Exciting News…

Benjamin & I have bought a house!!!! :D

It’s a 3 bed terrace in Locks Heath on the South Coast (we’ll be back near the sea!!).

We got the keys on Friday but we’re not planning to move in for a couple of months so there will be plenty of time for decorating and making it feel like home.

(via nikitajade)

Sadly sewing has taken a bit of a back seat recently as I’ve had a couple of knitting projects to finish off. All done now though so I may get the sewing machine back out at the weekend.

Anyway, I’d like to introduce you to my newest creation - Bernie the Dog. He’s to be a present for my Mum so I hope she likes him. Again, the pattern was bought from Fluff and Fuzz and was a dream to work with!

I’ve also recently joined Ravelry as a way to keep track of things I knit. Feel free to add me if you’re also a member - username: annie-bella

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I’ve been thinking of getting a sewing machine for quite a while now so I was super excited when my lovely husband announced (with a very cheeky smile), that he’d been doing some secret shopping and had bought … one of these!

So far I’m very much still getting to grips with the basics, namely threading the machine and sewing in a straight line. However I have made a couple of bits which I am very proud of-

A project bag for my knitting-

My current knitting pattern has a lot of different pieces which before this bag were strewn all over the living room. Now however, I have everything I need (needles, wool, pattern and pieces) all in one place. And what a pretty little place it is too.

It’s just a basic drawstring bag but it’s made with such a pretty fabric that it makes me smile every time I see it.

A mouse pin cushion –

Isn’t he cute? I feel so mean every time I stick a pin in him though. Maybe next time I’ll make a tarantula pin cushion, I reckon I’d feel just fine stabbing that.

A cushion –

If you ever visit our house, please do not look closely at the zipper edge of this cushion, it’s a total mess! I was in a rush and stupidly didn’t notice that the fabric had folded under itself and I was actually sewing everything together. Moral of the story: do not start your first ever cushion less than an hour before the beginning of your favourite TV programme! That and marry a lovely man who will sit and unpick your mess whilst you feel sorry for yourself.

Anyway, thankfully the stitching is actually not that noticeable, unless you look very closely and considering this was my first ever zip, I think I did quite well.

I have a couple of days off work next week so I plan to start my next project then. I’m not going to say what it is just in case it all goes awfully wrong but I will try and post a photo if it goes well :)

On a final note, has anybody been watching The Great British Sewing Bee? What do you think? Who’s going to win? I was rooting for Tilly after discovering her blog Tilly and the Buttons (which, by the way has lots of useful sewing info on), but she did have a bad week so probably deserved to go yesterday. 

Oh well, that’s enough from me for one evening. Hope you’re all well and I will post again soon :) x

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Handmade gift bags

I have a LOT of scrapbook paper and as my current scrapbook is full (and I can’t seem to find another one I like), it’s just been lying around looking messy. So when I happened upon a tutorial for these cute little gift bags using said paper, I just knew I had to try it out.

There wasn’t much to it really, a bit of cutting, a bit of folding, a bit of nasty smelling glue (thanks Ben) and you’re almost there. Add a couple of ribbons and a gift tag (also made from scrapbook paper) and you’re done! Simples ;)

And I’m really happy with the result!

Admittedly any gift I give in either of these particular bags will need to be smaller than a couple of inches, but now I have the basics I’m sure I can invent my own template for next time.

The possibilities are endless-(ish)!

(Source: 9gag)