Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
I also have a great idea for my mug swap but you will have to wait to see that too......sorry ;) for the mug swap we only know who we are to send to not who will send to you, which I think makes it all the more exciting. In addition to the mug I will be including a new handmade item.
Saturday morning we are travelling up to my parents as we are going to see Russel Brand at the City Hall, Newcastle. The tickets were a gift for both mine and Chris's birthday, so we're really looking forward to it. Its also a nice excuse to see my family again (not that I need one).
Things are so busy at the moment with still finishing the extension, converting the loft space, work, crafting, housework (lots of ironing **groan**) that the weeks seem to be flying by. There are lots of new items on the horizon for bagladee....I'm just itching to get the loft finished so that I can get up there and really get sewing. Getting impatient doesn't even begin to describe my mood but I'm trying to space out the fun of buying for it, that should pacify me for a while :)
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
The Ebay pile is growing fast as well as the rubbish bins over flowing. I've even started getting stuff together to go into the sewing room/studio. While I was filing some receipts and samples away I came across all the business, thank you and post cards that I've kept from fellow crafters that I've bought from. Before I put them into a pretty little keepsake box I thought I'd take a photo as I think they look quite nice all laid out together.
I'm really starting to enjoy all the organising and sorting, I'm not a fan of clutter and I like to see things shut away behind closed doors. And then there is the nostalgia part of having a clear out....coming across all those things that you've kept because they have meaning behind them.
Speaking of which I came across the first bag that I made before bagladee was born, it was made from a padded fishing jacket I bought from a Charity shop. I will try and take some photo's this week and show you.....you will laugh bless it :)
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I spent this morning catching up with a friend we went to Starbucks for a Machiatto and a blueberry muffin (yum, yum!!). And then whilst sorting some bits out to update my website and etsy shop I thought I'd catch up on some blog reading......I was so pleased when I stumbled across this post by Shabby Vintage Mom entitled "Craft room ideas and inspiration" oh what luck!! I've added that particular page to my favourites so I can go back later and have a good read. I've also been looking at the groups on Flickr for some ideas. I'm just itching to get up there!!
I'm praying for good weather so that we can get the skylight in and get cracking!!
Friday, 23 January 2009
I'm planning on making some new bags out of this gorgeous little lot which I bought from luckykaerufabric.
Then I saw this and thought they would make some lovely purses/pouches. I bought this stash from downshadowlane.
Great for on the go, meaning I can always keep up with my blog reading, sometimes I find it really hard to always read my following blogs....and I hate missing out. Not any more :)
Some major work going on in the studio/sewing room this weekend so I will try and post some photos on the progress. Have a fab weekend. xx
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I was kindly reminded today about them by Louise, the lady who gave them to me. Aren't they the most gorgeous buttons you've ever seen?? I don't think the photo's do them justice....the colours are so yummy and they have gold dots painted in the indents.
I'm feeling quite smug about them :) as these are prototype buttons and not for sale yet.....they are going to go through some vigorous bagladee tests to see how robust and durable they are. Oh what fun.....first I get to make something special with them then do some washing tests etc to see how they are against the elements :) thank you so much for letting me play with them Louise, I still think the green ones will look amazing on my black coat!
This one was inspired by 'ME' :) because I am a Geordie and I say MAM instead of MUM. If you are reading this Louise, thank you so much what a lovely thought. I will be sending you a little note in the post. And as soon as the buttons have been tried and tested I will let you know.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
And then after all the pieces were cut out, these 2 little fella's pop up and said hello :)
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Thank you for all the birthday wishes, I had a lovely day I received lots of cards and I decided to treat myself and bought a Net book with the money I was given which will be going in my other birthday present (studio/sewing room). I've been so lucky this year, I really am grateful.
Speaking of said studio here are some more photo's that I promised......now don't expect anything too major we both have full time jobs so Saturdays are the only DIY days we have.
As you can see from this photo we've got all the insulation up in the rafters and ran an aerial cable through for the TV, there's also a gap been left for the sky light.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
After a few hours of messing around with it yesterday this is what I came up with. What do you think?
There's a bit more progress going on in the studio/sewing room conversion so I'll have some more photo's for you soon.....I think I maybe getting a little ahead of myself as I've been sneakily looking at bean bags, chaise longs, already whittled the wallpaper samples down to 3 favourites, storage out of the Ikea catalogue....and anything else I can find on the net :)
We had a bit of a trauma yesterday involving the other half's car, a VERY misguided youth and the police which resulted in us not going out for a meal last night :( maybe we will go next weekend.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
We had decided that we were going to re-lag all the loft to make the house warmer and more energy efficient....but when I came home on Friday my other half asked me how would I like it as a sewing room/studio. Well I was so excited I didn't know whether to throw up or squeal with delight! So it was the squealing :)
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Even though its only the second working week into the year- being less stressed is proving to be more difficult than I thought. My day job is one of those jobs where when its not filled with obstacle upon obstacle I do actually enjoy it. Its challenging in its own way and I do get job satisfaction out of it, but there are times when I wonder what on earth am I doing there!! Since the Christmas break I just cant seem to shake the "back to work blues".
I would be so grateful of any suggestions of de-stressing techniques or meditation, I just want to get back to the pre-Christmas "not so stressed" me.
To help de-stress a little I'm currently working on a little something to go with my other half's birthday gift.....who's birthday is 4 days after mine. Quite good really because we celebrate it together in the days between. I cant reveal what it is yet as I don't want him to see it but after the weekend I'll show you what I made.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
I got a funky lime green folder and the bits and bobs to go in it, so that I can file all my patterns properly and organise my other folder instead of everything just being shoved in anywhere :o/ these just came from WHSmiths where I also purchased this months copy of 'Sew Hip'.
I then took a walk to Paperchase (my joint most favouritest shop in the whole wide world-Along side Hobbycraft!!) where I bought the most gorgeous journal/notebook and another for scrap booking.
I love the cover on the note book its flocked (book on the right), as soon as I picked it up I couldn't resist stroking the cover (Sad I know :)) this is going to be my 'To Do' book (i know its progressed from a list to a book now, crazy) I'll write all the things I plan to get done and make notes on things I want to write for my blog etc.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
I know what a waste :o/ (It does eventually get passed onto a new home via family and charity, before you think I hoard things or I'm a spend thrift).
But definitely not this year!! I refrained from the usual trek to the shops and even when I passed a sale it was a quick glance in the window and off :) very proud of myself.
I did however use this to my advantage this year, its my birthday next week and wanted a nice top to go with my black jeans to go out for a meal so I found this top on the Internet for £6.....I know I can hardly believe it myself!
And then I thought I really need to get a dress for my friends wedding in the summer and spotted this lovely jade green dress for only £8 and I already have shoes and a bag to go with it :)
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
(click on image to go to I'm a Ginger Monkey's blog to take part.)
And what luck my swap partner is: Kitty I follow her blog so I kinda know a little about her. Cant wait to see what we both swap. Hi Kitty **wave** :)
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
OK to play a long the rules here I have to say what my 5 addictions are and my 5 fav blogs that I think are fab too. So here goes:
1) Funky Fabrics (my collection has grown so much, some has had to be stored away in boxes in the garage!! Eeek!)
2) Handbags (whether made by me or bought it doesn't matter I LOVE THEM ALL!!) :)
3) Shoes (Obviously, to go with the bags)
4) Coffee (bad addiction I know, but from Latte's to espresso's I just cant get enough. I have a great coffee machine)
5) The Internet (I love writing on my blog, reading others, browsing and buying.....I have just been reminded by my other half that I prob spend more time with my laptop than I do with him) :o/
And now for my 5 nominations:
1) A bit of this and that
2) Bug and fishes by Lupin
3) Circles are forever
4) Jelly Beans Art
5) Kittys bloggy bits
Monday, 5 January 2009
The motivation is all coming from bagladee and what 2009 holds for her/me :) I feel the need to get 'my house' so to speak in order, organise everything and enjoy myself.
I thought today would be a good day to show you what I made for the other half for Christmas. Its a small version of a messenger bag and I made the pattern from scratch. As far as manly but funky patterns go I quite like this fabric, its silhouettes of famous faces through the years....at a good guess I can spot a very young Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis, Twiggy.....any others you can recognise?
Its quite a roomy over the shoulder mini messenger with internal pockets and a thick comfy strap. I was a little unsure if he would like it, but a sigh of relief was exhaled when he saw it.
And you are now looking at the new addition to the bagladee family....I'll be making a few adjustments and adding a couple of features but this is the next item to be making its way onto the website.