Flowery dress

I’ve been making the most of the summer holidays by using the time to get my sewing machine out and do some of the longer seeing projects I’ve had in mind for a while now. First one finished is this dress. 

I’m not entirely happy with the fit. My husband helped me get my measurements and according to the pattern I needed to make the U.S. Size 16. It seemed a little at odds with my usual size, but we measured three times and it always came out the same. So I made the 16… Of course,  it was far to big across the chest and sleeves when I was finished, meaning it didn’t hang right anywhere, so I had to unpick and adjust the sleeves (by several cm!) so now it stays on securely but is still baggy around the bust. Wearable though.

In conclusion, I will be making this pattern again, or at least one of the other variations, but will go for the 14 I think and still be prepared to have to make adjustments. 


Wedding gifts

It has been a really busy few weeks! A couple of weeks ago my Dad got married and I decided to hand make gifts for them. So I crocheted dolls of the two of them in their wedding outfits and of their dog, Peanut. Then I made a fabric print. They were fussy with them and I was pleased.  


Wedding Gifts

So my Dad is getting married next week and last weekend for part of his Father’s Day gift I took a box of goodies I’d made. Bunting. Crocheted tea lights and crocheted pebbles – for use as a paperweight maybe? 

They seemed pleased. Making some more bits now to take on the day. Progress is slow but I so love to crochet in the garden in the sunshine. 


Crochet top

This was a pattern from Simply Crochet magazine a few months ago. I adapted it by making it short sleeves, as I’m just not a long-sleeve wearer. I love that as pretty as the front is, the back is interesting and a surprise too.  

Don’t know why the photos are sideways! Sorry!   

Folded heart book

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books and so when I saw the book folding kits from “The Folded Page” I had to have one. It arrived a couple of weeks ago and upon opening the box my first reaction was that the book was far too pretty an edition to mess with! But this afternoon I took the advice from the instructions, took a deep breath and didn’t stop folding until is finished. So happy with the results. I just adore this! 

The instructions were really clear and the process simple, although in my haste I did tear a couple of the pages at the top, back corner of the folder. Only slightly mind, and you can’t see the tears now. Highly recommended gifts. Find the folded page on etsy or Facebook.




Running achievement board


  Getting fit and entering races is not something I ever, EVER thought I would do. These photographs, race numbers and medals represent some of the greatest achievements of my life. I may not be fast. I might look like Phoebe from friends when I run. I may only have completed three events so far, but I’m really proud of myself and so wanted to create somewhere to display my achievements. I’ve already entered FOUR Race for Life events for this year, one of which is the half marathon and the summer Wolf Run which I’m doing with my husband this year. And I have my eye on a few more running events. So hopefully this board will get a lot more full! 

I’ve started one for my husband too, who is more of a weights and mountain biking kinda guy, but as I say, he’s doing the Wolf Run too and has entered his first ever mountain bike race so we’ll be able to fill this as the year goes on.


Right, back to my sock knitting now.