Ups and downs of handmade (?) or just me

After an absolutely dreadful fair I did in a local town I was seriously contemplating selling my sewing machine… yeah, when 200 people go by your stall and only 3 things you manage to sell, that might be an indicator. But then I thought lets give it another go, and made these bags and cases incorporating quilting, appliquΓ©, art. Really enjoy making these, next step would be making my own appliquΓ© Β (don’t know, I might be too lazy or just practical in not investing more time into something that is kind of not returning the ‘favour’) as the ones I’m using at the moment are made by James Sharp, his website is ace.

But have look, see what you think












tartancase1Anyway, I think the shop is looking good at the moment, so at least with that I am pleased with πŸ™‚

Also, if anyone is in Shropshire this Saturday come to this fair, fingers crossed it’ll be fun πŸ™‚

may fair


Thanks for stopping by and if you have a spare moment, drop me a comment, just to cheer me up xx


spring is in the air

Ever happened to you that you are doing something for a period of time and although you are giving it your 100% it just doesn’t want to work… and then one day it just falls into place and it works. Its hard to explain because I feel in the world of “art” (please don’t think I’m big headed) and craft there are very few rules as to what you need to do… it all come down to whether it “works” or not. And sometimes pieces go against all or most rules and they still “work”.

I feel like I have been taking photographs for the last few weeks and non of them felt too good… I just felt like there wasn’t anything that I liked about them. Been to the Birmingham Photography Show Β and there was a fab little garden set up and I really enjoyed taking photos of the succulents there, but it was more of a “lets fight me being so self conscious” thing, I think I haven’t even looked at the images I took.

But today for some reason, after 6 hours of walking these images just feel like they sing to me… An amazing photographer said this recently and I really like the phrase. My photos are just aspiring shadows compared to hers, I feel like I want to take photos like theseΒ when I grow up πŸ™‚ or when I finally manage to save up for a 50mm lens at least :-p

But in the mean time, here are today’s glimpse in the spring sunshine








I just recently uploaded these photos to my Facebook page, all this bla bla of art and effort of taking a good photo and guess which photo people like the most? Well the one with dog of course… this dog is stealing my photographic glory πŸ™‚

Let the magic begin…

One of my favorite months has started, October πŸ™‚
Best in many ways, colors are spreading everywhere, my birthday is in the middle of it, the sun is still warm and I don’t know why but it always feels like the air is vibrating with something amazing… like something magical is about to happen, or something life-changing is waiting just round the corner. Love it!

So today, to cherish October’s gifts, I took a few photos

beautiful, organic squashes

autumn crochet

project on the go

working on this doll for another autumn child

more lovely squashes πŸ™‚

with Noodle

Enjoy everyone!


yesterday… all the craft I managed to do in a day… :)

Having a bit of a break from sewing at the moment, but it feels nice as more and more jewellery ideas are flowing… so yes, keeping in with the creative spirit πŸ™‚

Yesterday we had a fab creative day, made some meringues (before I could gram my camera, they were all gone, he he), first of its kind :).

Then spent some time with colors, textures, heat and plastic:

Β I can see some brooches in progress… πŸ˜‰

Then came some silk paper making πŸ™‚

Maggie making her paper πŸ™‚

This is only the first stage of making silk paper, laying out the silk fiber in two layers and the way of the fibers should cross each other on the layers. Then it gets to be covered with plastic mesh fabric, soak through with warm soapy water then soak it through with glue mixed with water. The kit and inspiration came from an artist we saw on a local expo, Stevie. Her work is so so beautiful!!! Anyway, the silk paper is drying at the moment… we made two, one in orange and warm yellowy shades as you can see on the images and another one in pinks and purples… no pics of that, but wait till they dry out πŸ™‚

And the final craft attempt of yesterday is

well, work in progress…gona be a necklace once I finish it πŸ™‚

In the mean time, have a look at the new necklace and earring I made combining glass beads, silver wire and ribbons.

And remember, crafting is fun, but doing it with others is the best!!!!

Have a happy weekend everyone!


Beautiful commission…

… for Maggie! Β xxx

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I made it out of up-cycled, lovely patterned, corduroy (as in an old skirt) up on request, and I am very pleased how nice it looks πŸ™‚

Do hope it’s owner will enjoy using it and appearing with it as much as I enjoyed making it!!



in “case” …

Sewing away, bags are still on my mind, summer is being delayed by rain… so I had to use everything I could find πŸ™‚ Exactly!

In “case” you don’t understand, I found use of all the small pieces of fabric that either was left behind or only had little of… and I made some cases.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Always had trouble neatly organising things…No no, I can organise, I just can’t keep them that way :D. I generally have an interior order that, according to others, doesn’t look too good :-p .So I thought, why not? And I made these tool cases… with some cotton, lace, up-cycled denim and to make them chic, I decorated them with some vintage and plastic buttons and the closure ties are satin ribbons. Cute hm?

Perfect for pencils, hooks, you name it…

Gona continue making them, as they are great fun, gives me space to experiment and I still have loads of crochet hooks and tools that need a good resting place.

For more info on them, have a look at them in my shop.


Keep on creating! Β πŸ™‚


getting friendly with the plastic :)

Easter has been (luckily) a very busy period, loads of work and also loads of crafting and experimenting have been done πŸ™‚

Last year we had a fab day out in Yorkshire, Harrogate to the Knit and Stitch show and amongst all the lovely things we have spent successfully money on, me and Maggie bought some friendly plastic. On the way back we made a huge list of what we have to do with all the inspiration, ideas and materials gained on the show.

Well, couple of months later we managed to get round to have a few hours of experimenting… really enjoyed creating in a different way then what I am used to so far.

Ok, if you are not familiar with friendly plastic so far, basically this is a type of plastic that has a colored foil on top and by heating it you can shape it and mould it to your desire. A really lovely way of creating.

Maggie created the earrings – love the clean style! And she made the big green-flower bead, which inspired me to make the pink flower on the white back ground. Also we experimented with stamping onto the plastic – I am quite pleased with the result actually.

As you can see we are pretty at the beginning of working with friendly plastic but all these pretty things in various shape will be on display and for sale at the Damson Day fair. So if you are about come and see us πŸ™‚


I’ll be back soon with my new bags and other creations…

Until then show and tell what you have been up to during Easter!

Take care



%d bloggers like this: