A selfish brag post… giveaway win!

Yep, this post is purely to show off. Well if I can’t show off to you, who can I show off to?
The lovely Sharon at Creativity & Family ran a fantastic giveaway last week. And, yes you guessed it – I won the sewing bundle!
So here I am showing you all what I got…
It came wrapped in fabric – wow, my daughter and I were impressed by that idea! The ribbon was actually tied in a nice bow, but I untied it before I thought to take photos.

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I love the chalkboard tag! I’m keeping that! ūüôā

And here’s what was inside:

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Sharon is always leaving lovely comments on my blog – and she must be just as lovely in real life because she even thought to add a little knitting doll for my girls! Well, Sharon, my eldest was very happy with that as you can see – and we’ve started her off already ūüôā

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Look at all this pretty fabric!!

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I’m going to use it to make things just for me! One piece will be made into a sunglasses case. As for the others… suggestions?! I realised I’m not used to making things for myself anymore!

My photos are a bit rubbish, but if you zoom back up you can see a pack of pretty floral buttons, too. This package oozed girliness!

I had a surprise gift, too, which wasn’t detailed in the giveaway post.

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Ahhh – I have been wanting some of these scissors! I’m so pleased. I do like a bit of embroidery!

Do you see that adorable little cat attached to the handle? Awww, what a lovely touch. The giveaway entry rule was to comment with the name of a cat – I chose Sonic and Shadow. (I got two entries; one for being a follower of the blog). Sharon’s son chose the winners and he chose Sonic. So that is the name of the little cat on my scissors!

That’s the end of my brag post. I hope you’re not too jealous!

THANK YOU, SHARON!

Beth x

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

It was over a month ago that the lovely Jana at Me and My Veritas nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Of course I accepted it – why wouldn’t I? Yet I haven’t shared it with anyone else yet. I thought now is about time!

So, firstly, THANK YOU JANA! Jana is one of my loyal readers, and I certainly enjoy her frequent posts too. She shares the cutest ideas of things to make for kids. She’s currently running a DIY Felt Tools series, which is just adorable.¬†Of course she received the Very Inspiring Blogger award before me, and I think she’s a very deserving blogger indeed.

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So, what is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award?

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers from fellow bloggers. It recognizes bloggers who work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place.

Award Guidelines:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award logo in a blog entry.
  3. List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. State 7 hidden facts about yourself OR 3 things that inspire you.
  5. Nominate 10 other blogger friends for the award.

Jana said that she¬†found different rules for #4 of this award; hidden facts or things that inspire you.¬†Like Jana,¬†I have already received the Versatile Blogger Award, which asks you to share 7 facts about yourself – so I am going to share what inspires me. Check out my old award post if you’re curious now!

My Inspirations:

1. My children. I love sewing for my children. They are so sweet and grateful. Of course I am inspired by their love of girly things.

2. Recycling. I love to look at things in a new light. I now can’t throw away old clothes for I want to refashion them into something new. A few of my old clothes have been upcycled into clothes from my children, and I have bought duvet covers and charity shop clothes to make ‘new’ skirts, dresses and more.

Upcycle old jeans into girls' dungarees @AfterDarkSewing 3. Reading blogs. Is there actually such a thing as TOO MUCH inspiration? I certainly get an awful lot of inspiration from reading blogs, as well as sewing magazines, and of course Pinterest!

This leads me swiftly on to…

My Nominations:

These are ten of the blogs that I find inspiring. In no particular order!!

1. Sewchet. Check out her DIY t-shirt yarn. I saw a roll of t-shirt yarn selling in TK Maxx for about £5. Why would you pay that when you most probably have a t-shirt lying around at home you can cut up?!

2. Thimberlina. I’ve made a Grainline Morris Blazer after seeing hers, and I will soon make a Seamwork Oslo cardigan after seeing hers!

3. Navybluethreads. I’ve been following Teresa’s blog almost since I started blogging myself, and her makes are always inspiring. She churns out skirts¬†like there’s no tomorrow! Especially Gingers!

4. Threads & Bobbins. Natalie started the whole Sunday Sevens thing. That in itself is quite amazing.

5. Saturday Night Stitch. Hila also inspired me to make a Grainline Morris Blazer. (Here’s her fab yellow one!) I also love her denim Hollyburn skirt. In fact I love a lot of her clothes!

6. Dressed by Dressler. I so badly need to make this lacy skirt.

7. Fabrikated. Kate is so talented and always full of advice and interesting, inspiring posts about sewing, fashion, fabric and more.

8. Making & Marking.¬†She¬†always choosing beautiful fabric for her beautiful dresses. And she’s just made two adorable¬†quilts¬†that have given me¬†a bit of a kick up the bum that I need to get moving on¬†my 2015 goal to make a quilt!

9.  Made by Toya. Oh my goodness, the amount of fabulous clothing Toya makes for her kids makes me green. The most inspirational bit about her blog, though, is how she very often prints her own fabric designs. Just look at this fruity ensemble. Can you believe she drew all those fruits on the fabric herself? I HAVE to try it soon!

10. Sew Sensational. If Louise doesn’t inspire you to make several Coco’s, I don’t know who will!

Ahhh I could go on and on. Check out some other inspiring blogs on my blog roll to the right >>>>>>>>

Don’t be disappointed if I didn’t nominate you…. I feel bad but I can’t nominate everyone!

Now, less reading, more sewing!

Beth x

Happy Birthday to Me!

As of today I am closer to 30 than 20. That’s a scary thought!

My mum gave me lots of lovely presents – most of them sewing-related. I’m very happy ūüėÄ

So because it’s my day and I can do what I want, I have left the yucky baking washing-up and¬†popped on here to share them with you like-minded sewing people!

Sewing prezzies!

I am now the proud owner of the Coco pattern! Hooray!

Coco pattern

I will be using it very soon along with one of the knits I bought last week (probably the blue one).

Coco plans

And whilst we’re on the subject of the successes of The Great British Sewing Bee contestants – I have got Lauren’s ‘Learn to Sew with Lauren’ book. I really liked Lauren on the show. She reminds me of myself. Although she’s a better sewer! I think it’s just the blue eyes, blonde hair part of her… Oh, plus on one episode she messed something up and it made her cry – that’s something I would do if I was there!

Learn to sew with Lauren

This is a beautiful embroidery kit to make such a sweet purse. I’m so looking forward to starting this!

Made by me embroidery kit

And look at this cuuuuute flower buttons – and some ever-so-practical dressmaking pins. You can never have too many of these. The last lot I bought had loads of blunt ones! I mean, they didn’t even have a point at all. Hopefully these will be better!

Pins & Buttons

And last but definitely not least is this amazing sewing tin. Oh, the stuff I could stash in here…

My cake-monster of a daughter was not happy that it had no cake in, though. Luckily for her, she will get some later ūüôā

John Lewis Sewing Tin

Isn’t my mum the best?!

If you’re reading, Mum – again, thank you very much!!

I’m looking forward to see¬†what else my birthday has to bring…

Beth x