Roman blind

I made this blind months ago with a few school-mum friends. It has been waiting for my husband to get his drill out (!). After one false start when I couldn’t find the screws I’d bought, it is finally up!

My friend Julia had a bit of experience making roman blinds, so said she’d give us a tutorial.I had no idea it would involve such a lot of mathematical gymnastics! I’m really pleased with the results and glad it hangs straight (the rod pockets certainly aren’t!)

I’d love to make more for other parts of the house but may need another lesson in working out all the measurements before that.


Wine Box

Last week I went back to my home town of Totnes with my friend Mary for a look round the Friday market. Mary in the hope of some vintage sheet finds.

Unfortunately a lady with a vintage fabric stall had all ready bought up supplies (and hiked up the price!).

We did have a nice morning though and got very distracted in the sale section of a toy shop. We also came across a man selling these lovely wine boxes. All waxed and polished and only £5. I wish I had bought more now!


Vintage Fabric Finds


I’ve joined the UK and Ireland Vintage Fat Quarter Swap – if you have no idea what that is then you aren’t far behind me!  My friend Mary Emmens is coordinating the swap.  We all send her fat quarters (1/4 of a metre squares) of fabric we want to swap and she redistributes it, so we all get a wonderful new selection of vintage fabric.

I’ve been scouring the charity shops for the last couple of weeks trying to find some more fabric i can send off for the swap.  I came across a fabulous funky floral sheet this week. It’s HUGE and lovely colours. It says ‘Made in Canada’ on the very faded label. The week before found the this green floral.  I’m also going to enter a couple of other fabrics I’ve had lying around. The rest of the pretty floral duvet cover I used to make my reversible skirt back in the summer and the orange and brown caravan curtain material I attempted to sew with a while back. This one needs looking at to see if it’s up to the grade, I don’t want anyone to get anything awful and worn out that they can’t sew with, even if it is a great print!

I can’t wait to see what I get back, it will be great to have a whole new selection of fabrics I may not have otherwise found. There are lots of lovely ones appearing on the flickr group 

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Retro Family Fun

I found this very retro game in the charity shop today. It seems very familiar, so I’m sure we must have had it when I was little.

For the past couple of Christmases I’ve tried to get as many second hand presents as possible (much to the horror of my family I’m sure).

It’s so easy to find great kids presents in charity shops, especially stocking fillers. This will go under the Christmas tree this year, probably as a present from the cat (another weird family tradition!)