So Many Sewing Projects

I have had great fun turning duvet covers into all sorts of clothing for my family. I love the Heydays dungaree pattern and have now made three pairs (with more planned!)


This pair for Sarah has been made from a £6 Asda duvet cover she found on Facebook market place! We still have the reverse side to use and some more of this fun dinosaur galaxy print that would be sufficient to make a camisole top.20200705_133929

My other daughter loves hers and says they are so comfortable to wear!


I sent her a matching face mask too. The soft grey with a little rainbow print was also an Asda duvet cover.


I found a really pretty single duvet cover in the airing cupboard from when the girls were little and have turned it into a summer dressing gown for my mum. The front is a patchwork design in soft pinks, greens and blues.


I used bands of the pink and white floral reverse to create a design feature for the sleeves, and for the front trim, as well as the tie belt and patch pocket.


Mum admiring Sarah’s dungarees!


I downloaded a sewing pattern from a sewing magazine to make this camisole top for Sarah from a tiny piece of fabric she found in my stash. I had to make some adaptions but she is delighted with it.


I have also used this pattern to make her a summer dress, although I found the instructions confusing and made quite a lot of it up as I went along!



Sarah likes the unusual neckline. This is the reverse of another Asda duvet cover. I made a matching mask again. Our total now is 277 masks completed!


I have lots more sewing projects planned……

H for Hike

Using the mosaic slice technique again I have created another layout for my South African album. The Robberg Peninsula nature reserve offers three hiking trails and we chose to walk the medium difficulty trail. With narrow paths, sheer drops, and tracks  that led across wave swept rocks we were relieved we didn’t choose the harder trail!


I have stitched a border for the layout using a chain stitch with embroidery thread with tonal colour variations. The simple shell embellishments were made with a Stampendous stamp set.


I have adhered the title directly over the  large photo, and written journaling directly onto the background.


The peninsula juts into Plettenberg bay where we had seen whales and dolphin on our ocean safari.


The peninsula is home to a large colony of Cape Fur seals that we had seen from a small boat:


The start of our hike took us along the cliffs and we could see, hear and smell the colony way below us!


We took plenty of water on our hike which we needed because it was so hot. The path was steep with plenty of sheer drops, but with amazing views out to sea.

20190916_143902When we came across a viewing platform it was a perfect opportunity for trying to spot whales out in the bay!


We spotted plenty of lizards and insects during our hike including giant grasshoppers! Check out this one compared to the size of Graham’s trainers.


We crossed from one side of the peninsula to the other when we came to a massive sand dune which we followed down to a beach and island.


So beautiful and almost deserted.



Our return hike took us back along the other side of the peninsula, but this time we were either just above the water level or climbing steep paths before dropping back down again.


Sometimes the path disappeared and we had to scramble across the rocks with the waves crashing only feet below us!


Views back to the beach and island:



It’s hard to believe that we visited South Africa only 10 months ago. It was a wonderful holiday filled with activity, wild life and so many memorable moments. I’ve enjoyed revisiting our afternoon hike through my scrapbooking!

Spring 2020!

I enjoyed creating this layout at our virtual crop. We all used the lovely cut file SPRING, designed by Paige Evans and cut in a soft cream colour using my Cricut. My spring has been spent at home and in the garden.  Sarah has been temporarily staying with us so my page highlights our current reality.


I used a gel plate and distress oxide inks to create some pink/orange card from which I have die cut butterflies (Lawn Fawn) to embellish each letter of the title. I used scraps of toning patterned papers to back each letter, and the flower outlines.


I have used another lawn fawn die set to create this simple flower pot embellishment, with the same gel plate print coloured card behind.


Dawn’s layout showcases the changes they have recently made to their lovely garden. I recognised some early Basic Grey patterned papers that I stocked at the craft centre over a decade ago! All the colours go so well together.


Lynda has highlighted spring flowers photographed whilst out walking and has managed to incorporate seven places to add photos.  Beautiful deep colours that reflects the blue bells in her photos.


Darryl has used bright cheerful colours and photos of pots of flowers in her garden, plus heaps of fun little embellishments! I like that metal ladybird. Each letter has been backed with a solid colour so they stand out from the patterned papers.


Using this SPRING cut out was a lovely challenge at our virtual crop, and a great way of using up little scraps. I think all four finished pages look fabulous, and were fun to create!

