Blogging block… So a little round-up instead!

I read somewhere that it’s not healthy to apologise if you’ve not posted or blogged in a while, and I can see why they would say that, after all it’s not good to put unnecessary pressure on yourself and blogging should be a joy not a chore! However I am sorry, it’s not because I haven’t wanted to or have been short of ideas for posts, in fact I have plenty of posts sat in my drafts, but unfortunately my brain fails to put down the words I want to say. Call it a mixture of sleep deprivation and a head full of anxiety. I have never been good functioning on little sleep it always ends up affecting my mental and physical health. If anyone has any tips for getting a 3 year old to sleep through the night and later than 5am that be great! I think that’s why Instagram is so great, one picture can say so much.

So anyway without dragging you all down I thought I’d give a little update on some of the things I have made while I gather my thoughts and attempt to get some of these blog posts written! I don’t feel like I have been particularly productive at the moment but there are a couple of things I would like to share..

First off I will start with my finally finished Clamshell Purse. This poor project I started back in January! It took a while for me to get around to hand quilting it (Hand quilted with Aurifil’s Aurifloss #2630), and then even longer to turn into a purse. I’m not entirely sure why, it’s the fastest part of the whole thing! I think it’s because it involves cutting the fabric and that is always so scary after putting so much work into it!!

Bunnies Clamshell Pouch

At least it is finally done now and I am so pleased with the result, it is certainly going to be a struggle to part with this one!

Next up! You may remember my last post talking about the Bluebirds on Roses Cushion I made and that I had intended that for Mabel’s room, well unfortunately for her it is still sat in our living room, although I think (in my defense) it is a little big for her little toddler bed! So I thought I better make her another. I woke one morning with an idea to try a Sawtooth Star, it’s something I have not done before and yet I really like the effect. What I love is that centre square has a perfect opportunity to do some great fussy cutting! I picked up some Once Upon a Rhyme fabric by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake and chose good old Humpty Dumpty to start with. They do an exercise in her ballet class to Humpty Dumpty so the song really puts a smile on my face now. I used some basics that got sent to me from Riley Blake, the pink is called Kisses and the white/grey is from their Hashtag collection, I really love the combination of the two and think I will be using that a lot in the future!

Humpty Dumpty Sawtooth Star with Riley Blake Designs fabric

In rather exciting news I am now a Influencer for Riley Blake Designs, I am completely honoured that they asked me and am super excited to be working with them on future projects, which of course will be shared on here!

Riley Blake Confetti Cottons

Aren’t these fabrics so yummy!? I hadn’t been all that aware that they did solids, knowing them well for their fabulous prints but these solids are gorgeous and such a high quality cotton. I cannot wait to dive into them!

Finally there is a bag that I am rather pleased with! I have a small collection of Japanese Sewing Books that I have been collecting over the years. Every now and then I get them out and pore over the pages, unfortuantely with it all in Japanese it has always been impossible to understand. Except this time driven by my frustrations I decided to give it a go. I mean it’s not like I haven’t made a bag before surely I can make sense of the instructions right!?

Japanese Style Granny Bag

The fabric has been in my stash for a while now (fromΒ @missmatatabifabric) and with the birth of a new Royal baby I thought it be perfect, in fact I think I bought it around the time of the last Royal baby to be born Prince Louis!

I can’t wait to make and experiment more with the patterns! It is far from perfect and there will be a few adjustments next time but for now I am pleased with my efforts. Mabel snapped it right away and has claimed it as hers!

Well I hope you have enjoyed my little round-up,Β  I hope it has made up for my lack of posts recently! Hopefully it won’t be as long next time!


4 thoughts on “Blogging block… So a little round-up instead!

  1. You always do such lovely work! Thank you for sharing! The clamshell purse if one of my favorites. My daughter is 10 now but something I did to get her to sleep when she was a baby was this – we always had reading time at around 7pm and after a few books and rocking in the rocking chair, I would put her down and turn on a CD of lullaby tunes. I would also have a sound machine running in the background (sound of running water, crickets, a heartbeat). She would listen to it as she drifted off to sleep. I used this CD so much that it began to skip and she knew exactly which song it would skip at. The noises helped her sleep more soundly (the sound machine was on a timer to go off after an hour). She slept so soundly that the doorbell would ring, the dog would bark and I could vacuum outside of her door without waking her up!

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    1. Thank you! Thankfully most nights it’s not much of a problem getting her to sleep, we have quite a good bedtime routine. It’s more getting her to sleep through the night without waking me up and needing me to go in there and stay in there until she is asleep again. She’s then also waking up so early πŸ™ˆ. I’m telling myself it’s just a phase! 🀞🏻


  2. The little pouch is just lovely, I adore the fussy cut rabbits. My children were all terrible sleepers, I can’t offer any advice but can sympathise with you. x

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