There’s nothing nicer than knowing that a handmade present was well-received, so I was delighted that this horse T-shirt was such a hit that the recipient's Mum requested a bigger version for his recent third birthday... I’m such a dab hand at the iron on transfer paper by now that I actually – regular readers, … Continue reading A horse for the wall
Someone really needs to make a calendar highlighting the good "World days" of the year, because I have only just this second, at 5.34pm, discovered that today is World Oceans Day. So, happy World Oceans Day to you all! I think this is the first time I've mentioned it, but I am a really keen … Continue reading Happy World Oceans Day!
Something feels wrong this Monday. Oh, wait, I know what it is… …it’s not a Bank holiday. Sob, sob. Somehow the three-day weekend last week felt like a miniature holiday, whereas the weekend we’ve just had was more like a rushed work lunch break. Two whole days passed so quickly that I don’t really know … Continue reading Back to business: card holders
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most satisfying. I always find it really hard to find nice wrapping paper – and when I do, I'm then completely shocked at the cost of it. You frequently pay a fiver just to buy some paper to put a present in that will immediately get thrown into the … Continue reading Print your own wrapping paper
In which I feel some disappointment that my design skills aren't quite as faultless as I thought... You know the saying: the work of a budding fabric designer is never done. Buoyed by the success of my teapot fabric, I went straight back to Spoonflower to experiment with some different designs. With the teapots, I … Continue reading Beetles and fish and lobsters, oh my!
Sleep’s been on my mind a lot recently. I haven’t been getting any. I miss it. It's down to the baby. I try not to witter on too much about baby things on this blog. I know how tedious it is to listen to parents of babies tell you every last detail about their sleeping … Continue reading Counting sheep: the art of sleep
When I was about eight years old an odd craze swept through my primary school. The jewellery-made-from-crisp-packets craze. Do you remember it? It must have been about the late 1980s and it was suddenly de rigeur to put a crisp packet into the oven, watch it shrink and then stick a safety pin on the … Continue reading Tiny teapots and lurid lobsters: shrink plastic experiments
You know how it is around these parts. You wait four months for any sort of fabric dream development, and then two pieces of news come along at once… (Okay, to fit the bus analogy it really should be three things at once, but heeeeey, steady on there, let’s not get too carried away in … Continue reading The (fabric) world is not enough…
You know the drill by now. I’m meant to be writing a blog about setting up my own fabric business. Except, I’ve been too busy writing my blog to do anything about setting up my fabric business… Until now, that is. For, this week, I took one giant step towards making the whole fabric designing … Continue reading A toe in the water: teapot fabric
First an apology. I’ve somewhat lost my writing mojo over the last week. I was reading through my last few posts this morning (mmm, I know, surely there are better things to do with my time) and thought they were somewhat lacking in a little je ne sais quoi (except I do sais quoi: it … Continue reading Vintage children’s book covers