Booklet Pouch SAL

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, add in Easter holidays, dental trips, birthday’s and a wedding and there really hasn’t been much time to sew. Boy am I missing it!

One of my favourite purse designer’s Aneela Hoey has just released a new pattern, the booklet pouch. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make some time for it! I love her patterns they are so clear and easy to follow.

Booklet Pouch SAL

During the month of April @faithessenburg on Instagram  is hosting a Sew Along (SAL), I can never resist joining in with an SAL, so much fun when you’re sewing with others.

Booklet pouch sal fabric pull

The fun part of any new project is picking the fabrics and notions. Normally when there is an option to make a large or small pouch I always opt to make the smaller, mainly so I don’t cut into precious fabric, but in the spirit of my 2018 resolution to stash bust I went for the larger. Luckily I had just enough of all the supplies to go ahead and make one without having to order anything, always a bonus.

This beautiful fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics has been in my stash for a while now just waiting for the perfect project.  I loved the highlights of the pink and navy and so went with that for the zips and binding.

Booklet Pouch SAL

Booklet Pouch SAL

Super handy vinyl pockets so you can quickly see where you have stored all your handy tools and notions. Of course it doesn’t have to hold sewing supplies, you could store anything in there!

Booklet Pouch SAL

Bag Charm

I had to make a little bag charm to go with it. Before I got into sewing I actually made jewellery and was obsessed with playing with beads, that obsession was soon replaced with fabric and sewing so how wonderful to combine the two!

I enjoyed this making this pouch, I did have to do it over a few days, but it certainly added to the sense of achievement when it was finished! I’ve already filled it up with things! If you want to join in with the SAL you have until the 30th April, just add the tag #bookletpouchsal


Beauty drop-out

Let me tell you a little story about a woman who walked into Boots today and had a complete brain freeze (read silent panic attack)! A woman who used to fly around the world with a make-up bag full of Dior, Benefit and Clarins, who every day had her make-up as perfect as she could, nails done, eyebrows waxed and roots never showing.

Slightly off my usual topic but in a way it is kind of related. You see I like to make pretty things and spend hours pouring over pictures of fabrics and handmade items and quilts, but one thing I have neglected is to make myself pretty!

Beauty haul

These days it’s all about saving time and getting out of the door as quickly as possible, after all it’s not just me I’m getting ready anymore. So it’s tinted moisturiser, a quick brush of bronzer and a lick of mascara. Hairdressers are booked bi-annually and nails are trimmed short! Don’t get me wrong I’m happy(ish) with this arrangement, I certainly wouldn’t change being a mum for anything in the world and yes I’ll be honest I would rather spend money on fabric, but when did I get so lazy!??

We have a family wedding on Saturday, Mabel will be a Flower Girl so all the stops need to be pulled out. Hence the trip to Boots. A lovely make-up assistant took pity on me wandering aimlessly around with the pushchair feeling completely lost and out of my depth! Deep down I’m thinking I don’t want to spend a load of money for something that after Saturday will probably sit in my poor old make-up bag and rot, but at the same time I want to look nice and like I’ve made the effort.

I only realised how bad I’d got when after a 5 hour drive up to a family wedding in Yorkshire last August I had come all the way without a scrap of any eye shadow or eye liner and had to make to do with my “day-to-day look”. My family of course love me and I didn’t say anything but it’s at that moment then I felt like I’d let myself down. I have become the cliché of a mum, comfy jeans, converse and messy bun. It’s comfy and definitely more practical and it makes me happy, but it’ll be nice to put on some lipstick and look a bit like the old me for the day!

Can we achieve it all as mum’s? Can we have the perfect house, the perfect look and perfectly dressed child? Some women can! I think this mama will have to make do with her jeggings, scruffy bun and an extra hour to a bit of sewing. Even if it does mean I make a bit of a fool of myself in front of the young girl behind the make-up counter at Boots! Having said that I think I will start to claim myself back a bit and be less mum, I just need to find the right balance!

So please, if you have any tips on how to achieve it all, or if you have some great make-up tips for busy people please comment below!

Anyway I managed to get some bits in the end, being a sucker for packaging the majority was from Soap and Glory as sadly my budget doesn’t stretch to Benefit. I’ve had an experiment with the look and hoping I don’t look too clown like. Just to even out the balance again I bought myself a pair of “mom” jeans from Primark, I’m happy to accept I’m no longer in my 20’s and will wear my “mum uniform” with pride.

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Happy Birthday Mum

On Sunday my beautiful mama turned 70! It seemed only right they I made her a birthday rosette, I’m not sure if she was too thrilled to wear it but she humored me by doing so.

My original plan had been to make her a quilt. I had found the most beautiful pattern which was an Art Deco style by Slo Studio in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. However my lack of confidence told me I couldn’t do it. Not only that time was definitely an issue especially as the last few months have been full of some severe sleep deprivation! Hourly wake ups anyone?? Finally my mum is an expert quilter and I figured she probably doesn’t need another quilt!

Stacey-Lee-OMalley - LPQ Art Deco Quilt
The quilt I wanted to make for mum

Instead I thought I’d make something useful. She is at the hospital for chemo treatments every week and she loves to do some EPP (like mother like daughter) so I decided to make a fold-up sewing folio by Aneela Hoey. I have already made 3 of these cases now (although sorry I’ve not blogged about them yet!) and I really enjoy the process.

