Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Another Cushion

I have been very good! I have been sewing everyday this week, I seem to be full of crafting motivation! I made another cushion for Miss. P's bed and she was most impressed.

It was the most adventurous patchwork I have ever attempted but I think turned out quite good. Her neutral bedroom is gradually getting pinker and girlier. Hoorah!

Now off to plan what tomorrow's project will be. What a good little crafter I am!

Monday, 22 February 2010

A More Organised Bag

Does anyone else suffer with this problem? This is what I edited from the contents of my bag post! My huge pile of receipts that swim around in my bag and jump into my hands when I am urgently looking for something else in there!

I needed a solution so I made this today. A handy little wallet especially for my receipts and those coupons I always forget I have.

Hopefully now I will be able to keep better track of what I'm spending and easily find a receipt if something needs returning.

Next on my list of things to do is making over this dresser unit from Miss. P's bedroom. Next month she will be getting a dolls house that I was given on my 7th birthday and I need to make space for it as it is around the same size as this! It is in my parents house at the moment and I was going to put this on ebay but think it may sell for more if 'Shabby Chic'd' first!

We don't have a lot of space as we live in a flat and I don't have that much time so if anyone knows of a quicker and easier (lazier) way to paint it without all the sanding and preparation please share the secret!

Friday, 19 February 2010

There have been a few bloggers recently revealing the contents of their bags and the nosey side of me has been very grateful! Now I haven't been officially tagged or anything (please do not report me to the blog police) but I thought I would show mine too. Obviously this is an excuse to show off that a) I have this beautiful new bag and b) my husband is able to recognise a hint when he sees one!

So, in my bag I have 2 books. One I am reading and the other is a cute little ladybird book I got in a CS. The usuals, keys, phone, tissues, purse, passport (not that there is any chance of leaving the country in the near or distant future), cheque book, ibuprofen and medication. There is also some essential hand cream and selection of lip glosses. Batteries to be recycled and a tape measure because you never know when you might come across a bargainous piece of furniture! Miss P's sunglasses, a CK shopping bag and notepad and pens.

Yesterday I spent the day in retail therapy. First I picked up these jars I ordered from Tescos and I was impressed that Mr P didn't feel the need to moan about them being too girly for the kitchen!

I also bought a few bits in the CSs including this double flat sheet. I love the print, so pretty but there is no label on it so I have no idea where it was from originally. I'm undecided what to do with it yet but I'm thinking maybe cushions, a bag or pillowcases.

Miss P is a dedicated reader just like her mummy. I have left one side on her cotbed so it is a makeshift day bed which she loves sitting on with a pile of books to keep her company. I have been meaning to make some cushions for ages so it is more sofa-like in the daytime and finally got around to making these two.

It was reading this post from Mary Poppins that inspired me to get off my bum and do it. She is very talented and her blog is full of pretty things (and lots of pink)!!

Anyway, I was quite pleased with them for my first attempt at cushions. I have another two cushions waiting to be covered so I'm just looking for some fabric to go nicely with these.

Watch this space because I am gradually preparing for my first giveaway. I need to have everything ready before I do it to ensure I send it out quick enough after the draw as I am not known for my speed. I have a few bits ready so it wont be long now!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Scent With Love

I was lucky enough to be chosen in the giveaway over at Hearts and Dreams so I got a bit excited to see Postie carrying a parcel for me this morning! It had a lovely lavender aroma and it was so packed full of goodies I felt truly spoiled!

There were two lovely handmade cards and a gorgeous bag with a pretty heart sewn on.

A very colourful tea towel and some Sarah Smith cloths, perfect for making horrible cleaning almost bearable!

A teddy bear that Miss. P instantly grabbed and adores as it smells of lavender which she calls 'Fairy Stuff'. You know, that special stuff fairies make to help children sleep!

A lovely painted frame that will look perfect in my bedroom.

Some Cath Kidston Bath Powder. I am quite partial to a bit of CK (who isn't?!) and the bathroom is seriously lacking so this is a lovely addition. Will I be able to bring myself to use it though?!

I have no idea how she knew but this has taken place as my favourite chocolate since my mum introduced us! Luckily Miss. P saw it but seemed to think it was a record and not a bar of chocolate! Strange child!

The gorgeous lavender scent came from the hanging sachet which is now in my wardrobe and there was also a magazine perfect for flicking through with a cup of tea and a square (or ten) of chocolate!

Thank you Sian! It was such a lovely bunch of gifts to receive. 

Monday, 8 February 2010

Are you reading, Mr. P?!

As some of you may be aware, Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I'm sure a lot of men would be glad of a subtle hint or two! So, here it is, just for you dear husband if you are reading. A big, floral, pretty, colourful hint!

Speaking of floral, these pretty flowers jumped into my trolley in Sainsburys! I only noticed my matching vase and mug when I lost my cup of tea (they often get lost when I get distracted and I end up with half drunk cups of tea everywhere) and found it here. A little collection of pink and polka dot has cheered me up on another cold and snowy day.

I came across a bag full of embroidery goodies in a CS last week. There are two linen tablecloths, both unfinished but with a tin full of matching embroidery threads. Just perfect for someone who has never embroidered but is keen to have a go.

I think I'll attempt to finish them and maybe use them to make some cushions as I don't have a table to cover.