Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Day trip to Bath

I went to Bath on Sunday with my lovely friend Debi for a day out. It was fab! It felt really Christmassy and we had a lovely time perusing the shops with no children for a change. The Christmas market was lovely too.

I bought a few things. I found this lovely fabric for only £5.99 a metre.

and bought a few little things as stocking fillers. Couldn't resist this owl badge

We found The Makery shop which I was so pleased about.

The Makery runs craft workshops and now has a little shop too which is full of lovely things. I treated myself to this cotton reel holder.

and a few other little bits and bobs. I could have spent a fortune but was trying to be restrained.

I love this little stamp set

The staff were absolutely lovely. So friendly and chatty. Just what I want from a shopping experience. Those of you who read my blog will know about my experiences at Fabricland! I could have stayed and chatted and browsed all day but there was more shopping to do! I bought this little heart for my sewing room

and a few bits from a haberdashery shop we found. The green buttons are destined to be dinosaur eyes but more of that another time!

Love these dinosaur buttons

These pen holder and scissor things are magnetic and will hopefully stick to the radiator next to the table where Izzy does all her writing and making. We are forever losing scissors!

I love this little pink calculator

A few more stocking fillers

Izzy will love this little fairy

and this hook for her bedroom

 Shopping is hard work so we had to stop for a bit of refreshment and found a lovely cafe

This shop window was FULL of vintage Singer sewing machines. The photo isn't very good because of the light reflecting off the window but I wanted to show it anyway. It was amazing. Didn't make me want to buy the clothes just the sewing machines!

It was such a lovely day out. Thank you Debi!

I also managed to finish my first Nintendo DS case for Izzy at the week-end. I sort of made it up as I went along. Its padded to protect the DS if dropped with a little wrist strap.

I made a couple of pockets inside for games

I think I like it. I might do it slightly differently next time but not bad for a first attempt! Izzy was very pleased which is the main thing.

I also wanted to share this lovely hand embroidered picture. I bought it as a present for Jon's mum when she was ill to cheer her up. The Star Flower or Borage as it is also called is supposed to have medicinal qualities and is used for healing. Sadly Jon had to clear out his parents house recently and so the picture came back to me. I still really love it and will put it up in my sewing room to remind me of his lovely mum.

It was made by Helen Drewett and you can see more of her work here

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Fabulous 500!!

Another 25 dresses arrived this week taking the total to a fabulous 500!! An amazing achievement from all of my lovely sewing buddies. Thank you everyone. As the sun actually came out for 5 minutes I made the most of it and put them up on the washing line for a photo.Don't they look pretty?

I received another 21 dresses from the lovely Pauline. This is her second batch of dresses. You can see the first dresses here. These were just as lovely...

All with beautiful little details

Some gorgeous fabrics

Sweet little pockets

So pretty

The next four dresses were from Hilary who has a lovely blog called Lemon Loves. These dresses were gorgeous too. Such pretty colours and patterns

I love the blue roses.

and the ric rac trim on this dress.

Thanks Pauline and Hilary. So far 250 dresses have been sent abroad or are going in the New Year. My next task is to get the next 250 to girls who need them. I'm working on it!!

Its been a busy week-end. My friends and I were responsible for running the cake stall at Izzy's school Christmas Fayre on Saturday. Its the first time we have done it so it was a bit scary. We were very lucky that my lovely friend Laura was in charge of organising us (think Monica from Friends when she was organising Phoebes wedding!). Laura planned and baked like a maniac all week so the stall looked absolutely fantastic. She had great ideas like marshmallow cake pops, star wands and bags of shortbread biscuits which went down very well. We iced the cupcakes on Friday night over a couple of bottles of wine. Lets just say some of the cakes were discarded in the morning and there was a lot of icing on the floor of my kitchen! We had a great time though and took a fantastic £300 on the day which is amazing. Look she even made us wear matching aprons (We love you Laura!) 


and the best thing was that we sold every single cake. There was not a crumb left at the end of the fayre!!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Star of the week

Izzy was 'Star of the Week' at school and bought this lovely certificate home on Friday. I was so proud! It also meant we had to entertain 'Fred the Ted' for the week-end. This involves looking after the year one teddy bear and taking it everywhere you go over the weekend. You have to take photos and write a diary to send back in to school on Monday.

Pictures like this one. Its taken me hours to finish! Not sure I was the one supposed to be doing it though!!

I'd like to pass on a Star of the Week Award too! Mine would go to Wipso and Twiglet (AKA Jo and Annie) for their continued support and another fantastic parcel of dresses. They have quite literally made hundreds now for 'Dress a Girl UK' and I am so grateful. Here are the latest batch of 37 dresses. All absolutely gorgeous. Each dress has its own little detail to make it pretty and unique. I never fail to be amazed by how beautiful they all are and how well made too...

They also sent a little something for the boys but more of that later in the week!!

Thanks guys. It is much appreciated and takes the total to 475 dresses!!
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