Today is the last day of Blogtoberfest and I’ve really enjoyed it. I admit I’ve missed a few posts but it has been fun trying to blog every day. I’ve also enjoyed visiting loads of new blogs and, of course, a few that I already subscribe to.

To celebrate this enjoyable month of blogging I’ve decided to host a giveaway. The prizes are:

First, we have a “Tilda” Charm Pack. To be honest I would love to keep it so I might just buy one and make myself something lovely after Christmas (I wish I had the time to do it right now but alas…).

Second, a mug rug made by yours truly. The nine patch block in the middle is Nell Whatmore’s “Happy Go Lucky”. I’ve machine quilted the polka dot border and hand quilted the nine patch block with some pink perle cotton. This mug rug is 7″ by 7″, perfect for a cup and a biscuit.

Third, is a little Amigurumi frog named Fergal. He loves to look out of the window and watch the flies but is just as happy holding your pins (with his head…).

Interested? Leave a comment on this post telling me about some handy tip, cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening anything that makes your life easier. My best tip? Use a rubber glove to get dog and cat hair out of carpets easily. This is especially handy on stairs as you get into the corners much better than with a dustpan and brush. Just rub your hand over the carpet, the hair will stick to your glove and turn into this dust bunny thingy (I have no idea what it’s called in English, sorry!).

Giveaway is open till Sunday, 6th November 2011 and it’s open to everyone. I will draw a winner at 10am Greenwich time, so make your sure you comment before then. Please make sure I can contact you to ask for your address.

Good Luck!

My Place and Yours: My bed

A new week, a new challenge. This week Vic asked to see the place we sleep in. Quite a challenge as I sleep in the guest bedroom at the moment. Ever since we moved Little Miss Bossy-Boots from her cot into a cot bed she has been waking up almost every night and getting into my bed waking everyone in the process. We realised quite soon that if Master was to have a decent night’s sleep we would have to sleep in separate rooms. Master has a long commute every day and I’m happier knowing that he leaves the house well-rested.

Anyway, here’s my little corner:

The grey cushion is the one I got from Christina in the cushion swap. I love the colours and texture of it so instead of leaving it in the bedroom I brought it with me to the spare room. Every night I lean against it while reading a few pages.

The monkey on the bed is very special to me. I spotted him in the window of the toy shop when I was a little girl and asked my mum if I could have him. The answer was “no”. A couple of days later I was passing the toy shop with my grandfather (morfar) and showed him the lovely monkey. I’m sure you all know what happened next. Yes, he bought it for me. He lost his eyes many years ago and I replaced them with two buttons. Last year he lost one of the buttons and I still haven’t sewn it back on. I’m debating whether I should get some proper eyes again or just sew the button back on. He might stay one-eyed for quite a while as I’m not very good at decision making….

The pictures above the bed are a framed Megalodon tooth which was a Christmas gift from Master and an old print I found at an antiques fair for £10. I love it’s dreamy quality.

Did you spot it? Yep, there’s a Kindle on the headboard. LOVE it. Now I just need to make a cover for it.

Happy Birthday!

Today is Master’s birthday. Little Miss Bossy-Boots and I baked a chocolate cake for him. We bought some car candles when we last went into town as Master likes cars very much. Furthermore, we’d decided it was going to be a monster cakes. How then did it end up looking like this?

Let’s just say that Little Miss Bossy-Boots changed her mind….

From dress to skirt

A friend of mine asked me if I wanted a dress of her daughter’s which was covered in paint. She loved the fabric and thought that I could make something with the pieces that weren’t full of yellow and blue paint. I have to admit that I never say “no” to fabric even if it’s only small scraps but when I saw the dress I quickly realised that I could rescue it. All I had to do is cut off the stained top and part of the skirt to recycle it.

The photos were taken with the old camera and you can’t see the stains very well but they are there. Promise!

There were a couple of paint stains that I couldn’t cut away so I hid them with the bow at the back and the yo-yos at the front. My friend was really pleased with the result and her daughter loved getting her favourite dress back even if it had been turned into a skirt.