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For a long time now I have wanted a place to pin things which, for want of a better expression, inspired my creativity.

Lots of crafters have them. There is even a Flickr group and blog devoted to them.

And they come in all shapes – from simple wires or tapes with pegs to hold the inspirational piece in place, to actual quilt rails, whole walls, back down to basic cork boards with pins.

The reason why I’ve never had one is really because I never had the space. But it became apparent that I would soon really be needing one on a practical level, and voila! a space magically appears before me – necessity being the mother of invention, and all that. The back of a cupbaord door right next to where I work *slaps forehead* why oh why have I never seen it before?!

Right now my board comprises of fabric swatches and sketches (which I am not showing you :P); hardly inspirational, but totally totally revolutionary in terms of how this has improved my work.

There will probably be times when I will feel the need to pin up pictures and shapes and leaves and articles and other things which grip my imagination and make the craft mojo flow etc., but right now this is how I’m working, and it is really such a simple yet SUCH an effective tool. The space to mark out ideas and block work – at a glance my concentration is galvanised as I see just how I want my work to be. Simple, yes. But totally amazing in results.

Inspiration boards. I recommend them to you!


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Whatever you celebrate this week/end (if anything) – have a good one! Me? I’m zoning out on all the yellow in my life, contemplating some craft (duh! no brainer) and hopefully chilling with my homies. It is ridiculous how easily pleased I am.

I’m having a Bank Holiday Monday – so shall we agree to see you here Tuesday? Yes? OK, insha’allah!


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Playing around with a lot of blue. Any colour combinations you’re inspired by these days?

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I’m sorry; that’s all I could manage today. Back tomorrow insha’allah on a more positive and genuinely happy note.

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It’s been a looooong time since I’ve taken a picture with flare, and happily contributed it towards the rather excellent Flare Friday Flickr Pool.

And this picture? Well it sums up rather neatly what I hope to be doing a lot of this weekend…. notice if you will the Cadbury’s Creme Egg packet in the background, dimmed lighting and no children. Heaven.

Havea good weekend, people!


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I have no car. Still. I am feeling trapped and underwhelmed by the drugery of family existence. I am not a natural mother/wife/pleasant human being. And what is more I don’t care to be. I don’t think changing my anti-depressants was such a good idea (again!). Prayers for a car for us is the only way it will EVER happen, so get asking if you don’t mind.

I’m going ever-so-slightly bonkers this week. Keeping me sane is dreaming of being here. The down-side of dreaming is that it can make you bitter for what you have/don’t have. But still, the thought of perhaps making it back up North for some seaside play, hillside walking and good old-fashioned memory-making is taking the edge of my wanting to stick a screwdriver through both temples simultaneously to end the pain. Just.

Oh and, dearest children, if you would care to take a day off killing each other (loudly) and shattering the window panes with your incessent BITCHING that might help too. Mama needs a valium. Yes, she does….

I heart home.

Carry on.

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Craftwise it’s been a busy and productive couple of weeks masha’allah.

It’s true that since getting my baby back I’ve been a bit reluctant to put her to sleep at nights, and thinking maybe creating a machine holster so I can just wear her around me all day might be something I could use. But apart from just the sheer love of crafting? I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few custom orders to complete too.

I can’t tell you how humble that makes me feel when I get an email asking ‘would you… do you…make xyz?’ – I feel like looking over my shoulder to make sure it is *me* they are asking and not the real crafter behind me…. it never fails to make my day.

So. A few orders sent, some to do and also some things for a shop update which I have enjoyed making and can’t wait to show and tell.

This sewing bag is really pretty masha’allah and I imagined making it for a Mother’s Day gift; except my mother doesn’t do craft *shrugs*. It is a spacious bag for carrying bits and bobs and I also made a matching needle case and bottle top pin cushion. If I had my Nana still alive this would be something I’d make for her for sure. I had her in mind as I made it.

Then a patchwork bag in aqua.

A couple of patchwork and QUILTED cushion covers which I am going to have a hard time giving up because I have grown quite attached to them. Firstly, in aqua…

And then this rainbow patchwork star quilt…

I’m also adding an old friend. Remember this little lady?

She was in the store last year; I took her out when someone expressed interest, but she sat unbought and I never put her back in the store. Well I have no room in my house and so in the shop she goes. Sale price because I want shot of her. Was 55 now 25.

Here she is throwing a tantrum. I cannot cope with another of her tantrums. Tedward Bear is telling her to get a grip. She has to go to someone who will love her. She has had enough of the cupboard. If she doesn’t sell I’m ripping her apart to reclaim the stuffing. Me so evil.

These are in the shop now.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some field bags to repair and fill with nature studies goodies ready hopefully (please!!!) for some spring picnics in our favourite forest! Game on!!

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