Simply Lettering…

So last week a new magazine launched for those into calligraphy and hand lettering. Ever since I was little I always wanted to practice my letters and have dabbled on and off especially with the intention of doing something great for embroidery pieces.

It never really took off for me as other crafts were more urgent but I couldn’t wait to get this issue. It came with some brush pens and practice sheets so no excuse! There are lots of lovely articles, tips and projects inside the pages but for now it was all about the letters….

What I really liked was that for each letter it started off with examples for you to trace then blank to do for stratch. I cottoned on too late than maybe I should not try to copy exactly the letter they had but ensure it was comfortable for me! After all this practice is all about obtaining the muscle memory and feeling that you can do it.

I wasn’t too impressed with the pen, you can’t see it clearly but after a couple of letters it started to get a bit wrecked… and I hadn’t applied that much pressure!

That said I have now caught the bug and some enthuisam to keep going- I just need more tools! Any suggestions on paper or pens to get me going in the right direction?

Time for a Furtle #1

Archie The Wonder Dog

Earlier this month a group of us over on IG have been talking about reviving our blogs and actually taking time and pleasure in doing that and reading others. Don’t get me wrong Instagram is amazing and connects so easily but sometimes that snapshot is over and gone with before a) you know it’s there b) there’s no time to savor and engage properly. I don’t know about you but I feel worn out with this constant need to be “on” 24/7.

Furtle eh what’s that? Right this is a monthly link up for crafty blogs as a deadline to blog adn see what everyone else is up to. Mini Archie here explains Mini Archie’s Furtle Around the Blogosphere much better that I so… shoot off read that and then pop back 🙂

So… on to where I am crafty wise. Currently I am attempting to knit the Hitchhiker Shawl. I love this Mini Eggs colourway but not quite sure it’s “me” to wear as a scarf? I did buy this intended for socks… Alas by the time I took this photo the sun had disappeared! For a proper reflection see here. I am so slow at knitting! Have a feeling it may take 500 years to see this finished…

My sewing machine is going to feel neglected soon as what I have planned this month is a seal pup needlefelting workshop and tution to make some socks! Those on IG will know my woes of trying to finish off a toe up sock from a workshop last year. After a month of wrangling I finally pop in to where I did the workshop on a day off (the person wasn’t there) then I arranged over messenger to meet them at another time and I offered to pay! Turned up but they didn’t… Luckily I found someone else to help me out!

Here’s the dreaded socks…. about 75% finished it’s just the heel (the instructions make no sense to me or my knitty friends).

Hopefully then I plan to do something with these…. but toe down this time!

That’s my month sorted along with work and working on my next MSc assignment so what are everyone’s plans? x

FAL 2019 Q1

Ok so as part of my aim to better organise myself this year I thought I’d join in with the FAL again! Keeping it short and sweet as between the balls of work, study, work etc the one for play time keeps being dropped!

So without further ado what I *would* like to finish in the next couple of months….

1. An actual pair of socks, I am still struggling with the heel. I really must kick myself into gear to visit the city where I took this workship oh umm Feb 2018….

2. My crochet star blanket- it is a bit bigger than this but I think a long way to go still….

3. My QST quilt (yes MINE!)

4. Quilt this sweet baby quilt for my niece

So that’s it…. no doubt what I end up doing is everything BUT these! Linking up with the Finish Along 2019.

2019: First Finish and Going Forward…

2018 now seems like a distant memory and my worst blogging year ever- five posts! But let’s not dwell on that…. and the fact I can’t remember much of what I accomplished last year!

This year though I finished something on New Year’s Day! (nothing since mind….) I took part the night before in a virtual sewalong party on NYE I figured as it’s only a pouch I’d better finish it sharpish and ta da…..

The Open Out Box Pouch (pattern by Aneela Hoey). I chose to do the larger size and glad I did as think would have struggled with the zip curve section in a smaller pouch! As you can see it holds a sock project perfectly… and is patiently awaiting a crochet project for when I next go to group.

The outside is made of a Tula Pink print and the inside Kate Spain with a bit of good ole Essex Linen. Such a pretty combo if I do say so myself.

Now if only I can finish the other gazillion things on my list! Currently working on a way to organise myself this year so I can feel that I actually achieved something! The look… the layout (hey even the frequency) of this blog may change in the coming months as plans are afoot.


Q3 – 2018 FAL

*edit* not all my photos have uploaded will sort tomorrow*

Ok… now my course has finished for the summer I actually have some free time!so I decided to join in with everyone on the FAL bus. Nothing too taxing as I have no annual leave from work over the summer and only til September to play when the course starts up again. Who thought it’s a good idea to start an MSc on top of full time work? Yeah me..

1. Bon Voyage Cushion- I attended the South West Modern Quilters workshop last sat where the lovely Kerry of verykerryberry led the workshop on creating her beautiful block. I was so excited I finished he piecing over the weekend!

2. Up, up and Away Quilt – this pattern is by Sarah Ashford, foundation piece and perfect for one of the baby quilts I need to have finished soon. Going for pastelly shades possibly.

