Wednesday, 21 June 2017

And sew it begins : PJ bottoms

Good morning my lovelies, another glorious day out there. I love Summer :) there's nothing better than sitting in my sewing room creating, other than sitting in my sewing room creating and the sun is shining!!

I have a very large mug of coffee so lets get started before I go and finish some more pen cases and tackle the rest of my to do list (yes I am most definitely keeping myself busy). I thought I'd show you my first Make 9 project. Now I know its a little late in the year to be starting only my first project as I posted about this back in early February, but there is still plenty of time in the year to get the other 8 done for sure!

So first from the list I chose PJ bottoms, mainly because I live out of them (dont judge me, I like being comfy lol). The very lovely Lynne from The Make It Room kindly offered to send me the pattern and instructions that she uses in her classes. If you have never heard of Lynne before pop over and take a look at her website. She runs workshops and courses in dressmaking and sewing, feltmaking, needlefelting, knitting, crochet, lampshade making, rag rugs, painted furniture and d├ęcoupage. I do wished that I lived closer so I could attend all of her sewing classes :(

I bought some beautiful cotton from a shop on ebay which was about £11 for 2 1/2 meters which I thought was really cheap, I didn't want to buy anything too expensive as this was my first project. Once I get a little more back into the swing of things I will be a bit more adventurous with my choice of fabrics. I have my eye on a few :D I bought some elastic for the waist band and already had this beautiful cream ribbon that I bought from John Lewis many moons ago.

I added some length to the pattern as I have very long legs so 6" extra was necessary! And that was it I was ready to get going!!

This was the first time in a long time since I had used an over locker. It is ridiculous how excited I was to thread it up and over lock something. Although it had been ages since I had used it I still managed to thread it up like it was only yesterday. I could have literally spent all day just over locking stuff (yes I need to get out more).

Anyway I did manage to prise myself away from the over locker to actually sew them together and start sewing the casing for the waist band. My one mistake was that I ran out of the thread and had to use two different colours, if you look carefully at the photo below. But I dont think I will ever notice!!

I started to get a real pang of excitment once I started feeding the elastic in for the waist band.....they were actually looking like a garment!! 

I hemmed the bottoms and added the ribbon...........
.........and this is how they turned out!!!!!

I couldnt be happier with my first make. In fact I was a mix of emotions of 'why the hell have you not been doing this all along' and I was so proud that I had made something that I could wear! 

These wont be the last pair I make...I have already ordered some more fabric to make my next pair. They were so easy to make, Lynne's instructions were so easy to follow and the fit was perfect.

It has really fuelled my passion for sewing again, I feel like I just want to spend every single day sewing!! So if anyone can find me a permanent job where I can sew all day then please let me know lol.

I'm already planning my next two projects and cant wait to get started.....

Emma xxx

Friday, 16 June 2017

Learn a new skill : Modern Calligraphy

Happy Fri-yay my lovelies, I hope you have all got something nice planned for the weekend. Especially if you're in the UK, apparently this weekend is going to be a scorcher!!! 
Lets hope so :D

Let me start off with giving you all a quick update as to where I'm at and what I'm experiencing/feeling since being made redundant from my 'day job'. As I said in an earlier post the first few days, in fact the first week just felt like I was on holiday. So I dont think I really knew how to act or feel. I did have days where I felt a little lost. I think this was due to Mr.B still working and it felt like I was on holiday on my own....bit of a strange feeling. So I busied myself with house work and relaxing. I did a little bit of reading (which is totally not like me), planning and writing notes about the things that really make me happy (this was soooo good to do, try writing a list of 7 things that make you happy) and I spent quite a while sorting through all of the fabrics I had in my stash. This week I seem to be settling down into my own personal routine which feels AMAZING!!! Let hope I can some how keep some of that in my life going forward whatever I decide to do.

Anyway....I have also spent quit a lot of time practising my modern calligraphy, which was obviously the purpose of the post but yet again, Emma went off on a tangent!

I met a lovely lady called Lauren at Kirsty Allsops Handmade Fair who was teaching one of the workshops I had signed up to. We had great fun learning the very basics, but once I was home I wanted to learn more. A friend had bought me a modern calligraphy set for my birthday in January which I hadn't opened.... I quickly ordered some practice paper and inks from Laura's website 'Oh Wonder' and thats it!!! As soon as it arrived I got started and I'm hooked!!!! I want to run at a pace of a million miles and be able to just go ahead and write something pretty but I have to keep reminding myself that to be good you need to practice, practice, practice. So I've been starting off with alphabet drills and then just writing words that I like. Favourite letters to write so far are, h, m and r. 

Its a wonderful way to lose yourself for an hour or so in the quiet calm of your mind, its very relaxing and I'm slowly starting to make improvement (top pic is my current progress).

Its good to learn a new skill, there are so many out that that I want to learn, its a wonder how I will fit them all in :D

Have a wonderful weekend....
Emma xxx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Fabric de-stash

Hello again my lovelies, I'm having a big de-stash over on my FB page and Instagram account (depending on which one you follow). 

There are 76 fabrics up for grabs and I know I am biased but there are some beauts in there! Why am I de-stashing????

Well I'm hoping to make some room for a new adventure and I know in the bottom of my heart that I just wont use any of these fabrics. It seems such a shame that they would be stuck in a drawer rather than being made into something beautiful by someone who could use them.

So I have tried to be very fair in what I am asking for them, there are lots of different sizes but nothing goes over £3.50 and some are over a meter in length.

If you are like me and a fabric addict then great :) pop over to my FB page or Insta account and see if there is anything that takes your fancy. Help me de-stash please!!!! :D

Thank you....
Emma xxx

Friday, 9 June 2017

The first day...

