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I won! I won! I won something!

I’m excited – can you tell?

A while back over on Beauty That Moves I was lucky enough to be a Friday giveaway winner. This stuff is what I won….

So cute. Thankyou, Heather! Everything has found a home and that doily? Totally my favourite.

Carry on

We’ve spent most of our week so far doing plenty of this: Elderflower cordial (me), blankets and snacks in the sun (them), gardening (old man) and just enjoying the hottest April I have ever known masha’allah.

Really really hoping to have more of the same this weekend.

See you Monday insha’allah.

xx

Inspirational

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!

Fabric Love

The latest bundle from SewMamaSew.

I am loving up these prints right now. They make me dizzy just looking at them. And I’m so glad I went for that blue with pink roses number. Online it looked a lot brighter, like this in fact:

But the reality is a much softer, baby powder blue, with a washed out vintage thing going on. Lovely cotton weight with an excellent drape. The trouble with shopping online is that fabric is such a tactile material that you really only do get the whole deal when you have it in front of you.

I have some ideas for some cushion covers for the house, upstairs and down insha’allah.

Or perhaps just draped all over my sitting room in ‘flung-with-gay-abandon’ fabric orgy style. Who can tell. But I’m guessing it’ll be the cushion covers…

Dizzy, I tell ya…

Stamp it out!

Yeah, so. I don’t know where these craft crazes come from, but when they hit? They hit HARD. I just decided, after reading Geninne’s Blog, and a post by Stefani, and then back to Geninne’s Blog for the hand carved stamp tutorial, that this was going to be something I might like having a go at. Just like spinning my own yarn…. hm… yeah.

So, again, before you know it I’m clicking PAY and this time getting me some Speedball cutter love of my own. And what can I say? It’s fun. Really really fun. And I will have to save up for some acrylic ink because I have the urge to stamp on every surface, not just paper…

I’m sure one day I might like to share this with the boys… but right now, it’s mine all mine mwahahahhahargh…

I don’t know. I just break out into a hot sweat imagining my two with sharp tools….

So. Much. Fun.

Go create.

Just me, Radio 4, some tisane, relaxed knitting and some eye candy to flicker through? Such a much-needed oasis in a day full of activity, demands and friction.

And the midgets? Quietly engaged…..

Ahhhhh… bliss….

Blossom, posies, cheap daffodils! I’m a happy bunny. Such colour, texture and aroma.

“Mummy – the trees look like they’ve got icing on them”. Don’t they just!

Have a happy weekend people.

xx

{EDIT: Random number picked number 8::}

Rashidah`s Aunty

Assalamu Alaikum,

JUMAH MUBARAK!
Wassalam,

The book is yours babes! I’ll get that wrapped up insha’allah and in the post ASAP

xx