Fold-up sewing folio

Fold-up sewing folio

Fold-up sewing folio

Fold-up sewing folio

As a special little touch I added little a little hexie zip charm to each zip. A perfect place to hold all her sewing and epp tools. The case I made for myself I use all the time and it’s so handy!

70th birthday cake

Normally I jump at the chance to make a cake, but as this was a very special occasion I decided to pass on the responsibility to a professional, and boy am I glad I did! Look how stunning this cake is! It kind of makes me never want to make a cake again and just get Gina’s Cakery to do it! If you live in the Reading area I highly recommend her!

I will finish this post with a little bit of soppiness. My mum is the most amazing woman, she has been and is going through so much, and she still keeps smiling and going on for us all. She has been on continuous chemo treatments for the last 3 years and this is the third time the cancer has come back and yet she keeps fighting. I think it helps she has a certain little grand-daughter to fight for. We love you very much mum and appreciate everything you do for us despite what you’re going through, and that you’re still fighting this horrid battler! #cancersucks

Mum and me
Me and mum many moons ago


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Happy Easter!

Momiji Doll

I hope you’re having a lovely Easter! We’ve been busy this weekend celebrating my mum’s 70th birthday that was yesterday (blog post for that coming soon). So today as it’s cold and wet we’re snuggled up indoors watching Disney films and eating chocolates and birthday cake!

I had this little bunny bag on my to make list forever and I finally got around to making it and filling it with dairy free treats for Mabel.

Little bunny treat bag

Little bunny treat bag

Little bunny treat bag with momiji chick

It was so quick and fun to make I wish I’d made more! You can find the pattern here if you want to make your own.

I’ve been trying to get better at organising. I find myself stressing in the middle of the night or very early hours so it’s time I take my already excessive list making up a notch! 😃 Of course more food is involved I mean it is Easter after all! Loving my new Cath Kidston cup and plate 🐰

I’ve been so busy I’ve not had any time to do any Easter baking which is a shame maybe I will make up for it soon.

Happy Easter to you. Let’s hope spring properly gets here soon!


Sweet Autumn Rain Dresden Pouch

I’ve made a couple of these little pouches now and when I got my hands on the fabric range Autumn Rain by Dashwood Studio I instantly thought that it would make a lovely little Dresden pouch, the fussy cutting opportunities for this fabric makes it just perfect! I also think it’s a very appropriate theme of fabric for our current weather, it’s less spring like and very wet and cold!

It’s very unlike me to cut into a new pile of fabric straight away, I normally can’t bear to, favouring to look at it and stroke it. This time was different I couldn’t wait to get started!

Just look how cute those little owls are! I love hand quilting small projects, it feels less of a chore than a whole quilt, and it was nice to use to some bold colours rather than my go to white thread. I used DMC floss to add some texture and make it stand out more.

Unfortunately after I finished the hand quilting it rather shamefully sat in my wip pile until I could take it no more I had to turn it into a sweet little pouch! I don’t know why I left it so long! It’s now going to hold my Aurifil 80wt thread. Last weekend I misplaced a spool that I needed and it drove me mad looking for it! Now I have a special place just for them!

Autumn Rain Dresden Pouch

Autumn Rain Dresden Pouch

Autumn Rain Dresden Pouch

Autumn Rain Dresden Pouch

I just love this shade of linen (Robert Kauffman Essex Linen in Steel)! Possibly my new favourite although I think natural linen will always hold the top spot!

If you’d like to see the other Dresden pouches you can see them here and here.


Etsy Sale!

Exciting news for this Easter! I’ve reopened the shop and am having a sale! 20% of everything. Prices have already been adjusted to so you don’t need to add a code, ends midnight Tuesday 3rd April. See below for a little taster of what is on offer. Click here to shop or on the shop link at the top of the page. Items are ready to ship and will be posted Wednesday 4th April.


Blooming Blossoms Box 3

Blooming blossoms quilt box 3 Blooming blossoms quilt box 3

Another month and it hasn’t disappointed, once again the fabrics that have been picked are so beautiful!

In my haste to get started  I did actually make a mistake, forgetting the mantra measure twice cut once! I cut what was supposed to be diamonds into jewels instead. I was cutting out the fabrics at 6am (probably not the cleverest of ideas!) and got a little carried away! Shamefully I didn’t actually realise until I ran out of jewels papers and couldn’t work out why I only had 6 diamonds instead! I rang Jessie to explain that I had 6 diamonds and it was only then that I realised my error! Haha! Oh dear the shame! She was very nice about it and I was able to order some more of that fabric so I could make the diamonds! I do have plans for the jewels so they won’t go to waste!

Silly story but I’d thought I’d share, nobody is perfect and sometimes it’s good to hear that people get things wrong, I wanted to be honest and not just share when things go right!

I feel a real sense of achievement to have finished the box but also sad that it’s all over, I can’t wait for next month to see what pretty fabrics will be included and of course this time I will be reading the cutting directions TWICE!

Liberty hearts

The little Liberty jewels that I have plans for, I’ve turned them into hearts and will applique them onto some lovely Essex Linen, what they become after that I’m still undecided!