5 Things I Learnt at Blogtacular 2018

ACS_0113It’s been a whole two weeks since Blogtacular, a weekend of colour and creative inspiration. I’ve really enjoyed the previous two events, and this year was no different. It was wonderful catching up with old friends and finally meeting all of those lovely people that I chat to online. Blogtacular is the event where you often find yourself walking up to people and feeling like you already know them because you follow them on Instagram.

Truth be told, in the past two weeks I haven’t really done much apart from think about stuff a lot, which I’ve come to learn is my standard approach to digesting everything post-conference. This post is my attempt at pulling all of those thoughts together and sharing the top 5 things that I’ve learnt.  Continue reading

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

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

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