Petrohue Waterfalls

I haven’t used the mosaic slice technique for a while so when a friend suggested we scraplift a layout using this technique at our virtual crop I was keen to give it a go again.  With all our wonderful recent holidays finding a photo was easy.


I printed a large A4 photo and decided the start of my cuts should be either side of the volcano’s peak. 3cm felt a good width so I sliced the photo into 3cm strips on either side of my first two cuts. I pencilled the numbers 1 to 9 on the strips to make reassembly easy.


The scraplift we were using for inspiration had a stitched border so I first pierced holes and then ran a running stitch around all four sides using a multi coloured green embroidery thread.  I used a couple of different stamp and die sets to create the title, plus the Gwyneth Flourish die by Memory Box as a simple embellishment.


The four of us were all creating layouts based on the scraplift at the same time. This first page was created by my friend Dawn and features a stunning photo of Machu Picchu that we recently visited. I like the additional photograph set at a jaunty angle, the suitcase embellishment, and the alpaca. We saw alpacas wandering around the site during our two visits. They are “employed” as lawn mowers!


My friend Lynda has used a slightly smaller photo (A5) and matted each slice onto dark blue card which helps the photo stand out from the pale blue polka dot. Starfish cut from a patterned paper and some nautical embellishments are perfect for these beautiful dockside photos.


My friend Darryl has used a striking coastal photo of Kynance Cove, near The Lizard in Cornwall. I think the chain stitch adds to the nautical theme with the wooden boat and anchor embellishments, beach huts and strips of woven ribbon and ric rac add to the seaside feeling.


Darryl created a double layout with her title on the first page. The beautiful chipboard frame has been painted with Cosmic Shimmer paints.


We all started with the layout below to scraplift and have created very different pages. Sorry but I don’t know who to credit for the lovely page we used as our inspiration. I’ll definitely be printing of a large photo and creating this layout again!



Heyday Dungarees

I’ve made two pairs of dungarees this week for each of my daughters. The first time I have made dungarees, and the first time I have downloaded a pattern from the internet, so I have learnt a lot! Sarah is very pleased with hers, and has posted them on Instagram and Facebook!received_613468209521728

I purchased and downloaded the pattern from “Made By Jacks Mum” which I then needed to print off. It came to 35 A4 sheets.


The pattern has clear marks that have to be overlapped and joined up. A bit tricky but it was much easier and quicker the second time I printed it off.


I have used one of Sarah’s childhood single duvet covers featuring a bold Harry Potter pattern. I had never thought to use duvet covers for sewing until I made the scrub bags. Lots of fabric and a great upcycling project.

To the right of the photo you can see the toile I made first. Basically a mock up of the pattern to check the fit. I used an old sheet to make it.


The pattern features two pockets over the bottom, a front bib pocket and two on the front.


For Sarah’s version I omitted the front hip pockets and added two pockets in the side seams. Another first for me working out how to do that! I also managed to position the Hogwarts crest on the bib pocket.

received_565488327494312 I also used a duvet cover for my younger daughters dungarees. They are a soft grey colour with a small overall rainbow pattern that I needed to ensure went the right way up when cutting out the pieces!


It’s now parcelled up and on its way to Scotland. I made a matching mask too!


I enjoyed making this pattern and think I might be making a few more pairs in the future. I’m also eying up the contents of my airing cupboard in a new light!

My Birthday Cards

I have had a very busy week with lots of creative projects and a special socially distanced visit to see my parents so have had no time to blog. It was my birthday last week and I received so many lovely cards and five bouquets of flowers! I thought I would share the hand made cards I received as I’m sure fellow crafters will be able to appreciate them.

This first card was made by my friend Nina Lavelle. The flower image is an old Hero Arts wooden stamp, which Nina has repeatedly stamped to create layers of the small flowers. So pretty and beautiful colouring too.


My next card was made by my friend Margaret Bailey, and features an amazing see through greenhouse which I think Margaret has made using an embossing folder and thick plastic! Quite unique. I’ve never seen anything like that before!


My next card, made by Dorothy Adams (from Woodware) features a bold Woodware modern flower +stamp that Dorothy has paper pieced onto a kraft background. Very striking.


My next card has been made by my Aunty Margaret (Margaret Marshall who lives in Somerset) and features a delightful garden scene.  I have this die set in my own stash (Creative Expressions CED26002 Circle Scenes Collection- Garden) but have never used it!  I really must open it as it is very pretty.


