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While I haven’t been producing items for sale over the past year, I have found time to create a few objects for our own home. The first was a really fun project which allowed me to order some truly awesome fabrics online to produce the most colourful patchwork playmat for the little one. With a bit of custom applique and my new skill at french knots (to complete the strawberry) it was ready to go and has been well-loved and used over the 20 months.


Patchwork playmat


A bonus of this project was all the leftover scraps of fabric which have since been turned into a set of matching applique cushions, ridiculous amounts of bunting, some cuddly owls and several pieces of fabric artwork all of which I’m sure will feature in future posts.

July 13, 2012 at 19:28 Leave a comment

Project Linus

Early last year I was browsing a quilting magazine at Mum’s and read an article about Project Linus. Project Linus is a volunteer organisation established to provide homemade blankets, quilts and incubator covers to babies, children and young people in hospital, shelters and hospices. While I’m not known for completing patchwork projects, but after some first-hand experience of NICU when the little Pickle arrived I could see exactly what impact a Linus quilt could have and dropped them an email about helping out. Since then I’ve taken over updating their existing website with plans for a refresh in the future, and helping to spread the Linus message online.
Are you a crafter? Could you spare some time to create a blanket, quilt or incubator cover – or even just one block of a quilt?
If not, you can always support us on Twitter, Facebook, or make a donation to help provide fabric and supplies.

July 13, 2012 at 19:00 Leave a comment

Image of the day

In other news, we are still living in the temporary flat of mould and doom. Excitingly the oven door fell off last week while I was making red velvet cupcakes. The gloom of the flat is lifting however as spring is finally here and I have my fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed that we will exchange contracts on our lovely new home next week.

Source: Pottery Barn

April 8, 2010 at 13:01 Leave a comment

Cake, cake, cake

We had a lovely trip to Hummingbird Bakery last weekend which reminded me that my cupcakes from their recipe book are never quite the same as the ones in-store. There have been birthdays in the office (complete with cakes) and a custom cupcake order booked as a gift. The icing on my cupcakey week is the recent opening of a cupcake and sweet store just around the corner from the office. I’ve resisted so far…

Cake slippers from Ruby and Ed

March 25, 2010 at 10:11 Leave a comment

Image of the day

Hello little moo cow. You’re adorable.

Source: Berry Red

March 23, 2010 at 09:22 Leave a comment

Image of the day

from DocMartinStudio

March 19, 2010 at 08:35 Leave a comment


My love affair with print and type posters is still going strong and with the house move getting closer I’m almost ready to make some final decisions on which gorgeous prints will be appearing on the freshly painted walls.

This is currently a favourite to feature in the new kitchen, and I have dozens more prints bookmarked on Etsy, NotontheHighStreet and KeepCalmGallery

related posts:
Make do and mend

January 14, 2010 at 16:02 1 comment

One night at a time

One night at a time by Susan Hill

As a child ‘One Night at a Time’ by Susan Hill, illustrated by Vanessa Julian-Ottie was one of my two favourite books. My Mum would read it to me and shoo bad dreams out of the window. Even now my original copy of this book lives by my bed. I love the story, and I adore the illustrations. I love Tom’s little suitcase, I love the way the household items he sees as monsters are scary yet not too scary. I can trace my love of red things back to this book as I dreamed of having a toadstool light just like Tom’s, and I can’t play MarioKart unless I’m Toad! It’s not a shock that one of my first applique designs was a classic toadstool.



November 13, 2009 at 13:25 Leave a comment

Colour Colour Colour

I honestly can’t decide which of these mug sets I love more. The Pantone set have a lovely geeky quality, but the Crayola set have that hint of childish fun. Both would definitely brighten up a kitchen.

Pantone mugsCrayola mugs

November 13, 2009 at 12:38 Leave a comment

Image of the day


I had a messy morning. One of those days when the train was late, there was drizzly rain, there was a hole in my coat pocket and I had to rescue my glove from the lining of the coat… I stopped on the way to work for a Starbucks.

I can’t resist the red Christmas cups and hot chocolate at home doesn’t taste right unless it’s in my ceramic red cup. I was most excited this morning to see teeny ceramic red cup tree decorations on sale. I’m off Christmas shopping tonight and some of those little cuties will be coming home with me. Until then, here’s another christmas tree trend that I’m loving this year – wooden and metal birds. They’d definitely fit with my country/gingham/gingerbread tree style.

November 12, 2009 at 16:24 Leave a comment

Image of the day


This gorgeous little guy is from prettyrandomobjects on etsy and will be going on my Christmas wish list. Seriously cute.

November 10, 2009 at 16:42 Leave a comment

Quotations, Volume 1 (Movies)

Quotes from a random selection of films (not even my favourite films) which made me smile, or laugh, or remember a moment this morning.

