The final countdown to Christmas – feeling more festive than ever.

I am back home safe and sound minus an ileostomy, my surgery was very successful and I am full of vigour & christmas spirit.

My pixie children made a great job decorating the christmas tree but I did struggle with my inner control freak. 8 decs on 1 branch, what’s wrong with that I hear you cry.  I subtly undid the damage after bedtime and can now rest easy that the tree isn’t going to collapse onto said pixie children.

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I haven’t done much in the way of brooches or dresses but my button hearts have been selling out so  I whizzed up a batch the other night.   I did however, have a wee experiment with scraps of cotton and denim, pinked the edges and joined together with a front button and a brooch clasp at the back so we will see if those take off with the same speed that the ribbon brooches did.

This has been a happy divert from writing my christmas cards, which I do enjoy but have an inward fight about the amount of paper, postage etc.  Every year I promise will be my last but I can’t seem to break free from the christmas card chains.  Next year I will venture into the electronic card era…



It’s a dogs life.

The sproglettes have been staying with the aforementioned eager grandparents whilst husband & I went out on the randan last night so I used my rare quiet Saturday to make a few more dresses and brooches. The brooches have been on sale at Avery Homestore in Edinburgh. Jo called me to tell me when the first one had sold, it was the tartan ribbon with green wool button version. A lady had chosen it for her Westie to wear on Christmas day, not quite the customer base I was expecting but I am happy if the Westie is happy!

The Burberry Bexy Dress has now been finished after my new Singer sewing machine arrived. It is so much better than my wee old red banger. I am sure ‘old red’ will enjoy her new home at Avery Homestore in the haberdashery display area.

After a day of creating & nursing a mild red wine head, I decided that my button collection needed to be sorted. I’m not quite sure where to start.

If you are a koumpounophobe then don’t look at the following image!!! Actually, come to think of it, if you were then you probably wouldn’t be looking at my blog anyway. Any suggestions on categories for sorting buttons then please let me know.

Here is an image of the dresses I have finished this weekend. The 2 on the left are ready to go on sale but the top & the Burberry dress have been stored away by Olivia’s Auntie Katie, for Christmas. Very cute having your aunties old clothes turned into outfits. The Bexy dresses are £15.00 each for either ‘off the peg’ or made to order from your own fabric. Please remember if the garment you provide doesn’t have enough cotton, it isn’t a problem. I can add from my collection of fabrics.

Finally, I have finished Lyla’s birthday present. I will make her sisters dress tomorrow. Lyla is 5 years old, her sister Eden is 3 (next Saturday) and Bexy is 1. The dresses fit all of the girls at various lengths. It looks great with jeans, leggings, tights or even bare legs (in Edinburgh, in the summer???)

Happy crafting.


The Burberry gets it!

I finally built up enough courage to chop up the old Burberry.  Poor thing didn’t stand a chance, as the evening went on The Bexy (Burberry) Dress requested by Katie started to take shape and then disaster struck.  My faithful old sewing machine died.  A younger model has been ordered and will be here within 2 days.  I’m lost without a sewing machine (so I made a few cards this afternoon).

Anyhoo, the other dress for Olivia has been finished and hand delivered.  It is the cream, pink floral and denim dress to the left of the picture.  The other two are my original dresses made at a Bearpaw craft class.  If you are into crafts then search for them on Facebook and click on the  ‘like’ button.  It is a really great way of learning a new skill & having a day just for you. The tutors are really good & you get homemade cake, tea and wine!

Next project:  Lyla and Eden’s birthday dresses…

…once I’ve finished the Burberry!


Katie’s Clobber turning into Olivia’s outfits

There is much excitement in the house after a visit to Daddy’s work.  A childs opportunity to whiz round on an office chair will never go out of fashion!

I picked up some clothes from the lovely Miss Connelly to transform into dresses for her  niece Olivia.  I couldn’t bring myself to start chopping up the Burberry offering so I attacked the white spotty number with gusto.

2 hours later…

Tonight I WILL be brave and chop that Burberry ‘bad boy’.


Broaching the subject – Bexy Brooches!

I have enjoyed an industrious day making ribbon & button brooches.  Trying to drown out the noise of two small children & eager babysitting grandparents, I locked myself in my Aladdin’s cave aka the utility room and got ‘my brooch on’. 9 brooches and 1 sore thumb later, I am fairly pleased with the results.

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They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, some styles do resemble a ‘best in show’ rosette, however they are quirky and good fun to make.

What am I going to do with 9 brooches???


Rainy Monday – Happy Sewing

It is a wet & wild day in Edinburgh, the rain is lashing down outside but inside I have a stash of exciting projects to look at.  I am making a silk runner for the end of the bed, it is nearly finished. I am hand-sewing the binding onto the edge which is made from curtain remnants bought in my local Shelter charity shop.

The other ‘must-do’ job for today is to finish sewing ‘The Bexy Dress’ labels ready to go onto the dresses.  The dresses I make can be customised.  If you have a favourite old shirt or grannies dress (must be cotton) then you can send it to me and I will incorporate it into the dress.  It can be used to make the band at the bottom of the dress or the ties at the top or a heart stitched onto the front of the dress.  Even an entire dress, if there a complete metre of cotton.

This dress/top was made using an old skirt of mine.  Bexy looks very cute when she wears it with jeans.

It is a great way to reuse fabric and clothes that you can’t bear to throw out.

However, the most important job of the day is to change the lightbulb in the bathroom, the kids bathed by candle light last night, health & safety hazard!