Reuniting with my Sewing Machine: Tilly and the Buttons Freya Dress

handmade yellow freya jersey dressI’m super-excited to share with you my first dressmaking project as a Mum! My sewing machine hasn’t been touched for a while, so it felt really good to be making again.

From the day we’d decided that we would have H christened, I was dreading finding something to wear. My post-baby body and shop changing rooms are not friends at the moment. Most of my pre-baby dressmaking had been for work-wear (hello Coco dress for each day of the week), and some more casual bits for the weekends. I had never even thought about making a dress for a special occasion before. Continue reading

Blogtacular 2018: Time to Reconnect with the Blogging World

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Photo courtesy of: Blogtacular and Amber-Rose Photography

‘But I don’t even blog at the moment!’

That was my first thought when I received the email announcing that the Blogtacular 2018 tickets were on sale. For the last two years, I had snapped up my ticket on launch day, but it was now the end of 2017 and I was having all sorts of wobbles, which I shared on the blog. Continue reading

Harper’s Birth Story

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So, this post is a little different from anything else I’ve shared. If birth’s not your thing, I won’t be offended if you don’t want to read ahead! I’ve toyed with the idea of sharing my birth story for the last few months. In some ways, it feels so private. On the other hand, I know from personal experience that women are subjected to so many negative stories of birth throughout pregnancy, that I felt that I should share my overwhelmingly positive experience.

That being said, every birth story is different, and despite my referring to hypno-birthing throughout, I do genuinely believe that some of us are just lucky and will have more straightforward births. It doesn’t make us any better or worse than someone who’s had a tougher time. Any woman who births a child, regardless of the method, or how well it goes, deserves to be celebrated. Fellow Mamas, I salute you. Continue reading

A Little Update

IMG_8291Hello… it’s me. I was wondering if after all this time you’d like to read?

Yes? Cheesy Adele puns aside, I’m aware that it’s been a very long time since I hit that publish button and shared a new post. However, it’s all for a very good reason. In early October, we welcomed our beautiful daughter Harper into the world, and since then pretty much everything has been about her (and rightly so).  Continue reading

Sewing for Beginners: Simple Projects to Get Started With

Copy of Copy of Farewell PartyIn my Sewing for Beginners series, I’ve already discussed what tools you need, and where to buy fabric. This is all well and good, but what do you actually make when you are a beginner?

I’ve said before that I truly believe anyone can learn to sew; some of us will take to it more easily than others, but essentially using a sewing machine is no different to learning how to drive a car, or operate the washing machine. The key to getting the hang of it is picking the right project to start with; something simple enough to complete in a short session, but impressive enough that you are left with something that gives you a real sense of achievement. Continue reading

The 100-Day Project: Challenge Complete!

Back in July, I announced that I’d decided to have a go at my own 100 Day Project, with the intention of creating a piece of original hand-lettering each day. There were a number of reasons for having a go at the project; one of the main ones was that I felt I was starting to lack inspiration for my Instagram feed, and some days I was struggling for ideas of what to post. Secondly, I really wanted to develop my hand-lettering skills, and I liked the idea of being able to do so digitally. Finally, it would be an excellent way to count down to the baby arriving and document some of those important milestones along the way.

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Now that the challenge is over, I thought it would be good to share my honest experience of doing the challenge, both positive and negative! Continue reading