Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Swashbuckling week!

A pirate’s life for me!

This week saw my first sale on Folksy ( – this applique pirate picture, along with a request for a pirate themed birthday card.

I used a digi stamp from my favourite site to create this…

The image is coloured with promarkers, and the letters cut out on the cricut machine. I love the blue and red colours together.

Then I volunteered to also make a pirate outfit, with matching doll’s version.

And then, maybe I might make a little bag to put it in…?

I only had a little piece of this fabric in my stash, but managed to make it into a slightly patchwork affair using some other piratey scraps.

So now it be Sunday – and I be relaxin’ with a bottle o’ rum. Yo ho ho!!




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Lonely sock WLTM partner for friendship and maybe more…


Yesterday I made a little drawstring bag for keeping odd socks together.

Because too many odd socks are languishing in dusty corners of the laundry basket, in carrier bags, in a pile on top of the tumble dryer or under the bed.

If you like it you can buy it at and your odd socks might find their perfect match!


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Applique meets Sampler, they fall in love and live Happily Ever After

This is something I made a few months ago, for a friend who was renewing her wedding vows after ten years of marriage. The re-wedding was today, so I can finally show off my applique version of a sampler.

The large heart has the two wedding dates embroidered around it, while the two small ones feature the names and birthdates of the couple’s two children.

It is mounted onto canvas, and embellished with little buttons and ric rac. Because everyone loves little buttons and ric rac!!

I really loved making this, it felt like a real honour to be trusted with such a special piece of memory keeping. I’d like to wish Holly and Mark many more years of happiness and love.


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Merry Christmas!! (Oh, hang on, is it still July?)

Maybe it’s the unseasonal weather we’re having, but I had an urge to make some Christmas cards!

Rummaging through my box of glittery papers made me feel rather festive, so you’ll probably be seeing some more soon!

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I decided to take part in a Jubilee themed swap organised by Lakota at

The rules were pretty simple; you must send your partner between three and five items. At least one must be handmade, at least one thrifted or second hand, and at least one must fit in with a Jubilee theme.

So my partner was Geraldine at, so I had a little look at her blog, and decided to send her these things…

A cup, saucer, milk jug and sugar bowl – because I spotted a few vintage china items in her blog post. I spotted these in a charity shop and decided they would fit the jubilee aspect of this swap as they were made by … … Royal Windsor!!

Then, keeping within a vague red white and blue colour palette I made this brooch.


It is three yoyos stitched together with a button on top. I made myself a similar one a while back and really like it. I hope Geraldine likes this one.

And finally, using a stripey pillowcase rescued from charity shop oblivion, I also made a shopping bag.

Again, loosely red, white and blue, it rolls up and secures with a button and loop. Pretty and practical – just like me!!

I got a lovely parcel of goodies in return…

…including a knitting magazine (red handles!), heart ice cube tray (I love hearts!!), Union jack bag and passport cover, special stickers to put on my next lot of jam and some lovely handmade brooches.

And the final thing, a thrifted scarf in beautiful colours of sky blue and pink so I can always remember who sent it to me!


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Fishing for ideas!







I have been thinking for a little while that I need to find an image which was suitable for men’s cards. My friend asked me to make something for her grandad so I bought this “Fishing Stan” image from and coloured it with my promarkers.

I liked colouring him so much I also made this one…

… and this one!

So now I have some cards for men… as long as they like fishing!!

The easiest way to buy my cards (and see more) is through my facebook page – – I’d love you to pop by!



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