In 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 →
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.
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 next instalment of my Sewing for Beginners series is all about buying fabric! Purchasing fabric can be one of the most exciting parts of a sewing project, but also the most stressful! If like me you don’t have many fabric shops nearby, you have two options: travel far and wide, or buy online. Continue reading →
It feels like this post is well overdue, as I’ve been talking about the Nursery for ages now. It’s very much been a labour of love, and out of all the rooms in our house, this is probably the one which we have put the most thought into.
When I discovered I was pregnant, I tried to avoid looking at anything nursery-related until at least our 12 week scan as I didn’t want to get my hopes up too early. However, when I saw a nursery featured in Homestyle magazine, it was hard to ignore just how perfect it was! As soon as we took that positive test, both myself and Mr Makes decided that we wouldn’t be finding out whether we were having a girl or boy, so our nursery would need to be gender-neutral (Although admittedly, I think we would have still chosen this route even if we did know!). I showed the article I’d seen to Mr Makes who was in agreement that it was perfect, however we dutifully put the magazine away and waited patiently! Continue reading →
Next up in my series of Creative Chats is Sarah of Geo Heaven, an amazing independent maker that I had the pleasure of meeting at Blogtacular earlier this year. I’ve actually followed Geo Heaven on Instagram for a while, but it’s just not the same as meeting someone in person! Sarah makes the most incredible 3D jewellery as well as some amazing pin badges.
So, read on to find out more about Sarah, how she came up with the idea for her business, and how she runs it alongside a full-time job. Continue reading →
At 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 →
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 →
Launching new products has been on my to-do list for sometime now. I dipped my toe into the water last year when I worked with Rachel on Create Craft Kits, and whilst I loved working on a collaboration, I’ve been thinking about launching a solo project in the months since.
Earlier this year I started to think about the events I would be attending over the summer. I wanted to be able to take something physical with me, to share with fellow creatives, and even swap for other goodies! I took the plunge and came up with some ideas for prints based on some doodles I had previously shared on Instagram. Continue reading →
I 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 →