My constant sewing companion

My constant sewing companion

With all this rain the cats have not really left my side and it has been a real struggle to keep them (and their muddy paws!) off my sewing. But this is a rather nice thing to look at whilst I work (even though he is curled up on some lovely vintage lace…)


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Blog confusion

Blog confusion

As part of my website (www.cheekyhandmades.co.uk) I have a blog option set up under one of the tabs. For ages now I have been blogging on here and then also copying the blog posts to there. Now I sometimes blog there instead of here. It all has become muchly confusing!

So I think it would be easiest all round if I have everything in one place and move this blog to the website address. At the moment I don’t have hundreds of readers (yet) so it is easier to do it now.

So do make sure you swing by:
www.cheekyhandmades.co.uk

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Zakka style sewalong

Zakka style sewalong

Having been totally engrossed in my studies and a mountain of work I have some catching up to do but yesterday I made the zippered pouch which is this week’s project of the Zakka Style sewalong. Check out the wonderful LR stitched blog for more details.

There were some errors in the book but luckily I had read the Spotted Stone blog which did not just link to the errata page but had some great photos and helpful tips on inserting the all round zipper.

Unfortunately I still really struggled with the binding, and ended up ripping it out and redoing it several times, but now it is all done I can honesty say I love it and I could make the next one without instructions I think!

I added some zip tabs, I use them all the time now, it makes such a difference from not using them and seeing exposed zip ends. Using them appeals to me as it super simple but effective.

My sewing machine was playing up and I was too engrossed to stop and fix it so the stitching wasn’t the nicest but it is still pretty gorgeous I think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also made some purses earlier this week (I needed a little break from revising!) and used this super soft and gorgeous London streetmap fabric. I ended up making three in a row!

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New purchases

New purchases

I have had a very busy month and one the plus sides is having bought some great new supplies. And I just wanted to share some of these with you:

Fancy Moon delights…

Happy Zombie’s Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric. I ordered LOADS of this and arrived really quickly from the USA. It is delicious! :

 Lovely fabric and iron patches from a lovely Dutch shop, Alice in Stoffenland. Even the packaging was gorgeous with the lovely goodies all wrapped in owl paper.

 Lovely vintage pillow cases I found in a charity shop in Holland…

Lovely fabrics and great buttons free with the most recent Mollie Makes…

I bought 20 packs of pencil for my pencil rolls… They looked so nice all stacked up together…

Latest sewing machine added to the household… she is v cute but a bit noisy…
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Zakka Style Sewalong Week 5

Zakka Style Sewalong Week 5

I liked this week’s project, although it looked simple it was very clever (well, not the way I did it in the end but the pattern was clever!)

I made it for one of my pairs of scissors in the end as I have too many pencil cases already.

Last weeks sewalong projects:

Been posting my links in the wrong places, oops. Here goes for last week’s sewalong:

This was the project from two weeks ago, I attached a magnet to the back so now it lives on my sewing machine.

I am loving this sewalong so much! I don’t want it to end! So nice to be “forced” to make every project in a book, even the ones that didn’t speak to you so much initially.

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Liebster Blog award

Liebster Blog award

Marika from the gorgeous live-laugh-love-sew blog sent me a most welcome message early this morning…. telling me she had awarded me and four other bloggers the Liebster Blog award!!
The Liebster award (German for favorite, loveliest) is for bloggers with 200 followers of less. As a recipient of the award, you have the chance to thank and link back to the blogger who gave it to you as well as pass it along to five other deserving blogs.

The Liebster Conventions says that : 

1. Thank your award presenter on your blogblog and link back to him/her (done!)
 2.  Copy and paste the award to your blog (done too!)
3. Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that you think deserve to be recognized (just thinking about that one…. done!)
4. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog (will do that right after I push the publish button)
5. Have faith that your follower will spread the love too ! (I am sure you will!)
It has been incredibly difficult just picking five as I love so many blogs and get so much inspiration from them (but making it easier most of them have tons of followers so automatically cannot win) but here goes: 
Pass on the Blog Lovin’!
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