Friday, 30 May 2014

Hello 2014... The year to be Frugal!

Hello 2014 :-) it has been a while since I posted on here!

So how has everything been at RRR HQ? Well...

1. I've launched a new shop... all very frugally, with my own money, gradually making bits here and there and building up a stock organically.

2. I have a new Instagram account (Ilovewholefood if you're interested ;-) which I have devoted solely to pics of healthy, simple, whole food cooking. I will gradually post the detailed recipes on here!

3. I have embarked upon a mission to spend wisely and spend less, make what I can, cook from my cupboards, and in general make 2014 the Year of the Frugal! I'm hoping that by posting on here will keep me on the straight and narrow!

4. Been making and creating lots as per usual! A beautiful, handmade, non-competitive birthday party for my son based on the Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton, handmade presents, more sewing dresses, reusing old clothes and socks and so much more! Plenty to tell you over the coming weeks.

But I'll start with an end of school year gift that my son took in last year. It was his first year of school and his teacher was lovely. She really appreciated homemade things so I got stitching!

His school names the classes after different trees, so I obtained a list of the names of all the children in the class and embroidered their names onto little oak leaves. It's very basic, using only fabric remnants and felt, but my son's teacher was so happy with it she cried! Which obviously got me going too!!

With the end of school coming up soon, perhaps now is a good time to get creative with gifts and save yourself some pennies in the process!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Vintage fabrics, jewellery making and more

The RRR shop over at Etsy has had a bit of a spring clean recently. I've dusted it off and started listing some goodies that i've been collecting for a while now. Being a crafty soul myself, I really wanted to create a shop that sells supplies I would want; stuff that can actually inspire creativity and not all the mass produced tat that you often have to sift through first.

Amongst plenty of jewellery supplies, i've also got some gorgeous vintage fabrics that are in the shop (or in the process of being listed!).

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Japanese Sewing... I need this book!

I've been seriously lusting after this book (which I am patiently trying to wait til payday to buy...).


Full of beautiful simple Japanese style and has been translated to English. It has 26 full patterns inside including the lovely tunic dress on the front - total bargain at £11.18! I'm hoping I might be able to make some of the gorgeous dresses i've been madly pinning to my Pinterest page...

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Handmade bag birthday present - tree of life

So my latest labour of love is a birthday gift for my mum. She's a total hippy; loves anything to do with nature, caring about our plant and animals, and wants World Peace!

It's the first time i'd made a bag and was definitely a learning curve, although i'm pleased with the end result. It's a strong little bag too, although my sewing machine went through a lot of punishment to get to the end!

I harvested a pair of my old jeans for the body of the bag, and spent most of the time patchworking and embroidering the main image. I used leftover fabrics and old zips for the rest.

I love the underside of the strap and I feel like I need to make some clothing with the same fabric - it looks gorgeous against the denim!
The main embroidered part of the bag. I patchworked a selection of fabrics for the background and then cut out the body of the tree from felt (below). I then embroidered over the top for more detail.
The felt tree cut out to gauge size and positioning of the background.

The main body of the bag was mostly made from patchwork denim.
The inside of the bag. I used more of that lovely fabric to make a small pocket and mobile phone pocket. I used old saved zips for both the pocket and main bag.

I hope my mum likes it! I think I want one for myself now...!

Monday, 11 February 2013

How to make handmade slippers in under an hour...

Yes really, in under an hour! These little slippers are so quick to knock up from fleecy fabric and they don't need hemming which makes the process even quicker. You'll have to excuse my camera work; I took pictures at the start and the end but sort of forgot to take some in the middle (!!). Anyway you get the idea...

Draw round feet
Cut them out - my son used the opportunity for some arty camera work!

Cut out your soles (you will also see at the top right some triangles - you can cut a rectangle in 2 on the diagonal to make 2 triangles. You will need 4 of these triangles - see the above diagram)

These slippers literally took me just over 1/2 an hour, but take an hour to get them just right. My son loves them calling them his "Elf Slippers"! 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Tea & toast and approaching spring mornings

Tea is one of those morning rituals that I love. Its one of those comforting moments when you can be still for a second before the mad dash about begins. 

This morning is a particularly lovely morning. Theres a feeling of spring approaching in the air.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Things I have made lately...

Well it has been a while since my last post! A whole new year has begun.

As with many creative types, often we get caught up in flurries of excitement with new projects taking our attention.

I have been busy, making things as usual, and with the new year under way I have come back with stories to tell of my crafty going-ons.

These are some of the little projects I have been getting on with...