Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Nearly there

So I've been inspired on Pinterest to do something in pale, calming colours....kind of vintagey (see using that word again!)

I've now finished the sewing and have decided to cut it into a heart to put some lavender inside....continuing with the calming feel.

I used the metal shuttle with some cream yarn to make a small amount of tatting, which is a form of lace making. My grandma taught me this when I was quite young, she's now 102 and still going strong.

So the next stage will be to get Betsy, my trusty sewing machine out and sew her up.  When I've done this and got the time, I will put the end result on the blog.


Friday, 19 February 2016


Well, during the school holidays I've managed a few hours of sewing.

I took my children to a play centre and whilst they had fun, I had fun merrily sewing away.

I've been looking through Pinterest and been inspired to do something vintagey (is that a word?) and whimsical and came up with this...


The half moon lace is tatting done on my grandma's tatting shuttle to give it the vintage touch whilst the large piece of lace in the scroll shape is guipure lace.

I've done it in a heart on calico and intend to make it into a heart shaped lavender bag.

Hope you like it.


Friday, 15 January 2016

Folksy and Betsy and Me

During the first few days of the new year, I have continued to make my page for my shop on Folksy.  I have decided to call this part of my 'craft venture' Betsy and Me at Eiledon.

I'm going to put some of my current makings on Folksy to test the waters along with some new makings.

I've now got a key for Betsy's box.  I have spent the last few months of the year de-fluffing her and polishing her to make her hopefully the best and most fluff free she has been in several decades.

She stitches beautifully and I hope to use her when i can to sew items that I sell in the future.

So excited about my next stages in crafting!


Sunday, 3 January 2016

New Year resolutions

It's been a while since I last posted, but decided to put it on my calendar as a reminder to write more posts!
Had a very busy year. This year I made a Lego Star award party for my son- with Princess Leah hair for the adult game!

Also been busy restoring my 105 year old hand crank Singer sewing machine who I have named Betsy. Just started a new range called Betsy and Me. So far I've made bunting and lavender hearts with her.  Will post some pics now with a view to doing more regular posts on my makes.

Hope you're having a great new year so far


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

applique phone case

This week my daughter got a new phone (an early birhday present).
Her friend is buying her a phone case for her birthday, but I'm convinced she's going to drop it before I've made a simple padded phone cover to protect it!

Monday, 9 March 2015

T-shirts I don't know wether my son is going to be a designer or he knows just what he wants and expects mum to deliver the goods, but two requests were made for knew t-.shirts.
The first was Yoda as he loves Star Wars.

The second was a Lego ninja t-shirt with his name in black letters underneath.

Very demanding!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Appliquéd bags

This year I'm into appliqué.
My daughter wanted a new sports bag for high school. She wanted something different to carry her trainers and football boots.
After looking through ideas, she finally came up with this...

She's even more pleased that some of the girls have asked her where she got it from!

Moving on fromthat. I decided to do a bag just for me...I have thing for caravans and own one myself.
So for me 'girls don't camp...they glamp

My son wants a t shirt or two doing now!