Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all – hope all had a happy and restorative seasonal break!

A huge thank you to the Secret Santa assigned to me by Krafty Kat.  Your gifts were gorgeous!  

It was a metre of delicate floral crinkle cottony fabric, very light and pretty.  It will probably be destined for a pair of summer short pyjamas.  There were also a couple of packs a lovely wooden buttons – hands and penguins – I already know what I’m going to do with some of them, so watch this space, Secret Santa!


I’ve had an extremely productive sewing year in 2013 with back to back projects. What I find difficult though is to stop in between and keep the blog up-to-date – cutting into new material is always too tempting for me…


Anyhow, I’ll do my best to make amends this coming year and post a round up last year’s creations before Jan 14 is over.

I got me some competition too, as my elder daughter (8) has also caught the bug and has learnt to sew on my new machine last year. I’d previously been reluctant as I often found the speed of my old New Home machine difficult to control and didn’t want her sewing through her fingers.  The new machine is a Janome XL301 with maximum speed settings, purchased from my local sewing/fabric shop (the brilliant Bamber’s) which means she was able to start off a snail’s pace until she was confident enough to increase the speed settings. She enjoys sewing and opens up when she’s stitching away, so I get to find out all sorts of snippets about her school life she might not otherwise get round to telling us.  I’m enjoying the new machine too!

On my sewing table at the moment are my first pair of Thurlows, they just need hemming now.  They fit very well and I can’t quite believe I’ve made them!!




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