Hello again my lovelies, waking up on the first day of my new adventure almost felt like I was on the first day of my holidays lol. Mr.B had taken the day off work to offer moral support so that I didn't feel like I was in limbo land wondering what to do with myself.

Now don't just me on this next photo :D when asked what I would like to do on my first day of 'freedom' (that's what Mr.B likes to call it), I said "can we go for a full English breakfast please?" This is something I wouldn't normally do, but in times of change/celebration we tend to over indulge as its deemed as being 'allowed'. 

So that is exactly what we did :D Mr.B says I am disgusting because I have red and brown sauce on my plate! Its just that I can never decide between the two, they are both as equally delicious but in different ways.

We then decided we would go out for the day to Rufford Country Park and walk off all those calories from earlier. It was a beautiful day, 23 degrees and the sun was shining. The car park was quite full and there were lots of families jostling children out of cars (it was half term). 

We bumped into this guy on our walk through the gardens...

...isn't he cute.

We walked all the way round the lake and saw lots of ducks and Canadian geese, it was good to get out into the fresh air. We talked about how I felt about leaving work while we walked, although it was still a little too soon to process things, I felt relaxed and grateful to be outside enjoying the sunshine on what would have been a 'work' day.

The gardens are beautiful at Rufford, and there are so many sculptures to see including a beautiful memorial wall. 

We then picked a lovely spot near the main house to sit in the sunshine and enjoy a picnic, even though it was a warm day I insisted on bringing a flask of tea (of course) I love tea :D

I have to confess afterwards I was so relaxed that I actually nodded off whilst lying on the picnic blanket ooooppss! Well in my defence I hadn't been sleeping very well in the previous weeks so this was obviously my body's way of telling me I needed some rest.

So this is me.....

Relaxed, processing change and looking forward to new adventures, which of course I will be posting about here :D Have a wonderful weekend,

......Emma xxx

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The last day...

Hello my lovelies, I cant believe that its been a week today since my last day at my day job!!

I was very anxious about my last day, I didn't know what to expect, or how I was going to feel. I didn't sleep much the two nights before either. There was never a feeling of am I doing the right thing, I think it was more about the stepping out of my comfort zone and into the unknown (well unknown for the last 13 years). 

I spent most of the morning feeling sick, nervous, anxious....and then I was called into the main office for my official "send off" at 10am even though I wasn't actually finishing until 4pm. Everyone was so lovely, there was a speech by the financial director of the company, then I was asked to say a few words. Now I cant tell you what I said because I honestly cant remember a word, my hands were shaking and my legs felt like jelly. There were lots of hugs and I was given a card and collection. I managed to keep my shit together just enough time for everyone to disperse and then I cried :'( 

It was all officially over!! 

I spent the rest of the day, saying my goodbyes to individual people and packing up the last bits and pieces from my desk.

At 4pm I was walked out by some of my work colleagues/friends and Mr.B drove us through the gates for the last time......

I really cant thank them enough, I was overwhelmed by their kindness and generosity and I will miss them very much.

But its all about writing my next chapter now and where it will take me.

....Emma xxx

Monday, 29 May 2017


Back in January I posted a picture on Instagram after I was tagged to name my 'Word for 2017'. Since I had already written a 'list of change' in place of new years resolutions I thought the obvious choice would be....

 My list was more of a way of writing down the positive changes I wanted to make to my life to make me happier. 2016 was a difficult, disorganised and stressful year so I decided that 2017 was going to be different.

I never thought for one minute that one of the changes would be that I would be made redundant from my job that I've had for the last 13 years!! I don't want to say too much as its been a really difficult time over the last 6 weeks, a lot of crying, soul searching and trying to figure out where it leaves me.

My last day is the 31st and I will be leaving behind a lot of people who have been there when times were rough, who made me laugh and helped me grow as a person. My first day, back in 2004, I was 24 had only been living in Nottingham 6 months and the only person I knew was Mr.B.....I've met some lovely people over the years and made some fantastic friends.

I have learnt a lot about myself over the last 13 years, and there have been times in the past where I almost left to go elsewhere, but I really feel that this time its the best thing to happen. Almost the kick up the arse that I've needed for a long time. I wont be rushing into something else straight away, I'd like to change direction completely, what.....I dont quite know yet but I'm sure I'll figure it out. I've had the most amazing support from Mr.B and my family and friends, I really couldn't have asked for more.

So even though my belly is a mix of feeling scared, excited and sad all in one go, I'm a big believer in everything happens for a reason. Lets hope that reason is a good one ;)

....Emma xxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Handmade Fair - Kirstie Allsop

Hello there my lovelies, happy Fri-yay to you all. 

This time last week I had travelled to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire with my lovely friend Andrea to visit The Handmade Fair which is run by Kirstie Allsop (Location, location, location). To be honest the weather wasn't much better than it was today, grey and raining....however that didn't bother us one bit. We were far too excited to see if we could spot Kirstie and we were looking forward to the two workshops we were booked into doing.

Its quite a long time since I visited any kind of craft fair/show and I was particularly looking forward to a bit of girlie time. It was definitely what I needed to give me a boost!!! I mentioned last week that its been a bit stressful for me lately so it was nice to forget about everything and emerge myself in the craft world. We attended Dot daisy painting and Modern Calligraphy workshops and they were great fun, I even bought one of the painting kits so that I could carry on learning at home. The selection of exhibitors in the shopping village tent was fantastic, what I would call 'real handmade' stands. I managed to just about stay in my allowance and bought 2 brooches, a pin cushion, painting kit and I even brought Mr.B a gourmet brownie home. I had the most delicious paella and finished off my day with a portion of churros.....yum!!!

Oh yes and we even bumped into Kirstie!!!!!!!

The only thing that could have made the day better was if the sun was shining......other than that brilliant. Can wait to go again next year :D

.......Emma xxx