Quilts

Well… as promised I am giving you an update on my first attempt at quilting. 

Firstly I decided to make a small car seat sized quilt – my idea was start small to see if I can do it and the answer was I can! Yay for me! I made the first one using dinosaur print fabrics which I brought as a fat quarter set from Hobbycraft. This was the ideal starter as I got a mix of 6 fabrics for £7; perfect for a play about. I backed it in a navy fleece so it will be warm and cosy for little ones on journeys. 

Here is said little dinosaur quilt:  

I am now working on another quilt; this one is for a gift. For this one I brought 4 metres of different cotton fabrics from my local haberdashery. This is more of a space theme and I am in love with some of these fabrics. Quilt numero two will be slightly bigger; more cot sized, but will once again be backed with a fleece for warmth. I think for this I will go for a grey fleece but comments are welcome (I intend on buying this tomorrow). 

Here is a sneaky peak of my space themed quilt:   

I am loving making these and am hoping to make lots more. I may even try making a “memory” quilt out of old clothing.

Watch this space… 

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No internet… 

I hadn’t realised how much of an everyday occurrence social media had become until I didn’t have internet. 

due to a mix up our contract with our previous internet provider came to an end and the new internet provider had not actually connected us on the day they said they would. At this point all was ok, I mean that’s what data is for, but as the hours turned into days (towards the end of the month I might add) my data was no more. 

This meant no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Pinterest… the list is endless. 

What I didn’t realise was how much I had come to rely on these thing. A spare 5 minutes here, in the evenings while watching TV, when pondering where or what something is… you just click on those little icons on your mobile phone and voila. 

I felt completely lost. I found myself clicking on the Facebook app and staring at the same two updates that I looked at when I last had internet. I couldn’t update my page which meant I couldn’t contact the person I had done a custom order for. And no google for when I knew I was right (tehehe) and just had to prove it. 

However… Although it felt like someone had cut off my right hand it also made me realise that we have become reliant social media. It is almost like a bit of a drug and I have to say I have tired to be a little bit more aware of my use of this. I became much more aware when I couldn’t use it of other people sat using their phone when you should be having a conversation or lunch together. 

What I’m trying to say is… try and put your phone down and take in the world and the people around you. It can be a good thing. 

Craft Fairs – Yay or Nay? 

Last year was my first experience of craft fairs and I am still very undecided about whether or not they are worth it… 

Still that hasn’t stopped me emailing to enquire about one that is happening in two weeks time! Nothing like lots of notice, or maybe not. 

I am still undecided on whether or not craft fairs are really worth it. I’ve had some awful experiences, some ok experiences and one amazing one. It seems that I’m not the only one who has had a few not so good experiences with these but at the same time I do like to go out and meet new people. 

The last craft fair I did was at the beginning of December and was my most successful. It was at a little pub called The Mill in Peterchurch, Herefordshire and the organisers and landlords were brilliant. I loved every minute of it and I met some lovely fellow crafters and it really made me want to do more. 

I have also done some terrible fairs; one of which was in a community centre with a very dire turn out (including empty tables even though a fellow crafter was turned away). I also did a school fete which was outside and all of my stock kept blowing away. 

What is everyone else’s opinions? I would be interested to hear if anyone has any good tips? 

Despite all this I feel that I still have an itch that needs to be scratched and I will therefore go back and try another one. 

Here are a few pictures of my tables. I do think my layouts have gotten better with each one. 

   
 

Fabric, Glorious Fabric! 

In my home town of Hereford there is an adorable little fabric shop called Doughty’s and they have now opened a warehouse full of lots of amazing fabrics. Last Thursday lunchtime I went on a little jolly with a friend to the warehouse and I got myself some pretties. 

I am usually a floral or woodland themed fabric sort of girl. I am a sucker for foxes, dainty prints and anything that looks slightly vintage. On Thursday I went for something a little different.

One of my lovely friends is having a baby and so I thought I would try something a little different and make a quilt for the new arrival. With this in mind I got these fabrics…   

It was love at first sight with the rocket ship material and I can think of a million things I could make out of it and it wasn’t long before I had chosen the other 3 materials to go with it. I love the grey, green and yellow together and I thought the alien material also went perfectly with the theme. 

I have to say I am so happy with these I may just have to make myself a little something with them. 

I’ve not yet started the quilt but I promise to post pictures as I go along – I need to do a little bit of research before I start. I have pre-washed my cottons however. 

I did however buy something girly whilst I was there and this was a real impulse buy. 

I am a sucker for anything mermaid (I am a huge Disney Little Mermaid fan) and I love all things seaside and nautical so I just HAD to get myself some of this.  

I think it looks like mermaid scales and I’m still deciding what I can make myself with this. Something nautical I’m sure. 

