Back from Paris!

Well I’m back in the lovely York now, it’s been an amazing two weeks I have enjoyed it so much and havnt stopped! My favourite things that I did in Paris were:

  • National History Museum, just beautiful grounds and the zoo is fab
  • Centre of Pompidou, saw amazing works by Kandinsky and Klee!!
  • The Louvre, obviously amazing but the outside grounds and the funky pyramid glass statues are gorgeous
  • Wondering around all the pretty streets, walking along the river and seeing the Notre dame and other pretty buildings.

So that’s my favourite things that I did but obviously everyone is different and likes different things etc.

I’m quite glad I’m going back because I havnt been able to do anything crafty in TWO WEEKS. I am actually getting withdrawals now because I normally sew everyday. I don’t know what other people do? On the evening like what do you do when you havnt got any crafts to do???

I’ve got five orders from etsy to make, a bag to send, and two people have requested some handmade curtains for me to make so I’m gonna get straight into the orders. I’ve been updating my SEO on my etsy site so hopefully that will help as well.

Kind of want to make other animals but not sure which ones? What are you favourite cushions in my shop and what would you like to see more of?

Bye bye bloggers!!

Bunting bonkers.

All of the gorgeous fabric I’ve made into bunting for the meditation cafe in Darlington!!!
It will make the cafe feel really homely and nice, so everyone who lives near Darlington better come along and grab yourself a coffee!! It’s a lovely atmosphere and really pleasant volunteers who work there. I’m going to set up some craft lessons aswel to teach basic sewing and other bits and bobs 🙂 hope you like the hunting though!! It will be up in the windows soon!!! 🙂


BUNTING MAD! (im going to make lots) :)

how to make bunting How To Make Bunting!


Ever wanted to know how to make bunting? Here’s how!

I’ve never made bunting before but I’ve always wanted to have a go and thought it’d look cool at my Renegade stall to have a bunting name banner. It looked pretty simple to make and guess what… it was! I screen printed mine but you can use patterned fabrics, applique techniques or stenciles etc to make a super pretty decoration. I’m planning on making some more for Christmas, too, and shaking it up a bit so it’s not sickeningly twee or from the Cath Kidston school of ‘craft’.


Fabric (I used polycotton for the backs and cotton for the front)
Bias binding (I used 3cm wide bias binding)
A sewing machine



cut bunting triangles How To Make Bunting!


Cut out your triangles. These can be whatever size you want for your bunting, keep in mind that you’ll be sewing up the sides so will lose some from each side seam! The easiest way to make all your triangles the same size is to create a cardboard  template.


pin together How To Make Bunting!



sew down each side How To Make Bunting!


Sew your triangles together. In between these two stages I screen printed the letters, so if you were going to stencil or applique something on them then do it before your sew the two sides together. Pin the front and back pieces of fabrics together (right sides facing each other) and sew up the side seams.


use a knitting needle How To Make Bunting!


Turn the triangles the right way around, use a knitting needle to poke the bottom corner right out. I also trimmed away some of the seam to make it easier to turn the corner out. After turning them the right way around you need to iron the seams so that it sits flatter.


fold bias in half How To Make Bunting!


Pin the triangles centrally inside the folded-over bias binding with whatever space between the triangles as you want, so long as it’s equal between them all. Leave a good length of bias binding at each end for tying/pinning your bunting up.


sew to bias binding How To Make Bunting!


Sew along the edge of the bias binding, making sure that the line of stitching is neat neat neat.

Twine Flowers Tutorial

Twine Flowers

Hi, this is Michelle from Lady of Leisure Ink – thank you Pam for letting me come and play at your blog.

Last year I did a twine exchange with a group of crafty friends here in Colorado, and ended up with some beautiful twine.  We all chose a colour and dyed our own twine and enough for everyone else.  So now I have lots of very pretty twine and wanted to come up with a different way of using it – this is my idea, Twine Flowers.

You really don’t need any special equipment to do this, if you have twine then I pretty sure you can find the rest of the items in your stash.  Here is what you need.
Chipboard or card from cereal boxes, a circle punch (mine is 1 3/4″), a pencil, a ruler, adhesive, dressmakers pins, a large darning type needle and twine.
First punch out your circles from the chipboard, take you ruler and pencil and mark one of the circles like this.
I usually draw 6 lines on mine to divide it up as you would for a clock-face.  There is no need to be exact on this.  Next take your adhesive and stick the circles together, leaving the lines you have made on the one circle outermost.  Take the pins and push them in between the circles about half way, in line with your pencil lines, like so.
Take your twine and start wrapping it around your ‘loom’.  This is difficult to explain, but I took lots of pictures, so I hope that helps.  The way I try to do this is by winding my twine first around the ’12 o’clock pin’ and then taking it down and winding it around the ‘6 o’clock pin’.  Next take the twine up to ’11 o’clock’ and the down to ‘5 o’clock’ ,and so on.
When you have been around the ‘loom’ once, go around again – each pin should have two loops of twine around it, and should look something like this.
Cut off the twine, leaving a long ‘tail’ (about 12″) and thread the end through your needle.
Now you just need to secure all you flower by threading the needle through the back of the petals and back-stitching.  Hopefully the following pictures will show you exactly what I mean.
Continue in this manner until you have secured all the ‘petals’, your flower should look something like this.
Next take your needle and secure the thread by making a couple of stitches through the center of the flower – no need to be particularly neat as this will be the back of the flower.
The last step is to remove the pins, and your flower is all ready to use.
This is how I used my twine flowers, how will you use yours?
thanks to for sharing!