Kirstie’s Homemade Fair

I saw Kirstie’s Homemade Fair being advertised back in March and bought early bird tickets for my Mum and I to go for her birthday present.

We didn’t really know wharf to expect and coming a week after Ted stated school I hadn’t really put much thought into it.

As part of the ticket price you got to choose a grand make – we did gift wrapping with Jane Means. For which we tied fancy bows.

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We went to a talk, Kirstie Allsopp in conversation with Kaffe Fassett. I love his great use of colour and that he does stuff on such a big scale.

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The third thing was a smaller workshop where we made decopatch masks.

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While the workshops and talk were good fun, we enjoyed more just walking around seeing the array of different and creative stuff on offer. There were two shopping marquees and lots of smaller tents with drop in crafts going on.  The people watching fodder was amazing. Mum and I were fairly restrained in the end, but could easily have spent a fortune! ( I was aware that the knitting & stitching show is coming up).

I did buy this scarf pin, it’s actually to go with a scarf I bought the yarn to knit, but in the mean time it looks great with a fabric scarf.

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I also bought a couple of packs of fabric. I saw the tape measure fabric on quite a few stalls and love it! I need to make a plan to use it, but that’s a problem for another day ☺

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All in all the atmosphere was great and there were loads of amazing things on offer! We’ll be going back next year.

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First day of school

Today was Ted’s first day of school.
I took him off this morning with his brand new new uniform, his school bag, his book bag, wellies and P.E kit… Thankfully most of it stays there until half term!

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A while back Ted won an England hockey t shirt size 12-13 -it fit my husband and it was going to take a while for him to grow into it. So I decided it would make the perfect gym bag.

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I turned it into a draw string bag, with the front and back of the T-shirt lined with red cotton.

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Here he his this morning, modeling his new bag.

…and the verdict on school was it was great fun but when will we have P.E?

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Holiday project

Ted starts school next week and we have been enjoying a nice break at home since he finished preschool.

We’ve rediscovered the garden & rescued a few toys who got themselves frozen..

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We had adventures and played with friends..

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We’ve  built models..

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But now I’m getting itchy and ready to stitch again! So this afternoon I got the sewing machine out and made Ted a wallet. We’ve recently started giving him some pocket money so now he has somewhere to carry it..

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I actually messed up and the swirly fabric was meant to be the lining but I quite like & I unpicked quite a lot making this.. Clearly I’m out of practice!

Now the itch is scratched and I can enjoy our last few days with a preschooler!

The dog’s quilt

We have a beige sofa in our kitchen. We have a 4 yr old boy and a springer spaniel who attracts mud like a magnet… and a beige sofa..

We have been using an old orange throw that the last who owned there house left for us.. It matches the traditional living room, but not so much in our light, sage green kitchen.

This has obviously been annoying my mum for some time as she loves things to match! So she made us this gorgeous quilt.

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Here’s a close up of the fabric..
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It looks amazing in our kitchen, but I’m ultra nervous of using it/ getting it dirty.

The question is who will be the first to make a stain?
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Beautiful birdie: a refresher in crewel work embroidery

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I’ve had a couple of weeks holiday recently, but am back and the excited to share my latest embroidery design with you..

This little birdie was loads of fun to stitch! When I did my Certificate I loved learning all the different stitches for crewel work. This was a great reminder of how to do some of those stitches!

Here’s a close up:

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This guy is now available to buy in my Folksy store.

.. And I’m starting work on a little friend for him.

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