Tuesday, 1 May 2012

April photo-a-day

A lot of April's pics were taken in Portugal and have already been posted, so here is a selection of the others.  I'm still enjoying the project, although think that I might have to start joining in more of the monthly challenges for inspiration.  I'm also hoping for more craft photos to feature, now that B is not quite so high maintenance.  Who knows, maybe May will be the month that I finish the never-ending ripple blanket (she laughs hysterically!)...

Monday, 30 April 2012


Sun, sea and blue skies.  I'm not entirely sure why we didn't just stay there.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Reversible sunhat

For a while I've had my eye on the Oliver & S reversible Bucket Hat pattern from this book and have had this gorgeous Melody Miller transistor fabric in my stash.  Going on holiday seemed the perfect reason to pluck up the courage to cut into it and have a go.  I was a bit daunted by the way the pattern instructed piecing the hat together (hand-stitching - yikes!), and couldn't work out if there was a reason why the two hats couldn't be machine-sewn together and then turned inside out.  Praise be then for the lovely internet, which after a quick search, showed me that Jessica at A Little Gray had not only tried this method, but posted a tutorial on how to do it.  It worked really well and apart from it being a bit fiddly getting the curved pieces to fit together (my method: cut approximately three million notches in the fabric edges), it's a great pattern and I can see myself making lots more of these.  Here it is in action.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Photo-a-day March

March brought some good weather (finally) and the opportunity to get outside for more photos. Blue skies, spring flowers and campari! Perfect photo-a-day subject matters. I'm really looking forward to a summer spent outside with a camera.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Reasons to be cheerful...

...one, two, three. We've been having such a stressful time trying to sell/buy/move house and everything has seemed very dreary and dark at times. So I'm coming over all Pollyanna-ish and trying to count my blessings - it will all turn out for the best.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Adventures in thrifting

I'm not supposed to be buying any more fabric until I've used up some of my stash, but I couldn't resist this lovely floral sheet from the Children's Hospice charity shop. It wa only £1.99, so it barely counts. It's such super-soft cotton that I think it would make great bedding for B when she's a bit bigger, or maybe even some summer clothes!