Monday, 30 April 2012

Pretty in pink!

It's been weeks since a I made a little frock for the "Dress a girl around the world" scheme.
Today was fun day Monday and the lovely Di had sent us a pretty, pink, floral duvet and toning pink sheet. So whilst Annie was making 5 pairs of shorts for the boys, I made these three little frocks.
I made three different sizes and trimmed them up with little lace and crochet flowers on the pockets.

These will be posted to Louise of Sew Scrumptious who has co-ordinated the collection of frocks and shorts ready to be distributed to Africa and India.

She has collected over 1300 frocks so far, plus a few pairs of shorts. She would like to collect another 50 pairs of shorts before June - hence the pairs Annie blogged about today.
If anyone thinks they could help out, then follow the link and have a go - it is a simple pattern and quick and easy to make up.
I came home and found a T shirt and 3 pairs of jeans, which I will cut up to make more shorts - waste not want not!!!!!

Thanks for a happy, busy funday Monday Annie!!
x Jo

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Happy Wednesday - to all our What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday friends - and anyone else who pops in to see what I am up to!!

This week I have been busy sewing & knitting and even helping childmind those gorgeous little twins. They are such little poppets.
Their mum asked if I could manage to make a couple more little cover ups for them this week. Well of course I can!! I found this cute spotty fabric in Watson & Thornton's in Shrewsbury. Perfect for the job.

My other little task was to make this pretty ivory satin horseshoe.
We have lots over in our blog shop - SistersCraftyCreations.
I made this one as a special request and added silk & satin flowers and tiny silvery beads.
I think it will make a nice keepsake don't you?

Lastly, in case you missed my last week's update on my little jumpers  -

All this lovely wool came from Linda and Lyn of KEMPS WOOLS who went home and found me a carrier bagful of odds and ends from their own supplies when they knew what I was doing for the "Fish and Chip" babies. Crafters are such a generous bunch aren't they. Thanks girls.

And here is what I have managed this week......

Annie now tells me that she has probably got another bag of wool coming from her craft suppliers. I think we shall be busy for months!! I am happy to knit in the evening - when my busy social life allows me (lol).

OK folks - join in the happy blog hop by following the link to Julia's Stamping Ground. All sorts of crafty folk meet up there on a Wednesday so pop over and see what they are up to this week.

Thanks to all my visitors last week - I love to read your comments and see what you have been busy with too.
Have a great week.
x Jo

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


Good morning all - I don't know where the last week went!
Its been a week of anniversaries and birthdays.
This week my daughter M is celebrating hers so we even fitted in a bit more retail therapy on Saturday.
 I am a hopeless shopper - I get bored after the first hour but I was very patient and we came away with a bargain silk frock that she really loved. It just needed a press stud stitching back on!!

 My table is still pretty tidy - mostly because I have only tackled one sewing job all week.
Just a carboot pattern and fabric for a few little sundresses.

My evenings have been spent knitting little beanie hats and jumpers for the "Fish and Chip" babies.
I think they look cute don't you. If I had a dolly I would model one on it. Its hard to see how they work from a photo. It's a simple pattern and perfect to slip over a tiny babe so that it has something better than newspaper to wear when it leaves hospital.

Practical colours, as they probably don't get washed often like our lovely baby pastels do.

I am using up my leftover wools so there will be lots of multi-coloured stripes. I have a bagful of bits left over from knitting for Annie's five little ones. Waste not want not!!!

UPDATE: I buy all my wool from  KEMPS WOOLS -
They have some amazing bargains and I have picked up a few odd balls of fab wool for the beanies and jumpers. BUT I have to say a BIG thank you to Linda and Lyn who went home and found me a carrier bagful of odds and ends from their own supplies when they knew what I was doing for the "Fish and Chip" babies. Crafters are such a generous bunch aren't they. Thanks girls.

So, if you are looking for bargain wools - I can recommend KEMPS - great prices and a fast service.

Thanks to all who visited here last week and left lovely comments. I will try hard to get round as many as possible before next Wednesday. Join in if you feel like revealing your workspace to the world... pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and see what we have all been up to.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


Another week, another Wednesday!
I hope you all had a lovely Easter.
It was a bit chilly but we had a fun day helping M finish her garden and then we had a bit of retail therapy yesterday. (A few birthday treats for M.)
Today my table is all neat and tidy.

I seem to have had so many busy sewing weeks that I decided a good tidy up was in order (it won't last!). So... just a few patterns waiting to be made up.
A 60's dress for M for her Jubilee celebration, pinafores for the 3 girls for the wedding reception and a dress for me.
This week is a knitting week -  I am going to knit a few items for the "Fish & Chip" babies - see more here.
Do you think this lot might be useful?
The suggestion is dark colours and maybe stripes - practical colours, as the little jumpers and beanie hats may never be washed!

Lastly, the little Peppa Pig card that I "dumfed" with wools and felt for Annie's grandee. Cute!

So - that's me for this week.
Have a great week and enjoy the blog hop.
Pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and join us.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


 Good morning all! Happy Wednesday!

My table today doesn't have lot to show really. The pretty vintage button tin has been filled with lots of vintage buttons ready to go on ebay sometime.
The pretty spotty fabric was a car boot bargain - I think it is laura Ashley - it has a lovely soft feel to it and may become little girls' jumpsuits - they seem quite popular again.

The cardboard box contains the 17 items of dressing up outfits heading for North Yorkshire.
Below are some of the "princess" skirts and cloaks which are now all packaged up ready to go.

 AND lastly......... Annie was given a huge piece of dress denim which we thought would make perfect little items for the growing babies. So, on funday Monday, I made a little pair of jeans and a tiny denim skirt. Once I know they fit nicely I shall make another pair of jeans for the other baby in the family and two bigger skirts for his big sisters.
Short and sweet today. I am hopefully going walking and out for lunch. Usually when I decide to go walking it pours with rain - fingers crossed that the sun shines this time.

UPDATE- My view today April 4th -  Snowing like mad at the moment -Walking cancelled then!!!!!

My view on Sunday April 1st

OK - let's pop over and see what the lovely badge sender Julia is up to in her Stamping Ground. I tried to visit as many desks as I could last week - apologies if I didn't make it to yours and thanks for all the kind comments. x Jo