Monday, 26 September 2011

I want my own fabric shop!

A little video clip from Malawi. I finally worked out how to upload it on to the blog!

Another gorgeous dress arrived recently from Fiona and her daughter Hannah. Its so pretty. I love the combination of spots and stripes.

I love the pockets too which were Hannah's idea. Gorgeous!

Thank you so much. Fiona has a lovely blog called Poppy Makes which you can find here

I feel like I have lost my sewing mojo again recently. I've been really busy with other stuff and organising the 'dress a girl' project which I love but I'm finding the whole computer thing is just eating away at my time. Blogging/facebook/twitter etc just seems to take up hours and hours. How do other people manage to do both? They are great tools for networking and I love using them but I never manage to do any sewing anymore! I have decided to challenge myself to making an item a week for the rest of the year. Anyone want to join me? Just thinking about what I want to make!

I did manage to finish a little bit of sewing this week. Butterfly party bags for Izzy's birthday. They look really sweet so I hope they like them.

Full of butterfly themed things!

I popped into Fabricland today and found some gorgeous really cheap fabric for some more dresses and other projects all at £3.50 a metre. Some Licorice Allsorts fabric!

A lovely shabby chic rose fabric

and another pretty rose fabric

I have to say that I am always so disappointed whenever I visit Fabricland in Bristol. The staff are just so miserable! Nobody ever smiles or wants to help or talk to you about what you are making. They are missing a trick. Fabric shopping should be a fun activity where you spend hours browsing and chatting and feeling inspired and SPENDING MONEY. In Fabricland I'm too scared to ask anyone about anything. I usually get scowled at for queuing in the wrong place and a friendly chat about your latest project is NOT an option. Is this experience limited to Bristol or is it nationwide? I always come out dreaming about what my fabric shop would be like if I had one and how friendly and welcoming it would be. If only!!

Friday, 23 September 2011

This makes it all worthwhile!

I received some fantastic photos yesterday of the first batch of dresses which were taken to Malawi. I'm feeling pretty proud today and even a little bit tearful!

This is the update from the person who took them for me. "The trip to Malawi went very well apart from the fact that there were demonstrations against the government in the middle of our visit and we were more or less confined to the hotel for two days as the demonstrations became quite violent and at least 8 people were killed.  We managed to do most of the things we had planned including helping to finish the nursery school/church building in a village called Biwi.  On the second Sunday we had an opening ceremony and about 30 people were baptised.  As you can imagine it was a very noisy occasion. The distribution of dresses was equally noisy.  We actually did it inside the new building. Some of the dresses were held back for a nursery school in a neighbouring village and the team we were working with promised to take some photos when these were distributed"

I don't think I need to say anything else other than Well Done Everybody!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

This and That

I had completely forgotten that I hadn't received my swap package for the Unbirthday Swap organised by the Undomesticated Scientist until it arrived the other day. What a lovely surprise! A box full of lovely goodies from Clare at Weekend Crafter. She had chosen some beautiful gifts for me. I was VERY pleased with my lovely things!!

My lovely box full of pressies and a cool card...

A pretty little wooden house and a gorgeous cupcake badge

A beautiful handmade hanging heart. Love the fabric.

The sweetest little wooden hanging apple. So pretty

A little strawberry bag charm

A very pretty little oilcloth purse which Izzy has got her eye on

Some lovely gifts to represent where Clare lives - we have a Welsh tea towel, Welsh rock, Welsh recipe book, Welsh chocolate and some Welsh postcards!

Gorgeous Cath Kidston tissues and mirror for my handbag. Perfect!

and a lovely little hanging blackboard with a little teapot and a peg for keeping things safe.

Thanks so much Clare. Really well chosen gifts! I love them all.

I had a second lovely surprise in the post when Jan from Lemonade Kitty very kindly sent me another donation towards postage for the 'Dress a Girl around the World' appeal. The donation was in memory of her sister Karen who would have celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday. I am delighted to accept this donation in Karen's memory and want to thank Jan for the very kind gesture. I will make sure that it is used to get dresses to girls who need them.

Izzy's gorgeous picture arrived from Utterley Butterflies today. Its so pretty. I love it! It has her name on one of the butterflies and will look gorgeous in her bedroom.

Her butterfly themed party is only 2 weeks away. I really need to finish those party bags!!

There is a lovely giveaway over on The Village Haberdashery blog. A lovely quilting book. Pop over and join in and have a look at the lovely website too!

Just ordered a copy of this for our next reading group. Quite excited about re reading it.

Anyone rediscovered an old classic recently?

Thursday, 15 September 2011

More lovely dresses arrived today. The first package contained another 2 lovely dresses from Valerie. Valerie upcycles her dresses from clothes she no longer wears and they are so pretty. If you look at her blog you can see the before and after pictures. She doesn't waste a single scrap of fabric.

They have such pretty details

I love the little crocheted flower. So pretty.

and more matching hairbands. The dresses came wrapped in an old sewing pattern which looked so cool. Great idea!

I also received 5 lovely dresses from the the very kind Anesha who also has a lovely blog which you can find here. She made 2 of these pretty little red dresses

with the cutest little flowers on the straps. Another great idea to steal borrow!

A lovely check dress

with another lovely flower

a very pretty floral dress

and a gorgeous lilac with a check band at the bottom. All so pretty.

Lots of multi coloured dots on this fabric.

This takes the total to 328. I've also had exciting news from a local college who will hopefully make some dresses with students on their textiles course. I love the idea of getting young people involved and can't wait to see what they make! Will keep you posted.

I actually did some sewing today. I'm halfway through 10 butterfly party bags for Izzy's birthday in a couple of weeks. Please excuse the state of the table and yes that is a bowl of dry cheerios in the background. A girl has to snack while shes sewing!

I also wanted to say a huge thanks to Abby of Bubs Bears for making us 8 beautiful remembrance bears. My father in law sadly died earlier in the year and Jon and his sisters weren't sure what to do with his clothes. I suggested they look at Abby's website as she makes beautiful patchwork remembrance bears. You send her a selection of the clothes that mean the most to you and she makes them into lovely patchwork keepsake bears.  We had 8 made. One for each of his grandchildren.

They are so beautifully made. Jon said that he can remember which piece of clothing each part of the patchwork bear is made from and can remember his dad wearing it. Its a lovely way to remember someone and I think it helped the family with the horrible task of clearing out the clothes.

Jon's dad did lots of running and ran many charity races and marathons. He was often awarded tshirts at the races and one of these was incorporated into this bear

The idea also works really well for keeping your children's first baby clothes or you can have a bear made out of your wedding dress.Thanks Abby. They will have pride of place in Izzy and Sam's bedrooms