A beautifully embossed card next made by my friend Linda Clare. I recognised the Crafts Too Emboss and Cut folder that’s been used as the base for the card. I think the flowers are from Creative Expression dies, but I’m not sure. Very soft pretty colours and lots of lovely shine from the silver matted layers.


And finally a card from my friend Jane Towse that needs two photos to show it off. This is what it looks like closed…


…and when you open it, the row of flower pots are revealed! Stunning. Jane obviously knows me well because she has used my two most favourite colours as well.


There was a definite garden theme going on this year with my cards, reflecting my new passion. All my cards were lovely to open but its very special to receive a unique hand made creation. Thank you so much.

Happy Fathers Day

Unless we are away on holiday we would normally spend Fathers day with my dad, and I would cook one of his favourite dinners. This year it will obviously be different, and my card reflects that. I thought it might raise a wry smile.


I have used my Cricut to cut and write the greeting. I have layered the word Pandemic twice for some depth.


I looked through my stamps to find images small images I could combine to create a “virus”! I have used a Hero Arts tiny splat and a small circular swirl for the centre in two shades of green Memento ink. I have added some dots with a Sakura green moonlight pen, plus inked the edges of the panel.


Hopefully this is a one off design and will not be needed again in the future! Happy Fathers Day dad, and hopefully I will see you very soon.

Happy Birthday Helen

My friend celebrated her birthday yesterday in lockdown and this is the card I made to send to her.


I have yet again used the Karen Burniston accordion dies to create a card base, but this time I have combined both the oval and rectangle sets.


I did find this slightly tricky to do as the tabs were not quite the right shape but I added some small strips of card at the back to reinforce the hinges.

20200615_074942I have added an embossed layer to each panel using the Totally Tropical embossing folder from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine issue 205. The flowers were stamped onto coloured pink card then shading added with promarkers.20200615_074801

All the decoration was created using the stamps from the magazines Totally Tropical set.


I have also added a few flower shaped gems for a touch of sparkle.

Ready To Start The Day

Yesterday I shared my layout featuring the telephone die and stencils created when virtual cropping with my friend Nina. I thought I would share Nina’s layout using the same supplies which I think is brilliant! So different to my rabbit themed layout.


Nina has utilised a Woodware stamp set to create the phone and laptop. The images have been stamped and heat embossed in silver which looks so real. The May 18 calendar page is a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine issue 73, Lets Make Plans.  The blue notebook page will be used for journaling. Nina made it with an old Hero Arts stamp. The background has been created with both the stencils we were using, plus additional stamping. I think the coffee cup stains/rings are inspired!


Nina has also made a couple of cards. I love the patterned telephone. I never think to stamp patterns onto die cut shapes but this has worked so well.


Nina’s second card uses some of the sewing stamps we were using at a previous virtual crop. Adding stitching around the die cut telephone ties all the elements together.


Nina and myself are enjoying our virtual crops which have been an unexpected bonus of lockdown. Because we live a long way from each other we will be continuing to crop this way even once the pandemic is over.

Thanks Nina for letting me share your work.


I came across a mini book recently that I hade made in 2011 and decided to take it apart and create a double layout for my album instead. The photos bought back many happy memories of our house bunny who lived with us for nine and a half years.


Topsy was a much loved pet. She had a litter tray and her food bowls in a large wire cage housed in my study and would hop in and out as needed. However she was not caged and had the run of downstairs, except the lounge because she did love to nibble wires! She was also able to access the garden which she loved when she was young. As she became older she preferred to stay inside and sit at my feet as I was working.


I made this layout whilst cropping with Nina, and our challenge was to both use the same telephone die and stencils! I have added the phone as a reminder of her nibbling habits! I have backed the phone with patterned paper and added a decorative brad in the centre.


One of the stencils with a tiny heart has been used behind the title, with some tiny punched hearts added on top.


All the patterned paper is by Basic Grey. I was able to utilise all the card and paper from the mini album on these two pages.


The other stencil Nina and myself were using has been stencilled behind a die cut word with hearts linking both sides of the layout.


The mini album contained pull out file folders so I have repurposed these to make a pull down flap for my journaling.


We were all very upset when Topsy died but knew she had enjoyed a very happy life. She was so friendly and loved to follow us around.  Most domestic rabbits in the UK are caged in tiny boxes (hutches) that are far too small and live out one of the most miserable existences possible. I’m glad we can look back and know we did the best we could for our pet.