Friday, 31 January 2014

February ... at last!





January has been a long, dreary, wet month here in Suffolk.  I can't complain too much because we haven't had the flooding like Somerset, but it's been pretty miserable.  But, the days are starting to lengthen and hopefully we'll get much needed light this month.

Although we don't celebrate it (my husband doesn't even bother to say the token 'we don't do valentines cards do we?!' anymore, I do sell a lot to other romantics amongst you!  Thought I'd show you a quick and simple hand made card you could whip up in 10 minutes.


How to make a simple, but effective Valentines card

- cut out a large heart in fabric
- cut a smaller heart in co-ordinating felt
- sew 'LOVE' or similar ribbon on smaller heart 
- hand or machine sew felt heart to fabric heart
- pva glue the completed heart to your card

...and that's all there is to it. Simple, but very pretty

Sunday, 26 January 2014

In denial.....






If I don't look out of the window I can pretend it's not blowing a gale and chucking it down with rain again.  I've filled the house with spring flowers and am choosing spring like fabrics to work with.  Hope you are staying dry, warm and safe wherever you are x

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Elephant in the room





When I make anything I put a lot of thought, attention and love into it.  All my garlands are a bit like children and we all know you should never have a favourite child.  Somehow though, these have crept into my heart and I just love them a little bit more than anything else I have ever made.  But sshh! don't tell anyone x

Wednesday, 8 January 2014










Christmas and new year came and went very quickly, especially as we had Chris, our eldest son home with us for 2 weeks.  He is working in China, teaching, and we hadn't seen him for 15 months.  It was so lovely to have him home, but so much worse seeing him off again on his travels, but apparently that's what we're supposed to do as parents, love them and let them go (not my favourite bit of parenting I have to say!)

I had to buy a new sewing machine as I literally ran the other one into the ground.  The dolls were a custom order for a lady who every year buys 12 dolls from me to put on her Christmas tree.  I would love to see the size of her tree as they are about a foot high.  

I had a message on my facebook page on boxing day asking what garlands I was doing for Easter (!) so I have begun designing and making those as well as the custom orders which are keeping me very busy - I'm booked up til May now!

Hope the weather is not too bad where you are, rain and flooding seems to be the order of the day.  I hope the polar vortex that is covering the USA is not coming our way, as all 50 states are experiencing freezing weather including Hell, Michigan reaching -26....  Hell freezing over!

Have a good week x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014



I have been (and will be for a few more days) absent from reading your blogs as my eldest son is still home from China for a few more days.

I will be back soon, but just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very happy, healthy and amazing 2014

Julie xxx