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.


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

Dare I Mention Christmas…

I’m going to have to start thinking about the joys of Christmas now that I have just signed up to the sewing bloggers’ answer to Secret Santa… ‘Sewing Santa’!

It’s basically a Secret Santa (although it doesn’t have to be secret) between sewing bloggers. So you are guaranteed a sewing-related present at Christmas! WOW. Have I got your attention? Head over to Stitched Up From the Start to find out more, and join in by midnight tomorrow!


Ahh, exciting!!

I do have a finished project to share with you, but this has overtaken its need for publishing because the deadline for signing up is TOMORROW, and I wonder if any of you lovely lot would like to join before it’s too late?!

Now to narrow down the many, many sewing goodies I could wrap up for my recipient….

Beth x

Sharing the Love (Awards and Celebrations)

I think it’s about time I shared the awards that I have been kindly nominated for with you all.

A few weeks ago, Mary @ Dodgy Zebra nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award. Thank you!


And then shortly after that, Samantha at Strings Attached gave me the Liebster award. Thank you!!


I’m so sorry I haven’t got around to writing about them. But I’m now [virtually] putting on my best frock and accepting them with tears of joy.

I’m going to merge them together because of course they are similar in nature – they’re kind of getting-to-know-you chain letters in the blogging world (although I hadn’t yet come across the One Lovely Blog chain, it is just like the Versatile Blogger award!)


Receiving the One Lovely Blog nomination means that I must share seven things about myself. I’ve decided not to do this because a) I shared seven things when I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award, and b) see below…!

When you’re nominated for the Liebster Award, you answer ten questions posed by the nominator and then nominate ten more small bloggers and ask them ten new questions.

The questions I have answered (below) tell you [more than] seven things about me – therefore linking up the One Lovely Blog award, too.

1. What is your creative process?

I would say that it begins with research. I am a subscriber to Love Sewing magazine, which has some good inspiration in it. I read several blogs, which have certainly opened up my creative world. And I browse Pinterest. I’ll pick something to make, mostly on how straightforward it looks to a) prepare (i.e. printing patterns = urgh) and b) make. I will then make it, and a lot of the time my creative process is completed by writing about it, which is another creative process altogether I guess!

2. What can you absolutely not function without?


3. What is your favorite part of your day and why?

Would it be incredibly selfish of me to say the evening, when the girls are in bed and I get my dose of ‘me time’?!

4. What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

I’ve spoken about this before, and it still stands. Getting through university – pregnant in my first year, had the baby at the end of it, and carried on regardless, without referring any years or modules. That’s kind of two accomplishments rolled into one, if you think about it.

5. What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t think I have a favourite book. There are books I have enjoyed, but I have never chosen a favourite. Sorry!

6. What makes you fangirl?

What is fangirl?! *Goes off to Google….* OK – “a female fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, film, music, or science fiction.” Hmm…. I really don’t think I’m obsessed with anyone. God, I’m boring.

7. How do you deal with stress?

Sew! I can’t focus on anything else when I’m sewing; I’m in my own bubble and nothing else can bother me. If I can’t sew, I’ll probably go for a walk. Or eat chocolate.

8. What is your favorite food?

Pasta – ideally with a nice creamy sauce. Strangely, I never make it myself with a creamy sauce… but I like to choose that when eating out!

9. Who inspires you?

I think there are a few people. These are the ones who spring to mind. In real life, I would say my grandad. He was always busy, working hard, and I feel like he had a fulfilled life. You don’t get anywhere sitting around doing nothing. And then there are people I don’t know; there’s one who started with very little and has built himself up to an amazing position – Lord Sugar. He shows me that you just need to grab any opportunity you’re given. And then there are people like Tilly Walnes aka Tilly and the Buttons. She was knocked out of the Great British Sewing Bee in the second round (I think?!) but has done so well regardless. Her blog is amazing, and her book equally so.

10. What do you love about yourself?

That’s difficult to answer, but what comes to mind is that I’m quite laidback. Things don’t very easily stress me out.



I have decided to gratefully accept the One Lovely Blog award but not pass it on – how very selfish of me. But I am passing on the Liebster award instead; I don’t want to bombard everyone with nominations!

So here are my ten questions for my chosen bloggers to answer…

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

2. Which movie would you watch over and over?

3. If you could be granted three wishes, what would you wish for?

4. Coffee or tea?

5. What are your pet hates?

6. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?

7. What’s the story behind your blog name?

8. Do you have any pets?

9. Are you a lark or an night owl?

10. What was your favourite television programme as a child?

Aaaaand the blogs are (in no particular order!):

1. Mary @ Dodgy Zebra

2. Hannah @ QuirkyHannah

3. Rita @ Rita’s Design

4. Natalie @ Threads & Bobbins

5. Sewchet

6. Unlikely Lady of Leisure

7. Rita @ Loose Threads and Fluff

8. Creative Saturdays

9. Abby @ Mummy Doesn’t Bake

10. Sherry @ Sassy Shuga’s Place

Phew… now get clicking!! (The links will open a new window so you won’t lose your place here!)


Finally there’s another thing I would like to show off… I shared my photo of my sleeveless Lottie Blouse that I made out of an old maxi dress on Love Sewing magazine’s timeline… Then they were impressed by it and shared it, which gave me (or rather, my blouse) an impressive 195 likes. It’s so crazy how ‘likes’ can make you feel. It’s nice to be liked, isn’t it?

Oh and on a similar note – This week I reached 100 followers on this blog. Yay! To have 100 random people out there (actually, I personally know about three of you) who have enjoyed reading my waffle is rather nice!


So, THANK YOU for reading, liking, and commenting on my little sewing blog – especially if you’ve got all the way down to here!! You’ve made me happy!!

Beth x