Day two of the studio build

Day two of the studio build

Today was a frustrating one for the lads. The hired concrete mixer is STILL “on it’s way”, it’s now 6.30pm, and they had to drink tea and eat biccies for a bit as they had run out of things to do. Strangely they didn’t like that as they like being busy!
They are going make concrete posts for the studio to sit on so they have built the moulds for these and some of the materials arrived making the garden a very full place. The kids are still able to use the trampoline but maybe not when the wood turns up tomorrow!

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Day one of the studio build

Day one of the studio build

Day one was actually just half a day as Seb and Joe, my amazing builders, arrived at 1 ish. However they achieved millions in the four hours or so they were at work. First they set about demolishing a whole shed, scaring away many spiders in the process (including some fearsome and large False Widow spiders)

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I may re-use the shed panels as fence panels as they are in good condition. As my back neighbours have an impressive collection of dead fridges and lawnmower a in their garden it may be nice to put up a proper fence!

Then collectively we cleared the ground, I was pulling up the remaining sticks an roots of the Kerria Japonica that had spread like crazy whilst poor Joe was hacking away at the stump of the Mahonia that until last week had been a good 2.5 high and about 3m wide! More spiders were relocated in the process 😉

Materials were ordered, tea was drunk, funny stories exchanged and all of that in gorgeous sunshine. By 5ish the boundary of the studio was roughly marked out and cleared and I watched the sun set over a garden filled with rubble sacks full of ivy, brambles and bits of shrub. I pulled up some more nasty bindweed roots and finally stopped for the day.

Here’s some pictures of what it looked like last night:

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Cheekyhandmades Bloganniversary!

Cheekyhandmades Bloganniversary!

Ok ok I’m a month late but all the same, let’s celebrate.

Cheekyhandmades has been around for 4 years. In these four years it’s gone from a tiny spark of a dream to a grown up company. From trailing my makes around local craft fairs in the beginning to where I am now has been a long but interesting and fun journey.

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Cheekyhandmades now is much much more than I ever could have hoped for. I teach a lot of sewing classes, both in small groups and private classes. I make bespoke quilts for people (they are in my etsy.com/shop/handmadebycheeky shop). I service and repair a lot of sewing machines and make people smile when I put their trusty steed back on the road ;-). I even still sometimes to fairs. I am about to build a studio in the back garden as I’ve outgrown my current workspace.

It’s been a great four years. I’ve met hundreds of fantastic people and some of them have become great friends. I’ve taught a lot and learnt even more. I’ve loved every minute of it.

Here’s to many many more years!

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Dress a girl around the world

Dress a girl around the world

On Wednesday 11th June I am running my fifth Dress a Girl Around the World event. I love these charity sewing sessions. You will learn to make a very simple pillow case dress (so called because all you need is a pillow case worth of fabric), or a simple pair of shorts. You can decorate these to your heart’s content. When they are all done they get sent off to the charity’s UK head quarters (Sewscrumptious ) where they will be distributed all over the developing world. In all I believe about 20000 dresses have been given to girls who have likely never had their own new dress before. Can you imagine how special you would feel if you knew someone had made this specially for you? With love?

Here’s some photos of the last event I ran at the local WI.

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Come join us then at the next one. Please try to bring a 100% cotton pillow case or some cotton fabric. I will supply the rest. Please do book some know how many people to expect:
Http://bookwhen.com/cheekyhandmades

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God’s Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

Yesterday it was unexpectedly hot. Sean and I took a wonder over toward Walthamstow’s as yet undiscovered joys just off Shernall street, via St Mary’s church yard in the village. It was a lovely walk.

What am amazing treasure trove to have right on my doorstep!

God’s Own Junkyard makes and sells amazing neon creations for film sets and private collectors and the warehouse is an astonishing Aladdin’s Cave of signs, giant mirror balls and neon. It’s also an ever changing feast as things are sold and new things are made.

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Then opposite is the Wild Card Brewery. A small, young and exciting local brewery making yummy beers which they serve in a funky semi industrial setting. We had a delicious pint in the hot sun and when the much hyped Chips with Dips stand also opened up and we could team beer with yummy chips and crazy dips (bacon and fig mayo, peanut butter mayo, coconut and lime “mother” dip among others) the day was complete.

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Studio for cheekyhandmades, update

Studio for cheekyhandmades, update

All the crowdfunding campaigns are over. All the money is safely in a savings account. I’ve met with a local designer and plans are advanced. Work will start at the end of June and it will take around 6 weeks to complete. The studio will incorporate lots of found, reclaimed, donated and freecycled materials, and will be completed by a cute log burner to keep me (and my students) toasty in the winter months.

I am very excited and also very very chuffed and grateful for all the help and tweets and donations and kind words that everyone has shown me and cheekyhandmades.

You’re all invited to the opening party!!

In the meantime I’m still teaching in my current space, small intimate classes as per usual. The full schedule is here: http://bookwhen.com/cheekyhandmades

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