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My new favourite pattern

Sometimes I get a new pattern that I fall in love with and have to make not just one or two but lots! (Tilly & The Buttons Coco is one of those – I have quite a collection of them now!) It happened again last month: I bought my first Dog Under My Desk pattern, the Two Zip Hipster, and I love it! Friends have been asking me for a top-zip cross-body bag as the ones I usually make are either open-top or close with a magnetic closure. So I’ve been searching for a good pattern and have seen several recommendations in the sewing community for Dog Under My Desk.

I made the first one in plain denim with a blue stripe cotton lining. I didn’t have any sew-in interfacing or canvas, as was suggested, so used the thinnest wadding (batting) I had, which in hindsight was a bit too thick, so made quite a puffy bag, although it is very sturdy and will protect whatever is inside. But the pattern and the instructions are great, so I have since sewed up 4 more, in different fabrics, and have a fifth and sixth cut ready to sew (I’ve run out of zips so have to wait for more to come – aarrgggh, the torture!)

I then bought a second pattern from Dog Under My Desk, the Daytripper bag. Again, another lovely pattern with amazing instructions and great step-by-step photos. I highly recommend these patterns and will be back for more. The Daytripper took a lot longer, but I have ended up with a lovely, huge bag that is great for stashing all my stuff! It is even big enough to carry a magazine, and the back zipped pocket is roomy enough for a large notebook/journal or iPad. I am one of those gals that carries so much junk with her, (it’s all necessary junk, of course!) but this bag takes it all, and then some! I made it in a cool Rose and Hubble cow print fabric and it’s really nice and has been so useful!

I have a couple of other new bags and pouches in the pipeline…more on them soon! Hello to my new followers! Great to have you here – drop me a message!

In the meantime, if you’d like to see the bags I have for sale, please check out my Etsy shop  or my brand-new nuMonday shop.

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Lessons to learn

Over the past few weeks, I have done 3 different events. The first was the Norwich Lanes Fayre, which I wrote about last time. Despite the early rain, the day was quite successful. This put me in a positive frame of mind for the next 2 events.

Sadly, they were a washout – without a drop of rain in sight, so a metaphorical washout rather than an actual one! I think a case of right weather, right products and the wrong crowd! A real shame but on the plus side I did get to sit and spend “quality time” (hate that phrase!) with my lovely Mum, so not all bad! Despite her only living about 20 minutes away, we don’t see a lot of each other as both have busy lives.

So, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Lanes Fayre is a go, but that school things and fun days are not. We will do Christmas ones but that’s about it. I need to concentrate now on the online shop and the bricks & mortar one in town. I am also looking forward to having my stall at my upcoming NICU fundraising coffee morning (back by popular demand!) So anyone wanting to make some early Christmas purchases (sorry for mentioning the C-word!) can come along and browse. The cow print is proving to be popular and will be available in pencil case, purse and makeup pouch!

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A weekend of sun, rain, Paloma Faith and the Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre

What a great weekend, although by Sunday night I was exhausted!

Saturday was a wonderfully hot summer day – I did keep inside out of the heat as I had to do some sewing and getting ready for my stall on Sunday (more below). In the evening we went with good friends to Thetford Forest to see Paloma Faith. We had a great time with a lovely picnic and fantastic music – and it was still so warm! Paloma was amazing as usual – I love her style as much as her music. Although knee-length white leather platform boots must have been a tad warm in that heat! IMG_0021-001

My 5-year-old son loves Paloma and had a ball! Here is a picture of me and him before she began (he is stuffing picnic into his mouth!) My dress is a little vintage number I found in a charity shop – it is made of terry towelling and the zip goes all the way to the bottom and I love it as it’s so cool and easy to wear! I might keep the style in mind to copy sometime in the future – maybe a red one?

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Here is a rare family photo of the three of us – we all had a great time – thanks Paloma!

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On Sunday, Mum & I had a stall at the Upper St Giles Street Party, part of the Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre.

posterI have blogged before about how lovely the Norwich Lanes are –  and this is an annual event which is always really good fun. So I decided to have a stall. Even though it was quite pricey compared to what I’d normally pay to do a craft fair, I thought I’d give it a go. Having had such a hot day the day before, I made sure I packed my sunglasses, suncream and plenty of bottles of water to keep me cool and hydrated.

We arrived and leisurely set up the gazebo and laid out our stall. My bags and bits and my mum’s lovely jewellery. It did look good, and we were looking forward to a busy day!

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As we finished, the heavens opened and there followed about 3 hours of pouring rain.  Pools of water collected on the gazebo roof, a real torrent of water gushed down the gutters into the drain (in the middle of our stall!) – it was miserable and there were very few punters around. Oh dear, we thought, what a washout! Although my language was a bit more choice than that! We were pissed on and pissed off!

Well, at 2:30 the rain stopped, the sun came out and so did all the people! We had a lovely rest of the day. I’ve added a few photos to give you a flavour of the ambience – which once it got going, was a lovely best-of-British summer fair.

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I sold quite a few things, so it was quite a successful day, although if the weather had been good throughout, I’m sure I would have doubled my takings! Oh well. On the plus side, I still have plenty of stock left for my next stalls – both this coming weekend. On Friday I will be at Kinsale Junior School where they’re having a pamper/shopping evening (5-8pm) and on Saturday at the Sprowston Family Fun Day. Hoping for sun all day and lots of customers – come and see me if you can! If you can’t, then remember you can always buy from my Etsy shop – I’ll be uploading new things soon! (once the sun gets out again for me to take photos!)

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Getting my stall ready – two days to go!

I’ve been busy over the summer getting things made for a charity coffee & craft morning we are holding on Saturday. I have been stocking up my selection of handmade bags, pouches, purses and little bits and pieces like brooches, hair clips and so on. It’s in aid of the NICU (the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital where my son Jack spent his first two weeks as a baby. The NICU is staffed by the most wonderful team of people – nurses, doctors and other staff – and they saved Jack’s life. When he was born following an emergency caesarian section, he had to be resuscitated for 7 minutes and then spent the first 3 days of his life in the NICU on a TOBY cooling mat

He is going to be 5 next week and is a bright, clever and energetic little boy. You would never know by looking at him that he had such a traumatic start to life, and we are eternally grateful to the amazing care that he received from the NICU. Last year we held a similar event and it was a lovely day, raising lots of cash for the NICU.

So this year we have been busy again, my mum making lovely jewellery & jams, me my fabric bits and bobs, and we’ll also have other stalls (pre-loved clothes and books, homemade preserves, handmade cards and a tombola stall too). All alongside yummy cakes, bakes and cups of tea and coffee! My kitchen tomorrow should look like the set of Great British Bake Off, with any luck! Although no bin tantrums, I hope!  Now, we just need a bit of sun, and lots of friends to show up with lots of pennies to spend!

Lots of pouches, purses and iPad covers ready for sale.
Lots of pouches, purses and iPad covers ready for sale.
Other bits & bobs - brooches, hairclips, tea cosies, bookmarks and mini sewing kits.
Other bits & bobs – brooches, hairclips, tea cosies, bookmarks and mini sewing kits.

 

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Jack Day 1 – this is why we are raising money – to help all the other babies like Jack.
Jack now - nearly 5, full of beans and a lovely little lad. Thanks to the amazing NICU.
Jack now – nearly 5, full of beans and a lovely little lad. Thanks to the amazing NICU.