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Monday, 28 July 2014

Summer Sale! 15% off everything!

It's summer sale time! 

Get 15% off absolutely everything in my Etsy store only until the end of August! Just enter the following in the coupon code field when ordering: SUMMER

Happy shopping!

Friday, 25 July 2014

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

With the music festival season happening all around the country, my dukebox is all about summer tunes and bands I'm going to see. This weekend I'm off to Simon Says Festival in Leicester and I'm especially excited as my friend Jinnwoo is playing. Jinnwoo has the most incredible voice I've ever heard. It's magical and hauntingly beautiful. And after listening to this it's not hard to see why the Independent newspaper gave him a full star rating in their music reviews. He's one major, creative inspiration to me.

What's been on your dukebox recently? Anything that inspires you to create? I'd love to hear what you've been listening to!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Adventures in the Garden: Flower Close Ups

If you didn't already see, I've started a new blog series called, Adventures In The Garden, which follows and documents my creative pursuits in my garden. Today I'm sharing some close up shots I took of flowers from my flower border, which is currently bursting with colourful, floral goodness!

Are you a fan of gardening and flowers? What's your favourite flower in the garden? I'd love to hear, so please do share all your gardening or floral thoughts in the comments below :-)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Five Top Sewing Tips

Here are some handy sewing tips I've picked up along the way, which I thought I'd share with you all.

Pre-shrink your fabric
If you're sewing something that is going to end up in the washing machine, always pre-shrink the fabric before you even think about switching that sewing machine on. Cotton is especially prone to shrinking. As soon as you get home from the fabric shop, pop it straight in the washing machine and wash at the temperature you would wash that type fabric at normally. If you're not sure, check the recommended washing temperature for some clothing you have in the same fabric.

Read the manual
I cannot emphasise this enough! For getting to know your new sewing machine or trouble-shooting or simply to find out things you never knew your machine did, read the manual. It saves tantrums, tears and throwing in the towel on sewing!

Sharpen those tools
I remember a whole day of sewing that was a complete and utter nightmare. It felt like my sewing machine would not work, despite trouble-shooting every little part of it....except checking if the needle was blunt and ahem, it was. I might as well have been sewing those hems with a large knitting needle. So folks, remember to check the needle on your sewing machine is sharp enough and that you have spare needles in different sizes (see below!). 

Also, remember to keep those sewing scissors clean and sharp...and no cutting paper, it ruins them! Want to know how to keep them nicely sharp? Check out Claireabellemakes fab tip for sharpening scissors.

Different size needles
Did you know that different fabric requires different sized needles? Check your manual for guidance on which size needles to use for different fabrics. I remember the first day my Mum said "Have you tried a different needle size?" as we were going through a list of possible problems. It was like getting the right key for the lock. It worked. I now make sure I have a range of different size needles...and spares too!

Clean the machine
Try and clean your sewing machine/overlocker on a regular basis. It's incredible how much fabric and dust builds up...and that dust can cause some time consuming problems, like birds nest. Haven't heard of birds nests in sewing? It's that little bundle of thread and dust below your feed dogs that builds up and basically stops you from sewing.

Do you have any other handy tips for sewing? Please do share in the comments below.

Happy sewing!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tutorial round up!

Hola, it's Friday, woohoo!

I'm looking at the weather forecast and thinking hmm, if I wasn't already excited about friends coming over for the weekend, I reckon I'd be getting my craft on! On that note, I thought I'd do a little round-up of crafty tutorials featured on my bloggity blog.

Japanese Bookbinding produced by Vicki of By Me For You
Card Bunting
Fabric Covered Notebook/Diary
Dried Chilli Display
Birthday Card by Simone of Vintage With Me
Kilnar Jar Flower Display
Lavender Pin Cushion
Bead Embroidered Earrings by Megan of Megan's Beaded Designs
Gift Wrap Ribbon

And oooh, what's that? Yup, if you haven't already heard the news, I'm looking for guest bloggers who would like to feature their craft tutorial on my blog. If you know someone who would be interested or if you fancy a go, then please do pass on the word and get in touch! There are more details here.

So, back it to it being nearly the weekend. What's everyone got planned? Anything crafty or maybe a break from craft? I'd love to hear!

See You Soon