  • “they’re not stolen, they’re put away!” (Parenthood)
  • “I would buy you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils” (You’ve got Mail)
  • “And all I could say was hello” (Sleepless in Seattle)
  • “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories, and we’ve already missed the spring” (An affair to remember)
  • “You aint a lady, you aint nothin’ but a sister” (The Aristocats)
  • “Yo rugman, give me some tassle” (Alladin)
  • “It was so cold they turned blue!” (Sound of Music)
  • “I wonder what grass tastes like” (Sound of Music)
  • “Guns, lots of guns” (The Matrix)
  • “When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” (When Harry met Sally)
  • “They should make pills for this” (Serendipity)

October 28, 2009 at 13:52 Leave a comment

Image of the day

sugarcraft autumn fall wedding cake

I love autumn. I love the leaves, the colours, even just the words autumn and autumnal. I think of stomping through great piles of leaves in wellies, wearing mittens and fluffy hats and drinking hot chocolate by a roaring fire. I love autumn so much that our entire wedding had an autumn theme. It’s our anniversary this weekend so I’m remembering a few favourite autumn details from the day.

fabric autumn fall leaves

autumn fall patchwork table runner

We’re off to wander around a local arboretum over the weekend, stomping around in lovely autumn clothes and photographing the changing leaves. Can’t wait.

October 2, 2009 at 13:17 1 comment


I was tragically excited to get a hat out for my journey to work this morning. Today I went for a black beret with a black and white polkadot bow. I was looking forward to the arrival of my lovely new winter boots, just in time for a day at a castle in the countryside tomorrow. I somehow missed the news of a major postal strike in the city (again) and must imagine my lovely new boots sitting sad and lonely in a postal sorting office wishing they could be stomping through grass and leaves while paired with thick black tights and a plum coloured woollen dress.

autumn birds fabric

Luckily this lovely fabric from Kathy Hall at fabricsupplies on etsy is restoring my love of autumn, and giving me all sorts of ideas for a new autumn quilt. Maybe a log cabin with autumn golds, deep reds, plums, aubergine and deep greens…

September 4, 2009 at 11:38 Leave a comment

Ode to autumn

 autumn days

Holly at Decor8 asked what our favourite things about September were. While October is my favourite month for so many reasons, I think these autumn odes really cover so many of my favourite things about both months. The song ‘Autumn days’ itself is one of my favourite things about this type of year and holds so many memories for me.

Ode to autumn, John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


Autumn days, Estelle White

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And a winter’s moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings.

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.

Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

September 3, 2009 at 14:25 Leave a comment

Back to school

bouquet of newly sharpened pencils

It’s the first week of September, and however old you are, it still feels like the new school year is about to begin. My niece started pre school today. I can’t believe she’s so big already and I feel sorry for the pre school teachers who have to try and resist her gorgeous little curls and cheeky grin.

My favourite thing about September as a child was getting new school supplies. Like Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail, I dream of bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, a new pencil case and a retro lunchbox. When I started school I had a bright red lunchbox with Spot the Dog on it, it had a matching red thermos flask. I loved that lunchbox.

little pony lunchbox 1980s

I was planning to buy little miniature suitcases and baskets to go in the expedit bookcase in the craft studio, but I’m now fighting the urge to buy some retro 80’s lunch boxes from ebay, and maybe a Shinzi Katoh creation to go with them… 

shinzi katoh tree lunch box

September 3, 2009 at 13:59 Leave a comment



Well, maybe not today as the heavens have opened and the city is being pelted with rain from every angle..but when this nasty rain goes away I’d quite like to sit at a table outside with this fun condiment holder on display. (Available from Urban Outfitters and many online shops)

August 28, 2009 at 09:49 Leave a comment

A lovely love story

I love Edward Monkton cards and stories. They make me smile. I’ve been gradually replacing all the mugs in our kitchen with Monkton mugs over the last few years and they always raise a smile from guests.

 edward monkton- the power of cake mug

This little canvas print hangs in the hallway at our old house, I’m not sure where it will live in the new house but it will be half hidden somewhere so that it takes people be surprise when they see the happy dinosaur faces. The print was a gift from some very good friends and a constant reminder of our wedding day when the full story of the lovely dinosaurs was one of the readings during the ceremony.

edward monkton - lovely love story canvas

August 18, 2009 at 11:30 Leave a comment

Image of the day


polly george cakestand


Polly George makes the most gorgeous pottery. I love both the birds and butterflies range, but particularly this bird cake stand. Her designs are beautifully understated and simple.

August 18, 2009 at 08:39 Leave a comment

My what big teeth you have…

 My Grandmother used to have a fridge magnet which said “the one who dies with the most fabric wins!”  We’re pretty sure she won as her house was filled with fabric, the majority of which my Mum inherited and my sisters and I have added to our fabric stashes from the treasures she had saved.

One fabric my Mum and I both adored was a vintage Little Red Riding Hood print. There’s a reproduction version of it available (see below).

Reproduction Red Riding Hood fabric

We ended up splitting the fabric and taking half each. The fabric has been in the running to be included in nearly every quilt, babygro, applique project I’ve ever worked on but it’s so precious I don’t want to waste it! I think it would be lovely on a chair like this in the craft studio, with another remnant of it framed in a pretty white frame on the desk.

 chair project

Chair & tutorial from How about Orange

August 17, 2009 at 10:03 1 comment

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