22 September 2014

Happy Thoughts

LOVE this book my lovely friend Tracy bought me. 

I'm going to try and fill it regularly with happy thoughts.

Today's' happy thought .....

What are your happy thoughts?

21 September 2014

DIY Bloomers

If like me you're a fan of bloomers, aka pantaloons, you will know how hard it is to source them.  Actually that's not entirely true.  You can source them but they are either a) extortionately priced or b) from the Downton Abbey era and therefore TINY!  

So, armed with a pinterest board of inspiration, a boxset of Downton Abbey (not vital) in particular the above image that I adore from here, an old sheet (I kid you not but you could buys some nice cotton or linen), intermediate sewing skills, a determination, desire and need for said bloomers I set about making my own.  

I used a pair of pyjama bottoms as my pattern/template.  I just traced around them onto brown paper allowing extra width in the legs. 

I then folded the sheet flat on the table and lay my pattern piece along the fold and cut two.  You end up with two pieces of fabric looking roughly like this (when unfolded) 

If you are using plain white fabric (as I was) put a small mark on one side of each, or a pin, so you know which is the right side or wrong side.  Trust me you will be confused if you don't.

Fold wrong sides together

 Pin and sew the inside leg seams on both pieces so you end up with two tubes/legs. 

 Then pin and sew the crotch seam , front to front and back to back.

See here - the back crotch seam is sewn up (lying on the table) 

It should then look like this - a clowns pair of trousers :O) 

All you need do then is turn over the waist, allowing a 2inch fold where you will insert the elastic.  Take your elastic, put it around your waste and stretch  until it is taught, that's how long you will need it.  Insert it in the fold and secure by stitching into the seam.  

To finish the legs I used elastic in my bobbin to sew the gather and then trimmed the hem with some lace edging.

There you have it.  Super simple and pretty (I think so anyway) bloomers.

I'm dying to make another pair.  Will do a better tutorial when I do as I was too eager to get these ones made and didn't take enough pics.  

Would you like a more detailed tutorial?

Petticoats and Bloomers

It's 5.25 pm here in Ireland on Sunday 21st September and I've had to wear sunglasses and put sun screen on as it's so warm and sunshiney out there.  I kid you not.  It's positiveley balmy!!

It's all very strange as the kids are back to school and I'm making Christmassy makes for my shop and normally I'd be curling up on the sofa with the fire on and some crochet in my hand but I'm sitting here in my summer clothes and flip flops.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, it's just all a little confusing.  Nice but confusing.

The best thing is that I'm still getting to hang my clothes on the line.  Alas my washing machine is a little under the weather so today it was a hand wash.  Ironically it's my petticoats and bloomers (yes I said bloomers) that are on the line.  My mum is always telling me I was born in the wrong era as I LOVE hand washing and all that sort of stuff.   If I could go back in time it would be to Downton Abbey times.  Not sure if I'd be upstairs or downstairs though??  Which leads me on to tonight - it's the first episode in series 5 of Downton Abbey.  Are you a fan?  I can't wait.  I've been planning my whole evening all week.  God forbid if anyone calls to the house.  I'll just have the curtains pulled and the sound down low because I won't be answering the door, the phone, emails etc etc

If you are watching enjoy!

17 September 2014

Upholstery for beginners (more like fakers)

There I was, filling a half hour in town before meeting a friend for coffee, it's all her fault!  Or maybe I should be thanking her?    I wandered into one of my favourite shops Frances' Finishing Touches and the second I saw this fabric I just had to have it.  I had no idea whatsoever what I was going to make with it I just wanted.  You know what it's like.  I know I'm not alone here :O) 

So I go for coffee, catch up with my friend and a couple of hours later I get home.  I have orders to complete and invoices to send out (priorities) but I look straight at my beloved red chair and have a eureka moment ... 

I drop my bags and drape the fabric over it and know there and then that's what I'm going to do.  Cover the chair.  

Hmm .... not something I've really done before but then I remember the lovely Sarah Moore (check out Sarah's fab site here) covering a sofa on The Great Interior Design Challenge TV show and think I can do that ! :O)   So off I go in search of the staple gun ......  

20 minutes later ... I kid you not!


In hindsight I should have folded this in the other direction and have yet to stitch it.

Despite that I'm pretty darn pleased with how it came out. 

So there you go.  

Not bad for a purchase on a whim. 

Do you like it?  

9 September 2014

Fabric Shops In Ireland

Finally - the list is here!

A few MONTHS ago I put a shout out on my facebook page asking people to recommend fabric shops in Ireland as it is probably one of the top questions I get asked all the time "where do you buy your fabric"?

So here goes ...

I am sure this will be added to over time so if there's someone missing on the list let me know and I will update it.   Each time I update it I will update the date below

*** LAST UPDATED  7th Sept 2014 ***


Frances Finishing Touches - Roscommon

Limerick Quilt Centre 

The Fennel Shed Patchwork Studio

Threads of Green Fabrics -  Kilkenny 

Seams Sew Simple - Roscommon

Rebecca Palmer  Originals


Kilbora Quilt Shop 

Rags for Linda - Galway

Clew Bay Quilting - Mayo

Singer Shop - Clonmel

Vibes & Scribes - Cork
  facebook website  

Paragon Fabrics

Floppy Fabrics - Dublin

Butterfly Fabric - Longford

Just Cotton - Meath

The Sewing Shed - Kerry

Remnant Basket -  Dundalk

Hickeys/Home Focus - Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick

WM Trimmings

Cloth Shop Dublin

Murphy Sheehy - Dublin

As if you didn't have enough reasons to buy fabric .......

Don't forget if you know of a shop near you that's not on the list let me know in the comments below or email me.  

7 September 2014

Pretty Cath Kidston Knobs

If you've been following me over the summer you will know that I've been busy with a bit of decorating in my little cottage (more to come on that) and one of the biggest jobs was painting my kitchen ... no mean feat when you own a rather ridiculous amount of cups and saucers and bowls and plates and ... let's just say I've been accumulating rather a lot of kitchen paraphernalia for many years now :O)

Not content with painting the walls I then decided to paint the kitchen cupboards, my dresser, kitchen island and just as it was all done I decided to give the door knobs a bit of a makeover too.

I painted them first with white paint and initially I planned to paint little roses on them but then as I was putting things away I came across some of my Cath Kidston napkins and had a eureka moment and decided to decoupage (or decopatch) them.

It was super easy, super quick, super cheap and (I think) super effective.

All you need is PVA glue (Modge Podge also works) and some napkins.

I decided to cut out clusters of roses from my napkins.  Once you've done that you need to remove the white backing (sometimes there's two layers)

Apply a thin layer of pva to the knob and very gently lay the napkin piece over it, apply another layer of pva over the napkin and allow to dry.  Be VERY careful as the napkin can easily tear.

Leave the knobs to dry and then reapply another coat of PVA, leave to dry again and apply another coat of PVA.

Don't worry too much if it looks a little wrinkly it does flatten out during the drying process.  Trust me.

 Finally attach them to the cubpoard, stand back and smile at your handiwork :O)

Really pleased with how they came out.  I just need to do all the drawers next !

So has anyone else been doing a bit of DIY over the summer?


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