Self drafted circle skirt by Make My Day Creative

Sort of Circle Skirt

I’m excited to have just finished my latest crochet project, but as it isn’t blocked yet the pattern will have to wait until next time.  You’ll have to make do with the Instagram teasers for now! In the meantime, I’ve been continuing sewing with this midi circle skirt that isn’t quite a circle skirt. I…

Sewing my own leggings

Sew Your Own Basics 2

I seem to have strained my wrists, so I’m taking a crochet break (boo) and continuing with some sewing (yay!).  Following on from my last sewing post, I’ve attempted some leggings. For leggings I often have the problem that they aren’t long enough.  I also really don’t like it when leggings have a lot of…

Sewing the Basics

Sewing the Basics

My latest finished crochet project is a secret until the autumn so I can’t share it with you yet.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll have noticed it go quiet for a while and that’s why! I am not a great sew-er and I think one of the reasons is that generally the…

Mix up hand made and shop bought cushions

Blue Cushions

Remember my living room make over? Well, it’s taking me an embarrassingly long time to sort out the final details.  I’m wondering if anyone else feels like they are never done when it comes to decorating? Maybe I am just too easily distracted… Anyway, this week I made some good progress in that I bought…

Make a gift to spoil someone special using handmade products

Yummy Mummy Gift

If you’ve been following my site (or my sister-in-law Helen Chandler’s site) for a while you’ll have twigged that she’s just about ready to pop with her second child. I was able to take time off this last week and squeeze in a quick trip down to London to go and visit her and the…

Tailor Made Padded Eye Masks

Padded Eye Masks

How well do you sleep?  I sometimes have the problem of waking up really early in the morning, like around 4am, when it’s just getting light, or needing to sleep in the day if I have a bad headache.  I think it happens when I haven’t been crocheting enough! Since I chopped off all my…

Wide Waist Band Skirt - with pockets!

Wide Waist Band Skirt

Recently I have been lusting after calf length skirts a lot.  The problem with just going out and buying one is firstly, we are meant to be saving up for our upcoming trip to North America (wahoo!) and secondly, since I’m a long legged creature, calf length skirts tend to hit me just on the…

Doily flap on leather clutch bag

Leather & Doily Clutch

I have been working up to this project for a while.  Arguably since I was 15 and my parents bought me this awesome leather jacket.  I have literally loved it to bits! It has been soaked in the rain, thrown about, scuffed up, had acid dropped on it (chemistry class), lost its lining in most…

Before and after

Chair Transformation

This chair was inherited from my Great Aunty Marjorie (I have had a lot of aunts who are great in every sense of the word). I really like the shape of it and have also found that it is very useful to have a small chair which is easy to move around the house when…

Pretty Bags and Purse

Pretty bags and purse set

Phew, what a busy week I have been having!  I really had to focus to finish this project in time for my sister-in-law’s birthday this week.  My house looked like a craft shop had exploded by the time I was done! I spotted this pretty fabric and couldn’t resist it.  It’s a printed cotton canvas,…

Close up of lino printed tea towels

Gifts for Grandparents

I was hoping to have my latest crochet project ready for sharing with you this week.  Unfortunately I decided I wasn’t very happy with it so I’ve pulled it all out and started over…  You can see why on my facebook page! The good news is that I have this project to share with you from…

Back to school drawstring backpack

Back to School PE Bag

I’ve been doing a lot of crochet recently, mostly because it’s my favourite, and also because it’s an easy travel project and we have been doing quite a bit of driving around this summer. Fortunately I have never been travel sick so I can put those hours in the car to good use!  This week…

Fabric Heart Picture Tutorial

Fabric Heart Picture

This week was my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary.  We had a big family celebration last weekend; great weather and great food!  My contribution was my chocolate mudcake, made in a heart shaped tin. I also made this picture as a gift for my parents.  30 years is pearl, but similarly to when my grandparents had…

Border Print Skirt

Border Print Skirt

Last week one of my best friends came to visit.  My poor husband had 4 days of not being able to get a word in edgeways! We had a lovely day on Thursday browsing round Manchester’s Northern Quarter and grabbing some lunch in Piccadilly Garden’s.  We also visited one of my favourite fabric and craft…