Last Saturday Little Miss Bossy-Boots was “helping” me with my sewing. She was taking things out of my hand sewing pouch and putting them in again, opening and closing the flap. After a while she announced that she wanted a pouch like that. So Mummy dropped what she was doing and dived into her pink stash. The little Miss then chose this lovely Cosmo Cricket ‘Girl Friday’ by Andover Fabrics that has been in the stash for a little while. She then chose a bright pink zip and a little pink heart button. The fabric for the pocket and lining was chosen from a selection of fabrics that I showed her. I love the white polka dots on the bright green background by Stof.

I used Florence’s Tutorial but boxed the corners simply because I think it’s easier to see what is in your pouch.

I just love the lining and the bright pink zip.

Now, would you like to know what was in the pouch when I grabbed it to take these pictures?

I can see sparkly shells, plastic coins, a belt, a clicker, a tape measure, the letter “E” from her name, a hair clip, an eraser or two, a piece of string, a bird and a few more unidentified objects. I think it’s fair to say that she finds it handy.

Have a lovely day!


Granny Cushion

I loved making the Granny Square Pincushion and thought it would be fun to make a cushion cover using Ali’s tutorial for the square with the popcorn flower.

So, Little Miss Bossy-Boots and I trundled into town and she chose the colours for her cushion cover. No surprises there; we came home with a bright pink and a mellow purple yarn. They had a lovely soft orange that I would have loved to combine with the pink but as I had promised Missy that she could choose whatever she liked I bit my tongue.

This is the front and all in all I like it. I made a bit of a mess joining the squares together but I know now what to do differently for next time. In fact I loved making these little shares so much that I’m thinking of taking all my little bits of leftover yarn from other projects and make a blanket.

Here’s the back of it:

Did you spot the giant buttons? Well, yes, hmmm. I didn’t have any in the right colour or size but I really wanted to finish the cushion cover and show it off. They will be changed sometime in the near future, I promise.

I didn’t want to put just a regular insert in the cover but made one using a lovely flowery fabric with butterflies and birds that peek out through the holes especially at the back.

I bought it a few years ago and have no idea what it’s called or who it’s from but I thought it was perfect for this cushion.

Still here

Hello, how nice of you to pop in! I know I haven’t been around much and, even worse, I haven’t been crafting either. I was struck down by a horrible cold that left me so weak I actually went to bed during the day. Whenever Little Miss Bossy-Boots was in preschool I went to bed with a cup of tea and my Kindle and stayed there until I had to go and get her. My house was a tip, the dog not impressed with his lack of walks and Master had to hunt his own food.

I started feeling better last week and was looking forward to some nice sewing time when, bam, I was struck by one of my famous three-day migraines. Followed by a week’s worth of lingering headache. Boo!

This Sunday, however, found me taking some pictures in the garden with Aron and Little Miss Bossy-Boots. The sun was shining, my head was ok and I was wrapped up warmly.

I love snowdrops and crocus.

This wonderful boy turned eleven yesterday! We celebrated with biscuits and crisps for the humans and a bone for the dog.

Now really, does it get any better than this?

Afterwards, I took the Little Miss out on her new bicycle. Although she got one last year it was just too big for her and she couldn’t squeeze the brakes. When she saw this one in the shop she turned to her Daddy to get it…

Just in case you’re wondering what she’s doing, she’s wiggling her bottom. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.



Did you read my previous post in which I showed off the lovely pincushion I won?

At the time of the giveaway Ali posted a tutorial for it on her blog Very Berry Handmade and I loved it so much that I said I was going to make one regardless of whether I won or not. I did…and here it is with Ali’s.

The cotton yarn I used is a bit thicker which means that my crocheted square is a bit denser. Maybe I should have used a bigger hook?

I’m still very pleased with it. The fabric I used is a dusky lilac with white polka dots. I love those colours together. The reverse of the pincushion is just as pretty:

Do you like it? I thought as I love the pincushion I won so much I would give this one away (hopefully to be loved as much as I love mine). The first person to write a comment on this post will receive the pincushion and I’m happy to send it anywhere in the world.

Edited to say:

Thank you so much for your kind comments about my pincushion which will be sent to Jane on Monday!