3. Baby Wagon Wheels quilt – yup another baby quilt this for my four month old niece who’s been patiently waiting ( although may be waiting til she’s 18?) This lovely EPP pattern is by Jenny of Hashtagsew.

4. Into the Tropics Baby Quilt. Most of the rows are pieced all I need is a 5″ square of Jade flurry to finish one row and that I can quilt.

6. Alice in Wonderland Maker Tote- it’s coming along let’s leave it at that

7. Gifts- being sneaky here but some weebrawbags and booklet pouches all cut out just waiting to be sewn.

8. EPP geometric mini quilt for the South West Modern Quilt Guid rainbow challenge. Need be ready for September as we are holding our first exhibition!

9. Quilt my pixelated unicorn quilt. Am very scared of this.

10. Green polka Schoolhouse Tunic -all cut just need to be sewn

11. Experimenting on my dressmaking journey a floral viscose Alice dress

12. Cashmerette skirt pattern

13. My inspirational quote – cross stitch pattern by the lovely Charlie of Stitchsperation

14. My poor neglected crochet star blanket

15. Just because the OH says it be 2025 before he sees it… some quilted ovengloves

16. Dolly quilt for niece

17. Last but not least a crochet turtle and pikachu for the nephew’s birthday in august. Requested specially.


…. and upwards as they say! It’s that time of year when the Finish A Long lists start being looked at and thoughts for the next quarter.

Embarrasingly I have only finished one thing from my orginal list here *hangs head in shame* and this was literally right at the start of the quarter.

Drum roll…. this is it. A lone granny square which is a blanket for my nephew’s toy duck!


Now don’t get me wrong… this isn’t the only thing I’ve finished but it’s not far off it. I ended up doing something else for my nephew a birthday present and started a few more things eek.

I definitely struggled a bit this year juggling work, my MSc and everything else it’s been a bit of a blackhole in terms of my head space but thank you for still reading this! I have a few exciting things coming up to share soon!

2018 FAL Q1

Ok…. looking back at my last FAL list I did a lot better than I thought out of 23 items I completed 5. Happy with that!

Now if only I can do the same this quarter but I may have added a lot of lengthy and detailed items! Which combined with the day job and MSc study… cue insane laughter. Still proud member of the #ridiculouslylongfallist and it could have been worse.



1. Christmas Tablecloth- an old faithful which is slowly getting to completion each year. Ashamed to admin it saw it’s third christmas on the table not quite completed…


2. Wonky Stars Quilt- meant to have been a present for someone who needed a hug ages ago


3. Wonderland Maker’s Tote- birthday present

4. Dinosaur Cushion- for the husband as he’s squished his current one to death

5. Dinosaur Pillowcases- saw these that Saira had made and so totally copying the main fabric!


6. M6-12 of the Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt. Bear in mind this is the 2016 Sew and Quilt Bom!

7. 30’s repros log cabin quilt- top is pieced just patiently awaiting quilting

8. Unicorn quilt- needs quilting but got to get a move on as the baby due date is imminent!

9. Simple Sampler Quilt- another one that needs quilting!


10. Sewcial Sampler Quilt- Half the blocks are made, need get the rest finished then on to quilting.

11. Awesome Ocean Quilt

12. Midnight in the Forest Quilt

13. Schoolhouse Tunic- I really must get over my trepidation of the overlocker.

14. Dolly Quilt- special request by the niece!



15. Star Blanket- surprisingly (or not) I have started many blankets but not finished one..


16. Henry the Hedgehog- just because he is cute!

17. Seal Pup Scarf

18. Lion Scarf

19. Sky Blanket- failed dismaly at this last year!

20. Sparkly Wintery Seal- for one of the nephews


21. Knitted Hedgehogs

22. Belle Mittens

23. Animal Hat

24. Blanket for Ducky- nephew request as the one he “acquired” from me acouple years ago has been worn through

25. Kitty Backpack

26. Attic24 Woodland CAL

27. Eastern Jewels Persian Tiles Blanket

28. Spring Afghan CAL- got a load of gorgeous PBY Aran which this be perfect for!

Cross Sitch/Embroidery:

29. Cinderella Cross Stitch

30. Stitchsperation Motivation Quote

31. Happily Ever After Cross Stitch

32. Once Upon a Time Cross Stich

33. Noah’s Ark Embroidery

Eeek… that’s probably enough for now right? Joining up with the 2018 FAL.




A Finish! Jet Set Sewing Station

Ok.. I’m not very good at showing off my finishes as normally they are last minute and gifts but this one is all for meeee! An amazing Jet Set Sewing Station perfect for all those sewing groups out and about.

Bought the pattern in the summer from the lovely Sew and Quilt Shop down Penzance way. In actual fact I bought the kit but decided I wasn’t completely in love with the fabric combo so used some of my precious DS stash!

Started compiling this in November and all I had left was 10″ of binding to finish handstitching.. which did not happen til earlier this week oops.