For those of you who are interested here is the online store for Doughty’s http://www.doughtysonline.co.uk

Aaaaand if anyone would like to take a look at some of the other things I have made then you can pop over to my page http://www.facebook.com/tonkstreasure 

I promise to keep you all updated with the progress of my quilt 🙂 in 

 

Because everyone needs a little happy… 

Around 6 months ago I stumbled across a group on Facebook called “Happy Mail”. Intrigued I requested to join the group and am I glad that I did.

This group is filled to the rafters with lovely, kind, generous people who aim to brighten up someone’s day. Parcels and letters of happiness fly around the country and, sometimes, the world at the hands of these fabulous people. 

Not only are there lovely group members but there are also a great team of admins lead by the lovely Danielle. Never before have I come across a person so dedicated to making other people feel happy and who always ensures that there is no funny business. 

On being accepted to the group I joined my first swap via Elfster (a very clever little website). Once I was paired I felt a flood of anxiety; what if my lady didn’t like what I’d chosen, did I need to buy from her wish list, had I spent too little… The answer to all these questions is that you can’t get it wrong. 

I sent some loveliness to a lady who has since tagged me several times in the posts on this page to say how much she loved the scarf I had sent. And this made me smile; I had made her happy by sending pretties and she made me happy by saying that she liked it. 

I’m sad to say I missed the Secret Santa’s but I have signed myself up to the worldwide snail mail postcard swap. And it is this that has made me want to share it with you. 

How simple it is to pop into a shop and buy a few postcards to send to a stranger. I chose things that I liked and that made me smile in the hope that they would do the same to my recipient. 

What I am really trying to get across is that in a world full of negativity I feel blessed to have found somewhere full of positivity, kindness and HAPPY! 

I think Danielle deserves a star, a medal and a rather big pat on the back for orchestrating THE best group on Facebook ever. 

These lovely packets of happiness probably make the difference to some people’s day and I think that is the best. 

Here are sneaky pictures of the postcards I have sent…    

   

The world needs more of things like this and I for one am happy that I am apart of it… now to send some random acts of kindness or RAOK… YAY TO HAPPY MAIL. 

Let’s Sew

Last January I taught myself to sew which has sparked a very great love! After having a sewing break over Christmas I have really struggled to get myself back into it… until today!

And it felt great to get the machine back out and to see bits of fabric come together. 

First off I made some bunting, marvel bunting to be precise. I was a little bit concerned about how it would turn out because the material had quite a big pattern but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.   

The second thing I made was some cushions for myself… I purchased some Laura Ashley material 12 months ago but was too scared to use it because it was rather expensive. But today I made myself some lovely cushion covers. I got the inserts from IKEA and they were £4 each for 20×20 inch feather inserts which I thought was a brilliant price and they are very good quality. Here is a picture of them on my sofa…  

 I now just need to decide if they are going to live on the sofa or if they are more suited to the spare bedroom. 

The rest of my Sunday has been rather chilled. Ever since we have started doing out weekly shop online our Sunday’s have been a home day and I love it. I have had a rather crafty Sunday; sewing and also knitting squares for a baby blanket for one of my friends who is pregnant.  

All in all I’ve had a lovely weekend, lots of relaxing following last weekend in Rome. I hope you’re all having lovely weekends too. Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments. 

Tis the weekend, lets be jolly. 

Ah Saturday, my one true love! What bliss it is to have no 5.45am alarm and to spend the whole morning lazing about in my PJ’s taking long showers and sitting around with rollers in my hair until lunchtime. 

Today has been the perfect Saturday. A bit of a lie in, a lovely long shower and time to do my hair and make up. I used an AMAZING eye shadow palette I got from Sephora while I was in Rome. It is one of their colourful 5 palette’s in Taupe and I have to say I’m very impressed. I’ve only recently started to get into make up and I only really use it on the weekend but I have to say that this is a new favourite. The glitter shade has real staying power and I’m still sparkling now at 7.30pm.   Also today saw a little trip to town followed by a scone at the Secret Garden, Garden Centre with Hubby’s Mum, Aunty and lovely Grandad. There were some beautiful flowers and also some lovely chickens with feathery feet.  

   
I went to town with the aim for buying a pinafore dress. I’ve seen a few floating about but unfortunately none in my size. I really want a denim one to wear with a stripey top and my floral Dr Marten shoes – hello Spring and Summer clothes 🙂 I have now ordered one from New Look’s Inspire range and it should be with me by the beginning of next week. If I’m happy with it I will post a photo. 

I’ve had another little sort out today and will be popping some bags and jewellery on Depop tomorrow. 

For now… home made pasta and meatballs and a film for me and hubby. It’s a good job he can cook 😉 

Happy Saturday everyone.