#300pencilcasesforAfrica update

Hello All,

It snowed, yay!!! well maybe a centimetre or two but thats good enough for me, still counts!

Just thought I’d give you an update on how we are doing with the #300pencilcasesforafrica 

I put out a call for any sewers to help me out on my quest to give the kiddlings in Kenya a real treat.

I was so touched by the response. I had the wonderful soisewedthis regram and constantly plug the efforts. As a result the lovely Cathy made 10 of the most beautiful pencil cases along with her daughter.

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The very same soisewedthis made a whopping 25 cases that are winging their way to me as I type. They are so gorgeous with fun linings.

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I have also had a lady that I know knock up 20 in a day!! Can’t wait to see those! And another from my children’s school making another 20! And not forgetting two of my lovely friends Dawn and Katy coming over to help me bash out as many as we can on Thursday.

Here are my humble offerings although I am still sewing like a maniac to get another 100+ finished by this Saturday.

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So people, the running total is an amazing 159!!!! So we are well on the way to achieving the 300 needed.

God bless you people for the lovely comments, the help, the prayers or just for looking. Have a great day!

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Pom pom perfection. Part 1.

Hello lovely ones,

Hope you are all enjoying your New Years break? I’m loving having this time with family it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I’ve had a lot of people say that they never knew how to make pom pom’s. Apparently the last tutorial helped so I thought I would do a small series on different ways to make pom pom’s.

I made one the night before last for a baby’s hat so lets start with that one.

I like to use the little plastic discs that are specifically for making pom pom’s, find the link here. They make three different sizes so pretty good for a lot of different projects. This is the mid sized one.

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You can always make your own out of cardboard. You just cut two discs in the size required and then cut a hole in the middle. As I am the queen of cutting corners the plastic ones are perfect for me.

You then put the discs together like so:

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Then we start the absolute mammoth task of winding on the wool. This tiny little pompom got me through 2 1/2 episodes of Homeland!!

Start by pulling your wool through the centre keeping the discs together. You have to keep pulling the wool through until you have covered the entire disc as below. Wind each bit next to the last in one direction making sure not to leave any gaps. If you only want a quick pom pom thats not very full then you could probably stop once you have reached the beginning.

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I love my pom pom’s to be as full as they can be so I go around and around until the hole in the middle is non existent. I use a yarn needle to push through the centre when it gets really small. When you are finished it should like this:

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Once you’re done we then start cutting around the outside. Turn the disc on to its side and slide your scissors into the gap and start cutting. Ooh how exciting!

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Once you have cut all the way around you take a long piece of wool and tie it around the middle in between those grooves in the plastic. Tie it super tight so the bits don’t come undone. You then slide the disc off each side to reveal your fabulous pom pom.

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I find rolling it between my palms helps the shape and sometimes I will cut little bits off to perfect it.

Voila! perfect pom pom for the perfect little hat.

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I will put up another blog in the next few days about 2 other ways to make lovely pom pom’s. You are all totally capable at making theseHave a wonderful day people’s. Big Love!

Happy New Creative Year!

I have just completed the obligatory, pre party ‘but my house is always this tidy’ clean up but the exciting thing is it’s only 3pm so that has to be an all time record!! I’m usually still going just as the bell goes. Just time enough to blog one more time before 2015, woohoo!

I always start the year with at least 30 new years resolutions so that way if I only do one I still feel pretty good about myself; less pressure.

This year I intend to:

  • Try and keep the house tidier (hmm, good luck with that one).
  • Not to over load myself and say yes to everything (bah ha ha yeah right)
  • Spend more time with each child (do-able me thinks)
  • Try and do something crafty once a day (no worries) and clean up afterwards (oh come on!!)
  • Make more clothing rather than just accessories.
  • Be kinder (even when I’m in the car)
  • Be happy with where I am right now in life.
  • Love my body and face (I certainly can’t afford to pay for new ones!)
  • Complete the #crazynewyou instagram challenge on Crazy little projects
  • Complete the #sewmystash year long instagram challenge on Project:Leasa
  • Knit a hat and scarf with one of my Instagram mates
  • Do my tax paperwork every month rather than the whole lot two days before the deadline (wah ha ha ha sorry just fell off my chair)
  • Go back to point 2 and cut this list down by half!!!

These are just a few. But you know what, I love this time of year. I love the feeling of a new start, wiping the slate clean so to speak. If I start well maybe I’ll finish well, maybe not. But thats okay, I’m doing my best just like every other human on this crazy planet and that’s enough.

Huge love to you all and I hope you have the most magical, amazing, creative, productive and peaceful year. Remember, you rock!!

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Umm, that was meant to be blowing you all a big kiss but my son reckons it’s an epic fail, what does he know! Bah ha ha and now all the three of the kids are comically imitating me! Lucky I can laugh at myself! they think they are clever now but just you wait until they are older and want a car!

This is terrifying!!!….

No really! This is truly terrifying! I am not a scaredy cat by any means but putting myself out here into the great unknown blogosphere (is that what it is even called?)is just a little bit scary.

I sat here looking at this page and for the first time in my life was lost for words.

What to say? What not to say? Am I witty enough? My friends seem to think I’m pretty funny but maybe they have no sense of humour? Of course they do, I think they are hilarious!!

And just what is a widget? How do I get all those cool things on the side of the column over there ——> How do I link it up to Instagram & Pinterest? What on earth are tags? Are they like the hashtag things I have only just started working out on Instagram? Do I really have to read the ‘how to’ section on WordPress? Does no-one on here realise that I have a very short attention span not to mention no patience!

How do I? What should I? How could I? Will I? Will they?Aaaaaargh!!!!

Okay Lady, stop aaaaaaaaaand breath. Phew, okay. Here goes, wish me luck I’m going in………