Slightly button obsessed

I have a larger than large, steadily growing button mountain!! I’m not sure what started my love for all things button shaped but it’s slowly taking over my craft room, along with the fabric and wool. So you will understand my excitement when my friend introduced me to a local ceramic crafter (Gill Bramley Ceramics) who makes ceramic buttons and beautiful ceramic products, and even better, she lives just down the road !!Framed button pictureimage

After I collected my lovely ceramic buttons, It got me thinking about my local “entrepreneurial crafty people” busy in their sheds, craft rooms and garages beavering away, and how important it is for me to try to support them where I can.

This also runs over to local independent shops, businesses and  cafés too- But that’s another blog!!!

I admit I buy from my local “big chain” haberdashery and I enjoy wandering aimlessly around them, probably a bit too much if you ask my nearest and dearest! But I love to buy from local crafter’s too where I can. I genuinely appreciate the hard work and passion that goes into just one hand crafted item!!

I  hope that by supporting them I do my bit to help boost my local economy and help support local jobs (and in this financial climate a job is precious). I also get some lovely perks too! with some unique and quirky “one off ” items which I much prefer. Quite often I get a better quality item and something  that really does last a life time. So… now I don’t feel too bad at all about my button purchase and the fact that I’ve already ordered some more buttons off Gill today. Helenx


Vintage Welsh blanket : free tutorial on pretty crochet edging.


I love Vintage Welsh blankets and the history they have. I remember the woollen smell so vividly when sitting around by Nanas knees as a child. I love the sewing projects out there which use Welsh blankets BUT… I only use  blankets that are worn and holey ! and needs a new lease of life. For this project I have a ebay Vintage Welsh blanket find that was cut in two pieces!  I’m going to show you how to make a pretty crochet edge. This technique can be applied to any blanket or throw.


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Betsy our Jackadoodle dog


Betsy is the much and much more loved family dog. She’s got some issues such as – she doesn’t like dogs, cars, Hoovers, lawn mowers and postmenimageBut…. She loves people, children, playing, cuddles and cwtches, food and sleeping !image She’s very cute and will try to get a quick sleep on top of any sewing project that I leave around. She also makes a good cookie thief too !!!!


Discovering Quilting

I have discovered a new passion for quilting. I have shown how to make a really simple quilted picnic blanket in my recent blog. BUT If you are itching to try out some more quilting styles I want to share with you a really easy tutorial web site which has given me loads of tips on quilting, and I just love her american accent and passion for sewing check out missouri quilt company – Google Search