!
To make it easy for you there is a fab tutorial here on a lovely blog called Little Big Girl Studio.

You get 2 different versions to make and a pattern to print off if you need it and look how gorgeous they are

and to make you feel guilty inspire you to make  lots of dresses have a look at these gorgeous dresses

Mary has made 15 YES 15!! dresses to send and has a lovely blog here She also very kindly sent me the link to the tutorial.

So are you feeling motivated? Want to sign up? I will post about every dress I receive with a picture and a link. If you can't sew but would like to get involved please blog or tweet about the appeal. I'm off to try and persuade Cath Kidston to send me some fabric or pillowcases!! Wish me luck.............

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Sewing and Giving

This week has been really hard. Friday was my father in laws funeral and we have all just spent the week-end staying at his house. All 8 of his grandchildren were playing in his beautiful garden all week-end and it just seems unreal that it is probably the last time we will all be there together. Several small things have really cheered me up this week though and I wanted to mention them as they both involve other bloggers..

Firstly Jane who has a lovely blog called Handmade Jane emailed me to say that inspired by one of my earlier posts about raising money for charity through sewing, she had organised a coffee morning selling her own gorgeous items and donated 25%  of the proceeds to the PTA of a local school for autistic children. Jane raised a fantastic £170. I am so impressed and to think I might have inspired her efforts in any way REALLY cheered me up tonight. Also thanks to Gill at The Vintage Gardener for buying one of my little sewing kits. The money from the sale of  the sewing kits is donated to my chosen charity Bulgaria's Abandoned  Children. Not only did Gill kindly buy one, she also sent me some lovely feedback when she received it. Thanks to both of you for cheering me up!

I was also inspired by an article in Sew Hip magazine this month. They featured a charity called 'Dress a girl around the world. The charity has the ambition that  every little girl in the world should own at least one dress and asks people who can sew to make simple little pillowcase dresses to send to girls in deprived countries. The charity behind  the project 'Hope 4 Women International' have so far delivered more than 17,000 dresses to children in 35 different countries. They have set themselves a target of 50,000 dresses in the next year. So can you help? Anyone want to join me  in making some pillowcase dresses to send? I'm happy to co-ordinate it all if anyone wants to make some dresses and send them to me. I know there are some fantastic sewers out there who might  be able to help. If you are interested, please email me or leave a comment so I can contact you. There is a great link on this blog if you are using fabric rather than upcycling actual pillowcases - Sew Delightful. Please feel free to  spread the word  on your blogs or on twitter. It would be great to get the sewing/blogging community making dresses. Can you imagine how gorgeous the dresses would be and how happy they would make some little girls!

I thought I would also share the heart swap goodies I sent to Cate at Vintage Mum as part of the Heart Swap

 Some heart shaped cookie cutters and heart shaped silicone cupcake cases

A heart shaped paperweight - all the profits go to a childrens centre helping disadvantaged children in Keyna

 Some lovely heart pins
 A cute little handmade purse.

 A heart shaped pin cushion
 A little handmade needlecase

 A little vintage union jack heart, some love heart sweets and some heart chocolates
 and some heart sprinkle things and some cute little wooden hearts