And look it fits my small rotating cutting mat perfectly! The pattern was a lot of fun to do even though I may have scratched my head a couple of times on some bits I’ve not attempting before but can’t wait to do some more….

Linking up with an actual finish for FAL 2017 Q4. My original list can be found here. You never know I may be back with another finish or two…


Stitching Santa

So.. this year I managed to remember to sign up to Sewchet’s Stitching Santa swap. I took part in the sewing one a couple years ago and loved it! Now that I was hooking up my yarn I was greedy and took part in both sewing and yarn. When they arrived they were slotted under the tree and patiently waiting until the big day.

Apologising in advance for the photos mixture of cluttered chaos and weather not behaving!

I did feel a bit guilty as both my secret santas stalked me via my blog and like a lot of people due to time most of my daily social media is over on Instagram. That said both gifts were amazing and perfect.

Yarn Santa.

The lovely Jo  of Through the Keyhole was my secret santa. The chocolate has long gone! (Apparently I inhale it…) but I had a lovely Shawl which I can’t do justice or model appropriately to pop on over to Jo’s blog for a much prettier look! Really love the colour and style of this and can’t wait to take it on it’s first outing when back at work later in the week. Am really envious of your skill Jo!

Some really pretty yarn- the blue is sock yarn and the pinky colourway is 4 ply which I’m guessing for socks? It is on my list to try and get some socks done and so these will go into my yarn mountain. I’ve only cracked crochet a few months ago after years on/off trying so determined to get that and my knitting skills up to scratch this year. Have in my list the winwick sock pattern but any others to recommend please shout! I genuinely would appreciate it!

Also included in my parcel was a couple of little kits and a mountain of tea (avid tea lover) so really looking forward to try these! Now every one by now knows I live to read so was so happy to find this in my parcel too! Not had a chance yet but promise soon with some healthy hot cocoa to sit down and nosy my way through this.


Sewing Santa:

My secret santa was another blog I hadn’t had the pleasure of coming across before- Lynn of thetialys. Lots of pretties here! Somehow Lynn has worked out that I love Liberty so had some gorgeous pieces and then my love of sea creatures (except the evil dolphins) isn’t the whale the cutest? Pretty coasters, needlebook case, drawstring bag and lots of extras. I think the clasp frame I may do something yarn related with it (we’ll see).

Sewchet Stitching Santa Sewing Yarn Swap Liberty Fabric (4)


Thank you so much Jo and Lynn for taking the time to stalk my interests and craft the perfect gifts for me. Am looking forward to what you get up to this year now I’ve discovered your blogs!

2017 Finish A Long Q4 List

Ok I wasn’t going to join in… I’ve held out since Q1 but since my life is jumping into the “I have no time for anything” as of next week I thought well why not.. I need something to prod me in the rare moments I’m going to get to create. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (and why not….?) I’m starting my MSc. Next week in fact and the day job remains full time and just as busy!

Anyway……… I may just qualify for #ridiculouslylongfallist I have a lot of other stuff I want to get done that isn’t mentioned here too.

1.An old favourite.. maybe 2 years old? My intended Christmas tablecloth- I did start handquilting it back in January then shoved it in a cupboard.

2. Beachhut Cushion- new entry and one I stupidly said yes to.. Nuff said.

3. Spiderman Quilt.. was mean’t to be a birthday present in June. Let’s go for Christmas!

4. Wonky Stars quilt- embarrassingly too long a WIP.

5. Mini Totes- Trick or Treat and Christmassy ones. Deadlines there.

6. Wonderland Maker’s Tote. Been dreaming about this.. and meant to be a gift. When you say? Oh back in March….

7. Boxy Pouch- swap for #SWStitchers meeting in November

8. Star Blankets- may take awhile as middle of one I started another in a different colourway!

9. Hobbycraft Tea on the Green CAL Blanket- got distracted by the star blanket pattern…

10. Seal Pup Scarf. Need need need and I have the wool! Now all I need to do is learn to knit proficiently.

11. Crochet Henry the Hedgehog.

12. Kitty Rucksack- fell in love with this pattern- got the yarn just need to get cracking and by end of November….

13. Animal hat. Winter. Cute. Nature inspired enough said…

14. Jet Set Sewing Station. Loved this pattern the moment I saw it and perfect for all my sewing groups. Now where’s that mythical selfish sewing time?

15. Stitchsperation stitches- for gifts… but how pretty is that linen?!

16. Finish M6-12 of the Sew and Quilt Lucy EPP BOM especially since the add on kit arrived today!

17. Heather Ross Cushion… to be gifted.

18. Piece of Me Pouches.. More gifts

19. Dinosaur Cushion… for the husband. So at some point….

20. 30s repros log cabin quilt.

21. Noah’s Ark Embroidery

22.Knitted Hedgehogs

23. Sewcial Sampler Quilt- need finish piecing rest of the blocks, then sew and quilt

Sighs. That’s probably too much for me to squeeze in especially since I have a million other things itching to do. Linking up with the Finish A Long. Is anyone else joining in with a stupidly insane list?