Monday, 20 April 2015

Snapshots from Cornwall

I've been so busy lately that our holiday in Cornwall with friends almost seems like a distant memory. The days just seem to rush by and it's hard for me too keep up with everything that I need and want to do. I imagine many people feel the same way, juggling the responsibilities of housework, kids, work and play. (I feel like I say that all the time!) It was great to have a break from our regular routine, though, and I wouldn't mind being back there now. The weather this week there is amazing. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great most of the time we were there, but we all had a wonderful time anyway. Our girls played with their friends from morning till night and had so much fun together. We went on some lovely short hikes, went to the beach, went to the Eden Project, Rick Stein's fish and chips, we cooked, played in the garden at the house, had an Easter egg hunt, and had a relaxing time just lounging around. The house we stayed in was amazing. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a place to stay near Bude. Here's a look at our holiday in Cornwall though instagram.
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Pretty In Pink

Right now we're in Cornwall with some friends in a beautiful rental. More on that soon! It's a nice little break from life at home. I'm happy to be away from our own house to escape our daily routine and to have some time with friends. Most of my time the last few weeks has been spent dashing around London taking photos in amazing fabric and knitting shops for my book. I really haven't had much time to do anything else. At night I work on editing the photos and doing the writing as well. I'm trying to get the bulk of the photos out of the way first though since that part is the most time-consuming.
I've made a little time for sewing too, thanks to the fact that I took a class to finish something. I took the ultimate shirt class at Sew Over It and loved it. I had a hard time choosing the fabric. I wanted to like it enough so that if the shirt turned out well, I'd actually wear it, but I didn't want to spend a lot in case I wrecked the shirt. I ended up picking a really pretty pink print at Sew Over It just before class. It wasn't cheap, but as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of all the little pretty blossoms budding on trees and I really wanted it for the shirt. I love seeing spring in bloom and have been trying to make sure and stop and smell the roses, or notice the pretty blossoms, as it were.
I didn't take photos of my shirt in progress but here it is finished. I'm glad I took a class to make it because the cuffs and collar were a bit tricky and I'm not sure I would have been able to do it well by myself. I almost wrecked it doing the buttonholes. Even though I've done buttonholes before, it's been a while. I practiced but still had trouble getting them neat. I need one more button for the top but decided to use what I had anyway. I'm really pleased with the collar and cuffs though. And the fit was really nice without altering the pattern, just a little tinkering needed on the darts. Here's a quick snap with my phone of me wearing it before we headed out of town. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Book! London Stitch and Knit

Lately I've been working on a big project that I'm super excited about. I'm writing a book! It's a guide to London's fabric, knitting and haberdashery shops and will be published this autumn. I'm also doing the photos for the book, which is wonderful because I get to go to so many amazing shops and capture how beautiful they are. It's been hard though to keep my wallet from jumping out of my purse at every shop! I've had the idea for the book for a while and I'm really happy that it's now a reality.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Let There Be DIY Light

Every day our colorful family room is looking more finished! I'm happy to have found some great vintage school chairs on ebay with the perfect teal colored paint. We all love them. School chairs are a safe bet, I think. Lamp shopping, on the other hand, is tricky for me because there's often one element of a lamp that doesn't interest me, and actually the lamps I tend to be most drawn to are really expensive. So I've taken to doing some lamp DIY. I've been having fun customizing lampshades for a few rooms and now have the bug to customize some actual lamps as well after completing one. Inspired by my friend Paula who turns interesting and unusual industrial things into lamps, like pulleys, pipes and all manner of other odd bits, I decided to give it a go myself.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


This past week has been a bit tiring. Lois was out of school for half term and Andrew and Ellie have been ill most of the week. Lois has two speeds: high and off, so between her energy level and their colds, it was not the easiest of weeks! We did make our ice cream sandwiches on Monday, though, which was (mostly) fun. We made this recipe again. They are quite tasty and really cute too!