Sunday, 24 March 2013

Every cloud has a silver lining so they say....

.....and the silver lining to the cloud that is this awful weather is that I have had lots of time for crafting. Due to a certain young mans birthday the week before last, I didn't have a lot of time to do anything - I was caught up in a whirlwind of cakes, family dinners, sleepovers and go-carting. To say nothing of going to see The Script with everyone in tow just hours after number 2 son returned from a school residential. Busy, busy, busy! But I was left feeling like my mojo had gone a bit. I did sit at the table last weekend with every intention of crafting for maybe an hour but I felt entirely uninspired. Thank goodness for Handmade Monday - I sat and read through everyone else's posts on Sunday evening and I cheered right up, I even wrote myself a list of standby things to make if bored, to refer to the next time I feel like I'm twiddling my thumbs.

So here we are at the end of what, for me, has been a fabulous weekend. I've done the obligatory housework and washing and ironing of school uniforms but have also done plenty of crafting.

I have had 2 more bunting commissions so on Friday evening I sat and did all the cutting out whilst listening to Dan Johnson on Miskin Radio - it's an Internet station that is well worth a listen. His show is all 80's which is brilliant! He even gave my husband and I a shout out as it had been our wedding anniversary in the week.

On Saturday I decided to finish the cushion covers that I had started for my sofa after we finished the decorating. Although it doesn't seem like that long ago, since buying the fabric and cutting it to size, I've made a lot more cushion covers and so realised that my skills have improved - when I went to sew the covers together, I realised that my cutting out was all over the place. I only made 3 in the end but the results we good.

I made the 3 cushions at the front. The fabric is a suiting material, 1 with silver flecks, 2 with gold.
(Note I'm back to dodgy photos - too much snow outside to contemplate a picture in the garden).

I had really liked the look of the keyring coin purse that Wendy had given a tutorial for last week on Handmade Harbour so I decided to make one with some of the grey suiting I had on the table after making the cushion cover.

Voila! It was really simple, the tutorial was so clear and this is such a handy little purse. I'm going to make a couple more because when my boys have to take 20p for a cookie on a Friday, it invariably gets lost from pockets so now I can attach one of these to each of their school bags. A big thanks to Wendy for her inspiration.

My final make of the weekend is a bag made with the gorgeous peacock fabric I bought some time ago.

I'm not sure that the photo does it justice but it's actually darker outside than in so no hope of a well lit photo! I used a pattern from the Liberty Sewing book I was given for my birthday - a new experience for me in the drawing up of the paper pattern and I could do with a bit more practise but I'm very pleased with the bag. I absolutely love this fabric so I'll be really proud to carry it around with me.

Like the rest of the country, I'm hoping for an improvement in the weather (it can't get any worse, can it?) but all in all I think I've made the most of a couple of days stuck in the house!

As ever I'll be linking this post with Handmade Monday  - have a look around everyone else's blogs if you can, it will certainly get your mojo going!

Have a good week,
Love Natalie


  1. I am so glad that you have re-found your mojo. I sometimes think that tiredness gets in the way and you certainly had a lot of grounds for that! I love the little coin purses - a really great idea for school money - may have to look into that so than k you for sharing. Hope you have another good week before the holidays kick in...

  2. It's great when you can get back into crafting- it looks like you have got lots done!

  3. I know what you mean about lose of umph! Glad you found it again and made those dear little coin purses. Onwards and upwards eh?

  4. Family life comes first and sometimes it leaves little time for getting craftwork done. Glad you are back on track.

    Belated happy anniversary wishes.

    Jan x

  5. So pleased you got your mojo back. That's a great use for those little coin purses, they are rather cute :)

  6. Your coin purse looks great, and how good that they are useful for the kids too! I'm so glad it turned out useful for you!

  7. Wow, you've been busy, some lovely makes.

  8. Blimey you've had far too much time on your hands this weekend!!!!! The cushions look really nice and so much better than what were there before! You can't really see the bag in the photo so I will have to have a personal viewing this week!!!!!! Well done you!!!!

  9. You have been a busy little bee !!!!

    Another 80's music fan. I'll have to check out Miskin Radio. I love my internet radio. It's amazing what brilliant music stations are out there.

    I love the peacock fabric. It's gorgeous.

  10. Wow, that's a lot achieved in a week! Well done :-) Love the peacock bag, the material's gorgeous! Simmi x

  11. You have been busy! the coin purse looks good, and useful too. Like your bag as well. One can never have too many bags.
    Wendy x

  12. Lovely colour combination on thecushions

  13. Great to hear your mojo is back. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary too.