Wednesday, November 30, 2011

secret sewing

this HUGE pile of woodland creatures is my secret sewing project...the Oxford Street John Lewis is now displaying all these happy fellows in their craft area (photo to follow soon I hope!) They are having ribbon looped through their red hanging loops and are being strung like festive bunting between giant knitting needles! There are 10 of each creature here...the mushrooms & acorns took about a week, and the hedgehogs and foxes about two weeks...they seemed to take forever to finish, and I had such a strict deadline that couldn't be changed!...but all the early mornings and late nights were definitely worth it...I can't wait to see them in the display, they'll be up until the end of January so I should get the chance to go up there and take a peep in person!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011!

I can't stop long .... a huge felt delivery arrived earlier and it needs putting away, but I wanted to pop in and share the two boxes I finished today...two of my favourite embellishments + two of my favourite felt colours = one happy sewer !

Monday, November 28, 2011

a happy bunch!

Sunday was set aside as a sewing-all-day day. Mostly I hand sew everything so a sewing-all-day day means a day at home on the sofa watching tv and stitching for hours on end! I managed to finish my secret project and this little collection of Christmas ornaments too! The secret project got posted today and I should be able to tell you about it pretty soon :-)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Monte Carlo Rally

All this week John has been away on a classic car preparation he asked me to make him some car seat tidies ::He measured it all up and drew out all the pieces on the felt so I only had to sew it together, but they do look useful don't they? John went in a team of three people and they finished the rally (not a mean feat in a classic car!) and I'm so proud of them. They have a long drive home today (640 miles), aiming to be back here for 10pm...I can't wait! This is them in the Rally Car, John's friend took a photo from a bridge over a motorway somewhere near Birmingham! (the thumbs up in the back is from John!) I must get on with work...I've 800 bags of fluff to sort out today!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am doing a lot* of sewing at the moment....I'm juggling my stitching time between special orders and a secret project...I can't show you the secret project yet (because it's a secret and because I'm nowhere near finished!) but this is my latest special order :: 5 heart broochesMy secret project has to be posted on Monday so I'll be able to show you's been tough keeping it a secret because I. AM. EXCITED!!!!!
* a lot of sewing = getting up at 6am to hand sew 3 days on the trot...only 3 more 6am days to go !!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I'm on the Countryfile website!...well, not me exactly, but my tortoise boxes!

you can read the little feature here if you'd like to :: Countryfile

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ribbon buffet

lots and lots of lovely ribbon, destined to be in my sew-your-own kits, this is approximately 10,000 pieces of ribbon (1000m) in 10cm lengths, all hand cut by me!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday Sewing

With Christmas approaching things are getting rather busy round here (not that I'm complaining!).....but no matter how busy I am it's always relaxing to sit and sew...... which is what I did for most of this weekend!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmassy Things!

Oooohhhhhh I've got lots of new Christmassy things!! Look at these:my new Christmas button pack of stripey buttons!! AND there's a mix of stripes and polka dots too ::AND AND AND there are teeny tiny polka dot Christmas buttons :: and last but not least ::a new Christmas Craft pack!I've been a busy bee cramming boxes full of felt, buttons and ribbons...each kit has 10 x 9" squares of wool mix felt, 12m of ribbons, a pack of 60 teeny buttons and a pack of 36 stripe/dot buttons......scrummy!
quick links ::

Christmas Button Packs :: click here and scroll down to the bottom

Teeny buttons :: click here

Craft Pack :: click here

Friday, November 18, 2011

buttons galore

I've been busy counting and sorting and playing with buttons...and I'll be back tomorrow to show you what I have done!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


hooray! my delivery of new deco tapes has finally arrived! I spent a happy few hours sorting and counting and stacking the shelves (it doesn't feel like work to me!)
there are 8 new mini reel packs, 3 new Christmas Designs and a few old favourites are re-filled too.

Quick Links :: Deco Tape

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


this is my homework pile for this evening....lots of special orders and made-to-order items from NotOnTheHighStreet, all of which have to be cut out and hand sewn....definitely the BEST kind of homework there is!

Monday, November 14, 2011

catching up

my poor old blog always gets neglected when it's busy! Over the weekend John and I finished the November delivery for John Lewis and I also finished off the latest felt boxes, with more & more being added to my 'I need to make' list...

Friday, November 11, 2011

a sewing day

I'm half way through a box making frenzy! 8 finished today ... another 5 left to do, I'll hand sew them tonight and machine sew them tomorrow...well, that's the plan, but plans have a habit of changing every half hour or so at the moment!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

winner announced

woah! 422 comments....the random number generator has picked ::
comment number 191 which is ::
Catherine D said...
Oh my god! What an incredible giveaway!! I LOVE ribbon! Very generous of you xx Catherineadevin ( at )*******.com
WELL DONE Catherine, I will email you in a moment to get your postal address :-)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


at least tomorrow the blog will be about the freebie winner, rather than these cups!! this is round two, yesterdays cups (for the Little Girls kit)are finished and these (Owls Kit) are nearly done!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

nice cups!

the freebie is still running and can be found by clicking here
*******************************************************************I always use the same table when I'm taking photos...the light is normally good and usually I keep the table clear...but when I came to photograph this little groups of orders the table was my stool was called into action instead!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

links and new stock

the freebie is still running and can be found by clicking here

Woah! There are lots of comments for this months freebie! It looks like I'm not the only ribbon addict out, a few of you asked if I had more of these stands and yes, I do!

if you click here you will be taken to the shop page that they are on (the link is in the freebie post too!) I only have 6 sets and I don't think I can get any more.

In other ribbon news:I've re-stocked all my American Crafts ribbon spools AND, Hurrah! the mini brads have finally arrived, everyone who was waiting for their brads to arrive should have them now.

Quick Links

Ribbon Stand :: click here

American Crafts ribbon :: click here

Mini Brads :: click here

Friday, November 04, 2011

freebie day :: November 2011 :: CLOSED

Yay! It's finally freebie day! I've had this one planned for a little while and hope you think it was worth the little wait! This month's freebie is for everyone who loves ribbon as much as I do ::Look at this super fantastic way to store ribbons, it's metal, it sits on the table top AND the stand spins and lets you see all your lovely ribbon, but I can't just give away a stand! oh no, you also will win 54 spools of ribbon!!each spool holds 4ft of ribbon and there's a mixture of satin, grosgrain, polka dot and Christmas ribbons as ever all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. The freebie closes on Thursday 10th November and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
RULES :: I will post worldwide so everyone is welcome to enter :: One entry per person :: I must be able to contact you via your commentGOOD LUCK!
PRIZE DETAILS :: One winner will receieve :: One revolving ribbon stand (it comes as a kit, but it's super easy to put together) & 54 spools of ribbon

Thursday, November 03, 2011


today is officially Freebie Day....but I'm not ready!
I will be ready tomorrow...maybe I'll see you then?

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

back in stock

ZIPpity-doo-dahs (sorry, couldn't get the song out of my head!) ::

Pom poms ::and the 'thread cupboard with hardly any thread in it' magically a thread cupboard full of thread again:Quick Links :: Zips :: Pom Poms :: Sewing Thread

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


my big batch of deliveries have started to arrive! I've got lots and lots of arrived yesterday and was counted and put away today.Two more boxes arrived today and they are patiently waiting for me to un-pack them:

Hooray! Stocking up for Christmas is fun!