Monday, 27 February 2012

All the eights - 888 dresses!

Another 24 dresses arrived this week taking our total to 888 dresses. We are getting close to my New Year target of 1000. How exciting!

8 gorgeous dresses arrived from the very kind Jane. Jane if you are reading this please can you get in touch as for some reason I can't find any contact details for you and I haven't been able to contact you personally to say thank you!

5 more pretty dresses arrived from the lovely Hilary at Lemon Loves blog. I just love the ric rac at the bottom of the dresses. So cute.

and 11 more dresses from the very generous Louise who blogs at Stitchnmusic. Gorgeous fabrics and the cutest pockets.

Thanks everyone. Its much appreciated.

I went to the Bristol flea market again last week-end and came away with this spice rack which I have other plans for. All will be revealed shortly!

A bundle of ribbon and trimmings and buttons

Some of it really pretty and sparkly

A few random bits of fabric that I couldn't resist for a pound!

I was also lucky enough to go and see this last week with some work colleagues


A seriously brilliant night out. The highlight being watching Len, Craig and Bruno dancing at the end. I will definately be going again next year. It was so much fun. Robbie won on the night we went in Cardiff - mainly because he is welsh! Harry Judd was looking mighty fine and definately got my vote!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Reading is Cool! Celebrate World Book Day

I recently discovered this gorgeous print from Studio Mela which kind of ties in nicely with the fact that its World Book Day on 1 March 2012. World Book day is a celebration of books and reading. It raises money for Book Aid International and encourages children and schools to get involved in fundraising for them.

This gorgeous print can be found here. Have a look at all of the other prints too. They are gorgeous!

My reading group met last week and we all donated £2 to Book Aid International which increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They send over 500,000 brand new books annually to 2,000 libraries, benefiting 2.4 million people every single year. They have sent more than 20 million books to partner libraries since they started which is pretty amazing. Take a look at the website for further information:

I meant to take some photos at book club but drank far too much wine and forgot! We read 'The boy with the striped pyjamas' by John Boyne which I loved although it was very sad. Next we are reading 'How to be a Woman' by Caitlin Moran. I've already read this and cant wait to hear what everybody thinks. I think people will either love it or hate it! Have you read it and what did you think?
There is lots of information about fundraising ideas for schools on the Book Aid website and blog. You could even win book tokens for your school so check it out.

Maybe you could show your support on twitter. @Book_Aid using the hashtag #WBD12

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Its a carnival of dresses!

There has been such a great response to the 'Dress a Girl Around the World' appeal over the last few weeks with lots of dresses arriving every day. A huge thanks to everyone who has sent dresses including

Jane from PicpacNaddywak - Country Bunting who sent 3 lovely dresses. Check out her facebook page here where she sells lovely handmade bunting.

The very kind Patricia who sent 6 very pretty dresses including the cutest cat fabric!

The very generous Sarah from Three Yellow Ducks who sent 11 lovely dresses. Check out the Three Yellow Ducks facebook page here where Sarah designs and sells gorgeous handmade girls dresses. She has also helped promote 'Dress a Girl' lots on facebook for which I am really grateful.

This appliqued flower is so pretty

 and last but not least the VERY kind Pat who made and sent 30 dresses!! All absolutely gorgeous. Pat may also have made a good contact for me for distributing the dresses.

Wow! Thats another 50 dresses which brings our total to 864. Thank you everyone for your continuing support. I have also made some great contacts recently so I am hoping that these dresses can be sent abroad fairly quickly. I'll let you know as soon as they go! 

I also wanted to say a big thank you to Jasmine of Just Jasmine Boutique who as well as making a dress herself, has very kindly offered to make dresses for any non sewers out there who want to get involved. For a donation towards fabric she will give her time free of charge and make up a dress for you. Have a look here for more details. She is also very kindly promoting Dress a Girl on her website. Jasmine also makes gorgeous fabric gifts so have a look at her website or facebook page for more info.

I am holding a small dress workshop for some of my #Pinaddicts team in March who want to learn to make dresses and I've also been asked to go and give a talk to students on a textiles course who are going to make dresses as part of their course. Its very exciting!

Monday, 13 February 2012

#Pinaddicts of the World Unite!

The first Pinterest Challenge is drawing to a close and we've had 50 entries on the blog hop with a couple more on the facebook page. Wow!! What an amazing achievement for our first month. A huge high five to Kerry for organising it all. A lucky winner will be picked this week! If you fancy joining in, we are doing it all again next month over at Viv's place! Linky will open on the first Monday in March so getting pinning and making and come and join in the fun!!

I have also realised that due to illness and general family chaos I haven't blogged about the lovely mum2babyinsomniac's make which was totally totally gorgeous! Seriously. Have a look at this little beauty...

Isn't she pretty? You can find out more about her here.

I have so enjoyed the Pinterest Challenge so far. I have felt really inspired to make things and not just things which involve sewing. I have a whole list of projects for me, my other half (he doesn't know it yet!) and the children. Talking of Jon, he went to a Surveyors dinner the other night for work and everyone on his table had a photo of him with his cake stand!! He is NEVER going to live that down!!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Somebody stop me!

Ok somebody stop me making these little handbag tissue covers. Ever since I started the Pinterest Challenge I've been obsessed. Its because they are just so quick and satisfying to make. I can't stop myself! I think I will sell these as little pocket money presents for Mothers Day maybe? What do you think?

I also made a few little owl keyrings today with a bit of leftover owl fabric I came across in my sewing room. The smaller ones are tiny owl lavender bags. What do you think? I can't make up my mind whether I like them or not.

I was really lucky to receive my prize today for coming second in the 'Sewing Blog of the Year' competition  organised by The Sewing Directory. Check out their website and blog for lots of information about all sorts of things like sewing classes, new fabric shops and websites, book reviews, giveaways and basically all things sewing related.

I loved my prizes. This book is absolutely perfect.

You might remember that I also made this little patchwork basket for the Pinterest Challenge.

It kind of inspired me to have a go at more patchwork and quilting and this book is not only about making quilts but also joining in online swaps involving patchwork. People swap blocks with each other to make quilts. I have seen these sorts of swaps on lots of other blogs but never really known how they work and now I do! I'm feeling very tempted to do organise one when I have a bit more time.

I love these little sheep buttons too...

and I also received a lovely pack of Makover fabric samples from their Glamour range which is gorgeous. You can see all the fabrics here. My photos came out really dark so I've put some images from the website instead. Perfect for a few little projects I have in mind.

Thank you Sewing Directory for a lovely parcel of goodies!!

I started to make my first ever oilcloth lunch bag today but whilst searching the internet for some tutorial inspiration I came across a couple of blogs which mentioned that oilcloth is not food safe and therefore not suitable for lunch bags. This is because they are coated in PVC. Has anybody else heard of this? I can't seem to find a definitive answer. Is such a shame as I just bought 4 metres of Cath Kidston oilcloth fabric in the sale!

and last but not least today I am featuring another of the #PinAddicts team 'makes' - Simply Outnumbered who made this lovely key hanger

with some lovely inspiring words on!

Don't forget you have the week-end to make something if you want to join the challenge. Just link up here by Monday.