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

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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

The Motherhood Photography Workshop: Learning How to Use my Camera

IMG_7200At the start of the year, I made a resolution that 2017 was going to be the year I learned how to use a camera properly. I LOVE taking pictures, but am heavily reliant on my iPhone to do so. Photography is incredibly important to me for so many different reasons, but the main one is that it was my Grandad’s favourite hobby. I have many memories of him taking photos at all our family events, and in most of the photos I have of him; he’s there with his camera around his neck.

Since finding out I was pregnant at the start of the year, many things have taken a back seat, and using my camera was one of them. That being said, there has been a little niggling feeling deep inside that now probably was the time to learn. Continue reading

Creative Chats: Twin Pines Creative

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Image courtesy of Twin Pines Creative

It’s been a while since I posted a Creative Chat, but I can promise you it was worth the wait! In this post I’m chatting to the lovely Cat from Twin Pines Creative. I first met Cat at Blogtacular last year, when I sat next to her and Jo from Hello Sunshine at a writing workshop. I immediately realised how cool Cat was when she loaded a picture to Instagram from that session and I realised that we had been using the exact same pen (it was a fancy Ban.do one, not just any old Bic ballpoint!). We’ve stayed in touch via social media since then and I can always rely on a bright picture from Cat’s Instagram feed to brighten my morning. Continue reading

Sewing for Beginners: Sewing Kit Essentials

IMG_2359I often get lots of comments and questions on the blog/social media asking from those who are completely new to sewing. I thought it was therefore about time to launch a new mini-series, Sewing for Beginners. I’m a firm believer that anyone can sew; it’s just knowing where to start. Think of this series as a friendly, encouraging voice to get you started on your sewing journey. We’ll start by discussing the essential tools you’ll need.

If you’re new to sewing, it’s easy to walk into a fabric shop/haberdashery and be overwhelmed by all of the tools and gadgets on offer. Sewing doesn’t need to be expensive, and you certainly don’t need lots of fancy things to do it, so hear are some tips for where to save money, and where it’s best to invest your hard-earned cash. Continue reading

Handmade Baby Book

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Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have a whole afternoon with no plans whatsoever. As my due date approaches (7 weeks to go), I’ve been keen to try and protect some time at the weekend to generally relax and have some ‘me’ time. The tiredness that I was experiencing a few weeks ago seems to have gotten better, and so I was faced with a window of opportunity to craft whatever I wanted!

With clothes out of the question at the moment, baby crafting is definitely helping to satisfy my need to create! I’d stocked up on fabric a few weeks ago, so was hopeful that I’d be able to make something without a last minute dash to Hobbycraft. Continue reading

Blogtacular Photo Walk 2017

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Photo courtesy of: Blogtacular and Amber-Rose Photography

Although I was quick to write up my post about the main Blogtacular event itself, it suddenly dawned on me that I’d neglected to write my follow-up post about one of the most exciting parts of the weekend… the photo walks!

I had my first taste of photo walks at Blogtacular last year, and it’s safe to say I was hooked right away. Walking around new places with fellow creatives taking photos is now one of my favourite things to do, and so as soon as the sign-ups for this year’s photo walks opened up, I was instantly filling in my details. Continue reading

Sunshine Picnic Blanket

IMG_6511This post feels very timely, given that tomorrow the weather forecast is for ANOTHER hot day. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of sunshine, and I’m not a fan of really hot weather at the best of times, but when I’m growing another human being, I’m definitely not a fan!

Despite this, when the weather is a little bit cooler, it is nice to sit out in the sun and make the most of the nice weather. We haven’t really taken advantage of our garden since we moved in, but with a little one on the way, this is probably going to change. My latest make is perfect for those moments when we do want to spend some time outside. Continue reading