Friday, 31 October 2014

Charity shop find...

Just a quick post today about a strange yet fascinating little object I found in a charity shop. 

It's a little cat working at a sewing machine! 

Look at her cute little face :) 

What intriguing finds have you found  at a charity shop? 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New tablet case...

Hello again, I'm pleased that I'm actually keeping to what I said about posting more on the blog, it makes me happy!

Anyway, I've made a new tablet case that is for sale in my Etsy shop for only £6.00 :)
click here for the link :)

Isn't he adorable? He goes quite nicely with the matching phone case :) I love being able to sew all day! Don't you?

Monday, 27 October 2014

Nice new fabric...

Hello guys,

I've treated myself this week and bought some fabric.

Ok, I say fabric... I mean I bought two duvets at my favourite everything's £1 charity shop :)

The first is a simple brown and cream block reversible duvet.
I've been looking for a decent cream fabric for ages to use as a backing
for my quilt that I started forever and a day ago :)

The second is an adorable pink single quilt with 2 stripes of
a different pattern at the bottom.

You can see the stripe pattern here. Isn't it lovely?

Here is a close up. I have ideas for this fabric already.

A lovely surprise when I got home and opened it out, is that the front 
and back are different! So I could make two of whatever it is I make :)

A strange thing about this duvet cover is what had been hand stitched at the bottom. It's just a little rectangle of white cotton. I think it might have been like a bed pelmet/bed skirt?

Any ideas?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

What I've been making...

Hi guys, I've been making rather a lot at the moment! Allow me to walk you through...

                                 Happy Cloud                   Happy Cloud Pattern

I love making all of these things, it kind of de-stresses me. I started running out of people to give them to, so I thought I'd set up this little shop :)

Oh, and don't forget your discount code PROMO1 to receive 10% off!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Hi guys!

In order to celebrate my getting-my-arse-in gear and getting my Etsy shop up and running, I've decided to offer you lovely lot a discount code!!

This code is live until the 21st of November, and can be used with a minumum spend of £2.00 - so it's suitable for almost all of my items!

Simply type in PROMO1 and you will receive 10% off of your order.

Remember to follow my blog and to favourite my Etsy shop so that you can be part of the next great offer!

Here's that link again!

Etsy - WhyDidIMakeThat?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Mysterious buttons...

I'm hoping you guys can help me.

For years, I've had these lovely buttons. No idea what to use them for, but I just love them. I'm pretty sure they're Japanese, but I wondered if anyone could tell me more about them. 

Please help if you know anything about the buttons, or what I could use them for! 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Is a discount code on the horizon?

Hello guys!

Now, I get so excited when I see that some of my favourite bloggers have released a special discount code for their blog fans....I am thinking of doing the same!

Follow the blog, get on over to my Etsy shop and follow that, and when I have 20 of you lovelies following me, I will release my first ever discount code!!

Who knows, if more than 20 people follow, there might be more to come!!!

Christmas is coming, so why not head over to my Etsy shop to have a look at some decorations and gifts?

Just in case you missed it, here it is again!

Working on new projects...

Some new items being developed for the shop...

Sneak peek... 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Christmas is a'coming...

It may be early, but us crafters need to get in early for the Christmas makes!

I've added some new items to my etsy shop, please do have a look around!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Organising your nail varnishes...

As you all know, I like my nail varnishes :) in fact, I have over 40! 

Now it's grown significantly over the last year, and my tin is getting a bit messy. I'm fed up of having to take every single one out to see what colours I have. 

So, I thought I'd organise them! 

I used some sticky labels that I slightly snipped into to make little squares. I then dotted a bit or varnish on a square, then lined them up in order and waited for them to dry. 

I then stuck the squares onto the lids of the bottles. Simple. 

I do love a bit of organising, lining up and tidying :)

What do you collect?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Delphine skirt in Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes...

This is the last of those 9 projects I showed last week!

The Delphine skirt is a pattern by Tilly Walnes at Tilly and the Buttons.  
She was also on the sewing bee if you remember! 

The pattern was also featured in her lovely book, Love at First Stitch...

The skirt was also featured on the front cover! Proof of how lovely it is!

Here it is. I made a simple version just to get to grips with the pattern. It's rare that I stick to the pattern entirely, but I trusted this would be a good one, so I tried extra hard to be faithful to the instructions. Here are some detail pictures of the skirt...

The waistband,

Ok so The pattern called for an invisible zip. I didn't have one. So I stitched in a regular zip, and put a flap over it. Guess I didn't stay as true to the pattern as I'd hoped!

I also added a hook at the top to prevent the flap from literally flapping around!

I fully lined the skirt, as the cotton I was using wasn't sturdy enough for the A-line shape. 

I used french seams on the entire skirt for two reasons. 
1. To add to the strength of the garment. 
2. To enhance the A-line shape.

I did have to add some darts on the hips. I'm rather overly blessed on the bottom half, and I had to grade between two sizes. I wasn't sure what to do on the hips as mine are awkwardly sized. But adding in a dart wasn't an issue for me.

Fitting in the waistband facing to the zip wasn't as neat as I wanted it to be. 
But there's always next time!

I loved making this pattern, and I will definitely be making it again. I'll even allow you to see a photo of me wearing it!

Apologies for the bad poses/photography/lighting etc...I took the pics whilst staying at a hotel for the Grand Designs show, where my skirt made its debut appearance :)

Now the question is, do I add some buttons to this? I've got 6 round gold buttons ready to go on, but I don't know whether to just leave it as it is, and make another one....or to alter this one? Any ideas?

Until next time!